Dot-com death diary

By Adam Gaffin, Network World |  Hardware

Cybersquatting at Network Solutions?

Cybersquatters are all shifty-eyed guys up in Canada or some place hoarding domain names they shouldn't own, right? digitalMass, however, reports that Network Solutions itself might be holding onto names. An Alabama man, in fact, is suing the company because it won't let him register names listed in WHOIS database as "expired." NSI declined to comment on the suit, but said WHOIS records don't reflect legal disputes over a name or if it's the parent to other, still valid domains.


10/18/00

A really mobile PDA

Some researchers at Carnegie-Mellon have figured out how to make a Palm mobile. Really mobile. As in so mobile it can move about a room by its own volition.

The Palm Pilot Robit Kit site has coomplete directions for building your own mobile Palm.

The Palm makes a handy robot controller: it packs a lot of computational power in a small size, runs on batteries, and best of all, can display graphics and an interactive user interface. Our robot empowers a Palm to move about and sense the nearby environment. The base uses three "omni-wheels" that allow driving in any direction with independent control of rotation, meaning it moves holonomically in the plane. The base also has three optical range sensors to "see" the nearby environment up to about a meter away.

Don't want to go to the bother of assembling all the pieces yourself. Don't worry -- the researchers are in negotiations with a company to sell an EZ-build kit (first spotted on informationUltra.)

Save Priceline!

How would you turn things around at the name-your-price Web site? The Motley Fool is running a Save Priceline contest. Whoever comes up with the best answer wins $250 -- which is about what Priceline stock is cumulatively worth these days.


10/17/00

Not enough hours in the day?

Why not just add another four hours?

That's the thesis behind this Web site, which wants to split the current 168-hour week into six days.

Among the benefits: "there is no Monday," weekends are 56-hours long ... and sun-drenched.

Now that our society has been transformed by mass production, division of labor, and artificial lighting, there is no longer any great advantage to being diurnal. There are, in fact, considerable advantages to breaking free of the 24-hour cycle.

First spotted on Wannabe Weblog.

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