iomega gets it right again

The first time that the people that made the Bernoulli Box became iomega with removable drives that were all about YOUR STUFF I thought their was some very savvy thinking about the desires or consumers. Then the CD burner came into being and smashed their success in the portable storage marketspace. Well, It looks like Iomega is returning to its old smart self creating a very desirable, very sexy new ego 320 GB hard drive. The reviews I’ve read are very good and the drive is exceptionally good looking.

It reminds me of a flask with something warm inside for when the cold winds blow. Or maybe a cigarette/cigar case — something very personal. The kind of gift you give to someone you are very fond of, something to inscribe.

This is a product with a very interesting emotional connection.

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explaining twitter

Twitter _ Biz Stone_ A recruiter just called me

The Boston Globe and 140 Seconds on Twitter

In case you haven’t seen it yet, Twitter is a micro-sharing website
where you describe in 140 characters or less what you’re up to. You can
send and receive messages via SMS (text messages) on your phone,
through Twitter’s website and third-party applications such as Twitterific.
If you want to talk “with” someone on Twitter, you add @theirusername
to the front of the message and it shows up in the person’s replies
tab. This was a feature that was added several months after Twitter
first launched in 2006 based upon how people ended up actually using
the service. That’s been the consistent story for Twitter — it’s
definitely evolved beyond “I’m making an omelet for breakfast” to now
include sharing info about late breaking news, making plans with a group of cohorts, etc.

BTW, Biz Stone is a co-founder of twitter.

This is a great place to experiment in the social network space. It’s sorta like it use to be in the old days. Sorta free wheeling, unexpected, and fun.

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MobileMe hearts me

MobileMe Update

We have already made many improvements to MobileMe, but we still have many more to make. To recognize our users’ patience, we are giving every MobileMe subscriber as of today a free 60 day extension. This is in addition to the one month extension most subscribers have already received. We are working very hard to make MobileMe a great service we can all be proud of. We know that MobileMe’s launch has not been our finest hour, and we truly appreciate your patience as we turn this around. Read this article for more details.

The MobileMe Team

No this hasn’t been Apple’s finest hour.
I still haven’t purchased my iphone.

I will when its right.

I don’t get my voice mail from ATT now I just can imagine what life will be at the premium price they want for their swiss cheese service they call 3G.

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att and the iphone, forget about it

How much more can we stand? I was waiting for announcement of the iPhone 3G and it happened. Now all I get is email messages about how the iPhone is coming, the iPhone is coming. You can read : How to hand-down your old iPhone after upgrading to iPhone 3G, Moving to iPhone 3G: a guide for current and non-current AT&T customers, New and old AT&T iPhone plans compared, cost increases detailed, AT&T announces iPhone 3G plans, 8 a.m. launch time on July 11.

I’m dizzy from “if it’s wednesday and a full moon and you were previously a friends and family customer” you can expect to pay up to 50% more on your ATT bill.

Well, maybe an iPhone just isn’t want I am longing for anymore. It’s just not any fun. Who wants to go into the braintrust they call the ATT store? Who wants to figure it all out? Sorry no SMS messages are included with your plan.

I would have rather payed 500 dollars for the iphone and known the ATT couldn’t do this lets screw the customers again routine. Apple and their exclusive deal sucks. I’m out. Too much money. I can open my browser and play my music from my laptop thank you.

I just say no.

Somehow this reminds me of the new gallon milk carton that you need instruction to use. I guess that’s another post.

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my birthday month : day five

Today was geek day. My new drive from Other World Computing came 200 gigs or 7200 rpm goodness, yummy. I took out my drive and all the tools I needed (so I thought) and began by formatting and installing OSX. That wasn’t too painful. Then I began to take apart the case of my Macbook Pro. Tiny screw by tiny screw. Damn this thing has lots of teeny tiny screws. Twenty seven in total. The whole case was apart and now I removed the hard drive.

Now I am taking apart the screws on the hard drive itself with the little rubber bumpers… geeze where is my torx 6? I can’t find my torx 6. 9:45 pm — Everything is closed.

This is what it looked like.

that's it

I can figure this out. I get a small hex driver and I can get three of the screws out. I can’t get the fourth and I don’t want to strip the screw. Emergency geek friend call. Driving to George’s house at 10 pm. I get the torx 6 and buy an extra hard drive case he happened to have around. Got the screw out and heading back downtown.

The rest of the story… I’m writing this post on my machine with my new hard drive.

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Electronic Arts Spore and my birthday iPhone

AppleInsider | Coming to iPhone: Instant Messenger, EA’s Spore, SEGA games

I watched the Apple event about the iPhone again today. I had to watch the Spore ame from EA. I love that little spore and I can’t wait to play it on my very own iPhone. My Razor is starting to be a little weird and although I have a love for the Motorolla batphone symbol I just want an easier to use device. Actually, I really want a device that is more than a phone. I want a handheld device that will allow me to leave my laptop at the studio now and again.

I want a device that manages my voice messages, that will let me access my grand central account, my flickr account, IM, watch movies and listen to music… and yes play SPORE.

I think this is going to be a very good birthday.

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apple wireless keyboard oh my! [review]

Just last week I took a trip to the local Apple store. I had made up my mind to get a new wireless keyboard. A friend and colleague had purchased the full size keyboard and I tried it out. But it was time to go wireless and to dump the number pad which I almost never use. I wanted to get back some desk space.

Boy did I get back some deskspace.

The keyboard is the same size as the one in my macbook pro but response of the keys is much better than expected. Being wireless is new found freedom. It’s a great design detail how the batteries load into the top of the keyboard. even with the batteries the keyboard is incredibly light.

I do miss the apple key.

I also bought the wireless mighty mouse. I’ve loved that mouse from the beginning.

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using PictoBrowser

This is a test of a sweet little piece of technology that I recently stumbled upon. I can’t even remember how I discovered it. I just know that it’s pretty darn sweet and its really easy to use. I can turn lots of my artist and photo buddies on to using this technology to view their work within a clean interface that doesn’t distract from the work. So here’s my first try. As soon as I get a few more set together at flickr I will be making them available.

I tried putting the code in a Drupal site I am working on with dismal results. A real bummer. I’m investigating if it’s Drupal that’s mucking it up or me or what. Gonna make a visit to the developer page and check it out. Has anyone else tried to put this in Drupal?

These are images from a trip to the Wharton Esherick Museum. Enjoy.

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