Tuesday, May 03, 2005


That's Quite a Spectacle
Whenever a character in a movie is a by-the-book square who never got over the end of the 1950s, he wears plastic-top, metal-rim eyeglasses. Tom Hanks donned them inCatch Me If You Can, and you can't make a film about Malcolm X, NASA, or the JFK assassination without ordering them in bulk.

The glasses are especially effective if the buttoned-up wearer is one bad day from a total nervous breakdown, like the downsized defense contractor D-FENS, who rampages across Los Angeles to protest incivility inFalling Down.

I wrote about these glasseslast yearwhen I heard the only manufacturer, ArtCraft NewYork, was discontinuing the style. This was crushing news -- I step on my pair of Clubman Art-Rim frames at least twice a year and can barely see through a SuperGlue smudge in one lens.

Since then, I've heard from an executive at Shuron, the company thatinvented the style in 1941and sold more than 17 million of them by 1970:

The Ronsir was in many movies and worn by many actors/celebrities -- Kevin Costner, Denzel Washington, Vince Lombardi, Nicholas Cage, and many others. The Ronsir is not going away.

Because I keep directing people to Shuron when they ask about the glasses, the company is sending me a free pair, which I believe makes me the world's first blogger/spokesmodel. I'm spending this weekend trying to come up with my ownBlue Steel.



All-Podcast, All-the-Time Radio
A San Francisco radio station is going to start airing nothing but user-submitted podcasts beginning on May 16. The station, which calls itselfKYOU Open Source Radio, will broadcast on 1550-AM/San Francisco and the Internet.

Submitted podcasts must be 60 megabytes or less in size and can be in any format. The categories on thesubmission formdemonstrate how strange this is likely to be -- traditional fare like news, sports and politics is mixed with over-the-road trucking, sex and wiffleball.

This could be one of the great wheels-off radio experiments of all-time -- at least until earnest liberal San Franciscans fill it with local community news, activism and independent music.

The station sounds like a good opportunity for Jacksonville webloggerTodd Smith, who devotes his site toAmericana musicand has a Saturday morning show about the music on alocal college station.

Symphony in Eight Bits

A funny video is making the rounds of aschool choir performing Nintendo themes:

This next song needs a little bit of introduction. Keeping with the experimental nature of Redefined we decided that we would now do what some might consider an art piece. It's a little older than some of the music we've already sung today, and it's all original work from Japan. So I hope that you can all listen with open minds, and if you'll give me one second I need to boot it up.

The choir does a really nice Tetris, complete with falling blocks in L, S, and T shapes, and theLegend of Zeldaswordfight scene is practically Shakespearean.

Some digging reveals thatRedefinedis an 18-member ensemble at the University of Wisconsin that kicks major a cappella ass.

They're auctioning off thelast few copiesof the CD that includes the"Redefined Nintendo"video on EBay.

Close But No Cigar
I publish several web sites that run advertising sold byBlogAds, a broker that has been a financial boon to hundreds of weblogs.

I rejected an ad today from a site that sells Cuban cigars. The site claims that it's legal for Americans to import two boxes, but the language of the site's frequently asked questions page gives me the willies:

The original embargo on Cuban products has been revised by the US Dept of Justice to allow importation of small quantities when returning from a licensed trip to Cuba. This revision was extended to the public who are now allowed to import up to 2 boxes for personal use. There is no formal regulations that outlines the ability for US residents to import Cuban Cigars. There have been thousands of customers importing Cuban Cigars for personal use in the US and there is no history of anyone being prosecuted. Also, it has become a common practice among celebrities, military personnel, politicians and even law enforcement.

AU.S. Treasury brochure on the Cuba embargoseems pretty clear on the subject, stating that Americans can't even buy Cuban products while in foreign countries.

I rejected anabsinthe adlast year over similar qualms. When I saw that Google wasn't selling text ads for absinthe, I decided to adopt the same policy.

A Google search for the phraseCuban cigarsfinds only onecigar sellerin the sponsored ads, and that company won't export to the U.S.

You Heard It Here First
Without interviewing me, Jacksonville TV newscastFirst Coast Newsreported Thursdaythat I was selling the domain:

While the World Wide Web might not be a priority for Pope Benedict XVI, one local man hopes someone will think it's worth some cash to him. Roger [sic] Cadenhead of St. Augustine registered the domain nameBenedictXVI.comalong with other potential choices before the Pope selected his name. Cadenhead wants to sell it to the highest bidder.

This was news to me. I had been telling all reporters the exact opposite, as the original story in Tuesday'sWashington Postattests:

Reached on his cell phone, Cadenhead said he hasn't made any decisions about what he'll do with the domain, but he vowed he wouldn't be pawning it off to the highest bidder.

"I never really registered it with the intent of making money, and I think to crassly auction it would be a sin of some kind. ..."

Five hours before the newscast, BenedictXVI.Com wasdonated to the charity Modest Needswhile we wait to hear from the Vatican, as I wrote on my weblog.

A First Coast News producer e-mailed me for an interview at noon, but I was unable to call him back -- I haddisconnected my phonebecause I couldn't say no to female TV producers.

Interestingly enough, I can see exactly what the station read on my web server, because the office computer the producer used to e-mail me requested several web pages Thursday, including these:

  • 9:58 a.m.: Thefirst papal weblog entry, which stated"I don't think there's any speculative potential in these domains"
  • 10:09 a.m.: TheWorkbenchhome page, where thetop entrystated"my goal was to keep it away from pornographers"
  • 12:24 p.m.: The BenedictXVI.Com home page, which at the time displayedthis page, where I explained that I"registered benedictxvi.com to prevent a pornographer or online casino from getting it"
  • 12:24 p.m.: Myfavorite photofrom my10th wedding anniversary cruise
  • 1:17 p.m. and 2:04 p.m.: The same BenedictXVI.Com home page

All told, that First Coast News computer made 115 web page requests before the newscast, also checking out mybio,books, and thetelevision categoryof my weblog.

I don't know how thestationcould have reported something false that contradicted several pages they viewed on my server and so much other press coverage. My only consolation is that the story wasn't delivered by Donna Hicken.

To Dream the Impossible Dream
Lifetime to-do list:

  1. Writehands-on tutorialfor beginning Java programmers who want to teach self language in no more than 21 days
  2. Successfully predict next pope's name
  3. End TV news segment with segueway back to anchors
  4. Be insulted in no less than five languages by total strangers
  5. Do more to helpworthy charity
  6. Become a professionally ranked tennis player.

My uncle Paul wanted to become John McEnroe as a teen, and we've disagreed for years over whether I could become ranked if I devoted myself to tennis instead of web surfing and fatty foods.

I figured if the rankings went low enough -- the ATP Tourgoes to 1307-- I might have a shot.

Paul thinks I'm an idiot, but I haven't given up the dream. At the very least, I might draw a match somewhere against a ranked pro who had to withdraw due to injury or illness.

Nestor Bricenowatch your back!

Everybody Carl Jung Tonight
Avoicemail messagereceived last week:

Hey, it'sMancow, we're trying to get you on the radio show here. It's an Illinois guy, he probably knows this show. But he got the pope's web site. And the story is he's going to turn it into a porno ...

I didn't get this message soon enough to return his call. I suspect that if he heard my actual plans forBenedictXVI.Com, I would have been a great disappointment to him.

WashingtonPost.Com reporter David McGuire wrote afollowup storyyesterday about how the domain has been donated to the charityModest Needswhile we await the Vatican.

I'm glad that Modest Needs founder Keith Taylor was able to put something together so quickly April 21 -- 90 percent of the 410,000 visits to BenedictXVI.Com were made by Sunday morning, and traffic has slowed to around 9,000 visits a day. (Taylor may be seeing more traffic directly on the charity'sBenedictXVI.Com page.)

Jacopo di Trani, the owner ofBenedict16.com, offers aJungian analysisof why he seeks financial reward and I chose the approval of my Catholic grandmother:

I think that C.G.Jung will say that Cadenhead primary function are his"thoughts", and his last function are his"sensations", and that my primary function is my"intuition", and my last function are my"feelings". I think (do you agree?); so it's very predictable that from all this popedomain-story I'll earn more and more cash than he will ever get . Even if he was the first (he registered his domain the 1st april, against my 14 april), even if he is the most famous (but not in czech sites!), and even if search engines give more traffic to his domain than to mine. I have only a better brandable domain and more real hair - but I'll get more cash than you, Rogers. It's only logic.

I can't address his theory. I majored in journalism -- the only way I would've learned about Jung was if I interviewed him for the school paper. In retrospect, I should have spent less time skipping classes in college to watchGeneral Hospital.

But I will concede the point about his hair.

Giveaway: Radio UserLand Kick Start
We adopted a kitten from the humane society nine months ago who thinks he's a dog, and there's nothing he likes more than the taste of a computer book. A stack of them make an excellent scratching post, as I learned when he shredded a dozen copies ofHow to Use the Internet Eighth Edition.

This situation adds urgency to my need to give away more of my books, before they become either out-of-date or drenched with saliva.

I'm giving away four author's copies ofRadio UserLand Kick Start, each in new condition and completely untouched by my catdog.

If you'd like to win one, post a comment on thisWorkbenchentry or write about it on your weblog, linking to itspermalinkso I don't overlook it. I'll pay the postage to anywhere that I can send it for under $10.

Kick Startcovers everything you need to get started with Radio UserLand, an Internet content management and programming tool that makes it simple to publish your own weblog, develop web services, and collect information from thousands of Internet sites. Severalsample chapterscan be read online.

During mylast book giveaway, I awarded an extra copy to the person with the most inventive reason for wanting one. If I can scare up a fifth copy, I'll do that again here.
















Next-Generation Xbox to Be Media Hub (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp.'s next-generation Xbox gaming console will be more of a digital entertainment hub than its predecessor, making it even more of a PC hybrid than ever, Bill Gates told a meeting of business journalists on Monday.

Cingular revisits prepaid, plans advertising push (Reuters)
Reuters - Cingular Wireless is planning anaggressive push into the market for prepaid mobile servicesaimed at cost conscious customers such as teenagers and theirgrandparents who want to pay for calls in advance rather thanin monthly bills.

Review: Mac Os X Steps Ahead of Windows (AP)
AP - Tired of waiting while your PC slowly scours its hard drive for a document you stashed somewhere six months ago? Sick of having to change how you work to conform with the computer's rigid way of organizing files? Bored with the flat look of the desktop's graphics?

Can Open Source Trust Microsoft? (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Opinion: Or, can a sheep trust a lion? I don't think so.

New Computers Make Grocery Carts Smarter (AP)
AP - New supermarket carts equipped with touch screens will guide you to the tomatoes or toothpicks, let you order deli meat without standing in line and keep a running tally of your purchases.

Spread of Sober E-Mail Worm Variant Slowing (PC World)
PC World - As always, PC users urged to update their antivirus software.

Once Fiorina's Bane, HP's Server Business Ready For A New Era (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - Mark Hurd, Hewlett-Packard's new CEO, is barely a month into his job. But his no-nonsense focus on execution is already making its way down the chain of command.

Amazon.com to Partner With Wine Retailer (AP)
AP - Amazon.com Inc. has launched a partnership with Internet wine retailer Wine.com, hoping to move more wine shoppers online and capitalize on one of the last major retail markets that hasn't yet made a big splash on the Internet.

Regulators to Ban Hunting Via Internet (AP)
AP - Wildlife regulators took the first step Tuesday to bar hunters from using the Internet to shoot animals, responding to a Texas Web site that planned to let users fire at real game with the click of a mouse.

Microsoft Recruits Bloggers to Preview Longhorn (PC World)
PC World - Software giant seeking developers and"super users"to evaluate latest OS.








Symphony in Eight Bits

A funny video is making the rounds of aschool choir performing Nintendo themes:

This next song needs a little bit of introduction. Keeping with the experimental nature of Redefined we decided that we would now do what some might consider an art piece. It's a little older than some of the music we've already sung today, and it's all original work from Japan. So I hope that you can all listen with open minds, and if you'll give me one second I need to boot it up.

The choir does a really nice Tetris, complete with falling blocks in L, S, and T shapes, and theLegend of Zeldaswordfight scene is practically Shakespearean.

Some digging reveals thatRedefinedis an 18-member ensemble at the University of Wisconsin that kicks major a cappella ass.

They're auctioning off thelast few copiesof the CD that includes the"Redefined Nintendo"video on EBay.

Virgin Mary of the Viaduct
I received an e-mail from someone affiliated with theVirgin Mary viaduct, the Chicago highway underpass that has alife-size water stainresembling the mother of God. They wanted advice on setting up a web site.

I'm a firm believer in the idea that all religious iconography that develops naturally upon either surfaces or food should have its own site. This is exactly the kind of thing for which the Internet was invented.

Because of the visual nature of the underpass and the community that has developed, the ideal place for its web presence isFlickr.

Flickr's a terrific photo-sharing community that was recently purchased by Yahoo for 5.2 bajillion dollars. You can create an account for free, upload your photos for public viewing, and add tags that describe the subject of the shots.

Every time I find myself on Flickr, I get lost in the photos, most recently in the work of Justin Hankins. His pictures of theBridge of Lions,Night of Lights celebration, andIntercoastal Waterwayare some of the best shots I've seen of St. Augustine.

Flickr photos can be grouped into sets and viewed as slideshows. Somebody should hire Robin Jean, the photographer doing thisRockstars set, to take column mugshots for newspapers.

Giveaway: Radio UserLand Kick Start
We adopted a kitten from the humane society nine months ago who thinks he's a dog, and there's nothing he likes more than the taste of a computer book. A stack of them make an excellent scratching post, as I learned when he shredded a dozen copies ofHow to Use the Internet Eighth Edition.

This situation adds urgency to my need to give away more of my books, before they become either out-of-date or drenched with saliva.

I'm giving away four author's copies ofRadio UserLand Kick Start, each in new condition and completely untouched by my catdog.

If you'd like to win one, post a comment on thisWorkbenchentry or write about it on your weblog, linking to itspermalinkso I don't overlook it. I'll pay the postage to anywhere that I can send it for under $10.

Kick Startcovers everything you need to get started with Radio UserLand, an Internet content management and programming tool that makes it simple to publish your own weblog, develop web services, and collect information from thousands of Internet sites. Severalsample chapterscan be read online.

During mylast book giveaway, I awarded an extra copy to the person with the most inventive reason for wanting one. If I can scare up a fifth copy, I'll do that again here.

I've Been X'ed
I did an interview yesterday withAVNOnline, believing the"AV"stood for audiovisual, like theA.V. Clubentertainment site published byThe Onion.

I liked the final piece, although I thought it was odd for the reporter to quote another papal domain registrant talking about"nipples and snatch."That kind of talk hasn't appeared much in the media since the end of the Clinton administration.

When I showed the story to my wife, she noticed that the ads around the piece were forX-rated sites and products(warning: link advertises X-rated sites and products).

As it turns out, AVN stands forAdult Video News, theleading trade publicationof the adult entertainment industry.

Master of My Domain
The owners of other Pope Benedict XVI domains are taunting me.

Jacopo Di Trani, an Italian who gotBenedict16.Com, has declared that pornographers and online casinos are welcome to buy it from him:

The first time i didn't believed Cadenhead when he said"i'll never give my domain to gamble/porn site developers"!

He's a very kind guy, but, first of all, his hair CAN'T be real, and, second, although i have respect for his decision to give for free his very valuable domain (with a billion of christians in the world), it doesn't change my opinion about the human nature and i'll never do something like that with this domain!

The owner of PopeBenedictXVI.Com, who received a $150,000 bid on EBay that turned out to be a hoax, had a question-and-answer page up where he posted this:

I'll be keeping every red cent of this dough, thinking about blowing it on horse races. ... the person that you saw on tv is the owner ofbenedictxvi.comand not me, you will just have to take my word on the fact that I'm much younger and sexier than that guy, I've got more hair too.

I know in a higher sense I did the right thing by donating the domains toModest Needs, a great charity that continues to getrecord traffic, but if my gesture turns out to have an actual market value of six figures, I think I'm going to spend the rest of the day curled up in a ball eatingChunky Monkeydirectly out of the container.

Update: A discussion onReal Time with Bill Maher:

Joe Scarborough: I think there's going to be a porn site."BenedictXVI.com."

Sen Alan Simpson: [overlapping] John Waters would love it.

Scarborough: [overlapping] In fact, go to it.

Insert Charlie Brown"Auuuugh!"here.


Sirius to Offer'Podcast'Show (AP)
AP - Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. is latching onto the"podcasting"phenomenon, launching a show later this month that will feature a daily selection of the increasingly popular do-it-yourself audio programs.

Review: Mac Os X Steps Ahead of Windows (AP)
AP - Tired of waiting while your PC slowly scours its hard drive for a document you stashed somewhere six months ago? Sick of having to change how you work to conform with the computer's rigid way of organizing files? Bored with the flat look of the desktop's graphics?

That's Quite a Spectacle
Whenever a character in a movie is a by-the-book square who never got over the end of the 1950s, he wears plastic-top, metal-rim eyeglasses. Tom Hanks donned them inCatch Me If You Can, and you can't make a film about Malcolm X, NASA, or the JFK assassination without ordering them in bulk.

The glasses are especially effective if the buttoned-up wearer is one bad day from a total nervous breakdown, like the downsized defense contractor D-FENS, who rampages across Los Angeles to protest incivility inFalling Down.

I wrote about these glasseslast yearwhen I heard the only manufacturer, ArtCraft NewYork, was discontinuing the style. This was crushing news -- I step on my pair of Clubman Art-Rim frames at least twice a year and can barely see through a SuperGlue smudge in one lens.

Since then, I've heard from an executive at Shuron, the company thatinvented the style in 1941and sold more than 17 million of them by 1970:

The Ronsir was in many movies and worn by many actors/celebrities -- Kevin Costner, Denzel Washington, Vince Lombardi, Nicholas Cage, and many others. The Ronsir is not going away.

Because I keep directing people to Shuron when they ask about the glasses, the company is sending me a free pair, which I believe makes me the world's first blogger/spokesmodel. I'm spending this weekend trying to come up with my ownBlue Steel.



You're Ice Cold at a Hot Spot: 7 Reasons Why
The distance between your wireless laptop and the Internet is a lot longer than you might have imagined. What can go wrong? Let us count the ways.
By DAVID POGUE

Ad Agents for the Search Engines
Some newspapers and yellow pages publishers have found a new source of revenue: helping small businesses buy advertising on search engines.
By BOB TEDESCHI

At Amazon.com, Growth Comes Ahead of Profit
Investors are questioning Amazon’s drive for growth over profits. But bad news is relative if you're an investor in the online retail giant.
By GARY RIVLIN

The Web Behind the Scrawl
Founded by a New York University graduate student, John Geraci, last December, grafedia is a new and growing form of street art that brings together the wireless and physical worlds.
By ETHAN TODRAS-WHITEHILL

A Web Site Maps Home Searches
A new web site is changing how people house hunt on the Internet.
By ERIC DASH

Electronic Data Systems Posts a Profit Aided by Cost Cuts
Electronic Data Systems said on Monday that it posted a first-quarter profit of$4 million on cost cuts.
By BLOOMBERG NEWS

Qwest Withdraws Bid After MCI Accepts Verizon Offer
A fierce takeover battle ended when Qwest said it would no longer pursue buying MCI, leaving the once-bankrupt long distance carrier to be acquired by Verizon.
By KEN BELSON and MATT RICHTEL

An MTV Host Moves to Radio, Giving Voice to Audible Blogs
Adam Curry, a former MTV host who helped start the craze for the amateur audio programs known as podcasts, will produce and be host of a four-hour podcast show each weekday on Sirius Satellite Radio.
By KEN BELSON

PlayStations of the Cross
Is there a place amid the witches, warlocks and diabolical monsters for Christian video games? A handful of gamers and entrepreneurs have faith that there is.
By JONATHAN DEE

At Los Alamos, Blogging Their Discontent
A blog rebellion among scientists and engineers at Los Alamos, the federal government's premier nuclear weapons laboratory, is threatening to end the tenure of its director.
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

Time Warner Says Data on Employees Is Lost
Time Warner reported the loss of computer backup tapes containing data including the names and Social Security numbers of about 600,000 people.
By TOM ZELLER Jr.

Latest Promotion Vehicle Is a Hand-Held Media Device. Will Anyone Watch?
Sony has given advertisers another venue in their struggle to reach increasingly distracted consumers: its PlayStation Portable.
By NAT IVES

At Amazon.com, Growth Comes Ahead of Profit
Investors are questioning Amazon’s drive for growth over profits. But bad news is relative if you're an investor in the online retail giant.
By GARY RIVLIN

Ad Agents for the Search Engines
Some newspapers and yellow pages publishers have found a new source of revenue: helping small businesses buy advertising on search engines.
By BOB TEDESCHI

A Megachurch's Leader Says Microsoft Is No Match
Ken Hutcherson claims to be the person who forced Microsoft to withdraw its support of a gay rights bill before the Washington State Legislature.
By SARAH KERSHAW

Still Swiss and Still Sharp (Digital Memory Optional)
The manufacturers of Swiss Army knives have added a bevy of new versions.
By ELIZABETH OLSON

I'd Buy That for a Dollar
A stamp machine at the post office gave me dollar coins back as change -- five Sacagaweas and two Susan B. Anthonys. I gave some to my kids, who had to be convinced they were legal tender, and freaked out a clerk at an Arby's by using one.

"Are you sure you really want to spend this?"he asked, marveling at the golden coin honoring a woman so obscure there'sno record of her appearance. A coin can't be doing very well when people think you spent one by accident.

Last week the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill to crowd out Sacagawea withnew dollar coinsfor each president, beginning in 2007 with the first four: Washington, Jefferson, John Adams, and Madison. I'm setting a task in Microsoft Outlook to corner the market in 2010 on Millard Fillmore, widely recognized as our least accomplished leader.

The earliest a Hillary Clinton dollar will be available is 2017.

Extended Pings in Weblog Pinger
Dave Winer addedRSS supportto Weblogs.Com this morning, making it possible to send an extended ping message to the service that includes the address of a site's RSS feed.

This will make it easier for services that are built atop Weblogs.Com, such asTechnoratiandGigaDial, to incorporate RSS feeds.

I haveextended my pingerto support this new feature.

Weblog-Pinger, an open source class library for PHP, can send update notification pings over five XML-RPC services that monitor new weblog content.

Symphony in Eight Bits

A funny video is making the rounds of aschool choir performing Nintendo themes:

This next song needs a little bit of introduction. Keeping with the experimental nature of Redefined we decided that we would now do what some might consider an art piece. It's a little older than some of the music we've already sung today, and it's all original work from Japan. So I hope that you can all listen with open minds, and if you'll give me one second I need to boot it up.

The choir does a really nice Tetris, complete with falling blocks in L, S, and T shapes, and theLegend of Zeldaswordfight scene is practically Shakespearean.

Some digging reveals thatRedefinedis an 18-member ensemble at the University of Wisconsin that kicks major a cappella ass.

They're auctioning off thelast few copiesof the CD that includes the"Redefined Nintendo"video on EBay.





Electronic Data Systems Posts a Profit Aided by Cost Cuts
Electronic Data Systems said on Monday that it posted a first-quarter profit of$4 million on cost cuts.
By BLOOMBERG NEWS

An IPod Crime Wave? How Terrible. On Second Thought ...
Is the rash of iPod thefts in the New York City subway system a public relations triumph for Apple?
By MICHAEL BRICK

First Come Cellphone Towers, Then the Babel
Hundreds of communities have been waging fights against cellphone companies and the march of antennas into suburbia.
By KATIE HAFNER

Still Swiss and Still Sharp (Digital Memory Optional)
The manufacturers of Swiss Army knives have added a bevy of new versions.
By ELIZABETH OLSON

Latest Promotion Vehicle Is a Hand-Held Media Device. Will Anyone Watch?
Sony has given advertisers another venue in their struggle to reach increasingly distracted consumers: its PlayStation Portable.
By NAT IVES

At Amazon.com, Growth Comes Ahead of Profit
Investors are questioning Amazon’s drive for growth over profits. But bad news is relative if you're an investor in the online retail giant.
By GARY RIVLIN

Qwest Withdraws Bid After MCI Accepts Verizon Offer
A fierce takeover battle ended when Qwest said it would no longer pursue buying MCI, leaving the once-bankrupt long distance carrier to be acquired by Verizon.
By KEN BELSON and MATT RICHTEL

At Amazon.com, Growth Comes Ahead of Profit
Investors are questioning Amazon’s drive for growth over profits. But bad news is relative if you're an investor in the online retail giant.
By GARY RIVLIN

Latest Promotion Vehicle Is a Hand-Held Media Device. Will Anyone Watch?
Sony has given advertisers another venue in their struggle to reach increasingly distracted consumers: its PlayStation Portable.
By NAT IVES

New Life for Old Gimmick: A Magazine Will Give Away Lots of Stuff
A shopping magazine has come up with a new marketing strategy: give away everything in its latest issue.
By LIA MILLER

Sun plans to unveil `connection'services (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Sun Microsystems plans to unveil today a host of"connection"services that would give customers automatic downloads of new software updates and help them check on the health of their computer systems.

'Tags'Ease Sifting of Digital Data (AP)
AP - Here's how we tend to organize our digital photos: We stick them into a folder on our computer and label it"Hawaii trip,"or whatever. Here's a new way: Forget folders or albums. Just"tag"the photos based on what's actually in each frame. Now, extrapolate this concept to the ideas, images, videos— and people— you meet or wish to find online. If they're properly tagged, they're far easier to find.

Sirius to Offer'Podcast'Show (AP)
AP - Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. is latching onto the"podcasting"phenomenon, launching a show later this month that will feature a daily selection of the increasingly popular do-it-yourself audio programs.








Sun Micro announces new network services offerings (Reuters)
Reuters - Sun Microsystems Inc. onMonday announced new services that run on its grid of Sunnetworks computers, the latest move by the network computer andsoftware maker to transform itself.

Sirius to Offer'Podcast'Show (AP)
AP - Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. is latching onto the"podcasting"phenomenon, launching a show later this month that will feature a daily selection of the increasingly popular do-it-yourself audio programs.

Qwest reports profit on asset sale (Reuters)
Reuters - Qwest Communications InternationalInc., which lost a bidding war for MCI Inc. thisweek, said on Tuesday it posted a first-quarter profit due tothe sale of assets from its wireless business.

'Tags'Ease Sifting of Digital Data (AP)
AP - Here's how we tend to organize our digital photos: We stick them into a folder on our computer and label it"Hawaii trip,"or whatever. Here's a new way: Forget folders or albums. Just"tag"the photos based on what's actually in each frame. Now, extrapolate this concept to the ideas, images, videos— and people— you meet or wish to find online. If they're properly tagged, they're far easier to find.

Blogging blossoms in British election (Reuters)
Reuters - Once Britons wanting to vent theirpolitical spleen either had to write to the Times or take theirsoapbox to Speakers Corner in London's Hyde Park for a rant.

Gates says new Xbox has chance to be No. 1 (Reuters)
Reuters - The next generation of MicrosoftCorp.'s Xbox gaming console, due to be unveiled laterthis month, will give the world's largest software maker achance to overtake the leader in the gaming business, SonyCorp. (6758.T), Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said on Monday.













Security Threats Branch Out From Windows to Mac, Linux (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Hackers still love Windows and other Microsoft gear, but they are increasingly targeting alternative OSes, particularly Linux and Apple.

Military Mistake Caused Data Leak (AP)
AP - Just a few clicks were enough to reveal names, training procedures and other secrets the U.S. military thought it had blacked out from an electronic report.

Sun Micro announces new network services offerings (Reuters)
Reuters - Sun Microsystems Inc. onMonday announced new services that run on its grid of Sunnetworks computers, the latest move by the network computer andsoftware maker to transform itself.

Sirius to Offer'Podcast'Show (AP)
AP - Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. is latching onto the"podcasting"phenomenon, launching a show later this month that will feature a daily selection of the increasingly popular do-it-yourself audio programs.

Cities Face Backlash As They Plan Municipal Wireless Services (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - A growing number of cities plan to offer wireless Internet access as a municipal service. But as those plans spread, a backlash appears to be forming.

Ex-Bush Adviser Joins Cybercrime Startup (AP)
AP - A senior computer security adviser to President Bush has joined a New Jersey technology startup that protects home Internet users from hackers, con artists and other online threats.

Lenovo of China Completes Purchase of I.B.M.'s PC Unit
The Chinese computer maker Lenovo completed its$1.75 billion purchase of I.B.M.'s personal computer division, creating the world's third-largest PC maker.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PlayStations of the Cross
Is there a place amid the witches, warlocks and diabolical monsters for Christian video games? A handful of gamers and entrepreneurs have faith that there is.
By JONATHAN DEE

Time Warner Says Data on Employees Is Lost
Time Warner reported the loss of computer backup tapes containing data including the names and Social Security numbers of about 600,000 people.
By TOM ZELLER Jr.

First Come Cellphone Towers, Then the Babel
Hundreds of communities have been waging fights against cellphone companies and the march of antennas into suburbia.
By KATIE HAFNER

Profit at Nortel in 4th Quarter Declined 75%on Falling Sales
Nortel's sales dropped 20 percent, as the company deals with financial restatements as well as criminal and securities investigations.
By IAN AUSTEN

A Web Site Maps Home Searches
A new web site is changing how people house hunt on the Internet.
By ERIC DASH

A Megachurch's Leader Says Microsoft Is No Match
Ken Hutcherson claims to be the person who forced Microsoft to withdraw its support of a gay rights bill before the Washington State Legislature.
By SARAH KERSHAW

Latest Promotion Vehicle Is a Hand-Held Media Device. Will Anyone Watch?
Sony has given advertisers another venue in their struggle to reach increasingly distracted consumers: its PlayStation Portable.
By NAT IVES








Ex-Bush Adviser Joins Cybercrime Startup (AP)
AP - A senior computer security adviser to President Bush has joined a New Jersey technology startup that protects home Internet users from hackers, con artists and other online threats.

'Tags'Ease Sifting of Digital Data (AP)
AP - Here's how we tend to organize our digital photos: We stick them into a folder on our computer and label it"Hawaii trip,"or whatever. Here's a new way: Forget folders or albums. Just"tag"the photos based on what's actually in each frame. Now, extrapolate this concept to the ideas, images, videos— and people— you meet or wish to find online. If they're properly tagged, they're far easier to find.

Loose Thread at Brocade (The Motley Fool)
The Motley Fool - It's a rare bird in today's stormy market that can fly upward despite a revenue and earnings warning. But this morning, fiber-channel and storage-networking firm Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD - News) was just such an animal, shooting up 5% before settling back down to a position slightly in the red.

Gates: New Xbox has chance to be No. 1 (Reuters)
Reuters - The next generation of MicrosoftCorp.'s Xbox gaming console, due to be unveiled laterthis month, will give the world's largest software maker achance to overtake the leader in the gaming business, SonyCorp. (6758.T), Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said on Monday.

Sirius to Offer'Podcast'Show (AP)
AP - Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. is latching onto the"podcasting"phenomenon, launching a show later this month that will feature a daily selection of the increasingly popular do-it-yourself audio programs.

AOL Treats Fla. Emergency E-Mails As Spam (AP)
AP - Emergency managers in Indian River County, hard-hit by hurricanes last year, thought the best way to get out weather alerts was by e-mail— until they learned that AOL was tagging the messages as spam.

Security Threats Branch Out From Windows to Mac, Linux (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Hackers still love Windows and other Microsoft gear, but they are increasingly targeting alternative OSes, particularly Linux and Apple.

Sun Micro announces new network services offerings (Reuters)
Reuters - Sun Microsystems Inc. onMonday announced new services that run on its grid of Sunnetworks computers, the latest move by the network computer andsoftware maker to transform itself.

Military Mistake Caused Data Leak (AP)
AP - Just a few clicks were enough to reveal names, training procedures and other secrets the U.S. military thought it had blacked out from an electronic report.

Hackers aren't just picking on Microsoft: study (Reuters)
Reuters - Online criminals turned theirattention to antivirus software and media players like AppleComputer Inc.'s iTunes in the first three months of2005 as they sought new ways to take control of users'computers, according to a survey released on Monday.