David Pogue reviews a beta version of the XO, the controversial “$100 laptop” device from One Laptop Per Child. As has been reported elsewhere, to help drive down unit costs, a donate-one-get-one program will be in place for a limited time. I’m thinking a solid-state Linux box with web browser would be a cute thing to have around the house. And the tax deduction wouldn’t hurt.
I ordered a duck stamp (formally known as the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp), at the prompting of Paul Baicich. The smart thing that Paul has done is to locate a supplier for a plastic holder/carrier for the stamp that has a key ring; since the stamp costs $15 and you can’t use it for postage, the least you can do is hang it on your bins or your backpack. I tracked down his supplier information and product number (#92033) through Birdchick. But the gizmo is backordered for the next couple of weeks. The dealer is probably trying to figure out why this particular size of an 89-cent snapshot holder is so hard to keep stocked.
This bus stop post is sporting a new gizmo at the top. Is it a wireless network booster? A relay mechanism for GPS units (where is that dang bus, anyway?)? A base station for Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft? Nope, it’s an experimental solar-powered lighting fixture.
Christopher Joyce hangs out in Thomas Circle with Brian Hayes, student of street furniture. Not in the Thomas Circle neighborhood, but in Thomas Circle. Follow the link for a nice slideshow of manhole covers.
Related: Drainspotting, including snaps of manhole covers in Rome marked SPQR. (Say thank you, Leta.)
My new favorite Firefox extension is Flashblock. The extension replaces each Flash movie on the current web page with a button. Click the button if you really want to see the latest animated insult to your intelligence from LowerMyBills.com.
Scott Rosenberg recaps outliner software.