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Palm Foleo Use Cases that Make Sense
What would be cooler in a doctor's office: a month old issue of InTouch or a computer you can use to surf to TheSuperficial? 2. Limos: I have friends who's laptops are so slow to boot, they'd never consider bothering using it during a limo ride.

Technology Evangelist Coverage of Telepresence World Starts June 4th
he Technology Evangelist team is sending a crew out to San Diego, CA this coming week to cover Telepresence World. Our subsequent conversation was as nuanced and, well, as human as most meetings I've had face to face.

T-Mobile Provides FREE Mobile Charging at Airports in Croatia
T-Mobile seems to own the Croatian market based on my time walking the streets of Zagreb and Dubrovnik. And it works for most major cell phones - T-Mobile or not - from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung.

Request-URI Too Large on Flickr
Well, it stalled out on the first try after around 100, so the batch that caused the issue was closer to 900 photos. As I understand it, the limit is either ~2,000 or ~4,000 characters, so I was WAY out of range.

Mark Trachtenberg, CEO Teliris at Telepresence World
Mark concentrated his speech on the fundamentals of how a new technology, like telepresence, becomes widely accepted into society. Precise eye gaze, multipoint capability and line of sight were all part of this invisible package of the future.

Chuck Stucki, VP and GM, Telepresence Systems, Cisco Systems at Telepresence World
Stucki didn't specify what types of internal meetings, but things like product development and management meetings come to mind. Regardless of what device a person is using, the important thing it that they enable a human touch and feel between parties.

Sun Country Airlines makes it easy to fly with heavy technology
Each airline treats us differently and I have found it interesting to watch how we're treated on a per-company basis. They have never damaged my luggage (which happens a lot with the video cases) and they have always done right by us.

DVE's co-founder and CEO, Steve McNelley at Telepresence World
Stay tuned for more from Telepresence World 2007, or hop on our RSS post and video feeds to have the news come directly to you. This would provide immediate personal access for ad hoc meetings without the pain of scheduling access to a telepresence room.

Tom Szabo, CEO of Telanetix at Telepresence World
Telepresence today, is largely a communications tool used between C-level employees within a company or between companies. Telepresence is currently a tool used by CEOs or high level managers who focus primarily on face to face interactions.

Amazon's Poor Disclosure of 3rd Party Shipping Costs
They should give their customers the information they need to quickly make informed purchasing decisions. And, as the first screenshot above shows, shipping charged are not broken out in Amazon's shopping cart.

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Published: Fri, December 22, 2006
Technology | By Lena Tucker

Fixing a Dell Laptop Stuck in Hibernate Mode

I keep an old Dell laptop around the house for random chores where a PC outperforms a Mac, and as a guest computer. Some people have special towels for their guests. At the Kohler household, you get a computer to use (and towels).

However, the Dell has had a problem for a while with the hibernate pin. I don't know if that's the technical name for it, but what I'm referring to is the small plastic pin that, when compressed, tells the computer that the lid is shut. Around a year ago, I managed to shear the pin down to half its normal size which led to the pin often becoming stuck in the computer. This was a problem because the computer would get locked in hibernate mode. Digging the pin out of the hold with a fingernail each time I opened the lid was becoming a major pain.

My pin related pain became much worse yesterday when I managed to push the pin deep into the computer, making it impossible to retrieve.

The pin was obviously a liability. I could decide for myself when I wanted the computer in sleep mode if I could only get the pin out of the picture. So, I decided to open up the laptop one screw at a time to go after the darn thing. This turned out to be a bigger pain than I imagined as I removed screw after screw after screw only to find out there were still more screws holding it together.

Only then did it occur to me that I OWNED this computer and had no plans to ever sell it. In fact, selling it would hardly be worth the effort since it's three years old. That's when I realized I should stop being so delicate with the thing and start cutting.

 

I drilled a few small holes, then used a scissors to snip out a piece of the case to gain access to the pin. Problem solved. It looks like my F4 key has taken a beating from Alt-F4'ing so much.

Here is the removed sheared pin:

 

My theory on tech products: You own the product. The product does not own you.

The guest computer is back from hibernation with three months of winter left to go.

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