We’re all for getting tech-heads together to share ideas and have an all around good time. Meetup.com is a free online service that helps you set up meetings in your area. It includes member profiles, links to maps, event planners, picture galleries, and even a built-in message board. We’ve even planned a series of get-togethers ourselves in New York for fans of the upcoming PSP handheld. Private messaging requires a fee on the service, but hey, that’s why there’s email and IM.
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In an effort to reduce the amount of emails I receive per day asking for a Gmail invitation from about 300 to 295, I urge anyone that doesn’t seem to have a friend on the Internet (since it seems that everyone I know uses Gmail) that can simply send them an invitation to check out the iSnoop Gmail Spooler. Just head on over there and put in your email address. You can expect a nice, fresh Gmail invitation arrive in your Inbox shortly. If it doesn’t come, try it again. Just don’t email me asking why.
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For those times when you get a Firefox crash in the midst of doing something important, SessionSaver has arrived to help. This extension remembers the tabs that were open before Firefox was manually closed and reloads the tabs the next time Firefox is started. SessionSaver even remembers past history and restores them next time Firefox is started. This extension is great on those times when reading stories on different web sites and your Internet connection is lost, no longer do you have to keep Firefox open until your Internet connection is re-established or manually save all the pages.
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We’re all for free stuff on the web…spam, pop-up ads, and viruses aside. One of my favorite past-times, java-based games, continues to give me something to do while I’m bored at work. The best part about this one is that you can download and keep it on your hard drive for those times your laptop isn’t around a WiFi connection. This game reminds me a lot of Bejeweled, only the board is more three dimensional, and you have special pieces with different abilities. Post your high score!
Play It Now | Cubis
Sometimes I have a hard time remembering what movie a certain quote came from and when I try asking friends for some strange reason, they seem to experience the same memory lock as I do at the moment. Now thanks to Google I won’t have to fret over not remembering the movie where follow the white rabbit comes from. Check out the full review after the jump.
I always thought simply jumping on an enemy’s head just couldn’t be enough to thwart their efforts - especially when my enemy is a walking dragon! Thanks to Mario Rampage, we can now rest easy knowing that Mario is able to take matters into his own hands the same way they do in the movies. My score? 3075 points, killing 91 enemies and collecting 26 coins. Shine Get!
Play The Game | Mario Rampage
Well, we knew it was inevitable. It appears that one of my personal favorites sites on the internet, AllOfMP3.com, may finally be in a position to be shut down. While many figured what they were doing was okay by Russian standards, our friends in the Russian police force felt otherwise. Now they are under criminal copyright investigation due to their pay-per-megabyte music model. Say it ain’t so! Hey, as long as they leave MP3Search alone, I’m good.
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While our article on why Apple makes a one buttoned mouse continues to stir controversy, we figured we would fill you in on a site that compares the two operating systems that are most prominent. X vs. XP puts Mac OS X and Windows XP Pro/Home side by side in a huge multitude of categories ranging from usability to appearance to video playback. As you read the comparisons, you get a nice understanding for what goes into operating system design. In the end, Mac OS X comes out on top - but Windows XP certainly beats its Mac counterpart in quite a few categories.
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While companies like Vonage are charging $24.99 per month for VOIP service, Massachusetts-based RNK Telecom is offering lifetime VOIP phone service for a one-time fee of $999 USD. That’s right - for a cool G, those in Massachusetts can make unlimited local and long distance calls. The fee also includes calls to 22 countries as well. While $999 sounds like a lot, it comes out to about 39 months of Vonage service. Of course, the other factor here is the question of how long will this company be around? If they happen to go under in three years, you are out of service and out of one thousand bucks. And even if they do stay in business, are you saying you plan on staying in Massachusetts for the rest of your life?
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I know structured wiring and home automation aren’t exactly at the tip of your tongue. All I can say is that it will be. If you want to be able to integrate all of your high tech audio and video toys with your home entertainment systems, and build them into multi room designs, you will need both home automation and structured wiring. The reason I mention this is that Leviton has announced that it is releasing the LE&AP, a multimedia hard drive distribution unit for its structured wiring enclosures. With a Linux based operating system, the LE&AP allows you to distribute your digital music and videos across multiple platforms. Send your MP3’s to your stereo and your digital videos and digital camera images to the televisions. The distribution unit will also share out your broadband connection. I’m an MCSE and I’m going to be looking at this way before I look at mounting a computer with windows media system loaded on it.
This is an 8-zone commercial grade gateway and firewall, with 4 USB expansion ports, and a 120 GB internal drive. It can be upgraded to larger storage capacity as well as software upgrades. From the looks of the system eventually it will integrate with your security and home control devices as well.
With basic audio and video connections as well as advanced digital connections, the unit connects to your TV or stereo and uses your home network for communications. With the remote and some easy to use menus on the TV homeowners can browse and select all of their audio, video and photo storage.
Read More | Leviton
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