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.

Google Planning a Minneapolis Office Soon?
I know of programmers and people holding administrative positions who have been contacted by the Big G in recent weeks. Does anyone working in commercial real estate have anything they'd like to share?

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.

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.

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.

Caribou Coffee Limits Access to Free WiFi
It's only free for one hour and one minute: After selecting the network and logging in, the following screen pops up. Caribou was a little late to the caffeinated WiFi scene, but has since jumped in with a free WiFi offering.

3rd Party Products on Amazon: Should You Buy Direct?
Amazon makes a commission on this sale and Bike Nashbar gains a sale by leveraging the power of Amazon's brand and audience. With every new site I register with, I can expect another set of marketing emails to start hitting my inbox. 3.

How to Find Legitimate Email in Your Gmail Spam Folder
However, none of them were critical messages - they were simply things like reminders that my family tree was growing. The search show below has two parts: The first [in:spam] narrows your gmail search to just messages in your spam folder.

Facebook Needs to Address Invite Spam
This seems critical to me, since a very similar issue is one of the things that's led me grow to hate MySpace over time. After leaving, I'm apparently considered a prospect for joining the group again, so the invites start coming in.

Calculate Taxi Fares with Google Maps Mashup
It uses Google Maps to plot and calculate the driving distance between two points and uses that information to calculate the fare. The service is currently available in New York City, Boston , Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Bad SIM cards plaguing new iPhones?
I went to AT&T so that I could get a new SIM card and have them activate it as to avoid any registration problems in iTunes. If I simply cycled the radio from on to off by turning the Airplane mode on then off I would get the message 'invalid SIM'.

IPhone Line is Building Fast at the Mall of America
By 3pm, the line had doubled over on itself: Now, at 4pm, the 3rd row is forming, with 2 more hours to till launch. This is one of the last shots from the Apple store at the Mall of America before is went dark at 2pm local time.

IPhone Countdown: Less than 15 Minutes
So, if you're at the MOA and want to snag a phone without a wait, head up to the 3rd floor to the AT&T store. And here is the line for the iPhone forming outside the AT&T store at the other end of the Mall of America.

Facebook's Where I've Been Application Acquisition
Still, with 2.3 million users, TripAdvisor will no doubt slap its brand name on it and be happy to reach a new audience. It's great to hear that the Where I've Been application on Facebook has been acquired by

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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