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  • a1by 5:18 pm on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adobe, , Flash   

    My Thoughts on Flash and Apple « GartenBlog 

    Apple’s customers, being viewed as valuable, are causing major content stakeholders to re-tool their content to make it available on Apple’s mobile platforms

    via My Thoughts on Flash and Apple « GartenBlog.


  • a1by 11:19 pm on April 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Blogs, , Legal   

    Universal Protocol? 

    Speaking from personal experience as one who has spent a fair number of hours in bars, there is a universal protocol for dealing with misplaced or forgotten personal items left behind by fellow patrons. Wallets, keys, phones, purses. Whatever. If you see something like that on the floor, or forgotten on a table, you pick it up and hand it to the bartender

    via Daring Fireball: Gizmodo and the Prototype iPhone.

    I believe this is right up there with the Prime Directive!  In fact, how people deal with lost stuff varies with each person’s personal environment.  I would suggest that there are many possible ways in which people would react to what could be lost or forgotten items:

    1. Leave it there, the person who forgot it may come back to pick it up
    2. Return it to one of the establishment’s employees
    3. Take it with the intention of returning it to the owner when you find out who it is
    4. Take it with no intention of returning it (the finders keepers, losers weepers) which is against the law

    Gruber continues to make various assails at what constitutes reasonable with this description,

    “It defies belief that calling Apple’s public phone numbers constitutes “reasonable and just efforts to find the owner and to restore the property to him””

    I would probably never think to go to Apple’s website to return it, I’d probably do my best to get the device back to Apple via the store maybe, but I’d most definitely have snapped photos and videos of it, had I known it was a 4G iPhone.

    In addition, any lawyer would be able to argue maybe not successfully, but at least argue that reaching out to Apple customer service was a genuine method of trying to reach the original owner of the device.

    Ultimately, the facts of the case are still unclear.  All we know are stories which to Gizmodo’s detriment has changed many times since the original post.  Law enforcement will have the opportunity to investigate the actual nature of the conversations between Gizmodo and the finder of the iPhone, and possibly into the precise method by which the iPhone was found.

  • a1by 3:27 pm on April 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , FMC, , UC, Wi-Fi   

    Why you need to take a second look at MVS 

    RIM adds Wi-Fi, SIP support to FMC platform.

    Previously all I had ever heard the big selling point with MVS was that if you used T-Mobile (because of their UMA package) you could save money with reducing voice recurring charges by lowering your overall minutes.  However, that was a problem as depending on your area T-Mobile may or may not have been the carrier of choice for your employees or company.

    Now that RIM has opened up MVS to take advantage of SIP, and allowing itself to move off of strictly Cisco PBX branded hardware (a problem for us).  In addition, RIM did not make wi-fi ubiquitous throughout all their handsets.  Now that even CDMA handsets will include wi-fi, the choices are much more open, and could compel businesses with especially international needs to take advantage of this version of MVS (Mobile Voice System)

  • a1by 7:04 am on April 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Ask and it shall be given 

    Taiwan likely to assign 700MHz band for future LTE operation » Unwired View.

    So should the US go this route?  The spectrum has been largely auctioned off already, but having that much spectrum is probably what’s necessary to make LTE truly effective

  • a1by 7:01 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Open is as Open does 

    “They’re acting in their economic interests — there’s nothing evil about it,” he says. “But people who think that it’s some kind of move towards being open are just naive.”

    via Why We Need an Open “Like” Standard.

    While I initially cringe at the idea of my personality being aggregated via a service like Open Graph.  I am more concerned that one company will have control over it, and that they may be able to lock it in to whichever partners Facebook deems appropriate.

    I’m not a Facebook hater, in fact it has on occasion been a tremendous timesink for me, but for all the arguments provided in the net neutrality debate, why are there not the same arguments for opening up my social graph.

  • a1by 8:07 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Netflix Reports Big Jump In Instant Streaming | paidContent 

    Netflix Reports Big Jump In Instant Streaming | paidContent.

    The fact that they announced a deal for HBO’s content is HUGE!  While HBO still gets alot of day after buzz, its likely that more people will choose to get HBO content delayed via Netflix than pay the additional $10/mo just for their content and old movies.

    My only concern is from the comment below by a reader

    “makes movie convenience so simple that it trumps the effort to go get it via DL for free”

    While I absolutely believe in convinience, I also believe that content creators shouldn’t have to compete with free on a price perspective, because the internet being what it is, eentually no one will want to pay for it.

  • a1by 4:04 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hate, republicans   

    Is all the vitriol necessary 

    While good intentioned people may agree to disagree, what value is there in saying things like

    Save a baby
    Abort Obama

  • a1by 7:35 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Ok so am I sad that I am really liking Justin Bieber? Probably, but I dare you to watch the video below and not succumb to his girlish/boyish/non gender specific look!

  • a1by 3:48 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , journalism   

    Does Apple Really Need It? 

    Too all the whiny babies who are indignant of Gizmodo’s actions go suck on your pacifier a little longer. Even my 18 month old makes less whine than all of you.

    Gizmodo went after a story, and while they paid for the story and chased the story, why should they turn it down? They are a tech blog, and raison d’etre is to find and scoop tech stories. As long as they are true, and they do not put into physical harm they should run with the story.

    I haven’t read any earlier story simply the edited story that basically describes what has happened to tons of folks

    • drink beer
    • forget phone
    • someone finds phone (why no pw lock?)
    • someone then attempts to take advantage of situation

    Gizmodo has phone, even if you were to try to get the phone to the original owner does that mean you wouldn’t blog, tweet, mashup the prototype iPhone into the Matrix? Of course not, and as journalists, its not Gizmodo’s duty to sit on their hands when they can get the story out.

    Apple hasn’t suffered some terrible blow, this will not reduce the number of iPhones sold. All it will do is reduce the hype factor of Steve Jobs’ keynote.

  • a1by 2:09 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: rain, weather   

    Yes the rain is back! 

    Clearly since it sends these little guys sliming to shelter

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