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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Living Smart, Green, Buzzed and Jacked — 9/26/07

  • Featured Windows Download: Compress and Extract File Archives with jZip

    Windows only: Freeware application jZip, based on 7-Zip technology, creates and extracts archives with a click of a button. jZip supports RAR, TAR, ZIP, G-Zip, and other archive formats. ...

  • How To: Change Your PC's Registered Owner in Windows

    When you've inherited someone else's PC and want to make it your own, you can change the registered owner's name in the Windows Registry. The How-To Geek runs down the steps; in a nutshell, using...

  • Delegating: The Case for Personal Outsourcing

    Does the thought of hiring a virtual personal assistant in Bangladesh for 5 bucks an hour make your skin crawl? Entrepreneur Ryan Norbauer explains how he got over his hang-ups and got...

  • Stats Feed: Today's most popular headlines are Become ...

    Today's most popular headlines are Become an Online Power-Shopper (12,234 views today), Online Backup Final Round, Mozy vs. Carbonite (5,675) and Why You Should Mouse with the Other Hand (4,122).

  • Featured Windows Download: Turn Your Smartphone into a Webcam with SmartCam

    Windows only: Free, open source application SmartCam turns your Symbian Series 60 smartphone into a wireless Bluetooth webcam. Just install the program in Windows (works in XP and Vista) and install...

  • Darjeeling Limited Louis Vuitton Luggage

    Filed under: Handbags , Auctions , Charity One of the stars of the new Wes Anderson movie doesn't even have a speaking part. It's the 11 pieces of distinctive Louis Vuitton luggage made specifically for the movie. The luggage was designed by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton and includes…

  • Ross Perot Puts Magna Carta Up For Sale

    Filed under: Auctions $20 to $30 million for one piece of paper? That's the estimate for one of the most important documents in history. The Perot Magna Carta, one of 17 original versions that still exist is set to be auctioned off by Sotheby's in December . The Magna Carta is the…

  • Kim White Large Travel Bag, Handbag of the Day

    Filed under: Handbags , Green And now for something completely different. Kim White's Brown and Cream Large Travel Bag is made from recycled automobile upholstery. This particular fabric came from a 1974 Plymouth Fury and features a subtlety colored pattern that looks a bit like vintage…

  • Villemont Arctic Explorer Watch

    Filed under: Timepieces Recently the news was abuzz with pictures of Lewis Gordon Pugh swimming at the North Pole in temperatures of - 1.8°C. To celebrate this unique accomplishment, Villemont, which acted as timekeeper for the challenge, has produced a limited edition of watches to mark the…

  • Prada's New Tricks

    Filed under: Handbags It's been a while since I checked out the Prada tricks and they have definitely evolved. Last time I looked at the popular baubles which clip on to purses and cell phones they were rudimentary leather pieces. Now the latest lines include miniature teddy bears (which remind…

  • Adorable Master Chief mimobot USB flash drives

    Filed under: Culture , Mac , PC , Business They're so cute! The first time you hold one of Mimoco's Master Chief mimobot USB flash drives you want to play with it like a doll action figure, but then you realize you're a big boy now and keep that imagination in check. The Halo mimobots…

  • Final Fantasy retrospective: Part X

    Filed under: Culture , Nintendo DS GameTrailers moves beyond the Roman numerals in their Final Fantasy retrospective and into the peripheral media with the Final Fantasy name attached to it. Some of it good, some of it Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within . One of the more interesting parts…

  • Nega-review: Halo 3

    Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 , First Person Shooters "Just like that girl you dated in college, Halo 3 has some issues." (5) "This game might not be everyone's cup of tea, despite the immense hype machine surrounding it." (4) "No one aspect of the game is…

  • Today's sing-talkingest video: Mushroom Singdom

    Filed under: Culture , Retro , Video , Casual GameJew sings three short songs about retro Nintendo games in this seven-minute video. Part of his Mushroom Singdom series, we liked the catchy song about Yoshi's Story best. Take a break from that other videogame of the moment with this clip. (We…

  • Today in Joystiq: September 25, 2007

    Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 , First Person Shooters Even Trader Joe's is getting in on the Halo 3 hype. Thanks to Joystiq reader Jason for snapping this picture, check out the highlights for today: Joystiquery Halo 3 launch: New York City Joyswag: Joystiq's Legendary Halo 3 Giveawa…

  • Reporting Live From the Clinton Global Initiative

    TreeHugger is reporting live from the Clinton Global Initiative 2007 Annual Meeting at the Sheraton New York in Manhattan. The three-day event rustles up about 1,000 global leaders to examine the world's most-pressing and challenging issues, and "transform that awareness into tangible…

  • EU On Collison Course With US Over Airline Carbon Cap Proposal

    This is one of those "Big Ideas" for climate management that looks to be headed nowhere. So, back to lifestyle choices for a bit. "The International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations body that oversees global air travel, has scheduled a vote in Montreal this week, perhaps…

  • The Center for American Progress' Top 100 Effects of Global Warming

    Given the context, we're not sure "top" is the right word to use here - nevertheless, the Center for American Progress has done a bang-up job compiling an exhaustive list of the effects global warming is expected to have, or is already having, on different aspects of our lives and on…

  • Business 2.0 Goes Out in Style

    Not with a whimper but a bang, Business 2.0's last issue has a long article on Pacific Gas and Electric, San Francisco's power company that has been the subject of many TreeHugger posts . Not everyone loves them and they still are building liquified gas and gas fired power plants, but they…

  • Philadelphia Eagles the Greenest Team in Pro Sports?

    It may be only a coincidence that the Philadelphia Eagles wear green jerseys, but they’ve quietly become the most environmentally friendly team in the National Football League, and maybe even in all of pro sports. And that’ s due in no small part to the vision of owners Jeffrey and Christina…

  • Storage Ideas For Small Spaces

    Living in an apartment or small room, space is important and keeping things organized while pleasing to the eye can make a big difference - particularly if you’re working from home. Here are around 20 simple ideas that could take your storage from drab to fab or just to something clear and…

  • Can Lack Of Sleep Kill You?

    Well we all know that humans need to sleep to live, but some studies are suggesting as little as a few hours less can decrease your chances of living longer! Those whose nightly sleep fell from seven hours to five hours or less were 1.7 times as likely to die (compared with those who stayed at…

  • How To Manage Your Mental Energy

    Let’s face it, we can’t always be focused, working dogs all day and every day. What helps is knowing when our energy levels are high and when they aren’t and how to better spend the energy you have. Spend your energy on the right things (for you) in the right way (for you) and end up with…

  • How to Be Happier with What You Have

    “There are two ways to increase your wealth. Increase your means or decrease your wants. The best is to do both at the same time.” - Benjamin Franklin Misery shouldn’t be the price for ambition. Somewhere I believe many people got the idea that to want more, you have to be dissatisfied with…

  • MBW 58; Pick of the week is Acorn

    MacBreak Weekly 58: Repeal the Nerd Tax Hosts: Leo Laporte , Merlin Mann , Alex Lindsay , and Chris Breen Chris reviews the new iPods, screen issues with the Touch, and the trouble with ringtones… Here’s a direct MP3 download of MBW 58 . Oh, brother, I was totally high on cold medicine when…

  • Ford slows down F-150 production

    Filed under: Trucks/Pickups , Etc. , Ford Suppliers are the lifeblood of the auto industry, and as Ford can attest, little can be built without the parts produced by said partners. Workers at Ford's Dearborn truck plant were sent home yesterday, as a vital supplier's logistical problems…

  • Volvo doubles award money for Hometown Heroes

    Filed under: Contests , Green , Safety , Volvo Volvo has one of the coolest contests going right now: the Volvo for Life campaign. The grand prize winner gets a brand new, Swedish-built, rolling tribute to safety every three years for the rest of his or her life. In our book, the coolest part of…

  • VW won't get a seat on Porsche's board

    Filed under: Etc. , Porsche , Volkswagen There's no record of VW actually asking for one, but in case they wanted a seat on Porsche's management board, Porsche has said, "Uh, nein." That's the word from Porsche Automobil CFO Holger Härter, who forms half of the management…

  • BREAKING: STRIKE OVER! GM, UAW reach tentative deal

    Filed under: GM , UAW/Unions Reports had said that the UAW's strike would not be a lasting one, and they were right . News comes in this morning that the UAW and General Motors have reached a tentative agreement this morning, allowing the 73,000 workers who had walked out to go back to work.…

  • AutoblogGreen for 09.26.07

    Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative , Green We can add one more website to add to the list of purveyors of false green car news: Next Energy News. On Monday, that site posted that Ford was working on a plug-in Escort to be made available in 2010. Turns out, it's not true . Unless, of course, Ford…

  • Mini Review: Trump Vodka

    Trump vodka sent me some small, mini-bar sized bottles for me to review. You know what that means! MINI-REVIEW! Here it is size up against a French Vanilla Milano Cookie. Now for the review: It did not make me gag. Trump Vodka

  • Nintendo DS Wine Game

    You may not know it, but all the characters in these pictures are talking about wine. The Nintendo DS is coming out with a game in Japan for wine lovers. Teaching the manners and advice on tasting wine, the "game" will educate players on proper drinking etiquette and on which type of…

  • MySpace blamed for 2 middle school boys' groping incident

    Filed under: Internet , Kids , News , web 2.0 If anyone doubted the influence of MySpace and social networking in general, this sad story will make you think again. Two middle school boys were recently charged with felonies for allegedly groping two female classmates at a middle school in…

  • Faroo follow-up: P2P search engine will only work with more users

    Filed under: Windows , P2P , Beta , Search When we first told you about peer-to-peer search engine Faroo last week we promised to reserve judgment until we had some time to play with it. Now that we have, we have to say we're about as unimpressed as we expected to be. The idea behind Faroo is…

  • DreamScene animated desktop for Windows Vista Ultimate launches

    Filed under: OS Updates , Microsoft One of the things that separates Windows Vista Ultimate from the versions of Vista with names like "Home Premium" and Business are "Ultimate Extras," like DreamScene , because you know, everyone needs an animated desktop on their PC. But if…

  • Google on Search privacy and personalized search

    Filed under: Business , Developer , Internet , Security , Web services , Google , Search Google is reaching out and letting us know that they honestly do care about privacy, and are putting continued efforts in place to protect their users. The Google blog has issued another video that talks about…

  • Excel 2007 can't do math (unless 850 * 77.1 = 100,000)

    Filed under: Office , Microsoft While some members of the Download Squad team may be math whizzes, some are lucky if they can find the Windows calculator. But once it's up and running, we're pretty sure that when you multiply 850 by 77.1, the answer should be 65,535. But for some reason…

  • Jason Poranski and Paul Collins, Musicians

    In 2006, at age 19, musician Zach Condon and his band Beirut exploded onto the indie-rock scene with a dramatic collection of Balkan-inspired arrangements for horn, ukulele, keyboards and strings. The bloggers raved, the venues got bigger, the haters left comments. But less than a year later, the…

  • Old Memo Reveals Warnings About Deutche Bank Safety

    Were safety concerns about the Deutsche Bank's demolition ignored by aides to Governors Pataki and Spitzer and Mayor Bloomberg? That's what the NY Post is reporting , as the investigation into the August fire that claimed two firefighters lives continues . Apparently Lower Manhattan…

  • Last Night's Action: Hitting the Snooze Button

    Nationals 10, Mets 9 : Willie Randolph better be queuing up a tape of the 2006 Cardinals' September. Back then, they didn' t pitch, lost a ton of games down the stretch, and looked dead entering the playoffs. This year's Mets can identify. They can't seem to do anything right. Even…

  • Extra, Extra

    Today on the Gothamist Newsmap : a bank robbery at the Washington Mutual on Sheepshead Bay Rd. in Brooklyn, a worker fell into the water off Pier 11 on Governor's Island, and a bank robbery on 57th St. and Broadway in Manhattan. Additional charges could be in store for the woman who allegedly…

  • Knicks Lawsuit Saga: The Intern Speaks

    When you care enough to send the very best: Yesterday, it was revealed that former Knicks marketing intern Kathleen Decker sent a Hallmark card saying that having sex with NY Knick Stephon Marbury in his car was a terrible mistake . Decker testified on behalf of Madison Square Garden, who, along…

  • Buy This Now: The Gawker Guide to Conquering All Media

    Look! It's a book about a blog! No really, you should certainly consider purchasing this fine tome, as it perfectly encapsulates the Gawker Media version of strategic thinking. It's like a...

  • New York: Acceptable Drinking in Yorkville

    Beautimous Yorkville! It's the rich man's Murray Hill, or the poor man's Carnegie Hill. Of course, since you spend your life below 14th Street, you have no idea what these names mean, nor should you....

  • Los Angeles: Los Angeles Hooker Hotels

    Since time immemorial, gracious and honorable courtesans have been drawn to the noble calling of fucking men in exchange for money and success. In Los Angeles we call those people "aspiring...

  • Berlin: Posh Places on Potsdamer Platz & Vicinity

    Previously we presented you with hotels in both East and West Berlin. But perhaps you would prefer Potsdamer Platz, where all the action once was, and which was for many years thereafter nothing but...

  • San Francisco: Smells Good San Francisco

    Even if you don't particularly believe in aromatherapy as a true healing art, there's just something about good-smelling things that soothes the soul and revs the engines. Incense perfume, bubble...

  • Fantastic Fest Review: Aachi and Ssipak

    Filed under: Animation , Foreign Language , Sci-Fi & Fantasy , Theatrical Reviews , Fantastic Fest , Cinematical Indie Nothing makes me feel at home at Fantastic Fest like a cute Korean animated movie about a futuristic world powered by excrement, where tiny blue mutants with diapers on…

  • NYFF Review: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

    Filed under: Drama , Thrillers , Theatrical Reviews , New York , Cinematical Indie "May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead." It comes from an Irish toast, that quote, and it's also the first thing we see as director Sidney Lumet begins his latest…

  • Gabriel Casseus Joins Bruckheimer's 'G-Force'

    Filed under: Action & Adventure , Animation , Sci-Fi & Fantasy , Casting , Disney , Family Films Before anyone gets too excited, I should clarify: Jerry Bruckheimer will not be remaking the classic anime Battle of The Planets . Variety reports that Gabriel Casseus ( Black Hawk Down ) has…

  • Dark Sky Starts a New Horror Film -- 'Plague Town'

    Filed under: Horror , Casting , Deals , Scripts & Screenwriting Zombies continue to be the place to be. They're hotter than vamps and werewolves combined. Heck, they're almost more popular than tales of LiLo and drugs. In just the past year, we've had talk of zombies that span both…

  • The Jonas Brothers Head to 'Camp Rock'

    Filed under: Music & Musicals , Casting , Family Films I really don't get the appeal of being, or wanting your kids to be, a big star and celebrity -- well, besides the greed. Essentially, these kids give up most of their childhood, start working at a very young age, lose most of the…

  • Where's Beeks?: About Last Night

    What you missed while being pantsed by an ape ... • MLB: Phillies decide against a frontal assault, decide to sneak up on NL wild-card berth from the rear. • NFL: Brian Griese takes the...

  • Furries: It's Furries Vs. Klingons For All The (Lost) Marbles

    Man, oh man, how we wish we were in Atlanta this weekend. It's the Furries vs. Klingons bowl-off. If there's anybody out that way who wants to pop by and let us know how this goes, consider yourself...

  • Curt Schilling: Curt Schilling's picks for awards. Preach, ...

    Curt Schilling's picks for awards. Preach, brother, preach! [UmpBump]

  • Is There Nothing To Believe In Anymore?: To Watch Tonight

    What to watch as the lesbian Brady Bunch rumors are shot down ... • MLB: Cubs at Marlins. Division title, come to Papa. [WCIU] • MLB: Padres at Giants. What else could possibly go...

  • Mls: The MLS has its own language? Well, if you ...

    The MLS has its own language? Well, if you mean that most Americans don't know what this soccer thing they're talking about is, then yes, the MLS does have its own language. [The Beautiful Game]

  • Vote for Mark & Kym - 1 800 Vote411

    You didnt really think i would miss out on the chance to pump up the votes for Kym and I did you ? I'm up against all the pretty boys , athletes and entertainers tonight, but the vote counts for 50 pct of our total, so jump on board and vote for us !! Am I nervous, absolutely. My knees aren't shaking, yet, but im guessing they may be come gametime...

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