Google Checkoutâ„¢: US Only

Friday, June 30th, 2006
Google Checkout

Google now has a competitor to PayPal: Google Checkout.

Unfortunately, it’s only available to people in the US.
This can be deduced from the signup form where you enter your credit card #, address and country, but the country is static text that says “United States”.

Well, maybe I’ll be able to use it around the same time I can actually purchase TV shows from the iTunes Music Store, another US-only experience.

IPTV & WiMax

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Cisco comments on IPTV: It was another hot day on the markets in generel. The buzz on the news-feeds for the stocks in my imaginary portfolio at Yahoo-finance-portfolios seemed to be in the race to get broadband IPTV equipment to market. Nortel (NT.TO) seems to be promoting its efforts — are they on time? The news article calls the area “hotly contested” amoung Alcatel, Cisco/SFA, etc. Personally I’m not as excited since this technology should be delivered to the PC, right? I suppose there must be something behind the scenes in the routers to cut down on the bandwidth usage?

Bush talks about hybrids

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

U.S. alternate energy goals

I was puzzling over why one of my fuel-cell stocks went up 10% yesterday. I consider those kinds of stocks super-high-risk, so I barely made enough for a night on the town. Actually, there’s been a 6-10% decline in several Japanese-stock mutual funds in the last few days, so I think we’re talking red-numbers here.

Hey, I think I’ll change the +ve numbers on my stock portfolio to blue-numbers. heh. Stocks to watch today: (for news!! Don’t buy any on my account! (or Bush’s for that matter))
F,
JCI,
HMC,
TM,
BLD.TO
— say if anyone knows the real situation at BLD.TO, who was controlled by
DCX
& F, and sold their euro-ops to DCX, I believe, send me an email at myob10.at.hotmail.com — Some folks lost a lot of money on BLD.TO as well as F more recently.

And by the way, TM is going to have a Camry in this years NASCAR series, with one in last Sunday’s Daytona 500 Nascar race. Maybe I should get Nascar’s in-car package this year. I sure hope I can find HD converage.

[edited to add links]