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Neodymium Magnets and a Copper Pipe: Great for Parties

Fun with Magnets

 

Many people, particular youths, have a fascination with the pseudo-magical powers of magnets. The things we’re able to do with a magnet can give us a tremendous amount of time-wasting pleasure.

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If Reddit Were in Harry Potter

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For the last two years, I’ve been a closet Reddit fanatic. Some would say I’m not technically in the closet because I spend a good amount of time there every single day (EVERY single day) and I have posted hundreds of articles to the site. The only thing I don’t do often is comment. That’s simply too dangerous.

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High Cost vs High Return: The Alley and the Valley Rule for Tech Companies

Silicon Valley

When you talk tech companies, the first place that comes to mind is Silicon Valley in San Francisco. It is the home of many of the giants, including Oracle, Google, and Facebook. New York City, aka Silicon Alley, is making moves as the new place to be as Wall Street and big money start taking note and investing into new and risky tech firms.

They’re the two places to be, but is it really worth it? In a world where transactions, meetings, and deals can be made instantly over the Internet, how important is it to be physically in one of the two centers of American technology?

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Ugly Girlfriend? There’s an App for That

Ipad Head GirlThere are many uses for the iPad popping up every day. It’s evolving not only in the technology behind it but also in the ways that people use it. While this may be impractical (okay, impossible) to make happen in real life without being staged, the concept behind iPad Head Girl is pretty interesting.

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IT for Small Business: The Ins and Outs

IT

Information technology is handled completely differently from one company to the next. Even in the same industries, the way that IT gets done can be dramatically different, usually as a result of budget constraints, personnel, or both.

This infographic by our friends at Intuit breaks down the shape of IT for small businesses and offers insights into solutions that may be beneficially, particularly for those who need to save while still remaining cutting-edge. Being small means being nimble, but it can also mean falling behind on technology.

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Tagged.com: The OTHER Profitable Silicon Valley Social Network

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What two social networks founded in 2004 have registered users numbering 9-digits, have been profitable for 3 years, are based in Silicon Valley, and focus on connecting people through status updates and social gaming? If you’re reading this, you probably have an account on one of them. The other one has been flying under the radar (and right under our noses) for years.

Tagged.com has always held a parallel course with Facebook. They’ve simply been on a slightly different road ever since it became apparent they would not be able to beat Mark Zuckerberg’s mammoth social network. Unlike MySpace, Hi5, Friendster, and others that waited too long to pull away from the futile effort of taking on Facebook head-to-head, Tagged saw into its own future and changed paths early enough to carve its own path.

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Wil Wheaton’s Awesome Rant About Piracy

Wil Wheaton

When those who are from the entertainment industry speak out about it, geeks across the world rejoice. When it’s the controversial topic of piracy and who is to blame, that’s when the rejoicing has the potential to turn into a riot.

Such is the case for those who watch this video from Comic Con. Wil Wheaton wisdom shines bright and intelligently as his arguments about how the entertainment industry is prolonging the life of their greatest foe makes absolute sense. Bless you, Mr. Wheaton. Bless you. Continue reading Wil Wheaton’s Awesome Rant About Piracy

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Important Hypothetical: What if Solar Panels were on EVERY Roof?

Solar Panels

It will be very easy for trolls and skeptics to take jabs at the concept. It’s impractical, expensive, inefficient, and extremely unlikely to ever happen in any of our lifetimes. Still, one should ask, “What if?”

This infographic by our friends at 1Bog takes a stab at the question and comes up with some interesting statistics about why it’s not only possible, but something that should be considered (at least on a limited scale).

In the early part of the century, many considered it impossible to create cities or neighborhoods with complete internet coverage, and yet I live in such a city in a house where every room other than restrooms has various types of connections and the neighborhood is flooded with public-access WiFi.

Many thought that it was impossible for Ford to ever recover from the direction they were heading in 2006, but Murfreesboro Ford is a shining example of what can happen when you believe in the possibilities.

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