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Don't Put Your Phone in Your Pocket!

Our good friends over at CNET recently had the misfortune of having the screen on their gorgeous Nexus One review unit crack for no apparent reason. The phone was sent to the folks at HTC Support to be tested and looked at. The result was a flippant “We’re as mystified as you are”. The support personnel contend that there is no way the screen could crack in the manner it did while it wasn’t being handled. They were also quick to point out that the device isn’t meant to slip into someone’s pants pockets, as that would surely damage it.

How many of you throw your phone in your pocket or handbag? I am willing to bet about 90% of you have your hand up right now. Do these companies really expect we’re going to gently hold our phone in our hand at all times, babying it as though it were a living being? That is just absurd. We put it in our pocket! Women stuff them in their purses or bags or whatever the heck that contraption is that they carry at all times.

Is it just me, or should a phone be made well enough that it can stand up to being carried in my jeans pocket?! Who’s with me??

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What’s the Gaudiest Hotel Decor? A Glowing Buddha!


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Not long ago, I appeared at MacHeist. The hotel I stayed in while there was pretty good. I had clean towels and bedding. It was comfortable, and plenty large enough for myself. I had hot and cold running water. The pictures on the walls weren’t even so bad! (You KNOW what I’m talking about!)

However, for some unknown reason, there was a glowing Buddha in my room. I’m not kidding you – take a look at the video. There was a large glowing Buddha on a shelf in my room. I don’t know why they did this, but it confuses me. If I were a Buddhist, I would likely be offended by a Buddha that glows. If I were a Christian, I would be equally offended by a glowing statue of Christ.

Not sure what’s up with this, or why they felt the need to place this statue in the room. Were they trying to be funny? If so, they failed miserably. Were they thinking it’s hip and cool? Again – epic fail. If the owners or manager of the hotel are Buddhists, that’s wonderful for them. However, I don’t feel it’s right to “push” that belief set on their paying guests, and making them uncomfortable, by placing such a thing in the rooms.

What do you think? Am I right to feel weird about this? Why or why not? And while you’re busy typing an answer… what’s the strangest or most unique hotel decor you’ve ever seen?

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Giddyup Geek Let’s Go!

Ok, so it’s a corny title. It made you want to click and read, didn’t it? If you think about it, though, you’ll realize that the title is actually kind of appropriate. Us Geeks do “giddyup and go” on a daily basis. We are the ones who are out there on the Internet, discovering and writing about what’s new and hot. We’re the ones who are standing in line for hours on end to get the latest and the greatest. We’re the ones who are on the cutting edge of Technology, ready to take the leap. In those respects, who could argue that we are the ones who are forging the way for the rest of the World when it comes to Technology?

I’ve been traveling a lot recently, and it’s seriously good to be home again. I spent time in Texas for SXSW, and was able to visit my brother for a few days afterwards. Sadly, I ended up with Bronchitis, so the visit wasn’t the greatest we’ve ever had. I came home for about a day, and then flew off to California to participate in the launch of the newest MacHeist Bundle event. That was a lot of fun!

As you know, though – even when I’m on the road I’m still reading. All of you out there in our community work hard every day to put quality content online to share with the World. You make my job of sharing that content easy!

How to Get Cheap Mac Software


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There’s a myth that there’s no software available for OS X. That is a lie! If you don’t believe me, then check out the MacHeist Bundle. It has a handful of Apps that would be worth around a thousand dollars – but it can be yours for $39!

This year’s bundle features a dozen popular apps, games and utilities that represent the best of the Mac development community. It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in cooking, playing games, or selling on eBay – the MacHeist Bundle has you covered.

MacHeist is again donating part of the proceeds to charity. 25% of each sale will go to a partnering charity of your choice. To date, MacHeist customers have raised over $700,000 for charities around the World. That amount is definitely nothing to sneeze at!

So what do you get in this year’s Bundle? I’m glad you asked! You’ll receive apps such as iSale, SousChef, World of Goo, Kinemac, WorldView and more! Kinemac alone would normally cost you about $300.00! You’re getting these titles and more for only $39.00. You just can’t beat that price.

There aren’t any equivalent bundle programs that you’ll find anywhere. I can’t wait to see what these guys are up to next. I’m looking forward to working with them more, and to helping all of you save money!

If you weren’t able to join us for the official MacHeist Bundle reveal show, you can still watch it on YouTube.

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How to Get Tons of Mac Software for Free: MacHeist


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You’ll never have more fun finding free software for Mac OS X. This is one of the reasons I love the Mac community – you’d never find such an effort happening with Windows shareware developers.

If you’re looking to save money on Mac software, you may want to stay tuned for the next MacHeist. You can have fun while you save money and get free software. I met up with two of the guys involved with MacHeist while I was at Macworld.

What happens is that people attend MacHeist, and complete missions – such as puzzles and riddles. As they solve them, they pick up free software. MacHeist’s missions are an opportunity for members to live out some of those secret agent fantasies, including mission briefings, simulated web espionage, and a storyline packed with tech-mystery intrigue, while earning free Mac software.

It doesn’t end with the games and free software. At the end of the Heist, you can purchase a Mac Bundle for only $49.00. That bundle includes over $500 worth of Mac Apps!! In addition, 25% of your purchase price will be donated to the charity of your choice. That’s seriously impressive. In the first year, $200,000 was given to various charities – with an additional $500,000 raised and donated this past year! I can only image what MacHeist III will bring this year!

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