Academic Earth: Entrepreneurs & Students Learn Together

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Whether you are a 20 year old college student, 35 year old entrepreneur, or 49 year old corporate type, one constant stays with you throughout your business career: learning. If you are looking for an edge, a resource for solid information, or new content for your own branding purposes look no further than AcademicEarth.org

What is it?

Academic Earth is a massive library of video lectures, classes, and course from some of the leading  University professors in the country. Simply put this is your chance to go back to college or attend for the very first time from the comfort of your home

Universities

The Universities that provide the content for Academic Earth:

  • Berkeley
  • Harvard
  • MIT
  • Princeton
  • Stanford
  • Yale

Subjects

Instructors
The list of Instructors is both very long and illustrious. Set up in alphabetical order, each instructors name has a link sending the reader to his/her lectures, classes, or courses.
Benefits of Academic Earth
  • Research for students or businesses
  • High school students review a university, instructor, or course
  • Journalists looking for content or proof to back up their claims
  • Law firms searching for expert testimony
  • Entrepreneurs searching for context within their own business
  • Refresher for anyone in any subject
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The Peak Email Device: Slow, Expensive, Limited Functionality

Disclaimer: KXLY’s Johnny the Tech Guy in the above video claims that the Peak email device requires 5 minutes to send and roughly 5 minutes to receive email. We have not tested this device but rather are accepting the testing of the device by KXLY’s reviewer.

Sometimes simplicity has it’s place as our tech world spins at warp speeds with iPhones, blackberry’s, mobile computing, Wifi, and other gadgets that keep us connected. Many people do not like contracts, do not want to learn yet another operating system, and become Web 2.0 “fatigued” with all of the choices.

If you are not tech savvy, if you do not like technology curves that seem to always place you at the bottom looking up, maybe the following product is something to consider for your mobile email purposes: the peak

The Peak

Peak bills itself as “a super thin and stylish device that lets you take your email with you and stay connected.”

Analysis: This little pitch seems to be more concerned with the device’s compatibility with your wardrobe rather than the use it was designed to fulfill. But that’s the fun, or sometimes what’s wrong, with our sound bite Hollywood world of today.

Peak’s Benefits

1. No contracts-ever

2. Inexpensive costs at $99.95 per Peak

3. Nationwide coverage take it anywhere

4. Easy set up enter your email, register and go!

5. Available everywhere at Target stores

Peak’s Big Two

Peak’s big two benefits may just be enough

1. Stay in touch

2. Simplify your life

Hidden Benefit

1. Peak will save your cellphone battery

The Ugly?

1. Peak charges a $19.95 monthly service fee

2. Very limited functions, no bold, no underlines, no linking. Very dead if you want to write a blog post while on the road

3. Limited keyboard options

The Really Ugly: Why I Can Not Recommend Peak

According to the review video, the lag time for emails can be 5+ minutes to send and then another 5+ minutes to receive. This fact alone should motivate you to become just tech savvy enough to learn how to utilize a pda or cellphone with email capabilities!

Gateway Notebook MT 3705 Review: Acer’s No Customer Service And Equipment Defects–Can You Spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E?

After less than one year of ownership, I am sad to report that my fantastic buy on the Gateway MT 3705 Notebook computer may have been a case of buyer beware. My initial excitement for the Gateway is chronicled in “Best Buy’s Best Deal Of The Year: Gateway Notebook MT 3705 $549!!!” Unfortunately the following problems or events have forced me to write this review–do NOT purchase this Gateway MT 3705 Notebook:

1. Equipment Failure

After 8 1/2 months of moderate usage, my Gateway has gone from valued business tool to doorstop. The screen display goes black after a few minutes. With no way to return my screen, I am often forced to reboot in order to see a display. Anything I was working on is lost or interrupted in the most annoying and costly manner–loss of time.

Follow these links for negative aspects expressed by Gateway MT 3705 users: keyboard, review #6 sticking buttons, and battery issue review “Cons” Middy last on page.

When the unit is left on a desk or table or in my lap it seems to get hot. I believe it may over heat and this may cause the screen to go blank. But I don’t know anything because

2. Gateway No Longer Exists

Gateway, a company that modeled it’s retail stores after Apple stores, is no longer in existence after being bought by Acer. No retail stores, no customer service help, no place to go except

3. Acer Customer No Service

When I followed up to try to find customer service help, I was pushed into the Acer labyrinth for Customer Service. My “tech support” (I USE THIS TERM VERY LOOSELY) agent seemed like a bored high school kid forced to work on her spring break. Here are the options I was presented:

a.) Acer would pay a “portion” of the costs
b.) Acer wants me to send the Notebook to them with a turn around time of 6-8 wks
c.) Acer suggested that without a warranty they are absolved of any responsibility even though their product is defective

ACER Please Help “SOS”

If any Acer representative, with some pull, would like to rectify this situation by repairing my Notebook or replacing it with a NON defective unit please CALL dean at 415 410.7524.

MK Restaurant Chicago: What Does Quagmire and a Former Beauty Queen Have In Common?

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Editor’s Note: This post was written in 2007. We have not visited MK restaurant since that time and they may have greatly improved their service and polices. Please give them a chance and take this review with a grain of salt. We are hoping that they have improved and are now reaping the benefits of growth through experience.

I recently visited my parents in Oak Brook a suburb 22 miles west of downtown Chicago. I came to Chicago because I had not seen my parents in months and I wished to introduce them to my new love interest. During our five day jaunt, I planned one day and evening in Chicago. With Priceline’s help, we snagged a 4 Star luxury hotel suite for less than half the original price at the Westin River North. The room was fantastic and the location was next to the river, the House of Blues, and Harry Carey’s.

Our big treat was a trip to Restaurant MK (Michael Kornick) not far from our new digs. In 2002 I ate at MK and loved every bite and gulp. Fantastic food, huge portions, a electric room and crowd to match. The place oozed New York “It.” Everything was pure pleasure. Then it happened.

Like “Family Guy’s” Quagmire or a former beauty queen past her beautiful stage in life, MK has become clueless to it’s decline. The food still remains a solid bet as it is both tasty and plentiful. But there have been major changes that prevent me from recommending it to anyone.

1. The Staff has the attitude that they are “doing you a favor” by allowing you to dine at THEIR place.

2. The Sommelier constructed his wine list as if Quagmire took over his brain. Too many white wines on the list were from Red winery specialists. Likewise there were red wines on the list from white wine producers who make poor red wines. Add to this weird mix, the fact that there is no value section at all unless you think that a $35 per bottle corkage fee is value? Like a 3rd World country, this list has it’s downtrodden poor and it’s super rich. Consequently unless you are willing to spend $60+ per bottle, very few selections are worthy of the food.

3. The Service and Attitude was both over the top and under the table. The waiter acted like a snooty society snob. He had NO clue about wine or wine etiquette. No restaurant should ever assume that it is their right to pour the wine. They should ask if the patrons would like to control the wine or if the waiter should pour away. At MK they get pissy if you tell them hands off the bottle. The other etiquette breach? They took our bottle off the table and then expected us to wait for our server to go find it to then pour it. That is a terrible idea and one I quickly squashed. The whole issue made for an uncomfortable experience.

At the end of the night, I tipped but it killed me. I was kind of wishing I could pull a dine and dash like the good ole high school days when the local bowling alley guy was too hammered to chase us. But this time I would have been the bowling alley guy and I would have never made it out of my seat.

If you are looking for great food in Chicago try Charlie Trotter’s, Greek Town, most any Steak House, or something eclectic. Just save yourself, and that Brinks roll, and avoid MK for now. Maybe in the future they will wake up to the fact that their beauty is gone and it costs dearly to be a Quagmire!