January 2, 2007
'Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld' — R.I.P.
I can't speak for you but when I receive an email from someone that ends with that annoying advertisement in my headline above — or "Do You Yahoo?" — I find it faintly annoying.
Elizabeth Blackwell, in today's Wall Street Journal "Quick Fix" feature, explained how to get rid of such taglines.
Here's her quick and dirty guide to cleaning up your messages.
- Deleting Email Taglines
The Problem: Removing those "Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld" or "Do You Yahoo!?" taglines at the end of your outgoing emails.
The Solution: Change your email preset options or upgrade your service.
To get rid of the BlackBerry tagline using the device itself, go to "Messages," click on the dateline, which will prompt "Options." Select "E-mail Settings," then "Auto Signature."
You'll see the "Sent from Blackberry" message in a text box; simply delete it or type in a personalized signature instead.
It costs money to remove the Yahoo tag line. To remove the message, you need to upgrade to Yahoo Mail Plus for $20 a year, and your outgoing messages will be free of a tag line. A bonus: Most ads are removed from your email home page as well.
On another subject entirely, I noticed while out for my run a bit earlier this afternoon (Tuesday, January 2, 2006) no fewer than three (3) of my neighbors out at their mailboxes checking to see if today's mail had arrived.
They obviously weren't aware — along with 99% of their fellow citizens — that there is no U.S. mail delivery today and that all post offices are closed in honor of President Gerald Ford's funeral.
President Bush signed an executive order to that effect last Friday, December 29, but apparently the news wasn't very well disseminated.
AvaLuge Ice Sled
Popular Science in its January 2007 issue noted that this sled "zooms down hills at up to 60 mph. Only the runners' stainless-steel inlays touch the ground, reducing friction and increasing speed."
From the website:
- AvaLuge Sled — lugelike design and built-in handles
Features and details:
• Use leg placement and weight shifting to steer
• Curled front runners keep legs apart
• Molded seat has grips on either side
• Dimensions: 35"L x 16"W x 8"H
• Made of durable polyethylene
• Designed for advanced riders
• Suggested age: 13 and Up
• Weight capacity: 210 lbs.
• Control level: Some
• Lug factor: Heavy
• # of Riders: 1
• Weight: 8 lbs.
Note to file: Order a bumper sticker that reads, "My other car is an AvaLuge."
Hardy.tv — 'Evil fast metal'
'Extra, Extra, Read All About It' — Newspaper Clipping Generator
Might as well have some fun while newspapers still exist in their real-world incarnation.
[via Dave Donohue and davedonohue.com]
'She Loves You' — Beatles stamps premiere in UK next Tuesday, January 9, 2007
You know that can't be bad.
Six Beatles album covers will appear on the first set of special stamps for 2007.
"With the Beatles" and "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" will be first-class, "Help" and "Abbey Road" will feature on 64 pence stamps while "Let it Be" (top) and "Revolver" will be 72 pence.
It will be the first time the Fab Four have featured on a set of Royal Mail stamps.
Note that "With the Beatles" was the U.K. title of an album containing many of the tracks of the first "official" Beatles album released in the U.S., "Meet the Beatles."
The two albums share the same cover photograph.
More on the overlaps and distinctions between the two albums here.
Those in the U.K. can order the complete set directly from the Royal Mint for £3.36 (+£1.45 for delivery, totaling £4.81) here.
First Million Dollar Idea™ of the year
I don't waste any time getting up to speed, no sirree Bob.
Okay, then, take this one to the bank.
You know how much fun it is watching TV with a good friend?
Football, CSI, American Idol — whatever's your preference.
But it seems like most of the time you're watching alone, as are your friends.
Not with my nifty creation.
Long story short:
1) Call your friend via real-time videophone with one-touch dialing
2) Your friend's picture automatically appears in a corner of your TV screen (you choose the size and precise location) — and vice versa
3) You both turn on the show you're going to watch — and then do it, all the while able to wisecrack and comment and make small talk in real time
4) Take it to the next level by watching different shows — or no TV at all
Well, I've done my part: go monetize it.
And don't hesitate to pretend you thought it up yourself.
That's the way we like it here.
MultiPot Table Lamp and Charger
"It's like a glorified power strip that gets rid of the clutter," YLighting's Dave Feldman told Marco R. della Cava in a USA Today story. "And the lid is rubberized, so you can toss your keys on top and not worry about scratching it."
From the website:
- MultiPot Table Lamp and Charger
Designed by Dante Donegani and Giovanni Lauda in 2005.
MultiPot belongs to a new generation of lighting objects and is the first of Rotaliana's products to combine lighting with other functions.
This hybrid multifunctional lamp combines an LED ambient night light with multiple sockets, along with a space to keep cables neatly stored.
MultiPot provides new comfort levels, both in the home and the the office, by catering to both old and new requirements: our habit of emptying keys and other personal items from pockets into containers and new requirements to manage our increased use of rechargeable multimedia equipment, home computers and the transformation of televisions into home theatres.
With its familar looks, lighting function and translucent finish (to filter the light while masking the electrical cables), the MultiPot is a picture of elegant functionality.
• Built-in on/off switch with illuminated indicator of "Power On".
• LED consumption 4.2W; 60,000 hours lamp life.
• Chargers and LED lights separately switched.
• 9.25"D (top) x 7.5"H x 5.5"D (base).
• 5 outlets for your charging needs.
• 2000W maximum power output.
• 6-foot grounded cord and plug.
In White, Black, Chrome, Transparent or Amber.