Sitting among other visitors, waiting for the guards to allow our passage into the halls. My planned first booth (where I will actually talk to people) will be our friends from M-Edge.
So…I decided to get the oversized iPod touch, aka the iPad. I couldn’t get on to the WiFi service at Starbucks. Finding a customer service number for the company’s WiFi service so I called the general ATT number. Useless. After speaking to “Zia” and “Ian” trying to get the direct number and getting absolutely nowhere, I ended my phone call. It was as if I was asking to speak to a former spouse or Lord Voldemort but couldn’t specifically refer to by name. They couldn’t just forward me to ATT WiFi’s customer service number.
After some travels via my iPhone, I found the direct number to ATT WiFi customer service number. Dennis had my problem solved In less than two minutes. Thanks, Dennis. ATT needs more reps like you (or at least your version of the scripts)!!
I know, it is truly anticlimactic to do this now, but the reality of the day job made the complete rest of my ruminations of and about CES wait until this Presidents’ Day weekend. Part III will ultimately tie up all the rest of the loose ends of the “Emerald City” report.
Among the things that I received in the gifts that I received in the gift bag at the “It Won’t Stay In Vegas” party was Burton Technologies‘ Acoustibuds™ Earphone Adapters and their Acoustigrip™ Wire Management clips. According to the Burton Technologies’ site, with the Acoustibuds,
Earphones stay in better, even with extreme activity.
Sweat is “no sweat”. Closely spaced fins help prevent your earphones from slipping out.
I was provided three pairs: sizes 4, 5 and 6. I felt like Goldilocks. “4” was too small, “6” was too big”, “5” was “just right”. The Acoustibuds™ are also supposed to make it sound “better”. I don’t really know about that yet, but it makes it so much easier to block out ambient sounds. I was at Borders when I when started using the size I settled on. There were Nursing students from UNLV studying near me, one was particular loud. Without my Acoustibuds™, I could hear her clearly when I had my iPhone headset in my ears. With the Acoustibuds™, she and others were muffled to a comparative whisper and I could hear Clapton, Groban and Aretha more prominently without adjusting the volume.
ACOUSTIGRIP™ is used to clip the earphone wires to a shirt or light weight jacket. This allows the consumer to perfectly set the wire slack so that the earphones do not tug on the ears with head movement or when the wire ‘swings’ during exercise activities.
I’ll continue to experiment with it/them to see what I really think.
If you go to iLounge’s Photostream tomorrow (1/27/2010), there will be photos from their coverage of Apple’s event. Expected is the unveiling of the tablet product, possibly to be called iPad or iSlate.
Warning 1: attached or embedded video links have expletives (aka "cuss or curse words"). Really. You have been warned.
This morning, on CNET.com, Chris Matyszczyk’s How Google’s Nexus One censors cuss words was a featured story. Granted that you can type expletives and other not-nice words into Google’s web-based search engine and that Google has made a big deal about freedom of speech issues in China, this seems to be more than just an oversight? Is there a language police battalion there?
- Mashable: What the ####: Google’s Nexus One Censors Your Curse Words
- The Nexus One Censors Voice Input, @#$ It
Since I have the iPhone with its Google app with Voice Search, I thought I would try it out. Apparently, this has been known since the end of last summer but Google wasn’t in the middle of "championing" free-speech rights in dealing with cyberattacks in China. Even users of the Motorola Droid see the same screening of questionable spoken voice search terms. What if I want to check out a quote from writer David Sedaris for a review? Isn’t it reasonable for some expletives used in his best-selling books to be searched legitimately? If SafeSearch can be modified, haven’t I indicated that, as an adult I know what I’ll get myself into? If I have pronunciation issues, could a mangled "sheet" be blocked or deemed unrecognizable?
So, those who don’t want to be tortured with the speaking of aforementioned (actually barely referred to) expletive: the result (see image to the right or above right) was a series of number symbols ("#") (most erroneously referred to, by me, as "dollar symbols" in the attached video clip).
Warning 2: if you choose to view the embedded video, note that the sample expletive in question must be stated (spoken) in order to provide the full demonstration of what others have observed:
(If you watched the earlier video posted to Twitter, I wanted to get my idea out fast and didn’t do horizontally flip the Apple PhotoBooth-recorded video. That’s why I depended on the iPhone screen captures that I added to the edit.). After considering how much more sloppy it was, I removed the previous version. And yes, I said "dollar symbols" when I should have said "number symbols". My apologies. No additional @#%$# either…
I tried to download a sample e-book this afternoon. After the e-book was in the queue for a while, I eventually got an error message; no book. Apparently there was a major failure in BN servers…
On Barnes and Noble’s Unbound: The eReading Blog, an updating about nook demo units was posted. Some of the pre-order buyers, like me, were posting. Unlike me, however, some were whining about not hearing about their order and "lack of communication" from BN.
As I said on a companion tweet: huh?
In an earlier post, I provided visual proof that BN had, in a limited way, let me know they acknowledged that the unit wouldn’t be shipping on the date on my online order status. Here are additional pix: Item 1 is the alert to the message (it is in a Yahoo! account with "disposable" addresses, which translates to a dedicated email address within my paid account just for Barnes and Noble). Item 2 is another view of the picture I posted on November 30th.
As I am sure that I am not that special to Barnes and Noble (or they would have sent it to me earlier, I wish), why did I receive this communication regarding my order and these others not? Because, while I indeed am not special to BN, I did open the email. These others probably received it but have overlooked it, accidentally deleted it, re-filed it, didn’t prep their email system to not "trash" or not mark as "spam" email from the implied/expected source. Why would you avoid the email if you read the subject line? I might slightly agree if you felt it was a feeble attempt from BN, but it still was communication from them, yes? And you get a non-so-insignificant online gift certificate, for goodness sakes!!!
EOR (end of rant – this particular thread, anyway).
I decided to see what the downside is of using the free Wi-Fi now available at Borders Bookstore (including using T-Mobile/Boingo/ATT, etc.). Six paragraphs down:
1. CONSENT TO MONITORING. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THIS SERVICE, BORDERS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO, AND YOU HEREBY CONSENT TO, (1) BORDERS’ MONITORING YOUR COMMUNICATIONS AND ACTIVITIES VIA THIS SERVICE (INCLUDING THEIR CONTENT) DURING TRANSMISSION, AND (2) BORDERS’ DISCLOSURE OF ANY SUCH INFORMATION FOR PURPOSES OF ENSURING YOUR COMPLIANCE WITH THIS AGREEMENT, WITH APPLICABLE LAW IN COOPERATION WITH LEGAL AUTHORITIES, AND AS OTHERWISE REQUIRED TO PROTECT BORDERS’ RIGHTS, PROPERTY AND INTERESTS.
[Yes, it is/was in all caps] So, I guess if you are inclined to do lovey-dovey chat and texting with your honey, someone can follow your little soap opera’s dialogue and plot development? Hmmmm.
When started up my Xbox 360 this evening, I was greeted with a panel that trumpeted pending support for Facebook, Twitter, last.fm and Zune on the game machine. The announcements around the Web indicate that the magic date is Tuesday, November 17th.
Having recently acquired the chat pad for the 360, I am fairly well equipped to do my social networking from the couch…