The Inka Pen – Another HipsterPDA Ink Pen

Posted on May 15th, 2006 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Gadgets, GTD, Hack, SpyWare, Uncategorized.

pens stainlessHere you go everyone – Another pen to carry with you. I really like the looks of this one. It can be quickly used by just pulling out the pen and writing. But this one can also be converted into a full pen with just a few quick twists. But there is also a stylus for people that still use a PDA. What makes this pen pretty impressive is the fact that this pen can also write underwater, write upside down, write in sub zero weather and write in over over 140 degrees. Now, the coolness factor is that this is made of TI (titanium) and Carbon Fiber composite. I see this taking on the space pen. But the thing that will keep me from getting one of these is the price. When I Froogled it the price for the TI is $80-$90 dollars. But the members of EDC (EveryDay Carry) – Items that you should have with you at all times. This is a favorite within the group. As Pictured above there is a stainless steel version that can be had for about $20 – $25 dollars. I found both version at my favorite pen store Swisher Pens.

A Great review of this pen is at Light Reading
and Backpacking Light has All the testing Data.

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Google Helping To Stop Spyware

Posted on January 28th, 2006 by Merlin.
Categories: Computing, Consulting, Google, Search Engine, SpyWare, Web Service.

Well Google keeps getting better and better. Announced today via Official Google Blog was that Google will Co-Sponsor with Sun Microsystems and Lenovo, STOPBadWare.Org. StopBadWare.Org is a new initiative aimed at combating the growing problem of spyware and other deceptive software. This project is led by Harvard’s Berkman Center and the Oxford Internet Institute. And Consumer Reports WebWatch is serving as an unpaid advisor to the effort.

According to their FAQ page: is a “Neighborhood Watch” campaign aimed at fighting badware. We will seek to provide reliable, objective information about downloadable applications in order to help consumers make better choices about what they download onto their computers. We aim to become a central clearinghouse for research on badware and the bad actors who spread it, and become a focal point for developing collaborative, community-minded approaches to stopping badware.

Learn more here : Official Google Blog: Putting a stop to spyware


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