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Cool Game: Light-Bot

A great way to introduce folks to the concept of programming wrapped up in and interesting and challenging game. Light-Bot Link: A Flash game in which you program a cute lil robot to maneuver around a grid and light up certain squares. (Via BuzzFeed Latest .)

Noted: Convert .docx, .xlsx, .pptx files in the cloud for Google Docs, Zoho

Noted items are interesting finds from my daily RSS reading -- Douglas I am seeing issues with these new file formats from the latest version of Microsoft Office. While this always happens during the initial stages of a new software release, it doesn't make it any less annoying when someone sends you a file you can't read. It is nice to see there are a few solutions available other than asking the person to re-send a more compatible file. Convert .docx, .xlsx, .pptx files in the cloud for Google Docs, Zoho Wow, what a difference one single letter can make. Take the letter "x" for example. It can take one sip and make it six . Or it can turn a kind hey into an evil hex . Worst of all, it can twist the ubiquitous . doc format into a cloud-hating . docx file. When I use Google Docs, I can't import .docx documents and I get cranky because my current solution defeats the purpose of using the cloud in the first place. I generally end up opening Microsoft Office to

Noted: Access your files in the cloud with the iPhone

Noted items are interesting finds from my daily RSS reading -- Douglas Access your files in the cloud with the iPhone So you're an iPhone user who embraced the MobileMe cloud, at least when it would let you embrace it.  Now all your files and documents are floating around in the cloud and you'd like to be able to put your fingertips on them from your iPhone, right?  Well now you can and for free.  The folks from Quickoffice have produced a free iPhone app, MobileFiles, that should be available soon that lets you get at those files from your iPhone or iPod Touch.  Finger-touching good. (via Intomobile) (Via jkOnTheRun .)

TechIQ: Apple Recalls iPhone 3G wall charger

Just in via Tweet from the MacCast and web at . Replacements are available after October 10, but you are warned to stop using these adapters immediately. Request an exchange via this web page at Apple or at the Apple store. For more info and links, visit Mobile post sent by douglaswelch using Utterli . Replies . mp3

Stormpulse - Amazing Storm tracker site

It is stuff like this that makes me LOVE the Internet. This amazing site, Stormpulse , is one of the most comprehensive (and beautiful) sites I have seen in a long time. Whether you are trying to protect yourself or property or simple geeking out on Mother Nature, this has more information than you could ever possibly use. (Hint: Look along the right side for a long list of options including historical storm tracks, clouds, predictions and more.) Click to visit Stormpulse Many thanks to Crispin Bailey for tweeting about this great site!

Audio: LIVE from the Library - August 8, 2008

Listen to the audio from my twice-monthly Internet Seminar. Listen: Live from the Library - August 28, 2008 Send your questions and comments to or call the Listener Line at 818-804-5049. Join me on these networks: Douglas on FriendFeed | Douglas on Twitter | Douglas on MySpace | Douglas on Facebook | Douglas on LinkedIn

Tip: 4 Reasons to Consolidate all your email addresses

I was working with a friend the other night when it came to light that they were checking multiple email addresses every day in order to get all their mail. They had mail on a personal account, mail at their ISP, mail at their office, mail on the Blackberry and more. One important change to make in your digital life is to consolidate all your email in one, easy-to-access, place. Gmail to the rescue Over 6 months ago I decided to forego using any desktop computer-based email program like Outlook, Outlook Express or Entourage to manage my email. While I was able to consolidate my accounts so that all email flowed into one Inbox, Entourage was getting progressively slower as I stored more and more email. I was also needing to access my email while on the road far more frequently than before. I had heard that some of my fellow Friends in Tech members had switched over to Gmail for all their mail needs, so I figured I would try. So far, I have never looked back. Gmail offers many advantag