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Free: It’s the magic word for an ever-expanding wealth of downloadable software and online services. Free doesn’t necessarily mean good, however, and hunting for freebies can mean sifting through a lot of junk.
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Arthur C. Clarke has died at his Sri Lankan home, aged 90.
Clarke is best known as the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but his reach stretched beyond Science Fiction. In 1945 he accurately predicted the use of Satellites as a communications tool, and later joined Walter Cronkite in covering the Apollo space launches.
Clarke was knighted in 2000 and the 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter was named in his honor.
Although too old to be involved online in his later years, his visionary works inspired a generation to develop much of the tech we use today.
Clarke’s Wikipedia entry can be read here.
MacBook Air: So Thin that it Got Thrown Away with Newspapers: “When something is thin enough to fit into an envelope, light enough to sit on your lap for a couple of hours without discomfort and so compact that it doesn’t even bulge in an airline seat-back pocket, wouldn’t it make sense that one could lose track of such a thing? Yes, it would make sense. Believe me. Because I can’t find my MacBook Air.”
NatTV & TNT Garage Party on April 5th that we’re doing LIVE all evening. Keep your calendars open because this is going to be a GREAT time! Tuesday Night Tech and Natasha are working with an Internet media company called GotWebMojo.com who you’ll start hearing more and more about in the coming weeks. The Garage Party is going to be a lot of fun and gives everyone a chance to win a ton of free stuff like iPod Shuffles, t-shirts, Skype equipment, and even a brand-new PC! We’re going to have a lot going on that night so don’t miss it. The show starts at 8pm EST so you want to be on here when it starts (and even before if you can!). Make sure you send an e-mail to Natasha for instructions on how to get signed up to win the prizes. Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. We are expecting a huge turnout, probably the biggest turnout in TNT history, so, get there early…Even more, it’s Mark’s and MY birthday weekend as well!
(Via The Tuesday Night Tech Show.)
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Hacker News is a Digg/Reddit-like site that I am visiting more and more often. It’s my first stop in the morning, and I check it out a few times during the day as well.
Why? Because it’s focused mostly on startup and hacking news, which is what we cover. It’s one of the best places to find information on startups we haven’t heard about yet. And, better, the community is jerk-free. Comments are mostly helpful, thoughtful and interesting.
Like Digg and Reddit, users submit stories to the site, and others can comment and vote on them. But Hacker News is also a forum of sorts, where users can simply post questions for others to answer – see this one asking for advice on creating a demo video for a new startup. Popular stories and questions move to the home page over time.
Hacker News used to be called Startup News and was launched in February 2007 by Y Combinator. They say ‘the most important goal of news.ycombinator was to create a place where founders and would-be founders can meet and talk.’
Hopefully as the site continues to attract new users, the magic won’t be lost.