Harry Newton's In Search of The Perfect Investment
Newton's In Search Of The Perfect Investment. Technology Investor.
AM EST Thursday, August 31, 2006: All my contacts
are at the beach and/or watching tennis. That's why volume is low and stock
market trading desultory.
to save energy on your house: My latest find
is something called "3M Prestige window films." You install
this miracle stuff on the inside of your windows. It cuts all things nasty entering
your window -- UV light, solar energy, etc. It will save your furniture from
fading, cut your cooling bills, etc. My architect just installed the stuff on
his windows. He loves it. I checked it out. You wouldn't know there's anything
installed. The film comes in various densities. For more, click
here. Get yourself some samples. Play with them. My architect installed
the PR 70. That's the one I'm about to install. Thank you, Ben Puccio, for finding
access for your laptop: Want broadband access
everywhere? Want to drop your iffy home DSL line? Get yourself a Verizon broadband
access card. Mine continues to work great. Walt Mossberg today confirmed what
I've been saying for eons -- Verizon is better.
These are cards you slip into your laptop.
There's now a whole sub-industry around portable broadband access -- including
boxes to make these cards into WiFi routers (so several people can share one
card) and devices to boost the signals. Two sites of note, Booster-Antenna.com
software stinks. Be wary about loading free
software. Yesterday, a leading software
watchdog group warned users away from AOLs free client software yesterday.
They said it displayed characteristics consistent with badware.
The term badware describes a wide array of downloadable applications that try
to install extra components on a computer without clearly informing users of
what they are or what they will do.
The group, StopBadware.org,
posted an open inquiry into the AOL software yesterday, meaning
that a dialogue has been opened with the company and that a full badware
designation is still pending.
The report, however,
stated that the AOL client software, which provides subscribers with a suite
of services, also installed extra software deceptively, altered the Web browser
and other computer components without notifying the user, and did not uninstall
brothels help the energy crisis:
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Hot and bothered by rising pump prices? Australian
brothels are offering clients discounts based on their gas bills. Brothel owners
claim the system works much the same way as supermarkets which offer shoppers
discounted gas prices by presenting their grocery bills when they fill up their
"If you come
in and spend time with one of our lovely ladies, we'll give you a discount of
20 cents a liter," Kerry, manager of Sydney brothel The Site, told Reuters
Wednesday. There is no link between brothels, petrol providers or supermarkets
but brothels like The Site and Madame Kerry's say the system is simple.
Once you've filled
up your car, bring your receipt to the brothel and they'll discount the price
of your visit. The bill for a full 50-liter tank at 126.9 cents per liter comes
to A$63.45 ($48.22). With the offered 20c a liter discount, the petrol bill
would have instead come to A$53.45.
That A$10 difference
is taken off the A$150 cost of a 30-minute session with one of the brothel's
"service providers." The Site has taken out newspaper ads offering
more media exposure, if you want to put it that way, than basically bums on
beds," Kerry said.
Brothels are legal
across most of Australia, but states have strict laws against soliciting and
running brothels in residential areas, and near churches or schools.
slowly and don't hug cows, hikers told
GENEVA (Reuters) - Keep your distance. Avoid eye contact. And even if it looks
cute, never hug a Swiss cow.
numerous "reports of unpleasant meetings between hikers and cattle"
along Switzerland's picture-perfect Alpine trails this summer, the Swiss Hiking
Federation has laid down a few ground rules. "Leave the animals in peace
and do not touch them. Never caress a calf," the group's guidance, posted
on the website swisshiking.ch,
"Do not scare
the animals or look them directly in the eye. Do not wave sticks. Give a precise
blow to the muzzle of the cow in the event of absolute need," it continues.
of the Swiss Hiking Federation said that while there were no precise statistics
on incidents involving cows, walkers are reporting more run-ins than a few years
She said new rearing
practices, where the animals spend less time around farmers and wander in pastures
with little human interaction, were partly to blame for the anti-social behavior.
Many walkers also panic when confronted by cattle.
reality about the cows. They don't know how to react when a cow appears,"
by a cow, the hiking association recommends that walkers remain calm and slowly
leave the area without turning their backs on the animal.
President Bush missed out on:
He tried to book the Royal Suite at the Hotel Imperial, Vienna's most pricey
hotel. But the Rolling Stones had it. The White House called the Stones and
asked them to relinquish the Suite. They said NO. Bush went elsewhere.
This is the Hotel Imperial's Royal Suite bedroom.
This is the Royal Suite's Salon Arab.
List price on
the suite is about $6,500 a night. Might be fun for a night. I'm told
the service is pretty good.
US Tennis Open is on. Tonight we're seeing
Agassi play Baghdatis. For today's Schedule of Play, click