Here the list of what I had the chance to go through so far. Yes, it's a lot, but it's amazing what you can do when you a) have a case of insomnia, b) are up hours before the kids, and c) teeing up content to help make the commute go a little faster:
As Zune Goes on Sale, Microsoft Says iPod Can Be Tamed (Washington Post): Microsoft Corp. can break the dominance of Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod in the digital music market with the Zune player that went on sale yesterday, chief executive Steven A. Ballmer said. "We can beat them, but it's not going to be easy," Ballmer said in an interview. By Dina Bass and Connie Guglielmo, Bloomberg News, Wednesday, November 15, 2006; Page D07
PS3 launch rewards few - News at GameSpot - The hardcore and hearty get their consoles in Japan, but most gamers in Nippon are left out in the cold, go home empty-handed. By Hirohiko Niizumi, GameSpot, Posted Nov 11, 2006 5:22 am PT
Reinstalling Windows XP - Sometimes the only way to go is a fresh reinstall of Windows. Nick Peers reveals it's a lot simpler and less scary than you might think...
Feature from PC Magazine: Get Smart, Stay Connected - "With a smartphone in hand, there's never a reason to leave your office, the Net, or your favorite media behind. These devices will make you smarter and more productive." See also "11 Great Smartphone Apps" By Sascha Segan, 10.11.06.
Upgrade Your Laptop: DIY Hardware from PC Magazine - PCMag's John Delaney talks about how "upgrading a laptop can be a costly endeavor, depending on how many components need replacing. At some point you have to decide if it makes more sense (financially) to scrap the older system for a shiny new model." Oct ‘06
PC Magazine's Top 99 Undiscovered Web Sites (2006) - "Think of us as the friends who are always forwarding you links to cool sites you'd never find on your own. That's who we aim to be with this list of 99 Undiscovered Web Sites, and that's who you'll be after reading it."
Microsoft Office 2007 review by PC Magazine - Office is like the weather—you can't get away from it—but the 2007 version combines power, ease of use, and visual clarity in ways that leave earlier versions far behind. By Edward Mendelson, 11.06.06
Technology for Life (Feature from PC Magazine) - "One of the most powerful health-care instruments is sitting right on your desk. Your PC can be the link to resources that can prevent illness and help you reach your exercise goals, battle bad habits, and communicate more effectively." By Erik Rhey, 10 2006
How Failure Breeds Success (BusinessWeek) - Businessweek. "Everyone fears failure. But breakthroughs depend on it. The best companies embrace their mistakes and learn from them." By Jena McGregor, Symonds, Foust, Brady and Herbst, July 10, 2006.
It's easy and cheap being green (Fortune) - "Adobe has turned its headquarters into a towering example of environmentalism--and is saving millions in the process." By Jeff Nachtigal, Fortune, October 19 2006. I;ve beenin these buildings and they are comfortable and inviting to boot.
On the go, lightly: New gadgets in Fortune - Fortune takes a brief look at "the latest Lilliputian gear for travelers." Featured are the new Canon HV10 HD video camera and iPod Shuffle. By Peter Lewis, October 12 2006.
The new Canon HV10 HD handheld video camera - The new Canon HV10 is on my Christmas list: a handheld HD video camera with a 10x optical zoom lens and 2.96 Megapixel camera that shoots in 1920x1080 HD and Standard Definition.
Opinions from PC Magazine: Console Yourself - PC Mag editorial on the Xbox as a Trojan horse to the home, even with Windows Media Center PCs. "Our cover story details why these three consoles more closely resemble a PC than the simple game boxes of yesteryear.”
Apple iMac (24-inch) review by PC Magazine - If there's a Windows Vista PC as sleet as this one -- with a Core 2 Duo processor, media card slots and a TV tuner card -- I've found my dream PC. (But under $2k, please) 4.5/5 from PC Mag, Sep 20, 2006 Larger, brighter screen. Faster, more powerful…
Xbox 360 - Feature from PC Magazine - Xbox 360 (was designed) as a complement to a Windows Media Center PC. The 360 was conceived not as a standalone box but as something that would fit within Microsoft's overall product line. PC Mag, 11.01.06
PCMag on the Koss SparkPlugs headphones - $1.95 - Jen found the Koss SparkPlugs ($14.95 direct) very comfortable once she got used to them. "They did an awesome job at noise cancellation," she reports. So good, in fact, that she fell asleep while using them on a train and didn't realize she had arrived
Make a Bootable USB Key (PC Magazine) - What do you do when your computer won't boot, your most recent backup is three months old, and you don't have an emergency CD? ... just whip out the bootable USB key (or thumb drive) you prepared in advance. By Edward Mendelson, 11.01.06.
Track Your ID Thieves - Forbes.com - Don't worry about losing your credit card number... Beat the problem with the technology that created it. Here's how to get started: Practice on your kids. By Peter Huber 05.08.06
Designs On The Disaffected - Procrastination 2.0: The business model. Don't laugh. It's driving Time Inc.'s newest and strangest launch. BusinessWeek, April 3, 2006
Eight Tips for Better Brainstorming - As group or as individuals? At creative companies, switching between the two modes can be seamless—and highly productive. By Robert Sutton, BusinessWeek, JULY 26, 2006
Why Toshiba Is Clamming Up - Forget licensing -- the electronics giant is keeping innovations out of rivals' hands. BusinessWeek, Dec 19, 2005
The Transformer: Beth Comstock - Comstock, 44, is charged with transforming GE's culture, famously devoted to process, engineering, and financial controls, to one that's more agile and creative. BW, Aug 2005