Posts filed under “Technology”

As previously noted, Verizon has been very obnoxiously spraying unwanted services and icons on my Blackberry desktop.

I am sure somewhere in the unreadable fine print we gave permission for this garbage, but that doesn’t make this any less obnoxious, and it doesn’t make Verizon any less of a giant telecom douchebag for doing this.

At the time we last mentioned this, the solution was to hide the icon. A better solution would be to leave Verizon, but for some of us (NYC), the alternatives are not better.

There seems to be a better solution, found by Ned — simply follow these steps:

1. Go to Options (the wrench on my BlackBerry)
2. Advanced options
3. Service Book
4. Select Bing or Slacker Radio, or whatever
5. Left Click (Blackberry button)
6. Delete

Your phone is now yours — until the next Verizon hijack . . .

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Category: Really, really bad calls, Technology

How NOT To Use Powerpoint

This is hysterical: A funny PowerPoint Presentation about PowerPoint Presentations from comedian Don McMillan via boingboing

Category: Technology, Weekend

Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero!

At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.

Category: Energy, Technology, Video

Sony Bravia LCD/Blu-ray Combo: $850 (free delivery)

The TV in the bedroom — the one we got as a wedding present 17 years ago — started giving out a month or two ago. Its now in its final death throes. We should really put her out of her misery, and put her down . . . Its the humane thing to do….Read More

Category: Technology, Television

5 Questions About the Apple iSlate

With everyone trying to guess what the new iSlate will look like, let’s take a step back. Expectations are high, and are probably overwrought for what could very likely be a niche product. A few caveats first: I’ve long been an Apple fan boy, since my Mac Classic (and I am usually disgusted with Mister…Read More

Category: Technology, Web/Tech

The Future

Bob Lefsetz is a music industry observer, and publisher of the Lefsetz letter: ~~~ > “According to a source familiar with his thinking, Jobs has recognized that ‘mobile ads suck’ and that improving that situation will make Apple even harder to beat.” -BusinessWeek-”Apple vs. Google“ > Aren’t ads supposed to suck? Google survives, quite nicely,…Read More

Category: Music, Technology, Think Tank, Web/Tech

The App Economy

Excellent graphic via the boys at Gigaom showing the ecosystem around the ITMS/iPhone App store: > click for ginormous graphic Hat tip Buzz Source: The Apple App Store Economy Gigaom, Jan. 12, 2010, 9:00am http://gigaom.com/2010/01/12/the-apple-app-store-economy/

Category: Technology, Web/Tech

The Return of Collision Detection

Clive Thompson is blogging again. He is a science writer, and publishes frequently about gaming, technology, science, and other fun items for Wired and the NYT. His blog is Collision Detection. If you recognized his name, Clive is the person who turned us on to the idea of Agnotology. He fell off the blogging wagon…Read More

Category: Science, Technology, Weblogs

Sources: New Apple Tablet to Ship in March

The WSJ is reporting that Apple will be shipping its new tablet device in March 2010, according to “people briefed by the company.” While the device’s ship date hasn’t been finalized and could still change, people briefed on the matter said the new product will come with a 10 to 11-inch touch screen—which would make…Read More

Category: Technology

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 and ZS1

The post-holiday mark downs continue: I spotted my camera — Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3 inch LCD (Black) — $50 cheaper than I paid 3 months ago. (I replaced the Casio Exilim; that 3X optical zoom wasn’t doing it for me). The…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Technology