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Win a free Chrome notebook from Provo-based LucidChart

Yesterday, Google announced on its blog that it is partnering with Provo-based LucidChart to give away 100 Chrome Cr-48 notebooks. These users will be part of a pilot program to test the laptops and provide feedback to Google.

Because LucidChart is an online diagramming and flowcharting application, it will select winners who make the most creative diagrams and share them in its online library. More details about the contest and how to enter can be found here. Contest runs through February 12.

Internet Shopping with Local Pickup in Utah

I always hate going to CompUSA or Best Buy to buy a cable I need right away because I know I'm getting ripped off, and I KNOW I can find it cheaper on the Internet. Seriously, go try to buy a simple monitor cable at one of the big local stores, you will pay a lot more than you think.

Sewell Direct is an Internet retail store based in Orem and they offer local pick-up as a shipping option for people in Utah. It's the best of both worlds - Internet store prices but you don't have to wait for shipping. They sell computer stuff, home audio/video stuff, and even some prosumer recording stuff.

Try it out next time you need a part or cable for your computer or home theater setup - you'll be glad you did and so will your wallet.

(Disclosure: I work for Sewell Direct. But I shop here, too - other local stores really can't compete.)

Sustain'd - digg, mormon style

For those that peruse the Bloggernacle, you might be interested in a project I am working on called Sustain'd.

Sustain'd will be somewhat like, where the content is all user-driven, and the organization of it is based on the votes of the community. All content submitted will be LDS-related.

If you have any ideas of features you'd like to see included in its release, feel free to leave a comment on the blog. Thanks!

High pitched ring tone... adults can't hear

I just heard about this today and thought it was interesting for several reasons. The way teenagers adapted the technology in their favor, and why it was developed in the first place.

The war between teens and authority figures has a new -- or old -- front: ears. British shopkeepers tired of teenage loiterers have turned to the Mosquito teen repellent, which emits a high-pitch frequency that most teenagers can hear -- but not most adults.

But now teens have struck back against the Mosquito: They are using the same sound to communicate without adults' knowledge.

Read the entire story here.

Froogle from your phone

Never overpay again for lack of shopping around: Now you can use Froogle Wireless to do a price-check from your phone.

BYU's Isotruss bike frame

My friend Tyler Evans made KSL news a few days ago because of the IsoTruss project he's been working on:


A group of Utah engineers may have revolutionized the way cyclists pedal through a race or down a mountainside. They've developed a remarkable, incredibly light bicycle frame, like no other you've seen.

BYU engineering senior Tyler Evans is riding a bike he and his colleagues made. A bike that could change the face of cycling. The frame is made with a unique open, free flowing matrix of composite materials, over-wrapped with kevlar fibers. The bicycle is extremely strong, but very light...

Tyler Evans, BYU Civil Engineering: “There are very few mountain bike frames that have gotten below three pounds, and we’re hoping to come well below that – even as far as 2.8 pounds, or maybe even more."

More info on the bike, including videos, can be found here.

Apple's new iPod Photo

from the $499-toys dept.
Apple just came out with the iPod Photo. It lets enjoy your photos just like the iPod has done with music:

Can you say shazam!?! Here's the press release.

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