Link Roundup: Feb. 23, 2005

A new MP3 store that lets you buy music that you can actually play (no DRM). The drawback: not much in the way of selection. In other music news, may be going the way of the dodo.

Cnet released an online news aggregator. I still prefer Thunderbird for my feeds, but I’m sure someone will find it useful.

From the people at A Softer World: resume cover letters. Don’t bother unless you like really funny, really dark, humor.

A parent’s primer to computer slang
Have you ever been baffled by the gibberish kids use online? Well, wonder no longer. Microsoft has taken the time to explain it all. In short, your kids are hackers spending all of their time downloading software illegally.

Scientists have done it again. They managed to connect a robotic arm up to a monkey’s brain. The monkey could then control the arm just by thinking about it. Also, scientists have connected a video camera up to a person’s brain to allow them to see. Watch out for huge advances in the brain-computer interface. It won’t be long before non-disabled people will be plugging in.

Wikinews is Getting Better
While it’s not quite ready for keeping up with today’s news, it’s a great resource for older news stories. I really like their new site layout. It’ll probably take another year before this is ready for the general public, but go ahead and take some time to check it out while it’s still new.

Walkability leads to Walking
It’s not really that surprising, but cities that are designed to be pedestrian friendly really do get people to walk more. America loves its cars, but I don’t think we realize how much car-centric cities are hurting us. It’s no wonder most of us are overweight.