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Clippings from the BetterComms garden – 24Jul07

Clippings from the BetterComms garden – 24Jul07

by Lee Hopkins on July 24, 2007

in miscellaneous


Today is an iPod-ish sort of day, for reasons I cannot divulge on this blog without putting scores of lives at risk and undermining the security of two nations.

So content yourself with the following:

1. Fly high with your iPod – that wonderful blogger Amit Agarwal reports on a deal that Apple has inked with a slew of major airlines. You will shortly be able to hook your iPod up to the plane’s entertainment system and watch the TV shows and movies you have downloaded on the airline’s 7″ screens.

Even if you don’t have a video iPod (sacre bleu!) you can hook up your Nano or Shuffle and listen on their headphones.

The ‘also neat’ thing about it is that the iPod will automatically be charged up at the same time as you are watching the Adobe Creative Suite vidcasts. (Amit also has an interesting post about how to charge up your iPod without powering up your laptop).

But in a major blow to some I am sorry to report that Podcast Asylum Airways — the private jet service that the Podcast Asylum has for its most expensive exclusive clients — has yet to agree the terms and conditions.

2. My fabulous friend and acclaimed bathroom chanteuse Donna PepsiCola has posted about the ludicrous iPod Tax in Canada. Pray that similarly daft minds don’t try and introduce such a tax in your neighbourhood…

3. The biggest bugbear I have with my iPod (apart from not being able to assign a piece of music to a playlist from within the iPod’s menu itself) is that my earbud cords seem to delight in tying themselves in knots when I’m not looking. Amit has three YouTube videos that show clearly and cleanly how to resolve the problem, by wrapping the iPod phones neatly.

4. “No blogging! No blogging!” whispered the bride as she glided past. Metaverse amusingly reports on the ever-evolving etiquette of this new social media world.

5. Facebook. Again. I’ve written about it before, so have many other folks. It is a worrying black hole for data and you sign away your rights to your content. But the world is flocking to it and it’s the first thing I check after my emails each morning. According to Scoble, Facebook have now acquired Parakey, “a stealth-mode startup started by Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt, two former Firefox geeks.” Mind you, getting Scoble to shut up about the joys and wonders of Facebook makes one wonder if he is being offered pre-IPO stock…

UPDATE: My good friend Dan York has yet another great post on Facebook.

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