Welcome back to RafeNeedleman.com

BOL-logo On Monday, May 17, 2010, I'll be starting as the daily co-host of CNET's Buzz Out Loud podcast (Live every weekday at 10:30 am Pacific) with Molly Wood and producer Jason Howell, now that Tom Merritt is leaving the show to go to TWiT. I guess I'd better start updating this personal blog again.

There are my other projects:

Reporters' Roundtable
, a weekly podcast on a single tech topic each time, with people I like talking with. This is my pet solo project.

CNET to the Rescue, a blog (and as of this week, a podcast) to help tech consumers get the most out of their gear.

, which I started in 2006 and still occasionally contribute to.

Rafe's Radar
, where almost all of my CNET stuff shows up.

And finally, Pro PR Tips, my blog (and book!) for PR people. Nothing but love, PR folks.

Follow me on Twitter: @Rafe


Sans Comic

So if Google is releasing an OS called Chrome, does that mean we get a new comic book, to go with the one they released with the Chrome browser?


Sanity Saver: DisplayFusion

Displayfusion_1_2_0_wallpaper_2DisplayFusion is a Windows XP and Vista utility designed for people with multiple monitors. But even single-display users should check it out.

The free app’s core feature is wallpaper management. It lets you select different pictures for your desktop background on your various displays.  XP by itself can’t do this.

It will even let you search for Flickr photos for your backgrounds. Cool.

But what I really like about it is its built-in shortcuts for window management. There are a number of customizable ctrl-Windows commands that I’ve taking to using habitually. Ctrl-Win-left-arrow and ctrl-Win-right-arrow resize windows along the left and right halves of your display, respectively. It makes it easy to line up two windows side-by-side, like a browser and word processor. Multi-monitor users will also like ctrl-Win-x, which sends your active window to the other display.

DisplayFusion is donationware.

Webware.com is live!

For the past several months I’ve been working on launching a new blog at CNET: Webware. It’s finally live. The blog is about online apps for real people. Not the inside baseball of the blogosphere or venture capital.  Anyway, I’m having a great time covering new Web sites and services. Check out the blog.

I can’t believe I made it this far without saying, "Web 2.0."  I hate that term.

Visit me at CNET

I haven’t blogged much here lately because I have been covering new startups and technologies a lot for the CNET Alpha Blog. The latest three companies I’ve covered are MusicIP (music discovery), ScanR (document management for cellphones), and Mozes (tag the world with SMS codes). You can see these and more at this link: Rafe’s Alpha Blog posts. I write there daily. Check it out if you are so inclined. And send me pitches for companies to cover!