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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??

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 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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