I have to say, after the NewsGator change I've gone back to Google Reader, it's been totally working out! The social features are vastly improved, as is the stability of the subscription management page. Romance: Rekindled. » 8/13/09 6:45am 8/13/09 6:45am

Funny, this has happened before. I remember when the company Christmas Party and summer picnics were cancelled by Microsoft during the recession in the early 90s. Same statement about individual business units getting budgets for their own festivities, too. Though there never was anything on the scale of a ski trip… » 6/11/09 12:32pm 6/11/09 12:32pm

If I'm not mistaken, I used to work in those buildings, which housed HPs Human Resources department among other things. The neighborhood is typical Sunnyvale-barren, with six lanes to everything and no sidewalks (hence the office skateboarding, presumably). » 6/02/09 11:56am 6/02/09 11:56am

I tried to shake the man's hand and introduce myself at one of his parties and he melodramatically scoffed and then sent security after me and my photographer for the crime of trying to be friendly. Unknown Euro-spitter must have learned from my mistake and figured the polite approach wouldn't work. » 1/28/09 9:11pm 1/28/09 9:11pm

Phoenix Offers Powerful Image Editing in Your Browser

Flash-based webapp Aviary Phoenix is the most impressive image editing tool I've ever seen running in a browser. Free to try, you can do some amazing things with the features on offer, from photo compositing to retouching—the video demonstration embedded above and plenty of tutorials should give you an idea. While… » 12/04/08 6:00pm 12/04/08 6:00pm

Puredyne Turns Any Computer into a Multimedia Powerhouse

If you're looking to get some more use out of an old machine, or just play around with multimedia programs but not interested in shelling out hundreds or thousands of dollars, download Puredyne. Based on Debian Linux, the downloadable disk image fits on a standard CD-R and will boot on almost any machine — you can… » 12/04/08 5:30pm 12/04/08 5:30pm