When will we see Gray Powell again?

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When do think we will all see Gray Powell again?  Here at the PocketUp nerve center Powell marketing ideas have been flying around all last week.

For those of you just waking from coma, Gray Powell work for Apple.  He left the ex-top secret Gen 4 iPhone at a bar after tossing back a few brews.  You can see full story here.

Here’s a small list of how we think Gray could make the most of recent “fame”.  What would you do now, if you were Gray Powell?

  • Apple let’s him keynote the release event.  Using a “you started it, no finish it” theme.
  • He becomes the lead spokesman for StuffBack
  • Budlight…we could spend all day rolling those ideas
  • He gets promoted to Apple’s head of MobileMe, touting it’s remote wipe feature
  • Windows Mobile hires him to “lose” one of their new creations

PocketInformant | an App I thought I would never use again

PocketInformant use to be just a PocketPC app.  Back in “the day” I bought my share of Pocket PC apps.  Hearing about PocketInformant getting released for the iPhone takes me back to the days when we talked sleds/sleeves, iPaqs, Compact Flash, the Jornada, or even when Casio played the PDA game.

Not sure I need PocketInformant, but here some video coverage at MacWorld.

[via TUAW]

The FanBoy Cube

Linux has fanboys?  I found this amusing

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Forum Is Up

I’ve always been excited about new solutions.  Since I’m a huge WordPress guy I was glad to come across Simple:Press.  Now I know this site doesn’t really need a forum, but a group I belong to needs a forum for some planning.

A few friends from another Denver Handheld User Group is wanting to branch off and start a new group.  The current group has been dominated by a few individuals which is not going helping others.  The group use to help each other no matter what platform, Apple, Windows, Droid, Blackberry, Palm.   The group has suddenly turned into an instruction session by one of the members.  The “teaching” is very one-sided.  I understand we all have opinions, some very strong.  A social group that meets on a Saturday morning is not the place for name calling and device bashing.  Seriously it’s a phone, an operating system, an application.

The new group is in the process of forming.  I hope we can meet in the Denver Tech Center once a month.  The plan is to have format that we stick with every meeting.  Facilitators will be chosen by the group two months ahead of time.  That persons job is just to keep everyone on schedule and to keep the conversation from being dominated.  As for other info, that’s about it so far.  Please check out the forum that has been dedicated to this group.

How is Google doing?

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I sure hope it’s not a faux pas to ask this question?  After all I rely on Google to rake up my tags and keywords.

How is Google doing.  I know everything on the surface looks fine.  Stock is down, but everyone’s is.  In this time of perception is huge is Google pulling in the reins?

Check out this story from CNET: Google’s free SMS gravy train dries up. Don’t get me wrong here.  One story does not a rumor make, but I also received the email below from Google.

We’re writing to let you know that on May 5, 2009, Google
Checkout’s transaction processing fees will be changing. We’ll be
transitioning from our 2.0% + $0.20 per transaction rate to a new
tiered fee structure, where the rates will vary depending on the
dollar amount of your monthly sales processed through Checkout.
The rate you’ll be charged beginning on May 5, 2009 will be based
on your sales processed through Checkout during the month of April
2009. Each month thereafter, we’ll continue to use the prior
month’s sales volume to determine your transaction processing
rate. For more details about the new rates, please visit
http://checkout.google.com/seller/fees.html

This announcement raises rates as much as 0.9% and +.10cts per transaction.  I understand these rate are still low when comparing them to other credit card processors.  To see such and increase from Google surprised me a bit.  The email also advised that Adwords transaction fees are no longer free.

We’ll also be discontinuing the AdWords free transaction
processing promotion on May 5, 2009. Any AdWords transaction
processing credits accrued during April 2009 will be applied
towards transactions that occur on May 1-4, 2009.

Why is Google making chnages like a normal business.  This is very unlike them.

[via CNET]

Any Ninjas on your gift list?

If your like me I have a Ninja or two on my Christmas list.  If someone one your list has a set of those two toed sock shoes I just found you a perfect gift for them.

There not really throwing stars.  Well designed magnets.  My oldest son is going to love these. No he is not a REAL Ninja.

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Anyone Else using Boxee.tv?

Anyone else here using the Boxee.tv Alpha?  Looks pretty cool.  It’s meant for use on the Apple TV.  However they have a MacOS X version.

Boxee has a cool idea.  It links all your TV/Music and other video in one place.  The key here is that it also links you to the network run TV show sites like Hulu, CBS.com, etc.  This way you don’t have to URL browse for your favorite shows.  A couple clicks through the Boxee UI and your linked to your favorite shows.  It has a few minor glitches right, but it’s only a Alpha right now.

I am using it on my MacBookPro.  Most of the shows I like are on CBS.com or Hulu.  I may be re-evaluating my need for TIVO.  Domino’s Pizza is not my favorite anyway.

Boxee also offers Netflix download customers the ability to watch downloaded movies.  This is all the rage these days.  The PS3, XBOX 360, TIVO and many other set top boxes are signed with Netflix.  I use Blockbuster’s service, but it is getting hard not to switch with all the options that NetFlix is offering.

Time will tell if Boxee.tv will last.  I frankly believe it will be something I use at first.  I’ll enjoy the experiance, but see the lack of a feature or two that something else will offer and I will stop using it.

“welcome back, welcome back, weeellcome baaack”

ooooo, oooooo  Mr. Kotter, where has PocketUp been for the past few months?

I was on hiatus.  Ok I was working a real job.  Yes 50-55 hours a week slaving away like the rest of you slugs. They went belly up so I am bellying back up to the keyboard and blogging for food.

The site got hacked so I yanked everything down back in January.  Like that day I realized the Micheal Knight poster on my wall was no longer cool, I ripped it all down.  No backed up databases or anything like that, too easy.  So I’m starting from scratch.

In the next few days I’ll be diving into my Mac Mini Media Center project again.  It’s almost done and boy is it cool.  You’ll see 2 terabytes of backed-up DVDs, 52″ of 1080p glory.  You’ll all just have to wait.

Looks like I am getting this started again right around iPhone 2.0.  What’s next for WindowsMobile, Nokia, and RIM.  They all have new things working right now.

I am also opening up the posting to a select few.  I will even offer up your very own ad space.  So get your adwords.google.com account up and running and drop me a line.  I need some WindowsMobile and Nokia geeks to pound away on their keyboards.

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