COMCAST SPEED INCREASE

Comcast has increased speeds for its cable Internet subscribers in Sonoma County.

Speed increases have been rolled out across the country by Comcast; Sebastopol got the higher speeds at some point in the last 48 hours. Basic Comcast Internet service now provides download speeds of 6 megabytes per second, up from 4Mbps. […] continued

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TRACKING SANTA

If you have Google Earth installed, then clicking on this link will allow you to track Santa Claus as he delivers presents around the world. at 3:00pm PST, he’s travelling from city to city in India. Click here: http://dev.keyhole.com/santa/SantaRadar.kml

Here’s the Google blog entry explaining that the company did not license the Naughty and Nice data layers this year – even though Santa explained that it had been checked twice. […] continued

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GOOGLE ZEITGEIST 2005

Google Zeitgeist studies the aggregation of search queries for the year and comes up with some interesting lists – top news searches, top gainers in 2005, top shopping searches. Then it adds a visual look at searches for everything from significant events in world affairs to natural disasters to celebrities.

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GOOGLE BUYS STAKE IN AOL, SELLS SOUL

Google’s agreement to purchase a five percent stake in AOL was widely reported, but I missed the important detail: as part of the deal, Google agreed to start putting AOL-sponsored search results on its main search results page. Here’s Paul Thurrott’s description:

“Ignoring its “don’t be evil” corporate mantra, Google has forsaken its pledge never to let its search pages be subsumed by corporate interests.

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G-FORCE STOCKING STUFFER

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for a music lover, consider G-Force, which integrates with most computer music players and creates stunning visuals to accompany the music. It’s a long time favorite! The current version supports iTunes, Windows Media Player, Winamp, J River Media Center, and others. It makes a great screensaver, too. […] continued

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DELL WIDESCREEN MONITOR

Dell’s 24″ widescreen monitor is possibly the most satisfying product I’ve ever purchased. The difference in crispness and readability between this and the old CRT is far greater than I expected. (Anybody want a 20″ CRT that weighs 80 pounds? I’m sitting by the phone waiting for offers . . .)

The Dell UltraSharp line continues to be a good choice for flat screen LCDs. […] continued

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MSN MESSENGER ENCARTA BOT

Here’s an interesting thing to do with MSN Messenger. Add the Encarta bot, encarta@conversagent.com, to your contact list, then ask a question. If the answer can be found in an encyclopedia, you’ll get the answer. Who is the president of Russia? Why is the sky blue? What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? […] continued

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EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES AND BACKUPS WITH WINDOWS ONECARE LIVE

If you’re not backing up your computer, you’re not alone – but the backup utility in Windows OneCare Live should be on your mind. The price is low, the software is easy to use, and losing data when a hard drive fails is awful, whether it’s business data, Outlook folders, financial data, family photos, or a big music collection. […] continued

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