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Firefox: Surf Safer, Faster, Better

You may have heard of a new web browser that’s been gaining a lot of momentum from a grassroots perspective — Firefox. If you haven’t heard, now’s the time to take a look at a browser that claims to let you surf the internet safer, faster and better.

Firefox is not just another piece of software. It is built by a community of volunteers passionate about maintaining innovation and choice on the web, and preserving the standards that make the Net so different from gated online communities that preceded it. The source code is freely available for anyone to inspect and hundreds of experienced developers help them make their code more secure and add the exciting new features (extensions & themes) Firefox users have come to love.

27 million web surfers cannot be wrong. Go get it now!

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Photo-Based Yellow Pages

By now you probably know that Amazon.com sells just about everything on earth, but what you may not know is that they have their own search engine called A9 as well. As far as search engines go A9 is not likely to overthrow Google’s dominance, but they do something that you definitely need to check out. Now.

It’s something so simple, yet intriguing enough to keep me interested well past my normal 2 minute attention-span… their Yellow Pages results show actual photos of your search result. The most powerful technology A9.com invented for Yellow Pages is “Block View,” which brings the Yellow Pages to life by showing a street view of millions of businesses and their surroundings. Go ahead, check it out, but be sure to select the best photo for your search result if no one’s already done so. They’ve only cataloged ten large US cities, but I’m sure they’re headed to Cedar Rapids sometime soon!

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Two Ener-beers Please!

You know how every-so-often you’ll be at a bar and there will be waitresses waltzing around with samples of some new-age drink? Well, last night I was out with a few friends at the Thirsty Turtle in Stamford and we were approached by your atypical aforementioned waitresses. They were handing out free samples of Anheuser-Buschs’ new drink; we felt bad for the waitresses and decided to help them deplete their stock.

Now, if you can imagine what a Budweiser mixed with a Red Bull would taste like, then you’ve got their new drink called B-to-the-E (the “B” standing for beer, the “E” for something “extra” and shown as an exponent of B). The 10 oz. can of 4.5% alcohol by volume infuses beer with caffeine, ginseng and guarana. I must admit that I’m surprised it took so long for a beer-energy drink to hit the “malternatives” drink section and I definitely expect a Super Bowl commercial for this bad-boy. So a congrats to Bud for making the first entry, but whichever Marketing person coined the name needs to be fired immediately. Immediately.