links for 2009-04-26

  • The other night, I was at a dinner party where I wound up pelted with tech questions. To be totally honest, I love those situations. I get to play the guru for a few minutes—before the talk turns to topics on which I have nothing to contribute, like televised sports.
    Nonetheless, I can’t help noticing that the same questions tend to come up over and over again. Here they are, then: the Top Ten Pogue Cocktail-Party Questions (and Their Answers).
    (tags: technology)
  • It’s never too early to steer your child toward books. But for toddlers, the goal is not to make sure they can read the classics before they’re out of preschool. “The phrase to remember is ‘developmentally appropriate,'” says Roni Leiderman, associate dean of the Family Center at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Parents often come to me wanting to push academics too much, too fast, too soon. In fact, children learn best through play. Make reading a joyous event for them.”
    There are many developmentally appropriate — and fun — ways to help your little one learn to love books and stories. And, surprisingly, not all of them involve sitting down with an actual book.
    (tags: kids)

  • In my spare time, I like to build computer systems at home. So I often use Google Product Search on a desktop computer to look for video cards, memory, and peripherals. Google Product Search gives me information like prices, ratings, reviews, and product details from all over the web. I’m also able to sort my results in a number of different ways, like by price or seller rating. I use Product Search so much that I wanted to make it more accessible on my phone, as well. Today, I’m happy to introduce you to Google Product Search for mobile.

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