Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Excuse me Ms. Dewey, could you tell me...


I made a list of top ten things to type in Ms. Dewey. I thought these search terms yeilded some of the more interesting responses she gives.
  1. frodo
  2. robots
  3. ipod
  4. internet
  5. halo 2
  6. sing
  7. bob barker
  8. gun
  9. japanese
  10. the matrix trilogy
Try each search term two or three times. Some of the keywords seem to bring up a few different actions.

Let me know of any search terms that bring up other cool responses from her(please refrain from the usual derogatory terms).

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Make Your Feeds Mobile With Mobifeeds


Mobifeeds makes it easy to convert site or blog feeds into mobile feeds for viewing on 2G or 3G compatible mobile phones.

In Alpha still, Mobifeeds is open to anyone who visits the site and wants to add any number of feeds to their database. Enter a web feed, OPML link, or upload an OPML file, and give the new Mobifeed a short title, called a 'slug', and your ready for the mobile web.It takes only seconds for your new feed(s) to be ready to share with the world. Use one of their badges on your site, and let all the mobloggers enjoy your content where ever they go.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Site Updates: Dec. 27th, 2006

Made a couple more changes.

I removed the Yahoo IM link. It was redundant since I have the Odeo voicemail badge.

I also found Socializer, a social bookmarking service to replace my AddThis badge. It's smaller and looks "cleaner" next to my trackback link

Finally, I removed the Zookoda email link. I'll be bringing it back with a more specialized newsletter format. If you want to receive Emergency Trap posts in your email you can click on the syndicate button and sign up through that.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Guest Blogging

I posted a bit ago about looking for help on the site. I also want to talk about guest blogging.

Guest blogging is a great way for everyone to spread their name, create additional great content, and generally add to the Blogosphere.

I'm always available for guest "appearances" as well as looking for guest bloggers. Please, don't be shy or worry about offending me, if you want to ask to do an article or comment on any of my past articles. You'd actually be helping me, and I'm always looking for help.

New Email

I have a new email at Jeremy@emergencytrap.com. I can support plenty of other people at this email domain for anyone interested in helping out.

Christmas Vacation 2006

It's pretty close to Christmas, and I have plans fast approaching. I'm going to take off from today(Dec. 20th) to January 1rst.

This doesn't mean I won't be on the site. I'll still be checking it, replying to comments and emails, and working on small parts of the site. I, however, won't be posting(unless I really get itchy fingers or a 'must report on' news story pops up and I just can't resist the temptation).

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Site Updates: Dec. 19th, 2006

I've been customizing the Snap bubbles so they only appear at strategic locations on the site. I'm still having some difficulty customizing it for some of my javascript code, but I'll talk with the creators and try to get that worked out.

I also added an Email subscription form although, that may change. My Feedpass syndicated subscriptions already offers email. I still may keep the Zookoda and use it as a periodic newsletter.

I'm looking in to getting my own domain name. I need to check and see how this will affect my subscriptions and services I'm a part of. Hopefully I won't have to go around to each one and change all my personal data.

By far the biggest announcement is the Emergency Trap Netcast that is coming. Over the next few months, I will be producing a video series around reviewing Web 2.0 sites, services, companies, and gadgets. So look out for it, because I think it's going to be exciting.


Emergency Trap is Hiring....Well, Sort of.

I have some major plans and changes for the site in the near future. These plans I have will be quite time/work intensive and to do it all myself will take longer than I'd like. So I'm putting out a call for help.


I'm looking for co-authors to help post on new and emerging Web 2.0 sites and technologies, along with reporting on gadgets and internet news from around the world.

I really have nothing substantial to offer or anyway to pay you. I want to find people who genuinely love writing, gadgets, and the internet.

I can offer a percentage of ownership in the site. I would still like to maintain majority control over ownership but if the site were to ever start generating funds, you would share in that.


Pop-up Internet

I'm really excited about Snap. I've been wishing to have this ability on my site for awhile.

I first saw the Snap bubbles on Techcrunch but didn't follow their link until I saw them again on Ben Miller:Tokyo.

Snap gives your site the ability to display link bubbles for your viewers. Viewers scroll over the link and a pop-up bubble appears displaying a snapshot of what the site looks like. I'm sure you've noticed it by now, if you've scrolled over the links above. Advanced users can also designate where on the site the bubbles work, and where they won't.

The creators of Snap were really on the ball with this service. Malware has been plaguing us with software that slows down our computers and bombards us with these little bubbles trying to sell you stuff that you don't need or want. It's about time someone took this idea and made it useful and something that we want. The best part is you don't even need to download anything. Just insert the code into your website or blog.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Let's Face It, People Love To Make Lists


Tenspotting is a site that let's you make lists, and then share them with others or put them on your site.
Let's face it, there's not a whole lot to making lists. Tenspotting's service is simple and I would guess that they know this. I love it when new sites have video how-to's of their service, and Tenspotting has a nice short video tutorial.

Simple does not equal stupid. List making is one of the most popular past times on the internet. People love making and reading lists.

Any SEO or Web 2.0 marketing site will tell you that lists are popular. One of the best ways to get noticed and dugg on Digg is to make a list.

To show you what Tenspotting's lists look like, Emergency Trap has put together a current ranking of its favorite Web 2.0 sites.

Happy list making.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

This X-mas people may be singing "Zoom zoom zoom" but not for the reason most may think

When I hear that little jingle "Zoom zoom", I think of the car commercial right? But this Christmas I think many households will be singing an eerily similar tune, but not for cars, for Hasbro's new Zoombox video projector.

A portable projector that, according to the commercial, is being marketed towards young kids. It sports up to a 60 inch(corner to corner) view with the ability to play CD's, DVD's, and even plug in A/V connectors from gaming systems all in a small $250 package.


Hasbro ingeniously marketed this thing. For all intense and purpose, it's a projector. But Hasbro is selling it as a "cheap toy". That is exactly what you think when you see the TV spot-"Cheap". It's a kids toy right? Adults know right away that it will be cheaper than the professional models on the market today. Kids want it for the fun factor. Hasbro has touched the hearts of gadget lovers of all ages with their Zoombox marketing plan.

Add to that the fact that projectors are hot right now, and expensive. I believe Hasbro will be selling a lot of these Zoomboxes before Christmas' end.


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Fonts, Formats, and Style. Oh My!

I'll be experimenting with the post formats for awhile. I'll try not to get too crazy. I just want to improve the look and feel of the site. Hopefully It won't lead to OCD and I'll find a good format that I'll stick with.

Oops, I Did It Again...

Yes, I once again wasn't paying attention and uploaded the wrong logo. At least I caught it sooner this time.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

All Your Feeds Are Belong To Us

Well, I may be on the late train to tuna town*I have no idea what I'm saying, but I just found Feedpass. Feedpass does for feeds what AddThis did for social bookmarking, yet Feedpass includes it all.

Feedpass lets you enter your XML feed address. It then creates a page for your feed that contains many options for subscribing to your feed. Just copy and paste their button link code into your Blog or website that will lead to your feedpass page, and you're all done.

When a person clicks the subscribe button, they'll be t
aken to your feedpass page. I love all the stuff they thought to include in the pre-built page. There are many options for subscribing to a feed:

  • RSS Readers
  • Bowser
  • Email
  • Manually
  • Tagging

Among the one-click RSS reader subscriptions, they have some 44 to choose from. You can also subscribe via email, browser, or copy and paste the feed address manually. They also include your feed posts right on that page. Not only can you check out the subscriptions posts right from the feedpass page you're assigned, but they also give you many social bookmarking tags to bookmark individual posts or the entire feed.

Feedpass has put together a great, easy to use service that consolidates RSS subscription forms and social bookmarking into one place for y
our Blogs feed. Maybe there's a few minor changes that could be made in the future, to make it even easier, but Feedpass has pretty much laid the groundwork.

They also have one of the best looking Web 2.0 sites I've seen. Oh, and did I mention it's FREE?

Problems Editing "Comfort Women" Post

It may be due to the script for the charity badge, but I'm unable to get into and edit that post. I wanted to add the links to Beth's Blog, and Network for Good.

Comfort Women Charity

I did a project for school last year that I ended up feeling strongly about. At some point in History, every country has had problems with military sexual violence against women. One unique, but little talked about, incident occurred recently in modern history. There was an unprecedented amount of woman forced into sexual slavery during World War II.

"Comfort Women" is a euphemism used to descr
ibe the women who were forced to work as sex-slaves in military brothels in Japanese-occupied countries during World War II. The number of comfort women, estimated during the war, range from 80,000 to 200,000 with testimonies from former comfort women and military personnel placing that number towards the high end.

I saw a great charity badge over at Beth Kantor's website, and looked into the service. I was pleased to see that the Network for Good has a connection to the WCCW's charity for comfort women. There are other's out there and one I'd like to mention is the "House of Sharing
There are many sources for information on this subject. I've listed a few
I will be putting up the Network for Good badge on the site soon. Here it is, for now.



Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Chinswing-Forums With Voice


Chinswing is a lot like any other message board, except instead of typing your message, you record it. It looks like Chinswing is attempting to add to social networking by giving us the dynamics of voice in an easy to use package.

It can be hard to have long voice discussions with lots of members and, at the same time, have it organized and moving all while maintaining the 'feel' of a large shared topic.

The thing voice adds is the obvious tones and connotations that are just absent in written form. But when adding voice to forum based systems, you get into the problem of slowing down the speed at which information is shared. Current word based forums are easy to scan through quickly. If your looking at a topic that interests you, you can scan through it for the desired answer among those that have contributed. It's as if I were needing to find a certain kind of computer mother board. I'd go to the topic and I could easily and quickly scan through the posts until I find one that is relevant to me, and while I'm doing that I can mentally note other posts that interest me for other reasons. You just can't quickly find the one person who has the answer you're looking for, in recorded messages. You don't know what they have to say until you listen from the beginning to the end of each individual recording.

What Chinswing has done is create fairly smooth moving discussions by using a clickable ticker tape below each discussion window. By clicking the first persons entry, in the main window above the ticker, you begin playback. Each persons voice post plays automatically one after the other unless you press stop on that persons post. You can also scroll through the ticker and pick individual posts to listen to while not losing the order in which the discussion formed.

I know of one other site, Yackpack, that offers voice message boards. Both are attractive, in my book. Chinswing, I think, has managed to create an organized, easy to understand system for voice discussions by separating topics into channels and then listing individual discussions under those. The one thing I don't like is the program you have to download to your computer to record your messages. Yacpack uses an interesting window to display users in a circular fashion while each persons seperate posts are all listed under their picture that's viewable in the main window. I think it's a little more confusing that Chinswing's linear ticker approach and would be more confusing the more members that participated, but there is no need to download anything, and they also give the ability to talk live with whoever is currently logged in. You record straight from the website, and you can embed "Yackpacks" in your website or blog.

These two services could easily thrive without creating competition among themselves as Yackpack seems more oriented toward the "create your own voice chat room" crowd while Chinswing is more like a traditional forum.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Zookoda-Create Free Mailing Lists

Zookoda allows anyone to create costumizable mailing lists for their audience.

I remember back before "Blogging" there were a handful of services that let you create your own mailing lists, but for the most part it was a money making industry all it's own.

With Zookoda you can create free emails around templates that either you create, or ones you pick from their library. You can then setup timed broadcasts that will go out to your subscribers.

Their are plenty of features to customize and manage your list:
  • Create one, or multiple lists.
  • Choose from a variety of subscription forms to put on your website or Blog.
  • Create your different emails that you'll be sending out.
  • Schedule broadcasts
  • View reports of your mailing list(s)
Within each of these features are more customizable options:
  • Send Individually scheduled or recurring broadcasts.
  • View subscriber reports online or download as a spreadsheet file.
  • Manage multiple mailing lists
  • Sync your Blog with Zookoda to deliver new posts straight to subscribers in boxes.

It's a great service for bloggers today. Many services are starting to offer the option of getting updated news delivered to their email via RSS, and Zookoda gives users that power.

Emergency Trap has started a mailing list that you can sign up to. Enter your email and click.


Show Your Passion for the Wii and Web 2.0

I found these pics while randomly surfing yesterday.

I've really been on a Wii kick lately, haven't I? Well, after seeing this, I thought "This is pretty darn good". So, I had to post about it. I found the pic, posted by user 'vasalas' over at
Kotaku.


By now, most of you have seen the Web 2.o poster by eBoy. I just didn't want to be left out.


So there you go. Two pieces of Web Chique for all the geeks with style.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Do Wii Actually Need the Japanese Warning Labels?

As much as everyone's been making fun of the warning pictures from the Wii's Japanese manual, they sure haven't been actually heading them.

Let's take a look:


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Angry, Wii Are

I've noticed a trend with the new Nintendo Wii. No I'm not talking about sore arms or broken TV's. Although that is related. I'm talking about my growing suspicion that the Wii just may be the most anger inducing game system ever created.

Let's look at the obvious for a moment. A lot of people out there are getting mad at Nintendo whenever they chuck their controllers, at extremely high velocity, into their television sets. Granted, I'd be pretty upset, especially with prices on these new high definition sets, but I think I'd be feeling pretty stupid as well. But I digress, the point is that there are a good number of people out their angry at Nintendo. Let's look at the people who haven't broken anything, as well. A lot of these people are really getting absorbed into these Wii Sports games. I mean take a look:

I have recently had some hands on experience, and can tell you that it is easy to get sucked in. I was playing boxing and I don't know if there's any external influences affecting it or not, but it seems a bit too unresponsive. I didn't expect it to be perfect, but not that unresponsive. I tried the training and I was getting so frustrated trying to hit the trainers gloves, yet I kept going back for more. My friends get ticked at it too. While shooting for a high score in the tennis training, my one friend would miss because the player wouldn't swing sometimes, and that is very anger inducing for her.

The point I'm making is that the games are fun, or at least fun enough to keep going back to. At the same time, however, they can be very frustrating. It reminds me of those flash games online that have a simple premise-to get the highest score possible by flogging the penguin or beating the timer. They get your blood pumping, and you get very involved. The slightest remark or glitch suddenly halts this and it creates intense frustration, snapping at your friends, and generally yelling obscenities at your computer, but you go back for more because you have this desire to master it.

Yes, it's true, their have been and probably are a fair amount of those games out on the market for all systems, and computers. I just think that Nintendo has managed to condense all of those into their interactive system.

So I think if they had the game category, the Nintendo Wii would easily win "Most anger inducing system". By the way, I can't wait to get one.

Let's hear your best blood curdling tales of Wii. What are some funny or embarrassing moments you've been in since getting a Wii? Or just tell me some Wii enhanced anger you've witnessed.

Do you agree or disagree with me? Have your own idea as to the most anger inducing game system ever? Let me know.

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Wiki Going Public

Our web 2.0 wiki "Wikergency Trap" is now open for public editing. Simply follow the layout rules that will be listed on the front page.

Thanks, in advance, to all who participate and help make this wiki a definitive and freshly updated source for web 2.0 sites and technologies.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

2 months and 1000 hits later...

Emergency Trap has been alive for 2 months now, and I'm pleased to say that it's making great progress. We have 1000 hits at the 2 month mark, and I am very happy about that. It might not sound like much, but it's more than I thought would happen. Totaling all the hits to date, compared with hits per day, we've had an average of 16 hits per day. When looking over the past 2 months, are average hit ratio has increased gradually to date.

I'm hoping for many more days of increased hits, and plan on making that happen.

I want to improve the way the site looks and operates. I'm hoping to improve tag relevancy, pay closer attention to post titles to help increase traffic, participate in more blogger communities as well as other changes and improvements.

Thanks to everyone who has visited and gave me all those hits. I hope you continue to return for exciting, interesting, and relevant information in the future.

Streamick.com

I love watching videos on my computer. I've compiled quite a collection already of sites to watch videos and TV on. I recently found Streamick.

Streamick is another site that let's you watch TV online. The cool thing about Streamick is that it works, and works well. While most sites sell you the joy of watching TV online, while only delivering a fraction of that capability with much less than 24 hr channels and mostly video community fodder, Streamick really does deliver.

Streamick has some 115 stations in 10 channels including education, entertainment, and music.

I particularly like Sumo.tv that streams top viral videos back to back(if you still want your community video fix), Cartoon Network(brought to you by Gametap), the ScifiTeevee channel that shows classics and other great cheesy scifi movies, and the great selection of music video channels.

If you like TV and want some more options that are free, you definately need to check out Streamick.

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Friday, December 08, 2006

The World Will Never Forget James Kim


In a fete many would say was impossible, the internet itself seemed to slow down for a well known man. I am one of thousands who never knew James Kim personally but was familiar with him as an internet "personality". I was talking with a friend last night. We were reminiscing about how we knew of James. I can't imagine how upset his friends and family must be. There is what some would call a small circle of movers and shakers on the internet, and all of those people seem to have known each other personally. James was among them. I am 32 years old, James was 35. I can't help but think that he hadn't even begun his work on Earth, yet already at the young age of 35 he had accomplished a great deal. I think that if this horrible tragedy had not happened, that he would have continued to be one of those movers and shakers of the internet and would have done greater things.

I was looking through the "well wishers" over at CNET and it moved me to list a handful of them. These are but a measly few of the thousands of people who wrote in to give their condolences, but I think it really shows just how well known and admired he was all around the world.

Many of Korean...
Reader post by: kyeongsig woo
Posted on: December 6, 2006, 10:45 PM PST

Many of Korean are grieving for him.
Someone want to send some money for his family...
We don't know how to help them.

But I can say God always loves them.
I'll pray forever....
kyeongsig Woo ( 82-2-19-366-7321 ) Seoul, Korea


To Mr. Kim's family
Reader post by: mariegiusti
Posted on: December 8, 2006, 10:53 AM PST

From San Juan, Puerto Rico we send condolence to his family. Rest in peace, Mr. Kim.


Iyaya
Reader post by: Nekko17
Posted on: December 7, 2006, 11:01 AM PST

T_T No. I want him to tell me. :\ You have no idea how sad I am. I always cam eon cnet, and saw alot of his reviews on things. And it feels like I knew him, so you have no idea how.. horrible I feel. But its probably only 1% of how the family feels.

I can't beleive it.



From the bottom of my heart, my prayers.

Reader post by: Mariopreciado
Posted on: December 6, 2006, 1:46 PM PST

for his family and many friends. Mr. kim died, but his courage is an example to be followed by all.
Mario A. Preciado
Republic of Panama



From Australia our deepest sympathies

Reader post by: snharden
Posted on: December 6, 2006, 1:52 PM PST

A very sad story to read when I first logged on today. I was as were so many really pulling for him. My Family sends their deepest sympathies to Kati and the kids, James family, Kati's family, their CNET family.

And a huge thankyou to all the SAR people. Good bye James and RIP you deserve it.

Scott and Margaret Harden
Brisbane, Australia.


THE EPITOME OF A MAN

Reader post by: brendajamaica
Posted on: December 6, 2006, 3:21 PM PST

MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF JAMES KIM.

HE WAS A “MAN” AND THERE IS ONE LESS THE WORLD.

HE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR HIS FAMILY TAKE GREAT COMFORT OF HIS SACRIFICE.

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE, AND GOD BLESS HIS WIFE, DAUGHTERS, PARENTS AND OTHER FAMILY.

YOU ALL ARE IN MY THOUGHTS,

LOVE FROM KINGSTON, JAMAICA.


Asian Community Has Lost A Leader

Reader post by: rachellechong
Posted on: December 6, 2006, 3:25 PM PST

My sincere condolences to the James Kim family. What very brave souls they have been through this wrenching experience. The Asian American ommunity has lost a tech leader today, and we all mourn his loss.

Commissioner Rachelle Chong
California PUC


Deepest sympathy from osaka, japan

Reader post by: katnhwi
Posted on: December 6, 2006, 4:07 PM PST

So heartbreaking! I saw this story on CNN yesterday and prayed they would find him alive. Deepest sympathy to his family.


A good man is never forgotten

Reader post by: jralcantar
Posted on: December 6, 2006, 4:05 PM PST

My wife and I enjoyed watching James Kim on TechTV and CNET. He had a great personality. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Juan and Cathy
Chicago, USA


Condolencias

Reader post by: Alextassi
Posted on: December 6, 2006, 4:30 PM PST

Pai de 3 filhos meus mais sinceros sentimentos.Brazil


Condolences From Singapore.

Reader post by: alvinfiery
Posted on: December 6, 2006, 4:30 PM PST

We wish that James Kim will rest in peace. Condolences to his family. He's been a good man, a brave, courageous one indeed. We salute him for that.


Go to www.jamesandkati.com for more information

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CNET senior editor James Kim has passed away


update:detailed coverage

Body of CNET senior editor James Kim found
Crave.net update

*****In Memoriam*****
I don't quite know what to say about this. I was never really good at sharing emotionally. I wanted to post about this and yet I don't want to add to the Kim families river of grief. At times like this I try to empathize with the person or people. Put myself in their shoes. I think if It were I, I would be too emotionally upset to think of much beyond grieving right now. So I thought it best to stay very low key right now. We shouldn't be shouting this around everywhere, but rather be silently sympathetic while the Kim's are deep in their moment of grieving.-Jeremy Stratton(Emergency Trap)

The 35-year-old Kim, his 30-year-old wife Kati and daughters Penelope (4 years) and Sabine (7 months) left their home in San Francisco last week on a Thanksgiving road trip to the Pacific Northwest. Before the Denny's sighting on Saturday, November 25, they had last been seen earlier that day in Portland, Ore., according to the SFPD's missing persons' report.


Go to www.jamesandkati.com for more information

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

This phenomenon known as "internet"

I saw this and had to pass it along. A great look back at the progress we've made. It's funny to think of this way back when it started. Indeed, things are starting to move faster, and time between turn-overs are shortening with all things online. Why it was just a year ago, as Leo and Kevin pointed out on Net@Night #5 that Kevin was just starting with Digg, and now they're huge.

It is humorous to see how they excluded "the" when referring to "the" internet. I also enjoyed the little primer on "emoticons"

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Friday, December 01, 2006

I just bookmarked it

I've taken down the colorful cornucopia of bookmark links that previously appeared after every post. I have replaced it with one little blue bookmark it link. Click on the link and you'll be given the choice to save the post between all the major social bookmarking sites. Give it a try, and tell me what you think.

Site Updates: Dec. 1, 2006

It's that time again. Time for another site update. Another reminder that this site is growing fast, and is as determined as ever to make a name for itself.

A feature I've just added is site translation. I'm excited about this. As you may or may not know, most of the general site translators out there like Yahoo's Babel Fish, WordLingo, and Google Translate work far from perfectly. Indeed, I believe the very best option available today would be to hire a pro service to manually translate my blog. I do not have the funds, at this time, to hire anyone, so I went with Google Translate. Even though it is slightly clunky with it's translations, I find that it is still surprisingly effective. I use it quite often when I'm looking through Japanese language sites. You'll find the translator icon flags conveniently located right below the Emergency Trap logo. Just click on the appropriate flag to have Emergency Trap translated into that language.

I am constantly adding to the list of web 2.0 links in the left column. If you haven't checked it in awhile, you may find some new interesting sites.

As for future updates, their are many to come. I'm still working on Wikergency Trap-Emergency Trap's wiki containing web 2.0 sites and services, adding more details and locations on the Quickmap for your viewing pleasure, and I have a planned site "rearrangement"-moving the pre-existing elements around to help the site load faster, and improve it's overall aesthetic quality.

Of course, you will always find new posts on the latest web 2.0 services, gadgets, tech news, internet news and whatever interesting and relevant "stuff" comes down the pike.

Faux Pas extraordinare

Believe it or not, I've just realized the mistake I've made with the graphics logo. I had been inadvertently using my Wikergency Trap logo in lieu of my Emergency Trap logo. The planets are back in alignment, and nothing has blown up. All is well.

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