After a trip to the Genius bar and a call to 800-MY-APPLE, I was given two options: (1) restore the software on my Apple TV back to the factory default, or (2) change my Apple ID. I like my Apple ID and don’t really want to change it. I really do not want to mess with downgrading my Apple TV. Neither option was really appealing. The support rep said that Apple Engineers were aware of the problem and hoped to have a fix in some future update by had no guess as to when such an update might be coming.
I decided that I would go ahead and change my Apple ID. This means that I will have to make changes on several computers and iPhones where I use my Apple ID. So I go into iTunes and try to change my Apple ID. Nope – that doesn’t work. Inside iTunes, you can only change your Apple ID to an Apple ID that is formatted like an email address. I did not want that.
I managed to find the web equivalent of the iTunes account management screen. On this screen I was able to change my AppleID to something that was not and email address although I did have to come up with a new password.
What is still lacking is a way to merge Apple IDs into a single account. I tried to set up Apple IDs for each of my kids. The idea was that I would be able to give them an allowance and let them buy what they wanted. The problem with that idea is that each account is completely separate. If I wanted to buy a song and share it with each kid they had to have the account and password that matched the song. This would be unworkable. I quickly abandoned this idea and the other iTunes accounts that I had created.
Since upgrading I have been able to enjoy my phone much more. This is the version of the OS that we have wanted. I immediately noticed that my reception was better. I am actually able to use my phone inside my house for the first time. I cannot really speak to the increase battery life because I tend to keep my phone near a power source
My applications are much more stable. I have tried more games which means more money for developers and Apple.
Do not like the zombie genre? Me either but this book is really good. I have never been into the heavy gore and violence usually associated with stories about the living dead. However, Max Brooks takes you on a journey with survivor excerpts collected from around the globe, in a reporting style that works well for this bit of fiction. The book also reads good on several levels. On the surface you can get amazing and interesting survivor stories documented as they are collected for posterity. On a deeper level, the book accomplishes what I understand many of the undead films and stories try to convey but I rarely get to because the gross out factor outweighs the message. Max balances his messages with entertainment well here.
These “Oral Histories” tell the story, showing how governments, individuals and cultures around the world adapt to a crisis without a conscious. You will find parallels in World War Z to our world facing terrorist and cultural threats that cross every nation’s borders. You will also find riveting stories that rival any “reality fiction” works available.
This is a great read.
WoW is everything you have heard it is. Without a doubt the best mmorpg (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) around . You will find yourself immersed in a universe that is complex and character driven.
Fighting to gain higher and higher levels so you can ride mounts, get pets for your character or raise the dead are just a few of the rewards your character can get. If you have seen the ads with William Shatner, Mr. T or Verne Troyer and thought to yourself, “hmmm, that sounds like fun,” then give in to your inner-child now and get into the World of Warcraft. Working together with other players you will build alliances, defeat bosses that require team work and lead raids on opposing sides in the game laying waste to their villages.
The game is not all about fighting and you can learn skills such as metalworking, leather-crafting and engineering to help your online persona raise money to buy better equipment and supplies. Need to relax? Take a break and learn fishing, first aid or cooking. All of these complex and innocuous skills will lead you into a well-rounded experience and help you make online friends that will look out for you and help you as you work to attain level 70 and get your flying mount.
This game is very addictive and to really enjoy it you need to set aside time to play it. It is not the kind of game that you can poke at every so often and realize its true potential. Think of the World of Warcraft as the part of your life you have been missing and stop denying yourself the fun.
This book picks apart in detail the methods that the United States Submarine Command used to conceal the truth about what happened to the Scorpion and her crew by misinformation, simple turn of phrase and blatant lies. What I like is that the author never makes the judgement that the Navy acted in a malicious manner but rather goes to great lengths to explain the truth about what happened. The Navy is shown to have protected this secret to help prevent an escalation between the former Soviet Union and the United States during the height of the cold war. Intrigue, spies and mortal danger are all present in this book and you will not only get the truth about the incident but you will learn about many other events during the rather “warm” war between the U.S. and Soviet submarine fleets during that period. A lot of this book fits in with stories I had read in one publication or another when I was younger. One parallel to what I already knew that Offley gives, points out that the Russian submariners were more afraid of the death due to the bad design and implementation of their own submarines than they were at the hands of their American counterparts.
The only downside to this book is that at times his documentation and historical information is so detailed that it bogs down the reader. However, the information and uncovering of the facts is intriguing enough to get the reader through these rough patches to get to the next revelation. This is a great book and it demonstrates the heroism of anyone that has served in their countries’ submarine fleet and the secrets that they guard to protect everyone; even when they are not on their boats.
A lot of people compare it with successful “World of Warcraft” (WoW) by Blizzard, but in fact it’s a total different game.
Before I come to the pros and cons of the game let me explain what you can expect from Guild Wars:
First of all there are 3 different kind of modes. The PvE (Player versus environment) is a campaign where you try to solve missions with other players against the computer. You start at level 0 and become level 20 if you’ve success.
The second mode is PvP (Player versus Player). In this mode you can demonstrate your competence by fighting against other “real” players in a little group.
The third mode is GvG (Guild versus Guild). A guild is association of different players with their own flag, territory and rank. By fighting against other Guilds you can improve or corrupt your rank.
Before joining a mode you have to decide your class. You’ve to choose between warrior, necromancer (black magic), elementalist (natural magic forces), Assasin ( soldier with dagger), mesmer (magic forces), monk (healer), ranger (bowman), ritualist ( can create ghosts).
I really like this game because it doesn’t get boring, you can spend hours on playing it. On top of that you can found a guild with your friends and compare your skill to other players. Furthermore you’ll always find a player helping you in the guild wars campaign, because there’s just one server – and that’s the big different to world of warcraft – and so all the 4 million Guild Wars player can meet each other without changing the server.
The only pro I found is, that the missions are often very long-winded and it isn’t possible to save. If you interrupt the mission by closing the application you’ll be the next time in the nearest meeting point, where you have to start the mission again.
But all in all it’s a very exciting game, because there are so much things to do and to discover. On top of it the $49.99 on amazon.com is really a fair deal, if you see what you’re getting.
I think the game titles are promising. I know my kids will want Real Soccer 2009 and Need for Speed (in November). I’m not a fan of games on the Mac. It’s a combination of the lack of good games and the fact that I see the Mac as a tool and not a game platform. I have a DS, PS2 and a Wii for gaming. But the iPhone/iPod Touch seems different. I also like the pricing model. I can buy a game once and the whole family can play it (3 iPhones and an iPod Touch).
Steve Jobs showed that he has a sense of humor about the reports of his death (photo by Gizmodo.com).
What did we not see at this event? I did not expect a new tablet or new laptop. The time of year is wrong. Apple telegraphed that this was an iPod announcement and delivered what they promised –despite the negative Wall Street reaction (AAPL down 3%). To add MacBooks would have confused the message. I would not be surprised if there was another event between now and January but the bet now is that we will see a new MacBook in January.
I am disappointed that we did not get iLife ’09 like I had previously posted. That too would have confused the message. I’m not sure what is needed in the iLife package. I think iDVD is going extinct or at least vestigial. I do have a wish for how Apple can improve iPhoto but I’ll save that for another post.
The only other product that would make sense to rev would be AppleTV. They could fix the UI and add some of the new Genius features. Perhaps simply getting HD TV shows are enough of a big deal. I know that I would consider buying Battlestar Galactica episodes in HD.
I really like the direction that the patches are going and I hope that these patches get melded back into the main project. The basic module just posts to Twitter. The patched version adds the ability to post for all users, more post settings, and the ability to use TinyURL.
Here’s what we learned.
* Jerry Seinfeld is spending his retirement from TV trolling the malls and eating churros.
* Bill Gates has been buying his shoes at Shoe Circus for the last 30 years. We are not sure what he does with all those points.
* The spanish speaking family is more impressed with the leather shoe than with the two celebrities in the shoe store
* Microsoft is apparently working on an edible computer.
So Jerry is acting like any other technophile would do if they ran into Bill Gates in the mall, trying to pump him for secrets.
I would expect the Conquistador, the Churros, and Bill Gate’s Shoe size to recur at the end of this string of ads. Soon after that Netflix will release a collectors DVD set containing all the episodes and a cast reunion show.
Apple recently announced a special event next Tuesday. At the time of this conversation all we had was a rumor from Kevin Rose but that was good enough for me. The special event has now been confirmed by Apple with an invitation. The event seems to be focused on the iPod and will probably have no affect on the rest of the product line, especially the iPod. So why wait?
I suspect that we may see iLIfe ’09 announced/released on Tuesday. This would mean that a computer bought next week would come with iLife ’09 for free — a $79 savings.
So if you want to buy a new Mac, wait until Tuesday. Don’t wait much longer than that. The iPod rebate for College Students and teachers ends soon.