iPhone Saves The Day

1 Feb

Every once in a while, you come across a cool story that you wish everyone could learn about.  This is one such story.  It is so cool, I’m going to cross-post this on both of my blogs.

What would you do if you were caught in an earthquake, injured and sure you were going to die?  View this video below to hear what one man did.  If you can’t see the video, or want to read the story, you can read it here.

Here’s a thought.  What would you write to your wife/kids/loved-ones if you found yourself in a similar situation?  Leave a comment – let’s see how interesting this becomes!

Dear <First Name>

31 Jul

I just received this marketing email from WebEx

Hi <First Name>,

Do you still have current needs in the WebEx area? From a pricing perspective, the 7/31 timing would work well for you. Terms, rates and scale of commit are the primary areas of flexibility…

Let me know if it makes sense to discuss details.


Now, they want me to get all excited and purchase their services when they can’t even figure out mail-merge? The sad thing about this is that this isn’t the first of these types of letters I’ve received from WebEx. I can’t believe that an organization that wants to attract new customers expects that this is an appropriate way of finding them. I have decided to add WebEx to my spam filter. I don’t need the hassle.

Digg The Code!

3 May

And now for a brief geek moment.

If you haven’t already heard, a programmer figured out the encryption key for the new HD-DVD and Blu-ray formatted DVD discs and posted it on a forum. Here’s a link to a story about it.

Now, Cali Lewis of GeekBrief.TV and Geoff Smith teamed up to produce a music video of the “code”. It’s a funny video and a great song Geoff!

Posted here for your enjoyment!

Jott: Your Own Personal Assistant

19 Apr

Jott LogoHave you ever been driving and wanted to remember something you saw or heard but couldn’t write it down? Has someone ever told you an address that you wished to remember but didn’t have paper? How about that homework assignment or that great idea that comes to you in the middle of the night? Don’t you wish you could just tell someone to remember it for you and know that anytime you needed it, it would be there? Ever wanted your own personal assistant?

GeekBrief.TVI was recently made aware of Jott.com from Cali of GeekBrief.TV. I thought the concept was cool so I decided to sign up and try it out. I can see where this could be addicting! I live in post-it hell! I have little bits of paper all over with notes of things I don’t want to forget. Usually they end up in a pile on my desk or stuffed into various pockets, planners, notebooks etc. When I want to find something I wrote down, I have to try to remember where I put it and then search through the pile of notes until I find it. I usually find it – but not without a great deal of effort. Enter Jott.

With Jott.com, you register your cell phone (or any other phone you want to use) with their service and provide an email address. After everything is activated and confirmed, you are now ready to use Jott. Just call the toll-free number and when the automated service asks – who you want to send it to, say “me” and then tell it what you want to remember. Shortly after you hang up, you will receive an email with your message transcribed. What’s great about this is that I use GMail and with Google’s indexing, I can find just about anything in my email by doing a quick search. Essentially, I’ve just moved my pile of Post-Its into the electronic realm.

You can also register your contacts with Jott so you can send messages to people. You can send messages to individuals or groups that you create. If you register their cell phone number – they can also receive text-messages from you.

So far, I love this service. We’ll see how they scale once more people start using the service. It’s still in beta now and although it is free now, they say that they will eventually have to go to an ad sponsored or fee based business model. My hunch? They will build it, prove the concept and then sell it to Google for millions and millions of dollars! 🙂

Send me a Jott!