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January 31, 2005

This looks like the perfect case for your Hipster Mini.

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January 27, 2005

I can only hope that the invention of this device means we can finally look forward to a proper mobile version of Samba de Amigo.

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January 26, 2005

The sale of IBM's PC business to China's leading computer manufacturer seems to have hit an unexpected regulatory hurdle -- a question of national security.

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January 25, 2005

Endless September is finally ending. The term that comes to mind for me is "scorched earth" -- AOL sees no value in providing Usenet to its users because its users have already driven all the value out. (The truth, of course, is far more nuanced than this, but I don't think my impression is entirely untrue either.)

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January 23, 2005

The conventional wisdom about the user experience of retail sites is that satisfying shopping experiences will lead to increased sales through the site. But a new survey indicates that this isn't the case -- even though respondents found retailer sites more satisfying than shopping in stores, they still preferred to make actual purchases in stores.

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January 20, 2005

To my dismay, I discovered recently that they no longer make Sunshine Lemon Coolers cookies. So here's how to make your own (from the Internet Archive, because the original page has disappeared; also, make note of the note about using Domino's Lemon Confectioner's Sugar instead of the stuff in the recipe).

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Computer technology is changing the way people play chess, from researching opponents before a match in massive online databases of move-by-move records of games they've played to new styles of play developed by younger players who have honed their skills against AI opponents.

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A legendary astronomer's catalog of the night sky, thought lost for thousands of years, was discovered when the decorative detail of an ancient statue turned out to be scientifically accurate.

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January 19, 2005

HistoryHound indexes every web page you visit for your later searching convenience. It's an idea so good Apple will probably be stealing it any day now.

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Just in case there's any question where I come down on this matter: I'll take 43 Folders over 43 Things any day of the week. For one thing, the 43 in 43 Folders actually means something, whereas the 43 in 43 Things is a number chosen allegedly at random that just happens to muddy an existing, successful brand. Jerks.

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