Monthly Archives: April 2009

Technology Support

I have given technology support through the years — over the phone, in my home, at the home of the technologically challenged, and at work.  When I saw this video, I laughed and laughed and laughed.


iTone – Cool iPhone App

I’ve been rather disappointed with the ringtones on my iPhone. None of them are tap-your-toe-catchy-wanna-dance tunes.  I went window shopping in the App store to see if I could find a cool one.  (I absolutely loved the Mission Impossible ringtone on my last phone.)  Didn’t see anything that appealed to me.

However, as I was reading my Macworld magazine, I saw an ad that intruigued me.  It was for iToner which is a little application for your Mac computer that allows you to drag tunes into it and then sync them with your iPhone.  I downloaded the trial version and played around with it.  Sweet.

Not only are the ringtones on my phone BORING, they are soft.  With my iPhone in my purse, and my purse in my tote bag, and the tote bag on the floor of the loud and rickety UTA bus, I can’t hear when my phone is ringing.  (My husband tried calling me several times the other day while I was on the bus and I didn’t hear the phone.  He was quite perturbed with me.  Quite.)

So, I took the Mission Impossible theme, cropped it in GarageBand, made the clip REAL loud, dragged the clip to iToner, and synced iToner with my phone.  With that set as my default ringtone, I think I’ll be able to hear the phone while riding the bus.  Might even get stares from other passengers when it goes off and is so loud . . . (And, if I forget to turn my phone to vibrate and it happens to go off in a really quiet place, boy will I be embarrassed as Mission Impossible blares out of my phone!)

I’m hoping that once my trial version of iToner is up that I will still have my Mission Impossible ringtone still on my phone.  I hope it doesn’t disapper off . . .  If it doesn, I just might have to break down and pay for iToner.  It’s only $15 and would be worth it just to keep my Mission Impossible ringtone.

Shift Happens

I’ve seen Shift Happens before (this version is more elegant) and thought I’d share it here. These are two thoughts from the sideshow that I find interesting. (Wait! there are more intriguing thoughts, I just picked out these two to post here . . .)

We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t even exists and those jobs use technologies that haven’t been invented in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.

The amount of technology information is doubling every two years and by 2010 it is predicted to double every 72 hours. (We’re just a few months shy from 2010 . . so get prepare for the blast of technology to hit your fiber optics!)

Click here to watch Shift Happens.


Ever watched a video on YouTube and had lots of clutter surrounding the video that you didn’t really want to see? Like pictures of scantily clad women? Or men doing questionable acts? Or just too many advertisements and comments? There’s a Nifty (and you’ll notice that it is nifty with a capital N) solution. Drum roll please (with Indiana Jones music swashbuckling in the background)! Quiettube to the rescue!!

Just what is quiettube? It is a little bookmarklet button that you can add to your bookmark bar. When you pull up a video from YouTube, simply click the quiettube button. The video opens up in a blank white window. No inappropriate visual clutter. Nada. Not even an ad for quiettube. Then, you can watch your video in visual peace.

Click here to see what it would look like to see a video through quiettube.

Another sweet thing is that if you want to share that video with friends and family, quiettube provides you with a short URL below the video clip. Simply copy it and paste it into your e-mail. Or your blog. Or your Twitter comment. Or in Facebook. Or in . . . you get my point.

You can rest assured that when your grandmother clicks on the quiettube link that you send her about the cute baby kittens snuggling as they sleep, her sense and sensibility will not be assaulted nor would her technology-simple mind become overloaded.