Friday, February 29, 2008

Shorts for Friday

Friday is here finally!  Here's a quick review of some excellent articles/stories I've been reading this week.

iPhone Vibrate First, Ring Second - Kevin Tofel at one of my favorite blog's jkOnTheRun, has a nifty way of making a ringtone for your iPhone that does the vibrate first, then ring.

iPhone 2.0 3G and Enterprise Friendly?  Jason Unger talks about the next version of the iPhone that is rumored to be coming by mid-year.  For me to bite, it needs to be 3G and include exchange support among other things.  Even though I drool over the iPhone every time I see one, it just won't work for me if my IT group doesn't support it.

Aluratek 11" Digital Photo Frame - Mari Silbey of Zatznotfunny got a new digital photo frame that she seems to be pretty happy with.  I've always favored the DIY variety of digital photo frames myself, but this one looks like it might be a good one for a plug-and-play.

ZatzNotFunny! - Speaking of ZNF, be sure and check out the new look at the Zatz Not Funny! weblog.  Dave Zatz has updated the theme and I like the look.  I have a fairly major re-work of this geektonic blog in the works for sometime this summer so I've been watching the ZNF changes closely.  In case you didn't know, many of the articles I write for Geek Tonic are syndicated over at ZNF and there is a lot of excellent content from Dave, Mari and Davis there as well so be sure and add that blog to your must read list!

iTunes #2 Music Retailer in U.S. - In another "sign of the times" for the music industry, Apple announced this week that the iTunes Store is the Number 2 music retailer in the U.S. second to Walmart.  iTunes passed up Best Buy based on the latest market research data from NPD.  Now if Apple doesn't hurry up and make all of their music DRM-free, I'll probably start using Amazon MP3 for all of my music needs.

    HBO launches YouTube Channel - HBO has been moving several episodes to YouTube recently and now has a deal with YouTube to create an HBO channel online.  There's already a HBO/YouTube site live with episodes of In Treatment, The Wire, Entourage, Flight of the Conchords, Extras, Stand Up Comedy, Def Comedy Jam, Real Time with Bill Maher, Real Sports and Habla y Habla.  HBO plans to use this YouTube channel to get more exposure and bring in new subscribers to their premium cable channel.  I plan to use this with my SageTV Online Video function that allows me to watch online videos from places like YouTube using my remote and viewing on my living room TV. via tvsquad