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My Trip To Detroit

pixar_cars1.jpg By David Ponce

I’m leaving this morning for Detroit. I was invited by GM to attend their 2008 Collections Event, at the Milford Proving Grounds. I (along with a bunch of other bloggers) will get to drive any car in their 2008 lineup, including Corvettes, Escalades and Cadillacs. And we’re getting an advanced driving techniques course as well. Yeah, it’s pretty darn exciting!

Why a tech blogger at a GM Collections event? Bunch of reasons, really, but mostly I suspect that it has to do with them increasingly integrating entertainment and information technology into several of their newer models, especially their Cadillac CTS. They seem eager to show it all to us, and I suspect it’s a smart move. By “us” of course I mean new media. It’s the first time GM holds a bloggers-only Collections event, and this simple fact shows a lot of things: blogs are displacing traditional channels and becoming part and parcel of the established media landscape. But I digress (digest?)…

The reason I’m telling you all this is because I’d love it if you could participate. I’ll be meeting with some car designers there, including Wade Bryant (Design Manager of Advanced Design for the Chevy VOLT) and Therese Tant (Interior Design Manager in the Advanced Studio). If any of you has any questions you’d like to ask them, please post them in the comments to this article. Also, if you’d like to me to look at something or other on the GM lineup, let me know.

For the record, GM is paying for my way there (airfare and accommodations), but that’s it. I’m not required to even write about my experience there if I decide not to. But if I do (and I am), they asked that I disclose this fact. I would have anyway, but it’s nice that they specifically asked.

Now, here’s hoping I don’t meet a cement wall at high speeds…

Thank You, Sponsors

By David Ponce

It’s that time of the month where we remind everyone that there’s a reason we’re able to do what we do, and bring you OhGizmo! daily. That’s the sponsors, who believe in our product and are willing to associate themselves with us. And we to them, of course. So, a big Thank You to the following companies.

PayPerPost
The company allows you to monetize your blog by writing reviews for cash. With over 40,000 bloggers signed up, their success is undeniable. And with clear disclosure now a requirement, there’s no more confusion.

Wicked Lasers
Long time readers of the site know just how great the lasers this company makes are (is this even grammatically correct?). If you’ve got the cash to spare, you’ll be amazed at how popular you can be with one of these babies in your hand.

HP
HP is the world’s largest IT corporation, and hardly needs an introduction. There’s not much in the tech world they’re not into, and that list now includes a smartphone. Good for them.

Last Week On BotJunkie

By David Ponce

The team at BotJunkie are doing a great job unearthing cool bot stories. Here’s a few highlights:

german.jpg – The Germans know how to live… and eat. They’ve built a robotic restaurant, with robo-waiters… of sorts. [ Robotic Restaurant ]

robot art– Robots don’t always have to be useful. It’s cool when they’re made into art, like the awesome pieces from Laurence Northey. [ Robot Art ]

robo walker – The Roller-Walker is a hybrid bot that can walk, and roll. It manages this by doing a little transformation, which I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching on the video in that article. [ The Roller-Walker ]

FM/Toshiba Battle Royale Is A New Kind Of Marketing, Happens To Be Fun

federated media battle royale

By David Ponce

Don’t start flailing your arms because this involves sponsors; it’s actually interesting, so please hear me out. For the past few weeks, Federated Media (our advertising partners) and Toshiba have been hosting a new kind of advertising campaign. It’s called FM:Tech Battle Royale and it involves several high-profile sites answering one tech related question a week, and battling for popularity. There’s a couple guys from BoingBoing, Ken Fisher from Ars Technica, a few other sites and of course myself. Each week, the question is read by the ninja from Ask A Ninja and readers get to vote on their favorite answer. I’ll tell you, it’s sort of fun to be battling it out with these guys, even if in the end it doesn’t make much difference who wins. See, whoever leads in the votes doesn’t really get anything special. Only bragging rights, I guess. But this is where I ask all y’all to help me out a little and send a couple votes my way. I’m currently 4th in the rankings, a whisper ahead of Mark Frauenfelder from BoingBoing.

And for the record no one asked me to write this post, and I don’t get paid to write the answers. Toshiba (the sponsor) is running ads on this site (you might have seen them around) and that’s the only form of compensation in this campaign.

I’d also love to hear your thoughts on this thing.

[ FM Battle Royale ]

This Week On BotJunkie

botjunkie logo By David Ponce

Plenty of stuff going on in our little robotic world. Here’s a short sample from this week:

Full Steam Ahead With SteamBot ST-II

Robot Arm Is Rocket Powered, Has A Gun”

Gakken Mechamo Centipede Robot Kit”

A Thank You To Our Sponsors

By David Ponce

It’s that time of the month where we remind everyone that there’s a reason we’re able to do what we do, and bring you OhGizmo daily. That’s the sponsors, who believe in our product and are willing to associate themselves with us. And the other way around, of course. So, a big Thank You to the following companies.

PayPerPost
The company allows you to monetize your blog by writing reviews for cash. With over 40,000 bloggers signed up, their success is undeniable. And with clear disclosure now a requirement, there’s no more confusion.

Wicked Lasers
Long time readers of the site know just how great the lasers this company makes are (is this even grammatically correct?). If you’ve got the cash to spare, you’ll be amazed at how popular you can be with one of these babies in your hand.

HP
HP is the world’s largest IT corporation, and hardly needs an introduction. There’s not much in the tech world they’re not into, and that list now includes a smartphone. Good for them.

We’re Launching BotJunkie.com!

botjunkie launch

By David Ponce

Robots are cool. One day, they’ll wipe our bums and serve us martinis while we laze away on some beach; countless cybernetic minions hacking away at our menial tasks. Or they’ll enslave us all. Either way, with the launch of BotJunkie, we’ll be right in the thick of the action, chronicling it all for your entertainment. Our plan is to bring you a daily robotics-oriented news website with the same level of professionalism, dedication and attention to detail that you’ve come to expect from our team. It is edited by our very own Evan Ackerman with future contributions from everyone else, including myself. The logo is mostly the work of Andrew Liszewski (yeah, our Andrew).

The story behind this launch is long and winding… and I’ll spare you a retelling. But suffice it to say that we’re very excited about this, and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it all together. Oh, and if something is broken, missing, stupid or sucky, please let us know. Here or there, it doesn’t matter.

[ Visit BotJunkie Now!! ]

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Woot-Off Underway

Woot!

By Evan Ackerman

Good thing I have nothing to do but go to work tomorrow; there’s a Woot-Off a’goin’ on. Woot.com usually sells one single drastically discounted electronic gadget every 24 hours, but during a Woot-Off, they go hog wild and sell things back to back, non-stop. If you can keep yourself awake, you’ll almost always find something you want. Not need, but want. Check it out at Woot.com.

Rather than madly refreshing the Woot page to check for new items, try some of these automatic Woot-Off Checkers.

Comments Are Working Again. For Now.

By David Ponce

Sorry to all of you who tried making comments over the last couple of days. We’re not trying to silence you (We don’t think you’re “cowboys”. If you tried to comment, you’ll know what this means). We’re just struggling in our fight with the spammers. The latest is that they somehow managed to sneak 300 or so spams with a date three months in the future. This caused WordPress to subsequently think every new comment was being posted within 15 seconds of the last one (which was three months in the future, remember), thus triggering the comments throttling built into WordPress.

We’ve manually deleted all these spams, and commenting works again. We’re going to put up the Bad Behavior plugin (recommended by Vic) in conjunction with Akismet and hope for the best. We’re still unsure how the spammers managed to post-date comments this way, and if anyone has a clue, drop us a line.

But for now, happy commenting.