Monday, June 29, 2009

Michael Jackson's Death Affects Twitter

You know that if you are looking for info on anything, then the place to go is Twitter. When the news of the death of Michael Jackson broke out, there were tweets like crazy all about him. So many of the celebrities using Twitter got on board to support his family and tweet that they loved and missed him. Of course, then every other non-celebrity Twitter user in America wanted to add their own two cents and also see what their favorite celebrities that they were following had to say about the tragic news. All of this Michael Jackson related Twitter action actually caused the site to temporarily shut down because of total overload!

There were even so many people searching for Michael Jackson on the Internet to find out about his death that Google temporarily read an error message. Crazy! Obviously, there were even popular Internet blogs that took it too far, like Perez Hilton, who had nasty things to say about Michael Jackson, referring to the fact that he be maybe faking it or making himself sick for attention. Check it out for yourself from Twitter on your iPhone so you can see how many supporters MJ has with the past evidence of the massive Twitter crash in his honor.

by Landon

Friday, June 26, 2009

90s Music!

Please tell me that this subject also truly excites you? Obviously, my teenage years were in the 90s, and 90s music is so important to me. Maybe I am totally biased, but I am wondering why all of the music of today is not as good as it used to be? Yes, I know that is an age old complaint from one generation to the next, but what is the deal with the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus? Totally frustrating.

I myself want to hear more 90s music with the grungy sound, like I don't know - Everclear? Pearl Jam? Old Matchbox 20? The Cranberries? Hole? Nirvana, of course? Old Nine Inch Nails? The awesomely creepy Type O Negative? Better than Ezra? And it doesn't all have to be alternative music, because I still love myself some Ace of Base or old-school Britney Spears, which is my guilty pleasure. Regardless, I am choosing to live in the past and download all of these amazing bands to my iPod for a spectacular 90s music playlist that I can listen to at my hearts content. I know some of these bands are still around making music, but I just hope that they stay true to their 90s roots, which we all really appreciate.

by Adrienne

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Twittering Kills Someone?

There is absolutely nothing funny about a teenage girl dying, but the interesting headline that I saw on my iPhone while I was Googling at work was that she was killed by Twittering. This is probably something that Twitter does not want to hear to soil their reputation, but the incident actually went down because she was using her laptop in a bathtub. I think that this is one of those things that they teach you not to do in school, with electrical safety and all, but that was her demise.

Apparently, she had been on Twitter for a long time, and her battery for her laptop started to die. She ended up trying to plug it in with wet hands, and then she dropped the laptop in the bathtub so that she was electrocuted. Yes, all of the social media sites like Twitter and Facebook can be totally addicting, but let's keep them out of dangerous places please! This is just one of the strange stories that will probably become an urban legend relating to social media sites, but it helps to exercise a bit of caution as to when and where you are using your laptop. Let this be a lesson to everyone!

by Annie

Monday, June 22, 2009

I'm On a Boat!

Yes, of course, I am referring to the hilarious Andy Samberg song that I have downloaded to my iPod nano, and I am also referring to the fact that I booked a cruise! If you have never heard of the Andy Samberg song, "I'm On a Boat", featuring T-Pain, then you are in for a real treat, but you can enjoy that on your own time. I myself will be going on an amazing cruise with my boyfriend to Mexico! This is something that I have always been looking forward to because I have been to Mexico in the past with a group of friends, but I would much rather enjoy this experience with my boyfriend.

The cruise itself is all-inclusive, so that means way too much eating and drinking, as well as fun in the sun. We also get to dock in Mexico for several days so that we can experience the beautiful beaches and towns. We did book the cruise for the off-season, so we have to wait for a few months, but it will be so worth the wait to have a delightful vacation in the fall, after the summer is totally over. Just a few more months, and I can't wait!

by Ashling

Friday, June 19, 2009

Doh!

Yes, that is right, my friends. All you Simpsons fans, which I think pretty much may be everybody, can now have the voice of Homer on your TomTom, meaning that you can download this voice to your GPS for $12.95. That is something that I am totally looking forward to because I grew up in the era of The Simpsons - in my opinion, back when they were good. This, of course, was about 10 years ago, and I still remember how incredibly popular that they were. I guess that they are still popular now, but I don't really watch The Simpsons as much because I feel like it is not the same quality that it once was. You know that point where it feels like the jokes have been done before? Sad to say, but that is how I feel about the Simpsons now.
This doesn't mean that I am not totally overjoyed to have Homer directing me wherever I am driving! I actually alternate between using my TomTom and the GPS on my iPhone because it really is just handy to use my phone to direct me. Either way, this is a really cool idea to have Homer's voice on your GPS, and I'm sure that it's going to be really popular.

by Shannon

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bargain Shopping For iPods

This may seem like a totally weird thing to do, but I had a really great idea to check out to see what kind of iPods they had on eBay so that I could get one for my mom. I really didn't have the cash to buy her a completely brand-new iPod, so I thought that eBay was always the best bet when you are looking for a sweet deal. Of course, you don't always get what you are looking for, and the iPod itself was kind of sketchy.

I actually decided to get it repaired online for her before I gave it to her, and she was so happy with the gift! My mom herself is technologically backwards, so it is really funny to see her sporting an iPod everywhere she goes. She'll listen to it while she knits, and while my dad watches TV, so it is the perfect little distraction for her. I knew that she really wanted to get an iPod, but she probably thought it was too frivolous to buy, so that is why it was the best gift. If you are looking to bargain shop for an iPod, then definitely check out eBay, but beware that it may be too good to be true...

by Andrew

Monday, June 15, 2009

Wow - the iBend!



I was surfing around online recently, and I stumbled upon this crazy iPhone accessory that looks like a little stand that is made of paper. It actually comes completely flat, but it is sturdy enough that you can use it to hold up your iPhone during travel without it moving or shifting. This is great if you are on a plane or something along those lines because you can put your iPhone on the stand to play your games or check your e-mail easily.

I think that this is something that I totally want to get for my son because he has a couple of free periods in study hall, and since he goes to a private school, they actually let him use his iPhone to check references on the Internet for his homework. Of course, they monitor him very strictly to make sure that he is not playing games and stays on task, but I figured that this would be a really handy tool for him so that he could stand up his iPhone on his desk next to his homework and use it to research on the Internet. I, for one, am completely impressed; what will they think of next?

by Erin

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Most Adorable iPod Skin


First off, I am a girl. That may seem pretty obvious, but that is what I am using to justify my completely over the top and girly purchase. I love my iPod just as much as the next person, and I decided it may be fun to check out some covers for my iPod video. What I didn't know was that there was a huge wealth of options that are completely cute and adorable, so much so that I could hardly decide.

One of my favorites that I found is called Sweet Nothings, and it is more along the lines of a Valentine's Day theme, but who really cares? It has those big candy hearts that used to get passed out in elementary school all the time, and it covers the entire skin of the iPod so that it says "First Kiss", etc. I really had no idea that skins like this were available for my iPod, and now I take every opportunity to show it off. You may think that I'm crazy, but actions speak louder than words, because now all of my girl friends want to get one of their own for their iPods. Obviously, these type of iPod skins have an untapped market... girls!

by Colleen

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Risk Your Life for Your iPod?

Does that sound like something that you would do? I actually read an article about a 16-year-old girl who dropped her iPod in the street, and then she dove in front of a moving vehicle to save it. As funny as that sounds, it is actually true, and I'm sure that her parents were horrified that she risked her life just for her precious iPod. Maybe Apple could actually use this incident in their marketing or commercials because it shows that saving your iPod is worth the risk of death.

I myself have to admit that I would be really upset if my iPod got run over, and maybe if I was in the right frame of mind, I would even automatically jump out to save it. Luckily, the car that was coming at her had good breaks so she was completely okay, and her iPod was saved! Let's just hope that she takes better care of her iPod from now on so that she doesn't risk jumping in front of any more moving vehicles and endangering herself. My thought is that she must have spent a whole lot of money on her iPod and didn't want to lose her investment! Is that so wrong?

by Antonio

Monday, June 8, 2009

My Moment in Nature

I have to admit that I am not a very big nature and outdoors type person because I truly crave the city life. I spent a decade living in New York City itself, and I still love busy streets, the sounds of traffic, and the convenience of walking to local shops. Right now, I live in a neighborhood area that has a huge park behind it where people always jog or walk their dogs. I actually don't even have a dog because of my previous life living in a big city, so, of course, I have a cat because that is always more conducive to cramped apartment living.

I did decide to try to jump on board with the nature lifestyle by grabbing my iPod and going for a brisk walk outdoors. At first, I was really hating the idea of walking with absolutely no destination like Starbucks, the grocery store, or a clothing store, but I soon began to relax and enjoy my time. I had downloaded a mellow playlist for my iPod so that I could enjoy the scenery of nature and feel refreshed, and I have to say that I really do think that it was working. There may be a next time...

by Hannah

Friday, June 5, 2009

My Buds at iPodJuice Chase Scam Worries Away


The repair business can be tough: if you forget to call a customer back, or make a mistake on the evaluation, or a commit a minor billing error, it's oh so easy for a customer to call you a scam and make like a million blog posts or forum shout-outs on how you tried to rip them off.

In reality, this is rare, but when it happens, it's very frustrating for a repair company when it occurs, when you work so hard to do everything write and honestly. The best thing we have learned when this happens. is to just explain what caused the problem/discrepancy in the first place and try your best to resolve it and make the customer happy.

My buddies at the website ipodjuice.com have really opened up their doors, letting anyone peer in so that any ipodjuice scam worries evaporate. Now, we know the dudes (and dudettes!) at ipodjuice.com and they are really straight shooters and have a great operation - one i want to emulate.

They answer their phones (and call back if you leave a voice mail), respond to emails, even have a chat function on their site. What's even more cool, is their owner has his own cell phone number on the website. Now, we are not prepared to do that just yet, but we think it is pretty cool that you can make a call directly to the owner if you do not think their Customer Service dept. is getting back to you in a timely fashion.

Oh. And in this press release they did they even are planning to install a web camera. This will be good for customers, but for also sites like mine that want to watch a neat company with a unique business model in action (and maybe pick up a few tips ha ha).

I like the ipodjuice.com website and their people as they take good care of their customers and other repair sites like ours too when we need the parts or assistance.


I Hate Driving in Snow

The good news is that I now live in a warmer climate that is virtually snow free, unless the world freezes over, but I spent many years in a colder climate. So many people tell me how lucky I must have been to be near the mountains in Colorado and always have beautiful snowfall. Well, that is how you feel for about five minutes, until you have to get your butt outside in the freezing cold before work and scrape off your windshield and warm up your car. Anyone who does not live in the South will know what I'm talking about.

But you get to snowboard and ski whenever you want, right? I will tell you a small story about that, where I went with a group of friends about an hour away to snowboard, and we got hit with one of the biggest blizzards of the year. The long and short of it is that several main mountain highways got closed, and we ended up driving for SIX, I said SIX, hours to get to our destination to snowboard. We had to go completely up and around the mountain that we were driving to because of the blizzard and come down from the north side. That means that we listened to every single playlist on my iPod about six times. Enough said.

by Andy

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Why, Coldplay, Why?



I have no idea if this makes me lame or not, but I am a crazy Coldplay fan, like the kind that would scream and tear their shirt and yell "Chris Martin, have my babies!". Well, maybe not that bad, but I really love them and have dreamed of seeing them in concert since I have started to listen to their music. The bittersweet news of the matter is that I heard that they were coming to my area in concert. I figured out when the tickets were going on sale, and I even downloaded more of their music to my iPod so I could listen to a special Coldplay playlist to get me inspired, and then I found out the ticket price...

Coldplay has apparently become bigger than big time because even their bad tickets were $100. I won't even tell you how much front row seats were because it is an astronomically high number that even the biggest Coldplay fan may have a hard time coughing up. The plan was that I would take my girlfriend with me on a special date because we are both lovers of Coldplay, but even to bad seats would run me around $200, which is so much more then I could justify spending, even on Chris Martin. Lame.

by Todd

Monday, June 1, 2009

Unpleasant Road Trips















I know that road trips have the stigma of being a fun and awesome time where you can let the wind blow in your hair and be totally carefree. I am sure that is possible, but I have to confess that overall, most of my road trips have been a drag where I am driving through a seriously boring part of the country to visit a family member for a holiday, etc.

One perfect example of this is when my boyfriend and I drove to Oklahoma to see my parents for Thanksgiving. The drive in itself was about nine hours, and we didn't want to take too much time off of work, so we only stayed overnight. That means about 18 hours of driving within 48 hours -- yikes! It may have been okay if we were looking over delightful scenery or sites, but no offense to those from this area of the US, but Oklahoma seems to be pretty flat and boring. Where my parents live is actually beautiful, with rivers and hills and trees galore, but this drive did absolutely nothing for us. The only saving grace was all of the music that I had put on my iPod that we could listen to for hours to keep us entertained. A small silver lining...

by Lynn