Thursday, January 31, 2008

LOST Season 4 Premiere Tonight!

Don't forget that ABC premieres Season 4 of LOST tonight at 8PM EST. You can catch up on all three of the previous seasons by going to ABC.COM.

And now ... Deep Thoughts With Philip Smith

Sent to me last night:

I'm sorry that you think I am selfish (I never said I wasn't); I don't think selfish and spiritual are mutually exclusive. Spiritual is definitely NOT perfect."


I wrote back:

"Spirituality is being open to the needs of everyone's heart and the spread of God's word / Selfishness is being open only to the desires of your OWN heart and spreading nothing but discontent amongst others.

The only commonality between the two words is that they both begin with "S". Spirituality implies "love". The word "spirituality" ends with "y" - which is also a question (why?). The question "why?" begs careful contemplation. The word "selfishness" ends with the sound a snake makes (ess). The sound a snake makes implies that you should be careful where you step."

See the MacBook Earth, Water, and Fire!


* Photo courtesy DVICE.COM


With the release of the MacBook Air comes ...

[Parody] Leaked photos of the new MacBooks! Ever wanted your computer to be recyclable, blazing fast (literally), or poured out of a bottle? If you answered "yes" to any of those, there's now a MacBook for you.

read more | digg story

Amazon To Buy Audible: Where Does That Leave The Other "A"?


Amazon announced an agreement to acquire Audible Inc. If approved by the government and shareholders, the merger will give Audible.com's 80,000 strong library of audiobooks, radio programs, newspapers to Amazon.

The $300 Million deal is expected to conclude by Q2, 2008.

Apple currently allows access (through iTunes) to all of AUDIBLE.COM.

With Amazon turning to a completely DRM free music download model that is compatible with Macs & PCs ... I wonder how this deal (if at all) would affect Apple.

Audible was a prime target and logical acquisition for Amazon ... I just wonder if Apple will file a letter of opposition to regulators and shareholders.

Have any of you ever purchased an audio-book from AUDIBLE?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

$1 Image Stabilizer For ANY Digital Camera


To use it with the iPhone camera you'll have to buy the Cornice zoom and tripod adapter, but this is one of the niftiest tricks I've seen for use with digital cameras:

$1.00 Image Stabilizer You Can Make Yourself In 3 Minutes

* link credit to Daring Fireball

Apple To Open 40 Stores & Dell Set To Close ALL Corporate Retail Stores & Kiosks In 2008


As reported on ENgadget:

Dell will be closing all of its US mall kiosks -- 140 in total. Unsurprisingly, the official word attributes the move to Dell's shift into big box retail stores ... According to Tony Weiss, vice president for Dell's Global Consumer business, the move "fits in with how its broad global retail strategy is evolving,"


Meanwhile IFOAppleStore.COM reports Apple will continue its success with retail by opening another 40 stores in 2008.

Apple, AT&T, Others Sued For Making Smartphones???

The patent is for a "mobile entertainment and communication device" that has "a cellular or satellite telephone capable of wireless communication with the internet."The company has specifically accused Apple's iPhone of infringing on this retrospectively-granted patent, but says all 33 defendants in the case sell phones that are covered by it.

read more | digg story

V-Day! 2008: The Year Together Dating Gets Torn Apart!


It's time for another "long post" where I investigate a business or tell a story to hopefully help you better understand the world.

For the past few Valentine's Day Special Reports I've talked mostly about my dating experiences:

2005: Macthmaking: Why Online Matchmaking Is Better On A Mac

2006: The Worst Date Ever For An Apple Tech

2007: The Best Date Ever

The Worst Date Ever For An Apple Tech ended up winning a spot in the Best Of Technology Writing.



This year I'm going to talk about how a friend of mine was completely heartbroken by Together Dating© - a personals/matching company. I will try to give you steps to help resolve any issue you might have with this service as it seems difficult to get a refund if you aren't satisfied.

A little background that will also be covered in the story:

• This company (Together Dating) deceptively markets itself by MANY other names; one being ChristianSingles.Net

• Together makes you sign a completely unenforceable contract that has not been challenged only because of the embarrassment and grossly overbearing and demeaning corporate "pyramid scheme" structure the company has.

• The service is expensive - giving the impression that the significant amount of extra money somehow makes the service more attractive to people who could "afford a relationship".

• Together Dating runs the company like a multi-level marketing business plan forcing employees who sell the matchmaking to push extremely hard and send customers through a demeaning self esteem and lowered expectations process.

USB To Ethernet Adapter For Macs That Have Lost Ethernet Port Functionality / Save A Costly Motherboard Repair



** NOW W/ FREE SHIPPING IN USA **

THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET WIRED ETHERNET ON THE NEW MACBOOK AIR! (That will also work on any other Mac!)

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Palm guys aren't ...

Ed Colligan, Palm CEO just before the iPhone debut in January 2007:

"PC guys aren't just going to figure this out. They're not just going to walk in."


Hypothetical of what Steve Jobs is thinking after Dell, Nokia & Palm close their retail stores:

"These Dell, Palm, & Nokia guys aren't just going to figure it out. They're not just going to [get] walk in [traffic]."

Monday, January 28, 2008

Steve Jobs to aapl investors: hang in there

In a private communication last week, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs acknowledged the beating his company's shares have taken during this time of economic uncertainty, but remained confident that investors would again see rewards for their loyalty in the long run.

read more | digg story

What kind of dork complains about this?



As reported by ENgadget:

Ouch, we just tested and confirmed that one of the smallest (and thus likeliest to fit) USB EV-DO modems around, the Sprint / Novatel U727, won't even come close to fitting in the cramped, foldaway USB port on the MacBook Air. Most flash drives will probably be okay, but it looks like 3G users will either need powered USB hubs or a USB extension cable to get online where WiFi isn't available (read: most places). Of course, your mileage may vary -- we recommend testing your modem of choice on a live machine in an Apple store before dropping any coin.


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Why would you even have to think twice about this?

This is one of the most ridiculous complaints I have heard yet about the MacBook Air. I've installed maybe 10 of these modems for my customers over the years. I have NEVER installed one without a USB extension cable. NOT using an extension cable could easily break your USB port and it looks horrible to have a 3" - 4" device sticking out of your laptop or desktop anyway.

I've always recommended these:



They are called 3M Command Adhesive © Strips. They leave no residue, are reusable, and come off with extreme ease - but bond VERY securely.

Using these strips to help mount a 3G USB modem with the antenna poking above the screen looks better and gives you MUCH better reception.

And for the record ... how much weight does a USB extension cable add to your laptop bag?

The 12 Most Ridiculous Auctions on EBay



Look long enough on eBay and you'll find an item that the mere knowledge of its existence brings shock and dismay. Then, you must cope with the fact that the seller thought we would be willing to pay good money for it, and then come to terms with the fact that usually they're right.

read more | digg story

Friday, January 25, 2008

Pic Of The Week!


Found via My 2 Cents 4 The Day Blog:

Thanks to the blog, Enterpriscollab for pointing out what Google employees love to snack on. Apparently, from the pic, seen above, all I can say is that Google's employee's have great taste in snacks, and a healthy one to boot!


Anyone ever tried the Apple Diet?

Good Weekend Reading: The BetaMax Doctrine

Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba has written an excellent piece about the implications of his company's Audio HiJack program and the new streaming audio service Last.fm:

Take a look here:

The BetaMax Doctrine

South Carolina Don't Forget To Vote: Democrat Primary Saturday January 26th 2008



Any readers in caucus states have a responsibility to help choose the presidential candidates. PLEASE go show your support for your candidate of choice.

I voted for Thompson in last weekend's Republican Primary in South Carolina. Now that he's dropped out of the race I'm investigating who I'll support now ... all I know is that it won't be Ron Paul (which coincidentally rhymes with "Con All").

OLPC: Not Delivering ... Children In Africa Denied Their Porn Fix OR Children In Africa Must Crank Themselves Instead Of Their Laptop To Burn Calories



As reported on SlashDot:

[There's a] growing concern over the failure of OLPC to deliver laptops to some of its customers. PC World editor-in-chief Harry McCracken notes that record-keeping was poor for some of the people who paid via PayPal.

A report on LinuxJournal also suggests that customer information was lost due to errors in the database software used by OLPC.

Quoting PC World:

"OLPC spokesperson Jackie Lustig acknowledges problems with the ordering and the fulfillment process, but says the biggest challenges are a short supply of XO laptops and the organization's ability to meet consumer demand for the XO laptop. Some also wonder whether chronic delivery problems for Give One, Get One donors may bode poorly for the 15 countries slated to receive nearly 500,000 XO notebooks. Lustig says delivering in bulk to just over a dozen countries is infinitely simpler than processing and delivering 80,000 individual laptops."


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As many of you know I have been pretty critical of this program from the beginning for not choosing Apple or Microsoft operating systems and or choosing these two companies as manufacturing partners. A larger corporation would have also most certainly assisted in accounting. I would also posit that I have thought this whole thing was a scam by Nicholas Negroponte from the beginning. If just $1 is secretly or covertly shaved from EACH of these laptops and the goal of 1 BILLION laptops is reached - that's $1 Billion dollars. A piece of electronic equipment such as this has so many components that it's easy for me to see how easy that at just one or two small parts just 50¢ could be added to their cost and then the funds forwarded to Negroponte. Consider this ... if some part of the chains shaves just 25¢ - the net is $250 MILLION!

These laptops are being pushed by state governments without ANY thoughts or planning as to what the high costs of support or re-training are. The manufacture of these laptops is severely straining laptop production for more established computer manufacturers like Apple, Dell, and HP.

According To Your iPhone: You Don't Live Where You Slept Last Night

Yesterday, I followed a reader submission to XLR8YourMac about Skyhook Wireless (The company Apple is using to supplement the recently aded iPhone & iPod Touch "LocateMe" feature):

From XLR8YourMac:

Some [XLR8YourMac] readers may have overlooked the details of how Google Maps actually determines your location. They use a combination of triangulation with cell towers and nearby Wi Fi connections. Interestingly, they always default to relying on Wi Fi when it's available. Here's the description of the process according to the Ted Morgan, the CEO of Skyhook, the company providing the Wi Fi mapping data to Google:

"Every Wi-Fi access point, whether public or private, sends out a signal every second or so, like a lighthouse. We pick up those signals and use our technology to calculate your exact location. Skyhook detects but does not connect to those Wi-Fi networks. They sent teams of drivers around the USA and Canada to map out hot spots in order to get its service up and running. The firm claims to have 70% of North America covered and is now cruising Europe and Asia to build its database."

Last week I replaced my 3+ year old Linksys Wireless G router with a new Airport Extreme. I gave my old router to a friend, who had just bought the iPod Touch and needed a Wi Fi router in his home. After he installed my old router, he fired up the iPod Touch, connected wirelessly to the internet, and immediately tried out the Google Maps feature. When he asked Maps to determine his location, it quickly placed him at ... MY HOUSE!

Frankly, I found this to be a bit spooky. Apparently, Skyhook has driven down my suburban street sometime in the past three years and mapped my Wi Fi signal! Besides the obvious weirdness of knowing that my WiFi router information resides in their database, I was wondered what happens to the accuracy of this system as Wi Fi equipment moves around? How good is this data going to be next month or next year? Cell towers don't move around, but Wi Fi does. My friend can't localize himself when he's at home, because it continues to show him living in my neighborhood, which is many miles away. Fascinating...
-Steve A."


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I personally think Skyhook should somehow compensate anyone who's router is in their database - maybe with one free access to a closed/paid hotspot. At the very least, I think Skyhook should be acknowledging the router owner that their router is being pinged by their service and therefore allow an opt out - EVEN IF the network is wide open. Honesty such as this may actually get others to join the database.

The Prongies!


Just as Bill Palmer made for an interesting controversy at last year's MacWorld Expo ... history repeats itself.

An observant reader & MacWorld Expo attendee sent me the following information:

I know you like news about Bill Palmer. He was spotted at Macworld Expo trying to get an exhibitor to print off several sheets of paper with "2008" printed on them, because he printed his signs with the wrong year ("2007") and handed them out anyway. Now he has published his photos with the "2008" added, using Photoshop perhaps?

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/2056/prongphotochopss8.jpg


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Honestly ... if your business receives one of these things next year ... DO NOT accept it! Your business looks ridiculous and it's not prestigious. And what kind of award is a piece of paper with things GLUED onto it!

And yes exif information on the photos indicate Photoshopping!

* Curse this reader for making my eyes burn by having to visit the iProng website to check out the original images.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

How To Make iPhone iPod Touch Webclip Icons For Your Blog or Website For iPhone Users

I know that a lot of you have your own blogs that read this site ...

Make sure that you add your "iPhone / iPod Touch" webclip icon.

This sites "default webclip" button / widget looks bad so I'm working on my own to replace it if you decide to add this site to your iPhone's home screen after upgrading to iPhone / iPod Touch software 1.1.3.

Here's the tutorial I'm using:

Make an iPhone Webclip Icon

My current favorite icon looks like this:



So ... I will probably base it on something similar.

Kinda like this:



Since the words "Fix Your Thinking" won't fit ... rename it FYT on your iPhone or Touch when adding the this site's URL to your bookmarks and/or webclips.

Tom you can call yours "Small Wave"

Don ... call yours "2 ¢ 4 Day"

(LOL ... just suggestions)

For those of you that use blogger (like this site) there are a few extra steps:

Go here for additional tutorial information.

[UPDATE] Blogger HTML rules have been updated since the writing of that article, I had to add </link> tag to the iPhone / Touch widget tag.

I also found this website helpful because my domain is masked jackwhispers.blogspot.com to fixyourthinking.com:

How to make a fav icon appear on a masked domain (ie a .Mac site)

If you want an iPhone icon for your blogger account make sure you are on your unmasked domain. For this website it's:

http://www.jackwhispers.blogspot.com

Bravi! Bravi! Bravissimi!

Apple’announced its 1st Quarter 2008 results (which includes November 2007- January 2008) and it made for the best quarter in company history:

The Company posted revenue of $9.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.58 billion, or $1.76 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $7.1 billion and net quarterly profit of $1 billion, or $1.14 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. […]

Apple shipped 2,319,000 Macintosh computers, representing 44 percent unit growth and 47 percent revenue growth over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 22,121,000 iPods during the quarter, representing five percent unit growth and 17 percent revenue growth over the year-ago quarter. Quarterly iPhone sales were 2,315,000.


Here is the full press release:

Apple Reports First Quarter Results

Best Quarterly Revenue & Earnings in Apple History

Mac, iPod & iPhone Sales Break Previous Records

This quarter wasn't just about iPods and iPhones - it truly was a breakthrough for Apple in computer sales as well.

One more thing about the movie Cloverfield ... then I won't mention it until the DVD comes out



One other compelling reason I was interested in Cloverfield is because it bucked the Hollywood trend of a blockbuster costing an outrageous amount of money to make. Cloverfield cost $25 Million (which allowed it to make a profit in it's opening weekend grossing $50 million worldwide) ... the advertising for the movie was essentially free as dozens upon dozens of websites picked up on the little things in the first movie trailer discussing them again and again in detail. I wanted to participate and contribute to this experiment in movie making.

Now, I want to touch on one other aspect of this movie that intrigues me ...

Back when the trailer for Cloverfield (then called "1-18-08") first came out I suggested that this movie might be a LOST television series tie in. I think it still may be.

Yesterday I read this; Cloverfield graphic novel coming out.

"Remember this last shot in the film of our intrepid heroes at Coney Island, enjoying [a day] of amusement? Apparently something huge splashes down into the ocean in the background. We missed it, but if you couple it with the translation from the graphic novel that says the Japanese Tagruato corporation's satellite fell from orbit, then bingo. You've got the alarm clock that woke up the monster from its deep-sea slumber."


I almost want to bet that we will actually find that the Tagruato satellite was brought down by something related to LOST - possibly the satellite that was looking for the survivors AND that the monster could possibly be Ben's id (or the manifestation of the smoke monster/Jacob) - just like in Forbidden Planet. I will also bet that Tagruato is another subsidary of the Hanso corporation (the secretive entity that originally ran the island portrayed in LOST).

Wouldn't this be a great way to promote the DVD release of Cloverfield? (which coincidentally will probably come out in May 2008 when the movie takes place.)

How to pair MOST Samsung Bluetooth cellphone headsets


*UPDATE September 30, 2013 … yes, this post is 5 years old but still rings true and is one of my highest ranked searches in Google. If this post helped you, please consider going to the right and sending me $1.

Since getting my iPhone I have been on a search for the perfect Bluetooth headset. A good one that just barely misses the mark for me is the Samsung WEP 200 Micro bluetooth in ear headset.

Here are the pair instructions and pairing code for some of the more stylish line of headsets from Samsung - called the WEP series:
To pair the headset in manually pairing mode:
1. With the headset off, press the center POWER button for 7 seconds until you see the headset blue light turn solid blue (no loneger flashing).
2. The indicator light will turn solid blue, which indicates that the headset is in “Pairing mode”.
3. In the phone, you now have to add the headset to the phone's list of Bluetooth devices.
4. You have to enter a Bluetooth passkey in the phone. The default passkey is 0000.


These directions apply to a lot of different bluetooth headsets. If "0000" (four zeros) does not work, try "0001" (three zeros and a one) or "1234".

Hope this helps!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Conice 6x Optical Zoom for iPhone Camera / Possibly Collectible Because It's So Obscure & Stupid

DealExtreme is selling a 6x Optical Zoom lens for your iPhone's camera.

The attachment (which part protective case) costs $15 and doubles the weight of your iPhone.

Why not just carry a digital camera?

Cellphone cameras are for casual photos and the iPhone camera, while good, isn't high enough quality to merit such an attachment.

The "attachment" / case also has a standard "screw in" for a tripod.

It might be a little useful if Apple releases a video application.

Specifications:
Dimensions: 1.18 in x 1.18 in x 2.87 in
Weight: 4.69 oz


iPhone / AT&T Visual Voicemail Lawsuit Settled

As reported by Macminute:

Apple co-defendant settles lawsuit

A co-defendant with Apple has reached a settlement in a patent-infringement suit involving visual voice-mail technology used in the iPhone. "The company, SimulScribe LLC, said it reached a settlement with Klausner Technologies and has entered into a licensing agreement with Klausner to use its visual voicemail patents."

Klausner originally filed suit against Apple, AT&T, & other companies on Dec. 3 2007, seeking US$360 million in damages.



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It's interesting to see that Apple seems to be settling more since the Creative "iPod Menu" lawsuit was settled. I wonder if this means that Apple will just use cash in the bank to eliminate pesks like this in the future? I think this mentality ends up encouraging others to file wild claims against Apple in hopes of a settlement.

Servicemarks & Trademarks

©®™


I found this very interesting from SlashDot:

"Groklaw has written in detail about the lawyer trying to get a servicemark on the term 'cyberlaw'. (Slashdot discussed this here a few days back.) First, Groklaw notes that it's only a trademark application at this point. Furthermore, 'cyberlaw' is a generic term with 300,000+ hits on Google AND an entry in some dictionaries & reference sites. In other words, while it's silly for a law firm that should know better to file a trademark application, it shouldn't and probably won't be granted if the law is followed. The article is very interesting because it spells out the difference between & servicemarks (®©™), as well as explaining the law surrounding them; a law that differs significantly from copyright law.


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It was the attorney for Bidzirk who had a gross misunderstanding of servicemark and trademark law in my blogger case. In my case, the assertions made by the Plaintiff attorney bordered on stupidity of circular logic trying to claim that no post here was news or news commentary (when just about every post here is just that). The Plaintiff attorney for Bidzirk also wanted to make the argument because I didn't belong to any of the voluntary journalist organizations that I wasn't allowed to report news or news commentary even if the court deemed it as such.

Monday, January 21, 2008

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


** NOW W/ FREE SHIPPING IN USA **

THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET WIRED ETHERNET ON THE NEW MACBOOK AIR!

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

MacBook Air battery replacements takes minutes


"Due to its ultra-thin profile, Apple's new MacBook Air was designed with an integrated 37-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery that is not user-replaceable. Though this has caused some initial concern amongst potential adopters, AppleInsider has learned that the replacement process is quite trivial." ~ AppleInsider

read more | digg story

AT&T Launches iPhone Business Plans

AT&T launched business plans for the iPhone today.

To use the iPhone as a business customer, you must sign a 2-year service agreement, or a renew a 2-year service agreement, if you’re an existing AT&T cellular customer.

The plans are as follows:

$45/mo. 200 SMS. Unlimited Data. Visual Voicemail
$55/mo. 1500 SMS. Unlimited Data. Visual Voicemail
$65/mo. Unlimited SMS. Unlimited Data. Visual Voicemail


If your business requires you to travel internationally, there are Global Data Add-Ons for the iPhone that can be purchased for an extra charge.

$24.99/mo. 20MB Data Global Plan.
$59.99/mo. 50MB Data Global Plan.


Many websites speculate that this is a sign that MANY business software developers are prepping software for the iPhone; such as IBM releasing Lotus Notes for the iPhone.

The iPhone developer kit (called "The iPhone SDK") should yield some amazing implementations of both business and consumer applications.

A Review Of Cloverfield



After a prescreen of Cloverfield, I posted my review of the movie and a new poll question (to the side) asking of reader plans to see the movie. I see a few of you are waiting on a reliable review.

Here is a very well written review of the movie from Ain't It Cool News ... a regular source of my movie information:

Cloverfield Review On AintItCool.com:

A portion of the Ain't It Cool review:
CLOVERFIELD is also a deeply emotional experience. People in Rob's life die, sometimes horribly, and there's almost no time to process these losses and still concentrate on survival. This is filmmaking at its most primal, but there's a level of sophistication at work here that I admired tremendously.

But forgetting all the deep analysis and self-reflection, CLOVERFIELD, at its core, is a lightning-strike awesome monster movie. It comes and goes before you even hear the thunder, but once you hear it, you know you're doomed. You really have no idea what you're in for.


I see a few of you (in fact, half of you thus far) have no plans to see the movie at all. I promise you that you are missing a very compelling movie. Whatever you read, this is NOT a horror film, it's not a monster movie ... it is an impressive hour and 32 minute character development that takes place in exactly one hour and 32 minutes of some twenty somethings lives.

Here is a list of reviews from the well known outlets:

Reviews of Cloverfield (4 out of 5 Stars)

In these reviews you'll see one 5 out of 5 which is VERY rare for any movie to achieve.

Apple, NBC Universal Repairing Relations?

The Financial Times & Businessweek are independently reporting on an apparent soothing of relations between the heads of NBC & Apple.

The Financial Times interviews Jeff Zucker of NBC Universal, who gives praise to Apple and Steve Jobs:

"We've said all along that we admire Apple"


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Admire Apple indeed!

read more | digg story

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Loudness Of Destruction


* Picture courtesy ENgadget


Via ENgadget:

Perhaps it's time to take extreme measures, as some owners have resorted to... like sticking a needle through the holes in the speaker enclosure. Yes, according to daring "modders," it's possible to get a 40-percent increase in volume via this simple-yet-destructive trick of perforating the thin plastic which covers the speaker. Apparently, the phone gets so loud post-surgery that the volume is actually startling to some users. Feeling like you're brave enough to really void that warranty?


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I have to admit I love the volume on the iPhone ... that is except when I want to share watching a YouTube Video or movie with someone or let them hear a great tune or two. I tried this "hack" and I was AMAZED at how well it worked. It will obviously be in an iPhone 2.0 revision.

I don't see how this could POSSIBLY void the warranty - how would someone looking at the phone even upon close examination even be able to tell?

Jobs Calls Robbie Bach (Microsoft Exec) A Drunk

Proving once again that the truth is stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction, Steve Jobs himself delivers a great jab at a Microsoft Exec ~ via ENgadget

When Jobs was questioned about the Microsoft executive's statement that the Zune was a "worthy alternative" to the iPod. "Was he inebriated?" Jobs asked CNBC reporter Jim Goldman, and then went on to inquire,

"Do you even know anyone who owns a Zune?"


read more | digg story

A Hidden Gem @ CES & MacWorld That No One Noticed, Not Even The Manufacturer


* The Ricoh 410DN Wireless Hotspot Printer


At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and exhibiting at MacWorld Expo was Ricoh with their new wireless laser printer for wireless hotspots. What makes this printer unique is that it has a physical email address and can be emailed a document in html or word format and even be sent a webpage with the word "-print" following the URL and it will print the webpage or document.

THIS allows the iPhone to print ... pretty cool aye?

Ricoh wasn't promoting this (iPhone printing) at MacWorld Expo nor had they even THOUGHT about it until I mentioned it.

In email with a Ricoh rep,

Wish we had released the press release earlier so we could have promoted your idea better!


See also:

Will I Be Able To Print From The Phone?

I don't see why a printer driver or firmware patch like this couldn't be made for ANY wifi printer to allow iPhone printing ... this was a VERY clever implementation.

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John Gruber: Out In Left Field!

Curse John Gruber of Daring Fireball for writing the occasional engaging piece on his blog ... because more and more I don't even want to read anything there. If it weren't for his (sometimes) being slightly ahead of the curve on editorial comment within the Mac Community; I would just avoid his articles completely.

I'm no George Bush fan ... and I'm not Anti-Democrat ... but this borders on stupidity:

From Daring Fireball:

Randy Newman’s keynote-capping scathing anti-Bush administration song was quite a thing. I loved it, and it seemed like everyone around me in the press section was enjoying it thoroughly. But, quite obviously, for humorless Bush supporters, it must have been infuriating. The song is chock full of “I can’t believe he just said that” lines.

It’s certainly hard to imagine any other major corporation in the U.S. that would invite Randy Newman on stage to perform a song like that.


This song was neither Anti Bush, nor scathing of Bush.

I'm not a humorless Bush Supporter and I'm not a humorless Conservative ... but it's quite obvious by Gruber's constant "Jackass articles" and political jabs that he lacks any humor when it comes to dealing with politics himself.

I can't point to anyone else in the Mac Community or other news outlet that I have even a dash of respect for that curses, alienates, and complains yet also promotes his family life and son on a regular basis on his or her blog.

This (and references like it) appear regularly on Gruber's Blog:

Tuesday January 15 2008:

With Reviews Like This Who'll Believe The Critique?

One of my regular readers who runs the My 2 Cents 4 The Day Blog posted a very kind review of Fix Your Thinking

From My 2 Cents 4 The Day:

Not only that, but as you can read on [Fix Your Thinking], he has performed a very valuable service for all of us bloggers. He fought tooth-and-nail in a very grueling court case that, in the end, upheld bloggers rights in a way that we can all appreciate. I personally thank him for slugging it out, at great personal expense, not only in a monetarily way, but also an emotional way as well. Thanks to his resolve and sheer determination, he held his ground and refused to budge, and now, in part to his efforts, we bloggers are a little more secure in our legal rights. Be sure, if your a blogger, to get the full details from his blog archive.


Check it out here:

Blog 4 The Day: Fix Your Thinking

Thanks again for all your contributions to this site and all the kind words!

1-18-08 : The Day You Went To The Movies & Became A Part Of Movie History



Many of my regular readers know that I'm a huge movie buff. Some movies, I like to go to just to see if all the hype lives up to even a reasonable level of interest. For instance, I had no intention of seeing the movie "Knocked Up" - but after weeks of good reviews and the movie crossing the $100 million mark in the USA, I decided to give it a try. It ends up - it's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.

Then there's movies like "The Chronicles Of Narnia" and "The Lord Of The Rings" - both books made into movies that I remember from my childhood. I'm not a big fan of the "Rings series" by the way, but I loved "The Chronicles Of Narnia". Sometimes, you can tell when you're at a movie, even before it starts that you are part of a box office smash and just being in the ocean of people watching the movie will make the movie better. You feel like you are a part of history.

"I went to that movie on opening night!"

The Star Wars series (both original & new) were certainly awesome opportunities to be a part of a cultural phenomenon; just seeing all the people in line dressed up and all the media hype surrounding it.

Then you have movies like "The Passion Of The Christ" which if you are a Christian - is the single most moving and compelling movie in history (in my humble opinion). It was an historical landmark in movie making on so many levels - controversially religious, incredibly brutal and gory yet you're able to watch it, and an international and US Domestic wide distribution that is not in a language spoken anywhere in the world at present. To go to "The Passion Of The Christ" was an experience like none other. It is the ONLY movie I have ever balled out in tears to in a movie theater - it's the only movie where I saw a man's flesh torn from his body (and I've seen a lot of that in horror films) and I came out of the movie theater feeling love and happiness that I am saved by my Lord, Jesus Christ.

Cloverfield (formerly titled 1-18-08 in viral marketing campaigns) is such a historical, "I was there type movie".

Uniquely and masterfully shot from the point of view of a camcorder being held by a best friend; Cloverfield is compelling even without character development. But ... don't be fooled ... this is no Blair Witch Project ... although I'm sure many reviewers will compare and say Blair Witch did it first.

I may be over-rating it slightly, but ONLY slightly ... this will go down as one of the greatest Monster Movies of all time. I'm not going to call it a part of my top 10, but it definitely is part of my Top 100 - which are just about all interchangeable with the #1 slot.

This movie begged two questions of me:

1) Would I be the one that people stayed around in time of disaster such as this?

My answer to this question is ... because of the type of person I am and people knowing me for my resourcefulness - I would say I would have about 25 people contact me or come to me instead of going immediately to evacuate or follow a military command to evacuate. This movie, tells you why maybe you should, and maybe you shouldn't follow "the resourceful person that everyone knows and likes".


2) Would you risk your life in such a horrific, never before experienced by any man; tradegy?

My answer to this was yes ... I would do anything to save my best friend, my wife, and my father, mother, and brothers ... ANYTHING. And the most compelling part of it all ... I would do it and not fail.


Expanding on question #2 ... this movie handles this in such a unique way that it is just incredibly compelling; yet terrifying.

The movie ends perfectly and unexpectedly in an atypical movie fashion. If I said any more on this topic it would give one of the best endings in movie history away.

The movie is PG-13 and leaves a lot of the "horror images" to the imagination just out of view to those watching.

A great horror movie is terrifying and then relieves the viewer with comedy. The comedic relief comes from "Hudson" - the best friend holding the camcorder.

If you haven't kept up with all the viral marketing for this movie, don't start before you see the movie ... instead go to the movie TONIGHT!!!! Then ... review the viral marketing campaign spread throughout the internet.

This is where I started when I first saw the movie trailer back in July:

The 1-18-08 blog.

This is a must see movie that I think lives up to any and all hype.

Link to Hi-Def Trailer on APPLE.COM:

Cloverfield

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Top 10 Telephone Tricks

One of the most hit topics on this site is when I reference or discuss phone calls. Review the linked reference here and see if you learn anything. I sure did. With the right tones, keypresses, phone numbers, and know-how, you can skip through or cut off long-winded automated voice systems and humans, access web services by voice, and smartly screen incoming calls. Check out our picks of the 10 best telephony techniques for getting more done in less time over the phone.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

MacBook Air Battery Replacement $129 w/ FREE INSTALLATION

Can the MacBook Air battery be replaced? The mystery is solved. No worries about the built in battery in the MacBook Air. You can also be assured that someone like NewerTech will make a battery addon or ultra portable charging solution / possibly even a dock and port replicator with extended batery.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Apple Announces MacBook Air - Laptop so thin you can use a manilla envelope as a case!



Quotes from Steve Jobs Keynote:

"It fits inside the envelope, it's that small. This is what it looks like, isn't that incredible? World's thinnest notebook. Magnetic latch, 13.3-inch widescreen display."

"This is the new Macbook Air, you can get a feel for how thin it is. There it is."

"Amazing product here, full size keyboard, full size keyboard, full-size display. Isn't that amazing?"


Unprecedented 0.16-inches -- the thickest part of the Air is still thinner than the thinnest part of the Sony TZ series. It's so thin it fits in a manilla envelope.

Jobs then proceeded to put the MacBook Air into a manilla envelope to demonstrate.

Has iSight camera AND backlit keyboard to boot!

I WANT IT!!!


Notes:

• A bit pricey - starts at $1799. No brainer optional 64GB Solid State drive [Correction: $999 Addon]

• No optical, but cool new external Superdrive that I would imagine people will buy for other Macs too. Apple should promote this! New feature on MacBook Air called "Remote Disc" allows software installs via CD or DVD over Airport wireless.

• This thing is UNbelievably thin - almost impossibly thin.

• A slight compromise of a 1.66Ghz Core 2 Duo - kinda makes me worry that it will be on the low end by the time Mac OS X 10.6 comes out.

• I'm happy it doesn't have wired ethernet - I see lots of potential for my USB to Ethernet adapter!!!

Apple Announces Time Capsule Home Server for Macs


* pic courtesy of ENgadget

At Macworld 2008, Apple announced "Time Capsule", a full Airport Extreme base station w/ 802.11n wireless & four ethernet ports, plus server grade hard drives to back up all of the Leopard Macs in the house. Pricing: 500GB for $299; 1TB (1000GB) for $499.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Use your iPhone as a webcam

Mac developer Ecamm has posted a sneak peak of iPhoneCam, an application that uses your iPhone's camera as a wireless Mac webcam. You can stream video from your iPhone over its WiFi to any Mac video application, including iChat, Photo Booth, or Skype. This has immensely cool applications that I might expand upon if this is ever released without having to "jailbreak"/hack your iPhone.

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Great new Apple advertisement for Time Machine


Apple has posted a great new TV spot that showcases the cool factor of "Time Machine" in a unique surreal way.

A "What the heck is this Apple thing?" up for auction on eBay



While perusing through my saved eBay searches this morning this came up:

Rare Apple Computer PROTOTYPE - Single Board Computer? "EVT-021"

This is actually some kind of weird addon card for a nubus slot.

Hit the link and look at the CRAZY pin outs on the back.

Very cool ... even if I don't know what it is.

If I were to take my best guess ... it's an Apple ][ emulation board.

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


** NOW W/ FREE SHIPPING IN USA **

THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET WIRED ETHERNET ON THE NEW MACBOOK AIR!

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

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Can I Use The SIM card from my iPhone in a SONY Ericsson or Nova Media Global Surfer ICON USB Modem?

A common question that I field about the iPhone is:

So can I just pop my iPhone SIM (with the iPhone unlimited data plan) into __________ and access data?


OR

Can I Use The SIM card from my iPhone in a SONY Ericsson PCMCIA or ExpressCard modem or Nova Media Global Surfer ICON USB Modem?


The answer is no. If you try, at first it may look like the modem will connect, but as soon as you try to access data the modem will disconnect.

Why is this?

Your iPhone has a "network serial number/authentication" called an IMEI number (IMEI = International Mobile Equipment Identity). This number is specifically tied to an iPhone account and was first registered on the AT&T network when you first activated your iPhone.

What if I have a hacked / unlocked iPhone and I'm using it on another network?


It still won't work at least in the USA. Your IMEI number does not change. AT&T is the predominant carrier for GSM in the United States. Most of the time, you will be roaming on the AT&T network EVEN IF you have a different carrier - as T-Mobile and Suncom lease a lot of their network from AT&T.

To get a data plan with other devices (including modems for laptops) one must purchase a separate data plan from AT&T or their cell phone provider.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Apple Lowering iTunes Prices in UK

Apple announced today that it would be standardizing iTunes music pricing in Europe. As a result, it will lower prices it charges for music in its UK iTunes store to match the pricing across the rest of Europe.Apple currently charges more for downloads in the UK due to the higher cost of wholesale licensing.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Fred Thompson Comes To My Town For Town Hall Meeting


* Fred Thompson in Greenville SC 1/8/08 Stax Restaurant



Fred Thompson is my favorite candidate for the US presidential race; although I don't think his campaign is strong enough to win. He is really concentrating on my state (South Carolina) where I think he has the best chance of placing first. I think his goal at this point is to actually remain in the campaign and get enough support so as to be a Vice Presidential choice. He is the ONLY candidate that tells the whole truth and nothing but.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Yes, Virginia, You Too Can Be Cool Like The Macalope



Ok, ok ... I've just got to admit it ... sometimes bloggers can just prove they're cooler than others by using little catch phrases that only "the insiders" understand.

One example recently,

The Macalope writes:

Yes, Virginia, any idiot CAN file a lawsuit!

Previously, I thought a writer for Web Pro News was just addressing the state of Virginia, but apparently this is some little "cool person catch phrase" that is brought up every now and then when referencing stories about "disbelief".

This headline (and accompanying story) was written about my recent lawsuit victory:

Yes Virginia, Bloggers Can Be Journalists

When I saw the Macalope's headline I was curious as to why one of the most memorable headlines from MY press was also a headline in a Macalope piece. I thought," Surely the Macalope isn't referencing a recent headline I made?"

Turns out this is one of the "internet lingo" catch phrases that I wasn't aware of.

The origin of this phrase comes from:

In September, 1897, an eight year old New York girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun asking, "Is there a Santa Claus?" In reply Francis P. Church wrote an editorial which pleased so many readers that the Sun printed it every year during the Christmas season, from 1897 to 1949.

~ Chicago Public Library Website


In the letter, the editor wrote back to little Virginia:

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist ...


This is quite a beautiful piece that Church (The Chicago Sun editor) wrote and I would encourage you to read it.

READ HERE

So, now you TOO can be cool and understand what that means (if you didn't already) when someone says something like,

"Yes Virginia, You too can be cool!"

A New Year's Resolution About Sources

I've been working on a number of stories and follow ups to stories I've done in 2007. Recently, I had an informant contact me with some information about one story I did. Turns out this information was wrong.

It's interesting doing this whole website. I have to really be careful. I encourage you to ALWAYS verify and re-verify any fact you put on your website.

A few weeks ago, I outlined in the contact section of this website how to contact me so I could more easily contact sources of information and so those who wish to remain anonymous could more easily get ahold of me. While I encourage anyone with ANY information that they are willing to share with me come forward and contact me - please make sure your information is accurate and make sure you can back it up.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Was Or Were?

Please tell me if this is a grammatically correct:

"The pizza and the dessert was very good."


I say it should be "were". I also think it should be "desserts".

This came from a "Thank you" card posted on the wall of my favorite Pizza place. My other obvious question here; is it really a heartfelt message if it is gramatically correct? (Because if I have to ask, obviously the kids didn't think about it and therefore did not write it themselves.)

Friday, January 04, 2008

Apple Faces Antitrust Lawsuit Over iTunes

Apple Faces Antitrust Lawsuit Over iTunes

As reported by MacMinute:

"... a San Diego-based law firm has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple for "illegally maintaining a monopoly in the digital music market by failing to support Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Media Audio format.," notes Fortune. "According to the complaint, Apple controls 75 percent of the online video market, 83 percent of the online music market, more than 90 percent of the hard-drive based music player market, and 70 percent of the Flash-based music player market. Yet among the major digital music vendors, Apple is alone in not supporting Windows Media Audio. The suit estimates that Apple could license WMA from Microsoft for less than $1 million -- or about 3 cents for each iPod sold in 2005."


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This kind of sounds fishy to me. Why not wait until TWO WEEKS from now when MacWorld is over - oh ... I forgot ... most of these suits are bogus attempts at capitalizing Apple press releases as their should be quite a few come Keynote time. How much do you want to bet in his CNBC interview that Steve usually does that he gets asked about this?

Sony BMG to Offer DRM-Free Music

Businessweek reports that Sony BMG is the last of the four major record labels to agree to offer their music for sale without Digital Rights Manangement (DRM) restrictions. The news comes a week after Warner announced it had added its catalog to Amazon's DRM-Free MP3 store.

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The ethics of Stealing Wifi

A recently released study by a security firm says that using an open WiFi network without permission is stealing. Ars Technica looks at the ethics of open WiFi networks.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

AT&T Expands Coverage In MY Area And Why It Matters

Per the AT&T website:

AT&T has announced an upgrade and expansion of service by launching new cell sites to enhance the wireless network in the Greenville and Spartanburg area. Also, AT&T will deploy its upgraded third-generation (3G) broadband mobile network the first half of 2008. This will give customers the ability to access voice and high speed data features simultaneously, as well as more options in how, when and where they can access the Internet, use e-mail or view a variety of entertainment services.

“We want to provide the best service possible for all of our customers in Greenville and Spartanburg, which we consider major markets in the Carolinas,” said Alison Hall, vice president and general manager for the company’s North and South Carolina market. “These new cell sites, along with 3G deployment, help us to provide superior coverage to give customers an ‘invisible wire’ that extends their broadband experience beyond their office or home.”

Currently, AT&T is adding additional cell sites to strengthen coverage in the following areas:


State Scenic Highway 11, east of Table Rock State Park

North of Highway 492 (Pelham Road) in Greer

Eastern Spartanburg

U.S. Highway 221 / the surrounding commercial & residential areas in Spartanburg


With AT&T’s 2008 deployment of its 3G network in Greenville, Spartanburg and Clemson, the cities will join a growing list of markets in the Carolinas with 3G coverage that already includes Columbia, S.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh, N.C. and Greensboro, N.C. As part of AT&T’s 2008 launch plans for the Carolinas, the company is also scheduled to deploy its 3G broadband network in Charleston, S.C., Fayetteville, N.C. and Jacksonville, N.C. Since 2004, the company has invested nearly $230 million on wireless network enhancements to expand coverage, add capacity and grow its 3G network in South Carolina.

“This expansion is evidence of our ongoing commitment to invest in the state of South Carolina,” said Pamela Lackey, state president of South Carolina. “AT&T will continue to invest in the communications infrastructure essential for this state’s growth.”

Now why would little old Greenville South Carolina be important news for you?

The Greenville Spartanburg area has the highest penetration of cellphones per capita for persons 16 and older in the United States. One of the many reasons Apple chose not to include 3G in the iPhone is because 3G on GSM networks was poorly deployed. At iPhone launch only 48% of the population of the United States was able to even be in range of 3G GSM networks. By June - this number should reach 75%+.

How to get 250 more pages out of your printer



I print between 10 and 50 pages every day - mostly due to my eBay auctions. Here are some "ink saving tips" I've learned over the years:

1) If the color of the text is not important - once the black ink runs out - try printing in dark purple - this is a mix of red & blue. The color of the best mix that uses NO black is #660066 - This mix should run your red & blue down evenly. On things like my Paypal invoices & printing up labels - it really doesn't matter what color it is printed. Next, try dark green - that color is #006600 - guesstimating on the color wheel is also reasonably sufficient. Just because you run out of one color doesn't mean you have to buy all new cartridges.

2) If printing text in black - it's best to have an old Apple LaserWriter or an HP Laser printer to print just black text - a laser printer can print roughly 4000 pages of black text. A laser cartridge costs $50-$80. An inkjet cartridge can print roughly 250 pages of black text and cost roughly $25 each.

3) If you have the time - isolate & crop your text or pictures better - removing any unnecessary color or cropping out people that got in the sides of your picture can save a TON of ink

4) Don't use Epson or Lexmark printers - both are ink hogs.

Apple Docking Patent Works Great with Ultra-Slim MacBook PIC


* Photo Courtesy US Patent Office

"This Apple docking station patent shows a screen base in which you can slide in a MacBook through its side. While this would be difficult to do with current MacBooks, it fits perfectly with the idea of the ultra-light, ultra-slim MacBook that allegedly will be presented at MacWorld." The images and description looks quite cool.

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An awkward picture and message to caucus states



Mitt Romney On Campaign
* This is a very awkward picture in so many ways *


Any readers in caucus states have a responsibility to help choose the presidential candidates. PLEASE go show your support for your candidate of choice.

Personally, I favor Fred Thompson, but I don't think he will survive to get the nomination. My second choice would be Romney - which is looking like the Republican nominee. I do like Barack Obama, but I think he has the wrong viewpoint on the war in Iraq. While it's pretty much impossible at this point, I would like to see this race/ticket:

Hillary (President) / Obama (VP)

VS

Romney (President) / Rice (VP)


* Not that it matters, but Romney & Obama are Mac Users