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iMessage and Magic SMS Bills

Marco Arment:

iMessage is truly transparent: less-observant iOS owners won’t even realize that they’re using it.

iMessage is cool. I like it. I don’t know how useful it will be, though as not all of my friend have iPhones. It’s not cross platform and only compatible with the two newest iphones (iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4)

Their SMS bills will just start to decline next month.


Last time I checked there are only a few text message plans on AT&T and Verizon. Either unlimited or you buy a certain amount for each month and if you go over you pay for each message. Lastly you can just pay through the nose for each individual message. Most people I know have unlimited texting. So, they won’t see a decline in their bill at all. It’d be much better if people knew about this so they could actually alter their SMS plans, because that’s the only way their bills with “just start to decline next month.” Ha!

360 Panorama of Hiroshima After the Bomb

Wow, just wow. Sort of hard to conceptualize how much damage the single explosion of an atomic bomb can toll out. This picture does portrays it better than any I’ve seen.

The 360-Degree Panorama of What Hiroshima Looked Like After the Atomic Bomb:

via Gizmodo


Lifehacker Pack for Windows: Our List of the Best Windows Downloads [Downloads]

Love me some Lifehacker packs. They do these for all of the major desktop and mobile platforms. They usually use free software, too which is nice. Ch-ch-check it out.

Lifehacker Pack for Windows: Our List of the Best Windows Downloads [Downloads]: “

(Via Lifehacker.)

Using Dropbox to sync notes across platforms

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Dropbox is great. It seems like I learn of a new use for this amazing service every week. Here’s a new one to add to the books. You can use Dropbox to sync text notes across platforms and access them via note-taking clients.

Every since I purchased my first iPhone about 2 years ago I’ve used many different apps to make to-do lists and to take quick notes. The problem was that I could never find one that was simple enough, fast enough, and synced between all of my platforms. Evernote will do this but it has way more features than I need. It’s too distracting for me and the iOS client is slower than just firing up the native notes app. Simplenote is a new service that works pretty well and will do exactly what I need it to do, but I found the ads in the iOS app to be too distracting and I’m not willing to pay $20 a year to get rid of the ads.

So, I’ve found a solution to this issue that I’d like to share. Using several free apps, you can store all of your notes and to-do lists in DropBox and then access them from apps on all of your devices. If you don’t have a Dropbox account, go sign up here and thank me later. Now if you have an iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device go download a fee app called PlainText. It allows you to create and edit text files in your DropBox. It will automatically create a folder in your DropBox called PlainText and it will sync and store text files in that folder. The default folder is at the root of your Dropbox but you can change that if you like. To set up DropBox syncing, just go to settings and then select DropBox and follow the directions. Here’s a screenshot of the DropBox settings in PlainText:

Now you just need a desktop client. I recommend Notational Velocity for Mac or ResophNotes for Windows. Each of those apps allow you to edit and sync text files to your DropBox in plain text format. Notational Velocity is a super simple, minimalist app that just does note-taking and that’s it.

Here’s how to set up Notational Velocity once you’ve enabled DropBox syncing in PlainText:

Notice that you have to change the storage setting to “Plain Text Files” in order for it to sync to dropbox and the other clients. Also make sure you change the source folder to the same folder PlainText is synced to in your DropBox.

Once you have it set up you can create notes on your iPhone using PlainText or on your Mac using Notational Velocity and they will sync to your DropBox and be available wherever you go.

back at it

Since I last posted on this blog I:

  • got married
  • started a new full-time job
  • got a puppy
  • went to Europe on a honeymoon
  • upgraded to a Black Macbook
  • started using OSX as my main OS

Whew! So, yeah I wish I had kept blogging through everything, but I didn’t.

Instead I’m going to tackle each one of those things in a separate blog entry in the coming weeks.

Coming up first because it is most prescient (did I use that word correctly), my transition from PC to Mac.

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check out this video

There used to be an event every year on the Ocoee called the headhunt. A guy named Nate who worked at Sunburst threw skulls into the water while he did what is called striding. The skulls could be exchanged for a reward.

Head Hunt

top 10 albums of 2008…and honorable mentions

Hello!  So, once again it’s been a while.

The Hype machine is a great website to find new music. It is an mp3 aggregator…basically it follows a lot of music blogs, staying up to date with the lastet music. Anyhow, they are doing a best albums of 2008 by asking everyone to submit their own blog posts and then they are going to come up with a list based on everyone’s posts. So here is my list:

1. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular


I’m feeling rough, I’m feeling raw, I’m in the prime of my life.
Let’s make some music, make some money, find some models for wives.
I’ll move to Paris, shoot some heroin, and fuck with the stars.
You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars.

2. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

On the way to your brother’s house in the valley, dear,
By the river bridge a cradle floating beside me.
In the whitest water on the banks against the stone
You will lift his body from the shore and bring him home

3. Girl Talk – Feed the Animals

4. She & Him – She & Him: Volume I

Why don’t you sit right down and stay awhile?
We like the same things and I like your style
Its not a secret; why do you keep it
I’m just sitting on the shelf

5. Kings of Leon – Only By the Night

with the fire in my bones
and the sweet taste of kerosene
i get lost in the night so high don’t wanna come down
to face the loss of the good thing that i have found

6. Lil Wayne – The Carter III

Shorty want a thug
Bottles in the club
Shorty want to hump
You know I like to touch
Your lovely lady lumps

7. Kathleen Edwards – Asking for Flowers

You’re the buffet,I’m just the table.
I’m a Ford Temple,you’re a Maserati.
You’re The Great One, I’m Marty McSorley.
You’re the Concord, I’m economy.
I make the dough, but you get the glory.

8. Colin Meloy – Sings Live!

An ankle, an earlobe, an elbow bone
It’s weird how it wonderful grows
And it was only me and you
That made this three come out of two
My darling, what wonder have we wrought here?
It’s weird and it’s wonderful, dear

9. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

In the afternoon
You’re out on the stone and grass
And I’m sleeping on the balcony
After class

10. Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs

Cath, it seems that you live in someone else’s dream
In a hand-me-down wedding dress
Where the things that could have been are oppressed
But you said your vows, and you closed the door
On so many men who would have loved you more

Honorable Mentions:

Mates of State – Re-arrange Us

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles

John Legend – Evolver

Copeland – You Are My Sunshine

Dear and the Headlights – Drunk Like Bible Times

Ray LaMontagne – Gossip in the Rain

The Weepies – Hideaway

The Duke Spirit – Neptune

Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2CD deluxe edition re-release)

Be Your Own Pet – Get Awkward

The Evangelicals – The Evening Descends

Santogold – Santogold

So, what’s your top 10 of 2008?