To buy, or not to buy? My views on pirated media and software.

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.

Mac OS X or Windows Vista? Either will do, really.

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.

Zend Studio for Eclipse – No file extension as PHP

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

TwitterFon – The best Twitter App on the iPhone

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

Absolutely the easiest exercise program ever devised

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

thefives.tv : Five questions to ask a total stranger

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

How we got out of debt: from $50k to $0 in less than a year.

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.

iPhone Headphone plug pinouts

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

The MobileMe Thunderbird Address Book Sync

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

Will the iPhone Tether? How to tether the iPhone 3G or EDGE

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

SUCCESS! Modified Fatal1ty desktop headset (with mic) for the iPhone

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

Disable iTunes iPhone backup, updated for iTunes 7.7.1

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

How to downgrade an iPhone from 2.0 to 1.1.4

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

Client side databases in HTML5 soon, Safari NOW.

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.

Why the record labels are afraid of Apple.

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.

The unofficial Inbox Zero – It is spreading.

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.

Survivorghetti, and the iPhone unlock?

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?

The Apple iPhone Store Credit

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.

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.

Startups, entrepreneurship, and user generated content?

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?

What is Social Ingenuity anyway?

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?

Second Life, a new beginning for entrepreneurs?

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?

VoSnap, Inc. – The fruit of StartupWeekend.com

Well under way, Startup Weekend is absolutely one of the coolest things I've been involved in. The company we've created is a web/sms service for making quick decisions. If you want to ask a few friends about a decision you want to make, come to the site, enter their email addresses, or mobile phone numbers, … Read more VoSnap, Inc. – The fruit of StartupWeekend.com

Startup Weekend begins tonight

Some of Boulder's best and brightest startup talent is gathering tonight at 6. What exactly we'll be doing is still totally unclear, but the result will be a complete startup/product on Monday morning. If the idea is solid, there is plenty of opportunity for going big. Frankly, with the people involved, I expect just that. … Read more Startup Weekend begins tonight

The mobile lifestyle done right, a network of… hotels?

While trying to come up with a usable solution for a friend of mine's mobile lifestyle requirements, it occurred to me that there is an untapped network of temporary living spaces around the world. It is just that the owners, the hotel chains, don't know it yet. If you're untethered (single, no kids, can work … Read more The mobile lifestyle done right, a network of… hotels?