Online storage has increased, decreased, then increased again in popularity over the years. When Google dropped Gmail on us, hacks appeared that allowed one to use the free gig of storage for more than just email. Aaron Levie noticed a need for a good online storage medium, and the result is Box.net. Gear Live tested the service out a while ago, and came away impressed. Box.net is much more than just storage space for your files. We got a chance to chat with Aaron about how Box.net came about, its current features, and where it is headed in the future. Click here to download the MP3, or you can just subscribe to the Gear Live Podcast feed.
Voices: Aaron Levie, Edwin Soto
Length: 20:04, 18.8 MB
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Microsoft had to scramble to clean their South Korean portal recently and admitted the site had been hacked and booby-trapped to capture unknowing users passwords. The site has been declared safe and clean once again, but they are unsure how many users may have been affected. As always, Microsoft is at the forefront of the security scene!
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Widescreen LCD panels for desktops are becoming ever so popular; however, finding the right size wallpaper can turn out to be quite the difficult task. Luckily there is at least one good place to find some. MRitche has a good sized collection of wallpapers in 1920x1200 for your widescreen viewing pleasure. Check them out and grab a few for your collection.
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While not real, it is certainly an interesting use of technology. The concept behind Forget-Me-Not panties is that they have a built-in GPS, and can detect body temperature and heart rate. All of the data could be viewed and managed remotely, thus allowing you to see if your wife/daughter/mother is getting their freak on when they aren’t supposed to. Check out this “testimonial”:
When my daughter hit puberty I nearly had a heart attack. She started looking like a woman and suddenly she was wearing revealing clothing and staying out late with her friends. Rather than become an over-protective parent , I decided to try forget-me-not panties.
They work wonderfully. My wife and I bought our Sarah several pairs so we can watch her around the clock, and if we see her temperature rising too high, we intervene by calling her cellphone or just picking her up wherever she is.
This is one of the many sites taking part in the Contagious Media project.
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We already splurge too much money as it is for broadband access at home. That being the case, why should you spend $30-$40 per month to sit at Starbucks when you can get it for free at a local coffee shop? Using MetroFreeFi, you can search your state for the free spots all over town and even download them to your iPod for convenience. Does it get better than free?
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We all hate it. We know how damaging it can be. Spyware causes the average computer user to despise getting on the internet. In some cases, it gets as severe as being the cause of identity theft. The House is trying to eliminate these malicious programs and the people that distribute them. Violators of the House’s new bill are looking at 2 years minimum for breaking these laws and more if identity theft is involved.
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You know, this is the kind of thing that just proves that AOL really has lost its over the last, oh, 12 years or so. Recently, they dropped their prices in an effort to gain more subscribers since people are leaving them in droves. Hell, they even started selling their own branded PC with the AOL service thrown in! So, they dropped the dial-up price from $24 to $20, and their BYOA plan from $15 to $10. Ready for the best part? This price hike brings the prices back up to where they were - and the lower prices weren’t even in effect for a full month! It’s things like this that put a smile on my face.
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Check out this image - it was supposedly snagged from Google’s Factory Tour presentation. It’s cool, I guess. I just don’t see the overall excitement about Google creating a portal. News, mail, weather, sports, movie showtimes, yadda, yadda…this has been available from guys like Yahoo! and MSN for years.
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I have been messing around with Dodgeball.com for a couple of weeks in the Seattle area, and I think the service is pretty cool. I haven’t done much more than test it, but I like the idea behind it. Apparently Google liked it to - so much so that they have acquired the company, making Dodgeball.com the thirteenth company that Google has picked up. If you are unfamiliar with Dodgeball’s service, it is simple. Sign up is free, and you are then able to send a text message to firstname.lastname@example.org whenever you are somewhere that you want to meet people. For example, if I am at Pike’s Place Market hanging out, I can text email@example.com with the message @pikes place. Now anyone on my contact list that happens to be in a 10 block radius will get an email and/or text message which says “Andru is at Pikes Place”. Very cool. Dodgeball is available in most major cities. Congrats to Google for picking this one up.
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The Google search engine is a powerful force. We have all heard of the different ways you can manipulate the search field to find things that people would rather keep private. Now it appears that someone has uncovered another security flaw, this time concerning iCal. Now, after talking to Joel it was made clear to me that the user needs to do something in order to get their information out there. Apparently, if you publish your iCal, anyone can view it if they know what to plug in to Google. Check it out for yourself. Click on a result to view the calendar, addresses, appointments, and all. Unfortunately, many users will publish a calendar on the web to share with friends, family, or co-workers, not knowing that it would become available for all to see. Perusing through the search results, you can find personal addresses and phone numbers - things I am sure the users probably didn’t mean to broadcast across the interweb.