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April 28, 2013

Wipe Shirt — Now you can wear your screen cleaner

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From the website:


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The simplicity of a pure cotton white dress shirt meets the gadget-cleansing power of microfiber in Fift's Wipe Shirt — a button-down shirt with built-in microfiber cloth for wiping down glasses, cellphones, tablets, or computer screens.

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The designers didn't cut any corners here, using pure cotton for the tailored shirt and the finest double-thickness microfiber (supplied by technologically advanced fabric maker Unitika).

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Available in two versions, each with a strategically placed microfiber patch for convenient cleaning.

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Depending on whether you tuck your shirt in or not, the patch can be located on the shirttail or cuff. 



April 28, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Let us now praise PeachMac


It's a chain of Apple specialty stores based in Georgia that decided to expand way outside its home turf and chose Charlottesville, placing its store in the Barracks Road Shopping Center 1.63 miles from my house (that's what my Garmin 305 GPS watch said is the door-to-door distance, anyway).

When I first heard they were coming to my Podunk town I was a bit miffed, whining about how come we couldn't get a "real" Apple store and had to settle for what I perceived to be a second-tier variation.

Turned out I was dead wrong about that.

They opened Friday night and I was at the front door yesterday when they opened at 10 a.m. with a laundry list of Apple-related things I hoped to do, comprised of the following:

1. Fix my iPhone 5, which I bought new last October from Apple and which suddenly, in the middle of a phone call a couple months ago, stopped producing sound from the speaker. The headphone jack and everything else continued working fine but the phone itself stopped audibly ringing or making any sound (the vibration function remained intact).

2. Get a new iPod shuffle to replace my pretty much burned out version, which gives me a "Low battery" warning after about an hour of play on a full charge.

3. Show me how to put a dozen songs I bought from iTunes onto my new shuffle: I simply couldn't do it with the old one no matter how many different ways I tried.

4. Then show me how to put the music on my iTunes playlist on my new shuffle because I don't have a clue: someone else did that for me years ago.

5. Put my iTunes playlist on my iPhone for backup during a race, in case I forget the shuffle, which happens about every six months, don't ask me why or how.


Here's what went down:

1. My iPhone could not be repaired by Paul, the tech expert who worked on it. Since it was still under warranty, they gave me a new one. Free.

But wait, there's more: since I had the phone backed up on my Air which I brought with me just in case, Sydneye, one of PeachMac's green-T-shirted staff [below],

then was kind enough to restore all my original settings via a Lightning cable. Again, free.

2/3/4. While I waited for Paul to finish with a customer before investigating my phone problem, Sydneye sold me a new shuffle, then showed me how to put the 12 new songs on it, then showed me how to put my entire iTunes playlist of 283 songs on it — done and dusted.

5. With my new iPhone all restored, Sydneye then put my iTunes playlist on it for backup just as I'd hoped would happen.

In the process of all these events, I had a chance to speak with Nick, a guy from corporate in Atlanta who's been in town for a couple weeks preparing the store to open: I nicknamed him "The Suit."

Actually, he's not your typical suit, as you can see from the Vine I made of him (below)

and tweeted out while I was in the store.

Total elapsed time from 10 a.m. (opening time) arrival till I left the store with my new iPhone, new shuffle and — most important — everything working: 1 hour 55 minutes.

Consider that I went in with no appointment (they don't do appointments: it's first come first served) and a ton of problems.

There is no possible way — none whatsover — that I could have had everything that was on my list taken care of in that short a time at the Apple Store in Short Pump. 

In fact, I do not believe it could have happened on one visit no matter how much time I spent.

Notwithstanding Short Pump is 75 minutes away and you have to make an appointment weeks in advance just to talk to a Genius Bar tech, who simply could not have made a diagnosis and resolved the problem I had any faster than did Paul.

And there's no possible way one of the Apple Store associates could've spent the amount of time with me Sydneye did doing all the various things she did to get me up and running.

I will forcefully direct any and all Apple types I know to head straight to PeachMac at Barracks Road: do not get on I-64 and do not head east to Short Pump's Apple Store.

The Olympian Heights are right here.

One more thing.

I'm not the only person who thinks PeachMac's fo shizzle: consider Business Insider's take.

Follow PeachMac on Twitter here.

I'm hoping founder Darryl Peck gets in touch next time he's in town: I'd love to feature him on bookofjoeTV in a 1-on-1 interview broadcast live worldwide via my any-minute-now Google Glass.

You game, homie?

April 28, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: Smaller than a bread box.

Another: suitable for all ages.

Another view?

No problema:


April 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

"Show us your bumper sticker" — USA Today wants to see what you've got


Their contest just launched this weekend.

Wrote Chris Woodyard:

Driving into work today, we couldn't help but chuckle at a bumper sticker [top]. It was posted on the back of a Jeep near USA TODAY's Los Angeles bureau.

Yes, we had seen this particular slogan before, but it's been awhile. And yes, it's not terrible politically correct. We couldn't help ourselves. We just thought it was funny.

It reminded us that there are all sorts of interesting bumper stickers out there. With mobile phone cameras, it has never been so easy to capture them for posterity. So if you see an interesting one, please take a snap and email it to us here at Drive On — cwoodyard@usatoday.com. And if it's not profane or showing the worst of taste, we'll post it here.



I'd give anything to see the ones that are "profane or show the worst of taste" — I'll bet they're fantastic.

I remember back in the day in L.A. when all of a sudden all these women came forward who'd secretly had kids by Steve Garvey, the married sure thing future-U.S. Senator-and-maybe-even-president clean-cut Dodgers star: a bumper sticker took the city by storm.

It read:


Oh well.

April 28, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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Does your mother know? ABBA The Museum set to open in Stockholm


Mamma mia!


From CNN:


"Abba The Museum forms part of the new Swedish Music Hall of Fame, a 2,000-square-meter exhibition space that features a mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions from 1920 to the present."


Can't wait.

[via Stephanie Rosenbloom]

April 28, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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