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It’s being called “a blow for mobile advertising.” It’s a start. 

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LCD Convergence

Pundits have for some time suggested a least common denominator approach to the convergence of mobile phones, PDAs and increasingly feature-laden devices. “If you can talk into it,” they say, “it’s a phone.” A new generation of products,...

You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.

Albert Freakin' Einstein

Single Cup Coffee Showdown: Tassimo vs. Keurig

[green_box] It’s been two years since I wrote this comparison. I’ve since updated it. The updated version of this article can be found here. [/green_box] Just when you thought it was safe to cast your lot and pick a single cup coffee brewer (be it a pod...

What’s in a Name?

If your barista asks for your name, does is strike you as the neighborly thing to do? A community thing? Or is it nobody’s business? Janice O’Leary offers offers one point of view in the Boston Globe : In September, as part of a new policy, my Starbucks...

Help Stan’s Victims: Buy Coffee

I’m especially pleased to see that Kenneth Davids has chosen to highlight coffees of Guatemala and the southern Mexico state of Chiapas — regions hard hit by hurricane Stan — in his November 2005 installment of Coffee Review. Says Ken: Given...

Briefly Noted

Short shots of coffee: Slate Magazine — in a bid to become the paean of consumer reviews — suggests you forget everything you think you know about tea-kettles. (Not a tea-drinker, you? Those self-same kettles are just the thing to fuel your press pot and...

It’s Pathetic!

Ah… the classic Christmas stories: Holiday Inn, It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and my personal favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas. You may never own an Inn in Vermont, experience what the world would be like without you, or meet the real...

Udderly Debunked

Learned scientific-type persons have now thoroughly debunked cow-tipping as nothing more than myth, or rural legend. (Not exactly urban now, is it?) Seeing as how it’s impossible and all, I can state categorically that neither I nor my brothers, nor any member...

Tasting: Seattle’s Best “Henry’s Blend”

Rating: [rating:2.5/5] The story on the oh-so-hipster bag says that Henry’s Blend is “named after the big friendly cat that once lived at the original Seattle’s Best Coffee roasting plant on Vashon Island.” Aptly so. The trouble with a stray...

More Coffee, Less Cola

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health found that coffee does not lead to long-term effects on high blood pressure for women. The study followed 155,594 female nurses over a 12-year period and found those who drank...

Brooklyn: Fingers Crossed

Ever wanted to see how a coffee house is born? Witness Cafe Grumpy… a not-quite-yet-opened shop on the corner of Meserole Ave. and Diamond St. in Brooklyn, New York. (Fortune, is this your back-yard, or what?) They’ve lined up Seattle’s Victrola to...

Only in Vermont…

Only in Vermont can you gather half the bloggers in the state ’round one table in a community coffee house. Okay… maybe that’s overstating it. Call it a third. At the least, I’d think you could call it a quorum. And quorum might be the...

Feeding Better Now?

Briefly noted: I just fixed some code that was causing some feeds to fail (argh.) And, I’ve added some spiffy new tagging features. The feature creep never ends…

More on the Clover

Chris Tacy rambles passionately (okay, he gushes a little bit) on the Clover, and what it might could mean — maybe — for brewed coffee in a specialty roaster / retailer shop. …I love the idea of offering the consumer a choice. They can have any of...

Tasting: Peet’s Blend 101

[rating:4/5] What is it about Peet’s coffee that bends its will toward a French Press? That refuses to really bloom — to show its complexity and depth and subtle acidity — unless it’s had a good soak in a cafetiere? Consider — Recently a...

Commit Needless Words

Somewhere in my bookcase a slim, battered copy of The Elements of Style stands — neglected — sandwiched between volumes both larger and less wise. For some years I had an accord with the authors of this slender volume. And then I happened upon Rule...

!#$%@! Blister Packages!

To accompany the lonely usability note below, and for your reading pleasure, see Pogue’s catchy NY Times ditty, 10 Ways to Please Us, the Customers: 1. Thou shalt not entomb thy product in indestructible plastic. Sure, we understand the temptation: you want your...
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