Capture Fox: A Screencasting Add-on for Firefox

While looking for screencasting tools for a colleague, I stumbled across Capture Fox, a free Windows-only screen recording add-on for Firefox. It’s basic, but if you’re just looking for something to quickly capture a video of your screen with a voiceover, it’s worth checking out.

Netbook Hack: Add an eSATA Port to the Acer Aspire One

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Cheap netbooks don’t just offer sales appeal. The low price-point is also giving rise to a hardware hacker movement that’s growing quickly. Let me put it another way: are average computer users more likely to hack and slash a $2,000 notebook or a $300 netbook? My money is on the netbook buyer.

tnkgrl is one of those folks leading the way in netbook hacks and today she wraps up a four-part series on her Acer Aspire One. In the first three parts, she added Bluetooth, 3G, and more RAM while also swapping out the Solid State Disk with a traditional 1.8-inch magnetic hard drive. What’s left to mod you ask? How about adding an eSATA interface for a super-speedy external drive capable of 300 Mbps data transfer? That’s around five times faster than using the integrated USB 2.0 ports of the AAO.

tnkgrl shares the steps on this addition but if you had any doubts of warranty voiding, you can dismiss ’em right now. This hack will void it for sure since you’ll need to carve out an eSATA interface slot in your netbook casing!

Exponential, an Online Ad Network, Cuts Jobs

[qi:011] In what is a sign of the times, online ad network Exponential has cut nearly eight percent of its staff as it prepares for what is shaping up to be a nuclear winter in the advertising business. The Emeryville, Calif.-based company runs and operates many digital advertising and marketing entities, though it is best known for its flagship ad network, TribalFusion.

We were tipped off about last week’s job cuts by one of our sources, and CEO and founder Dilip DaSilva confirmed the cuts this morning. In response to an emailed query, he said: “We decided to be proactive and make adjustments in anticipation of a downturn in the economy and advertising for 2009.” Exponential was launched in 2001 and is still an independent company; it has taken no venture capital backing. And according to DaSilva, it’s been profitable for every quarter for the last seven years. Read More about Exponential, an Online Ad Network, Cuts Jobs