Daily Archives: June 29, 2008

Me.com Email Addresses Working!!!

Me.com Email Addresses Now Working [For Some]

It Worked for me!

If you are a .Mac subscriber, Apple appears to have activated the corresponding @me.com email addresses. If your email address was username@mac.com previously, you can now use username@me.com and emails should arrive in your .Mac mailbox. In the near future, Apple will be migrating all the email services over to Me.com, but users will be able to keep their @mac.com email addresses:
Yes. In addition to your mac.com email address, you will also get an address at me.com with the same username when MobileMe is available. For example, if your current email is emily_parker@mac.com, you will get emily_parker@me.com. You can send from whichever address you choose. The choice is yours. You will still receive email sent to your mac.com address so you won’t miss any emails.

Apple has also published Frequently Asked Questions about the .Mac to MobileMe transition.

The @me.com transition is part of Apple’s shift to MobileMe, a new web-based service that offers “desktop class” email, calendar and address book functionality. MobileMe is set to officially launch in early July.”

(Via macrumors )


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Jumping the Shark Meets Nuking the Fridge

Movies: Jumping the Shark Meets Nuking the Fridge | Newsweek Periscope | Newsweek.com
Early in the new “Indiana Jones” sequel, our creaky, 65-year-old hero stumbles onto a nuclear test site, and the warning siren is blaring. Panicked, surrounded by Potemkin houses, he folds himself inside the lead-lined cavity of a refrigerator. Kaboom: the blast sends Indy hurtling across the New Mexico desert, a mushroom cloud rising behind him. He lands and, logic be damned, tumbles out unscathed. The franchise, though, will never recover.

In TV land, this phenomenon is known as “jumping the shark”: the moment when a once proud series swan-dives into putridity. It’s a reference to a dreadful, late-era episode of “Happy Days” in which a water-skiing Fonz lofts himself over the fin of a great white. But Indy fans were so demoralized, they coined a new phrase just for movie-franchise meltdowns. Ergo: “nuking the fridge.”

The phrase was born on May 24—two days after the film opened—and it went viral on movie message boards. In barely a month, it has blown through several Web. 2.0 benchmarks: YouTube tributes, “fridge” haikus, merch-hawking Web sites, “Word of the Day” status on UrbanDictionary.com. “You’re expecting [the movie] to be as great as you remembered it,” says Beth Russell, creator of nukingthefridge.com, “and after the fridge scene, it was like, ‘Oooo-K’.” A new legend is born, for all the wrong reasons.”

(Via newsweek )

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iPhone turns one…Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, iPhone

Yes, it is hard to believe, but our pal the iPhone will be 1 year old at 6 pm EST today. The iPhone has undergone many changes over the past year: from generating all the hype and buzz to being the best way to do everything on-the-go. The original iPhone sold at 6 p.m. (in each time zone across the US) at Apple and AT&T corporate stores for a retail price of $599 for the 8GB model and $499 for the now-discontinued 4GB model.

With Apple set to release the next generation iPhone on July 11th, we can only stop and look back at all the accomplishments Apple has achieved over the past year. The iPhone has definitely changed the way we look at smartphones.

(Via (TUAW))

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BLOG: Short for “weblog” and other techie terms explained

Tech Talk: Where’d it Come From, Anyway?
Technology we take for granted today was new not so long ago, and somebody had to name it. Though sometimes it’s hard to pin down exactly who deserves credit — or blame — here’s a shot a some of the more familiar ones.

BLOG: Short for “weblog,” the word is traced to Jorn Barger’s Robot Wisdom Web site in 1997 in which he began “logging the Web” by collecting information he came across. Peter Merholz is credited with contributing to use of the term in 1999 in his weblog by stating, “I’ve decided to pronounce the word ‘weblog’ as ‘wee-blog. Or ‘blog’ for short.”

BYTE: A measurement of information storage coined in 1956 by Werner Buchholz during the design phase of the IBM Stretch computer to describe how much data a computing machine might “bite,” with the spelling changed so not to be confused with “bit.”  (See computer history of IBM Stretch.)

BROWSER: Often called the “Father of the Web,” Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 invented software he called “WorldWideWeb.” But Berners-Lee says the term “browser” predates the Web as there were hypermedia browsers. (See below, WORLD WIDE WEB and HYPERTEXT)

CELL PHONE: AT&T Bell Labs engineer William Rae Young is credited with suggesting the hexagonal cell concept for a cellular mobile phone. Young’s technical work was referenced in an internal document written by co-worker Douglas H. Ring in 1947 on how to build a wide-area cellular service. The first mobile telephone call had been made from a car in St. Louis on June 17, 1946, but it was far from what we think of as a portable handset today. The equipment weighed 80 lbs, and the AT&T service, basically a massive party line, cost $30 per month plus 30 to 40 cents per local call. But Bell Labs was beaten to the punch for the first cellular phone call. That was made by Martin Cooper, then general manager of Motorola’s Communications Systems Division, as he carried a hefty cell phone through New York City and placed a call to his rival, Joel Engels at Bell Labs, on April 3, 1973.

(See all the Definitions HERE)

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Save Disney World’s Adventurer’s Club!!!

Petition to save Disney World’s Adventurer’s Club

This is one of my FAVORITE places!!!!

Oh no! Walt Disney World’s Adventurer’s Club — a wonderfully eccentric nightclub/cabaret that features “on stage” character actors as well as remote-controlled robotic masks, puppets, instruments, stools, and other gags that interact with the guests — is scheduled to close!

The Adventurer’s Club is hands-down the coolest and most interesting attraction at Disney World, but it resides in the otherwise drab and uninteresting Pleasure Island nightclub district, which is going to shut down, and take the Adventurer’s Club with it.

A group of Club fans is circulating an online petition. I’m not sure it’ll do any good, but I’ve signed it.

The Adventurers Club has no equal. It is a unique treasure at Walt Disney World and does not deserve to be lumped into the same category as the other “night clubs” on Pleasure Island. We humbly request that it be allowed to stay open, even if it needs to be moved, refurbished, updated, and/or more heavily advertised. A lot of people do not know what this club is all about, but those that do find it a highlight of their trip.

Sign the petition HERE

(Via Boing Boing)

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iPod Death Clock

The iPod Death Clock – iMechanic.com

0877EA39-62FD-432A-90CC-4BD15CD8898B.jpgWhen will my iPod Croak? Depending on how you use (or abuse) it, we can take a guess at how long your little friend has left in this world. Curious? Type in your serial number and find out….OOoooHHAaaaaa

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Aerosmith-only “Guitar Hero”

Activision launches Aerosmith-only “Guitar Hero”
Aerosmith fans can finally get their chance to step into the shoes of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as video game developer Activision Inc released its Guitar Hero: Aerosmith game on Friday.

Dozens flocked to the Hard Rock restaurant in Times Square to see the legendary five-member rock band debut the game and try out the latest Guitar Hero addition.

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford even brought his sons to take a look at the band’s creation.

The game features 30 of the band’s most notable hits such as “Love in an Elevator” and “Sweet Emotion.” It also includes songs from various artists Aerosmith performed and collaborated with over the years, including Run D.M.C.’s “Walk This Way” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You” by Joan Jett.

There is even a special guitar controller emblazoned with the band’s red-and-white logo for hard core fans.

The game and guitar controller bundle for Microsoft Corp’s Xbox 360, Sony Corp’s PlayStation3 and Nintendo Co Ltd’s Wii sells for $99.99, with an additional PlayStation2 version for $89.99. The game is also sold individually for each of the consoles and costs $59.99 and $49.99, respectively.

The Aerosmith game is the first Guitar Hero edition that focuses on an individual rock band. The previous three versions of the game featured various rock music genres that ranged from grunge, classic rock, metal, punk and ’80s hits.

“This is an experiment for us,” said Charles Huang, co-founder of Activision’s RedOctane unit, which oversees the Guitar Hero franchise. “There are certain artists that have so much great music like Aerosmith, Metallica and Van Halen … but we wanted to do something much bigger.”

Aerosmith web site

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(Via Reuters)

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Google Quietly Tests Social Network

Google Quietly Tests Social Network

Google has quietly begun limited testing of several new social features created for its iGoogle personalized start page. The updates include chat, activity streaming and a new interface for the gadgets offered on the start page.

Google plans to expand the rollout of the updated start page next month.

The new expanded iGoogle inteface, called Canvas, holds the various iGoogle gadgets for users. Google had renamed its personalized start page iGoogle and added support for a variety of gadgets for users to tap to customize the pages in May 2007.

Developers can take advantage of the Canvas interface to display more information and make their gadgets more interactive, noted Ionut Alex Chitu, a blogger at Google Operating System, a blog site that follows Google activities.

“The new iGoogle places the tabs on the left-hand side of the page, and you can expand the tabs to see the list of gadgets and status information, like the number of unread Gmail messages,” Chitu noted. “There’s a new chat feature borrowed from Gmail that lets you chat with your contacts while visiting iGoogle. That means iGoogle gets a sense of presence because you’ll know when your contacts are online. Since the chat feature will be enabled by default, it’s obvious that Google will be able to add options for sharing items and discussing posts with the contacts that are online.”

Now that the site has added the new features, Google has gone further down the path of transforming iGoogle into a social site, Chitu added. Once Google provides support for the open standard OpenSocial in iGoogle – later this summer, according to the company – the transformation to a social site “will be complete,” the blogger noted.

OpenSocial is a set of APIs spawned by Google and partner MySpace Inc. to allow developers to write applications that can be easily run across different social networking sites with limited customization.

Mashable blogger Kristen Nicole noted that up until now, Gmail was the closest thing the Google suite has to a “functional portal” where users could manage all Google applications.

“But the upcoming iGoogle start page is really going to be a very social portal that makes sharing easy, by way of Google Reader items, chat, and activity streams that keep you connected across the board,” she noted. “Creating a hub for OpenSocial apps that reach across a number of social networking platforms will also be an interesting aspect of the new iGoogle start page that most application creators will want to take advantage of for outreach and broadcasting purposes.”

(Via Latest Technology News)

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