Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The 300 Out Today!



Don't forget that The 300 is out on video today.

I went to see this in theaters twice and I bought it on bootleg DVD from my local flea market. I have now seen it more than 35 times. I watch it while I'm writing, doing paperwork, and to fall asleep to. I just bought the DVD from Wal-Mart. I also own an original movie poster.

Best line: (King Leonidas is asked to kneel by Xerxes)

"Kneeling ... now that might be a bit of a problem. You see ... killing all of those soldiers of yours has left a nasty cramp in my leg ...

This is a visually stunning movie. I highly recommend it! If you are a creative type (graphic design/artist) you owe it to yourself to see this movie.

One of my favorite scenes:

King Leonidas is standing in front of a deep water well facing a messenger of the Persian army (whose back is to the well) ... Leonidas disagrees with the messenger and kicks him into the well. This is dramatically shot in slow motion - it's so visual and empowering.



Here is the High Def trailer at APPLE.COM: The 300

Almost every second of this movie frame by frame - is worthy of an art gallery.

If you haven't purchased the video yet ... please consider supporting this site and using this link. It's also the cheapest price!

Eminem: The Real Shady

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The publisher for rap musician, Eminem has filed a very non sequitur lawsuit against Apple for unauthorized music sales through the iTunes Music Store.

Detroit News Reports Eminem's Publisher Sues Apple

The complaint questions the right of record labels to sell musician's music digitally as well as on CD.

A "burning issue" in the music industry today is whether the rights record labels hold to sell a recording artist's CDs include the rights to authorize music downloads, or whether further permission is needed from the music publishers who hold the copyrights to the lyrics and sheet music.


A breakdown:

* Apple sells iTunes songs for 99 cents
* The recording label gets a cut of 70 cents (Eminem's label is Universal).
* Out of that $.70, Universal pays about 9.1 cents to the music publisher.

[From MacRumors] Eminem's music publisher stated that they have never authorized Universal to allow the downloads and have demanded that Apple cease and desist online distribution of their music. Apple has reportedly refused.

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I'm scratching my temple on this one. Why is Eminem's publisher suing Apple? Should he be suing Universal? This is the second time Eminem's filed suit ... the first time was settled and Eminem went on to appear in an iTunes commercial.

From FixYourThinking November 2005:

I think Apple is realizing an old saying, "Hang with bad people, and bad things happen when you hang with them."

... It appears Eminem has dropped the lawsuit, but Apple is now being sued for a different reason ... for using Eminem in a copycat ad.

I actually like some of Eminem's music, but I wouldn't promote him with my company as Apple is doing. While many disagree with Bono's politics ... no one would say Bono is a thug and I rarely if ever have heard Bono use questionable explicit lyrics in his songs. Bono also tries to make himself out to be a positive role model for world economic change ... Eminem ... last time I checked wrote a song about how he hated his mother and another about a guy killing his girlfriend and committing suicide!


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Monday, July 30, 2007

Do you think my reporting is bad on this site?

Hey ... you may think my reporting is bad on this site, but there's worse ... way worse. Take a look here and see "Connie".

Can you believe she's still reporting after this?

http://www.flicklife.com/86dff10fc66647c84c9c/The_Worlds_Worst_Reporter.html

Just a bit of a break from the norm. I really appreciate reader's patience with my blog transition. This site should have some good changes soon - I experiemented quite a bit last week with new layouts. I'm almost through ... so normal posting should resume Wednesday.

Tom from The Small Wave let me know that he's on vacation this week. So ... maybe I can pick up some slack while he's gone. I wish him well ...

iPhone Problem Solved: When iPhoto Stops Syncing / Importing Photos

Before I bought my iPhone I sold my Canon Elph digital camera

A) In anticipation of using the "First Apple digital camera to be released since 1997" (The Apple Quicktake 200 digital camera was discontinued in 1997)

B) So as to raise funds to make my iPhone purchase. I got $260 on eBay for a package that included my camera and a few accessories.

I made a commitment to the iPhone camera before I even purchased my iPhone to use the camera as my one camera source. I knew if it was even HALF AS GOOD as my Quicktake ... it was going to be my favorite camera.

About 10 days ago I experienced my first iPhone problem. iPhoto just randomly stopped syncing with my MacBook. It was critical ... because I was literally making a sync to my computer every few hours as I was using my iPhone as my camera for my eBay pictures.

This problem is indicative of the "import button" in iPhoto being grayed out and "unclickable". As you can see here:



As with ANY problem, before troubleshooting, make sure you have your computer backed up - in particular your iPhoto libraries and pictures. There is a minute possibility you will lose them.

Since I'm in local area technical service for the iPhone as an AT&T employee I tried the following:

1) Power cycling the iPhone ... this is done by holding down the top right button for 5 seconds until you see the note "Slide to power off". Confirm the power off by sliding the slider to the right. Allow the iPhone 10 seconds of no power without being docked or in a charger. Press the top right "black" button again to turn the iPhone back on. Give the iPhone TWO FULL MINUTES for a reboot.

Check for syncing ... working? Great! If not ... continue with the second part of step #1 below.

From the home screen on your iPhone, touch "settings" (the icon with the gears) .... touch "reset" ... touch "reset all settings" ... confirm reset. This shouldn't do much to your settings but there be a few things such as ringtone; that have changed or reverted to factory original settings

I still had the problem at this point, but it is necessary to eliminate this procedure in order to properly diagnose the issue. If your phone still has an importing issue ... continue to Step 2. We will now determine if the problem is your iPhone or your Mac's software and possibly fix the problem with this step.

2) Rebuild iPhoto Libraries - do this by holding down the Apple & Option keys on your keyboard when launching iPhoto. Check the options that apply to you.

Still didn't work? Try this:

Go to your hard drive, double click, go to Applications, find the application "Image Capture" ... it may be located in your Utilities folder.

Launch "Image Capture" - click on "Download All"

If this worked ... iPhoto is corrupt. Please reinstall iPhoto on your computer by following these steps:

Click through to Hard Drive >> Applications > Utilities >> Disk Utility

Highlight your hard drive by clicking on it's name once.

Click "repair permissions".

Once finished, restart your Mac. Reintall iPhoto, REUPDATE iPhoto with the "Software Update" choice in the Apple Menu.

Still didn't work?

3)Go to the Apple Menu in the upper left corner of your screen. Choose System Preferences. In the fourth row down choose your 1st preference pane for "Accounts"

Click the "orange lock" that has the caption "Click lock to make changes" ... you will be prompted for a password ... type in your password if you have one ...

Click the "+" ... this will allow you to create a new account on your Mac. make the name "test" with a short name "test". Create a password. Verify the password. Check "Allow user to administer this computer" then click "Create Account"

In the "other accounts" menu you should now have a user titled "test"

Go to the Apple menu ... choose "log out _______"

Log back in as the user "test" that you just created. If you do not have the option of typing in a specific user on the log in screen ... please Google for directions on how to change this preference.

Under your "test" account ... launch iPhoto. Is "Import" still grayed out? If not, go ahead and import your photos. Create a new folder on the desktop. Drag any photos you want to keep to the new folder you just created. When finished, drag this folder to your hard drive (off of the desktop)

Log out

Log back in as your original user.

iPhoto should now be able to import your photos in your original iPhoto Library / User account.

If not, you probably should call 1-800 SOS-APPL and get iPhone customer service. They will most likely walk you through these steps again. If the problem persists, you have a hardware problem.

Simplified steps for review:

* Try hardware resetting the iPhone
* Software reset the iPhone
* Trying repairing your Mac
* Try rebuilding iPhoto
* Reinstall iPhoto
* Try syncing with a new user account

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Monday, July 23, 2007

I just don't get this ...

The YouTube "I need attention" crowd has posted an interesting video at:

EXPLOITINGiPHONE.COM

The page claims:

Have you told Apple? What are they doing about it?

We have notified Apple and proposed a fix that they could include in a future iPhone update, but we don't know if they plan to do so. They responded and are looking into it.


My question is ... why isn't the recognition that Apple gives whenever they release a security fix or software update good enough for the average person's resume? Why do they have to present these exploits in such an extreme way - it's the video - it's the choice of registering exploitingiphone.com that shocks me.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Yeah like Gruber would call someone a _______ to their face.

John Gruber links to the following on his website today:



Like John Gruber would have the testicular fortitude to call someone a "jackass of the week" to their face. He hides behind the popularity of his website and the omniscience of his words without reader comment.

I also have to say that while he's been pretty tame this past month, the month before last I counted 7 "four letter words" within his postings. To what filth does he refer that he doesn't himself use?

I would also like to say that most of the time - the anonymous people that say stupid stuff ... say ... well ... just that ... it almost always looks like a troll ... so ... you end up looking even more right with your article ... it's kinda like showing everyone ... "look the people that can't spell, can't speak coherently disagree with me".

I appreciate reader interaction ... sometimes I am wrong and sometimes my readers can help me clarify a point by comment interaction.

For instance ... if I do a story on Bill Palmer ... Roget almost always has something great to link to. Even when I don't write something about Bill Palmer ... Roget has something Bill has done worse ...LOL.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Things ... they are a changin'

This coming week ... updates may be slow or non existent due to the following:

* This is a maintenance week for me and this site.

* I'm updating older stories to reflect new information

* I switched to a new blogger template and it is slightly awkward to customize it, but I'm getting used to it.

* I'm updating old links that link to jackwhispers.com or jackwhispers.blogspot.com to reflect fixyourthinking and fixyourthinking.blogspot.com

* I'm trying to figure out the optimal ways to get a little bit of revenue from this site.

If you see a Google ADsense ad to the right that interests you ... please click on it ... I'm only $6.38 away from a payout and I could really use the money ... ;-)

Here are some stories I would be following:

Engadget reports that there may be more to yesterday's "Mac OSX Worm"

My first iPhone problem - iPhoto no longer syncing photos. I solved it. (I'll follow up with this probably on Sunday)

Andy Ihnatko IS NOT Fake Steve Jobs as Valleywag and Business 2.0 report - I can say with near certainty that it's Jack Miller of As The Apple Turns.

Clues:

From Valleywag comments: Remember the pic that FSJ released of him holding a MacBook? I remember seeing a wedding band. Andy's not married (I think).

- But Jack Miller IS married

From Valleywag article:FOR: The IP address ... Fake Steve Jobs has sent email from a Boston-area Internet connection.

- Jack Miller lives in the Boston area

Interesting post last night on Fake Steve regarding an 'invasion of privacy' - also Jack Miller-esque paranoid.

- If you remember this site was accused of the same when I tried to find out if he was ok after not publishing for a year.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Daniel Eran Dilger of Roughly Drafted responds to my post:

Hi Philip,

Thanks for the comments. People post things online without much regard for how they're taken by others. You can Google my name and website and pull up lots of really rabid sounding stuff. I try to shake it off, as otherwise it would really be overwhelming.

I have yet to see anyone point out specific problems with my writing (apart from specific errors that I correct), but there sure are lots of people who talk about generalized accusations of getting facts wrong, misstating things, and not knowing what I'm talking about. I very purposely avoid that, because people who hid behind an alias and post smack about me aren't really open to reason. Other times, people just make rather broad pronouncements without substantiation. The link has a bit of both.

Daniel Eran Dilger
RoughlyDrafted Magazine
www.roughlydrafted.com

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This almost happened on June 29th : iPhone Launch Day

CNN reports:

A man appeared in court in Sydney on Saturday after taking an armored personnel carrier on a rampage through the city's western suburbs in which he destroyed six mobile phone towers, Australian media reported.

This image from Australian TV shows the vehicle during the rampage through Sydney suburbs.


* Photo courtesy Engadget


[Police] said the 45-year-old man had been arrested on his way to damaging a seventh tower ...

"He continued to destroy mobile tower communications sheds by crashing through the perimeter fence and colliding with structures, causing significant damage."


This almost happened at the AT&T store I was at on iPhone Launch Day. We had a guy so frustrated that he had been waiting in line, that he threatened to run his car into the store if he didn't get "taken care of in the next 20 minutes".

Monday, July 16, 2007

Wow ... how can something so simple be so cool



If you had explained this to me ... I might have said it was stupid. But if you look at it ... it's genius. Now if some company like DLO or Griffin will make an iPhone carry case that fits around your neck ... this could be come the new hotness at corporate events and get togethers like MacWorld.

iPhone Name Tag



[Link credit MACRUMORS.COM]

* This kind of thing NEVER happened to the mobile web BEFORE the iPhone. I would like all these naysayers of the net as an app to please apologize ... with all the cool stuff popping up it looks like we are in for some TRUE web innovation.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

We are a community, not a lynch mob ... why do Mac bloggers have to hang another when they make a mistake?

I like John Gruber of Daring Fireball when he writes his masterpiece explanations of "Apple Tech-headedness" or when he gets the laugh with his "Jackass Of The Week" columns. But, when he stoops to the lowest of the low and almost crucifies a fellow Mac blogger, it makes me hate him - and want to protest him for as along as I can possibly stand to. It's unnecessary. The Macalope did this to me when he first started because I made the assumption that George Ou might be behind the writing of the Macalope. In fact, I misinterpreted John Gruber as saying so himself.

The post I misread as George Ou's New Blog:



This was a nothing short of a lynch mob. It invited my critics to a bash of my website on the Macalope's blog. It was uncalled for. It was unnecessary. The Macalope should have just emailed me and let me know my error.

Gruber REGULARLY makes grammar errors that more times than not go uncorrected:

A Gruber Grammar Error:



Gruber's "near invincibility" and immense popularity give him a lot more power than most bloggers. He can withstand a major blow - some of us can't. I don't really know how this would affect Roughly Drafted, but it really doesn't matter. Gruber OWES it to Daniel Eran to allow a correction THEN he also owes it to his readers to report that he emailed Daniel Eran about the mistake and that it was changed or retracted quickly (or if it wasn't).

From Daring Fireball:

‘OS X iPod’ Nonsense

Sunday, 15 July 2007

Daniel Eran at Roughly Drafted published a piece over the weekend claiming that “the iPod is running Mac OS X – with a Mach kernel and a Unix userland – and have been for years”. The story was picked up by Slashdot earlier today, originally with the title “iPods Run OS X and Always Have”.

Eran’s evidence for this claim is based on this April 2004 article in MacTech about a supposed method of developing QuickTime-based applications for iPods, using a programming language called “SNOJOB”, derived from SNOBOL. This MacTech article was a joke. Current iPods do not run OS X, or anything even vaguely resembling it. There is no programming language called SNOJOB. There is no secret “laf” option for the ls command-line tool that will reveal a “hidden” mach kernel on iPod file systems.


Ok, so he was wrong. Ok, so he made a mistake. HOW ABOUT EMAILING HIM DIRECTLY OR CALLING HIM and telling him about it rather than try to capitalize on some kind of news that he was wrong? This is no different than the ethical dilemna that Engadget was in a month ago when Ryan Block (lead editor of Engadget) tried to justify his stance on publishing a story that Apple had delayed the iPhone at the last minute.

All Block had to do was WAIT and just verify the story. Engadget STILL had a great scoop and still could have reported the story. Engadget didn't need the hits - it's one of the highest hit sites on the net! Gruber didn't need to point this out in an almost crucifying manner - he doesn't need the hits - he's the darling of the Mac web at the moment.

Besides, I think the more interesting story is usually how fast, how slow, or how someone tries to cover up a mistake ... any way.

[UPDATE] Apparently there is some sort of "cover up" by Daniel Eran and "a retraction" without any mention of mistake - just a "note for page skimmers" ... I'll let you read:

This article simplified for readers

I think THAT is much more interesting than if he were wrong.

Can't we all just get along?
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Friday, July 13, 2007

Does anyone see a lawsuit coming against AT&T?

Which Is More Expensive: A Free Treo 680 or an iPhone?

It works out to about the same total cost over two years because the Treo unlimited data plans are $40/month and the iPhone’s are only $20.

[Link credit to Daring Fireball]

Does anyone see a lawsuit from Palm coming against AT&T - because AT&T is promoting plans to sell a specific phone?

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I'm featured in an e-commerce.com interview

Vangie Beal posted her interview with me. I have to say, that based on the information I gave her, she really crafted it into a nice story.

"The most important thing about eBay is understanding pop culture. It's not what you're offering, it's not how you describe it, it's not how you advertise it — it is solely about how you relate the purchase to the buyer and make them feel like they have something important or of significant value," said Smith. "An eBay sale is about ownership. Creating ownership in your auctions is very important. With my blogs and reviews I show people I own and use the things I sell, or I at least have a sort of attachment to them that I want to share."


Read it here: Eye On the Little Guy: Seller Profile — Using Blogs and Reviews

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MyFIRSTMAC.COM website debuts



A tip from MacMinute led me to a great looking concept called MYFIRSTMAC.COM. Worth a look for any Mac user.

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USB To Ethernet Adapter For Macs





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This is for your surged ethernet/broadband port on your Apple computer

USB 2.0 ... backwards compatible with USB 1.1

Another great use is for network printers and NAS storage - have this plugged into a free USB port while accessing your network or broadband connection on your Ethernet port.

Your ethernet port does not have to be bad to use this adapter.

Get this in case of an emergency!

Comes complete with drivers in pack with manual/instructions

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Note: this adapter does not work with OS 8.6 - 9.2.1 or 10 or 10.1 or 10.2

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Letterman writer shows off his bad Apple AC adapter


From a YouTube comment on this:

"This tends to happen when you crush the wire under the leg of the chair and then sit your 300lb butt down on it."

I'm sure he never sat on it, yanked it, or crimped the wire. This ONLY happens if you ABUSE the cord. Granted it isn't the most stable connection ... but it ONLY happens if you crimp the cord/yank it/etc. And no wonder the Late Show is bad with that dolt as a writer.

Wii-ting for a movie to start?



Found on Nicola Davies Blog:

YouTube video of Interactive Crowd Gaming

Found this great video on Adverblog. It’s the latest MSNBC.com invention to enterain people waiting for movies to begin. Which lets be honest is pretty boring most of the time.

‘Crowd gaming’ sounds like a kind of group Wii experience.

“Motion sensors throughout the theatre track the audience’s collective movement and use them as ‘human joysticks’ to play an arcade game on the wide screen.”


Adverblog rightly points out this would only really ‘fit’ for certain types of movies - probably the big blockbusters like the Transformers movie.

I want to be a human joystick!


Very interesting!

A Small Interview With Tom Of The Small Wave: Insightful as Daring Fireball & as thorough as Roughly Drafted



Tom Reestman is a relatively new "Mac blogger". I first noticed his writing a few months ago when he linked to his site, "The Small Wave" in an article of mine here on FixYourThinking. Over the last two months I have found Tom's writing to be as insightful as John Gruber of Daring Fireball and as thorough as Daniel Eran Dilger of Roughly Drafted . It's great to have a new bookmark for my iPhone to catch up on Apple news - I highly recommend your adding "The Small Wave" to your bookmarks as well.

I asked Tom if he would be interested in an email interview. He has responded below and should give you a good idea of his writing style and unique insight.

My comments follow in smaller print after each question - preceded with an *

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Tom,

Thanks for the opportunity to interview you.

Q: Tom, I first noticed your blog "The Small Wave" after you started making comments on my blog. Was your plan to initially do some viral marketing for "The Small Wave" or do you just enjoy participating in conversations around the Mac web community?

It never occurred to me to "market" my blog at all. To be sure, as I comment on your site and others I'll put links to my blog if I have a relevant article or believe the audience may be interested, but I've made no conscience effort to try any specific marketing. I write because I enjoy it, and I write abut the tech industry because I enjoy that. I've thought about blogging for a long time but never got around to it, and then one day dusted off the Blogger account I'd opened the year before playing with Picasa/Hello to share photos and went at it.


* This is why I don't read CNet blogs - the aspect of a paid blogger. I do what I do here because I enjoy it. This is also what makes Tom's site so good ... you can tell he isn't pandering to any advertisers nor is he writing stories just to build hit totals.

Q: Why do you not monetize your site with Google adwords or affiliate advertising?

I have no specific goals for the blog. If I could ever go to FeedBurner and see a large number of subscribers (my current number is too low to talk about) that would be great. And, as someone who's read MacSurfer's Headline News for years, it would be nice to see an article of mine there. The bottom line is my day job pays me well; the blog is a labor of love.

Even if I wanted to put ads on my site tomorrow, I'd have to look into how to do it. Perhaps an advantage of my blog is that it's ad-free.


* The revenue I receive on Fix Your Thinking just barely pays the hosting and domain costs. I advertise more to assist, than for revenue. I also advertise to "appear more mainstream".

Q: What do you consider the biggest story to hit the Mac blogosphere so far in 2007? What about ever?

Tough question because 2007 has been a wild ride. It started on 1/1 when Apple put up that first 30 years ain't nothing teaser. They weren't kidding. Take your pick:

- Incredible continued iPod sales. Some Apple followers have come to take this for granted, but I do not. Here is a case of a device with no new models at the high end (though there were new nanos and shuffles), and only one price drop in two years, and sales are still through the roof. This is amazing, and allowed Apple to concentrate on other things without having to refresh the line just to keep sales momentum up. I do believe we'll get a 6G iPod no later than in time for the Christmas (say, October), and likely even earlier.

- Leopard. This is especially big in light of Vista, which is simply nowhere near the success Microsoft had hoped. I claim no inside knowledge of Leopard, but I believe it will lay a great foundation for some things Apple has in mind down the road in terms of open standards, the iPhone, Apple TV, and probably even the iPod, which I believe will migrate to OS X.

- The iPhone. Well, of course. All that hype. All those analysts ridiculing every detail (despite the example of the iPod as proof that maybe, just maybe, they were wrong). And when it's finally launched they activate as many as a million of them in the first 10 days? Did Apple expect that? Did AT&T? I honestly don't think so. They certainly expected a large run on them, but a million in a week and a half? I suspect it exceeded their initial expectations. Will it continue to sell strongly over the Summer? I don't know, but I love mine and have managed to "sell" a couple to co-workers.

Biggest news story ever? Steve Jobs' return. Steve was still seen by many as the snotty kid who got thrown out of his own company. It didn't seem to matter that Apple's history afterwards ultimately showed his ouster as a mistake. When I read about the keynote in '97 where he made the deal with Microsoft and said that it's wrong that for Apple to win Microsoft has to lose, it was obvious this was the right guy. He still doesn't get enough credit, in my opinion. And I have to laugh at "analysts" who try to deflect any credit to him out of one side of their mouths, but predict disaster for Apple if he leaves out of the other! I wish they'd make up their minds. Heck, I wish they'd get minds.


* I think the iPhone is going to be a tough act to follow, but if ONE company CAN DO IT - it is Apple.

Q: In your opinion, what do you consider Apple's biggest strength? Biggest weakness?

It's cliche, but it's so true: Innovation. Is there anything Apple does that isn't in the manner of thinking differently? Yes, I can think of a few examples, but it's not the norm. In Jobs' second reign, starting with killing the cloners and the no-floppy non-upgradeable iMac, right through to the iPhone not having a physical keyboard. There are analysts who still decry the lack of an FM transmitter and replaceable battery in the iPod. Apple wouldn't have it, and I'm glad. They didn't stick a DVD in the Apple TV, or try to make it a Tivo. Look at Microsoft's be-everything-in-the-living-room Xbox and what a disaster it's been (and with the $1.15B warranty hit and class-action lawsuit what a disaster it's likely going to continue to be). And then there's the retail stores. Wow. Steve Jobs has said the trick to all this is knowing when to say "no." Clearly, he says "no" a lot, and usually makes the right choices.

As for biggest weakness, does perception count? We see it even with the iPhone. It's a "toy," it's not for business, blah, blah, blah. I was around for the GUI revolution and I've heard all this before. There is no question Apple is more respected and highly regarded now than probably at any time in their history, yet the perception frequently is still one of them being a maker of toys. It was analysts and IT groups spreading that crap then, and it's the same now.

Another weakness may be the ability to rebound from a mistake. When Steve Jobs introduced the G4 cube, and finally expanded the four quadrants to include a slot between the consumer and profession desktops, I was thrilled. Ultimately, the Cube was too expensive for a "high-end" consumer machine, and it's custom design and boards probably made it difficult to lower the price. Add to that the quality issues (cracked case) and it just didn't sell. So it was (rightly) dropped. But what did Apple do? Did they get right back up on the horse? Unfortunately, no. Having been thrown off, they went off to lick their wounds. I'm still waiting for that Mac, Steve, still waiting for the quadrant to expand again...


* I never considered the Cube a failure - the ironic thing is - it may not have been a hit commercially, but wouldn't you love for your failure to be in the Museum Of Modern Art - such as the Cube was? The Cube continues to fetch premiums on eBay as well.

Q: Do you consider the volume of quality blogs to be an asset or liability for Apple?

I don't see how quality blogs can possibly be a liability, no matter how many of them there are. Even the "bad" blogs spur publicity. Look at all the free advertising Apple got for the iPhone the last six months, and there was more of it negative gloom and doom articles than otherwise. Better in the public eye than out of it.


* I do consider some blogs to be a liability because they spread incorrect and harmful information. Some Mac blogs such as Think Secret seem to have the sole purpose of reporting on rumors and bad news to hurt Apple in the press and to put an enormous strain on Apple to perform up to unrealistic expectations. While on the other hand you have sites like IPRONG that blatantly copy other blogs, willfully disregard Apple's intellectual property, and purport to be bigger than they are - giving a bad name to smaller blogs every where. Both of these blogs are high quality, but in my opinion, harm Apple rather than helping. There are others I could name; Dvorak, Thurott, and Scoble come to mind - with Dvorak actually saying he makes stuff up and writes negatively about Apple just to rile the user base and get hits - Thurott and Scoble do the same but just aren't as bold as Dvorak to admit it.

Q: What can you predict will be Apple's next big thing?

To be honest, I have no idea. It does seem clear that Apple expanded almost to the breaking point the last few months. With the iPhone out and no major issues being reported, I have to believe there are a lot of sighs of relief in Cupertino. Still lots of work to do, as the iPhone has plenty of software enhancements/fixes to make. I do think that Leopard will spawn some corresponding "goodies" in the iPhone, Apple TV, and Apple applications.


Q: Is there any advice you would give to bloggers in the Mac Community?

Did I mention my subscription count? I'm in no position to be giving advice to bloggers. Taking some, perhaps, but giving, no. :-)

I will offer an opinion, but I wouldn't call it advice. As Apple has become more and more successful and is (albeit begrudgingly) getting some respect in tech publications, even those aimed at corporate users, I see the Mac community "toning it down" a little bit. Long before blogging existed, Mac users were very vocal (passionate) about the Mac and Apple and the company's overall philosophy. Indeed, I think there's little argument that this passion is what kept the platform alive after a misguided board of directors ousted Jobs in '85 and a succession of CEOs with little vision simply tried to cram the Mac through every channel possible. Do you remember the Performa infomercial? I think I wept for all of humanity when I saw that.

Personally, I see no reason to tone it down just because Apple is successful and some of the big boys are letting them play in the sand box. And I don't even consider myself an Apple worshiper. After 10 years I actually left the Apple fold when I needed a new computer and Steve still hadn't filled that middle quadrant (the iMac 24" comes close, though). I run Windows XP Pro and Home, and have experience with more operating systems (starting with the mainframe) than I care to name. I know the Microsoft side quite well. In my view, Apple stands out now nearly as much as it did in the early '90s when comparisons between System 7 and Windows 3.1 were laughable.

I've had an iPhone for six days and am simply amazed by the device. Let the others too "cool" to be impressed downplay it or quibble about what it can't do, perhaps in the interest of acting "fair" or unbiased. I've got a list of improvements I'd like to see myself, but what it can do, and how it does it, is amazing. I tell people it's the best laptop I've ever had. It's the PowerBook 170 all over again! Last night I was sitting with my feet on my desk listening to tunes and reading sites via Google Reader all on the iPhone, when my regular computer was right there! To me, that's a pretty good testament to what a great little device this is. And it can only get better.

Thanks for the interview. I've been blogging for just under two months and am having fun.

Tom Reestman
http://thesmallwave.com

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So ... check out Tom at "The Small Wave" ... I'm sure you'll feel the need to shake his hand if you ever see him at a MacWorld Expo.

[ I'll post a little more about Tom and the site history on Monday ... so come back and read more ]

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Printing from the iPhone one step closer?



As reported by MacRumors.com:

A new posting at Cups.org reveals that Apple has purchased CUPS and hired its author:

In February of 2007, Apple Inc. acquired ownership the CUPS source code and hired me (Michael R Sweet), the creator of CUPS. CUPS will still be released under the existing GPL2/LGPL2 licensing terms, and I will continue to develop and support CUPS at Apple.

CUPS stands for Common Unix Printing System and was adopted by Apple in 2002 for Mac OS X.


CUPS is a standards based printer driver for Mac OS X (actually for Unix, but OSX is based on Unix)

The iPhone runs OSX lite = possibility of printing?
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Verizon & The Democrats In Congress Supported by Verizon Lobby Money Hate That AT&T is selling iPhones like crazy


Massachusettes Democrat disses iPhone exclusive with AT&T / Verizon speaks

The Small Wave Blog posits:

There was a hearing on "wireless innovation and consumer protection." Nobody would have known that, of course, so the Democrats decided to play the iPhone card in order to get some publicity


The iPhone card ... indeed. Next step ... Iraq / iPhone connection.

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Interview with reporter from e-commerceguide about promotion of eBay auctions through blogs

I just completed an interview with Vangie Beal of e-commerceguide.com about eBay and promotion through blogs:.

Here are some excerpts:

Q:Your eBay profile says you've been a member since 1998. How long have you been a pretty active seller on the auction site?

I actually got involved on eBay in late 1997 selling "repaired" and surplus Apple computer inventory. In 1998, I sold an information book for $15-$35 each. The day eBay stock went IPO, my auction was featured on CNBC because it had a lot of bids. The CNBC show hosts were saying things like, "This is the future of commerce, selling information, he doesn't have a physical product, he's just selling information here." Actually it was a physical product ... a book about Apple laptops that I had written and burned onto CD instead of printing. From 1998-2000, I sold 1100 copies of the book through eBay. I used the "book sales" to offset my eBay fees and buy more inventory for auction. By the summer of 2000, I was listing 250 items a month and at that point had 2 people helping me list and package while I wrote the auctions and promoted my listings at various websites including my own. Now, I'm just back to plain old me ... but eBay still accounts for 50% of my income.


Q:Outside of eBay we can also find you blogging on Fix Your Thinking. Can you tell us a bit about your own blog, and how it fits into your consulting and eBay selling business?

One item that I sell is unique to eBay - a USB to Ethernet adapter for Apple Computers (Macs). My FixYourThinking blog is mostly about helping Mac users better understand Apple news that circulates the web. Loosely, it's an an educational exercise. One issue that a lot of Mac users face is expensive motherboard repairs if their ethernet port is surged or hit by lightening and goes bad. Mac users are in a rather unique situation in that most Macs are "built in" or considered "all in ones" - meaning cheap expansion or component replacement is usually out the question. Before my adapter, your only viable option if your ethernet connection on your Mac failed was to get your motherboard replaced. With labor this was usually in excess of 60% of the original cost of the computer. After my adapter, it's as easy as buying my adapter and plugging it in - costing you less than $25. Where my blog comes in is as a tool to help my Google searches for this adapter. By discussing this adapter regularly almost as a "website infomercial" - I build interest and knowledge of the ethernet adapter's existence. Recently, I have been using eBay's "eBay to Go" blogging feature - this has given me direct links to my eBay auctions from my blog.

My blog also discusses eBay drama. I've covered the topics of the problematic eBay Dropoff business, as well as discussing the complexity of using PayPal on eBay. Every once in a while, I give a tutorials on how to save on shipping, how to list an eBay auction with more voom, or use a certain eBay feature.


Q:For other sellers interested doing their own blog (eBay hosted or otherwise) or reviews, what advice can you offer (e.g. can one fail due to too much eBay-promotion within the blogs, etc).

You certainly have to balance self promotion - which is what a blog is. If the intent of your blog is to promote your sales - then I suggest not doing one. There's too much commercial competition promoting the same thing and most likely with a better, cheaper product than you can offer. I don't do my blog to promote anything. I write because I enjoy it and I write to inform and educate my readers. Buyers follow. The lesson I can give anyone about eBay, promotion of your listings, or becoming a great seller is - be personal - be a real person with a real understanding of both perspectives; buyer and seller. The most important thing about eBay is understanding pop culture. It's not what you're offering, it's not how you describe it, it's not how you advertise it - it is SOLELY about how you relate the purchase to the buyer and make them feel like they have something important or of significant value. An eBay sale is about ownership. Creating ownership in your auctions is very important. With my blogs and reviews I show people I own and USE the things I sell or i at least have a sort of attachment to them that I want to share.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

VOIP on the iPhone?

As reported by Engadget:

For those only interested in fielding VoIP calls on an iPhone ... this here workaround spills the beans. Admittedly, this method is far from seamless, but by installing the famed SoonR Talk application on your home PC and logging into the AJAX-enabled SoonR website on your iPhone, a new way of calling instantly emerges. As with other VOIP devices that support AJAX interfaces, you can reportedly view and call Skype buddies through your iPhone, but you should be aware that SkypeOut credits will be used due to the PSTN leg needed to dial your mobile. Inelegant as it may be, VoIP has now invaded the (non-Cisco) iPhone.


This is certainly interesting ... something that I predicted would happen in less than 10 days of the iPhone coming out ... and look what happened?

* A couple of notes:

- there is a pretty big latency (audio delay due to iPhone to server to phone to server to iPhone exchange)

- the exchange uses Skype credits ... while cheaper than AT&T minutes - still is a cost. There isn't a FREE VOIP client ... YET.

Movie Review: Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix

I went to see a sneak preview of Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix ...

I must be honest and say I may be bias against this series of movies. (explanation follows)

I have enjoyed each of the Harry Potter movies with the first one still being the best. Two of my friends are very big Harry Potter fans. One went as far as dressing up for #3 when attending. So ... I was able to get their assessment as well of this fifth installment.

I've never read the books and all I know of the next installment is the major plot elements. When The Order Of The Phoenix came out in bookstores I don't remember anyone talking about any new plot elements ... this seems to carry over to the movie translation - it doesn't seem like this installment really advances the plot.

While the connection between Valdemort and Harry is revealed and intensified - it is apparent that THIS WAS inevitable.

What has baffled me most about this series of stories (both in book form and in theaters) is why Slitheren isn't just banished from Hogwarts altogether. They are a lynch mob for Harry Potter apparently. And ... why is Lucious Malfoy even allowed on the campus by any of the adults if he is a known conspirator, traitor, and murder accomplice? I'm sure the argument could be made that part of the "learning" at Hogwart's is to coexist with evil and the lesson in life is "choice" - a point made in this movie. Do you choose to be good or do you choose to be evil? I'd rather go with the premise, the less you expose yourself to evil, the less likely you are to do something evil.

The only real problem that I have with Harry Potter is it teaching children that witchcraft may be an answer to your problems.

My Harry Potter fan friends that were in attendance enjoyed the 5th movie. However we came to a rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Will it blend?

That is the question


Interesting to see where the weak spot is that first breaks on the iPhone.

A theory about 1-18-08 ...


If any of you went to see Transformers ... and made it in time to see the previews OR if you've been reading the buzz on the internet about a new movie preview trailer that ran just before Transformers ... called (tentatively) 1-18-08. Some sites are calling it Cloverfield. It's a new movie produced by J.J. Abrams of LOST fame. A website is now up:

www.1-18-08.com


This website has a very cool "multi touch like" picture manipulation ... go there and click and drag on the pictures to see what I mean.

Oddly, one of the photos on the www.1-18-08.com is actually the same girl and not a real photo.

OR

Watch The trailer on APPLE.COM


The trailer contains one of the most shocking visuals I have ever seen ... hmmmm ... right next to the plane separating in Lost (on TV) or the World Trade Center Towers getting hit on September 11 2001.

Some movie news websites are saying it is most likely based on the strange story, Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft

The teaser footage is shot with a hand-held camera to emulate a home-movie style. The teaser did not reveal the name of the film, but it showed a release date of January 18, 2008 for the film.

What if this is ACTUALLY the finale of LOST ... it would be a unique way to end a television series by having it in movie theaters ... wouldn't you agree?

This possibly relates to the giant statue that we saw a part of at the end of Season 2 of LOST.




Heck, even if the the next season ends poorly ... I would go just to see that visual of the Statue of Liberty head hurdling through the air and landing on 5th ave.

I think it would be perfect for this series because of the unique story line LOST has given to show followers. I think this would be the first time a TV series was ended in theaters.

These biblical verses have been uncovered:

...Along with the date ( 1-18-08 ), we see a time of 12:36 A.M on one of the pictures. I did a google search for 12:36 ( with the idea of a biblical verse ) and here's what it came up with. "I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak..." Matthew 12:36


From the Book of Revelation, 18:08: "Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her."


LOST has alluded in the last season that if the island is "revealed", it may be the end of the world.

Some how ... the website; Slusho is related to this movie - it's under construction, very weird, and on a T Shirt on a character seen in the preview trailer.

* After reviewing the wikipedia entry for this ... this theory may have already been tossed around else where on LOST forums.

* Various tips found in the AINTITCOOL.COM forums

Monday, July 09, 2007

Why some of the best blogs don't allow reader comments ...

Shawn Blanc on ShawnBlanc.net posits:

Why Daring Fireball is comment free

... John [Gruber] answers why there are no comments on Daring Fireball.

I wanted to write a site for someone it’s meant for. That reader I write for is a second version of me. I’m writing for him. He’s interested in the exact same things I’m interested in; he reads the exact same websites I read. I want him to like this website so much that he reads it from the top to the bottom, and he reads everything. Every single word. The copyright statement, what software I use, he’s read it all.

If I turn comments on, that goes away. It’s not that I don’t like sites with comments on, but when you read a site with comments it automatically puts you, the reader, in a defensive mode where you’re saying, “what’s good in this comment thread? What can I skim?”

It’s totally egotistical. I want Daring Fireball to be a site that you can’t skim if you’re in the target audience for it. You say, “Oh, a new article from John. I need to read it,” ...

If I turn comments on I feel like it’s two different directions. You get to the end of my article and you’re like, “let’s see if there’s anything interesting. Let’s see if there’s any names I know.” That’s really it. Sometimes a design decision is what you don’t put in, as opposed to what you put in.


Blanc summarizes : "This may be one of the best reasons to write a weblog."

I would have to agree. Initially I started this site with no comments. Later, I discovered that occasionally I would actually like to take on my critics and let the world know my kudos. Sometimes, your critics can prove a point better than you could have written.

I would imagine the other reason Gruber has comments turned off is that he would have an OUTRAGEOUS amount of comments to moderate. I only let about 75% of my comments through on this site. I also get a number of comments to older posts. The job of moderation is roughly a 30 minute a day task. I couldn't imagine what it would be like for someone like Gruber.

In reality Gruber does allow comments as he posts critiques of his critics from around the web and often posts the emailed corrections, clarifications, etc etc he receives.

Gruber's Daring Fireball is the ONLY site I know of where I am pleased that there's no comments because I think trolls would water down his perspective and strength of each argument he makes. While I disagree with Gruber's occasional liberal political rants - I honestly wouldn't want to read all the trolls that might post comments about it - mostly because I know he's a blowhard politically.

I think Gruber is wise to be almost mythically, "Unchallengeable!"

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Steorn "Free Energy Device" - controlled with an "iMac"?

If you haven't been paying attention, some "scientists" in Ireland under the name "STEORN" have been making waves over the last year or so - promising a completely "Free" energy source. It's explanation defied the laws of physics - it's potential to be the greatest invention of all time was an understatement.

Yesterday, Steorn was to give their first public demonstration of the device. The "Device" is apparently controlled with an "Apple iMac".

Well, as one might expect ... the device failed to function and the exhibition was cancelled.

I have to say I have never seen ANY major scientific exhibition run or controlled with an Apple computer. I know it's done. I know most of the human genome was deciphered on Apple computers. I also know that MIT's Artificial Intelligence project known as KIZMIT is run with Apple computers - but it made it even less plausible for Steorn to show an Apple computer running their "device". Mac users know ... that kind of thing only happens in the movies ;-)

Here is a close up of the device. It is a piece of plastic cut into a "Stargate" like pattern.



I almost think this isn't a hoax, but IS most likely a wheel that spins constantly based on magnetics. Problem is ... this is not reproducible in small form like they promise AND because magnetic fields are easily altered by the smallest of external forces - they could NEVER EVER get it small enough to go in a small device like a cell phone NOR able to produce enough energy for a car as they claim.

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iPhone: The Musical

David Pogue, in conjunction with The New York Times released a hillarious video (with Mac web celeb cameos) called:

iPhone
The Musical


Check it out here: iPhone: The Musical

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

iPhone Data Speed Tests

Great website specifically designed to test the network speed of your iPhone. Seems like many of the tests indicate better than expected speeds on AT&T's EDGE data network. (The critics of the network were right about speed issues BUT the iPhone haters GREATLY exaggerated the comparison to 56k.)

http://www.iphonenetworktest.com/


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LG: May stand for "Litigation Grandiose"

Reuters reports:


This has to be without merit because I would think it would be Toshiba, Sony, or Panasonic (Matsushita) that would be the issue, not Quanta or Apple.

LG filed the suit with a U.S. district court in Wisconsin on July 3 and is seeking an injunction against Quanta's use of the technology and monetary compensation, the company said in a statement released on Wednesday.

"LG's claims include infringement of four patents related to DVD standard," LG said. "Quanta has been using these patents without LG's permission to produce notebook computers that were supplied to U.S. computer companies."

Quanta's major clients include top brands such as Apple, HP, Dell, and Sony [for laptop manufacture contracts].


This may be interesting because Apple DOES use LG LCD panels in their laptops. LG may be shooting themselves in the foot.

Apple is also known to "make new contracts" when threatened or "accidentally spoken about"

* Matsushita, Sony, and Toshiba currently manufacture the optical drives contained in Apple laptops.

Not enough math ???

I've never been good at math and didn't understand that the multiplying by 1.2 gives you a total WITH the tip. That said, you STILL do NOT tip on the total bill - you tip on the bill BEFORE tax.

Obviously John Gruber doesn't know enough math and MAY need a "tip calulator" as Ryan Block suggests:

From Daring Fireball:

Helpful ‘Tip’ for Ryan Block ★

From page 3 of Engadget’s massive iPhone review, regarding the Calculator:

Missing from the iPhone, though, are dedicated tip and scientific / graphing calculators, or, perhaps more usefully, a tip calculator.

If you know enough math to even know what a scientific calculator is, why would you need a “dedicated tip calculator” mode? Take the total and multiply by 1.2 for a 20 percent tip.


I sent him a correction by email almost 14 hours ago, but the post remains unchanged.

If I take a sample bill from a Mexcican restaurant two days ago and multiply by 1.2 ... here's what I get:

Total:
$12.38
X 1.2
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$14.86

(I did that math on an iPhone)

But that's not the only thing wrong with his equation. Here's the email I sent:

Just a note ...

Figuring the tip IS NOT taking the TOTAL bill and multiplying by 1.2 ... it's taking the totalBEFORE TAX and multiplying by 1.2 for a 20% tip with total included.

If you do it by the taxed total you are actually giving the waitress 2%-3% more.

Waitresses are given whatever amount they receive above the pretax total minus the tax.


Meaning; a server pays the tax total BACK OUT each night from her pocket. A lot of restaurants do this for the server, but it's a common mistake and a thing most people do not know that they are overpaying. Particulary when you mean to give a 15% tip if the service was bad or mediocre. Most times you are still leaving 17%+ if you leave a tip on the taxed total.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

USB To Ethernet Adapter For Macs





EXCLUSIVE USB To Ethernet Adapter

Save a costly motherboard repair for your Apple All In One iMac, eMac, Mac Mini, or your iBook & Powerbook, MacBook or MacBook Pro

I personally use this adapter on my MacBook so I don't have to plug in my ethernet cable ... I just use a USB hub with two of these adapters so one can be hooked to the internet and one cable can be hooked to a network printer. I don't have to worry about IP addresses or the constant plugging and unplugging ruining my laptop's broadband connection. The USB also stands an intermediary for surges from the network as well.

I am the only one to offer this adapter for OS 9 (Classic) * PLEASE email me for details

This is for your surged ethernet/broadband port on your Apple computer

USB 2.0 ... backwards compatible with USB 1.1

Another great use is for network printers and NAS storage - have this plugged into a free USB port while accessing your network or broadband connection on your Ethernet port.

Your ethernet port does not have to be bad to use this adapter.

Get this in case of an emergency!

Comes complete with drivers in pack with manual/instructions

This adapter ONLY works with OS 9.2.2 with all updates applied OR Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) or Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) and All versions of Windows that support USB

Note: this adapter does not work with OS 8.6 - 9.2.1 or 10 or 10.1 or 10.2

Best compatibility and guaranteed to work with Panther, Tiger, and Windows 2000, Windows Millenium, and Windows XP ... all other operating systems are not guaranteed ... but please email me for details.

I am the EXCLUSIVE eBay seller of this item!

I have sold nearly 500 of these over the last year!

* Item may vary slightly in appearance, but warranted for advertised functionality

I also warrant this to work with the Playstation 2 and Tivo! (you MUST mention that you need this function when ordering)

* Let me know if this adapter helps you or if you need any assistance!

Have A Happy ...

Happy 4th Of July

* Normal posting will resume Friday

Transformers: A 2 hour cartoon without the line art



I am writing this review biasly:

I loved The Transformers when I was growing up. I had five:



Soundwave (my favorite - transformed into a "walkman" cassette player)

Ravage (a cassette for Soundwave that transformed into a doberman pincher)

Laserbeak (another cassette that transformed into a vulture)

Rumble (a cassette that transformed into a robot)

Shockwave - (transformed into a very large gun)

I didn't have any of the automobiles, but I do remember making a few of them from Legos.

I used to run home from getting off the bus to watch The Transformers with my older brother. It was a daily event in the 80's.

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As for this movie ... if you go into it expecting Shakespeare, plot, or even meaning ... you WILL BE disappointed. If you go into it from the perspective that THIS IS a childhood fantasy come to life (but still a cartoon) you will love it. I fall in the latter category.

I've read a number of reviews that said the special effects were the best of any movie to date. One review even placed this movie as the new benchmark for special effects. I have to agree. The effects really highlight the artistry of Industrial Light & Magic. It's so real - you can't believe that it wasn't actually filmed without real robots.

There are a number of plot holes - but so were there in the cartoons. Some things (like a map on some eye glasses) don't even make sense.

Megatron is handled perfectly - although I can't understand why the voice was Hugo Weaving ... I give a big score to his agent for getting money to do the Megatron voiceover. His voice is so "robotically" distorted that I could have done Megatron's voice and you wouldn't have known the difference. Also, whenever Weaving is on the screen ... you expect some kind of quotable line ... no such luck in this movie.

I highly recommend this movie although it will not break into my Top 100 of all time.

* Note the plethora of Macs in "The Pentagon" and "What the hackers use".

For true Transformers fans, take a look at this funny skit on You Tube:

Optimus Prime Gets Prostate Cancer

Use an iPhone as an iPod w/WiFi

Alex King posts in his blog:

I canceled the AT&T service for my iPhone as planned and the iPhone seems to work just fine as a wifi-only device. Excellent!

I reset the iPhone, synced, etc. and it still works without service. No guarantees that it will continue to work, but for now it looks like I’ve got the video iPod and iPhone test device I was hoping for.

Per AT&T’s terms of service: If you cancel your AT&T service within 30 days you do not have to pay an early termination fee; and if you cancel within 3 days you get a refund of your activation fee.


Pretty good scoop ... this is expensive and slightly deceptive ... but still interesting. I would imagine Apple will close this loophole soon.

Other websites popped up speaking of more complicated ways to achieve a no contract iPhone, but this seems to be the most simple way.

Once the iPhone is hacked to load a version of Skype - I see lots of people WANTING this kind of iPod.

Monday, July 02, 2007

USB To Ethernet Adapter For Macs





EXCLUSIVE USB To Ethernet Adapter

Save a costly motherboard repair for your Apple All In One iMac, eMac, Mac Mini, or your iBook & Powerbook, MacBook or MacBook Pro

I personally use this adapter on my MacBook so I don't have to plug in my ethernet cable ... I just use a USB hub with two of these adapters so one can be hooked to the internet and one cable can be hooked to a network printer. I don't have to worry about IP addresses or the constant plugging and unplugging ruining my laptop's broadband connection. The USB also stands an intermediary for surges from the network as well.

I am the only one to offer this adapter for OS 9 (Classic) * PLEASE email me for details

This is for your surged ethernet/broadband port on your Apple computer

USB 2.0 ... backwards compatible with USB 1.1

Another great use is for network printers and NAS storage - have this plugged into a free USB port while accessing your network or broadband connection on your Ethernet port.

Your ethernet port does not have to be bad to use this adapter.

Get this in case of an emergency!

Comes complete with drivers in pack with manual/instructions

This adapter ONLY works with OS 9.2.2 with all updates applied OR Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) or Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) and All versions of Windows that support USB

Note: this adapter does not work with OS 8.6 - 9.2.1 or 10 or 10.1 or 10.2

Best compatibility and guaranteed to work with Panther, Tiger, and Windows 2000, Windows Millenium, and Windows XP ... all other operating systems are not guaranteed ... but please email me for details.

I am the EXCLUSIVE eBay seller of this item!

I have sold nearly 500 of these over the last year!

* Item may vary slightly in appearance, but warranted for advertised functionality

I also warrant this to work with the Playstation 2 and Tivo! (you MUST mention that you need this function when ordering)

* Let me know if this adapter helps you or if you need any assistance!

iPhone : Not a good eBay seller?

I've been watching this pretty closely myself.

But Corey Spring gives an in depth look at iPhone auctions on Newsvine.

An analysis 933 eBay auctions for iPhones found that over 50 percent of them came and went without a single bidder.

I noticed that auctions that ended with bidders ended at absurd amounts like $750+/- and seemed to have quite a bit of shill bidding (ie - winners in same home state or similar IDs to seller or no feedback, or feedback from the seller)

It's pretty common knowledge that MOST Apple stores still have stock, that some AT&T stores still have stock, that the Apple Store online will strt fulfilling orders tomorrow and expects to be caught up in 4 weeks AND you cannot use the Phone overseas AT ALL at this point - it won't even roam outside the US (AT THE MOMENT) )

Calling all Mac blogs ... calling all Mac blogs ... what do you say to a Universal boycott?



Engadget paraphrases a New York Times breaking story at midnight July 2, 2007:

Looks like a pillar of iTunes content might be on the brink of collapse -- Universal Music, the world's largest music business, has officially opted not to renew its contract with Apple for vending music on the iTunes Music Store. We don't know specifically what caused Universal to turn away -- perhaps it's the weight of the rising anti-DRM movement among consumers, or perhaps it's because of [Apple's] brash negotiating tactics, continual refusal to hand over iPod cash, or oceanic persistence in keeping tracks locked in at $0.99. Whatever the reason, we can't say we're all that surprised; Universal's been a pain in Apple's [side] for years now. So what's the end result? Well, Universal music will still be sold through iTunes at will, so that means consumers can keep buying tracks for the time being, but Apple runs the risk of losing Universal's content on very short notice if the companies don't make happy with one another and put pen to paper once more.


This seems ridiculous. I hope Apple reveals the revenue Universal receives from iTunes publicly. I also hope that this prompts a mass exodus from Universal artists. Furthermore, if this persists ... I hope it results in a boycott on all Universal movies (too bad because Knocked Up & Evan Almighty are good), television (NBC - goodbye Jay Leno), and theme parks (I didn't much care for Universal Orlando when I was there in April any way).

I'm quite serious about a boycott ... if this moves forward - I sincerely hope that all Mac blogs will latch onto this idea and promote it amongst their reader base ... although I would imagine it will take someone like John Gruber to make the suggestion for there to be a real organization of the masses.