Earth Class Mail vs EarthMailFree.com???

I was reading this blog tonight and couldn’t believe my eyes! EarthClassMail.com is claiming that EarthMailFree.com is infringing on their copyright because of the use of the two words EARTH and MAIL in the domain name!

The irony at least for me, is I watched several entrepreneur TV shows that specifically talked about Earth Class Mail! I was quite interested and excited of what the company and CEO were doing.  Sure they had their problems with the start up.  Not to mention they rewrote their entire site to Microsoft’s ASP.NET barely finishing and pulling off fixing bugs before the start of a conference they were attending.  I was sorry to hear yet another company were accepting “offers” from Microsoft with no significant technical merit to back their decision.  Rather than perfect their product, they instead wasted precious time getting to market in fixing a new ASP.NET website written in haste! Still, I must admit, I watched the show.

Then I come across this blog, and find that Earth Class Mail is actually suing the domain name owner of EarthMailFree.com! Are you kidding me? Maybe Earth Class Mail are borrowing lawyers from Microsoft as well?

Let me say one thing to this new company.  Piss off enough of us “little” people, and it will spread like wild fire…see you back on the streets in a couple years!

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Anna Deavere Smith: Four American characters

I began watching TED earlier this year.  But it wasn’t until I purchased my iPhone until I began watching TED regularly.  TED podcasts have since been removed off the iPhone.  Instead, I download the HD version on my Apple TV.  I prefer to watch it in my home office or while in my living room without distractions.

Maybe I am growing old, but I have noticed lately I tend to listen more in conversations than to speak.  I find it enjoyable to truly process what one has said, combined with body language arriving in a few short sentences on the topic which we are discussing.

It is amazing even days ago that someone told me I am being too quiet during meetings at work.  I thought to myself; actually I only want to speak when I feel something is relevant.  I’ve come to the conclusion that people enjoy sharing their opinions, relevant or not.

There are also the people who speak because they are passionate or at times annoyed about a situation.  I use to be and still am one of those people.  My passion can cause me to dominate a conversation.  I would say I am making progress.  While others would say I am less passionate or disengaged.

The reason I am mentioning this is because I really enjoy listening to the stories shared on TED.  They host very passionate people who have some great ideas to share.  I don’t watch them all completely, but I give each one a few minutes to get started.

Tonight, I watched Anna Deavere Smith portray four American characters. Not only did she act out the parts, but the stories she shared caused me to become fully engaged in each.  Nothing seemed scripted, as she shared true accounts of research she had accomplished while traveling in America.  I highly recommend watching it! Anna demonstrates her acute listening skill by replaying her own encounters with these four American characters.

Overall, TED reminds me to be a better listener and consider what can be learned by each and every person I interact with in my daily life.  Listening better has helped me improve my personal and professional relationships.

Django 1.0 install on Mac OS X 10.5.5

I initially used this guide, but made some changes:

1) Downloaded Django-1.0.tar.gz from here.

2) Created and extracted the contents of the tar.gz:

mkdir ~/sandbox
cd ~/sandbox
tar xzf ~/Downloads/Django-1.0.tar.gz

3) Make the following soft-links:

cd /Library/Python/2.5/site-packages/
ln -s ~/sandbox/Django-1.0/django django
cd /usr/local/bin/
sudo ln -s ~/sandbox/Django-1.0/django/bin/django-admin.py django-admin.py

I’m a PC – NOT!

I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw this.  The other night I was Skyping with a friend and drinking some beers while he sent me a link to the I’m a PC website.  We also visited this site that has puns against both platforms: Mac and PC.  Sure we laughed a bit.

Back to the first site, the one Microsoft wrote.  Here is a snapshot of that site, taken today:

Lets play a game, shall we? Can you find the duplicate photos? Wow…brilliant whomever wrote the routine here.  You’ve made Microsoft look as foolish as people claim for it to be.  Those images are suppose to be unique at least in the viewport that I can see at one time!

See…attention to detail as my old Drill Instructor use to tell us in boot camp.  The little things do matter guys…why can’t you see that?

Home Automation by Savant

Listened to GeekBrief.TV Radio cast and later read this page.  Didn’t realize this was the only company let alone any company existed in the home automation space that built their product up on top of Apple hardware.  Interesting! Touches on a conversation I just had Monday evening.  Interested in seeing/hearing more…

Savant Page here

Added:  Savant is calling for talented Apple developers to integrate other applications into Savant’s solution(s).

Apple TV – First Impression

I’ve decided for the family and I to finally take the big plunge.  I am getting rid of cable television except for the very basic local channels package.  Keeping the basic package actually gives us a discount on the Internet, which in turn pays for itself.

In preparation for the change, I picked up the Apple TV.  All three of my little girls shows may be purchased.  My son’s shows as well.  My wife isn’t going to miss any of the popular reality shows.  I will miss my favorite Discovery channel, but I am sure to find their content available.

We are doing this for several reasons.  First, last week my wife and I wanted to watch Prison Break, but the Comcast HD DVR was having issues playing back the video OR the video which was recorded was poor at the time of the recording.  Since it has been happening to several recordings across HD and SD channels, my best guess is the DVR was failing.

Second, almost half the time someone wants to either watch a movie or purchase a rental (usually when four or five kids are seated in the living room with popcorn) ON DEMAND does not work.  Or it works, but as soon as you select to rent it, up pops a message that says the service is not currently available.

And last but not least, I no longer believe in the model which TV is based on.  I would rather pay $40 for an HBO mini-series, than to pay $10 a month for a year hoping HBO comes out with the next big hit.  But its not about just paid channels like HBO.  I would rather pay for each episode of SpongeBob once than to keep paying month after month for the same content.

TV is changing.  The DVR is just a band-aid to the change.  Consumers want their media content in a form that best suits them, and be able to take it with them when they want, where they want.  Still not sure? Look at music.

I was in Bestbuy today (buying my Apple TV), when I walked with my kids past the aisles of CD’s.  I even made a comment to my children…buy the music online.  You don’t have to worry about scratches, and grabbing the music off the CD for your MP3 players.  Ever notice the CD Music section in any store seems to keep shrinking year after year in stores?

Back to Apple and its Apple TV.  I’m impressed.  In as little as 15 minutes, walking through the first steps in configuring the Apple TV, I was up and ready to go.  This little bugger is sitting in my living room right next to the Time Capsule.

I was able to sync it with my iTunes client on my desktop in my office.  I quickly set it up to like to my MobileME account to view recently taken pictures of my kids.  While watching the slideshow, background music was automatically added for a pleasing watching experience.

Next up is converting preexisting content (AVI’s) so I can watch them on Apple TV.  Apple TV and iTunes does not support the AVI file format.  (The Apple TV does have several hack available, which I may get into eventually.  iTunes can have codecs added on the Mac to play a lot more audio/video formats)

If this little device does as well as I think it will.  My wife read my mind.  We will consider a second one, up in the play room for the kids.  So they can watch a movie with friends.  The great thing is I can configure it with Parental Control locked down and choose what media content I want to even allow them to have up there!

I heard about the Apple Remote application from co-workers.  So I decided to install it on my iPhone 3G, and link it to my Apple TV.  All I have to say is WOW! It was not what I was expecting.  I was able to navigate content that my Apple TV has, pick something and play/pause it! It was not a simple replacement for up/down arrows that one might expect.

Stay tuned…I’m sure I’ll post more…

Blogo

I decided to try out Blogo in the previous blog article I wrote about my Canon camera being repaired.  Here it goes, short and sweet:

Pros

  • nice looking application and user experience
  • support several different blogging engines (WordPress, Blogger, Typepad)
  • you can write, publish and preview your blog stories
  • Adding images was easy, simple drag and drop.

Cons

  • I could not “fold” my story.  I like inserting the “read more” link in longer blog stories I write.
  • There was no spell checker!?!
  • Inserting images could be better handled.  When I dropped an image a new window asked me how I wanted to add the image to the article (thumbnail or original size).  I would prefer it default and stay out of my way, but letting me change the default if I decide before publishing the story!
  • It didn’t let me specify my Category, including not listing the categories I already have stored in WordPress.

Suggestions?

  • How about templates? I wouldn’t mind having a common template for a particular story I do on my blog; like software comparisons for iPhone or Mac software! 🙂

Cost?  $25

Version? 1.1

Decision? I decided to remove it.  I used AppZapper on it…