Monday, April 28, 2008

Shanghai World Financial Center

 I saw the documentary about the building of this structure on the National Geographic Channel and decided to look for it online. Here is one awesome video about it. This is one place I hope to visit in my lifetime with my family. I want to walk across that glass-floor observatory 1600 feet above the ground. It looks amazing.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

China's Micro-Retailers

Stories like these get me excited about my personal project. People all over the world are getting ready to sell to other people around the world. The financial services needed for these transactions are also starting to pop up, such as Alipay and PayPal (International).

This is a must read, to know what I am continually envisioning.
Ebay Heads East by Fast Company

Get Your Own LiveMesh

Microsoft is giving you 5GB of storage that you can share across all of your devices (desktop, laptop, cellphone, XBox, etc) and even among your friends. Here is one of description of one of Microsoft's examples for using LiveMesh

Microsoft rolled a quick clip illustrating Mesh power: A mother uses a smart phone to capture footage of her son jumping into a pool. As the video is saved to the mobile device's memory, it's transferred to a digital photo frame. Meanwhile, it's also synching with the father's iTunes account, allowing him to watch the nearly live footage whilst waiting in an airport. It's then sent to a Zune, a car dashboard, another smart phone and back to an Xbox 360 console that two other boys are playing poolside.

--Taken from the article "Microsoft Seeks Mesh Sizzle"

Monday, April 21, 2008

HEMA Online Store Jam

HEMA is a Dutch department store. The first store opened on November 4, 1926, in Amsterdam . Now there are 150 stores all over the Netherlands . HEMA also has stores in Belgium, Luxemburg, and Germany In June of this year, HEMA was sold to British investment company Lion Capital. 

Take a look at  HEMA's product page. You can't order anything and it's in Dutch but just wait a couple of seconds and watch what happens.
This company has a sense of humor and a great computer programmer.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Nice Way to Compare Fonts

I found this online tool with which to compare fonts to each other, up to three at a time. It seems very useful when I am trying to fit some text into a narrow space, like a table cell, and want it to be as legible as possible.


Monday, April 14, 2008

Obopay: Transfer $ w/ Cellphone

Forget banks and all the hassles of setting up external transfer accounts to and from other banks. Needless to say, any of your friends may have reservations about giving you their account numbers. But which of your friends would ever hesitate to give you their cellphone number? I doubt this would be of concern.

Well now, that is all you need. Transfer money from your cellphone to their cellphone. It works by registering your account information at Anytime you send or receive money, the system will know your account info based on your cellphone. Your friends do not need to register their account info, unless they want to. Instead, they can go to and request the system to transfer the money you paid them to their bank account info.

Check out the demo at

Here is a nice video about what this service is all about.

MobiCash: Pay By Phone

These folks seek to put a new button into today's online shopping carts. By clicking this new button, people will be able to charge their purchases to their cellphone bill. This may eliminate the need for credit cards.

One trouble is, how will they ever pull this off, considering there are millions of shopping cars already out there? Of course, they can partner with some major players, like PayPal or Google Checkout, but it is a totally different checkout process.


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Be Wary of Craigslist

Check out this story bit from

The bizarre event, at least, the second of its kind to strike Craigslist, involved a Classified Ad posting that invited individuals to "take what they wanted free of charge" from a house in Jackson County, Oregon. The ad was a hoax, but it generated a real world plundering of a man's home. Last year, a similar plundering scam struck a woman in Tacoma, Washington. In her case, windows, doors, and even the kitchen sink, were stripped out.

There is a better alternative for social classifieds called Read the full story Solves Craigslist's Plunder Problem

2G, 3G, 4G, EDGE, LTE?

What do all those alphabet soup of terms mean? Sure they all refer to cellular or broadband technology, but I just don't get what it means to me or what company uses what acronym. Here is a handy short history and explanation.
What's the deal with 4G?

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

TableFinder: Restaurant Tables Worldwide

This English service is seeking to be your online reservation hub for reserving a table at participating restaurants worldwide. It works on the honor system. If you make a reservation thru their system at a participating restaurant, and you keep your reservation, you get bonus points which you can redeem for discounts at some restaurants. If you do not show up, then you get some negative points and after so many, your account gets disabled for a period of time or indefinitely.

If you own a restaurant, it costs you nothing. They say "we earn our money from commisions from our partners." I wonder who these partners are and how they really make their money.

England's Dot Com Boom

Check out this great news coming out of England. It seems everyone there is looking into starting their own Web 2.0 startup. There are lots of ideas and conferencing going on, and of course, lots of venture capital.

TimesOnline story "The New Dot Com Boom"

BuddyPromoter: Launch With Help

This is what I am talking about when I talk about web 2.0 marketing or viral marketing. This tool empowers you to easily spread your word by connect others to your own space. With it you can easily send friend requests in MySpace, Facebook, etc. I know I will be using this whenever I get my things going.
$1 BuddyPromoter Promotion
Mashable Review of BuddyPromoter

Monday, April 07, 2008

Expensive SMS Texting

This article makes me think about how expensive text messaging really is. I do hope text messaging plan prices come down further soon.
Mobile SMS: Do you even *know* you're being ripped off?