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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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Nine Workspaces Where Famous Folks Get Stuff Done

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Really insightful look at where some well-known “knowledge workers” make things happen each day.  As someone who’s trying to embrace the Getting Things Done productivity method, the short interview with David Allen is especially intriguing.  Looking at all of the others that were chosen, their personal style is uniquely evident in each space.

(via Lifehacker)

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September 24, 2009 at 11:32 pm

For Writing Software, a Buddy System

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I did a fair bit of this during one of my internships in college.  Coding in pairs, along with effective use of the “Pomodoro” technique (to avoid overload) allowed me to learn more from the people I worked with.  It requires patience, but if you can take the time to try pair programming, you’ll soon wonder how you ever worked without it.

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September 19, 2009 at 10:31 pm

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Things GTD

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After trying to find a way to make up for not being able to sync To-Do’s natively (It’s already been done for Notes, To-Do’s seems like a logical next step…) and not being satisfied with the choices, I came across Things by Cultured Code. At first, everything worked well, basic functionality and even some advanced sorting features – Project support and Tags – were there. Thinking about the problem a bit more, there’s one place where the app still can’t compete with the heavyweights of the category: support for the Getting Things Done productivity method. I looked at OmniFocus – the heavyweight of iPhone To-Do apps and evangelized by one Merlin Mann – but it’s probably more than I need at this point. Instead I would really like to see something like an advanced ‘GTD Mode’ with support for Contexts (Use tags in ‘Basic’ mode and ‘Contexts’ for GTD). Cultured Code has a solid base to build on, I just hope they keep listening to the feedback and find ways to improve the app to serve those who can’t make use of (or don’t need) all the features of a full GTD solution.

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September 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm