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September 28, 2010

ivi — Live internet TV


I got a press release about this site earlier today, and figured it was so much bogus hot air.

I mean, all I've been reading about for the past few months is how the major networks can't come to agreement with Apple, Hulu and their ilk or if they do, it's only some of them some of the time, blah blah blah.

I sent the link to Cary figuring he might investigate and he got back to me in a Houston minute with the news that he was able to easily download the app and at that very moment was watching network TV live on his Mac.

That's pretty amazing, I thought, so I downloaded the app and darned if it doesn't really work.


Now if only I could figure out where my iPad "Device Code" is located (supposedly you can watch TV on your iPad just like on a computer) but the technospeak on the site is impenetrable.

If I can indeed watch football live on my iPad with this I'll be one very happy camper.


Note added at 4:25 p.m. today: I emailed ivi.tv and asked them where to find my iPad Device Code. They replied that ivi.tv doesn't work with the iPad for now. I responded to the effect that if that is the case, why did they make me jump through hoops that could only end in FAIL by offering an iPad option that requires that elusive Device Code?


Note added at 10:32 a.m. Wednesday, September 29: just now when I used my iPad to see what was what with this app, I was delighted to find that overnight they'd removed the non-functional (and frustrating) iPad option.

That's a big deal.


Because it means that 1) the company is listening to user feedback and 2) acting on it quickly.

This kind of behavior bodes well for the future of this enterprise.

September 28, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Eazi Store (Russian pans)


Nesting pots by U.K.-based Gavin Thomson Design.

"Each permanently attached handle rests inside the hollowed-out grip of the next larger pan, and the lids all fit on top," noted Michael Totty in yesterday's Wall Street Journal story reporting that the pots won this year's Wall Street Journal Innovation Award in the Technology Design category.


The line was originally named "Russian pans" after their conceptual similarity to nesting Russian dolls.



Introduced in March in the U.K., with worldwide distribution real soon now.

September 28, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

How to revoke Twitter access


Wrote Erin Biba on Twitter, "... if you give access to a Twitter app and decide that it was a bad idea you can remove it here."

Good to know.

September 28, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Neck Pillow x LED Reading Light


Interesting mashup.



September 28, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"A Cracker Jack Story" — by Joe Peach


Over the weekend I received the following email from Joe Peach:


For months I have been going to a small local store noticing "The Original Cracker Jack" at the check out.

So, I broke down and went for a childhood treat (I really wanted the prize).

At home I got comfortable, and started writing my novel ;-) when out of the corner of my eye the treat looks back at me.

I open it, dump it on a paper towel and find the prize.

Yes, that's it, paper slightly bigger than a postage stamp!


I still open it with anticipation...


Think that was bad? I got 5 (count them, FIVE) peanuts (the phone is in there for scale).


So I played with the prize


(the mouth opens and closes as you bend the sides) as I consumed everything in 3 handfuls.


Disillusioned I broke out the Wasabi Peas.... YES!!!!

September 28, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack



Nice mashup.


"Multi-notebook is a unique multipurpose notebook that includes six kinds of paper,


among them campus notebook, grid, sticky note and vocabulary pad, in one notebook."


"Take notes, write vocabulary, draw graphics, or ignore all and use it for graffiti."


From ¥1,080.

September 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Local Harvest — "The best organic food is what's grown closest to you"


So contends LocalHarvest.com.

"Use our website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably-grown food in your area. Shop in our catalog for things you can't find locally."

[via a reader]

September 28, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: stainless steel.

Another: no moving parts.

September 28, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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