Archive for September, 2011


There are two generally opposed schools of thought when it comes to free website building tools and services. The first is of the mindset that you get what you pay for; that unless you hire a professional design and development team, your business website is likely to fall short of expectations. The second theory takes a more open approach; that free website builders provide the ideal solution for constructing new sites quickly and without the headaches and costs associated with a typical site launch.

The truth, of course, lies somewhere in the middle. There can be pitfalls, to be sure, but perfectly capable, attractive and user-friendly sites are definitely attainable through the use of free website builders, especially for Web pros who have a little bit of design knowledge and know what they’re looking for. Below are some of the top providers in today’s marketplace.

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Cloo’ App Lets You Rent Out Your Bathroom

Posted: September 18, 2011 in Apps

You know when you absolutely need a bathroom, but there isn’t a public one to be found? Well that problem is headed the way of the dodo thanks to Cloo’, an app that allows people to make their private restrooms available to the public for a small fee. It would use your Facebook contacts to connect you to friends of friends who have made their toilets available. Great idea? Or just weird ? You can check it out here

CLOO app

CLOO app

Steve Jobs Death Tweet !

Posted: September 11, 2011 in All Categories, tech news


Yup, the offending Tweet was sent from the Twitter account of What’s Trending, a web series independently produced by Disrupt Group and anchored by Disrupt co-founder Shira Lazar, they had sent out an erroneous Tweet yesterday saying that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had died.

Although her original Tweet was quickly deleted, it spread instantly through the blogosphere. And with embarrassing headlines attributing the blunder to CBS, the damage had been done. CBS News executives moved quickly on Friday to oust Lazar and What’s Trending from its web site, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Executives informed CBS Interactive to remove from all material related to Lazar and What’s Trending.

From Ms Lazar’s blog on her website: ” We’ve learned a lot in the process of creating this show and blog from scratch. I remind myself and the team constantly about our goal to not just report news, but make news.” Congrats on achieving your goal. What can I say about today’s media…

The irony is that a program called What’s Trending wouldn’t know that this Steve Jobs death rumor has been around for years, ever since he first became ill and took a leave of absence.

It is unfortunate but inaccurate death rumors happen weekly on Twitter. They all require substantiation before being reported as fact. Surely not the first time there has been a hastily Tweeted inaccurate message but it seems like CBS News has chosen to cut all their ties to the company/program/website after working together for 6 months which is a surprise to everyone. Zero tolerance.

Also Lazar’s false Jobs tweet was followed Friday by the hacking of the NBC News Twitter account with hackers posting bogus tweets claiming that a civilian airliner had been hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center site in New York. The incident is being investigated by the FBI cyber crimes unit. The Tweets were quickly removed and NBC News anchor Brian Williams apologized on Friday’s Nightly News for the “scare that could have been caused by such a reckless and irresponsible act.”

No comments on this, but this somehow is the hot news in tech blogsphere…

Google has indeed ended a long term silence about how much energy the company needs to operate, and how much power many of its popular services consume. Thanks to a new website, a pair of blog posts and a story in the New York Times, we’ve now got a treasure trove of data on the amount of energy it takes to run Google.

Google Energy Use

Google Energy Use

Here are some fun facts on Google’s energy use:

Google uses enough energy to continuously power 200,000 homes
Google’s many data centers around the world burn through 260 million watts—one quarter of the output of a nuclear power plant—the New York Times reports. The company had been cagey about revealing energy usage stats in the past, probably because it didn’t want to reveal to competitors how quickly its data centers were growing. It’s no longer a secret that Google needs a crazy amount of data centers to keep things running smoothly.

Google accounts for roughly 0.013 percent of the world’s energy use

Data centers in general are responsible for 1.3 percent of the world’s electricity consumption, according to one estimate, and Google says it accounts for a mere one-hundredth of that statistic. Do the math. The company claims that its data centers are twice as energy-efficient as most others.

One Google search is equal to turning on a 60W light bulb for 17 seconds 🙂

Google says it spends about 0.0003 kWh of energy on an average search query, translating to roughly 0.2g of carbon dioxide. Related fact: searching the web 100 times is equivalent to drinking 1.5 tablespoons of orange juice, Google says. That’s hard work!

YouTube can stream for three days on the energy it takes to make a DVD

That stat includes manufacturing, packaging and delivery of the DVD, Google says. One minute of streaming YouTube video consumes 0.0002 kWh of energy, which is about the same amount of energy your body uses in eight seconds.

One year of Gmail is as efficient as a message in a bottle

Google’s just getting silly with this statistic. With the 2.2 kWh that each Gmail user demands per year, Google says you could chug a 750 mL bottle of wine, stuff a letter into it and toss it into the ocean (trip to remote island not included).

Google’s carbon footprint is zero (after offsets)

No, Google doesn’t get all of its energy from wind farms and solar panels. But to make up for the 1.46 million metric tons of carbon dioxide that Google emits every year—mostly from purchased energy to power its data centers—the company buys and generates its own renewable energy or purchases carbon offsets (essentially, funding green efforts elsewhere). The company invests in enough renewable energy to power more than 350,000 homes.

Wacom introduces Inkling, a new digital sketch pen that captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper.

By the way I was thinking what about our tablets that we bought..