Monthly Archive for January, 2004

Email Spam worse now that Can-Spam is Here

Has anyone else noticed that now that the Can-Spam Act passed by the federal government has gone into effect, spam via email is actually worse than it was?

This is ridiculous. In the past week I’ve received at least 4-5 times more spam than I did in a week last year…

I’d like to install a server-side spam filtering system that’s compatible with qmail, but I don’t have the time or knowledge to actually get it installed… especially since I’ve been considering buying a Handspring Treo 600 to check my email more regularly…

Although, I wonder if I’m getting more spam because of the social networks I’ve joined in the past couple of weeks? Hmmm… I’m going to change those email addresses now…

Anyone want to install a server side spam filter system for me on the cheap?

my bellybutton was a phillips head screw

Five points to the first person that can tell me what this quote comes from:

“I had this dream… that my bellybutton was a phillips head screw. So I’m working on it, trying to unscrew it… and when I finally do, my penis falls off… so I pick up my penis and i’m running around with it, trying to find the guy that used to fix my Lincoln, when I used to drive Lincolns, so that he can fix my penis and put my penis back on… and then this bird flies in out of now where, grabs my penis and flies off with it.”

Free Wi-fi in Austin

Found this list:

Free Wireless Internet Access Points in Austin, Texas

… and I figured everyone I knew needed to know where all the free wi-fi spots were in Austin too.

Fade Text In on Page Load

I learned a neat little HTML/Javascript trick on the about page of the newly launched Orkut from Google.

Here is the trick (let the page load entirely, then watch the next line (on smaller pages it’s much cooler… see the individual story archive page to see it happen the way it should really happen)):

This text will fade in on page load. But this text won’t (It’s displayed in-line as the page is built).

It’s accomplished with code that looks like this:


<html>
<head>
<script language="javascript">
col=255;
function fade() { document.getElementById("fade").style.color="rgb(" + col + "," + col + "," + col + ")"; col-=5; if(col>0) setTimeout('fade()', 10); }
</script>
</head>

<body onLoad="fade()">

<p>
<span id="fade">This text will fade in.</span> But this text won't.
</p>

</body></html>

Pretty cool huh?

(If it doesn’t seem to work for you, it’s probably because this page loads pretty slowly… see the individual archive page for it to look more natural.)

NAA Connections Day Three

The last day of Connections was really just more of the stuff you’ve read in my past two accounts of my experiences at the conference.

I attended fewer sessions on Day Three than I did during the other two days, I think mainly because I realized (or percieved) that I wasn’t really getting anything out of the sessions. The two sessions I did attend on day three really were worth attending though. I attended the Buzz Sessions meetings and a one entitled Registration Revisited. I also spent time meeting with vendors, other online newspaper people from similar markets and clients. This third day was much more enjoyable and productive than the first two…

Buzz Sessions: The Buzz Sessions were five small group discussions with topics like Print to Web (taking newspaper display ads and putting them online), Creating spanish-language websites, Essential website redesign, Multimedia (and how to use it), and one other topic (that I can’t remember). I sat in on two of the five little groups: Print to Web and Multimedia. Both were great little discussions. The overall thing I take away from the meeting was that newspapers are really trying to figure out how to use the distribution channel that the internet is as a way to really transform themselves from just ‘printed newspaper companies’ into ‘content and delivery’ companies. Every size and every shape of newspaper was represented in these buzz sessions and a lot of great sharing took place. On the topic of Multimedia, there are some really cool things going on out there, if you take notice… For example, when SignOnSanDiego.com was putting pictures and movies of the wild-fires that afflicted Southern California this summer… did you know that they found cell-phone camera phones the easiest and most manageable technology solution for getting that content back to the newsroom for production and posting online? Not some $20,000 or $100,000 video set-up. A bunch of stupid $200 cell-phones with cameras built into them and an army of folks to go take pictures. That ingenuity and creativity in this space really amazes me sometimes… cell-phone camera based movies… such a simple solution for web-ready video…

Registration Revisited: Wow! Great presentation and by far the most attended and interesting discussion throughout all of Connections. We heard from Belo Interactive, Tribune Interactive and the Arizona Republic’s online folks… Belo and Tribune are truly leaders in the online registration field. AZCentral just launched ‘lite registration’ last September. Belo and TI have been at it for 4 and 3 years respectively. Belo and TI are just now starting to be able to monetize their registration data effectively for advertisers (and are starting to try and figure out how to use their registration to serve their users/online readers). AZCentral is also just starting to sell advertising based on their registration data. The overall feeling I get coming out of the session was that registration is coming to a newspaper site near you soon. If you’re local news site doesn’t require registration today, trust me when I say that they’re thinking very hard about doing it. Very hard… all of them. And when newspapers do it, I can tell you that TV, radio, and almost all other news-content websites will start following. The leaders are doing it. Their readers aren’t complaining at all (100 complaints in 1.6 Million registrations in Arizona isn’t complaining). It’s coming folks. And I dare say paid premium content online is coming next… It’s already here in some local news markets.

I didn’t attend the presentation on The Transformation of Advertising, though I wanted to. I heard that it was all about how TV is going to change… the person that told me that also said that 99% of the presentation had very little to do with that newspaper companies can do to affect TV advertisers… I guess I’m glad I didn’t go to that one…

I met a lot of great people at Connections, but overall I’m coming away slightly disappointed. My company spent a lot of money to send me out to this conference. I invested a lot of time that could have been spent in front of clients. I expected to really get to learn a lot at this conference, but, in the words of a peer “everything we talked about was ‘old-hat'”. I sat next to the marketing director of a small paper in Arkansas on the way home, and she was very disappointed too. In her words the conference was “more form that substance”.

Will I go to next year’s Connections? Yes, most likely, but only because it’s in Dallas, and I can turn it into a week-long trip to visit clients, not because I think I’ll get anything out of the conference. Can I do something to make the conference better for all attending by joining the planning committees? Sure, I think I could, but do I want to? Don’t know the answer to that.

“10 Common Problems that Dismiss You as an Amateur” Writer

Are you a writer? Or maybe an aspiring writer? Maybe just a blogger that enjoys writing in your spare time? (That last one is me.) Do you have to write for work? Maybe you’re not going to ever be a novelist, but if you write for any reason and you have to persuade people with the written word, then you have to read this article:

Ten Mistakes Writers Don’t See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do)

  1. Repeats
  2. Flat Writing
  3. Empty Adverbs
  4. Phony Dialogue
  5. No-good suffixed
  6. The ‘to-be’ words
  7. Lists
  8. Show, Don’t tell
  9. Awkward Phrasing
  10. Commas

The point to the List above is that even the best writers make these mistakes, but you can’t afford to. The way manuscripts are thrown into the rejection pile on the basis of early mistakes is a crime. Don’t be a victim.

You won’t be sorry if you do. Your readers might be sorry if you don’t.

NAA Connections Day Two

Hmmm… I have mixed feelings about the second day of the NAA Connections meetings… Where should I start?

I guess I’ll start with the fact that the official NAA blog hasn’t been updated to actually reflect anything happening at the conference on Monday. It jumped from Sunday to an advertisement for the Tuesday session. There are any number of reasons for this, but I think a big reason for this is that the whole “we’ll blog the conference” was a good idea, but isn’t really something traditional newspaper people understand, so they haven’t committed to it. For example, they asked people to participate on the blog, but didn’t actually tell anyone the URL or tell them how to add an entry… just a thought. The blog was most likely an addition thrown into the mix at the last minute without any real understanding of how to use it.

Anyways, I attended a few sessions today:

Fighting for Recruitment Revenue – This was an hour or so presentation by Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin, the guys behind CareerXRoads. Great presentation. Probably the most well presented stuff all day. Gerry and Mark presented the results of their latest study on Hiring Practices (which is supposed to be online here, but isn’t according to Safari… actually, it looks like that’s a redirect to a download of a Word Doc) [Press Release] and interjected their thoughts and answered questions from the audience throughout. Great overview of what Gerry and Mark see as ‘leading indicators’ in the hiring space, and some great actionable information for the recruitment space.

Future Focus: Trends that Will Shape Online Real Estate Revenue (not online anywhere that I can find) – Very good panel. Very good.

Panelists were: Bob Birkentall, Tribune Co. Real Estate Strategy Manager, Robert Kempf, Cape Cod Times Internet Business Development Manager, and Dave Coglizer, eBay. The Moderator was Tony Lee, Editor in Chief and General Manager, The Wall Street Journal Online Network.

The panel presented the 10 trends they see shaping the future of the real estate market. They were:

Trend 1: Home Sellers Take Control – Every aspect of sales will be measured and sales channels that don’t produce sales will get eliminated from the marketing and advertising budgets of home sellers. If an advertising channel’s results aren’t tracked and reported, it doesn’t exist.
Trend 2: Expect Significant Growth in New Property Types – Disappearing boundaries will boost demand for vacation homes, recreation land, time-shares and low-management commercial properties. Ebay is already playing in this field.
Trend 3: Online Brokers will Boost Competition, Cut Commissions, and Weaken the “Realtor” Grip – Data is available to all, propelling the growth of discount brokers, For Sale By Owner sites and other low-cost marketing efforts.
Trend 4: Sellers Demand to Receive Their Own “Home Page” – (now this is a cool idea) – Newspaper sites (and every other medium for home sales) will create ‘portals’ for clients’ homes to help speed the sale process.
Trend 5: Auctioning Homes will become a real alternative – Online auctions will solve sales issues for many types of properties and their sellers. (Dave shared with us an annecdote that “50% of all homes sold in Australia are sold through an auction” noting that it’s just part of the culture there and has been for about 20 years).
Trend 6: RETS is here, while VOWs and IDX systems are already old news – With a data standard emerging, transaction information will flow easily and targeted internet marketing will blossom.
Trend 7: E-commerce replaces call centers as online up sells print – Self Service becomes the preferred online client experience and print emerges as a “premium” opportunity for the advertiser.
Trend 8: A la carte systems embrace online – From lawyers to appraisers to inspectors, the entire home sales process will be faster and cheaper on the internet.
Trend 9: The future of the MLS is fuzzy.
Trend 10: Online Real Estate dominance is still up for grabs – The jury remains out on whether newspaper websites can become the online equivalent of print for most home buyers and sellers.

Competing Against New Threats – What a waste of my time… but not because the content and presentation wasn’t useable, mainly because of the fact that the panelists are probably 10 times more technologically savvy than the newspaper business. The panelists were Mark Pincus, co-founder and CEO of Tribe Networks Inc, Mike Downey, director of business development, Overture Services, and Dan Finnigan, executive VP and general manager for Yahoo! HotJobs.

Mark presented Tribe.net well, but I honestly think 95% of the audience had no idea what he was talking about… Mike told us that Overture wasn’t a competitor to local newspapers, but rather that we were a desired partner, and Dan talked, but about what I honestly can’t remember (he wouldn’t speak into his microphone). My favorite quote from Mark was that “newspapers don’t have a chance in local search”. Whether that’s true or not, I couldn’t tell you, but hearing Mark say it at a newspaper conference was funny. I can tell you that newspapers on a national level don’t have a chance to compete with the likes of Google or Yahoo in the local search market, but there’s no telling that someone out there couldn’t build a model that works in their own market. I could see NYTimes Digital putting together something that worked for Boston, or WPNI putting together a solution for D.C. You just never know, ’till it happens.

Overall, this panel wasn’t very useable… The audience didn’t ask any questions, and that’s always a sign of disconnect between the panelists and their topics, and what the audience is looking to hear. I for one would have much rather heard about how newspapers can compete with the likes of online yellow pages (especially considering that Superpages is really expanding into the local online market again) or ways to compete against HotJobs or Monster rather than hearing about how they ‘want to partner with newspapers’. The topic was “competing” and the panel didn’t deliver.

I will say that it was great to meet Mark at Tribe.net, and I’m hoping we’ll be able to talk again soon.

I didn’t attend two sessions because they ran concurrently to the ones I did attend: Ultra-local Content and Services and Ultimate Election Coverage. These two sessions also seemed to focus on content rather than on advertising, and thus I was more interested in the other meetings/presentations I attended.

I’m really looking forward to the “New Online Business Plans from NAA New Media Fellows” presentation on Tuesday and “Registration Revisited”

Sorry this blog report isn’t more full-featured, but it’s been a long day folks… I sure wish the NAA New Media folks were really blogging the conference, but instead they’re showing that ‘newspapers don’t get blogs’ — something I hear all the time from my friends that know blogs…

NYTimes Link Generator

Wow, two very cool things: A weblog-safe NYTimes.com link generator. Many many thanks to the Standard.com Blog. Looks like Jimmy’s back and he’s trying to bring the good ol’ Industry Standard brand back with him

Passym sucks

Tonight is my second night in an Embassy Suites with Passym Wireless internet access, and I have to say that Passym really sucks.

Connectivity is just horrible. I don’t know why the service sucks so badly… it might be because I’m in a corner room (they’re larger at the Embassy Suites) or it might be because I’m using a Macintosh, but neither of those two things should be reasons that the connectivity sucks so badly…

Maybe there are too many people using the service to keep up with what I want to do, but that shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve normally stayed in Wyndham and Marriot hotels with Wayport access, and even though most of the time those hotels only provide wired access, they always worked just fine. I could connect to my office’s VPN at the most complicated end of connectivity issues, and I could definitely send email through my own servers, but with this silly Passym service, I can’t connect to the VPN and I can’t even send email through my own service… and the speeds are terribly slow compared to what I expect them to be… especially at $10/day.

The worst part is that to get technical support, I’m supposed to email their support@ email address… no one here at the hotel knows anything about the service from a technical/troubleshooting stand-point, and I can’t get email out through my email client. Good thing I have a webmail client set up on my server…

So, next time I stay in a hotel, I’ll ask them if they have internet access, and I’ll ask who the provider is. If it’s Passym, I’ll choose a different hotel if internet connectivity will be a need.

NAA Connections Day One

San Diego is a beautiful town to fly into. Wow! And it’s gorgeous to walk through the touristy area close to the harbor too!

I spent the first day at NAA’s Connections today. It was fun… but it was also a long day (nothing like boarding a plane early in the morning, then losing two hours of the day before sitting in conference rooms for presentations).

I attended the Smarter Selling presentation first. The first thing announced was that they’re blogging the conference… and the cool thing is that pretty much all the notes from the presentation are online already. What you won’t read in those notes is that Rusty Coats presented some great stuff very well, that Bruce Kyse is doing some cool stuff in small markets, and that you could definitely tell that Joseph Jaffe isn’t a newspaper guy. Sandhi Kozsuch from WorldNow presented some interesting stuff about what’s happening in the TV-website space too… Overall it was a good session, but honestly, the information presented wasn’t all that actionable… The panel just didn’t have enough time to present and answer questions. In fact, I don’t think there were any questions at the end of the presentation… I wonder why that is?

One thing I found in that presentation that was useful was a link to AdConnections.org. Haven’t heard of that before, and I’m checking it out now… Good collection of Case Studies, and advertising contacts, but egads, the website sort of sucks now that I play with it a bit…

After that, we checked in at registration and then headed to the Opening General Session. Lots of “feel good” talk, and a presentation by Linda Kaplan Thaler, author of BANG! Got a free copy of that book at the end.

Then back to my hotel to check-in. Then back to the Marriot to attend a reception… lots of meet and greet… It’s painfully obvious to me that I don’t know that many people in this industry. I feel very much like an outsider still.

An observation: There is a lot of money floating around this industry… You can tell by how good the bags at the conference are.

Tomorrow brings some great sessions and a few client meetings.

And to finish out this post… does anyone know why I can’t send email using a wireless connection in the Embassy Suites on Harbor provided by Passym?
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Some Style Points for Proposals

I just finished reviewing a proposal that one of my sales reps is sending to an agency and here are a few notes that I sent him… simple stuff, but useful. (Sometimes it amazes me how un-polished people’s Office skills are).

  1. Use ‘tabs’ to space things out in Word vs. spacing things out manually using the ‘space bar’. Using the ‘space bar’ might align text in columns sometimes, but generally it won’t because letters aren’t the same width on each line that you’re trying to line up, and that’ll make the columns your trying to create appear ‘wrong’ to the reader. Tabs will save you a lot of time and guarantee that things are lived up better.
  2. Use commas in dollar figures: $2,000 vs. $2000. Much easier to read.
  3. Set pricing in round dollars per unit. Agencies (and clients for that matter) hate getting pricing like “$35.28″ per thousand impressions, or per inch, or per spot. Just round up if you have to. It makes it much easier to calculate things.
  4. Adjust the margins on the document properly. Don’t use a 0″ margin at the top of documents and a 1″ margin at the bottom… It might affect display of the proposal on the recipients computer, or more likely, affect display of the document when it’s printed on a printer that has different settings that your printer.
  5. In advertising sales, when an agency is involved, always quote prices in NET or GROSS terms. Most of the time, an agency will require GROSS quotes, but when they don’t, make sure you specify which way you’re quoting. They might reply to the proposal asking you to requote the way you didn’t quote, but at least they’ll know where you stand on your pricing.
  6. If a graph or picture will help convey information, make sure you include it in the proposal, but try not to over do it. Proposals need to be short but actionable also.
  7. Always attach technical specifications if the agency says they’ll be creating their own advertisements for an online campaign.
  8. Send proposals as PDFs if possible to ensure the display of the proposal is the same for all recipients regardless of platform being used to view.

So, there are a few tips for you if you’re sending out a proposal… by all means that’s not all of the tips I’ve picked up over the years and I’ll try to share more in the future.

Good Advice about Money

If more people followed this advice (myself included), I bet our debt problems wouldn’t be what they are today:

“Never spend your money before you have it.”
Thomas Jefferson

Headed to San Diego

I’m heading to San Diego for the first time this week… NAA is hosting their Connections Conference there this year. Looking forward to meeting lots of folks and learning as much as I can.

Posting might be light this week.

Apple Store coming to Austin?

I just read a brief story in the online version of the Austin American-Statesman that talks about Apple possibly opening a retail store in the Barton Creek Mall [reg. req.].

The story mentions the fact that Apple has posted multiple Job listings for a Barton Creek location on their website including those for:

The statesman.com story has this great opening line:

It looks like Apple Computer Inc. is about to open a store in Dell Inc.’s back yard.

To which I say “It’s about freaking time!”

Apple and Barton Creek both declined to comment in the story, but it’s pretty hard to deny that Apple is in ‘hiring’ mode.

[Thanks to Glenn for pointing this article out to me, and wondering how long it’ll take some of the Mac sites out there to pick up on this story.]

update: MacNN got this story on the 12th of January, and ifoAppleStore noted it as far back as January 1st — I only read MacMinute now, and they missed it completely.

2nd update: MacMinute finally got the story 24 hours after I posted it. (so they were a little late on noticing this story, but I forgive them… thry’ve truly had much better reporting writing since Dennis Sellers starting working for them…)

Steal my RSS Templates

Jeremy Wright asked me to tell him how to put full posts in his RSS templates, so, here are all of my RSS feeds and their templates:

So, while this post isn’t a tutorial on “how to create your own Full Post RSS feed, I hope it can give you some insight into how I did it, and if you want to do it yourself, you’re free to steal the code pieces it requires from me…

Also, you can read some old (possibly outdated) posts on this same subject here:

RSS Feeds Should Contain Full Posts

I firmly believe RSS feeds should contain the full text of an entry and here is a good answer to those of you who might be asking “Why?”.

If you really, really, really want people to see your great web design, youíre flattering yourself; content is king. If you didnít believe that the content is the important part of your site, you wouldnít be providing an RSS feed. Bite the bullet and give us full text.

CTDMA: How to maximize the Internet for Direct Marketing — Not

I attended the Central Texas Direct Marketing Association luncheon today and the topic was “How to maximize the Internet for Direct Marketing”. The luncheon was moderated by Lee Sellers of Dell, and the panelists were include Bill Cutshall of Tocquigny Advertising, Interactive + Marketing, Curt Finch of Journyx and William Leake of LCG.

It was a fucking joke. I paid $35 to attend a luncheon where I could learn more about online marketing, and all I got was a sales pitch for two agencies that I can’t afford. Curt Finch was great, but Bill and Bill just talked about what they’ve done for Dell and other large enterprise level clients. I can tell you that no one in the room was in any shape to use any of the advanced knowledge that they (sort-of) shared.

The sad thing is this is the third professional marketing association I’ve visited during an online or internet presentation and every time I go, I get to hear from someone from Dell, someone from Tocquigny, and someone from T3 or LCG… Argh… one more marketing association that offers little more to me than a few opportunities to network with people without actually learning anything that’s practical.

Car Salesmen

Confessions of a Car Salesman from edmunds.com.

Great article… long, but hard to stop reading…

Quote: Poe on Dreaming

Great quote to keep in mind:

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
— Edgar Allan Poe

iPod Mini Preferences At Amazon

Maury McCown writes a daily newsbit or two at RailheadDesign.com… and he’s a guy I like to read, so when I read this post this evening, I was intrigued by the Amazon.com sales ranking of the iPod Minis… Here are the ranks as Maury recorded them at 6:30 am Central time this morning (in the struck out numbers and the rankings as I saw them at 10:00 pm Central:

  1. iPod Mini Silver: Amazon sales rank – 88 305
  2. iPod Mini Pink: Amazon sales rank – 2,158 493
  3. iPod Mini Blue: Amazon sales rank – 239 864
  4. iPod Mini Green: Amazon sales rank – 617 3,050
  5. iPod Mini Gold: Amazon sales rank – 1399 6,342

And a quote from Maury’s post (which I can’t link directly to because Maury still doesn’t provide permalinks on his site):

I had no doubt that the Silver iPod Mini would be the favorite, but I was way off regarding the Pink version — I assumed it would also be a big seller. I’m surprised to see it in last place, which is where I figured the Gold version would rank. It will be interesting to see how these numbers stack-up in the coming weeks and months.

And in my opinion, it’s interesting to see that we can see what Amazon customers are buying and that the ranks can flip-flop that fast in less than 24 hours. Maury was right about the Pink color being more popular, it just took longer for that one to rise in the rankings… and I’m sure the ranks will change again as more and more people buy them.

NADD

Do you suffer from N.A.D.D.?

I do.

Closing on a new house (to us) today

For the past year or so, we’ve been searching for “the perfect” house (for us) in Austin. And, two months ago we found it with the help of our realtor.

Today at 10:00 am, we’re signing all of the final closing paperwork, and the house shall be ours.

I’ve debated putting up a “how to buy a house in Austin” guide because I felt like Zawodny’s doing pretty much the same thing, and I didn’t want to look like a copy cat, but at the same time, this is the second house I’ve bought, having built one a few years ago.

The new house is in central Austin, though it’s not south of the river as we’d hoped (we love the South Congress area) and it was built in 1949. It’s very cool, lots of original hardware (even the old Tappan stove is original).

I’ll think about putting together a quick “how to buy a house in Austin” guide sometime, but might wait ’till Jeremy’s done with his guide, so I can point to his tips too, when they’re applicable.

Anyways. Signing in 1 hour… wish us luck.

Tip for people closing on a major purchase like a house:

“Remember, you’re the only person looking after your own money at a closing. The people that are supposed to be helping you buy a house are all just getting greedy at the closing because their obligation to help you ends as soon as you sign the paperwork. Read everything twice (even though there is a lot of crap to read, read it), and ask questions if you have to. You’re the only person looking out after your own ass at the closing table.” — advice from a good friend.

GarageBand and its impact

I was impressed with Steve Jobs’ keynote today, and I didn’t even watch it…

(Overheard today in an AIM window):

buddy: Ok, I really want a Mac now
me: heh, why?
buddy: I just got done watching the Macworld Keynote and Steve Jobs introduced “GarageBand” as part of the new iLife suite. He had John Mayer on stage playing his guitar into it. It was SOOO Cool!
buddy: http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/

[for reference: John Mayer playing into GarageBand photo on Wired.com]

Ok, aside from the fact that I have a real job now, and had to work through the Keynote, I also actually forgot it was today until my buddy busted into my work schedule with that instant message, I’m super-impressed that Apple introduced GarageBand, because they finally won over another convert…

This may not seem like a big deal to most of you out there, but… this buddy of mine happens to be the same one that I am not holding my breath to wait to see him buy a Mac, and yet, here he is, telling the world he’s buying one:

iLife is pretty much what I’ve tried to attain with our computer. I use a hacked version of Picasa for our digital photo album, which is mediocre in my opinion, iTunes (which is made by Apple and is the only recreational 3rd party software that works decently on the computer), Pinnacle Studio 8 (capture card) that I still can’t get to work right. We don’t have a DVD ROM so I haven’t had to endure the pains of dealing with 3rd party software for that.

That pretty much sums up what I’ve been saying about Apple products for years… you don’t have to “try to get it to work” nearly as much as you have to with a Windows box… And I’ll have to remember to tell my buddy to check out The Big Mix from Aladdin when he gets his Mac.

Tony Hawk, Sheryl Crow and Elijah Wood tell Ian Robbinson the same thing in this iLife ’04 movie from Apple… cheezy, sure, but the wife’s ears picked up the movie while she was playing SSX on the Game Cube enough for her to say “When are we getting that?”

John Gruber makes a good point about GarageBand and the types of users Macintoshes satisify:

“But GarageBand epitomizes whatís different and better about the Mac. Everyone wants it, and thereís nothing like it for any other platform.”

Brent Simmons is also just about as psyched as my buddy about GarageBand:

“I’ve been waiting 20 years for GarageBand.”

My buddy and my wife start to show the impact of GarageBand. I just ordered it.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out Apple’s updated 1984 ad (notice the iPod on her hip?)

update:Apple isn’t the only one selling a 4GB MP3 Player for $249… I wish people’d quit bitching about the ‘high price’ so much… remember that Apple products have always carried a premium just because they had the little apple on them. People will pay for that… maybe not the masses, but Apple stays profitable selling to who they sell to.

George Bush Website(s)

People’s ingenuity and creative skills amaze me. These are two funny examples of websites that aren’t too good for George Bush:

Bush in 30 Seconds — Really great quality ads produced by ‘normal people’ that aren’t at all friendly to the president’s re-election bid.

Bush2004.com — This site is:

Copyright 2004. Use freely. Bush2004.com is not affiliated with George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, the White House, Congress,
the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Party or any state, county or local Republican Party.
Opinions and statements expressed here are not intended to be representative of the Bush/Cheney ’04 campaign, or the Republican National Committee.
Bush2004.com is not under the direction of or an official part of Bush/Cheney ’04 Inc.
This site is run by two guys sitting around in their underwear.

Too damned funny… I wonder how many people will donate money to that site thinking it might go to George Bush… and how could those campaign planners not buy that domain back in the day? It was registered in 1998, way before Bush won the last election, but still…

Disclaimer: I have only voted in one election, and probably won’t get around to voting in this next Presidential election because I work for a living and I live in Texas, where it won’t matter who I vote for… Bush will win this state.

Some Macintosh games for sale

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to start cleaning out stuff that’s been sitting in the computer closet for too long, especially if I’ve never used it… so, I’m planning on putting things up for auction on eBay, with the goal of getting rid of them for good. If the items don’t sell (and I’m not looking to make a huge profit) then I’ll probably just give them to Goodwill in a large box of stuff each quarter.

The first round of stuff for sale happens to be some great games I picked up from Ron Dimant at MacPlay a year or so ago:

Fallout Ý
Knights & Merchants
Icewind Dale Ý
Heretic II
Aliens vs. Predator

If you’re interested, take a look… I think I listed them all for $.99 except one… like I said, I’m just trying to unload these to a wanting home…

I’ll likely be adding more every other day or so, so check my auctions frequently, or come back here to see what else I might have just listed.