On Gear Live: HP EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 review

Here’s a neat little website meant to keep you aware of the time you are spending on various projects. The ClockWork Timer let’s you fill in different tasks, and start and stop timers while you perform them to keep you on track. You can even run multiple timers at once if you are into multi-tasking. You can pause the timer if you get interrupted, and hit Done once complete. It will save a list of all tasks you have marked done. Check out the site for a demo.

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Cash is really what it all comes down to when running a business. Marshall Brian shows how he started three successful businesses - each of which earned at least one million dollars. The site is based on a speech he gave, and includes the Powerpoint slides with his own written words. Marshall is also the one who started the How Stuff Works website. All in all, it’s a very interesting and humorous read.

Read More | How to Make A Million Dollars

Frosty FanFor those of you living on the equivalent of a Gear Live editors budget, there is hope for keeping cool in the summer. Home Trends has come up with the brilliant idea of combining a standard fan with those cold packs used to keep sandwiches cool during the workday. The Frosty Fun Pack runs for about $15 USD - a lot cheaper than the more expensive alternative of actual air conditioning.

(Thanks Phil!)

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Latest Gear Live Videos

Game Commercials

This is gold - pure gold. Look back in time at these old school video game advertisements, and realize just how corny they have been overall. There are 2,412 TV spots indexed here for your viewing pleasure, including some very recent commercials.

Read More | GamePressure via WMMNA

DTV FCCThe Federal Communications Commission notified television manufacturers today that they must comply with a July 1 mandate to carry digital tuners in half of their most popular models. In addition, the commissioners also accelerated the digital tuner rollout by setting a July 1, 2007, deadline for all televisions, VCRs and DVD players to carry tuners. That means that in about two years, we can expect things to look a lot clearer on SD television sets. The problem I see is that SD, even in its digital format, still doesn’t look all that great on HDTV sets which are gaining ground in the market. Still, nice to see the FCC bumping up the date all the while.

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Halo Movie Master Chief, accompanied by other Bungie and Microsoft employees, started to deliver scripts of the Halo movie to multiple studios for review. There has been an everlasting debate on if this movie will be any good and according to Bungie the script goes along with the whole Halo story. They have even created a Halo “Bible” for whatever studio picks up the film so they follow the Halo storyline. This should hopefully prevent the movie from turning into something like Super Mario Brothers or Street Fighter: The Movie.

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Creative Zen Vision

Now this I like. I knew it would take a couple of generations before companies started getting PMP’s right, with Archos leading the pack so far in my mind - that is, unless you can to throw the PSP into the mix. However, Creative has a new PMP that they are set to drop on us - the Creative Zen Vision. I am really liking the specs, most notably the size. Check it out: Supports MPEG4, WMV, Dvix, XviD, MP3, WMA, WAV, JPG, TIFF. It has a 30 GB hard drive, FM tuner, voice recorder, CF slot, 640x480 pixels 64,000 Color 3.7-inch TFT-LCD Display, and weighs 232 grams - just shy over half a pound. The only real downer here is that it doesn’t record video directly, but that interface was clumsy in previous PMP’s anyway. From the looks of things, we may see this hit the market by the end of June.

Read More | DAPreview via I4U

Joan of Arcadia

The third week of May was a sad time for many television viewers. That was the week when the major television networks announced what new shows would be hitting our screens in the fall, but more importantly, what shows had been canceled.  While some of you may have been sad to see your favorite shows get the axe, many devoted fans of CBS’s “Joan of Arcadia” decided that just because their favorite show had been declared dead didn’t mean it couldn’t be revived.  While many viewers who are upset about a shows’ cancellation settle for signing an online petition that probably won’t even be seen by a network executive, one viewer decided that simply would not be enough and created the website www.savejoanofarcadia.com in an effort to help give the show a second chance at life.

Click to continue reading The Final Cut: Fans Refuse To Let Joan Of Arcadia Die

Legend of Mir 3

Now as most of us know, some people who play MMOG’s usually get sucked in and don’t leave their rooms for days, weeks, or months at a time.  Well, this story isn’t game news but relates to a game and the stupidity of it makes me need to post this.  One Chinese gamer has taken his online gaming world into the real world. Qiu, who is 43 years old, got really upset that a player he lent his “virtual sword” to in the game Legend of Mir 3 had sold it for $870. Rather than the usual name calling, cursing, or battling in game, Qiu decided to break into this persons house and murder them.  Qiu was given a suspended death sentence, which pretty much means life term. Bring on the “Video games cause violence” debates!

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GM LogoAfter losing $1.1 billion during the first quarter of this fiscal year, GM has plans to cut 25,000 jobs by 2008.  Rick Wagoner, GM’s chairman and CEO, has justified his plans by stating that it could save the company $2.5 billion a year.  It will undoubtedly save the company money, but its competitiveness will not be reaffirmed by cutting jobs.  Hopefully the 25,000 jobs figure will be cut, but that’s wishful thinking - good luck to GM and good luck to their employees.

Read More |  New York Daily News