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Deluge Jacket from Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) [Review]

So here at Zaphu, we didn’t get the bailout that we were expecting after seeing all the money that everyone else was getting, but we decided to take a company retreat anyway. Of course, instead of golden toilets we had the backs of Oak trees and instead of 2,000,000 thread count sheets we had sleeping [...]

iStat menus – A Great System Monitoring Menubar Utility [Mac Freeware]

I like to keep an eye on what is going on with my system at all times. To make this easier I’ve started using iStat menus 1.3, a program that monitors your entire system right from the menubar and features 8 separate and highly configurable menu extras. This way I always know exactly what’s going [...]

Anxiety – A Simple and Elegant To-do List Manager [Mac Freeware, Review]

Anxiety is a lightweight to-do list application for Mac OS X Leopard from designer and developer Tom Stoelwinder. Anxiety is a very simple and elegant application that allows users to quickly create to-dos. One of its main strengths is the ability to integrate with OS X task management applications such as Mail and iCal. The [...]

Hulu, Let Me Count the Ways I Love/Hate You [Review, Opinion]

I was more than a little skeptical when NBC jumped ship on iTunes and announced it would create its own video portal. Usually such endeavors crash and burn in dramatic fashion, e.g.,, AOL Video, and Google’s Video Marketplace. However, as soon as I got my beta invite I was pleasantly surprised with just how [...]

Riley’s Summer 2008 Geek Movie Preview

Summer movie season is almost upon us, and I for one couldn’t me more thrilled! I always enjoy those comfy movie theatre seats and the relief of the air conditioning on those hot summer days. And let’s not forget the bonus features of popcorn, Twizzlers, and soda. I’m pretty sure I went to see some [...]

The Top 15 Geek Movies of All Time

Since the Oscars are just around the corner, I thought we’d nerd it up a little before everyone starts thanking all the writers, their parents, the writers, their spouses, the writers, etc. I’ve tried to compile a list of movies that every self-respecting Nerd should see. While there are a lot of great films out [...]

5 Must-Have Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Sets

So the writers strike has got you down, huh? You checked out some of the shows that Riley suggested but you just weren’t into them. You sympathize with the writers and their plight. Well, what better way to pay tribute to writers and their craft than to read!! Here are few books that can take [...]

XtremeMac Luna – Innovative iPod Alarm Clock and Speaker System

I’d been looking for a good iPod alarm clock / speaker combo for awhile. Unfortunately, I hated most of the ones you’d see in Wal-mart or Target. I knew I wanted something with good sound and a functional, attractive design. Multiple alarms and a nice remote were also an important consideration. In the $150 XtremeMac [...]

Fujitsu ScanSnap S510M – A Great Document Scanner for the Mac

The ScanSnap S510M is a great Document scanner designed for the Mac. Its Auto Document Feeder (ADF) is extremely reliable and can scan 18 double sided pages per minute. The software is simple to use and the one-click scan button makes the scanner super easy to use. If you are looking for the Windows version, [...]

eMusic: Helping to Make Independent Music Mainstream

eMusic offers more than 2,000,000 tracks from more than 13,000 labels. DRM free, mind you, and at high quality 192K VBR MP3 format. Not to mention every conceivable genre you can come up with (ambient trip-hop country?) Well, maybe not. Keep reading and find out what eMusic is about, what it offers and what it, [...]

TV Shows for the Science Geek in All of Us

Do you find yourself bored with those same old re-runs featuring Captain Kirk, Jack O’Neill, and Buffy? Are you tired of waiting for Season 4 of Battlestar Gallactica? Never fear, riley’s here with some fun sci-fi alternatives that are sure to rev up your pulse!

Financial Services for Paupers (i.e. Graduate Students)

As a graduate student, I’ve learned to live on my meager stipend. As a result, I have become a miserly young man even Scrooge McDuck would be proud of. But since I don’t have a money bin to swim around in, my tight-wadded-ness is more a point of necessity then preference. I can easily spend [...]

Five New TV Shows Worth Watching This Fall

Tear yourself away from those iMacs and Dells. Take a break from all the fancy books Sam keeps recommending. Instead grab some popcorn or ice cream and a spot on the couch because here are five new TV shows worth watching this fall.

“A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson [Book Review]

“A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson: Bill Bryson is one of my favorite authors, known for his illuminating personal narratives of journeys to such places as the Australian Outback and Appalachia. “A Short History of Nearly Everything” is an equally enlightening sojourn through the history of scientific inquiry, knowledge, and discovery. This [...]

“The Future and Its Enemies” by Virginia Postrel [Book Review]

The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise, and Progress: The complexity of the emerging global economy is staggering and the evolution of science and technology is ever accelerating. In “The Future and Its Enemies”, Virginia Postrel argues that individuals can be classified as stasists or dynamists depending on their reactions to [...]

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