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Verizon Wireless Early Termination Fee Settlement

Posted on: 2008-09-27 14:36:41

Wow... this is pretty cool. Looks like anyone who got charged an Early Termination Fee between July 23, 1999 thru August 10, 2008 might be eligible for a settlement.

Go to "http://www.verizonetfsettlement.com/":http://www.verizonetfsettlement.com/ for more information. I filled out mine this morning!

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iPhone Functionality Wishlist

Posted on: 2008-09-24 17:31:04

A list things which would be really nice to have for the iPhone:

h2. Using the iPhone as a remote monitor (of sorts)

While docked, for instance, you could have CPU, Memory, HDD, etc usage running on your phone. Apps could use the phone for extra input or space. You could play music on your main machine and have it do visualization. Download managers can talk to the phone and show throughput, etc. Xtorrent could put it's "finished" display on there. Just some ideas.

h2. Phone Integration

  • Music fades (like it does when listening on the phone) on your machine when you get a call. I love this feature when I'm using it in my car. It would be great if it did it while docked to your machine (or over bluetooth).
  • Caller-ID pops up on your screen when you get a call. Again, would be nice.
  • Ability to make answer the phone from your machine.
  • Send txt messages from an interface on your computer. Need I say more?
  • Auto-lock when you step away from the computer.

h2. Data Export

I would love to be able to export my call data (or have it show up in Address book under notes). When working with clients, it would be nice to be able to just import call logs and have the times associated with each client so you know how much time you talk to them on the phone.

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A Question To Everyone Who Downloaded Spore

Posted on: 2008-09-20 20:17:39

Spore has become the "“Most Pirated Game Ever Thanks To DRM”":http://torrentfreak.com/spore-most-pirated-game-ever-thanks-to-drm-080913/. I understand and can't say that I would not do the same thing considering the circumstances.

"Erick Schonfeld from TechCrunch explains":http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/09/14/spore-and-the-great-drm-backlash/:

The DRM that comes with the official game only allows customers to use it on three machines (after that you have to call EA for permission to activate the game on additional machines). This is nothing more than an inconvenience. Gamers, in general, are more likely to have more than one computer, and to cycle through computers faster than other PC owners because they always want the latest, greatest, and fastest machines. Many will hit that three-machine limit quickly.

Maybe EA should join the rest of the entertainment industry in coming up with a consistent DRM policy. Unlike iTunes, which imposes a five-machine limit on most purchased songs and movies, there is no way to associate new machines or disassociate old ones from your account online. You have to call. That does not scale.

It now appears that EA has "gotten the message":http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/09/14/1510217, and has vowed to "make some changes":http://pc.ign.com/articles/908/908755p1.html:

bq. Electronic Arts' highly-anticipated real-time strategy game, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, is going to ease up on its digital rights management (DRM). While Red Alert 3 will still use SecuROM, the same copy protection that Electronic Arts Los Angeles has used for its last three C&C titles, Red Alert 3 will up the installation limit from three to five...

In regards to Spore, a company spokesperson has promised a patch in the "near future" (from "MTV Multiplayer Blog":http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2008/09/16/spore-drm-update-ea-loosening-one-restriction/", via "PaidContent":http://www.paidcontent.org/entry/419-ea-admits-drm-restrictions-spoiled-spore-launch/).

Assuming EA fixes these problems and adopts a less draconian DRM policy, will you go out and purchase the game?

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Apple, Please Give Me Picture Messages

Posted on: 2008-09-20 18:22:51

Normally, I'm not much of a complainer. But this is one of those things that I was sure would have eventually been fixed by now. Perhaps my thought process is lacking something.

Why doesn't the iPhone have Multimedia messaging? I can e-mail photos, "“text smarter than any smartphone,”":http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/sms.html and watch Youtube but I can't get a picture of my little brother and Jordan with funny masks on at the halloween store sent from another mobile phone. It is rather ridiculous.

To add insult to injury, whenever you actually do receive an MMS, AT&T sends you a link to a site called "viewmymessage.com":http://www.viewmymessage.com/en/legacy/login.jsp. This would be a fair trade-off for the time being if it actually worked. It doesn't. To view messages sent to your iPhone, you have to have patience to wait for the site to load and a device that can run flash. The site doesn't even attempt to load on my iPhone.

Earlier, on the picture in question, it took 2 attempts about 70 seconds to view a small, hard to see picture that I can't save to my machine. Simply unacceptable.

It's no consolation that I know I'm "not":http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=396145 "the":http://www.everythingicafe.com/forum/general-discussion/viewmymessage-sucks-10683.html "only":http://forums.wirelessadvisor.com/at-and-t-wireless-users/61896-viewmymessage-com-not-working.html "one":http://ouinsider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56436 "that":http://forums.macworld.com/thread/87942 "feels":http://www.futureforecast.com/dansdiner/2007/12/where-iphone-really-sucks.html "this":http://www.digitalgangster.com/4um/showthread.php?t=51700 "way":http://friendfeed.com/e/ccac105e-4857-462d-bb9e-ac1415eb47aa/Still-no-MMS-on-iPhone-3G-That-is-disappointing/.

Apple is always about the experience, and to be honest, this experience sucks.

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Voice Messaging Done Right With Vontoo.com

Posted on: 2008-09-17 22:38:39

Tuesday, 11:55 AM, my boss comes into my office and tells me that he needs to broadcast a message to all of our agents. After some google searches, I finally landed at "Vontoo.com":http://vontoo.com/. Their site was clean, sign-up was pretty impressive, and the overall experience from their site and service has made me feel good about recommending them and talking about them.

Their "account creation process":http://www.vontoo.com/try-it.shtml is really cool. You type in your name, phone number, password, etc... and then the system calls you. You hit '1' on your phone to verify your information, and about 3-4 seconds later, your screen refreshes and you are automatically logged into their website. Awesome!

Their member area is very clean. Their "express" version (the version I signed up for) is very simple and straightforward. The same processes that one would use with sending a mass e-mail marketing messages applies, except it's even easier. One of the coolest things by far is the statistics.

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Very nice being able to see how well it performed. Billing is done by minutes, a minute for each call, basically. You can do pre-paid or look at their advanced accounts.

If you've got the need to do phone-based mass communications, "Vontoo":http://vontoo.com/ is really great way to handle it! Their staff was friendly, support guys definitely helpful, and they definitely gave me the feeling of going "above and beyond." Check them out!

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Would You Rather Becomes SpeedDate

Posted on: 2008-09-15 08:35:42

Finally read about the Facebook Application "Would You Rather suddenly becoming SpeedDate":http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/O3J3gngSvxw/ on "TechCrunch":http://techcrunch.com/. What a slimy tactic. Why are applications even allowed to change their name? You would think they wouldn't allow it.

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Things Not To Twitter

Posted on: 2008-09-14 13:37:21

A few days ago some friends and I were talking about someone's wedding plans and joked that instead of getting it photographed, you could just live blog/twitter it. That is probably not the best way to handle a wedding, but it is even less of a good way to handle "a 3 year old's funeral":http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/YDfAWenlTTo/things-better-left-off-twitter-the-funeral-of-a-3-year-old-boy

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Trying Yammer...

Posted on: 2008-09-12 11:07:27

"Yammer":http://yammer.com/ seems to be pretty cool. The idea (twitter, but limited to a company) is nifty, and definitely useful. Admin privileges only cost $1/mo./user. Interesting. Wish they had an iPhone app!

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Withdrawals

Posted on: 2008-09-09 20:03:12

A few months ago, I started taking Lexapro to help my anxiety... they worked great... until they didn't. Then my doctor switched me over to Cymbalta. After a few weeks, I started having crazy nightmares and insomnia. I visited my doctor last week and told him that I'd rather just get off of it. He said that since I was only on 10mg I could just stop taking it.

That was Thursday. That was my last dose. Sunday afternoon I started getting cold sweats, dizziness, nausea, etc. I slept most of that afternoon and evening. Monday morning I felt better and ended up going to work the next day. That lasted until right after lunch. I got even more dizzy and nauseous. Today I went to work and did great until vomiting right before lunch. I felt great, but after lunch ended up going to my girlfriend's house to sleep and couldn't wake up.

My body is sore, and I feel completely tired. I haven't driven any distance since Sunday. Worse yet, I've been reading that some people continue having these symptoms for weeks (not days).

I'm going to the doctor tomorrow... please pray that I can get over this crap soon.

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On The Road

Posted on: 2008-08-30 16:21:04

The card works great in Northeast Oklahoma. Heading to Baxter Springs and it's still going. Peaked down earlier at 1.67Mbits, and up at 435Kbits. Not too shabby.

It's been an interesting trip so far. Drove under the largest McDonalds in the U.S. Saw an über-mullet, and overheard some interesting things at a Wal-mart right after we got into Okahoma. Ate lunch at a Wendy's in Muskogee. Almost died when a car careened across the median into the northbound lane on 69. Got flipped off by a trucker on 44.

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