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Francesca Schiavone Wins 2010 French Open

In what will probably be her only grand slam win, veteran Francesca Schiavone beat Samantha Stosur  6-4, 7-6 to win the 2010 French Open – a few days shy of her 30th birthday. I must admit that I know little about Schiavone.  Turns out she is the first Italian woman to win any grand-slam in

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Large Teen Pregnancy Declines in Canada vs. United States

According to a CBC News report that aired on “The National’” on Wednesday May 26, the teen pregnancy rate in Canada has declined 37% in the last 10 years. The report cites improved sex education and access by teens to contraceptives as the primary reasons for this large decline. Canada now has less than half

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Cost Components that Make up a Typical Video Game’s Retail Price

What are the cost components that make up the retail price of a typical video game? Put another way, how much does each participant in the video-game development / distribution chain get? I get this question all the time. In this presentation to Columbia University students, Steve Perlman, OnLive’s founder, both demos the OnLive system

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I Now Have 200 Twitter Followers

Since I marked my first 100 Twitter followers with this post back on July 4, 2009, I thought I’d mark my second hundred followers with this post. It took 13 months to reach 100 Twitter followers and just over five months to pass the 200 mark on December 7, 2009. As was the case in

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Bell’s Internet Usage Meter is Off by Up-to 60 Hours

Last March, I switched ISPs from Rogers to Bell’s fiber-to-the-building Internet Max 16 service. I made the switch at the same time I ‘cut the chord’ – dumping Rogers cable in favor of HD, over-the-air only, TV recorded on my Series 3 TiVo. Bell offered me a one year promotional deal for their Internet Max

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Evernote Review – It Has Become an Integral Part of my Life

When I first purchased my Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, several years ago, I dabbled with an earlier stand-alone version of Evernote. It presented a never-ending scratch-pad of sorts that I could write on with the tablet’s stylus. It was nice, even useful, but it didn’t supplant OneNote as my primary note-keeping software, until recently. Evernote is

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I’m Using Dropbox to Sync Key Files Across My PC, Laptop and iMac

I have recently been experimenting with various cloud-based services. Among the best are EverNote, Google Apps Gmail with iMap, xmarks (formerly Foxmarks) and, now, Dropbox. As described in more detail below, among other things Dropbox: (i) allows me to securely sync office documents between my PCs and Mac at any location; (ii) unchains me from

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Kim Clijsters is Back!

Kim Clijsters is back in Cincinnati this week and has received a Wild Card into the Rogers Cup. She’ll be returning to the  U.S. Open in September where she won her first and only grand-slam title in 2003. Kim was ranked No. 1 in the world for 19 weeks in 2003. She ‘retired’ to get

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Immediately after Roger Federer won his record-setting 15th grand slam title at Wimbledon 2009, this amusing Nike commercial ran congratulating him. It features John McEnroe, Serena Williams, Michael Jordan, Pete Sampras, and Tiger Woods.   Sorry for the TiVo bloops at the beginning. This is my second YouTube video. I don’t know how to edit

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Federer Wins Wimbledon 2009 – Sets All-Time Grand Slam Record

In another terrific Wimbledon final, Roger Federer defeated the terrific Andy Roddick (7-5, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 14-16) making him the undisputed best tennis player of all time. With 15 slam titles he passed Pete Sampras’ 14 and stands alone. With his French Open victory a few weeks ago, he has won all four grand slams. 

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Brooklyn Decker Cheers for Andy Roddick at Wimbledon 2009

Since my post about Brooklyn Decker being engaged to Andy Roddick drew such a huge number of visitors to The Daleisphere, I snapped these pictures of Brooklyn cheering her new husband, Andy Roddick, on at Wimbledon 2009. As always, click the images for larger views.   Brooklyn During Semi Final Against Andy Murray      

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Firefox 3.5 Ticks Along Nicely

I upgraded my iMac and my Windows 7 machines to Firefox 3.5 (available here) today.  All went well. The total download/install time was about 4 minutes on my iMac – 2 minutes on Windows 7 RC. This isn’t a particularly important release for me. I was happy with Firefox 3.0.1. But they promised more speed

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Wimbledon Roof Closes for First Time During Match

  On Monday June 29, 2009, during a fourth-round match between Amelie Mauresmo and Dinara Safina, at 6-4, 1-4. the new Wimbledon Centre Court roof was closed for the first time during a match. (Safina won) The subsequent match between Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka was the first full Wimbledon match to be played under