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Comdex – Still Dead

March 31, 2005

This just in—Comdex is still dead.

Comdex, once one of the largest high-tech tradeshows in the world, has been cancelled for a second year, the show’s owner said Tuesday.

Comdex 2005 was cancelled despite the efforts of its owner MediaLive International Inc. to take the conference out of limbo. The tradeshow, which is traditionally held in Las Vegas, Nev., in November, was cancelled last year for the first time after 25 years.

Meanwhile, a bazillion geeks look up from their web browsers and say “so what?”, and the only folks who are apparently mourning it are Vegas hotel owners and the people who still own the body…

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Best PDA-enabled web sites?

March 31, 2005

One thing about the Treo 650 is I find I actually use the web browser, which is something I’ve seldom ever done on Wi-Fi PDAs, WAP phones, etc.  In fact, I use it enough that I’m beginning to develop a collection of “favorite” PDA-enabled sites.  (Yes, making a PDA-enabled view of this site is on my to-do list somewhere too…)

Here’s my current list—please share your own favorites!

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Travel French Press

March 31, 2005

Desktop French Press
Now this is pretty cool.

A french press that’s also a mug, and not done up in travel-unfriendly glass. You toss in your leaves or (ground) beans, add a little hot water, push the plunger and slurp directly out of the press (or pour it into cups if you’re sharing with strangers or the squeemish).

I need to have one of these in my travel kit for hotel rooms and trips off to rural america (where the 3 new starbucks a day haven’t caught up with them yet). Some sort of travel-sized hot pot, a few select grinds, and this would be just the ticket.

(I wonder if they’d like to send a unit to review 🙂

This might even be just the ticket for some of our more camping-happy friends….

(via Vancouver Coffee)

Coffee and Mushrooms

March 31, 2005

INeedCoffee has a new (and lengthy) article on the Role of Fungi in Coffee Plantation Ecology.

It’s interesting and all, but I was expecting we’d learn some deep dark secret of how some exotic bean got its exotic flavor by some sort of symbiotic relationship with a psychotropic fungus of some kind… Instead it seems to pretty much say “a healthy coffee mountain will have lots of various fungi.”

Oh well… There’s always Tonx’s terrific Amanita Muscaria photoset to look at on Flickr while checking out his Latte Art…

I always wonder what coffee goes best with those…

Grounds for divorce…

March 31, 2005

People have been taking their coffee seriously for a long time. National Geographic plots some of the early history here.

Despite frequent efforts to restrict its use, coffee collected devout disciples as Islam’s influence pushed north and west.

Constantinople (now Istanbul) quickly acquired such a great thirst that Turkish law permitted a wife to divorce her husband for failing to keep the family ibrik, or pot, filled.

I can’t say I blame them, but then I’ve also been known to suggest capital punishment for people who drink the last cup out of a communal coffee pot and don’t make a fresh pot…

Ambient Sleep Sounds Stream

March 31, 2005

Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep?  If so, you might try the Sleepbot Environmental Broadcast.

Although it’s a little hard to get on the ShoutCast stream during prime hours, it features quirky, dreamy ambient sounds to help you snooze the night away.

For calibration, they provide a “reference tone” that represents the loudest sound they will play; crank the volume down until you can sleep through the reference tone, and you should be good to go…

Freeware author makes bad decision, gets flayed in absentia

March 31, 2005

I’m sorry, I’ve tried real hard not to comment on this, but it just isn’t working out.

Apparently Matt Mullenweg, the principle author of WordPress, has gotten “caught” taking advantage of wordpress.org’s impressive googlejuice (a pagerank of 8) by placing 120,000 articles or so under the site targetting high value phrases and running contextual advertising. 

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Camp Coffee

March 27, 2005

Camplore has a few tips on Camp Coffee.

Camp coffee isn’t that gourmet stuff you’ll find at Starbucks, but it manages to taste pretty good just because we’re outdoors.

Drinking coffee outdoors? I can see maybe using the fire to heat water, but where do you plug in the grinder?

Conservatives cranky about cup quotes

March 27, 2005

Apparently some conservatives are complaining about the quotes printed on Starbucks cups, according to this article at Starbucks Gossip.

Some customers have complained to Starbucks’ Web site, labeling the campaign “offensive” and the company a proponent of “the destruction of family values and virtues.”

lol.. I may have 99 problems with Starbucks, but a cup ain’t one of ’em.

Identity thieves hosed by victim

March 25, 2005

It’s not often you hear an identity theft story that has a happy ending.  This one is an exception, however. Recognizing that the credit card fraud department just told him that the thieves were making charges locally, he heads out, tracks them down, and gets to watch them hauled out by the police.

Great story, and a nice change of pace.

(via /.)

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