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Steve Jobs (photo by Tom Coates)
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What about Jobs?

I just heard about Jobs. This July at 07:06:08 am in the morning I won the bid on eBay for the Jim Henson Think Different educational edition poster. For me, it was my “arrival”. My escape from the corporate beast and into creativity.

Except—who is going to take care of the dreamers then?

Are you staying at Apple? I would love to come work there, and I’m going to reach out to Biki to see what’s what.

But I wanted to know if you’d be sticking around. Something about the desire to work with —, even if we aren’t —.

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Battle of GEO Loc + Mobility + Privacy

Google

Google includes a feature which allows them to keep wi-fi on in the background, presumably so apps might have the benefit of location based awareness and responsiveness. However, this means tapping that power hungry GPS chip. The feature is off by default, and can be access by going to Settings, Wi-Fi, Advanced Wi-Fi and checking, or unchecking, the ‘Scanning always available’ box.

Apple

Nervous Nelly's turn off all Location Services. Instead, turn off the Favorite Locations feature. Regardless, of what features you turn off and on, the reality is: your phone is tracking you.

Turn off all Location Services? No! Nervous? Instead turn off the Favorite Locations feature. Regardless, of what features you turn off and on the reality: your phone is tracking you.

Meanwhile, a similar feature in the iPhone iOS7 has been reported, see: iPhone Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services  > Favorite Locations.

Some have disabled Location Services in a harried attempt to protect their privacy and suddenly find all their apps—from Maps to Facebook and FourSquare—rendered useless. If you’re concerned just disable Favorite Locations.

Meanwhile, iOS 7 asks users may opt in to help improve Apple’s Maps app — those who opt in will have the street address associated with their Apple ID matched with the GPS coordinates of addresses saved to your “frequent locations” list.

Conclusion

It seems people are just waking up to the limited concept of consumer privacy afforded in today’s connected and interconnected societies. So while you enjoy your FourSquare style walk down memory lane, recall that one you chose to disclose, and the other you is disclosed for you — call it a package deal, the cost of latest and greatest technologies to market and advertise and otherwise target a geo-loc tracked connected society.

Why hello there cyborgs, I’ve been expecting you.

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Mac Keyboard Symbols & HTML Entities

Note: to display these characters on your web page has the character set defined, such as:

<meta charset="utf-8" />

The most popular of them all? The Apple. 

&#63743;
Symbol Description HTML Entity Code Point Unicode Name
Apple &#x63743; U+2318 Apple Logo
Command &#x2318; U+2318 PLACE OF INTEREST SIGN
Option (alt) &#x2325; U+2325 OPTION KEY
Control (ctrl) &#x2303; U+2303 UP ARROWHEAD
Shift &#x21E7; U+21E7 UPWARDS WHITE ARROW
Caps Lock &#x21EA; U+21EA UPWARDS WHITE ARROW FROM BAR
Return &#x21A9; U+21A9 LEFTWARDS ARROW WITH HOOK
Enter &#x2324; U+2324 UP ARROWHEAD BETWEEN TWO HORIZONTAL BARS
Delete &#x232B; U+232B ERASE TO THE LEFT
Forward Delete &#x2326; U+2326 ERASE TO THE RIGHT
Escape (esc) &#x238B; U+238B BROKEN CIRCLE WITH NORTHWEST ARROW
Menu Item &#x25B8; U+25B8 BLACK RIGHT-POINTING SMALL TRIANGLE
Eject &#x23CF; U+23CF EJECT SYMBOL
Power &#x233D; U+233D APL FUNCTIONAL SYMBOL CIRCLE STILE
Tab &#x21E5; U+21E5 RIGHTWARDS ARROW TO BAR
Page Up &#x21DE; U+21DE UPWARDS ARROW WITH DOUBLE STROKE
Page Down &#x21DF; U+21DF DOWNWARDS ARROW WITH DOUBLE STROKE
Home &#x2196; U+2196 NORTH WEST ARROW
End &#x2198; U+2198 SOUTH EAST ARROW
Left Arrow &#x2190; U+2190 LEFTWARDS ARROW
Right Arrow &#x2192; U+2192 RIGHTWARDS ARROW
Up Arrow &#x2191; U+2191 UPWARDS ARROW
Down Arrow &#x2193; U+2193 DOWNWARDS ARROW
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Setup Google Contacts on My New iPad

I sent new iPads to my mom and sisters. They loved them. Such an easy setup, right out of the box! However, there was one problem. They couldn’t figure out how to get their Google Contacts to show up! Here’s instructions for them, and you, on how to setup your Gmail to sync Google Contacts, Calendars and Email on your iPad or iPhone using Exchange.

How Do I Get My Google Contacts on My New iPad?

Apple iPad and Google Contacts

If you setup your Gmail account when you pulled your iPad out of the box, then it set up that account in a manner that doesn’t allow you to sync your Google Contacts, Calendar, Notes and Mail. No worries! It’s an easy fix!

We just have to delete your existing Google Account and setup a new one. All your data remains safe at Google, and will sync again when we’re done!

Remove Existing Google Account

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendar
  3. Select your Google Gmail account
  4. Tap Delete Account—don’t worry, your data is safe with Google—you’re just disconnecting from the account!

Setup Google Exchange Account

  1. In Settings, under Mail, Contacts, Calendar
  2. Tap Add Account
  3. Tap Microsoft Exchange
  4. Enter your Gmail email address (or Google Apps email)
  5. Leave domain blank
  6. Enter your email address as user name and enter your Gmail password.
  7. Tap Next.
  8. Once Server field appears enter m.google.com.
  9. Tap Next and turn on the Google features you want to sync:
  • Mail
  • Contacts
  • Calendars
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Mac Screenshots Shortcuts, Folder & Options

Mac Keyboard Shortcut to take Screenshot and Copy to Clipboard

Mac Screenshot Keyboard ShortCuts

Copy to Clipboard

Full Screen—to copy & paste, but not save as file!

⌘ Command + Control + Shift + 3

Selectionmy favorite shortcut!

⌘ Command + Control + Shift + 4

Application Window

⌘ Command + Control + Shift + 4 and then Spacebar

Save as File

Full Screen

⌘ Command + Shift + 3

Selection

⌘ Command + Shift + 4

Application Window

⌘ Command + Shift + 4 and hit Spacebar

Customize Mac Screenshot Folder

  1. Create or locate the folder you’d like to save screenshots to. I use a folder in my Home Directory called Screenshots.
  2. Open Terminal. It’s in Utilties, and can be opened via Spotlight.
    ⌘ Command + Spacebar Terminal
  3. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal, but—wait!—don’t hit enter yet! Be sure to include the space that is at the end of the line.
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture location
  4. Now, drag and drop the folder you wish you save screenshots to onto the Terminal window. This will insert the folder location into the command line.
  5. Click Enter to submit the command.
  6. Finally, copy and paste the line below into Terminal. It resets Terminal making your change effective immediately.
    killall SystemUIServer
  7. Click Enter to submit the command. Close Terminal—you’re ready to go!

Change Screenshot Default File Name Prefix

By default, Mac screenshots are saved using the prefix “Screen Shot”. You can change the default screenshot file name prefix:

  1. Open Terminal. It’s in Utilties, and can be opened via Spotlight.
    ⌘ Command + Spacebar Terminal
  2. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal and hit Enter. Replace ScreenShot with whatever prefix you prefer.
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture name ScreenShot
  3. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal. It resets Terminal making your change effective immediately.
    killall SystemUIServer
  4. Click Enter to submit the command. Close Terminal—you’re ready to go!

Change Default Screenshot File Type

By default, Mac screenshots are saved as .png files. You can change the default screenshot filetype:

  1. Open Terminal. It’s in Utilties, and can be opened via Spotlight.
    ⌘ Command + Spacebar Terminal
  2. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal and hit Enter. Replace png with whatever filetype you prefer.
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png
  3. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal. It resets Terminal making your change effective immediately.
    killall SystemUIServer
  4. Click Enter to submit the command. Close Terminal—you’re ready to go!

Help! Where are my screenshots? Where is my screenshot folder? My screenshot folder is missing!

Note: If you ever delete your screenshots folder you must reset the folder location using the above instructions.

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Steve Jobs Died

REPRINTED FROM GAWKER ARTICLE

In the days after Steve Jobs’ death, friends and colleagues have, in customary fashion, been sharing their fondest memories of the Apple co-founder. He’s been hailed as “a genius” and “the greatest CEO of his generation” by pundits and tech journalists. But a great man’s reputation can withstand a full accounting. And, truth be told, Jobs could be terrible to people, and his impact on the world was not uniformly positive.

We mentioned much of the good Jobs did during his career earlier. His accomplishments were far-reaching and impossible to easily summarize. But here’s one way of looking at the scope of his achievement: It’s the dream of any entrepreneur to effect change in one industry. Jobs transformed half a dozen of them forever, from personal computers to phones to animation to music to publishing to video games. He was a polymath, a skilled motivator, a decisive judge, a farsighted tastemaker, an excellent showman, and a gifted strategist.

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What about—Jobs?

I just heard about Jobs.

This July at 07:06:08 am in the morning I won the bid on eBay for the Jim Henson Think Different educational edition poster.

Think Different. Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog. Apple (Angela Glass) Taken on August 8, 2011, Draper Villas, La Jolla, CA, US Apple iPhone 4

Think Different. Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog. Apple (Angela Glass)

Think Different. Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog. Apple

For me, it was my “arrival”. My escape from the corporate beast and into creativity.

Except—who is going to take care of the dreamers then?

Are you staying at Apple? I would love to come work there, and I’m going to reach out to Biki to see what’s what.

But I wanted to know if you’d be sticking around. Something about the desire to work with —, even if we aren’t —.

Photo by Angela Glass taken August 8, 2011Draper Villas, La Jolla, CA, US Apple iPhone 4

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Religion,

Vic on Jobs

Just a blurb about one of our ‘brothers’ in the valley; Vic is an elder at his local Kingdom Hall, this is the “religious services” referred to in the article (below).

Steve laughed. He said, “Vic, unless the Caller ID said ‘GOD’, you should never pick up during services”.

I used to work near him, and directly with someone he deeply respects at Microsoft… and I always wondered if he knew who I was. I’m pretty sure I was just someone’s girlfriend, if he knew I existed at all. “This little light of mine…” Sometimes the person you stand next to shines brighter than you do!

In any case, I saw this post and was moved to find out that whether Jobs believe in heaven or hell—or thinks he’s just dead—at least, he took respect for worship and faith with him to the grave. Continue reading

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Are You There God? It's Me, Gidget, Neuroscience, Technology, Writing

Creative Tools Specification

Stephen Jenvey, as per my style I am listening to waves crash to some

[thesaurus: words for beautiful sounds; retrieve:images, music; sort: color, timbre; todo:look for a better word here. i’m trying to capture how magical it is to be able to think freely and design the future because you can see clearly, now the rain is gone.]

does that designer language speak to your interface?

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Sync Facebook Events with Google Calendar & iCal

I live and die by my calendar, so when Facebook Events weren’t showing up in my calendar I wasn’t showing up at Facebook Events… Here’s how to get Facebook Events to sync with your Google Calendar. Be sure to also check out how to sync your Google Calendar, iCal, and iPhone. Continue reading

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How to Keep your iPhone, Mac Address Book, iCal & Google in Sync

Are you a PC?

Sorry hon, but this post isn’t for you, but go check out O2g to sync Microsoft Outlook or Palm to Google and Google Sync to sync to your phone.

Google Sync for your iPhone

If you haven’t already, be sure to read Google Sync for your iPhone.

Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.

Mac Address Book & Google Contacts Sync

You can sync contacts in your Mac Address Book with your Google Contacts.

If you sync your address book with multiple Mac computers, use just one of those computers to sync with Google Contacts. You can’t sync contacts from an Exchange 2007 or Mac OS X Server account with Google Contacts.

  1. Choose Address Book > Preferences, click Accounts, choose On My Mac in your list of accounts, and then click Account Information.
  2. Select the “Synchronize with Google” checkbox.
  3. Read the advisory information and then click Agree to continue.
  4. Enter your Google Account information (such as yourusername@gmail.com or, for Google Apps customers, yourusername@yourcompanyname.com) and password, and then click OK.
    • You can sync only one Google account.
    • When the account name and password you entered are confirmed, the dialog disappears. You can close Address Book preferences now if you want.
  5. To do a manual sync, click the Sync menu in the menu bar and choose Sync Now.
    • To add the Sync menu to the menu bar, open iSync, choose iSync > Preferences, and then select “Show status in menu bar.”

If you change your Google account name or password, click the Configure button to use the new account name or password to sync your contact information.

If lots of changes are detected during syncing, an alert is displayed and you can choose to continue or cancel the sync.

Read more information on Google Sync for Contacts.

iCal & Google Calendar Sync

You can set up your Google calendar as a calendar account in iCal. Then you can use iCal to access and manage your Google Calendar.

To set up a Google Account in iCal:

  1. Choose iCal > Preferences and click Accounts.
  2. To add a new account, click the Add (+) button in the lower-left corner.
  3. Enter your Google email address and password, and then click Create.

How to Sync Multiple Calendars

  • If you’d like to enable multiple calendars to sync from your Google Account, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to http://m.google.com/sync.
    2. Sign in with your account and select your iPhone to configure Calendars.
  • If you use Google Apps, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to http://m.google.com.
    2. Click on Google Apps user? at the bottom of the screen.
    3. Enter your domain name (e.g., YourDomain.com).
    4. Click the Sync icon in your domain area (this section has a green background). Sign in if required.
    5. Select your iPhone to configure Calendars.
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Google Sync for your iPhone

Have you ever wished you could just have everything automagically kept in sync, between your iPhone, your computer, and your Google account? Yup, me too.

That exactly what Google Sync with Exchange is. Setup is fast and easy, and you get to keep your entire world in sync, for free.

MobileMe is similar, but not free. However, it’s important to note that the $99/year MobileMe subscription includes a feature to help find your iPhone in case it’s stolen. Handy.

I have my iPhone setup with Google Sync. On my Mac, Address Book & iCal are also set to sync with Google as well. That means my iPhone, Mac Address Book and Google are always up-to-date. I can add a contact or appointment to my iPhone and it shows up everywhere.

Interested? Here’s how to setup Google Sync for your iPhone. (Here’s Google’s official instructions, but mine are better!)

Getting Started

First, you should back up your iPhone. It’s not required, but it’s not a bad idea.

To ensure that Contacts and Calendars from your iPhone are backed up to your computer, perform a sync with iTunes. You can learn more about backing up your contacts and calendars from Google.

    Create an Exchange Account

    On your iPhone, open the Settings application, and Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

  1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone’s home screen.
  2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Select Microsoft Exchange.

  4. Tap Add Account…
  5. Select Microsoft Exchange.
  6. Enter Account Information

    Enter Your Account Info Verifying. Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.

  7. Enter your Account Information, and tap Next.
    • Email: Enter your full Google Account email address. (e.g. yourusername@gmail.com)
      • If you use an @googlemail.com address, you may see an “Unable to verify certificate” warning when you proceed to the next step.
    • Domain: Leave this field blank.
    • Username: Enter your full Google Account email address. (e.g. yourusername@gmail.com)
    • Password: Enter your Google Account password.
    • Description: Enter Google Sync.
  8. Enter the Server

    When the new Server field appears, enter m.google.com. Press Next to continue.

  9. Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.
  10. Server: Enter m.google.com. This field seemingly appears out of nowhere. 🙂
  11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.
  12. Select Google Services to Sync

    Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.

  13. Select the Google services—Mail, Calendar, and Contacts—you want to sync.
  14. Keep or Delete & Replace iPhone Contacts?

  15. Choose whether to Keep or Delete & Replace your existing iPhone contacts.Are all your contacts saved in Google Contacts already?
    • If yes, choose Delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars and they will be replaced with your Google Contacts. (See note)
    • If not, select the Keep on My iPhone option when prompted. This choice will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes (which we are replacing with Google Sync, so it’s not required at all).

    Google My Contacts vs. Google All Contacts

    Google Contacts contains “My Contacts” (contacts you added yourself), and “All Contacts” (both My Contacts and the contacts Google suggests for you from your email). There are also three default groups which you cannot delete, but do not sync to your phone—Friends, Family, Coworkers.

    • If you want to sync only the Google My Contacts group, you must choose to Delete Existing Contacts.
    • If you choose Keep on My iPhone to keep existing contacts, it will sync the contents of the Google All Contacts group.
      • If there are no contacts on your phone, the contents of the Google All Contacts group will be synced.

      Return to reading about the choice to Keep or Delete existing contacts.

    To Keep or Not to Keep, that is the question...

How to Sync Multiple Calendars

  • If you’d like to enable multiple calendars to sync from your Google Account, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to http://m.google.com/sync.
    2. Sign in with your account and select your iPhone to configure Calendars.
  • If you use Google Apps, follow these steps:
    1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to http://m.google.com.
    2. Click on Google Apps user? at the bottom of the screen.
    3. Enter your domain name (e.g., YourDomain.com).
    4. Click the Sync icon in your domain area (this section has a green background). Sign in if required.
    5. Select your iPhone to configure Calendars.

Congratulations!

You’ve successfully set up Google Sync! Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your iPhone. You can also open the Mail, Calendar or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.

Be sure to check out How to Keep your iPhone, Mac Address Book, iCal & Google in Sync.

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iPhone “Cannot Connect to Voicemail Call AT&T”

See also: AT&T Voicemail Not Working?

If you restore your iPhone or otherwise swap your SIM card to a different iPhone you’ll likely get the “Cannot Connect to Voicemail” message on your visual voicemail screen which tells you to call AT&T.

If you’re like me, you’d rather fix it yourself and save the time of the phone call.

Here’s how to fix your iPhone voicemail when it says it cannot connect:

  1. Call your own phone number from the phone, which will take it to your voicemail inbox.
  2. Press * to enter into the menu options.
  3. Press the option to go into Personals Settings.
  4. Press the option to go into Administrative Settings.
  5. Press the option for Password Settings.
  6. Set a new password. You likely will have forgotten your old one, but you don’t need to know it to set a new one.
  7. After successfully setting your password, hang up.
  8. Go get a drink, or reboot the phone. Give it a second to notice the change.
  9. A strange little dialog will pop up (within 2 minutes) asking for your voicemail password.

After you successfully enter the new password you’ll be able to access your voicemail once again.

Next post will be on how to rescue your iTurd. Yeah, I suppose it’s easy to guess why I was swapping my SIM card out. 🙂

Cheers!

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How to Download Music from your iPod

Have you ever wondered, “how do I download my music from my iPod”? Follow these instructions if you have any iPod except the iPhone or iPod Touch. (Those devices cannot be connected as an external drive without being jailbroken… I’m not into that.)

You can download your music following the instructions below, but it will not retain things like playlists, ratings, play counts, skip counts, last played dates and last skipped dates. It’s just your music files. Also, your music will be weird file names, but don’t worry when you reimport iTunes can use the ID3 tags and the “Keep iTunes Music folder organized” settings to properly rename and organized the files into neat and tidy folders again. Lastly, since you can’t tell one music file from another, it’s an all or nothing kind of thing. You download all the music from the iPod and can sort it out later.

Enable your iPod for Disk Use

  1. First, enable your iPod for disk use. To do so, connect your iPod to iTunes and select your iPod from the iTunes Sources menu. On the Summary tab, check the box labelled “Enable Disk Use”.

Next, is your iPod and your computer Windows or Mac formatted?

Instructions for downloading music from a Windows formatted iPod to Windows

 

  1. With your iPod enabled for Disk Use, you should be able to view it in your Windows Explorer as a drive. Double click on it to explore it’s contents, and see if you have a iPod_Control folder.
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  3. If not, you need to enable “Show Hidden Files”. If you do, skip to the next step. To show hidden files, in Windows Explorer select Tools, Folder Options and select the Show hidden files and folders radio button.
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  5. You should be able to see the iPod_Control folder. (If not, go back a step.) Double click on it to view the Music folder. This is where all your music is.
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  7. Copy the Music folder over to your hard drive (for instance on your desktop).
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Instructions for downloading music from a Mac formatted iPod to Mac

 

  1. With your iPod enabled for Disk Use, your iPod should now be connected as a drive in Finder.
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  3. Now you need to enable viewing hidden files. Open Terminal (in your Applications) and enter each line below at the command prompt (hit enter after each line):defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

    killall Finder

    Later, repeat this step replacing “TRUE” with “FALSE” to turn off viewing hidden files.

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  5. Select the iPod_Control folder to view the Music folder. This is where all your music is.
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  7. Copy the Music folder over to your hard drive (for instance on your desktop).
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Reimport Music and Sync iPod

Finally, reimport your music from this folder into iTunes by going to File, Add to Library and selecting the Music folder you copied to your hard drive.

A note for Mac Users: Your music files are still marked as hidden files (even if you can view them) and iTunes can’t import them. To get around this, you can do a search for all your .mp3 (and your other various music file types) in the new folder and drag and drop the search results into iTunes. Voila!

You may want to check that your settings are set to Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library and Keep iTunes Music folder organized in the iTunes advanced preferences.

Now it’s safe to “Erase and Sync” your iPod next time you connect it to iTunes. It will replace all the files currently on the iPod with the new library you just set up.

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I love this iPhone case!

I love my iPhone case! It’s the iPhone 3G Luxe from iFrogz, mine is magenta. Not only does it feel great in your hand–velvety smooth–but I don’t worry about my iPhone slipping out of my hand and getting damaged! It’s sleek, not adding as much bulk to the phone as other cases I’ve tried. I also love the way the case slides on with a seamless curved joint–a nice design touch. In any case, I have gotten so many compliments and questions about my iPhone cover I realized I should share the deets!

At first, I had a clear case that was just too bulky, so I gave it up, took it off, and went without. Then I was devastated when I dropped my perfect phone on the aptly named Alpine Street in San Francisco and watched it slip and slide several yards down the concrete as the back of the phone got entirely scratched up. That’s when I found this case. I’ve dropped my phone several times since, and the case absorbs the damage protecting my phone, and still looks great.

One side note, the colored portion of the case does rub off on the edges eventually, but I’m so happy with the case I’m just ordering another one!

Interested in getting a new case for your beloved iPhone? You must check out this one! Best yet, when I went to order my second one, I noticed that it’s really cheap on Amazon AND eligible for free super saver shipping! 🙂

iPhone 3G Luxe from iFrogz

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Copying Playlists with iTunes and Media Player

I have four iPods (five if you count the brick stashed in the bottom the drawer somewhere), but also love to rock Windows Media Center (on Vista) on my gorgeous 52″ Sony Bravia flat screen television. (I bet mine is bigger than yours!) This leaves me with one problem. I make playlists in WMP for playing while I’m hanging around the house… but then wish I had them on my iPod, or vice versa.

While I’m hopeful there’s some script or tiny shareware program somewhere that’ll let me just keep the two in sync, I haven’t really had the time to go searching for it. (If you find one, please let me know!) But, I did find these instructions for creating a playlist from one application in the other. Note, this creates two completely separate and unsynced playlists… it’s not much, but that takes care of my simplest desire.

Instructions

(care of iLounge)

Windows Media Player (WMP/Media Center) to iTunes

  1. Save your WMP playlists as M3U files. Use the “Save Playlist As” option from the list pane when you’re editing the playlist. Then change the “Save as type:” field from WPL (the default) to M3U and also specify the name and location of the file.
  2. Open Windows Explorer to the directory where you saved the M3U file.
  3. Open iTunes alongside Windows Explorer.
  4. Drag the M3U file from Windows Explorer to the PLAYLISTS section of iTunes. (If you want to create it as a new playlist be sure to drop it in the left-hand pane under the PLAYLISTS section.) This process will then read the M3U file and create the playlist in iTunes.

iTunes to Windows Media Player

  1. Open both iTunes and WMP.
  2. In WMP make sure you have an empty list pane shown to receive the playlist. In WMP 11 the list pane can be hidden and you can show the list pane by clicking the left arrow up next to the search box.
  3. In iTunes click on the playlist you want to convert to WMP to bring it up the full song list.
  4. Highlight all the songs you want to convert to the WMP playlist. (Basically just click on the first song and ctrl+A, or then shift+click on the last song, to select them all.)
  5. Drag all the songs from iTunes to the list pane in WMP.
  6. Save the playlist in WMP.
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Full Screen Size Images for Contacts on iPhone

Update 6.2010: I'm testing out Ensoul for Mac by Macpaw, a free download, for full screen iPhone contacts and more!

 

I set images for a few of my contacts using MobileMe’s web interface (www.me.com). I was terribly disappointed to see that they showed up as just tiny thumbnails in the top right corner! Where were the full screen sized gorgeous photos like on the commercial?!

A little digging and I figured it out. Find the glamorous photos of each of your friends (from sites like Flickr or your own personal collection) and then follow the instructions below.

How to get Full Screen Size Photos for iPhone Contacts

Full sized images come from assigning a photo to a contact on the iPhone. To do this…

  • In iPhoto set up a new album. I named mine “Contacts”. In this album put all the photos you’d like to use for your contacts. I suggest 1200×1600 sized photos because that’s what the iPhone photos are (so you’ll get a consistent experience).
  • In iTunes, sync this album to your iPhone.
  • On the iPhone, go to Photos, and select a photo and push the button on the bottom left of the screen. Select “Assign to Contact”.

After you’re finished assigning the image to the contact, you can remove (by not syncing the image/album through iTunes) the photo while it still leaves your contact image intact.

…or, if you’d prefer…

Small Thumbnail Photos for Contacts

To have just thumbnails, set up all your images for contacts using your email client on the Mac, or the MobileMe website.

From Small to Full Size Contact Photos in iPhone
What if you have small thumbnails from syncing from Outlook or MobileMe and you want to make them big? Easy—well sort of, it’s one-by-one!—you just have edit each iPhone contact by following these steps…

  1. Go to “Edit” the contact
  2. Tap on the contact’s photo
  3. Tap “Edit Photo”
  4. Tap “Set Photo”
  5. Tap “Done”
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AT&T Voicemail Not Working?

See also: iPhone “Cannot Connect to Voicemail Call AT&T”.

I used the call forwarding feature on my Windows Mobile 6 SmartPhone when I was about to board a flight and was worried about missing a very important phone call. I successfully had it set up to forward all calls to my friend, but when I landed I found out that my voice mail was screwed up.

When my friends rolled over to voice mail, they would get this message: “Welcome to AT&T voice mail. We need more information to direct your call to the appropriate voice mail box. To leave a message, please dial the 10 digit phone number to the person your trying to call. If you have a mailbox on this system, please press #.”

Have this problem? Don’t despair! There is a code you can dial from your phone which turns off call forwarding, and reconnects you to the tower. Ultimately, it fixed this issue for me.

Dial #002# and “send” or the “call” button. It should come back and say “Succeeded”. Then have a friend test your voice mail.

Still have issues? Call AT&T Customer Service from a different phone than your cell phone at 1-800-331-0500. Have them check to make sure that your voice mail forwarding feature is turned on. (It is a feature you can turn off and on.)

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Are You There God? It's Me, Gidget, Culture, Technology

The Internet, Mass Media Pervasiveness

The Internet is a pervasive medium that enhances personal communication, access to information, and freedom of speech, while making obsolete borders, reversing isolation even as it reduces tactile and direct experiences with real people, which retrieves a sense of tribalism a global village.

By means of the Internet, the ways in which we can communicate have been forever enhanced. The Internet is here to stay and it will ever continue to grow in popularity. Continue reading

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Culture

The Other Box that Changed the World

It’s been called a phenomenon. It’s been praised as a piece of highly desirable innovative design. It’s been regarded as inferior and hard to use. It became an instant pop icon and has changed the streets of every metro city in the country. Beyond its significant price tag, substantial amounts of money is spent accessorizing this accessory. It’s sleek and smaller than a breadbox, it’s about the size of your hand. Its translucent white case with stainless steel back lays the foundation for its undeniably powerful brand.
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The Skinny on the iPod Battery

Simple Guidelines for iPod Battery Usage (as taken from BatteryUniversity.com)

Avoid frequent full discharges because this puts additional strain on the battery. Several partial discharges with frequent recharges are better for lithium-ion than one deep one.

Recharging a partially charged lithium-ion does not cause harm because there is no memory. (In this respect, lithium-ion differs from nickel-based batteries.)

Although memory-free, apply a deliberate full discharge once every 30 charges to calibrate batteries with fuel gauge (the battery life indicator). Running down the battery in the equipment does this. If ignored, the fuel gauge will become increasingly less accurate. The battery life will not be affected.

Keep the lithium-ion battery cool. Avoid a hot car. Short battery life in a laptop is mainly caused by heat rather than charge/discharge patterns.

For prolonged storage, keep the battery at a 40% charge level.

Info on replacing the battery yourself, and for twice the play time.

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iPod

I bought a 40GB iPod yesterday. Had it engraved. Can’t wait until it arrives.

Went to Death Cab for Cutie show Tuesday night, and Wilco last night. First time for both. Eddie Vedder came out and sang “Obey your Mind” with Death Cab during their encore. Wilco, well, they blew my mind. The best show I’ve ever been to.

Oh, and just wanted to say hi to my one member fan club. Miss me? I was thinking of you, and all the lonely days you come to the site and find it without a new entry… how disappointing it must be each day with nothing new to bash. This one is just for you!

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