As I wait for IE8 to restart <grr> and prep for a phone call, here's a quick list of what I've read in the last few weeks.

What would it take to beat Google? | Webware – CNET -- January 22, 2009 3:12 PM PST Posted by Don Reisinger -- "The search engine space is filled with a slew of companies that are vying to become the next Google. What is the "next Google"?

If you read my post on lower cost Netbooks and the case for a Revitalized Notebook, you'll see that I don't necessarily agree with AMD's CEO who said that he sees Netbooks going away (from The Circuits Blog on CNET News).  As posted by Brooke Crothers, "Advanced Micro Devices' chief executive predicts that Netbooks will eventually disappear. This thinking, though obviously favorable to AMD's strategy, isn't completely at odds with Intel's.

"The distinction between what is a Netbook and what is a notebook is going to go away," AMD CEO Dirk Meyer said Thursday in the company's earnings conference call."

OK, keep telling yourself that.  I recall being told once that the dual floppy drives on my Macintosh 128K was all the storage I needed, and that a 20MB hard drive was overkill, too.

Cooking: Make Your Own No-Knead Pizza Dough by Adam Pash, 3:30 PM on Thu Jan 22 2009, 1,822 views -- "Love a good homemade pizza but don't have time or energy for all that kneading? Food culture web site TastingTable offers a simple, foolproof recipe for no-knead pizza dough."

Windows 7 put up against Vista and XP in hardcore multicore benchmarks, XP wins - Engadget by Nilay Patel, posted Jan 22nd 2009 at 6:52PM -- "Now that the Windows 7 beta is out, the benchmarks are coming fast and furious, and while 7's been previously found to best XP and Vista during "real-world" tasks, it looks like XP is still the outright speed champ on current hardware."

GOP, Dems spar over broadband 'stimulus' and FCC powers | Politics and Law - CNET News, January 22, 2009 5:00 PM PST, Posted by Stephanie Condon -- WASHINGTON-- "Tempers flared as a key House committee on Thursday pored over tech-related portions of a massive and expensive so-called stimulus package, with Democrats downplaying the lack of any hearings and Republicans calling the rush to a vote the same day an "abomination." 

Yes, Microsoft is still hiring - Microsoft JobsBlog -- Posted Thursday, January 22 2009 by The JobsBloggers -- "As you’ve probably seen in the headlines today, there are changes happening at Microsoft including some job eliminations. In case you are wondering … Yes, Microsoft is still hiring with a focus on our most important business priorities and areas of opportunity and growth."

HRBot: Human Resource Robot That Spiders Your Social Profile -- Posted by admin in Social Media on 01 21st, 2009 -- "Finally I was convinced by a friend that I should join twitter. Of course, I had heard all the good things about twitter but I had no idea there was so much potential. As you can imagine, like million others I got hooked and so far have spent quite a few time mingling and searching for twitter profiles. As I was going through some twitter profiles I found many corporate twitter profiles out there."

Should HR advise managers to sack poor performers or help them improve? 29 May 2007 (This article first appeared in Personnel Today magazine.) "Should HR advise managers to cull less-effective staff, or work with them to improve performance? Alex Blyth considers the arguments. Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer caused a stir last year when he announced to the Institute of Directors conference that he culls one in every 15 employees every year. He suggested that all businesses, large and small, would benefit from such an approach."

Carol Bartz's Greatest Hits (YHOO) Henry Blodget | January 14, 2009 9:54 AM -- "We love CEOs who tell it like it is. Yahoo's new CEO Carol Bartz appears to be one of them. "Here are some of Carol's greatest hits, most drawn from this glowing 2004 Business 2.0 profile: "On the press's fixation with Yahoo: Give the company some “friggin’ breathing room”

Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2008 Results: Business Wire Business News - MSN Money

Digital TV: Consumer Reports Electronics Blog and ratings of DTV converter boxes. Within groups by picture quality, in order of price. Models highlighted in green reflect the most recent ones tested as of November 2008

See the review and info on the Dish Network DTVPal Digital To Analog TV Converter Box Review, Rating, and Comparison.  The Dish Network DTVPal has now been upgraded to the Dish Network TR-40 CRA. The only difference between the two is that the TR-40 CRA sells four about $15 less than the DTVPal. If you were considering it go ahead and get the Dish Network TR-40 CRA instead. Also see DTVPal by DISH Network

Resurrection of Windows begins - TechFlash: Seattle's Technology News Source By Todd Bishop on January 22, 2009 at 1:16 PST "The buzz about Windows 7 has been mostly positive since Microsoft released the first beta of the upcoming operating system a couple weeks ago. And today, two highly influential technology reviewers sealed the deal with largely complimentary reviews of Windows 7 -- further improving the company's chances of bouncing back from Windows Vista's public-relations debacles."

TV's Digital Transition Doesn't Have to Cause Headaches (The Washington Post) By Rob Pegoraro, January 22, 2009 -- "The transition from analog to digital television may have inflicted more confusion on the American public than any other electronic upgrade in history. No other technological switch -- not going from Windows XP to Vista, not migrating from CDs to MP3s, not trading in maps for GPS guidance -- seems to have puzzled, frightened and in some cases angered so many people. "That's a shame, because most people need not touch a thing on their TVs when almost all analog broadcasts vanish from the airwaves Feb. 17. (Even this late in the game, that deadline could be pushed back.)"

Bedlam breaks out at Circuit City | Nanotech - The Circuits Blog - CNET News Posted by Brooke Crothers, January 17, 2009 8:15 PM PST -- "After Best Buy mega-stored Circuit City to oblivion, the hapless retailer has quickly gone to pieces. "On Friday, Circuit City said it was liquidating all of its stores. Then, on Saturday, there was a big liquidation sale at my local Circuit City--up to 30 percent off. The checkout line was almost as long as the lines you encounter on a typical Saturday at Fry's--the mostly California- and Texas-based sprawling electronics warehouse. (The line actually snaked to the back of the store.)"

SketchUp: Why Kids With Autism Love It | Newsweek Health | Newsweek.com By Claudia Kalb, Newsweek, Jan 16, 2009 - "Science is rich with happy flukes. Remember the story of penicillin? Alexander Fleming discovered the bacteria-destroying mold by accident when he left a culture dish uncovered in his lab in 1928. Eight decades later, here's another one: a Googlesoftware program called SketchUp, which was intended largely for architects and design professionals, has found a very unexpected and welcome fan base—children with autism."

Also read Awaiting Microsoft's cuts | Beyond Binary - CNET News January 21, 2009 8:27 AM PST "The uncertainty surrounding Microsoft's cost-cutting plan is likely to last only another day, until the software maker announces earnings Thursday. That's when many people expect the company will detail its plans, which will likely include the company's first-ever companywide layoffs. In the absence of hard facts, the guessing game goes on. I was fond of Todd Bishop's post at TechFlash on "Five things we really wouldn't miss" if Microsoft cut them."

And speaking of What should Microsoft cut? Five things we wouldn't really miss - TechFlash: Seattle's Technology News Source  -- Todd Bishop on January 20, 2009 at 6:11 PST -- "It's shaping up as a tough week for Steve Ballmer & Co. as Microsoft prepares to release its quarterly earnings Thursday afternoon. Even if the company bucks the trend and posts decent results, investors will want to know how Microsoft will keep expenses down, and profit margins up, if the recession deepens in the coming months." 

FIRST LOOK: New View Of The Inauguration By Donald R. Winslow © 2009 News Photographer magazine WASHINGTON, DC (January 20, 2009) - In a new view of an American Presidential Inauguration that's never been shot or seen before, photographer Chuck Kennedy from the McClatchy-Tribune Photo Service today made this image of President Barack Obama taking the oath of office as the 44th President of the United States. (More story beneath the photograph.)

A diversion: Obamicon.Me - Create Your Obamicon - Flash Player Installation

ChaCha CEO Has Pretty Damn Sweet 8-Monitor Computer "Scott Jones, the CEO of human powered voice/sms search engine ChaCha (our recent coverage), has one of the awesomest computer setups I’ve seen. "It can be seen, along with everything else in his house, in this MTV Teen Cribs video (also embedded below) that focuses on his fifteen year old son. For the computer, jump to the 3:25 mark. "They don’t say anything about the processor, but the guy has an eight-screen (Dell) setup and stationary bike pedals to get exercise while working."

Live Presentations: What an Online Office Suite Should Look Like - ReadWriteWeb Written by Frederic Lardinois / January 21, 2009 11:20 AM -- "The current crop of online office suites from Google, Zoho, or ThinkFree is quite usable, but most of these products still feel very limited compared to the power of Microsoft's Office products."

Select Flickr users begin to get Getty invites - CNET January 21, 2009 11:25 AM PST -- Posted by Josh Lowensohn -- "The partnership between Flickr and Getty Images is finally moving forward. Early Wednesday the Yahoo-owned photo-sharing service announced that invitations from Getty have been going out in high numbers. Some members who have had one or more of their images chosen to be on Getty's sale site could have gotten notice as early as last week. "

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