One of the most positive changes in my life is that besides our mortgage, Heather and I are totally debt free. We don't have payments to on credit cards*, cars, or loans of any kind. It is remarkable, so remarkable in fact that I'm going to help you get there. I'm going to put my … Read more Want to be debt free? I’ll give you the book. Literally.
Since my first post on piracy, I've been asked a few times to outline the programs I use day to day. Today I'm covering word processing and notes. I use a mix of online services and desktop programs. It sounds cumbersome, but it is pretty simple as each program has a specific use. For notes … Read more What I use for: Word Processing
Do you know someone that needs a technology makeover? Someone that hears things like Twitter, iPhone, HD, etc., and really wants to know how to leverage these things in their daily lives? I'm looking for freelancers, CXOs, or simply GSDers that have a strong desire to learn about, and embrace technology. I'll teach them about … Read more The Personal Technology Advisor
Today, I'm announcing a new startup. I've been working on this one for more than 20 years (is that still a Startup?), so I think it's finally time to unleash it. It already has a blog, a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and even a Flickr account. Soon it will have a video Podcast, and … Read more I’ve got a new Startup. What do you think?
I believe there is a direct correlation between success at home and our success as a country. If Americans are successful as both individuals and a families, and are left to focus on our personal growth, financial success, and a rewarding future, then the citizens of America can once again provide inspiration to their peers, … Read more Inspiration on the eve of the inauguration
Yes, I'm a die-hard iPhone user. I'll try to sell it to anyone that even pretends to be interested in the device – some might even say I go overboard. I even stood in line (OK, camped out overnight) for both iPhones. I was second in line for the first, and third in line for … Read more An iPhone killer I want. Apple, listen up.
Windows Mojave wasn't a marketing campaign for Vista. I believe it was a test. A test to see if the public's perception of Vista was guided purely by pundits and quick witted geeks that weren't up for a little change in their favorite operating system. Once actual end users experienced Vista (Mojave), they actually enjoyed … Read more Windows 7 is brilliant marketing.
According to Apple's built-in dictionary, the word integrity means: “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moraluprightness.” I also like this definition: “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking.” Over the past four and a half years, I've given this word a lot of thought. Exactly how does … Read more To buy, or not to buy? My views on pirated media and software.
If you're looking for the best iPhone weather app, look no further than The Weather Channel. This app is far easier to use, and from what I've seen more accurate than my previous favorite Weatherbug. The Weather Channel provides an hourly forecast, a 36 hour forecast, as well as the traditional 10 day forecast. Choosing … Read more The Weather Channel iPhone App
I wrote this as an email to a good friend of mine shortly after I returned from a 3 week family road road trip. I've tweaked it for public consumption, but for the most part remains the same. We traveled through 13 states (4,500 miles) to see family and just spend some time together. It … Read more The Depressed Southern Small Town Economy
In order to help survive poor business decisions made over the last 40 years, the big auto makers are seeking a federal bailout to the tune of $25 billion. I simply don't believe that it is the place of government to bail out failing companies. If a failing company is to survive, it is the … Read more The Perfect Solution for Detroit
I believe the days of operating system dependence have finally come to an end, and I'm ready to test it. I know, this is a little strange coming from me, but I think everyone should hear it (and Digg it!). A new era of technological independence is upon us – either of the two major … Read more Mac OS X or Windows Vista? Either will do, really.
I've been a Zend Studio user for a long, long time. Being a Mac user has made it interesting at times (we're still a server release behind, for example), but the productivity gains that using an IDE with a debugger gives me makes the occasional “suck” well worth it. There are others out there, but … Read more Zend Studio for Eclipse – No file extension as PHP
Tonight Microsoft released three new ads meant to answer Apple's “I'm a Mac” ads. The ads start with a John Hodgman look alike, but finish with a a number of real people doing real work with PCs. Business, creative, education, etc… they're all represented. Nice job Microsoft. I'm a PC could be a hit.
I've been using Twitteriffic on the iPhone since it was released. Sure, I've tried the others – Twittelator Pro and Twinkle – but neither of them were as comfortable as Twitteriffic to me. A couple of days ago I was looking at the new apps in the iTunes App Store and stumbled across TwitterFon. It … Read more TwitterFon – The best Twitter App on the iPhone
Several years ago I signed up for a service called .Mac (dot Mac). My intention with .Mac was to have an @mac email address for life, have a place to back up important files, and to have a way to sync bookmark/address book/calendar data with several computers. You know what? It did all of those … Read more What’s wrong with MobileMe?
Ok, so maybe I didn't create this super simple exercise program, but I can tell you that while doing this I lost over 40lbs. I went from around 215 to 170 doing this, combined with a pretty big change in my diet of course. Today, nearly 3 years later, I'm still at or less than … Read more Absolutely the easiest exercise program ever devised
This is an entry I made on the thefives blog. It summarizes everything succinctly. I wanted to give you all an update on the status of thefives.tv. The support for this project has been nothing short of amazing. We have 5 confirmed hosts, and three referrals that I've yet to hear from. Based on the … Read more thefives.tv : Five questions to ask a total stranger
It all started one summer, passing through New Mexico while driving from Colorado back to Texas. This whacked out but curiously logical guy was on the radio telling listeners how to get out of debt. I made a mental note that I'd like to be debt free, and intended to find him again. He was … Read more How we got out of debt: from $50k to $0 in less than a year.
After our successful modding of the Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset for use with the iPhone, I realized that there may be others interested in the pinouts for the iPhone headphone plug. I've seen other places that mention the external iPhone plug functions, but to do anything productive you need to know which colors go to … Read more iPhone Headphone plug pinouts
I came across something that is apparently being overlooked by the Windows based Thunderbird community. If you don't know, Thunderbird is a cross-platform, open source, feature rich email client. Windows isn't quite a first class citizen with Apple's MobileMe (yet), but it is a lot closer than it was when the service was known as … Read more The MobileMe Thunderbird Address Book Sync
The short answer? Yes. The iPhone will tether, and not just the 3G iPhone, the 1st gen iPhone will tether too. Setting up tethering with the iPhone is a bit technical, but I think you can handle it. The instructions below don't mention creating a new location in the network settings for this purpose, but … Read more Will the iPhone Tether? How to tether the iPhone 3G or EDGE
I've been looking for a decent pair of over the ear headphones – with a mic – for my iPhone. The closest I'd come is the Bose® Mobile On-Ear Headset – but they aren't over the ear – and they're a bit pricey compared to desktop headsets at $200. When the iPhone 3G was released, … Read more SUCCESS! Modified Fatal1ty desktop headset (with mic) for the iPhone
On Thursday July 31, 2008 Apple released iTunes 7.7.1 – which fixes bugs and improves performance. But wait, there's more. Upon further inspection of the strings in iTunes, I noticed a cool new setting available in the hidden preferences. If you had used my instructions for setting DeviceBackupsDisabled, the option to back your iPhone up … Read more Disable iTunes iPhone backup, updated for iTunes 7.7.1
With the release of iTunes 7.7.1, Apple has acknowledged that the backup process takes too long. See my new/updated post for iTunes 7.7.1 users. While I understand that some people like the idea of having a backup of everything on their phone, I'm comfortable knowing that I have backups of all of my important data … Read more Disable iTunes iPhone backup
I've been asked a number of times what my favorite iPhone apps are, and rather than telling everyone over and over, I thought I'd just share them here. 1 – Google Reader – Web AppThis is the only item in the list that isn't actually an application. I'm aware of exactly one RSS reader that … Read more My Top 5 iPhone Apps (and more!)
On Thursday, July 10th, like many other enthusiastic iPhone owners, I upgraded my 1st generation iPhone to the “leaked” 2.0 software. It was a blast, and I spent the entire day playing with the new features and the amazing apps that I suddenly had access to without jailbreaking. Now I'm the proud owner of a … Read more How to downgrade an iPhone from 2.0 to 1.1.4
I've been working from coffee shops and cafes for more than 15 years and I'd like to share some tips that may make your experience much better. If you have other tips or suggestions, add a comment, and I'll post a follow up entry soon. Bring the power – I carry two very useful power … Read more Practical tips from a long time cafe warrior
Here's a funny one. Imagine being able to ask a historical figure a question about life. You'd probably start with one figure, then add them as you find experts that want to participate. Of course this only works if you can get obsessed scholars to participate… but if they're that obsessed it wouldn't be too … Read more Ask a dead guy
I was listening to a podcast about a new concept for having news reported. The concept is that people put money into a pot, and when the pot reaches a given amount someone will write a story. The stories, from what I remember, aren't about typical local news, but more about local investigative journalism. One … Read more Where do you get your local news?
I'm in an unbelievably cool place. Not only can we (my friends the collective) come up with fantastic ideas, but we can actually build them, market them, and sell them. The network is the idea. So begins the curse. The curse is having these ideas and knowing that there is always something fun to do. … Read more The curse of being an idea guy
I've been participating in conversations around finding one's passion, then monetizing it as a means to improve your quality of life. If you're doing what you love, then the rest will come. This is Jon Sullivan. I've known Jon for years… I met him (and his now wife) while working in one of our “offices” … Read more Jon Sullivan. A man and his passion.
I've been AFK for quite a while, focusing my work time on HyperSites exclusively. It is better than ever as a result… but now it is time to spend my off hours building my passion. My passion is called Social Ingenuity. It is a huge project that centers directly in the social networking space. It … Read more Excitement and passion.
I've come up with a term, and I'd like to start a conversation around it. We're all familiar with the word “age.” Typically this word is used to mark a place in something's chronological progression. For example, I'll turn 39 next week. Or a bottle of wine is 39 years old. My americano is ten … Read more A new term, feedback please. 🙂
Great news for those of you that want to start building web apps that utilize the new client-side database storage system in HTML5… Webkit supports an initial implementation now. Check it out. Webkit is the open-source foundation of the Safari web browser. It is cross platform on the desktop (Mac and Windows), and has two … Read more Client side databases in HTML5 soon, Safari NOW.
My wife and I were up late this past Saturday night when a horribly produced commercial came on. It had a green background and some random person chanting nonsense about Ministry. See for yourself on Ministry's YouTube channel: The Last Sucker I have lots of music from Ministry, but none in my current listening ecosystem. … Read more Why the record labels are afraid of Apple.
Back in June of 2007 I wrote a post that asked a simple question: “Does your email inbox reflect your productivity level?”. I mentioned that I had just successfully cleaned out my inbox, and that I was going to keep it that way. Today, three months later, I still have zero (0) emails in my … Read more The unofficial Inbox Zero – It is spreading.
Today I decided to drop in on the Dr. Dobbs Life 2.0 Summit. It was packed… packed with people from all over the globe, across many time zones. The session I attended was the Introduction to LSL course. If you don't “get” Second Life and what it means to remote presence, then I encourage you … Read more Dr. Dobbs Life 2.0 Summit
For the past three years, my wife and I have had a group of friends over for dinner on Thursday evening. The intent is to relax with friends, have dinner (spaghetti, bread, dessert, beverages) and watch several time-shifted TV shows (Survivor, Hereos, Eureka, Smallville, Lost!, and Grey's Anatomy) and any other video content that the … Read more Survivorghetti, and the iPhone unlock?
Today Apple released the details of the iPhone Store Credit program. The process was simple, and effective. Simply visit the iPhone Store Credit site, enter your phone number, serial number, and the confirmation code that Apple will send via text message. If you qualify, you'll get a page with a bar code and some numbers … Read more The Apple iPhone Store Credit
Someone make textcastr.com please. Yes, the domain is available. The service is simple. A user creates an account at textcastr.com, enters their user names at twitter, pownce, facebook, etc. Textcastr.com provides their SMS short code to the user… messages sent to the short code are then relayed to the appropriate services. The way you get … Read more Someone make textcastr.com please.
If you can dedicate the time, I highly recommend participating in a Startup Weekend. The concept is simple… people gather from all disciplines of business to create a company and product within 56 hours. No one knows at 0 hour Friday what the idea is, yet everyone that participates gets equal ownership in the result. … Read more Startups, entrepreneurship, and user generated content?
In what I think is a totally unnecessary (but certainly welcomed) move Apple announced that they'll be giving the original owners of the 8GB iPhone a $100 store credit. As I mentioned in my previous post, if you're going to be an early adopter, eventually you're going to pay the price. I was perfectly OK … Read more iPhone price drop – and update
At Apple's fall special event, Steve Jobs introduced a whole new lineup of iPods. From the Shuffle to the iPod touch, everything was refreshed. But the big news for iPhone users is that the 8GB iPhone price dropped to $399 from $599. Now what? I'm an Apple user. I upgrade to the latest versions of … Read more The iPhone price drop
I've been giving a lot of thought to the StartupWeekend phenomena. As I and others have mentioned, it was amazing to see such remarkable talent show up, ready to play. There were no rules, and no expectations other than to see a startup launched by Sunday. People got together to do something cool with the … Read more What is Social Ingenuity anyway?
How many of you have heard about entrepreneur groups in Second Life? Until recently these groups were filled with gambling and club owners. No more, gambling is now illegal in Second Life. Sucks for them, great for us. Many many see this as a problem for Second Life. I think it is a fantastic opportunity … Read more Second Life, a new beginning for entrepreneurs?
HyperSites is coming along nicely. We're in the middle of retooling the Database Manager so that forms included inline can have a totally custom look and feel. This means that soon you won't be able to tell a HyperSites site from a regular site. You'll have HyperCode controls and CSS level controls within the HyperCode. … Read more A big commit
One of the rock star texturers in Second Life posted a very grounded look at the state of Second Life. The tides are turning and the next year will be filled with negative press and doubt. Here's a snippet: “Its somehow fundamentally frightening that with all the press SL has gotten, both good and bad, … Read more So little imagination
Richard Hackathorn from the fames of the Serious Second Life Meetup is going to be an instructor at the event. If you have been sitting on the sidelines, you might want to check it out. From the site: You've developed some Second Life content creation skills and are ready to test your metal in the … Read more DaVinci Institute Second Life Bootcamp
Broadband is definitely here. Now, what kind of fun applications can we build around it? Audio and video are being done. Tons of great services already exist in the media space. But what other kinds of applications will 1.3MB/sec bandwidth allow? Second Life is a great start, and maybe the full 3D internet will emerge … Read more Speed, I am Speed.