Friday, December 28, 2007

A Concept That I Like



Tom over at The Small Wave got me to thinking about the PowerBook Duos again. I LOVED THE DUO!

I loved the Duos - so much that I wrote an ebook on them and sold them on eBay for two years. It's a great concept that i think Apple could take further - way further.

What if you had a box that was similar in size to a Mac Pro - with two full size 5.25" bays / a place for a 3.5" hard drive (or maybe a few places) and then two slots for two small 12 inchers, You could buy just the 12 incher or the dock seperately, but here's the kicker, you could dock two 12" inchers and get a quad processor super desktop system. I might mock something up like this and place it on my website.

CompUSA Scam: Double The Price, Then Knock Off 15%


Announcements in store come over the intercom saying "fifty percent off", when in reality the items in question are 15% off. I heard several of these announcements, and I wasn't the only one that heard him say 50%. Clever use of near homophones. (via The Consumerist)

read more | digg story

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15% off is also usually a typical sale price. IE ... my local CompUSA has Seagate 320GB hard drives for $129.99 at 15% off = total cost of $110.49 + tax. Staples has this same hard drive on sale this week for $79.99 + tax.

USB TO Ethernet Adapter For Macs that have Lost Ethernet Port Functionality / Save A Costly Motherboard Repair



EXCLUSIVE USB To Ethernet Adapter

Save a costly motherboard repair for your Apple All In One iMac or 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.

EXCLUSIVE - I also 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

PLEASE EMAIL ME with any questions or for OS 9 compatibility ...

This adapter ONLY works with all updates applied on Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) or Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) and All versions of Windows that support USB

Note: this adapter does not work with OS 8.6 - 9.2.2 or 10 , or 10.1 , or 10.2

Best compatibility and guaranteed to work with Panther, Tiger, Leopard, 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! Look at my feedback (I have each item labelled). I have sold nearly 1500 of these over the last year!

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

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

These adapters are BRAND NEW

A Few More Small Thoughts On The Whole Think Secret Thing

Tom from The Small Wave writes:

•This was not a win (or a loss) for Apple. They believe trade secrets were leaked, but did not get the source. TS itself shutting down is irrelevant to them since there are plenty of other rumor sites anyway.

•This was not a win (or a loss) for Think Secret. Nick Ciarelli clearly wanted to move on, and took advantage of this situation to do so. If the rumors that Apple was going to lose were true then Nick would have fought if he wanted to run his site. He didn’t.

•This was a win, unfortunately, for those who sign Non-Disclosure Agreements and then break them. To me, that’s really the biggest thing to come out of this. The main issue is those who sign an NDA (or employee agreement stating the same) but lack the moral courage to honor it.


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I'm of the opinion that Ciarelli got nothing in the way of cash ... maybe EFF lawyers got paid and maybe ... just maybe ... THEY gave something to Nick as a small cut. Usually this amounts to $10,000; so no taxes have to be paid. I think the EFF was allowed to spin it however they wanted as part of the settlement, but Apple demanded the site never be pubished again. It's pretty clear to me that Apple had this guy pinned and didn't want to look like the bad guy crushing the little guy.

Warner to Offer DRM-Free Music on Amazon / Apple & 20th Century Fox To Announce Movie Deal

Warner Music Group has agreed to sell its catalog on Amazon.com's Inc.'s digital music store.


read more | digg story

Apple & 20th Century Fox strike digital movie rental deal

Apple and News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox film studio have signed a deal for digital movie rentals. Consumers will be able to rent the latest Fox DVD releases from iTunes for a limited time.

read more | digg story

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iTunes should follow soon ... Apple is most likely saving the announcement for MacWorld.

Wal-Mart cancels movie download service

Wal-Mart Stores Inc quietly canceled its online video download service less than a year after the site went live.

read more | digg story

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I think there's more behind this than just failure. Walmart may have not been able to make a deal with NBC/Universal either.

Other World Computing / Axiotron may ship Mac Tablet (finally)


* From the Axiotron website / Axiotron is a development partner of OWC


Axiotron, a California company (in conjunction with Other World Computing) who promised us a Mac-based tablet way back in January 2007, is finally about to ship its ModBook this January (2008).

read more | digg story

See also:

Fix Your Thinking: Clones Reborn???

iPhone marriage proposal



Being the romantic fellow that he is, Claude spent what must have been numerous hours producing a video proposal in the style of those ubiquitous commercials -- as you can see after the break -- and then screened it for his sweetheart (probably on his or her you-know-what) while they were strolling around the area where they'd first met in college.

read more | digg story

Apple Tops $200 Per Share



Shares of Apple hit an all-time high today, briefly trading over $200 per share on NASDAQ. At such levels, Apple sports a market value of nearly $170 billion, making the company nearly 3x the size of Dell, and closing in on one-half the size of Microsoft.

read more | digg story

Apple to introduce iPhone Cashless Service and Line Jumping

Apple has patented a process that will save customers the hassle of waiting to order a cup of coffee at a local Starbucks or a burger at the nearest fast food restaurant. Even better: The technology would let you jump the line of those ordering in person. The process could also bill to your iTunes one click account.

read more | digg story

Monday, December 24, 2007

Should Apple Give Back Hard Drives?



As reported by SlashDot:

"As if having to pay $160 to replace a failed 80-GB drive wasn't bad enough, Dave Winer learned to his dismay that Apple had no intention of giving him back the disk he paid them to replace. Since it contained sensitive data like source code and account info, Dave rightly worries about what happens if the drive falls into the wrong hands. Which raises an important question: In an age of identity theft and other confidentiality concerns, is it time for Apple — and other computer manufacturers — to start following the practice of auto mechanics and give you the option of getting back disks that are replaced?"


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I don't think this is Apple that is the problem ... often Seagate/WesternDigital/Hitachi make Apple return the drive to them to get credit for the failed drive - which Apple should get. This being said, I have always wished Apple would give back ANY part they replaced. I always (if I can) do such with my customers when I work on their computers. I do try to keep any kind of power adapter because usually I can fuse different power adapters together to make either a bench/test adapter or a temporary customer exchange unit.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

To Nick Spicolli, I mean Ciarelli ... The Law. Learn It Know It Live It

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 90 > § 1832

§ 1832. Theft of trade secrets

(a) Whoever, with intent to convert a trade secret, that is related to or included in a product that is produced for or placed in interstate or foreign commerce, to the economic benefit of anyone other than the owner thereof, and intending or knowing that the offense will, injure any owner of that trade secret, knowingly—
(1) steals, or without authorization appropriates, takes, carries away, or conceals, or by fraud, artifice, or deception obtains such information;
(2) without authorization copies, duplicates, sketches, draws, photographs, downloads, uploads, alters, destroys, photocopies, replicates, transmits, delivers, sends, mails, communicates, or conveys such information;
(3) receives, buys, or possesses such information, knowing the same to have been stolen or appropriated, obtained, or converted without authorization;
(4) attempts to commit any offense described in paragraphs (1) through (3); or
(5) conspires with one or more other persons to commit any offense described in paragraphs (1) through (3), and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy,
shall, except as provided in subsection (b), be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.
(b) Any organization that commits any offense described in subsection (a) shall be fined not more than $5,000,000.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Steve Jobs needs no makeup


"Somehow we got on the topic of makeup for TV interviews…Jobs: I have never worn makeup. Shriver: Really? Jobs: I don’t give a s**t what I look like."

read more | digg story

More Thoughts On The Think Secret Settlement...

An insightful MacRumors member states:

gnasher729

... although Apple didn't get the name of this leaker, they will most definitely get the name of the next one. When a request for a subpoena was decided against Apple, the judge didn't just say "No, you can't get the name". The judge wrote "In order to get the name, Apple has to take the following steps first:". This included things like lining up all the employees who could have leaked the information, and tell them either to declare under oath whether they leaked the information or not, or be fired. A very unpleasant thing to do. However, everyone at Apple knows that the next time there is a leak, this is exactly what will happen. And then Apple will go to the court, ask for a subpoena, tell the judge "Look, the last time you gave us a list of things to do before we can get a subpoena, and we did each one of these things". Apple gets subpoena, and then they either get the name, or things get very very costly for the rumours site.

Apple's Settlement w/ Think Secret Sets Dangerous Precedent

This settlement really only goes to show how little integrity Nick Ciarelli has had from the beginning. Does this mean that blogs and criticism are now for sale? What does this do for blogging as journalism? My recent case which gave precedent for "bloggers as journalists" was set back - way back. The EFF should be ashamed for making this deal.

read more | digg story

Nick Ciarelli of Think Secret: "See I Really" Messed It Up For Everyone Else!



Daring Fireball summarizes Larry Angell on the Think Secret / Apple Deal:

Larry Angell:

"Anyone who thinks Nick at Think Secret didn’t get a big, fat check from Apple is naive."


John Gruber (Daring Fireball ):

That was my first thought, too. Those of you who are convinced that Apple cruelly forced Ciarelli to shutter the site against his will should re-read the cryptic press release. Could be a forced shutdown. Could be a payoff. Totally unclear from the press release. Some sort of deal that involved a reasonably-sized payoff, however, strikes me as more consistent with the tone of the press release and the brief comments Ciarelli and his attorneys have made.

The irony, of course, is that a site whose entire claim to fame and raison d’ĂȘtre was the exposition of “Apple secrets” has itself agreed to a secret deal with Apple.


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I don't know how to tell all of you that this is wrong in so many ways. First off, Apple WILL use this negotiation in the future with other websites; shutdown, settle, or suit. I imagine most websites will choose the first option. This means that my most favorite website may choose this option some day; MacRumors. (Eventhough I think Arnold Kim, MacRumors founder, is very careful with his site and researches his posts well.)

This settlement shows what little integrity Nick Ciarelli had and only goes to show what little respect he has for his fellow Mac bloggers. If my case set blogging ahead; this settlement took it WAY WAY back.

I have been of the opinion a long time ago that Nick was paid off by the retailers that have sued Apple for anti competitive practices with the Apple Store. Maybe one day Nick will reveal this to be true in a tell all book.

MacRumors reports:

Terry Gross of Gross & Belsky LLP told Computerworld, "The First Amendment has prevailed and every Internet journalist should feel some strength from what's happened", claiming that it was clear that Apple was going to lose if they continued to pursue the case. Gross goes on to state that it was settled because Nick Ciarelli was ready to move on to other projects after running ThinkSecret for the past 9 years, since age 13.

Gross challenges that he "would have loved for Apple to go forward on this" and that "Apple would have caved."

In an earlier statement to MacRumors, Ciarelli had said, "I'm very satisfied with the settlement".


Statements like these make me hate the EFF. Apple would have won and won big, and most likely ruined the life of Nick Ciarelli. Nick was lucky the EFF was able to obtain this settlement for him (and most likely some legal fees for them) and then able to put this spin on the settlement.

One of the biggest factors in this settlement is Apple's good will. NIck Ciarelli is young and this lawsuit makes them [Apple] look like bullies. I wish Apple had not chosen this route, but I see it as very strategic, and very dangerous.

The only thing this case did was prove to the detractors of blogs is that blog journalism is for sale. I stood up for my site and could have offered from the beginning to exchange a large sum of money to take the article I posted here down, but I didn't.

REFERENCE:

Don't Bidzirk Me

Evidence Of Think Secret's Loss

Think Secret's Secret Out In The Open



* I also wanted to say that Nick Ciarelli spammed this site with troll comments late yesterday evening - further advancing the "he's just a kid" defense.

* Everyone seems to think Apple may have caved ... just know ... Federal court procedure DEMANDS that you have pre trial mediation.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

USB TO Ethernet Adapter For Macs that have Lost Ethernet Port Functionality / Save A Costly Motherboard Repair



EXCLUSIVE USB To Ethernet Adapter

Save a costly motherboard repair for your Apple All In One iMac or 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.

EXCLUSIVE - I also 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

PLEASE EMAIL ME with any questions or for OS 9 compatibility ...

This adapter ONLY works with all updates applied on Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) or Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) and All versions of Windows that support USB

Note: this adapter does not work with OS 8.6 - 9.2.2 or 10 , or 10.1 , or 10.2

Best compatibility and guaranteed to work with Panther, Tiger, Leopard, 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! Look at my feedback (I have each item labelled). I have sold nearly 1500 of these over the last year!

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

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

These adapters are BRAND NEW

Tool/Tip: RecordMyCalls.com


Want to record your Phone Calls on your iPhone? Want to possibly skirt some state laws concerning phone call recording?

The other day when I posted the reference article How Can I Place Phone Calls Anonymously? one of Google ADsense advertisements was for RecordMyCalls.com. I checked it out and found it to be a GREAT resource for future use.

There are two ways you could use this with your iPhone (which lacks a "record call" feature):

One, you could dial the RECORDMYCALLS.COM number - then proceed with your phone call as instructed on the RECORDMYCALLS.COM website OR you could also BE called by someone and dial the RECORDMYCALLS.COM number and join the phone calls.

Either way I thought I would pass this information along - seing as since my Reference about Recording Phone Calls Laws State By State is one of my most hit pages on this website.

In settlement with Apple, Think Secret shuts down


Press Release from Think Secret. Nick Ciarelli CLAIMS no sources were revealed in the settlement, but promised to shut Think Secret down.

read more | digg story

As reported by MacRumors:

Apple rumor site, ThinkSecret, issued a statement today indicating that they would no longer be published due to terms of a confidential settlement with Apple.

Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published. Nick Ciarelli, Think Secret's publisher, said "I'm pleased to have reached this amicable settlement, and will now be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits."

ThinkSecret has been one of the longest running Apple rumor sites, started in 1999. Apple sued ThinkSecret in January of 2005 for "posting Apple trade secrets and encouraging and inducing persons to provide product information in breach of agreements." Today's settlement brings a close to this lawsuit.

When contacted, Nick Ciarelli was unable to provide any further details but said, "I'm very satisfied with the settlement" and wished to thank the Electronic Frontier Foundation and his attorney, Terry Gross of Gross & Belsky, for their support.



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I honestly think MacRumors was tearing this site apart traffic wise and that no one has been trusting Think Secret for some time fearing they may get ratted out.

Fix Your Thinking has done extensive research and reporting on the topic of Think Secret. I have even provided information directly to Apple concerning this case. I was afraid my blogger case would grant rights to Think Secret ... making them immune to prosecution as journalists / journalism.

Use the right sidebar search with the terms "Think Secret" (choose fixyourthinking.com) to see all previous stories on this subject.

I also believe that Apple seeded a LOT of internal rumors leading up to the iPhone. These rumors were never going to be acted upon. When they got reported to the major rumor sites - Apple found the sources of the leaks. It's not hard to root out traitors in this manner and I think it's what Apple should have done long ago.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

$8,000-per-gallon printer ink leads to lawsuit

HP paid Staples $100 million to stop selling third-party ink cartridges, according to a lawsuit from a disgruntled man tired of high printer ink prices. The lawsuit accuses the companies of violating antitrust law to keep third-party cartridges off the shelves at Staples stores.

read more | digg story

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My take on this is quite the opposite. I commend HP in particular for participating in just about every single cartridge recycling program out there. All the office stores in the US take back HP inkjet and laser toner cartridges and give you a $3 per cartridge discount. With some HP printers having 5 and even 6 cartridges; this is a strong incentive to recycle.

On the other hand, Lexmark manufacturers cartridges that are notched funny for specific distributors. Some Best Buy and Circuit City exclusive printers have cartridges that can ONLY be purchased at the respective retailer.

* I won't even mention the poor print quality on a Lexmark compared to an HP ;-)

No one recycles Epson or Brother cartridges with an incentive. Only OfficeMax seems to offer an incentive to recycle Canon inkjet cartridges.

Although a print from a wide format Epson is BETTER in my opinion; the cost savings per print on an HP wide format is dramatic. Epson printers clean the printheads each time before you print and when turned on. 75 times turning on an Epson and your cartridge is completely discharged EVEN IF you don't print. Then there's also the fact that you lose money by not being able to obtain a monetary recycling incentive with Epson cartridges.

QuickBooks for Mac Update Deletes Desktop Folder

If you use QuickBooks 2006 or 2007 for the Mac – don’t launch it. An apparent bug in the software update code causes the accounting software to throw a vague “you don’t have enough memory” dialog after attempting to download a 100k update while it simultaneously deletes your desktop folder.

read more | digg story

2007 Time Person Of The Year: Last Day To Vote For Steve Jobs [voting closed]

Today is the last day to vote for Steve Jobs as "Time: Person Of The Year". Time has already named the iPhone "Gadget Of The Year". It seems as if Time may be pushing Al Gore and currently he has 20,000 more votes than Jobs. I'm surprised the Apple community hasn't inundated the Time website with votes.

Here is the direct link to vote for JOBS:

Vote for Steve Jobs: Time Magazine Person Of The Year

[UPDATE] In an odd twist - Vladimir Putin was chosen as Time: Person Of The Year. Poll-wise ... Jobs finished 5th. Reader Poll-wise ... J.K. Rowling was #1.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Reference: How Can I Place A Call Anonymously Or Give Law Enforcement An Anonymous Tip

The internet gives whistleblowers and tipsters a great tool for informants to report bad businesses, criminal activity, and provide anonymous secret information.

Most phones, even those in law enforcement, are unable to glean any information from a call made by Skype.

Skype is one of many (and the best in my opinion) internet to landline phone communication tools available.

(000) 012-3456


Often your number will show up like this (above) on a caller ID. This may look like it contains some sort of identifying information, but it doesn't.

It's easy to get Skype:

1) Just download it for FREE from SKYPE.COM (for both Mac & PC)

2) Install

3) Buy Skype OUT credit (minimum $10 / calls in USA are 2.1¢ a minute)

4) Dial on the on screen keypad as you would a normal phone

5) Use your Mic & Speakers on your computer

You can also download plugins to mask your voice if you think your call may be recorded.

One side benefit to using Skype is that MOST states do NOT recognize phone call recording laws when the originating phone was Internet Telephony based.

eBay scammer on Judge Judy



A woman scams a mother & daughter by "selling them" pictures of cell phones. I love to watch Judge Judy and caught this a week or so ago.

read more | digg story

Friday, December 14, 2007

Apple finally sanctions custom ringtones!

Apple has placed the ability to make (free) custom ringtones, courtesy of GarageBand 4.1.1.

read more | digg story

An Apple support document details the procedure:

To create a custom ringtone:
1. Set up a cycle region that covers the area you wish to use in the GarageBand song. Note: This area must be 40 seconds or less in length.
2. Once the cycle area has been set, choose Share > Send Ringtone to iTunes.

Requirements:
- GarageBand 4.1.1 or later
- iTunes 7.5 or later
- iPhone with software version 1.1.2 or later

Cool Stuff: 30 Years of LucasFilm Christmas Cards

For the last 30 years, Lucasfilm has created special holiday Star Wars greeting cards for its employees and business partners. Check 'em out!

read more | digg story

This one is my favorite:

LOST SEASON 4 Trailer

Apple Airs AWESOME Get A Mac Commercial



http://www.apple.com/getamac/

For those needing to contact me this holiday season ...

I've had a lot of you wanting to contact me (readers, reporters, lawyers, whistleblowers)

Here is my contact information:

eMail: (use ONLY the capitalized letters) tRUSty@aPPPLE.COM (yes that's 3 P's, and no a)

Phone: (phonetically) ATE SIX FOR NINE OH FIVE TO SEVEN SEVEN FIVE (area code is upstate South Carolina - I always tell local people it's 905-APPLe the A-P-P-L corresponds to the last four digits of my phone number)

My ebay ID is: theapplepeople - where you could get all of my personal information if you purchased something minimal from me and then obtained my contact information through receipt.

Finally, your IP address can be masked with an anonymizer or you can email me from a Yahoo or Hotmail client from a public library. ANY post to this website is COMPLETELY confidential. All you have to do is post a message with your contact information. Furthermore, your cellphone has a feature where you can block caller ID. If you request such I will not even attempt to find out your identity unless you want me to know.

I will add all of this information to the contact page, BUT the best way to contact me is by simply leaving a message with your contact information here.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

psx4all PS Emulator for iPhone Is Almost Complete

a PlayStation emulator for the iPhone, will be entering beta testing any day now. Promising to play around 75% of PSOne titles, there is definitely some work to be done on the touch controls (as seen in this photo), but from what the developer says, those nasty-looking outlines are quite different than what we'll see in the final product.

read more | digg story

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While something like this would NEVER be approved or sanctioned by Apple ... things are starting to look amazing for when the Apple iPhone SDK [Software Developer's Kit] hits.

I would love to play Playstation games on the go. I have a library of nearly 50 PSOne titles.

I was first in line at The MicroCenter way back when Connectix released Virtual Game Station for the Mac and played PSX games quite a bit on my Pismo laptop.

USB To Ethernet Adapter For Macs



EXCLUSIVE USB To Ethernet Adapter

Save a costly motherboard repair for your Apple All In One iMac or 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.

EXCLUSIVE - I also 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

PLEASE EMAIL ME with any questions or for OS 9 compatibility ...

This adapter ONLY works with all updates applied on Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) or Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) and All versions of Windows that support USB

Note: this adapter does not work with OS 8.6 - 9.2.2 or 10 , or 10.1 , or 10.2

Best compatibility and guaranteed to work with Panther, Tiger, Leopard, 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! Look at my feedback (I have each item labelled). I have sold nearly 1500 of these over the last year!

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

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

These adapters are BRAND NEW

iPhone Video Recording Now Working with Drunknbass

[Someone] has created an iPhone application that can record video up to 45 frames per second. They are still working on the final version, but to give you a taste they have published the Drunknbass [application], a beta which records 5 seconds of video at 10 fps with a resolution of 2 megapixels.

read more | digg story

* pics and video with the DIGG link

In other iPhone News, a MacRumors forum member claims to have debunked the TomTom GPS module add on.

MacWorld Bloopers



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You really get to see why Phil Schiller will not be succeeding Steve Jobs as Apple's CEO. He's uncomfortable in front of audience (even still).

This video also contains my favorite blooper where Jobs just throws a crappy digital camera that isn't working off stage.

I really like to see Jobs say, "I don't know what it is, but it's awesome."

Doesn't the Sony CEO (as seen in this video) just illustrate why Sony has died over the past few years?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

NBC continues anything-but-Apple strategy with SanDisk deal

NBC has announced yet another initiative to digitally distribute some of its TV content, this time through a partnership with SanDisk. Universal is also testing simultaneous digital and DVD release through Vudu, rounding out 2007 as the year of "Anything but Apple."

read more | digg story

ProPremote Pro Tools Controller App for iPhone

Gizmodo shows off a video of a 3rd party application for the iPhone that allows you to wirelessly control Pro Tools LE with realtime feedback."ProRemote will be going into beta next week"

read more | digg story

TomTom developing iPhone GPS module?

Here's a fresh Apple rumor in the run-up to MacWorld: a TomTom GPS module for the iPhone.

read more | digg story

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Real Lays Off 100 Employees / Glaser Hordes Microsoft $$

Around a hundred employees @ RealNetworks are dealing w/ news that their job is no longer available. About 35 of those positions were in Seattle, Washington while the others were in Asia / Europe. According to company spokesman Bill Hankes, the firm made cuts "across the board to reduce redundancies built up as a result of 6 acquisitions"

read more | digg story

Best Of Technology Writing 2008: Nominate Me (If You'd like)

The University Of Michigan Press is now accepting nominations for

The Best of Technology Writing 2008


Nominate your favorite tech-oriented article, essay, or blog post at www.digitalculture.org/nominate.html.

Here are some suggestions from my website and around the web:

Use Your Blog To Make A Business Expense Out Of Your Vacation
~ Fix Your Thinking

An "F" With Two Lines Through It Is An "A+"
~ Fix Your Thinking

Written Up, But Not Kept Down Part II: Eating Doing Class
~ Fix Your Thinking

The Top 7 Comments Every Popular Comment Forum Contains
~ Fix Your Thinking

Universal CEO Tries Being Candid And Scares Me
~ The Small Wave

Can Bloggers Be Journalists? A Federal Court Says Yes
~ Ars Technica

Origins Of The Blu-Ray VS HD-DVD War
~ Roughly Drafted


Deadline for nominations is January 2, 2008.

Yours truly was in the 2007 Edition linked below:

EDGE vs 3G Shootout Video



A video and blog post at AppleiPhoneInfo.de (German) pits the Apple iPhone against a Nokia E61i in web page load speeds. The iPhone uses the EDGE (2.5g) network; while the Nokia uses a faster UMTS (3g) network.Despite the network differences, the website load times compared between the two phones are almost identical. 3G takes up almost 20% more battery life at this time.

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Quote O' The Week

"Turns out I was right and these people still have Cheeto dust on their lips."


~ from the 1-18-08 movie blog

Use my search ...



Did you know that every time you type something in to the Google toolbar in Firefox or Safari that you contribute a few cents to Firefox and Apple through Google Search?

Likewise, if you come to this website and look in the right sidebar - I have a Google search that searches content on this website and across the web.

PLEASE (of the pretty pretty please kind) think of visiting here every once in a while and doing your Google searches from here.

I have a lot of great reference here - good to search through.

You help support this site with little to no effort.

While I'm whoring for revenue here ... also don't forget about the sidebar ads - most of those are Amazon affiliate links that also give me a teeny slice of revenue.

Thanks!

Printed Power ???

Thought some of you might be interested in this:

As reported by ENgadget:

Researchers create printed solar cells

... a team in Japan has managed to create an inexpensive flexible cell that's as thin as a sheet of paper using what they describe as traditional printing techniques. The team, composed of researchers from Toin University in Yokohama and private firm Fujimori Kogyo, managed to eliminate the expensive silicon component of regular solar cells, reducing thickness to just .4mm (.015 inches), and allowing a factory to pump out reams of the material every month -- enough to generate 10 megawatts of juice. That's actually a fairly low estimate, as the cells are only at 6% efficiency right now, but we can imagine that number shooting upwards after they start shipping in February.


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This is very interesting. I would imagine that one day soon all surfaces of a computer (or electronics in general) will be able to charge and either fully power or greatly extend the life of the electronic devices.

I can see Apple jumping on a solar power bandwagon very soon.

Now, if the only the Amazon Kindle would have had something like this integrated into its shell, maybe it would be something other than an 80's looking calculator thingy you could read books on.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

( Disney ) Epcot's Spaceship Earth reopens, A Steve Depicted


Epcot's Spaceship Earth reopens, Steve Jobs pics
www.lifthill.com


Thank goodness they removed that stupid mickey hand off the "golfball" too. It looked out of place and cheap to me.

Jonathan Ive in Line to Succeed Steve Jobs?

Though mostly speculative, Timesonline.co.uk profiles Apple's Vice-President of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive, as a possible successor CEO to Steve Jobs.The author suggests that there has been a call for a plan for 'Apple after Steve Jobs', who is currently 52 years old.

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Across The Universe

I haven't discussed movies a lot over the past two months. I've been mostly too busy to see many movies ... and honestly there hasn't been a whole lot out there worth while seeing.

I did manage to get in Across The Universe. This is a musical based coming of age tale based in the mid to late 1960's using the music of The Beatles to tell the story. The visuals are amazing - I could easily see this becoming a touring musical some day. Obviously the music is good - it's The Beatles.

By far the best performance is given by Eddie Izzard who plays a circus host ... his voice and face is made for the role.

Bono (lead singer from U2) makes an interesting cameo to sing I Am The Walrus

While I'm not a big fan of war protestors - this movie handles a visual of the Vietnam War in a very compelling way - naked soldiers sporting only USA Army helmets and diapers carrying the HUGE Statue Of Liberty Through the jungle in Vietnam.

If this film is still playing in your area (it was slow moving through the circuit) - I would suggest you try to catch it.

It will be on DVD in January 2008.

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RIAA Bust


Last weekend I was witness to an RIAA/MPAA bust for pirated movies and music at my local flea market. I'll have some interesting commentary about this soon ... just wanted to go ahead post the picture.

APPEL ?


I took this picture over the weekend at my local flea market. A guy was selling over-run and misprint hats and shirts.

A reader was able to point out that this isn't a misprint like I originally thought. Instead they indicated that this is an actual car dealership in Texas. That's what I get for not Googling the minor stuff.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Poll results



A new poll will be posted soon ... after the next ... results will be analyzed.

5 Odd Ways The iPhone Has Saved Or Made Me Money

From the beginning I knew that the iPhone was going to be the best purchase I had ever made.

I use my cellphone a lot ... I mean a whole lot. Not necessarily talking on it, but putting reminders in it, using it as a calculator, and a lot of times as a camera.

Concerning camera functionality, my last cellphone; a Nokia 6102i had the best camera for a cameraphone I had used to date ... I had started taking more pictures of things I saw out and about. Now that I have the iPhone I find myself taking pictures almost all the time ... sometimes 10 or more a day ... previously I'd be lucky if I'd take 10 pictures a month and that includes taking pictures for my eBay auctions.

Out With The Old, In With The New ...

A couple weeks before the iPhone launch, I put my digital camera up on eBay. I had gotten it about a year ago at the local jockey lot for $50. By adding a few cables and such to it ... plus a box I was able to find ... I got $215 for the package. I also sold my GPS for $275 (having paid $210 for it and using it almost a year.) And while I miss it a lot ... I've been able to get by with Google Maps. I also know that it's not only probable that Apple will eventually release a GPS for the iPhone; it's actually in the cards (and has been in development since the iPhone was first conceived.) I imagine Apple and AT&T will actually release a bluetooth solution. AT&T currently sells several bluetooth GPS receivers in-store.

REFERENCE:
* Navizon Software GPS for iPhone
* New Google Maps Feature Could Simulate GPS On iPhone


A Double Dip With The $100 Credit ...

So I originally paid $599.00 + tax for my iPhone. I received $485 from the sale of my "electronics to be replaced". Apple's generous $100 rebate to iPhone early adopters net me a free printer from the Apple Online Store when I placed an order for a customer. I sold that printer on eBay for $90. I effectively doubled that $100 rebate. At this point I'm in the positive since my iPhone purchase by about $40.

* Apple has a promotion called Perfect Companion where you can get up to a $100 rebate on printers purchased with Macs.

* I gave away one iPhone early adopter credit here on this website.


A Plan For Saving ...

My monthly Phone bill which had no data plan was costing me $149.99 a month. I was able to get a better plan WITH data for $99.99 a month. So far, over 4 billing cycles, I've saved $200.

The First Annual iPhone Review Awards ...



A few months back, I started doing eBay reviews. I noticed that it placed a neat little logo next to your seller ID. It kind of looks like an honor and anyone clicking on the "Top 1000 reviewer" got to see more about me. It gives me a lot more credibility as a seller, kind of indicating I'm a real person. Before the iPhone, I was a "Top 5000 Reviewer". After I did my thorough review of the iPhone, I almost instantly became a "Top 1000 Reviewer". For most all of my other reviews, I have about 15 or so helpful ratings ... but for my iPhone reviews I have 228 helpful ratings. In an eBay auction, my "Top 1000 Reviewer" award looks like this:



This looks like a special honor on my eBay ID, when really it's not. BUT, I have noticed a dramatic uptick in viewing my auctions and in bids I receive since I obtained "Top 1000 Reviewer" status - all due to my iPhone review. It would be hard to give exact figures on how much my iPhone review has generated in revenue for me.

I'm also able to list on eBay from anywhere at any time. I've been able to sell twice as many of my Mac USB to ethernet adapters since having my iPhone. I can also be at a store or a technology auction (where I acquire my eBay inventory to sell) and look up what prices to pay for the items (or if I should buy them at all) ... meaning I no longer have to guess at how much I will be able to make when I sell on eBay.

Increased 15 Minutes Of Fame ...

Just before the iPhone came out, I wrote a WikiHow article about Cellphone Contracts that was later featured on the front page of the WikiHow website and therefore on many many Google homepages. It is one of the top "How To's" on WikiHow. Having this reference on my site and on WikiHow increased my traffic during the week I posted it by nearly 10 fold. Again, it would be hard to measure the exact revenue I've received from this particular "iPhone related" item ... but I'm positive it is some as I have ADsense and Amazon affiliate links here. I get 1¢ for every visitor.

Another factor is just how much of the news here has been about the iPhone over the last year. I have had several articles on the iPhone on DIGG and many many aggregated on Macsurfer. The iPhone comprises about 30% of this sites information eventhough I have had this site up for more than 4 years.

These are just a few ways the iPhone has saved me money. I'm not even delving into all the various incentives from credit cards and rewards programs that I've saved with as well. The iPhone has completely changed my life by making me more organized and budget conscious than ever. So ... thanks Apple!



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USB To Ethernet Adapter For Macs

Rumor: CompUSA Going Out of Business in January [Officially announced Saturday Dec 8 2007]

Rumor has it that CompUSA's holiday revenue is half what it was last year, store-restocking shipments are not being scheduled past February, and additional liquidators are being called in to help manage closure of the 103 remaining stores.

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[Officially announced Saturday Dec 8 2007]

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I've been hearing similar comments around the area - that my local CompUSA (while one of the best performing in the country) is hurting - mostly due to non-returning customers for the service department. My local CompUSA has lost it's Apple department twice for failure to meet minimal standards in keeping certified and competent Apple Technicians. An Apple Store is coming to my area soon and would all but kill the Apple sales in CompUSA any way.

What they've been called over the years: The KMart Of Komputers / DumpUSA / NoComplimentsUSA /ComplaintsUSA

See also:

Only CompUSA Would Think Of A Promotion Like This

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Apple Laptop???


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I caught this in Target a few weeks ago on my iPhone. I wonder if they put the word Apple on the screen because of the Apple of Education ie Teacher's Apple or because they want to subconsciously catch the Apple Computer laptop craze.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Macintosh Market Share at a New High

As has been the trend for the past few years or so, Apple's market share is expanding. What do the haters have to say about that?

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Indistinguishable

This certainly applies to my recent court case:

Grey’s Law:

Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.


* credit to Daring Fireball for the quote

From the decision on my case:

The court finds that the degree of Plaintiffs’ counsel’s culpability weighs heavily in favor of sanctioning the Plaintiffs’ counsel, Kevin Elwell (“Elwell”). Elwell is a competent attorney who knew or should have known with the most basic research that his actions were improper. In addition, after Smith moved to strike the lis pendens, Elwell argued in court that the lis pendens was proper. Elwell had no basis to support his position.


From The Wash Park Prophet:

Elwell lost the case on a motion for summary judgment brought by the blogger representing himself, in which the court took pains to explain just how weak the case brought was on the law. The legal theories and tactics he employed in the case described in the linked opinion strongly indicate that Kevin M. Elwell is a grossly incompetent and unethical attorney. The judge was entirely too lenient in sanctioning him in the case linked above which was frivilous.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Old Apples Never Get Rotten – Instead They Run The Web

Apple and the Macintosh computers have a loyal following dating back long before the first iPod ever hit the streets. There are millions of old Macs in circulation, and as would be expected in these days of the internet and tinkering enthusiasts, some of them have ended up as web servers. Here are some examples profiled with pics, stats, etc.

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