Archive for the ‘Tech’ category

How to control iTunes with headphones

April 28, 2010

If you own headphones with a built-in remote, such as those that come with the iPhone (or these), you can control iTunes directly from the button when it’s plugged into your Apple laptop.

To launch iTunes, press the button once.

To play/pause, press the button once.

To skip to the next track, press the button twice.

To go back to the previous track, press the button three times.

Amazing, I know.

I have these by Etymotic, and they are fawesome.

How to Turn Off Google Buzz

February 10, 2010

Friend Feed

April 21, 2009

Friend Feed: Like Twitter, but without Oprah or Ashton or any of that other crap.

lala – $0.10 – $0.89

October 23, 2008

LaLa - Where Music Plays

lala is a new music service that puts your music in the “cloud”. Don’t ask me what that means. But here’s what you can do:

  • – “Upload” your entire music collection to lala and listen to it on any computer with an internet connection.
  • – Buy “Web Songs” for 10 cents. You can’t download them, but you can listen as many times as you want on your computer.
  • – Buy full songs for 89 cents. You can download these to your iPod and listen to them as many times as you want on your computer.

I’ve been using lala for the past 2 days, and it is the greatest thing ever. Ever!

Sign up now and get 50 free credits (that’s 50 free Web Songs).

A Picture Everyday – $0

May 5, 2008

A Picture Everyday is a cool little Facebook app that lets you take a photo of yourself each day with your web-cam. Check it out if you have a built-in iSight or USB web-cam.

Howcast instructional videos – $0

February 6, 2008

Like learning, but hate reading? Watch free instructional videos at howcast.com.

Joost – $0

May 1, 2007

joost invitation code

I’ve been playing around with the beta version of Joost for the past few weeks. If you haven’t heard already, Joost is a “new way of watching TV on the internet.” You can choose from over a dozen channels and pretty much watch TV completely free from your computer. It’s definately a cool concept, and there’s no surprise that Joost has been receiving plenty of hype from the media and Internets. But there’s only one problem: Joost sucks.

The biggest flaw with Joost is the content. Honestly, who wants to watch National Geographics and GameStar TV. And if you like sports, you’re stuck with Indy racing, soccer, and some crappy extreme sports channel. They’ve also thrown in big names like MTV and Comedy Central for good measure, but you only get the reject programs like Laguna Beach (wtf?) and Stella.

There are also problems with the actual software. I’m currently running on a 6 month old Macbook with plenty of RAM. When I fire up Joost, I feel like my laptop is about to explode. So don’t even think about running any other application if you have Joost open. Although I’ve upgraded to the latest version of Joost, I’m still experiencing random delays and crashes. Not good at all.

But enough bitching and moaning from me. Joost is currently invite-only, and I’ve got a few invites left. If you want to see what the hype is all about, leave a comment and I’ll send out invites on a first come first serve basis.

Update: You can manually invite yourself to the Joost beta here. Joost also came out with a new software upgrade today, which crashes your computer even more. Folks, it still sucks. If you want a real Internet TV solution, get yourself a Slingbox. I’ve had mine for over a week and it seriously kicks ass.