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    Following CES 2012

    I know this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (where we all vicariously get a glimpse of the latest tech products straight from the bleeding edge) will be adequately covered by others but thought I’d list a few of the more reliable ones (actually at the show) so I can easily get my geek on.

    Of course, I can keep up with what’s trending on Twitter here or here.

    So when asked: Did you see LG’s groundbreaking 55-inch OLED HDTV?

    I can say: Yes. Yes I have. Thank you.

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    A Very Creepy Birthday, Chas

    Hey, it’s Charles “Chas” Addams’ 100th birthday today! Thanks for the reminder, Google. If you had missed the works of the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist and creator of The Addams Family at MoMA, you can find them here.

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    I’ve been looking for an accessory to carry all my (tech) accessories in (namely my iPad). Something stylish but practical. I found it in the iPag by Bone Collection (FruitShop International). Made of light-weight nylon or microfiber material with a soft lining that protects the tablet from scratches. It comes with an adjustable strap big enough to wear over the shoulder and a smaller inside pocket big enough to store a cell phone. Currently available in black, lime green, and hot pink. Retails around $70.

    Make It Snow On Any Google Street View

    I always appreciate online holiday “cards” that push the tech envelope in simple and innovative ways. Producing holiday greetings is something of a tradition for creative agencies around the globe and industry pubs and blogs pick their favs (check out AdWeek/AdFreak Best and Worst Agency Holiday Cards of 2011 to get your Ho Ho Ho on). I suppose I’m contributing to the tradition by posting my favorite this year: Snowify.Me by the Boston-based ad agency Mullen.

    Snowify.Me uses HTML5 Canvas to place snow and other graphic elements on top of Google Maps. According to Edward Boches’ (Chief Innovation Officer at Mullen), the whole thing came about from an accidental collaboration of company resources (he describes the organic process on his blog). This idea does remind me a bit of Pop Art’s Holidize.Me from two years ago but it is still quite clever.

    It is only too bad that Google doesn’t update its Street Views more often so you don’t see people walking around in shorts and Flip Flops but I guess that’s part of the fun.

    So, when you get tired of elfing yourself (again), waste a few extra minutes snowifying the Google Street View of your home or office.

    Cool Tool of the Month: FileZilla

    This month’s Cool Tool spot belongs to FileZilla, one of the best open-source FTP, SFTP, and FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) clients available on the market for free (under the GNU General Public License). FileZilla is cross-platform, supporting Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and more. As of this writing the latest stable version of the FileZilla Client is 3.5.2 and for the FileZilla Server it is 0.9.40. Documentation of both the Client and the Server is made available online at the FileZilla Project Wiki.

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