Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Random things I'm looking at

+ It's been super busy and I've had little time to post some of the things I've found. Wishing I had more time to post than just the links but this will have to do for now.

Antiticketdonut.com - keeps cops at bay. ;)

New Wacom logo.

Thriving Office for you freelancers who want to sound like you've got more staff.

Flying toaster screensavers for our modern PCs and Mac OSX.

Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies.

Let's create an international world puncutuation day! I had no idea there was one in the US - apparently missed it on Sept 24th.

Internet creators say internet is outdated.
Mr. Roberts's concern over the Internet's infrastructure stretches back years. Even while at ARPAnet, he says he was unsure how long the technology could work, especially since the system didn't ensure that information packets would arrive at their destination. His fears crystallized in the late 1990s when he saw companies begin to use the Internet to make phone calls and consumers begin to dabble in online video.

"The Internet wasn't designed for people to watch television," he says. "I know because I designed it."

In 1998, Mr. Roberts, who worked at several networking start-ups in the 1970s and 1980s after leaving the Defense Department in 1971, founded a start-up called Caspian Networks Inc. He raised $317 million from venture capitalists for Caspian to manufacture the flow-based routers that could analyze Internet traffic and improve how that traffic moved. But the equipment -- priced at about $500,000 per router -- was too expensive for many customers.

Mr. Roberts resigned in 2004 from Caspian; the company closed its doors last year. But the scientist's desire to improve the Web's infrastructure didn't abate. Two months after leaving Caspian, Mr. Roberts founded Anagran in Redwood City, Calif., and raised $22 million in venture funding to continue his work. This time around, he says, Anagran's product is cheaper -- costing just $70,000 -- and there is a more urgent need for such equipment.

"Larry wants to get it right," says Dan Brown, a venture capitalist at ArrowPath Venture Partners in Redwood Shores, Calif., which has invested in Anagran.

Anagran has already picked up customers such as Merit Networks Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich., a nonprofit organization that builds networks for universities, and the International Center for Advanced Internet Research at Northwestern University. "Larry's equipment is built for the more complex traffic like Internet television," says Jim Chen, assistant director of networking at Northwestern. "It's a perfect fit for us."

All Bran cereal ad with some nice visual metaphors.

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