Archive for August, 2009

PushMail: How Apple should be doing iPhone e-mail

August 30th, 2009 | Comments Off on PushMail: How Apple should be doing iPhone e-mail
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Technology

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During my two weeks with the Palm Pre, the one thing I missed the most was how it notified me of new e-mail on all of my accounts via push. Any time an e-mail arrived in my inbox — regardless of which account it was — the Pre would light up and show me a short preview of the e-mail. If it was junk mail, I could avoid having to open up my mail just to be disappointed (same goes for random e-mails from friends or colleagues that aren’t time-sensitive).

On the iPhone, even with OS 3.0, there are only two options for push e-mail: MobileMe (which I have, and use for personal e-mail) or an Exchange account. But even with those, I’m still not getting the same experience from the Pre — I still have to actually unlock the phone and go into Mail (which kills the battery faster) instead of the iPhone displaying a preview notification.

That is, until I found the PushMail app.
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DJ AM is dead! (Who the f#@k is DJ AM??)

August 29th, 2009 | Comments Off on DJ AM is dead! (Who the f#@k is DJ AM??)
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Complaint Department, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard

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OK, with all due respect to those who knew & loved this DJ AM guy when he was alive… am I alone in scratching my head and thinking, “Who the fahrvergnügen is that guy, anyway?!” And he’s just one of an increasingly-long list of “celebrities” that make me feel old every time I log onto MySpace and see their dubious list of “Celebrity Updates” such as the one I screen-snapped this morning (above).
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The studios hate you, cheap bastards!

August 14th, 2009 | Comments Off on The studios hate you, cheap bastards!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology

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It goes without saying that consumers are in love with Redbox, the Coinstar-owned company who in just a few short years has built up a formidable rental kiosk business against the likes of mail-order favorite Netflix. I mean, DVD rentals for a buck a night? What’s not to like? (Unless you like indie fare like Tempe… Redbox is for the big boys only.)

Somebody explain that to the bigwigs in Hollywood. First they succeeded in mostly squashing the 99¢ iTunes new release (that’ll be $1.29 now, thankyouverymuch), and now they’re trying to put the squeeze on the $1 DVD rental.
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