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Submission + - Procrastinator's Gift Guide to Smartphones (

uninet writes: "Trying to sort out the right smartphone to give someone this year? Open for Business has reviewed 10 of the most interesting smartphones presently available on major American carriers to help sort out which ones make the best gifts depending on your recipient's needs."

Comment You Might Try SpiderOak (Score 1) 305

I've tried Dropbox and SpiderOak. I think I've settled on SpiderOak for now, since it is cheaper per MB and offers really nice, granular controls. For example, I can sync specific sets of data between different computers and backup some computers without syncing them to others at all (unlike Dropbox which syncs everything to everyone). Like Dropbox, you get 2GB free with no purchase necessary and the client automatically encrypts data in such a way that allegedly the company cannot decrypt it without you providing them with your password. It also counts your quota against the size of your data once it has been "deduplicated" rather than before (Dropbox does it before).

As an added bonus, while the client takes more resources when sending data (since it encrypts it on the client side), it idles much lower -- virtually at 0% processor usage -- than Dropbox, I found.

Of course, giving a referral link is mandatory, right? This link provides both you and me with an extra gig of free space. :-)

Red Hat Software

Red Hat Is Now Part of the S&P 500 128

phantomfive writes "Red Hat has made it onto the S&P 500, an important measure of the stock market. It is replacing CIT, which is expected to go bankrupt after the government refused to bail them out. Red Hat is the first Linux company to make it on to the S&P 500. While this means little directly for the company, it is an indication of the importance Linux is taking on in the world."

Comment Mea Culpa on Re:Irony (Score 3, Informative) 118

I mean to say Oxford American English Dictionary. The grand OED itself says:

2. fig. A condition of affairs or events of a character opposite to what was, or might naturally be, expected; a contradictory outcome of events as if in mockery of the promise and fitness of things. (In F. ironie du sort.)

It goes on to note this usage has been around since at least the 17th century.

Wireless Networking

Submission + - The Verizon MiFi is a Great Friend for the iPhone (

uninet writes: "Over the course of a few days last week, I was able to spend a good deal of time with Verizon's amazing little MiFi 3G router. It performed its task of providing speedy Wi-Fi internet to other devices via a EvDO Rev. A connection very well. Ironically, the red V network's device even improved the experience of using my iPhone, making it usable for surfing where its native network (AT&T) doesn't even connect. Check out my findings at Open for Business."
Emulation (Games)

Submission + - Running Windows 95 on the Wii (

ften writes: "Basically once DOSBox got released for the Wii that's all I've been playing with lately. After playing some Commander Keen and getting an old Dos app that's near and dear to my heart to run, I decided to tackle Windows. Windows 3.11 was easy because it can be natively run in DOSBox and after I realized the Wii only seems to support EGA, it was a snap. Windows 95 was not a snap do to the fact it needs DOS 6.X or higher and doesn't officially support EGA. I was finally able to get it to work but it was incredibly unstable and so slow that Windows is basically unusable. I've posted the instructions on my blog so other can duplicate the feat if they wish."

Submission + - AT&T 3G Upgrades Degrade 2G Signal Strength (

Timothy R. Butler writes: "Much to the chagrin of owners of various 2G cell phones on AT&T Mobility's network, including the highly visible, and originally highly expensive first generation iPhone, we have discovered that AT&T has been quietly adjusting its network in ways that degrade 2G network performance as it has sought to build out its next generation 3G network. Many of the phones affected are still well within their two year contract period."
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - The Little Black (iPhone) Box (

uninet writes: "With the iPhone's huge price tag as a seeming argument against buying it, and even larger prices on iPhones selling on eBay as a good argument for selling the one he just bought, OFB's Tim Butler muses on whether or not to open that ever-so-tempting little box. Read his thoughts on the subject at Open for Business."

Submission + - WWDC's Big Announcement Was Not Leopard (

uninet writes: "Apple did what every Mac user wondering if the company had lost its focus on the Mac wanted the company to do: it had the ever charismatic Steve Jobs focus on Mac OS X Leopard for almost all of his keynote in San Francisco, one of two major product launch events for the Cupertino-based company each year. But, when he did move off of the Mac, he unveiled Apple's real offensive: the Safari web browser for Windows. Find out why, here."

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.