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Willamette Geek: Wal-Mart’s Wireless – Not for power users? Not so Fast.


At first glance, it would be easy for a hardcore smartphone junkie to dismiss Wal-Mart's announcement Monday of its Family Mobile service.

While the basic communication price is attractive enough, ($45 a month, no contract, for unlimited talk and text versus $90 at ATT and Verizon), Wal-Mart's data rates are a whopping $40 f...   More
 
Thursday, September 16, 2010 by BRIAN PANGANIBAN

NY-NEAPOLITAN PIZZA


Food Reviews & Stories
5-9:30 pm Monday-Saturday, 4-8 pm Sunday. $$ Moderate.[NY-NEAPOLITAN PIZZA] East Coasters who pooh-pooh the idea of West Coast pizza are silenced with a trip to this Hawthorne pizzeria—usually because their mouths are full. Who can blame them? Consuming one of the crisp-crusted, foldable slice   More
 
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

SUSTAINABLE SASHIMI


Food Reviews & Stories
5-10 pm daily. $$ Moderate.[SUSTAINABLE SASHIMI] Kristofor Lofgren’s super-sustainable restaurant doesn’t use its Marine Stewardship Council endorsement to prop up a weak kitchen. The dishes coming out of the hot kitchen or from the sushi bar are first and foremost tasty, the question of   More
 
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: Google Instant - Are We Really That Impatient?




Yesterday morning, Google introduced Google Instant.

As far as Google products go, this one seems more of a Google Maps or Voice style success than the failure that was Buzz or Wave. It works, and people will use it.

So what is it?

Google Instant augment...   More
 
Thursday, September 9, 2010 by BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Foodies may consider it anathema to make any sort of ethnic cuisine accessible to the less adventurous, but when the results are as balanced and satisfying as they are at BeWon, such things are easily overlooked. The go-deung-uh, broiled, salt-encrusted mackerel, is a fine example. The dish maintain   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
This Portland institution’s longevity owes as much to its ability to reflect the attitudes of native Portlanders as to the quality of the food it puts in front of them. Greg Higgins’ eponymous restaurant has been preaching the gospel of local and sustainable for nearly a decade and a hal   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Southeast Portland’s Bamboo Sushi, the first Marine Stewardship Council-certified independent sushi restaurant in the United States, is tackling the question of whether sushi can still wow and delight using seasonal and sustainable ingredients. The answer is a resounding yes. There’s no    More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
A lot of subtlety has been lost from sushi as a cuisine during its transition into the mainstream. If prepackaged grocery-store California rolls or salt-and-sugar bombs at the local sushi-go-’round have blunted your appreciation for raw fish, a trip to Hiroshi is just the tonic you need. While   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
The bang-for-the-buck ratio at Belly Timber is so tipped in your favor that you may begin to feel as though you were stealing from its proprietors. The menu in this beautifully restored Victorian home on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard boasts a nice collection of small plates and sides, and all of the   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Ned Ludd, the mythical inspiration for the Luddites, famously opposed the automation of industry in the 19th century. Nothing quite so contentious comes to mind when considering the newish North Portland restaurant that shares his name, where co-owners and chefs Ben Meyer and Jason French celebrate    More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN
 

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