Presto! Computerless Printing

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, 08:32
Category: News

hp-presto-printer.jpgI thought you’d like to take a look at a cool retro concept — a computerless printer. The company is Presto, and Clearstone, Kleiner Perkins and Vanguard have backed it.
HP makes a specialized US$150 device which is essentially a printer with a modem. The user simply loads paper and an ink cartridge, and plugs it into the wall and phone lines. It does not require a special phone line. The printer has its own email address using a service run by Presto that costs US$9.95 per month or US$99 per year.
In a typical scenario, the device will be given as a gift to someone who is not comfortable using a computer by someone who wants to send him/her emails and photos. The giver goes to the Presto website and specifies which email addresses are authorized to send stuff to the device, so there is no possibility of spam.
The service has a ton of nice features. For example, the font size can be made large on all emails, no matter what font size was used in the original. Photos and other attachments are formatted and automatically printed. Beautiful templates, seasonal greetings and calendars can be generated. And customized content can be delivered, such as horoscopes, Sudoko, news articles of interest, etc.
The device even knows its own ink levels and paper status, and this can be reported via email to the giver, or used for automatic ink replenishment shipments.
More details at www.presto.com — also on Amazon, Hammacher Schlemmer, Buy.com and other Web sites.

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Scrybe: it could be very good indeed

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2006, 11:00
Category: News

scrybe-300.jpgScrybe is causing a lot of buzz on the web right now. Little is known about it, except that, based on its promotional video, it is an attractive and intuitive online (and offline) organiser that works on PCs and Macs.
If you’ve got 10 minutes, it is worth a look. In the words of one of the many quotes featured on their site:
“Either these guys have pulled of a marketing hoax that is complete and beautiful, or they have created an app that will be the first in the wave of ‘solve everything beautifully and elegantly once and for all’.”

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Greek Apple Users Protest

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2006, 12:00
Category: News

As a huge fan of Greece I thought that the plight of the Greek Mac users deserved to be heard. This is a note I received from Dimitris Karakatsanis:

We live at Athens, Greece and we are Mac users.
We have an honestly dramatic situation in our country about the Apple products availability and paranoid behavior of the after sales service from the local Apple IMS.
I’m writing to you for the announcement of a protest site.
The WeWantAppleGreece.com has been created by Greek Macintosh users as an ultimate attempt to stimulate the interest of those who are responsible for the comic situation in our country.
We try to describe this situation in an easy-going though sarcastic manner, hoping that things might change and Apple takes the decisive step to create in our country the much desired Apple Greece or, even better, Apple Hellas! A company that will comply with the rules and standards that each Apple company worldwide complies with.
Regards,
Dimitris

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Woz on Colbert

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2006, 11:08
Category: News

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Steve Wozniak was on last night’s The Colbert Report. The full clip is here. I removed the embedded looping one that was here.

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Woz to Speak in Philadelphia

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Date: Thursday, September 21st, 2006, 08:00
Category: News

woz-250.jpgWoz is slated to speak in Philadelphia on Saturday, 30 September and the PowerPage will be in attendance. If you’re planning on attending get in touch.

Steve Wozniak
iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It
Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 2:00PM
Central Library
Ticket Info: FREE. No tickets required.
For Info: 215-567-4341.

In 1975, a young engineering wizard, Steve Wozniak, created the first personal computer, the Apple I, and ignited the computer revolution. Ten years later, he received the National Medal of Technology, the highest honor bestowed upon American innovators. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and received the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology for “single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.”

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PowerPage Seeks ICANN UDRP Assistance

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Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2006, 12:43
Category: News

icann-logo.jpgThe PowerPage is seeking assistance from someone with experience with ICANN’s Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). If you’re a patent, trademark or IP attorney or have experience with the Policy, kindly get in touch. If you have no idea what this alphabet soup of acronyms mean, pardon the interruption and ignore this post.
However, if you are knowledgeable about the UDRP (or know someone that is) kindly let me know. If you’ve ever asked “How can I give something back to the PowerPage?” or if the PowerPage has ever helped you out with a hot tip, cool deal or a good laugh in the 10 plus years we’ve been publishing, lend a hand.
Thank you,
- Jason

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Apple Reaches 12% Market Share In U.S. Notebooks

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Date: Monday, July 24th, 2006, 10:23
Category: News

bonch writes “Apple’s U.S. notebook market share has doubled to 12% after shipping 1.33 million Macs in the quarter. Apple also shipped 8.11 million iPods, topping analyst estimates, for a net income of $472 million. Remember when Apple was dying?”

Slashdot | Apple Reaches 12% Market Share In U.S. Notebooks

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Close Call for Millions of Vets

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Date: Monday, July 10th, 2006, 09:48
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Good news for 20 million plus veterans. The FBI recovered the stolen VA laptop that contained their personal information. Better yet, they’re fairly confident that no one accessed the data. Of course, they can’t guarantee with 100 percent certainty that the data wasn’t sifted through, but chances are good that the thief wasn’t a criminal mastermind.

Phew, That Was Close

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Google Checkout Rolls Out (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 10:00
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google_checkout.gifSo I’ve been following this since it was rumored… GOOGLE Checkout and now it is finally here.
Rival Paypal has had incrediable market success and it was only time till a new competitor jumped into the fray and who better than Google? What are the costs associated? Merchants are charged a fee of 20 cents per transaction as well 2.2 percent of the purchase price (PAYPAL has a 30 cent per transaction fee and 2.9 percent of the purchase price as a standard rate).
Verdict is still out but if anyone out there has used this new service chime in with a few comments.

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Cancelling AOL

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 23:05
Category: News

Vincent Ferrari decided to cancel his AOL account. Little did he know how hard it was going to be. Click through to hear the audio recording of his phone call to AOL’s cancellation (a.k.a. “retention”) department.

I had an AOL account years ago. I kept it around because many of the suits in my office use AOL. When the boss needs AOL fixed, you’d better have an account to get it running. That’s fine with me. It made troubleshooting much easier. Even though my father and mother both had accounts under mine, their computer didn’t even have the software installed. No one in my family was using it, and at most I was using it once a month.

Recently, I decided that I could spend $14.95 a month in many better ways, and decided to cancel the AOL account. Knowing the horror stories, I decided to do the deed at work where I could record the whole thing. I knew it was going to be good, but I had no idea it would be the abusive disaster it was.Click here to check it out.

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