On the Surface its a Table But Underneath its a Whole Lot More

Most people today have heard of touchscreens. They’re everywhere, from pda’s, to phones like the treo, to pen computers, and even kiosks. But the traditional touchscreen doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface when it comes to the new generation of multitouch touchscreens. (I couldn’t resist the pun) If you follow the latest in technologies then you probably have already heard of multitouch input devices. If not, it basically allows you to manipulate a screen with multiple inputs such as two, three or even all ten of your fingers at the same time. Traditional touchscreens can only handle one input from a single pen or mouse pointer. It’s similar to the technology used by Tom Cruise in the film ‘Minority Report’. Check out the video:

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How to spot a Hoax, Scam, or Urban Legend?

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I just received an email from a relative regarding a warning about House Fires caused by Glade PlugIns brand air fresheners. At first I was worried because I do use several plugin products such as night lights, and air fresheners, but then it dawned on me that this could be a hoax. So I did some searching on the Internet and sure enough it is a hoax. This email has been circulating the Internet since 2004 and the actual problem dates back to the early 1990s. You can read about it here.

(ô¿ô) Look for the following clues to spot a Hoax, Scam, or Urban Legend:

  1. The message urges you to forward it to everyone you know or everyone in your address book. This is your number one clue!
  2. The message appeals to your emotions instead of just informing you. Look for lots of Exclamations!!! and **punctuations** and CAPITAL LETTERS.
  3. The message sounds too good to be true. Don’t fall for the “You won our Lottery” scam or help me claim a large sum of money scam. This is also done over the phone.
  4. The message is very urgent, but you never heard about it in other venues such as TV, Radio, or Newspaper. IE: Electrical Hazards or House Fires caused by plugin air fresheners.
  5. The message offers you something for FREE. There is always a catch.
  6. Look for the phrases “This is not a hoax.” or “This is not an urban legend” or “There is no catch”.
  7. The message claims something bad will happen to you if you do not forward or act on the message. And vice versa, if you do act on the message something great will happen. This is typical in chain letters. Just delete them. Nothing bad will happen.
  8. The message claims to fix an issue; be it computer related or even medical related. This one is popular with Virus hoaxes.
  9. Do not click on any links in the message! Verify the message with the sender or online via google or at a Hoax website (see links below).
  10. Some of these messages will look and sound very authentic. They will try everything they can to convince you the message is real. Be skeptical.

Search Snopes.com for hoaxes, urban legends, old wives’ tales, common fallacies, misinformation, strange news, rumors, and even celebrity gossip.

How Stuff Works – Urban Legends
Urban Legends and Folklore at About.com

Top 25 Urban Legends

How to avoid an email Hoax?

List of Fake Give Aways and Other Riches

Now forward this post to everyone you know or in the next 24 hours something very terrible will happen… I might not get any readers…

Tracking Santa Claus 2006 – The High Tech Way at NORAD

Here is a great site to share with your kids this Christmas Eve. How would you like to know precisely where Santa Claus is at any given moment this Christmas Eve? Well, using NORAD’s high tech radar system called the North Warning System you can do just that. Actually NORAD uses 4 different high tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams, and Jet Fighter Aircrafts. Check out NoradSanta.com this Christmas Eve to track Santa as he makes his journey to deliver gifts for millions of children all around the world. Complete with videos throughout the night of Santa flying in his sleigh with his reindeer over cities across the globe.

NORAD BadgeOther things you can do at NoradSanta.com:

  • Send Santa an Email
  • Find out how many cookies Santa eats during his trip around the world
  • Play a Santa Puzzle Game
  • Listen to Christmas music performed by the United States Air Force Academy Band
  • Download a 12 page Santa Coloring Book
  • Watch a promotional Norad Santa Tracking video
  • and more…

Now you have a way of knowing when Santa is close to visiting your home.

Last year, I could have sworn I heard jingle bells over my house just as Norad was tracking Santa in my area.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Tips & Guides to Find Hidden Deals for Gifts this 2006 Holiday Shopping Season

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It seems as though every year the holiday shopping period starts earlier and earlier. Just last weekend I noticed two homes in my community putting up holiday decorations and Christmas Trees already. You normally start seeing holiday decorations going up during the Thanksgiving weekend. Even some of the large retailers are starting their holiday advertising early. Walmart started advertising a $398 PC for sale two weeks before Black Friday (The day after Thanksgiving). According to some news stories retail sales in October were lower than expected. That is causing the large retailers to not wait until Black Friday to kick off there holiday sales specials. This is good news for you and me. So before you miss that next great deal I thought I would pull together and share some sites that I used to start my holiday shopping.

Check out additional Holiday Shopping links and Videos in the right sidebar! Red Right Arrow

Here is a List of 10 Great Gift Idea Sites that will make it fun and easy to do your shopping this season:

  1. Holiday SpendingHoliday Gift Guides – Associated Content ** My Pick **
  2. Five Insider Tips to Smarter Holiday Shopping – CNNMoney Article
  3. Holiday Gift Guide 2006 – CNet.com Technology
  4. Holiday Gift Guide – The Washington Times
  5. Office Playground – Gift ideas for the office co-worker, boss, client, etc…
  6. Christmas Gifts Directory and Gift Ideas
  7. Gifts.com – The easy way to find great gifts ** Gifts Directory **
  8. Gift Ideas & Shopping Tips at About.com ** List of Guides and Tips **
  9. Gifts for the Serious Home Chef
  10. FreshTrend – Shopping Blog of Unique Gift Ideas

And make sure to avoid the bad gift ideas by checking out these articles:

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Do you have your own Holiday Shopping Tips? Share them with others by leaving me a comment.
Have fun and be safe this Holiday Season.

Black Friday 2006 – Day After Thanksgiving Deals!

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Check out the Black Friday Videos at the bottom of this post

The day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year. It is also known as . Stores all over the country will be enticing shoppers with ridiculous deals and discounts. How would you like to know today, what great deals are going to be advertised on Black Friday? Keep reading and check out the links at the bottom of this post. Last year I purchased two 19″ flat screen LCD monitors with built in speakers for $119.00 each. I also purchased WiFi routers for as little as $9.00. Here is a short list of stores to check out: Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Kmart, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Sears, Target, Toys R Us, WalMart and the list goes on.

The following sites display the actual ads that will be active on Black Friday. You can do searches for items at any store. You can sort the deals by ranking, sort by price, or sort by category. They even provide you coupons and rebate information.

Keep checking back throughout the month. Ads are being leaked everyday!

Sample Deals as of November 5th 2006:

  • $12.00 – Sandisk 1GB SD Card
  • $25.00 – Sandisk 2GB SD Card
  • $49.99 – MP3 Player with 1GB Capacity & Belt Clip
  • $1,294.00 – Panasonic 42″ Widescreen Plasma HDTV w/ Built-in Digital Tuner

Create your shopping list today and make sure you get out to these stores early on Black Friday. I know I will. Leave a comment and share your thoughts or secrets about Black Friday.

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November 24th 2006
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The Hottest Deals of the Year!

DUII – Driving Under the Internet Influence; The Crackberry Addiction

DUIIWhat is worse than talking on a cell phone while driving?

I was driving home from work a few weeks ago during rush hour traffic when I noticed the driver in the car next to me typing on his blackberry. This made me curious, so I paid more attention to this practice over the next few days. I was surprised to find several drivers each day texting using their phone or blackberry while in traffic. Now I know their are several studies on the dangers of talking on the cell phone while driving but you have to imagine that typing on a small device must be much worse. I remember around 15 years ago getting into a car accident just because I glanced down at my radio to change the station.

According to recent news reports their have been several fatal accidents where the cause of the accidents were due to typing or dialing on a phone or portable device. This is a new phenomenon that I fear will get worse before anything is done about it. In countries where text-messaging is very popular (especially in Europe) the accident rates are quickly climbing. With the advent of high speed data access on newer phones such as the Motorola Q and the TREO 700, the ability to watch videos on a smartphone will be a text message click away. Then you will have drivers in traffic not only texting but watching and reading webpages on their phones. The addiction will become too great to resist. I can imagine a day when driving under the influence of a crackberry may become more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol. What about you? Participate in my poll and leave a comment on what you think should be done about the use of phones, blackberries, two-way-pagers, treos, or any other portable device while driving.
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