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THAT's the "One More Thing"?

I'm as big an Apple fan boy as anyone. Well, bigger, actually,

But Safari on Windows is the lamest "One More Thing" from a keynote ever.


Bad Alert Dialog Design by Adobe

Check this image out. It came up on my screen this afternoon.


Now, what if I didn't want to restart the download?

And no, there wasn't a "quit" option in the menu bar, either.

Bad, bad design.


Alltel's Answer to the iPhone?

Alltel messages cell
Alltel doesn't build hardware of course. Anything they do has to be from the "back end"– the services they supply. With their new "celltop" service, it looks like they want to add lots of eye candy to the phones that can handle it.


Vista Doesn't Trust You

Here are yet more reasons to buy a Mac instead of a new PC when you realize your current computer won't run the new Microsoft operating system.

It really does seem that Microsoft thinks its customers are suckers too dumb to avoid buying things that are bad for them.

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How to Ruin Your Monitor

  1. Take a sip of whatever you're drinking.
  2. Watch this Apple video.
  3. Time it so that the last line of it comes right as you're trying to swallow.

Seriously, this is as close as I've ever come to doing a spit take on my computer.

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Handy Method of Escaping a Verizon Contract

This script can get you out of your Verizon cell contract if you have text as part of your service but don't have a separate text plan add on.

You know, in case you have some reason you might want to switch to some other carrier. Cingular, for example.

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Why I'm Still Using an Old Cell Phone

This story about the Apple iPhone makes me impatient for the beginning of 2007. I sure wish I could get to MacWorld in San Francisco. I just hope that whatever phone they put out, it is able to pull some decent signal at my house. I live in a pretty rural area, even though we're not that far from the interstate.


Amazon Unbox Doesn't Trust You. Don't Trust Amazon Unbox

I'll bet you never read the "terms and service" agreements that almost everyone forces on you before you use their product.

If you're considering using the Amazon Unbox movie service, be glad that the folks at Boing Boing have taken the trouble to read and analyze it for you:

Boing Boing: Amazon Unbox to customers: Eat shit and die

For example, here's his analysis of their "privacy" terms:

Amazon says it respects your privacy, but this clause tells the real story. Click "I agree" and you've just signed away permission for Amazon to wiretap all of your viewing habits, and to search your entire hard drive continuously and report back on all the software you've installed. The entertainment industry can produce a blacklist of legal software that it just doesn't care for -- say, software that lets you take screenshots, or screen-movies -- and refuse to allow your movies to run if you've installed it. In other words, this clause lets Hollywood specify how you must configure your PC.


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Vista Hardware Requirements

If you're planning on buying new hardware to run Micro$oft's VISTA operating system (whenever it manages to come out) here's a reason you might want to rethink that PC purchase. Do I really need to tell you what I think you would be better off with?

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