Parallels Poker: double-up with two additional licenses at $20 each

ParallelslogoJust got an e-mail that’s too good to keep to myself. And if you like this one, I’ve got a few thousand more in my Junk Mail I can send your way. 😉 I’m kidding, this one is worth it if you’ve been holding back on another Parallels license for your Mac. Or Macs (plural), as the case may be.

You can grab a two-pack of Parallels Desktop 3.0 licenses for $39.99, which is a huge savings. A single client license normally retails for $79.99 direct, although you’re sure to find better deals than that if you shop online. Still: $20 a pop? I don’t think that can be beat. July 6th is the last day for this deal. I should point out that I never upgraded my Parallels license from the 2.x version and the e-mail says that the deal is for folks who previously purchased Parallels Desktop 3.0. I’m not one of them, but I was able to add the deal to my cart, so who knows? And what’s with all of the multiple Apple deals today… this deal is optimal for a three Mac household, while JVC’s new product works for homes with two iPods.

Peabody Buys Into Clean Coal Startup GreatPoint Energy

greatpoint.jpg“Clean coal” startup GreatPoint Energy, which had one of the largest venture investments in 2007 with $115 million, is getting funding from massive coal company Peabody Energy. A nod from the coal company that fuels about 10 percent of all U.S. electricity, and more than 2 percent of electricity worldwide, is a significant validation of Cambridge, Mass.-based GreatPoint’s technology.

Peabody Energy (BTU) says it has agreed to become a minority investor in GreatPoint Energy, though the companies did not disclose the size of the investment. Peabody joins a long list of GreatPoint investors, including Dow Chemical (DOW), Citi Sustainable Investments, AES Corp. (AES), Suncor Energy (SU), Advanced Technology Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Beyond the investment Peabody Energy and GreatPoint Energy also say they will work on coal gasification projects using Peabody reserves and land.

GreatPoint Energy converts coal, and other fossil fuels, into “pipeline-quality” natural gas, which it can sell, and then captures and stores the carbon. The company says it can produce its natural gas product “bluegas” for about $4 per million BTUs (British thermal units), lower than the current market price of nearly $7 per million BTUs. In the latest press release the company says it has finished testing a pilot facility in Des Plaines, Ill., and has started engineering on its first commercial project.

Dirty-burning coal is a massive problem. About half of U.S. electrical generation comes from cheap-but-dirty coal power, according to the Energy Information Administration, and more coal plants are in the works, particularly in rapidly developing countries like China. While there has been more backlash against coal plants recently, (check out our coal deathwatch) many say that clean coal technologies like GreatPoint’s are at least a decade away.

Sandy Remembers So You Don’t Have To

Sandy thumbnailWho’s Sandy? The persona behind I Want Sandy, the latest application from Values of n, the folks who created Stikkit (which we’re written about before). Sandy functions as your personal email assistant, monitoring any email that you send to her or cc her on, and tracking reminders, contacts, and appointments for you. If you’re the sort of web worker who lives in email, the result is a very low friction way to offload a lot of the details of life until you’re ready for them.

After the signup process (right now, you’ll have to wait in the beta queue for a bit before you get your account), you’ll be assigned your own personal email address for Sandy (which you can customize). You’ll want to spend a few minutes on the web site customizing things like your timezone and your mobile phone number. Then you can put Sandy to work by sending her some email. Read More about Sandy Remembers So You Don’t Have To

The Force is with Eyespot in ‘Star Wars’ Clips Deal

The latest big-name content producer to team with Eyespot Corp. for authorized online mashups of video clips is a biggie — George Lucas’ Lucasfilms, which will release a treasure trove of Star Wars clips for fan mashups Thursday at Starwars.com.


While Eyespot co-founder David Dudas emailed us Wednesday night to say a press release was on the way, we were already reading the deets of the deal online, in a story set to appear in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal.

Quickly: There will be about 250 clips, some as long as a minute in length, and mashups can be shared and embedded elsewhere (all details courtesy of the WSJ story). Eyespot will monitor videos to help keep things clean (no nudity, profanity, etc.), and of course there will be pre-roll advertising. (Silly photo courtesy of the Starwars.com site, which has had authorized still-photo mashups for the past year.)

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Notational Velocity

Here’s one for the GTD’ers out there. It’s sort of an ‘Oldie but Goodie’. Notational Velocity is a couple years old, and has received no attention seemingly since it was released on the world. Yet it’s a strong application that I have yet to have crash on me, nor do I see need for updates on this powerful yet simple program.

Notational Velocity is little more than a note-taking program. There’s a text entry field, a pane that shows the current notes you’ve got, and a space for the body of the note. The text entry field plays two parts, where it will search for notes already in Notational Velocity, or if there’s no match it records it as the title for a new note. Once the note has a title you enter the body of the note and go on your merry.

The interface is simple and concise. It’s as responsive as it can get. The best part? It stores your notes within a database so it’s not a bunch of files all over your hard drive. you just open up Notational Velocity and it’s all there. Don’t like the closed storage schema? No problem – it’ll allow you to export your notes, all separately, based on their titles, into txt files.

Last thing that makes this tool so great – There’s a Quicksilver plugin* that allows you to add and search notes right from within Quicksilver. Doesn’t get much better than that. If you’re looking around for a nice note-capturing tool, I highly recommend Notational Velocity.

*EDIT: So Grant asked where the plugin is available. I misspoke, so thanks for making me check it again Grant. The plugin you’ll need within Quicksilver is the Services plugin. Notational Velocity puts a couple of Services in the general OS X list. The Services plugin for Quicksilver makes this available to whatever text you’re working with.

One chip fits all

The growing popularity of new features such as inbuilt cameras, digital music players, messaging clients and stream video playback software, the demands of the processors inside the handsets have never been higher. Till recently the guts of a handset were made-up of two core processors, the digital signal processor (DSP), [which performs signal processing functions], and the microprocessor [which handles call processing.]
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