Beck Albums + Apple Advertising

Anyone else recognize the trend of apple using Beck albums in all of their iTunes and iPod ads? cool.


What, are you going to sue me too?

You guys hear about the realty company that recently sued a woman for 50,000 because of something she wrote on Twitter? Read the article here if you haven't: http://mashable.com/2009/07/28/woman-sued-tweet/

She basically said that she had mold in her apartment, and she was not satisfied with Horizon Realty.

Let's tell Horizon what we think about the whole thing, shall we? Write to them here to tell them what you think.

Dear Horizon Realty of Chicago,

Learn how to use Twitter! If someone complains about your company, get an account, and show the Twitter world that you care by asking for a way to fix the problem.

Taking someone to court is just going to hurt you. You are definitely not going to gain any positive exposure from this whole thing. DROP THE CHARGES if you have any brains, and publicly apologize if you care about your reputation.

Trust me, this is the ultimate backfire in the works. Case and Point: McDonalds vs. Helen Steel and Dave Morris: http://www.mcspotlight.org/case/

Look into it. Even if you win, you lose.

Have a good day. PS: Defending your pride will only make you lose face, even if there was no mold. This is gone too far.


Poor excuse for a post

The next time you think of sending me a ____ request on Facebook


Rejected Banner Ad - Unethical?

I designed a banner for a company, and the feed back I got was that it was spammy looking, because of the fake search bar. What do you guys think?

I think its clever, because it is so obviously a banner ad. The slight movement of the cursor may get your attention, and it get's the point across: "this banner is about search engine optimization." Or at least, I thought so.

Above is the Rejected banner in half it's glory (the other half has the business name on it, which of course is confidential).

Thoughts, anyone?


Connecting Motorola S805 Bluetooth Headphones to Vista

Alright, I admit it - this blog is turning into a NERD blog, but bare with me. I NEED to put this post on my blog because I had this huge problem, and it took me forever to figure it out. I'm sure Google will index this entry and it will save a lot of people a lot of time!

Here's the deal: I bought me some slick to new headphones - the Motorola S805 bluetooth headset.

Features: It has a built in microphone, rechargeable lithium battery, Bluetooth, volume control, play/pause buttons, track changing control, and optional 2.5mm head jack so you can plug it in to any audio device (even if the battery is dead). woah.

Real quick. Why did I get these? To listen to music from my phone and be able to switch to phone calls when I want. Also, to pair them up with my computer to watch movies, work to music, and everything else at night when the baby is sleeping - minus the wire hassle. Oh, plus they retail for $130 and I found them online for $30 - yeya!

The big problem:
Windows Vista has a crappy Bluetooth Driver - especially when it comes to A2DP connections (advanced stereo output for headsets). I couldn't get them to sync with my computer.

I could pair the headset with my phone, but I wasn't having much luck connecting them to the computer. None of the documentation talks about connecting to the computer, although it is kind of assumed that it should work considering it is Bluetooth.

Windows kept saying it was unable to connect to the bluetooth device. And all the Broadcom drivers and downloads always froze have way through or were unable to locate any devices. Motorola was also no help and provide no drivers for the S805.

Solution: BlueSoleil. That's right, since Microsoft coudn't develop a very good Bluetooth Driver, another company had to step up to the plate. It cost me $20, but it was worth every penny. You can download a free trial to see if it works for you. Worked perfect for me, and gives a much more interface for Bluetooth devices.

Just install it, then have it look for devices. The rest is easy, and they've got great help files.

On the S805 itself: In order to turn your headphones on so that they are ready to pair, just press the Phone button and hold it. You'll see the button flash blue twice which means it is on - keep holding. Eventually it will stay blue at which point it is ready to pair. Note: Make sure your phone isn't paired because I don't think the headphones can connect to both at once.

Alright, I hope that helps someone. To summarize: YES, You can pair your Motorola S805 Headset with your PC - even if you run Windows Vista.

UPDATE: I tested these headphones with an iPhone 3G and it paired beautifully as a headset. I didn't get to test it with iPhone's iTunes though. Next Timel


Installing Fonts in Windows XP

I am definitely getting a mac next time. Here is me installing fonts (some which I already have installed by default) after I had to reformat my computer at work. It's the same in Vista, although I'm not sure how easy it is to install fonts on a Mac.

Either way. A little message to OS authors everywhere: Add a check box that says "Remember My Decision Next Time" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doesn't it sound like I'm spinning the wheel at The Price is Right?