A is for Apple; Z is for Zune

Anyone who truly knows me knows how important music is to me. I must have it wherever I go, in every room in the house. The TV? Not so much. So tonight, I sat down to my computer to try to get four songs I’d downloaded from Apple Music/iTunes onto my computer to (1) burn to CD to listen to on my revamped sound system, and (2) transfer them to my Zunes. (Yes, plural.) Why three Zunes? WTF, Joni? Well, I have a brown one, a white one, and a pink one. Pink is my favorite color (it’s the color of my iPhone case, too). That Zune is in my bedroom, connected to an Altec-Lansing Zune speaker dock. The white Zune is in the dining room for soft jazz when entertaining or working in the kitchen (docked to a second Altec-Lansing speaker dock), and the third one, the brown one, originally bought for Roberto, is in my car. I’ve never liked iTunes. It is a hoggy program, and despite being made by Apple, the interface is decidedly not intuitive, at least not to my way of thinking. Sadly, Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s iPod failed miserably. Still, like me, there are …

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i-Fan of the i-Phone

I finally caved last week and purchased an iPhone 4 now that my cellular carrier, Verizon, started offering them back in February 2011. My friend and business partner has been in love with them pretty much since they first came out, in mid-2007. Honestly, I’ve never heard him go on about a woman the way he went on about that damn phone. And as much as he’s been right about nearly everything, I still resisted. I have been a Palm OS fan since the early 2000s, when I got my first CLIE PDA. (That’s back when everyone thought the PDA was the be-all, end-all of existence; and that fad passed soon enough. So too, would the iPhone, thought I!)

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Power Tripping and V for Vexation

When it rains (literally) it pours (figuratively). There was lightning storm that passed through here last night from around 4:30 p.m. until around 6:00 p.m. I was upstairs in my office on the computer and decided after the latest lightning bolt to unplug my systems. So I yanked both power strips from the wall and went downstairs to make sure Robert’s laptop and mine were also unplugged. And the cat and I proceeded to watch some TIVO’d programs. (You should have seen that fat old thing high tail it out of the room when the lights went off briefly. He was just an orange blur!) Anyway, after the storm passed, I decided to head upstairs and plug my equipment back in and settle in for an evening of coding. Everything roared back to life (external fantom drive, router, both printers, monitor, speakers, flatbed scanner) except the desktop computer. Nothing. So I dragged it out of its enclosure and opened up the case. I didn’t see anything loose. I did see a green blinking light on the motherboard. It continued to blink (although slower) when I removed the power cord. Shit shit shit shit. Well, I needed to open up the …

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And When I Die…

And when I’m dead, dead and gone…. There’ll be… iGoodbye.com. Where my heirs apparent can have access to all my top secret information, information which I (heir) apparently don’t want them to have beforehand. Well, if I can’t trust them while I’m alive, why should I trust them when I’m dead? I can’t decide if this is just another great organizational tool or a scary-creepy web app. From their home page: Many of us have information about assets, financial accounts, and personal data that we would like to see passed on privately to ours heirs that we may be hesitant to share before we have actually departed this world. It kind of hits close to home for one good reason. I’ve got a web design business that I run with my partner who is in Europe. We communicate strictly by email and ICQ. Other than the fact that we have never, not once in the two years we’ve known each other, gone more than 24 hours without touching base with each other, how would he know if I shed the mortal coil? Several days of silence? Robert would likely be unable (either due to his extreme state of grief, merriment …

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Blackberry Whine

As most of you know, I work in a mega law firm here in Houston. All the attorneys and a lot of the key management peeps have firm-issue Blackberries. So that emailing can continue well after the person has actually departed their office. I watched in stunned silence while a young associate, intent on her Blackberry screen, ran smack into the marble wall adjacent to the elevator banks. It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud at her. So for your amusement, here are a couple of Blackberry videos courtesy YouTube. And if you got a ‘Berry, and want to bling it up a bit, pay him a visit.

I Had Nothing Better to Do, So I Hosed My Blog…

Well, it COULD happen. I am currently running WP 2.1.2. I have found some way cool plugins that I want to try and I may as well upgrade all the way to 2.3.1 while I’m at it. So .. we’ll see what happens. Hope to see you guys on the other side. Update I had some database errors regarding the tables _categories and _post2cats due to the changes that were made between older versions of WP and 2.3, which changes cut very close to the bone. To shut it up in the meanwhile and so that some of my beloved plugins calm down (e.g., Mini-Blog and WP-Sticky), I restored those two databases from my prior backup (you DO backup your MySQL database before performing surgery on your blog, don’t you?). I’m not sure what long-term effect this will have on the legacy plugins since those two tables will no longer be updated with current data… Time will tell. What’s New Most of the stuff that’s new is on the backend, for me to play with. But I do have some things here that add to the front end of the blog too. On the More About Me page, I’ve added …

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