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There’s an app for that…

Update: the article I linked to below is very useful. It shows me how to do something that I’ve long wanted to learn how to do, namely sync calendars and tasks across applications. Basically it includes using Google sync.

In his classic book Getting Things Done (GTD to the cognoscenti), Dave Allen points out how your brain is kinda stupid. He means the human brain in general, not yours specifically of course, and he gives this example of how, if your brain were really smart, it would remind you to get new batteries for your torch when you were passing the battery section in the store (and also remind you what size batteries you need) instead of “reminding” you that you need new batteries when you try the torch and it doesn’t work.

His GTD system is designed to get as close to that ideal as possible: you create lists of things to do based on context, like @work, @office, @out, @computer, @train, etc. Then, when you’re on the train or out running errands you open the list of “things to do” for that context.

Well, Apple’s iOS 5 apparently has an app that will ping you a reminder, not just based on a calendar entry, but also on location! Check this out (note the date – this is not new news, except to out-of-date fogeys like me):

June 2011 Update: Apple recently announced the transition to iOS 5, which has several features that make the Touch and even better PDA. Of course, it is far more than a PDA, but this post focuses on its PDA features.

The new features include a Reminder app, the ability to use Text Shortcuts, a Mail app that supports rich text, an improved Calendar app ability to show colors for different types of appointments, for example, WiFi syncing, and a notification center that shows all of your notifications in one spot.

… Note that the Reminder app is location-based, so you can set a reminder to go off when you enter your grocery store. Just add the store and its address to your Contacts, and then you can select its location for an errand, if you choose.

via Apple’s iPod Touch is a Great PDA, Not Just an Entertainer.

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iPad cads scalping buyers –, or why I don’t read newspapers (3)

Here we go again.

A cutthroat Asian group has set its crosshairs on the flagship Apple store on Fifth Avenue at 59th — scoring nearly every iPad 2 it can get its hands since the hot gizmo went on sale last week, to re-peddle at exorbitant prices here and in China. The illicit, highly orchestrated scheme was in full gear yesterday, with a ringleader doling out massive wads of $100 bills to about five cohorts. The sidekicks then went up and down a line of about 200 Asians outside the store and around the corner, handing out the money.

via iPad cads scalping buyers –

Why is this happening? Because Apple has priced the iPad2 at exactly the same price as the original version, and then it is limiting purchases to 2 per customer, hence the “cutthroat Asians” 200 “cohorts”. 

Are they cutting anyone’s throats? No. What are they doing? As Gary North puts it,

The scammers in line then went inside and bought iPad 2’s — wiping out the store within minutes.

Wiping out the store! How? Buy paying the listed price. I mean, this is Pearl Harbor stuff!

“We buy from here, then sell,” one of the organizers gloated outside the store, standing near one of several bulging, oversized shopping bags filled with the hot devices.

Can you imagine the mendacity? They buy, then sell. There ought to be a law!…

A legitimate would-be customer said she’s been to the store three times since Friday — only to be thwarted by the creeps.

What is a “legitimate” customer? Someone who got to the store late.

What is a “creep”? An Asian who got there early.

Great stuff. Read the whole thing. (It’s free!)

Although this article is free, I would (and do) pay good money for this kind of journalism. Unfortunately,  journalists don’t wrote this stuff in the newspapers. They think that writing crap like “iPads cads scalping buyers” makes better journalism.  They are probably right. It sells newspapers. It sells eyeballs to advertisers. That is what journalism is. Not purveying the truth. Not the sacred duties of the fourth estate.

Thanks to the New York  Post for giving such a glaring and excellent example of what journalism truly is. Mr. Leo Lewis, are you reading this?

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Thank God (and capitalism) for the Internet

Image by Getty Images via @daylife

Have had an iPod nano for about a year but only recently started playing with the built-in video camera. When I plugged in my iPod to my PC, I couldn’t see the videos I’d taken with the camera. After fiddling about for 15 minutes or so with iTunes’ useless help files, I did what I should have done at the outset, and just Googled iPod nano video camera edit.

How to transfer iPod nano recorded video to computer

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