Camper Van Beethoven Funds Their SXSW Trip By Letting Fans Sponsor Songs At Their Performance


American rock band Camper Van Beethoven is traveling to South by SouthWest this year without the support of a record label, so in order to raise funds, they’re selling off the right to choose the songs that go on to their setlist for the 2 shows that they’re going to play. The first 35 fans to pony up $102 get:

  • A Santa Cruz Roller Derby Girl will walk/skate across the stage carrying a placard announcing your sponsorship of the song, within full view of the audience or cameras, to have the moment captured on film or video for all of eternity!
  • You can have up to 4 names or one business on each placard.

Sounds like an excellent leveraging of a few of the scarcities that we’ve mentioned here before, in this case, attention, exclusivity and patronage. With the “Santa Cruz Roller Derby Girl,” CVB’s personality definitely shines through in this unique offer that should resonate nicely with their fans (in fact, I learned of this promotion via a friend sharing it through Google Buzz). So, once again, it’s great to see yet another label-free band (who once was on Virgin, years ago, actually), explore new and creative ways to give their fans a reason to buy.

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China Using Freebie Flash Drives to Spy on Britain [Espionage]


UK security agency MI5 has issued a warning regarding freebie flash drives and cameras. Apparently Chinese spies are handing them out to UK businessmen in hopes of infecting their computers with trojans and gaining access to corporate secrets.

Of course old-fashioned methods—sex and money—are still being used as well, but it seems that few people expect an innocent gadget gift to contain danger in the form of a trojan or malware. After all, why else would a security agency’s 14-page report be focusing on this espionage approach more than it did on other tricks?

I guess it’s time for me to become a bit more paranoid about the pile of flash drives I picked up at CES. [Times Online via IEEE]

Note: Pictured flash drive is not a known spy and belongs to Gadget_Guru

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Snapsort Does Detailed Camera Comparisons [Cameras]


If you’re shopping for a camera, it can be quite a hassle to do point-by-point comparisons of every camera you’re interested in. Snapsort lets you easily compare models.

Snapsort compares major features like the max ISO setting, weight, speed of continuous shooting, megapixels, sensor type, and more. The information is grouped into category by similarity and difference so you can quickly see what is identical—or nearly so—and what is different enough to merit a closer look.

Both cameras are assigned points based on the features they sport and a winner is selected. Both the winner and loser have a detailed score sheet you can examine to see if you agree with the ranking or if a certain feature or benefit gives the loser an edge. Snapsort tracks which cameras are commonly compared so you can select additional cameras that you may be considering purchasing.

Have a tool for comparing products? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

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