Help! How Can I Make Sure My Money Is Covered By The FDIC!?

via Consumerist by Meg Marco on 7/17/08

The FDIC says there were over a billion dollars in assets at IndyMac that were not covered by the FDIC. Why not?

The FDIC says:

At the time of closing, IndyMac Bank, F.S.B. had about $1 billion of potentially uninsured deposits held by approximately 10,000 depositors. The FDIC will begin contacting customers with uninsured deposits to arrange an appointment with an FDIC claims agent on Monday. Customers can contact the FDIC for an appointment using the toll-free number above. The FDIC will pay uninsured depositors an advance dividend equal to 50 percent of the uninsured amount.

Does this sound like fun? No, it doesn’t. In order to prevent this from happening to you, we suggest you check out the FDIC’s Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator (EDIE).

The FDIC says:

If you or your family has more than $100,000 at one insured institution, you can still be fully insured if your accounts meet certain requirements. You can use EDIE to determine your insurance coverage beyond the basic $100,000 amount.

Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator (EDIE) [FDIC]


FDA: Go Ahead And Eat Tomatoes, We Give Up [Salmonella]

via Consumerist by Meg Marco on 7/17/08

Well, the FDA isn’t sure what caused that salmonella outbreak, but they’re lifting the tomato warning anyway, according to the Associated Press. They’d still appreciate it if you tried not to eat raw jalapeno and serrano peppers, because, well, they have to tell you not to eat something, I guess.

From NPR:

…among later illnesses, there seems to be more evidence against peppers. The FDA is sending inspectors to Mexico to investigate a packing house that receives peppers from a number of farms.

Since April, 1065 people infected with Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint have been identified in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. We suspect that this is about good as it gets when you have the same agency responsible for hearing aids, heating pads, and fresh produce.

FDA Lifts Salmonella Warning On Tomatoes [NPR]

Register .me Web Domain Names with GoDaddy

via Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal on 7/16/08

Mark you calendars. Registrations for .me personalized web domains will go live in the next few hours and the domain names will be issued on a first-come first-served basis.

If you are looking to create a personal website or blog, consider getting a .me domain instead of .com or .name because .me not just sounds better, the chances of getting a domain name of your choice are also relatively high.

GoDaddy will open registrations on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 8:00:00 AM PDT – the registration fee for .me domains is around $20 per year with a minimum two year period.

This embed has a complete list of premium domains that are already reserved and may be available later as an auction but won’t be available tomorrow for regular registration (use F3 to search).

Related: Buying Web Domain Names (tips & precautions).

Domain names can be up to 63 characters, with a minimum of three characters, can contain only Latin alphabet letters (a to z), digits (0 to 9), and single hyphens. Domain names cannot begin or end with hyphens.

Identify Software Programs & Hardware Devices That Work (or Don’t Work) with Windows Vista

via Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal on 7/16/08


Microsoft has long offered desktop tools to help you check compatibility of existing software programs and hardware devices with Windows Vista.

For instance, you could run the Upgrade Advisor on an XP computer to know if that old machine can afford to run Vista. The problem is that you can check Vista compatibility of only installed software or hardware that’s already attached to the computer.

How do you know if that printer & scanner lying in the basement would work with Vista. Or will that old copy of Photoshop install successfully on your new Windows Vista computer?


Rather than hunting for this information on web forums and manufacturer websites, check the all-new Compatibility Center – a central database of hardware devices & software programs along with their current Vista compatibility status.

You could check compatibility of mobile phones and digital cameras with Windows Vista. Some screenshots.


In case a product is not compatible with Windows Vista (like Photoshop 7), there’s a link to the developer’s website (in this case, Adobe) for getting further information. Overall, a pretty useful tool.


How Reliable is Windows Vista on your PC

MIT researchers develop window-tint solar concentrators

via Engadget by Nilay Patel on 7/16/08

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No, the blacked-out rear quarters of your ’90 CRX aren’t going to start powering your hooptywoofer anytime soon, but a new window treatment developed at MIT that functions as a solar concentrator promises to finally bring solar windows to the masses. Based on similar work done in the ’70s, the dye mixture pulls in light at a range of wavelengths and re-emits it to solar cells at the edges of the window at a different wavelength — a technique good for a 40x increase in each cell’s power output, or 10 times what current systems can provide. The team estimates that the panels could become widely commercial within three years — just in time for us to bolt ’em onto our new solar shoe Prius.

[Via Metaefficient and TechNewsWorld]

Live Mesh tutorial: Synchronising browser favourites across devices

With yesterday’s Live Mesh update that allows users to enable peer-to-peer synchronisation and miss out the cloud sync, we thought we’d take a look at one practical example of this – browser favourites. The scenario is familiar, you’re not on your main device and you come across a website you want to visit later. While you could just email yourself the link, or add it to Del.ici.ous, this is an alternative that requires no extra effort on your part once set up.

While we performed this using Internet Explorer, the process is exactly the same for the browser of your choice. Just substitute the folder locations in steps 1 and 3 as appropriate. For Firefox it would be the Profiles folder containing the bookmarks.htm file, and this would then save you from using the Foxmarks extension.

Step 1: Navigate to the browser favourites folder on your first device, right click and choose Add To Mesh – I’ll call the synchronised folder “Favourites” for the purpose of this example.

For Internet Explorer in Windows Vista the default folder can be found at <username>\Favourites, for Firefox it can be found at <username>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles (more info).

Step 2: Change the synchronisation settings so that it only maps to the web desktop. The first time I tried this the correct way around (ie not mapping to the web) but it didn’t work so well – we’ll reverse this in Step 5. Click Ok to turn this into a Mesh folder. Note that as its a special Windows folder, it won’t turn blue.

Step 3: In your second device, click the Live Mesh icon in the system tray to view the list of active folders. The Favourites folder shared in device 1 should be transparent, showing that its not currently being synchronised to this device. Click the folder name and then set the location to be the existing browser favourites folder. Here that folder is on the D:\.

Step 4: Live Mesh will then prompt you to merge the existing browser favourites folder with Favourites, your synchronised folder. Accept this prompt.

Step 5: In the web desktop, right click the Favourites folder and change the synchronisation options to remove the Web Desktop, leaving just the devices you have setup already. Accept the prompt by selecting Continue.

You’ll then notice the folder goes transparent, just like it was at the start of step 2 when we added it to the second device, implying no synchronisation. This is the “Ghosting” feature talked about in the Channel 9 video posted yesterday.

Step 6: Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for any other devices that you’d like to share browser favourites with.

While this is just a simple example, there are whole lot of other possibilities that are now open. For example, synchronising media libraries across multiple machines (Home & Work), sharing application settings that are not stored in the registry and above all, sharing the special folders in Windows: Documents, Pictures, Downloads, Desktop etc.

Give it a try and let us know if you come up with any great scenarios so we can feature them.

WiiSpeak Community Mic: Online Group Chatting Comes to the Wii

via Gizmodo by matt buchanan on 7/15/08

The second new Wii accessory out of E3, the WiiSpeak community mic and speaker finally lets you chat with other people online. Unlike an Xbox 360 headset, it’s more about group chatting and is placed on top of your TV, like a conference call mic (how does it filter out game sounds?). It’s bundled with Animal Crossing City Folk, which is kind of like the Sims, but more Animal Crossing-like. It’ll be out later this year.