The FTC has released new guidelines for advertisers. One of those guidelines is that advertisers of diet products cannot have a famous (and formerly fat) person stand there and tell you that they lost 48 pounds in 48 days and you can to if you will just give them $480. Most people understand that they only thing that will lose weight in those schemes is your wallet. It is good for the FTC to demand a bit of realism there.
The FTC also says they will restrict bloggers from talking about products where they received the product or service as a gift in order to elicit the blogger’s review (favorable or unfavorable). There are some services out there that will help you get free products as long as you talk about them on your blog. I think these sites and services will be out of business soon.
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With any downturn in the economy, there are always new rules and regulations that are discussed or passed to prevent the previous calamity from occurring again. The same is true for this latest downturn with a variety of efforts and attention being shown to the banking and mortgage industries.
Now attention is also being shown to the venture capitalists. This is not necessary. Nothing in this current downturn can have VC activity pointed to as the cause. In fact, VCs are fairly well self-regulated by the activity of the stock market and they take a sizeable set-back when the tech bubble bursts (most notably in the early part of this decade).
No VC is too big to fail and no VC has a huge majority of the market. It simply doesn’t make sense to overly regulate this industry when so much of what we enjoy on a regular basis is the result of VC activity (nearly the entire IT industry including the technology that makes this blog possible and your ability to read it).
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There is an article in the Wall Street Journal that has AT&T whining about the cost of supporting the data plans for the iPhone. Seems that with all of the really cool apps that the iPhone has, they tend to load up on the data! No surprise, the quality of the apps is excellent (check out this site that reviews iPhone apps)
Too bad! The iPhone is by far the coolest product in the mobile world. It has also set the standard for all other phone developers and networks to aspire to. Because of this, there is no way that we are going to roll back time and start to use a less flexible and featured product.
AT&T may not like it but Apple and it’s iPhone have given them first mover advantage in mobile computers. Everyone else is trying to play catch up. If AT&T screws it up, the competition will be all over them.
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Is there a brand name that is better than Polaroid?
I am sure that there is but not too many. Coke and Pepsi come to mind. Mac is probably more popular. Perhaps Levi’s and Mercedes. There may be a dozen or two others but to be honest, if someone says Polaroid you instantly know what it is: a camera that takes a picture and spits it out immediately to be enjoyed by you and others. What a perfect idea for the US where we are known for our lack of patience and need for instant gratification.
Today, multimedia dominates the Internet and the computer industry. The ability to interact with and use images and movies drives the sale of most computers. In fact, a recent Apple v. PC discusses the ability of the Mac to manage volumes of digital images.
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My 3 teenagers have all purchased the iPod Touch from BestBuy. Actually, the youngest one just received his as a birthday gift and that is what is prompting this rant.
There are a variety of gadget sites that talk about the deals available at BestBuy (see here and here). The forums are split as to buying the warranty (here and here) but Apple doesn’t have a great track record on iPods and the BestBuy warranty has replaced 3 separate iPods for my family over the years so we think it is a good deal.
So when my youngest son wanted a new iPod Touch to replace his nano, it was natural for us to go to BestBuy. He was ecstatic when he opened the gift and it was plugged into the family computer within minutes. Imagine his disappointment when his brand new Touch had pre-2.0 software on it and iTunes wanted him to upgrade for only $9.95! This OS upgrade was announced almost a year ago.
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This may be incredibly obvious to everyone else but I have wanted to do a better job of managing my contacts on my iPhone. When I used Windows Mobile, I could put categories on my contacts in Outlook and those categories meant something on the phone as well. The iPhone doesn’t support categories so all my contacts (approaching 1000 at this writing) were in one big list.
I did a little experiment and found out that the Groups function on your iPhone includes not only your Global Address Book from your company, but also any sub-folders of your Contacts on the Exchange server. This way you can divide different types of contacts (work, customers, family, vendors, etc. into different Contact folders on your server and they appear correctly on your phone.
Here is a screen shot of my folders in Exchange:
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