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Downloading Ringtones vs. Ringtones on A CD

Posted on: September 14, 2007 I Written By

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I came across a recent Techcrunch article about the music industry’s new product for ringtones. Basically the music industry is trying to sell a nearly $7 CD of ringtones. First of all, who would want a CD with ringtones when you could just download it to your computer or your phone. If you need a CD to get ringtones on your phone, then you probably shouldn’t be changing your ringtones at all.

More importantly, why pay 7 dollars for Ringtones when there are sites where you can Download Free Ringtones. Take a look at Custom Addict’s free ringtones and then ask yourself why you should pay $7 for ringtones? The answer of course is no. Custom Addicts has made it dead simple to get ringtones. You even get to listen to it before you download it. Imagine that. I’m pretty sure you won’t be able to listen to that CD at Walmart before buying the ringtone.

Of course I’m into country music and so I liked having the page of country music ringtones. Everyone can enjoy a Tim McGraw’s She’s My Kind of Rain ringtone. Every time I heard it I would think of my wife. What’s sweeter than that?

I think the only thing is that it will leaving you wanting more of the song. I guess that’s why phones are essentially becoming mp3 players too.

Oh My Windows Live Hotmail Crap

Posted on: September 12, 2007 I Written By

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I recently got an email on my Hotmail account telling me that I needed to upgrade to the Windows Live Hotmail account soon or I would be automatically updated. Well, my wife and kids are out of town today and so I decided that now would be as good of a time as any to upgrade to the Windows Live Hotmail system. I had tried the beta and didn’t really like it, but I figured I didn’t have much of a choice and that it was going to have to happen sometime soon anyway.

Ok, I should stop at this point and say that I’ve been using hotmail since 1997 and I’ve just been too lazy to switch. I know I should have, but I haven’t. Plus, my killer feature is that I use MSN Messenger always. It’s on every computer and is easy to access my email from it. Not to mention notification, etc.

All of this said, I think the upgrade to Windows Live Hotmail today might have just pushed me over the edge where I’m going to have to switch to Gmail. It works ok, but 2 things just bug the heck out of me.

1. Windows Live Hotmail won’t remember the way I have sorted my email in my inbox. It’s ridiculous. It remembered in the old version of Hotmail so why can’t Windows Life Hotmail remember it also. I’ve searched all of the options and can’t find anywhere to get it to remember to sort by date descending. I want my new mail at the bottom and not at the top since I like to read my mail from oldest to newest. Very very annoying to have to do 2 clicks every time I log in for it to sort correctly.

2.Windows Live Hotmail needs to let me turn off the security features. I’m an adult and I know when I shouldn’t look at something in my email. Fine, turn this feature on for all those people who don’t know about spam. However, I’ve searched high and low for the option that lets me turn it off and I can’t find it. If I want to open a virus, then you should let me without having to click to get it to let me. The reality is that Windows Live Hotmail has marked it as unsafe when every time it has been from someone I know and wasn’t worried about the content at all.

Another minor annoyance is that the page reloads too much. Whenever I do any action on Windows Live Hotmail I hear about 3 clicks on my speakers. Why does it need to load and punish my ears with 3 clicks on the speaker. One should be more than enough.

I guess I better start checking out Gmail so I can move over to it.

VoIP for Businesses

Posted on: September 10, 2007 I Written By

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At my current job we’re working on implementing a VoIP system from Cisco into a new building which is slated to open next week. I’m very excited about the new phone system, because we basically have internet lines throughout the entire building and so a phone can pretty much be put everywhere.

Recently I was talking with my friend who is now living in Florida (and coincidentally was interviewing with Google) and he is a master at the open source PBX called Asterisk. After talking with him I started researching into PBX Phone System and what was available on the market today for those small business owners that are interested in using VoIP in their offices.

It’s really quite dramatic to see how low cost a small business can get VoIP service in their office. I found a company called Packet8 that had a VoIP service called Global Extension with unlimited calling to the following areas:

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Moscow-Central, Moscow-Suburb, St. Petersburg, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

Asia: Australia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Latin America: Chile, Sao Paulo, Caracas, Puerto Rico, Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara.

Middle East: Israel.

US territories: Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam

Of course, none of this matters until you look at the cost for this type of unlimited international callling.

$79.99 per month
$39.99 one-time activation
$99.99 equipment cost
Applicable Taxes and Fees

Pretty amazing the type of phone service you can have for so cheap. They also had a ton of different call center options which would really make creating a small call center relatively inexpensive. Isn’t technology great? I wonder if their VoIP services would work across multiple locations so if I started a call center I could have my agents work from home so that I didn’t have to provide them office space? That would be a really nice feature I’ll have to research more.

No matter how you look at it, every business owner should be considering the VoIP option for their office. VoIP will become the telephone standard soon enough.

Support My Blog Mashing Idea

Posted on: September 8, 2007 I Written By

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I know that hundreds of you have supported my ideas in the past. Well, I have an idea in the Cambrian House tournament of champions again. I can really use all of your votes for my idea called Blog Mashing. I’d love your comments and feedback on the idea also. I’ve already begun creating the product and I believe that this product could really become huge. Let me know what you think of the idea and thanks for all your support of this idea and others.

Update: I’ve made it to the final 4. Thanks for all the votes.