Cancelling AOL

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 23:05
Category: News

Vincent Ferrari decided to cancel his AOL account. Little did he know how hard it was going to be. Click through to hear the audio recording of his phone call to AOL’s cancellation (a.k.a. “retention”) department.

I had an AOL account years ago. I kept it around because many of the suits in my office use AOL. When the boss needs AOL fixed, you’d better have an account to get it running. That’s fine with me. It made troubleshooting much easier. Even though my father and mother both had accounts under mine, their computer didn’t even have the software installed. No one in my family was using it, and at most I was using it once a month.

Recently, I decided that I could spend $14.95 a month in many better ways, and decided to cancel the AOL account. Knowing the horror stories, I decided to do the deed at work where I could record the whole thing. I knew it was going to be good, but I had no idea it would be the abusive disaster it was.Click here to check it out.

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Mac Mini Installed in a Toyota Prius

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 10:00
Category: Hacks, Mac mini

macprius.jpgJeremy Kusnetz has installed a Mac mini in his Toyota Prius and even hacked the touch screen to work with Front Row. Very impressive, my man!

The quest to make Mac Prius.

The first thing I needed was video in. There are a number of options here, I decided to go with the CAN-view for a number of reasons, it takes RGB in opposed to other options that are either only composite video or s-video. Also the CAN-view has a serial out which I had hoped to be able to use to read touch screen coordinates, and maybe eventually take the other CAN data to build an interface showing different car statistics.

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MacBook Pro Light Sensor Secrets

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 10:55
Category: MacBook Pro

Mac programmer Amit Singh, who in February figured out how to access and manipulate the motion sensor in Apple’s laptops, has published an explanation of the ambient light sensor also found in the company’s latest portables. The ambient light sensor detects the amount of light in a room and brightens the laptop’s keyboard as needed.

Programmer Reveals MacBook Pro Light Sensor Secrets || The Mac Observer

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Stained MacBook Info Site

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 09:14
Category: MacBook

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This site was born as a way to give pressure to Apple regarding recent QA issues with the new white MacBook. Many people all over the world are complaining about stains appearing in their newly acquired piece of
Apple hardware.
Basically, many users around the globe are finding that their white MacBooks turn into a yellowish/grey/pink dirty computer in those areas where hands rest.

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.Macster!

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

Imagine adding Digg and Wikipedia to MySpace, except instead of flashing inverse text on top a stretched out photo of Britney Spears, with some awful pop diva tune set to autoplay, you’d have sharp looking profiles based on classy iWeb templates.
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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A Reputation System for .Mac

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

Reputation becomes a richer basis for trust in an otherwise anonymous community. This principle is so useful in rating the value of an individual’s contributions, that it’s commonly found in commerce sites like Amazon or eBay, and in many tech advice discussion forums, including Apple’s support forum.
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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The Apple Core: IM is the new email

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 08:16
Category: The Apple Core

USB-device-tree.pngIn response to my piece yesterday about video chat bugs in iChat AV, many of you IM’d me to suggest other IM clients for the Mac – the most popular being Adium X. I have used most of the IM clients for the Mac (Fire, Proteus) at one time or another and was a two-year user of Adium until I got my MacBook Pro. I switched back to iChat because the MBP has a built-in iSight camera and Adium doesn’t support video chats.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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