December 2007


Internet December 31st, 2007 by Stephen

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EarthFrisk.Org launches the first Meta-Social Hybrid Search Engine, months before Wikipedia’s planned launch in 2008 of their own community controlled search engine. With the motto “If you can’t find it by using this site, it doesn’t exist,” EarthFrisk.org finally fully unleashes the Web.

“We’ve created the first search engine where the community can vote and comment on the very best search results, which are the top searches of Google, MSN’s Live and Yahoo, among others, all with less spam,” stated Michael Lodispoto, the managing member of EarthFrisk.Org.

EarhFrisk.Org ushers in a new paradigm; the community takes the best search results and then votes and comments on them.

“For the first time we have believe we can offer a real alternative to the major search engines. We offer far more value to those utilizing Internet search. The new interface allows even better spam filtering as millions of eyeballs commenting and voting can beat any algorithm of any company,” stated Mr. Lodispoto.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales had hoped to be the first to launch a Web 2.0 answer to search, but EarthFrisk.Org is indeed the first player to enter this growing field. EarthFrisk.Org has direct interfaces with Digg, Wikipedia and other major sites and search engines as well, making searching far easier with less spam.

“EarthFrisk.Org’s community ratings can be seen by all just by clicking on the discuss/info/vote button next to all search engine results. No need to download toolbars to see what others are saying about Web sites or even people,” said Mr. Lodispoto. He quickly added, “Though toolbars are available and ready for anyone to test out.”

With Google’s near complete dominance in Internet search growing every month, EarthFrisk.Org hopes to harness “people power” and create an even better search experience.

Internet December 28th, 2007 by Stephen

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WHAT: HDNet will air an interview with Dan Rather and Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. The interview was originally broadcast in August of this year, just before Bhutto returned to Pakistan after a period of self-exile.

The updated version will include a new introduction by Rather including commentary about Bhutto's recent assassination.

In the original interview, Bhutto gave Rather rare insights into the political maneuvering that may be shaping Pakistan's future.

The U.S. government had reportedly been working behind the scenes to facilitate a power sharing agreement between Bhutto and Musharraf as a means of legitimizing the regime of America's close ally in the war on terror.

Bhutto was the first woman to lead a Muslim nation.

WHEN: “DAN RATHER REPORTS – A Prime Minister in Exile” airs Friday, December 28 at 6:00 p.m. ET with additional airings scheduled for Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Nintendo and video games December 27th, 2007 by HMTKSteve

In March of this year I posted a series of article featuring tips and tricks for use with the games in the Wii Sports package on the Wii. Over the course of the past year these articles have consistently drawn traffic at the rate of 50 views each per day. Over the last few days the traffic to these four articles has increased at a maddening rate!

Prior to Christmas my article on how to find a Wii saw a similar increase in traffic. The only thing I can make from this is that everyone was looking for a Wii for the holiday and now that they have one they want to know how to get the high score on the wii Sports games!

These articles are a good example of of evergreen content.

Tech Deals December 27th, 2007 by Stephen
Coffee

I know what you are thinking, why is this in the Tech Deals section? It is here because all techies love coffee. so here is the deal:

Go to any 7-Eleven store near you on Monday Dec 31 starting at 11PM to Tuesday Jan 1 at 7AM for a free 12-ounce cup of coffee or other hot beverage. Participating stores will have free coffee signs in place.

The offer includes all 7-Eleven store coffees as well as gourmet specialties like cappuccino and hot chocolate. Participating stores will display a sign on the front window announcing information about the free-coffee program. Since ringing in the 1988 New Year, 7-Eleven stores across the United States have given away more than 1 million cups of coffee as part of its free-coffee program for late-night revelers and drivers. But that’s a drop in the cup compared to 365 million cups of coffee the retailer sells a year. 7-Eleven brews almost 10,000 pots every hour of every day of the year. A free cup of coffee on New Year’s Eve is a small way that 7-Eleven can thank its customers for their business and to wish them a happy 2008.

Internet December 27th, 2007 by Stephen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--What’s good for Go Daddy is good for the community. This year’s financial success for the world’s largest provider of Web site addresses is translating into big dollars for charities and for the company’s own employees.

For the year, Go Daddy’s philanthropic works totaled $1.4 million in donations alone. The Scottsdale-based company helped organizations dedicated to a variety of causes, including domestic violence, child abuse, blind children, unwed mothers, homelessness, as well as Parkinson’s disease, Juvenile Diabetes, food banks and animal shelters.

“It’s important to us to make a difference in our community and all over the world,” said Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons.

Mr. Parsons is known for his “surprise” contributions, as with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF). At the JDRF Desert Southwest Chapter’s kick-off luncheon in September, Parsons was expected to announce the company’s $100,000 donation, but after listening to stories of families affected by the disease, he surprised everyone by standing up and pledging twice the amount.

Parsons also doubled his donation to needy children in Tucson, Arizona, this month. He did it in style, too, while riding his Harley-Davidson as the Grand Marshall for the Sun Riders 26th Annual Motorcycle Toy Parade benefiting Aviva Children’s Services.

Go Daddy’s own employees have also benefited from the company’s most successful year ever. More than $1 million was awarded to employees in 2007. Employee prizes included cash, cars, a year’s mortgage paid, a four-year college scholarship and a trip around the world that included 20 paid vacation days and $10,000 spending money.

“We learned a long time ago, happy employees are productive employees,” Parsons said after the company’s holiday party this year. “We hold fun contests all throughout the whole year.”

Go Daddy rented out Chase Field for their holiday party, hired the Gin Blossoms to entertain and gave away gifts to each and every employee. The event was hailed as “the party to end all parties” at a time when most companies are scaling back.

video games December 26th, 2007 by HMTKSteve

All right. I got a few new Nintendo items for Christmas this year.

1) Zelda DS Lite - Unlike the other colors of DS Lite this one is not a base color with a clear plastic covering over it. The covering is molded gold plastic. This is good because my daughter has a Pink DS Lite with the clear plastic and the edge cracks (between the covering and the pink) are filled with black cheese. This one has those same cracks but you will not see the cheese build-up.

As for the game... It is too easy. The hardest part for me so far has been when where you have to close the clam shell to transfer the map symbol. That was only hard because my mind equates closing the DS Lite with putting it in standby mode. I had the same problem with that one Wario Ware game that required you to drop the Wiimote. The game was telling me to do something that has been warned against in the instructions.

2) Wii Zapper and Link's Crossbow Training
- The Zapper is high-quality plastic. Not sure about being worth $25 but I still picked it up.

The game requires you to unlock each stage in single player score mode before making those levels available in multi-player mode. The stages do get more difficult though I somehow managed to have most of my trouble with the mid level stages and totally blew through the last few stages on the first pass. It's a good "mini-game" style game for when you have friends over.

3) Super Mario Galaxy
- OK, I did not play the other 3D one on the N64 but... WTF? Is there a difficulty setting somewhere in an options menu? This game is stupidly easy. I think I died once by getting squished by an elevator floor by accident.

The graphics are sweet but I have not encountered anything real difficult in the game.

Games December 24th, 2007 by Stephen

Just in time for Christmas its the Monday release list for the Virtual Console on the Nintendo Wii.

Blades of Steel

BLADES OF STEEL™ (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points): With stick in hand and confidence brimming, you are looking to bring home the cup, win the MVP award, get on the covers of major sports magazines and date a beautiful model (not necessarily in that order). But soon you will learn that, in this league, nothing is ever given to you, and before you can reach your goals, you'll have to put the puck in the net and score some. You'll need both the artful skills of a finesse player and the bone-crushing brutality of an enforcer. Defend your own goal against unrelenting power plays, or put the pressure on your opponent's goalie and try a slap shot of your own. Don't forget to defend yourself when anger flares because the gloves come off and fists start flying. So strap on blades of steel and prepare to either make a name for yourself or be put on ice.

Donkey Kong Country 3

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble™ (Super NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Revisit Donkey Kong Island and join the Kong family for their latest adventure. The Kremlings have a mysterious new leader named KAOS and are up to their usual mischief, even capturing Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Now it's up to Dixie Kong and the newest Kong, a giant infant named Kiddy, to rescue the two missing apes. They'll travel across previously unseen parts of the island in their search, and even take to the skies in a rocket at one point. Lucky for them, Dixie and Kiddy's powers complement each other (including Kiddy's talent for rolling like a barrel), so they form a powerful team capable of major Kremling damage. They're not completely on their own, either, since returning favorites like Funky Kong and Enguarde the swordfish provide help along the way. And in a series known for its abundance of secrets and high replay value, this entry doesn't disappoint, with enough hours of game play to satisfy Donkey Kong himself. Anyone else have a sudden urge for some bananas?

Rolling Thunder 2

Rolling Thunderâ„¢ 2 (Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone-Violence, 800 Wii Points): In this follow-up to the original classic, you are once again a member of Interpol's Rolling Thunder task force, and it's up to you to stop the return of the evil Geldra organization. Now known as Neo-Geldra and led by a newcomer named Gimdo, the bad guys are bent on destroying several valuable outer-space satellites. In this one- or two-player game, you can play as Leila or Albatross-both characters from the original-as you venture through several different levels, trying to put a stop to the nefarious efforts of Gimdo and the rest of Neo-Geldra. Use your bullets wisely and make Rolling Thunder proud.

General and Internet December 21st, 2007 by HMTKSteve

I have been using this site as a blog for a little over a year now. In that time I have met many interesting people. Some of them are still blogging while others have moved onto bigger and better things. I'd like to take a moment and list some of the bloggers I have met over the last year.

1. Ohad from the Plugg - I think I met Ohad through the social bookmarking site Digg about a year ago. We had some similar interests and chatted for a while. We still send emails back and forth every few weeks but that is about it.

2. Ryan J. Parker - I met Ryan via John Chow's blog in the comment area. At the time he had some gaming blog with him eating Lucky Charms in the header. Ryan helped me out a few times with some coding problems (damn my old feeble eyes for missing obvious things) and he's a cool guy. I think he won one of my contests too. His blogs have been dead for a while now.

3. Baron - I don't remember if I found him or his blog first. Baron was fairly active on Digg until he got banned and brought back. His blog was a very good read and he even got linked to by Wired at one point. Sadly his blog has turned into a twitter link fest.

4. Jez from Site Logic - I'm not sure where I met up with Jez, it might have been the same place I met up with Ryan. Jez is a sharp cookie and he runs quite a few sites, many of which I am not familiar with. Jex has always been good with some information on SEO and linking strategies.

5. Ben Cook from Blogging Experiment - Ben contacted me a while back when I was looking for guest authors. He sent me a good article and I published it. Since then his own site has really taken off. He had some trouble a short while back dealing with selling a theme (that should have remained private and not posted on site) and his site is always worth a read. right now he is making the rounds on digg with his Lessons on Blogging series.

6. Ms. Q from Q Musings - Another person that I can not remember how I met but I do enjoy her blog. I tried to help her out earlier in the year with traffic and building an audience and I can only think it must have worked because her posts always have a ton of comments attached to them.

7. RT from Untwisted Vortex - I have no idea how I met up with R.T. but it was around the time I was checking out Plime. I reviewed his blog and kept going back. Like me R.T. is a former military man.

If I left you off don't worry, I'm planning to do a few more of these in the coming days.

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