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Thoughts & news on technology…well, mostly

Video of the Ducati Desmosedici RR…WOW!


For those of you who don’t know, Ducati is releasing a limited production replica of their MotoGP race bike – the Desmosedici RR.  Cost: $65,000 – $72,000 USD.  Michael Neeves of Motorcycle News (MCN) got to test ride it at the Misano racetrack.  In a nutshell, he said there’s power everywhere – from nothing all the way to 14,000 RPMs.

If only I were rich!

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Filed under: Ducati, YouTube

How to get your iPhone $100 rebate


iphone-credit.jpgFor those of you who purchased an iPhone (like me) before August 22, here’s how to get your $100 Apple store credit:

  1. Go to the Apple iPhone Store Credit request page
  2. Enter your mobile number and your iPhone serial number
  3. Within 5 minutes, you’ll receive an SMS message with a store credit access code
  4. Enter the access code on the store credit request page and you’ll get a printable store credit coupon

There were rumors that the early, early adopters (i.e., those of us who purchased before August 22) weren’t eligible for a store credit but I can confirm that I received it. And, I purchased my iPhone 2 days after it was released (July 2?).

Now, go get your $100 credit!

EDIT:  Forgot to mention that the deadline to submit your claim is November 30, 2007.

Filed under: Apple, Apple Store, How-To, iPhone, Mobile Phone, Smartphone

Wanna help find Steve Fosset? Here’s how…


By now I’m sure most of you know about Steve Fosset and how his private plane disappeared somewhere in Nevada on September 4. So, what can you do about it? You can help find him by reviewing satellite images and marking them as either having ‘something of interest’ or ‘nothing of interest.’ The images that get marked as ‘something of interest’ will be forwarded to a team of experts for a more in-depth review.

How do you review these images? Go to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to begin reviewing the images. The Amazon Mechanical Turk allows humans to help accomplish a task (here’s a more detailed description), which is a very interesting way to harness the collective intelligence of humans.

Some interesting info on how Amazon got these satellite images: Google purchased 6,000 square miles of satellite imagery, at the request of Richard Branson (Steve Fosset is a friend of Branson’s), from one of the two companies they purchase satellite photos for their Maps and Earth products. The cost for these images: $100,000.

Now, let’s all hope Steve Fosset is found soon – whether the Amazon Turk site contributes to it or not.

Filed under: Amazon, Digital Photos, Search