12 USB devices you might not want

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2006, 00:01
Category: Gadget

usb-fundue.jpgPC Magazine has collected 12 of the weirdest USB-powered devices, and displayed them on a page titled ’10 Weirdest USB Devices’.
Amongst the gems are memory sticks made of real sticks, the fondue (sorry, FUNdue) set pictured, a disco ball and a hamster wheel.
It seems to me that the hamster wheel was a wasted opportunity. Wouldn’t it have been better to install a mini-generator in the wheel’s hub, and let the hamster earn its sunflower seeds charging my PowerBook’s battery supply?
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Why Apple Bounced Back

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Date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2006, 01:16
Category: Uncategorized

“Why Apple Failed in the 90’s” promised to reveal an accidental discovery that was key to Apple’s recovery. Here’s it is: the real reason the company was able to turn things around and create new growth for the Mac platform. Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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How CPR Saved Apple

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2006, 05:49
Category: Opinion

Apple’s efforts to boost market share in the 90’s not only failed, but distracted the company away from what was the really critical problem: potential new customers had no reason to buy a Mac. Here’s how CPR from NeXT saved the company.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Why Apple Failed

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Date: Saturday, October 21st, 2006, 22:24
Category: Opinion

Why Apple’s market share always been low, and why it failed to make any progress in the 90’s. Here’s an interesting look at why the Mac fell into crisis, and why the solutions of PC analysts–to be more like Dell, HP and Microsoft–didn’t work, leaving Apple to find its own turnaround strategy.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Zune Myths: Wireless, Markets, and BROWN

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Date: Friday, October 20th, 2006, 08:31
Category: Opinion

The latest iPod Killer from Microsoft has raised a lot of questions. RDM is full of answers! Here’s why many analysts are getting it all wrong on competition, markets, squirting and Brown.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Another Input Device, Another Awful Name

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Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Peripheral

logitech-400.jpgLogitech have announced a new computer control device. The NuLOOQ (eughh!) navigator is a stationary control device, about the size of a bissected tennis ball. It has a multi-dimensional ‘navring’, allowing 360 degree pan and zoom and a touch sensitive circular disk, called the *cough* tooltuner for fine control.
Using the hand you don’t use to control your mouse, it allows you to adjust brush sizes by 1 pixel increments in Photoshop, or text attributes in InDesign, timelines in video/audio apps or control your system volume using the touch sensitive circular disk.
Nudging the grey ring forwards, backwards, up, down, or twisting it clockwise or counter clockwise, allows you to instinctively navigate your way around your digital pictures, illustrations, documents and (if that’s your thing) spreadsheets.
A click or tap on the top plate can execute undo and redo commands, access Photoshop tools, or play/pause a video/audio track. Pre-programmed macro commands could also be triggered using this method, for regularly-used keyboard or mouse-click sequences.
The NuLOOQ’s web page has more information, and an interactive demo.
One important question the Logitech site doesn’t seem to address is, with both of my hands now being used to control my computer, how am I going to supply my face with sandwiches and coffee?

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Ten More Myths of Zune

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 00:30
Category: Opinion

“Ten iPod vs. Zune Myths” took apart the spin on Zune, but there’s plenty left to examine. Here’s a look at the whimpers of jilted executives, painful marketing drivel and fan speak, the geeky in-jokes, as well as the market realities and technical problems facing everyone’s favorite iPod Killer. Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Apple and Microsoft: Planting Software Seeds

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

How the two tech giants watched each other for ideas to copy and failures to avoid. Busts the “Myth of Expensive Macs” and the “Apple could have been Microsoft Myth”. Plus the $10,000 computers of 1990, and how both provide value with integrated products.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Why the World Went Windows

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

How Microsoft combined savvy marketing, fortunate events, and fraudulent marketing to take the tech world by storm, displace terminals and Unix workstations, challenge the Macintosh, and build an empire.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Nokia’s Aeon Concept Phone

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

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Nokia has released images of Aeon, a concept phone that combines two touch-sensitive panels mounted on a fuel-cell power pack.

Each of the panels are capable of being used independently. The touch-screen
displays man that all ‘buttons’ are virtual, so in one situation one panel could operate as the display, the other as the keypad. In another the roles could be reversed. Or each display could serve both functions.

Devices like this are all part of Nokia’s vision of ‘wearable technology’. Users could wear the lightweight panels as a badge, or connected to a wrist-strap.

Nokia are also keen to establish a new wireless standard. Wibree
is basically an upgraded bluetooth which would allow the Aeon to be a
‘thin-client’, farming out processing and storage tasks to static
servers.

brett jordan’s blog: Nokia’s concept phone

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