links for 2009-02-02

  • A snack/drink/bathroom run made you miss what everyone's talking about today—a great ad, of course. Take a look at eight places you can catch up, in case one of them is blocked at work. YouTube offers a neat grid view of all the multi-million-dollar marketing spectacles at Ad Blitz 2009. Click on an ad and it pops up and plays right from the grid. Those with better connections will want to hit the YouTube logo on a truly worthy ad to get to its own page, though, and check out the (usually available) high-quality version.
  • Acronis is giving away copies of Acronis True Image 10 Personal Edition because it's got a new version out. That means you (or backup-needing friends) get whole disk image backups from a friendly interface. The give-away of Acronis' cloning software, normally $50 per license, is intended to inspire users to get familiar with Acronis' backup systems, and possibly upgrade to Acronis True Image Home 2009. For most folks planning to re-install Windows, or just create one-file backups of entire drives, True Image 10 Personal will probably fit the bill. Its interface and step-by-steps don't seem to give you as many options and geeky switches as DriveImage XML, which we featured in our guide to hot-imaging a hard drive. But True Image does offer backup archive validation, a recovery disk creator, a startup interrupter that can re-apply a backup image, and other tools for those shaking their fists at the Windows gods. To grab your copy, hit the registration link below, fill out a minimum
  • The Windows system tray can be so much more than a parking lot for programs you don't want cluttering up your task bar. Read on to see the five most popular tray tools readers can't live without. Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite applications system tray applications, with an emphasis on applications that exist primarily in the tray. It was a broader topic to be sure but you replied in force and we've compiled a list of the top five contenders for the crown of best system tray application.
  • War Pigs (Black Sabbath Cover) by CAKE
  • Drugs, artillery emplacements, napalm, prostitution – sometimes it seems like the best things in life are illegal. For some reason, the fascists who control this country don't believe in your God given right to smoke meth and man a 155-millimeter Howitzer. Luckily for us, there are a lot of awesome things out there that Uncle Sam amazingly hasn't taken away from us yet. Read this article, and then go and pick up one of everything while you still can!
  • An Offset Printing Company using old methods to advertise new. A business card that quickly explains that the company can be found on the web.
  • In the hands (and mouth) of Buddy Greene, the lowly harmonica is transformed into a fearsome musical instrument. How good is he? Let’s say that they don’t let anyone just play at the Carnegie Hall. With a harmonica, no less. Harmonica! Think about it: Link [embedded YouTube clip]
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