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Gizmodo & Steve Ballmer: The Uncut Interview

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Quirks aside, it’s one of the most candid interviews I’ve seen him give.  It’s clear however, that he (unlike Bill) is a sales guy and not a developer.

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October 27, 2009 at 11:09 pm

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Google Voice with your existing number

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I had always wondered why it was that a new phone number was required during the sign-up process.  The idea of having 1 number which can forward calls to all of your devices (landlines, cellphones, etc.) is great, but my best guess (not related to technology) is that people are “philosophically opposed” to changing their main phone number.  If Google can find a way to port the other Voice features to this setup it would remove a significant barrier to widespread adoption.  That said, if anyone has info on why a separate number is required to access all of the Google Voice features, please let me know.

(via The Official Google Voice Blog)

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October 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm

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Spike Jonze sets the record straight on ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

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Jonze nails it:

It was a dangerous, daring book, the movie should reflect the emotions of the book.

Once you understand who this movie is really for, everything else about it makes sense.  For those (like me) who remember the book, Newsweek’s interview with Sendak puts everything in perspective.

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October 20, 2009 at 8:18 pm

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You have a legal right to broadband (in Finland)

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Smart move.  How many years have been wasted trying to set this up in the U.S?

(via Gizmodo)

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October 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm

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Is iTunes LP really cost-prohibitive?

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Gizmodo’s assessment of the value of iTunes LP:

But if they’re charging ridiculous, prohibitive fees and only letting a few major labels take advantage of this…that romantic cry for the return of the album sounds cynical and disingenuous.

Considering that the final project in my Advanced Interactive Design class (a combination Flash/HTML/CSS web portal, which was delivered to the client as a “near-final beta”) appraised for almost $13,000, asking labels to put up $10,000 for an iTunes LP seems like a fair price.  Simply put: content development like this needs to be paid for.  The labels who claim they can’t afford the cost need to think about the real value it offers before making a decision based solely on its impact on the bottom line.

Update: According to AppleInsider, the framework used to create iTunes LP content (TuneKit) will be open-sourced and made available to all interested labels in the near future.

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October 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm

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An Exhaustive Guide to Saving Your Smartphone’s Battery

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For all those who complain about the battery life of their phone, here’s what you can do about it.

On a related note, despite complaints from my parents and others, following the general and iPhone-specific guidelines mentioned here has increased the battery life of my phone substantially since the OS 3.1 update.  Here’s how I do it: I don’t use (or need) 3G to make calls – at this point, EDGE data does almost nothing to decrease the battery, lock my phone with the shortest possible “time-out” and use other services like GPS, or Bluetooth only when I need them.

Interestingly enough, having gone through the setup process with an iPhone 3GS (Mom’s phone), battery life with the above services TURNED ON has been (in my experience) equal to or better than my personal 3G setup.

(via Lifehacker)

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October 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

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Recession-Proof Your Career

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To new graduates searching for their first jobs (myself included): You NEED to read this.  At the least it gave me some much needed perspective on how I approach the process.  That said, the job hunt rolls on…

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October 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm

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