Friday, May 29, 2009

What Palm Should Have Named "The Pre" (And part of the reason the iPhone became so popular)

What should Palm have named their iPhone competitor; the Pre?

Well ... as some of you know ... this site has its roots with the infamous Jack Campbell.

I've always considered Jack (no matter how controversial) to be a genius at marketing and product design. One of his finest examples was a product called The SafariPod.

Here's one of the press releases from MacDailyNews:

The SafariPod was produced somewhere around the mid to late 2006 timeframe as "a hand carved wooden dock" in the shape of an animal - think elephant, lion, giraffe.

Here's an example of one:

I never understood why Apple didn't publicly announce litigation against Jack Campbell over this product ... maybe it was because they didn't have a case - it truly doesn't infringe on Apple's registered trademarks. It does go against Apple naming policy for approved developers ... but hey ... when did Jack ever go by something that had to be "approved" or "follow the rules".

While talking to my best friend on the phone about the news that the Palm Pre was syncing up as an iPod and therefore able to connect nicely with iTunes - I quipped that Palm should have named the Pre- "SafariPod".

The beauty of the name SafariPod is that it infringed on two of Apple's copyrighted names yet infringes on neither - GENIUS!

It is neither the full word "Safari" NOR the full word "iPod" ...

What I'm getting at is that Palm could argue that an Ï-POD (pronounced E-POD) was syncing and NOT an iPod ... It could say iPod, but not mean an Apple (or HP) iPod - it could infringe on Apple's name that they rigorously and sometimes ostensibly litigate in honor of. It could mean you take it with you like a tool on an adventure - hence the "Safari" part of the name.

Palm could have created a huge buzz - even bigger than what the Pre has already gotten ... because the Apple blogosphere would be discussing it ad nauseam - and that chatter would leak into the mainstream press.

Lest we forget ... Apple had this controversy as well ... Cisco sued Apple (but later settled) over the iPhone name.

I have a few friends that haven't heard a word about the Pre. I don't know of anyone who hadn't heard about the iPhone - even a month before its announcement in January of 2007.

I'm sure Jack would sell the name ... if he ever does ... he should give me a cut.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

How To Get Rid Of Slugs

I contributed the following on WikiHow this morning regarding simple and organic ways to get rid of slugs and snails:

WIKIHOW: How To Get Rid Of Slugs

• Buying one large canister of table salt (>$1.00) and 1 pound epsom salt - mix together and lay down as a barrier around a garden or house also repels/rids slugs. Lay a consistent 1/2 inch wide strip. (Epsom salt can be found in any pharmacy or discount store.)

Palm Pre Syncs With iTunes & Why That's Interesting

From The CNN Money Blog:

Plug a Pre into a Mac and it syncs, seamlessly, with Apple’s (AAPL) iTunes.

In fact, the iTunes Store treats the Pre just as it would an iPod or an iPhone with one exception: it can’t handle old copy-protected songs.

Third party programs that perform the same service for various non-Apple MP3 players — including the Palm Treo and 700p – have been available for some time. But team Pre has apparently built the necessary code right into the device’s firmware.

They certainly have the know-how. The team is chock-a-block with former Apple employees and is led by Palm president Jon Rubinstein, who built the original iPod for Steve Jobs.

Read the full article (with a number of misinformed comments) HERE


I can’t quite grasp why people are saying “other MP3 players work already with iTunes” – of course they do – but they don’t play songs downloaded from iTunes or AACs (at least most of them don’t).

The ability to play and sync AACs from the iTunes Store has big implications - legal ones.

The Blackberry and Zune cannot play AACs (protected or not) from the iTunes Music Store – and also don’t support hard drive access – at least officially or easily.

Any device that supports hard drive access is going to sync with iTunes but not AAC data and therefore not iTunes data.

[UPDATE] At the All Things Digital Conference - Palm demonstrated the Pre syncing with iTunes and currently it appears as if Palm is emulating an iPod. (IE ... The Palm is seen as syncing as an iPod not Syncing as "Pre".)This stands to be interesting indeed.

Link discussing this.

MacUpdate Bundle: The Best I've Ever Seen

I'm not a big fan of "Downloadable Mac Software Bundles" ... usually there's only one app that's good and the rest are "there to try out".

This bundle is pretty good and I use 4 of these apps on a regular basis and I truly am interested in "trying out the rest" this time.

Click on this link to buy and kick some change back to me.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

An Unformed "Form Letter" From Paypal: "Briefly Repeat Member's Situation"

As reported by The Consumerist:

A Consumerist reader found proof of a form letter ... this was so funny to me ... I just had to share if you haven't seen it. This is what i feel like every time Paypal responds to one of my issues.

Full Story Here

Stunning "Finger Painting" Done On iPhone Appears On The Cover Of The New Yorker

Link to story @ The New Yorker Magazine Discussing The Process Of Designing/Painting This Picture.

This is a stunning street scene painted by Jorge Colombo using an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch called "Brushes".

Colombo of his new found love for iPhone Fingerpainting:

“Before, unless I had a flashlight or a miner’s hat, I could not draw in the dark.” (When the sun is up, it’s a bit harder, “because of the glare on the phone,” he says.) It also allows him to draw without being noticed; most pedestrians assume he’s checking his e-mail.

Check out the link to see an animation of each step in the "painting process".

Yet another amazing use of the iPhone. I personally thought this had to be a photo that merely had brush strokes applied or some "paint brush filter" ... but it is actually meticulously drawn, shaded, and colored stroke by stroke.

* via Daring Fireball

Friday, May 22, 2009


Quote for the day:

"Good judgement comes from experience ...

experience comes from bad judgement."

~ Mark Twain

Bypassing the people that prevent you from achieving greatness

As reported by WIRED:

Amazon To Unveil On Demand CD Printing Service With TuneCore

TuneCore is poised to partner with Amazon’s on-demand CD-printing-and-distribution service, has learned. It’s a deal that could put powerful new physical publishing options in the hands of musicians, even as the world goes increasingly digital.

This essentially bypasses normal record labels [Members of The RIAA] such as Time Warner, ABC, EMI, and Sony BMG.

A few months ago, I wrote a series of articles about a court case I helped serve as an expert witness in called:

Battle Of The Band's Members

The subject of TuneCore came up as it was part of "the prize" that was in dispute during the trial.

I found this to be intriguing ... this model of distribution combined with more and more iTunes ONLY albums are the future of music. The RIAA knows this and its the main reason they litigate - the brass in charge are milking every last penny because they know their days are numbered.

What's also intriguing to me is the elimination of accounting and contracts ... as many famous musicians have found out, including The Dixie Chicks - sales can go unaccounted for when checks are cut. This would put each sale in a database that the artist could check themselves. Genius.

More Clones Exist Now Than When Apple Allowed Them

TheAppleBlog reports:

Russian clone maker rolls out fleet of OSX desktops, laptops, and a netbook

Apple must feel besieged by an attack of the clones these days, with Mac OS knockoff makers popping up in the U.S. (Psystar and OpenTech), Germany (PearC), Argentina (OpeniMac) the U.K. (FreedomPC). Now a Russian startup calling itself RussianMac is offering a comprehensive line of desktop and laptop computers.

I can recall off the top of my head ...

Previously Apple licensed and sanctioned clone makers/distributors:

Power Computing

The TappleT ??? The new name for the Twittering Tablet thingy that I discussed last week and has been rumored about for years?

So I was perusing the MacRumors forums and found an interesting post:

Originally Posted by M2M

I am pretty sure the tablet will be called tt = tapplet.

Damn I am so smart I should get a copyright on this one

So, I decided to look up the domain to see if I could register it. I like the name even if Apple doesn't release a tablet thingy.

The registration looks like this:

I don't know if this information is consistent with any of the other "domain registrations" Apple has done privately ... but even if it isn't I'm sure the domain could be easily bought.

Wouldn't the name "TappleT" which sounds like "Tablet" and with an Apple logo in the center where it could stand for "APPLE" or [wee] (completing the word TweeT) be an awesome name for such a device.

Apple needs to have more devices like the "AppleTV" that actually have the name "Apple" in them for branding instead of continuing to coin name after name that at least mindshare-wise has no association with Apple.

A lot of my customers in my day to day Apple tech business call Apple ... Mac.

Customer: "Who makes that? Mac?"

Read my previous story regarding Apple's considerations for buying Twitter:

The Things No One Else Anywhere Will Tell You About Apple/Twitter Rumor

[UPDATE] And here's who Bart Decrem is:

He currently works for TAPULOUS ... a large iPhone app developer.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Aptera 2e Featured On Jay's Garage / First "Normal" Test

The amazing Aptera 2e was recently featured on Jay Leno's Garage. Jay gets a chance to hear from the CEO of Aptera and take a test drive. Being a "car guy" - Jay seems to give the Aptera a fair assessment - getting to take it on the road at 70mph. Best video yet to show the Aptera's astounding achievement.

read more | digg story

Kindle Publishing For Blogs On AMAZON.COM

I read a few days ago that people were registering other's blogs for publishing on the Kindle. Normally this wouldn't make a difference (with someone else "claiming your blog" falsely).

The reason it makes a difference here is if ANYONE views your blog on a Kindle - you are paid. This means if someone else registers your blog - THEY get the revenue.

It can be corrected, and the proper person will be credited - but I'll bet the majority of you didn't know about this.

Just to test this out, I registered some very popular blogs, in fact ... one I read every day. Then I deleted it from my "accounts page".

Go claim your blog now.

The History Of The Apple Logo

I missed posting this a while back ... a story was done about the creator of the original Apple logo. This story, while from the creator, isn't the actual full true story though.

I invented the Apple logo

For an in depth look I did back when this site first started about the Apple logo see:

Is It A Sin To Buy A Mac?


V was one one of my favorites from the 80's. It is now being remade by ABC - starring a few actors from LOST. This preview looks great and some very cool modern twists like the T-Shirts that say I [HEART] V and I LU"V".

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Daytona Beach: Review

Each year after I get back from a well deserved vacation I like to give a review ... and each time I like to try to provide a unique perspective. Rather than trying to give you a review of every aspect of my Daytona Beach trip - I'm going to use examples from my trip of what to do and what not to do.

Daytona Beach is located in Florida - about 60 miles from Orlando on the eastern coast of The United States.

See my story here on how to turn any vacation you go on into a business expense.


First and foremost - plan your vacation around relaxation time. Make your days spontaneous. Treat yourself and make sure others are treating you well on your trip. Take small setbacks or changes in plans in stride and know that it is normal to experience some sort of problem.

One thing I always do before a road trip vacation is service my car ...

I make sure that the oil is changed, the air filter is clean (replaced if necessary), the tires are slightly over inflated for better gas mileage, and that there's plenty of windshield washer fluid. One item I'll be adding to this list of inspections and maintenance in the future is making sure the coolant is full. We had a small issue with low coolant on the way down and it caused about an hour delay and several panics - but we got through it pretty easily - because I knew what to do and how to quickly solve the problem.

My recommendation for any road trip is to carry one quart of oil, one gallon of premixed coolant, a rag, a $10 roll of quarters, and a one gallon plastic gas can.

I had mentioned to my wife that we should just go to Daytona Beach and "find a hotel". Our trip was the first week in April - which is generally considered the last week of Spring Break. She wasn't too keen on that suggestion so we sat down in front of a computer and booked our vacation using an affiliate link from MyPoints. I always try to book my vacations using an incentive website in conjunction with an incentive form of payment.

Since I hadn't been to Daytona Beach in over 15 years, I couldn't really remember a lot about it ... especially hotels. My family went to Daytona Beach every year when I was 4 -14. I remembered that we stayed at The Ocean Sands Hotel a few times. I also remember that our first annual family trip to Daytona Beach was the first time I ate at The Olive Garden - one of my favorite restaurants.

Daytona Beach has grown a lot since I last visited. There is now an amusement area called Daytona Lagoon. I visited this by walking about 3/4 of a mile from my hotel. My wife and son played in the arcade area a bit but didn't go to the go cart or water park areas. This area, built up around Daytona Lagoon has basically taken the place of the old boardwalk which used to have all the cool arcade games, t-shirt shops, and restaurants. If nothing else, this area is worth exploring.

Let me take a moment to describe the kind of person I am - I'm an explorer ... which I feel is different from a sight seer. I enjoy discovering the behind the scenes and around the corner kind of things at the places I go. I like to go to the places where locals go in the cities I visit. I'm not that interested in historical background ... I'm more interested in what the story behind the story is ... like why does a certain version of a story get told at a place you visit and why not another?

Now that you know that ... let me tell you three other places I visited at Daytona Beach.

Different hotels ... We went in several hotels and looked at the lobbies, pools, and reception areas. One morning we ate a continental breakfast at another hotel. Because this is the beach and hotels are packed one beside the other - it's hard for staff to tell if you're a guest or not. All you have to do is walk right up. One evening while exploring, we went into a luxury hotel and peered into a conference hall that was being cleaned out ... I managed to snag a few balloons for my son that were going to be thrown away.

Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory ... I had seen a brochure or two for this chocolatier ... but didn't really pay it much attention. One day during our stay we happened to be driving around a bit on the inland and saw a magic store. We parked to go inside and saw the Angell & Phelps store was about to open and were filling space for the tour right as we walked by it ... we went in and watched. The making of candy is a pretty fascinating process. It was even more fascinating to people watch - to see the other families and couples that were there.

A Magic Store: As I mentioned we happened upon a magic store called Daytona Magic - we looked around for nearly 30 minutes ... getting a few demonstrations from one of the owners. My son and I love watching a show on TV called "Magic's Greatest Secrets Finally Revealed". My son also loves performing magic. This was a good opportunity to see him at his best. We ended up getting a squirting nickel.

Some things I would & wouldn't recommend about Daytona Beach ...

Staying near an entry point for the beach. Daytona Beach is one of the few beaches in the world that you can drive on. It's one of the coolest things about the beach. Just know that the hotels that surround these entry points are congested with traffic and often - people who aren't staying at the hotel park their cars in the hotel parking lots near the entry points. Most of the hotels do not enforce parking permits. Usually, the hotels around the entry points also charge a parking fee - which can add up over a week's stay. Know that MOST hotels DO NOT charge a parking fee.

Check for reviews of any hotel you may want to stay at. Also know that many hotels are owned or managed by the same owners. If you find a hotel you're wanting to avoid, but were initially interested in, you may want to do a little web research to see what other hotels are managed by that group. We had a few issues with the hotel we stayed at. After doing research, we found out they managed 15 hotels in Daytona Beach including national chains. We personally would avoid any of those hotels during another stay. [I am not mentioning the name of the hotel because the upper management has resolved our issues with compensation.]

I always stay at a hotel that offers a continental breakfast. Call your hotel before booking to find out the exact menu and if it varies from morning to morning. I didn't call - but wished I would have concerning our hotel. Our hotel lacked variety and often ran out of what limited items they did have.

Go-carts/Putt-Putt ... We decided to go to Speed Park - a go cart amusement park right across from the Daytona International Speedway. This was a major disappointment. We decided to get the all you can eat 2 hour pass. We found out that there's really only two good adult tracks (out of four). All the tracks are rather boring, with pretty much a short 1/5 mile loop design. We also discovered that (if busy) most of your 2 hours is going to be spent waiting in line. Each go-cart "race" has a limited number of riders - this prevents you from quickly riding. You will get in approximately four rides in two hours - therefore making it cheaper to buy discounted tickets for individual rides. I would probably go for a game or two of putt-putt at Congo River Mini-Golf on my next trip.

I probably would visit the Volusia County library that is located in Daytona Beach on my next trip as well. It's located on it's own little intercoastal island.

At least one day ... take some bread down to the beach and feed the seagulls. It's a rather unique experience at this beach. Instead of throwing the bread on the ground throw it high in the air. It is comical and amazing how it's caught. Also try throwing a huge piece of bread out and watch the fight that ensues. If you have children ... they should love this.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Why isn't anyone counting "Google Search Revenue" in their "How Much Money is the iPhone Making Apple" estimates?

The revenue estimates Apple receives from the iPhone is often miscalculated because of the many facets of revenue Apple has set up. The best analysis I've seen so far is Tech Crunch's recent piece called:

About Those iPhone App Store Revenue Numbers

I posted these comments to the forum of the article mentioned above.

Don’t forget the HUGE amount of search revenue Apple receives from Google for mobile safari searches - I know I use the Google toolbar on my iPhone at least 5 times a day.

I’ve heard figures tossed around between $100,000 to $180,000 a day in Google revenue - this revenue is essentially free since Mobile Safari is (for the most part) developed coinciding stable webkit builds.

Various sources have extrapolated Mobile Safari traffic vs Apple’s projected/extrapolated Desktop WinMac Safari Google Toolbar revenue.


I also think the number of paid vs free apps is very underestimated.

The average person I know has at least 3 paid apps on their phone …

Let’s look at 3 of mine as an example:

(I have more paid apps, but for attention span we’ll look at 3)

Crash Team Racing $4.99 … In the recent “Billion Song Celebration” this was listed as one of the top 5 paid apps. Not .99 cents.

Tetris $4.99 … No gaming device is complete without Tetris … Also celebrated in “Billion Celebration” as a top 5 app downloaded not just “in all” … Not a .99 cents app.

iBird Explorer Pro $29.99 … This app is being featured on an iPhone commercial. I work in Best Buy with Apple products … greater than 50% of the over 25 crowd buying an iPhone are buying the it because of that commercial (in my store) They want that app and the compass app (which I also have and is also NOT .99 cents)

So let’s extrapolate a little bit … The apps mentioned above are very high volume downloads. For every download of these apps, 5-30 free apps could be downloaded and Apple profit.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Ethanol Causing Damage To Fuel Systems In Cars: I'll Buy That For A Dollar!

For the past two years I've been more conveniently located near Spinx gas stations here in South Carolina. Because of my gas purchases, I have noticed a 10% decrease in gas mileage, a noticeable loss in power, and louder idling/knocking engine in my car.

Spinx uses a 15% Ethanol blend for all of their gas offerings, and even pumps 85% ethanol as well.

For those of you saying ... 'Just go to another gas station" ... It's pretty hard when one company controls nearly 50% of all stations in your area, is the closest station to your house, and usually wins in price wars. Go to MYSPINX.COM and you'll see what I mean.

I found this article interesting.

From AutoBlogGreen:

The undeniable shift towards E15 continues, but not everyone is liking it. Business Week's Ed Wallace has collected a series of anecdotes that shows what he calls the "unpublicized trend" of ethanol destroying fuel systems in America's cars even without the increase to E15. A lot of mechanics are repairing a lot of fuel systems at around $1,000 a pop, and Wallace writes:

Not one mechanic I've spoken with said they would be comfortable with a 15% blend of ethanol in their personal car. However, most suggest that if the government moves the ethanol mandate to 15%, it will be the dawn of a new golden age for auto mechanics' income.

For Wallace, the problems with corn ethanol (the net energy loss, the increased smog, the reduced mileage) are notable but not as important as the trouble that ethanol gives today's non-flex-fuel engines. And potential engine trouble will be here no matter if the biofuel is made from corn or another process. The Minnesota Ag Department and Underwriters Laboratories both says the higher blend is OK for gas station pumps, but it's looking like we're going to need another round of debate on the value of putting E15 in vehicles not designed for it.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Apple OS X Update Gives Battery Boost to Hackintoshes?

Reports [covered by WIRED.COM] suggest that Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.7 contains added optimizations for Intel's Atom processor and associated hardware. This, of course, is prompting speculation that support for such configurations may hint at new Apple notebooks based on similar netbook designs.

I have A LOT of inquiries and prods for suggestions about hacking netbooks and installing Mac OS X on them.

read more | digg story

At Apple; It's actually about the money first

From Daring Fireball:

Google, Apple, and Firefox

Matt Asay argues that Apple and Google should abandon WebKit, Safari, and Chrome, and instead get behind Firefox:

For this same reason, however, both would do better to invest in Firefox, the “Linux of browsers.” In some ways, the browser efforts of Apple and Google are much like the Unix efforts of IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun Microsystems: they threaten to splinter the browser counterattack on Microsoft rather than solidify it.

This would be reasonable advice if Apple and Google were in the browser racket primarily to “attack IE”. But they aren’t. They’re simply in it to make as good a browser as they can, to suit their own needs. For Apple, that means top-notch native browsers for the Mac and iPhone (and who knows what other future devices). For Google, that means a top-notch runtime environment for their own web applications.


Apple isn't in the business to make the best products they can - Apple is in the business to make the most money they can. They have DISCOVERED that innovation and quality are some of the building blocks to profits. Companies like ASUS (who some say invented the Netbook category with their EEE PC line) have discovered that low expectations, good enough products, and cheap price are also a key to profits.

Apple took a "why not?" approach to building Safari - who some estimate brings in several million in revenue each year. Safari's built in Google search PAYS Apple - even though the application is provided as free.

Apple, being a software company [in part], put together Safari in such a genius manner - to eventually extend it to be the showcase of other products. Apple knew that the future of applications and of revenue lied within browsers and search engines. Apple partnered with Google out of ease, name recognition, and revenue potential. There is no money in Firefox for Apple.

Furthermore, analyst after analyst continues to make Microsoft Apple's enemy and even Apple's competition - while Apple sees innovation and application of technology as its competitors. It's the timeless Pepsi and Coke debate - Pepsi thinks Coca Cola is it's competition - Coke sees no competition other than thirst craving and brand recognition.

How much revenue does Apple and The Firefox Foundation make from Google Toolbar integration?

From Daring Fireball June 11, 2007:

But the primary reason is simply money. Safari is a free download, but it’s already one of Apple’s most profitable software products.

It’s not widely publicized, but those integrated search bars in web browser toolbars are revenue generators. When you do a Google search from Safari’s toolbar, Google pays Apple a portion of the ad revenue from the resulting page. (Ever notice the “client=safari” string in the URL query?)

The same goes for Mozilla (and, I presume, just about every other mainstream browser.) According to this report by Ryan Naraine, for example, the Mozilla Foundation earned over $50 million in search engine ad revenue in 2005, mostly from Google.

My somewhat-informed understanding is that Apple is currently generating about $2 million per month from Safari’s Google integration. That’s $25 million per year. If Safari for Windows is even moderately successful, it’s easy to see how that might grow to $100 million per year or more.

Another Reason For Apple Not To Do Netbooks

As reported by C/Net:

"In the first period--June, July, August of last year--there were some in the retail channels that were shipping (Netbooks) as notebooks," Sean Maloney said in a question-and-answer session that was streamed over the Web. "They were running ads that had a continuum of notebooks and had this Netbooky thing in there--it was called a notebook. They had very high return rates and a couple of these guys had return rates in the 30 percent range, which is a disaster."

The return rate for the MacBook Air - which is considered Apple's current closest competitor for netbooks is higher than Apple would like and the "Air" is pretty full featured.

Most of the Netbooks I've seen - like the HP Mini and Acer models - seem like kids VTech laptops in build quality.

Full story here: Intel: Some Netbook resellers saw 30% return rate

No Need For A Scanner Or CB Radio With An iPhone

One device I've been kinda hoping to find cheap at the flea market is a "Police Scanner/CB" - The Unofficial Apple Weblog did a story yesterday that I was very interested in ... giving yet another awesome money saving consolidation that the iPhone provides.

The first out of the box is Police Scanner 1.1 (US$2.99, click opens iTunes) from Juicy Development. This app now features over 1,100 streams from 7 different countries and a streamlined interface for getting to your favorite local emergency radio, The developers will add any compatible stream to their app within hours of being notified of that stream, so if there are no local radios listed now, there may be soon.

Next in the queue is Emergency Radio 1.1 (US$0.99, click opens iTunes) from Edge Rift. It's available in a free "Lite" version if you want to try it out on a handful of major cities, or you can spend a buck to get over 900 feeds from all over the US. I personally thought the code lists (see photo) are a nice touch.

Check out their full review here: Calling all iPhones! Emergency scanner apps on the loose!

Steve Jobs Picture Made Out Of The "Think Different Ad" Text

* Picture courtesy of Gizmodo

Artist Dylan Roscover recreated this famous Steve Jobs portrait using Apple's classic typefaces, used since its beginning in the 70s. The text used quotes apple's famous advertising campaign called "Think Different":

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.

And while some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

* Original photograph taken for Time magazine

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

AT&T issues official statement on SlingPlayer's 3G blackout

* Photo from SlingMedia Promotional eMail

AT&T's is taking a lot of heat over SlingMedia's decision to remove 3G streaming capability from its SlingPlayer Mobile build for the iPhone -- a decision that gets at the very heart of several hot-button issues plaguing AT&T and Apple alike -- and the carrier understandably felt the need to release an official statement.

The odd part - Blackberry clients are allowed 3G streaming ... and this is essentially how YouTube works on the iPhone and Apple NOR AT&T make money from the YouTube integration.

read more | digg story

iPhone Snaps

You've heard the saying, "I'm a poet and don't know it" ... well here's a "PEOT" who knows how to rhyme NOT.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Things No One Else Anywhere Will Tell You About The Twitter/Apple Rumor

No doubt, many of you have heard the "Apple interested in buying Twitter" Rumor ...

MacRumors recently reported:

"... Apple may be in late stage negotiations to buy for $700 million. Of course, when the site checked with other sources, they were told they knew nothing of the sort... making this rumor seem very questionable.

Perhaps the biggest reason to doubt this rumor is that there seems to be no clear synergy between Apple and Twitter."

Twitter continues to run on venture capital funding and has yet to find a revenue stream.

It's interesting that it would be reported this way ... there seems to be no clear synergy between Apple and Twitter. I believe "seems to be" is what I'll focus on here.

Twitter is still in the early stages of management and revenue discovery. At the moment, it is surviving mostly off of capital investment.

Kara Swisher at AllThingsDigital titled a piece:

Ignore the Twitter Buyout Rumors

The Mac opinion giants (like John Gruber at Daring Fireball) all linked to her story as proof that ... yeah Apple probably expressed interest in Twitter but only in the same vein as just about everyone else trying to get their name attached to the free press that currently surrounds the social media buzz.

Well here's a scenario ...

Have you heard the rumor that Apple might be developing some sort of "Tablet Mac" that's kind of like a bigger iPhone?

Have you heard the factoid about how many iPod Touches are flying off of the retail shelves? (iPhone sales are huge too!)

Have you heard the rumor and confirmations that Snow Leopard (The next version of Mac OS X) has hints of built in 3G wireless abilities?

Enter the killer application for "TabletMac", iPhone, iPod Touch, and Mac Notebooks - free Twitter "Premium" for your first year - $9.99 a year thereafter - all done wirelessly over 3G. Wifi & Connected versions Would be called Twitter "Lite" - but otherwise be the same.

This is already being done to a degree with a device called "The Peek" - you buy an email checking device that resembles a Blackberry - you get 3 months to a year of "service" included in your purchase. The service is "On The Go" wireless email viewing/sending - currently handled by AT&T.

What if Apple could extend Twitter to all of it's devices - particularly a new "Tablet Mac" or "netbook" and all Apple notebooks?

Think of a "Tablet Mac" having the ability to do everything the iPhone and iPod Touch can do - but it's bonus being a free 1 year subscription to Twitter Premium - heck - maybe even 3 years. I'm sure Apple could negotiate this home run with AT&T.

This could be a great way for Apple to one up Amazon's Kindle as well - all of Apple's devices by default would also be able to connect "free" to the Kindle Book Store (FYI: Kindle's wireless is handled by Sprint).

It's my opinion, Apple is not only in serious talks to buy Twitter - I'd call it a done deal. I say that Twitter PR leaked the info to the press to possibly up their asking price - just letting everyone know that "Tech Genius/Deep Pockets Apple" was "interested" - and by "interested" ... I mean signing checks.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Creationism: Hold Your Tongue When Calling Intelligent Design; Stupid

As reported by FoxNews:

Student Wins Lawsuit Over High School Teacher's Comments Disparaging Creationism

A federal judge ruled that a public high school history teacher violated the First Amendment when he called creationism "superstitious nonsense" during a classroom lecture

This is a good win - although I'm not sure it should have been taken to court. I guess the best thing about this news is that more people seeing the word "Creationism" will be curious.

If you're curious; check out my review of the Creation Museum in Kentucky.

Just click on the "Creation Museum" tag.

Monday, May 04, 2009

iPhone Snaps

This is a picture of my son taken with my iPhone at the Clemson Horticultural Gardens over the weekend ... the picture came out very symbolic of a 5 year old's "life ahead".

This is a picture of a baby badger that was in a tree.

This was a picture taken at the same gardens as the previous two pictures ... the photo makes it look like an evil eye - it's actually a pond of water.

This is a picture[above] of a Lamborghini that is currently for sale at the Range Rover dealership in Greenville South Carolina. It's an interesting looking car.

MYCOKEREWARDS : Is it AT&T that's preventing easy entry of codes on an iPhone?

Today, while I was trying to contact Coca-Cola regarding an issue with my cellphone number becoming unregistered at MYCOKEREWARDS.COM (Thereby not allowing me to enter codes via text message) - I happened upon this in the FAQ section:

This has happened to me now 5 separate times in the year I've had my account registered. To give you a better idea of what's happening ... here's a screenshot of my texts for entering codes.

Coke is saying it's a carrier issue that they don't have an iPhone app? Or are they saying the only way to access MYCOKEREWARDS is through their mobile website or through SMS?

Apple and AT&T allow user authentication for at least 3 apps I have on my iPhone. The MyCokeRewards Yahoo Widget that allows quick code entry [pictured] for PCs and Macs is written in Javascript - which would be easy to transcode. It would be extremely easy to create an app for the iPhone. Coke just doesn't want to do it. There is no technical or physical hurdle to Coca-Cola regarding iPhone code entry ... but obviously this issue [as mentioned above] is happening enough to merit a specific response in the Support FAQ section of MYCOKEREWARDS.COM regarding iPhone users.

iMac Firmware Update

Apple released an iMac firmware update this past weekend ... this fixes a number of freezing issues associated with these iMacs. (Aluminum iMacs)

You should be able to run software update and find out if you can use this update. Running the update is simple and explained within the download.

You can also download it manually here:

From Apple's website:

This update fixes intermittent system freeze issues for iMac computers with ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics and fixes wake-from-sleep issues in Boot Camp.

After the firmware is successfully applied to your Mac, your Boot ROM Version will be:


Operating System Requirements:

• Mac OS X 10.5 Intel

Additional Requirements:

• Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher
• iMac with ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics

Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

I've liked the X-Men movies, but I've never been a fan of the X-Men cartoon, comic, or characters. I especially have always thought Wolverine (in comic and cartoon form) was silly looking in the yellow and blue costume.

I also would say that the second installment (in 2003) of the X-Men movie franchise was the weakest - the story of Colonel Stryker returning to kill all mutants.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is somewhat of a prequel to the second X-Men movie mentioned above.

This movie was very entertaining and had a number of innovative camera shots beyond special effects. Hugh Jackman gives Wolverine depth and believability - much as Michael Keaton does in Tim Burton's Batman and Tobey Maguire in the Spiderman franchise.

I would rank this within the top 5 Superhero movie adaptations - with the first Tobey Maguire Spiderman still barely holding onto the number one spot.

It's also odd to me that ... as a child ... I didn't really care for the Marvel superheros. I never really liked Iron Man, X-Men, Spiderman, etc - but the movie adaptations have really gotten me to like them.

See this in the movie theater for a "deserving better than DVD experience".

I'll be buying the DVD too ... when it comes out.