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When trivial became good again: On iPods, 9/11, and Steve Jobs

iPod Classic by Aaron Logan

In 2011, it’s hard sometimes to remember there was life before Facebook or iPhones. It’s hard to remember that one had to sit down at a computer and log into an email account rather than having the messages delivered to a smartphone in a pocket. It’s hard to remember the once-coveted music compact discs and their portable players, and it’s nearly impossible to remember music was once played by a moving stylus on a plastic disk with grooves. And although new names make headlines every day, a look at the past decade’s nearly frenzied embrace of technology shows the influence, the reach of Steve Jobs.

Although I had used Apples and Macs at school and work for years, Apple gave me my first real taste of truly personal tech in 2001. Shortly after 9/11, the news service where I worked received two supercool-looking gadgets from Apple they wanted us to test drive and write about. It was called an iPod, and its 5GB hard drive held “1,000 songs in your pocket.” (A 1,000 songs?!! Really?!!) I got to take one home and play with it — and I played with it for hours, which turned into days.  After my test drive, I was able to pre-order one. I was one of the first people in America to own an iPod. It’s probably my greatest achievement.
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Steve Jobs: R.I.P. 1955-2011

 

UPDATE 10-06-2011: I say goodbye — and thanks

 

Steve Jobs: R.I.P.

UPDATE 7:59 p.m.: The Wall Street Journal story

 

UPDATE 8:13 p.m.: WSJ interactive timeline of Steve Jobs’ life

 

UPDATE: #iSad trending on Twitter

 

UPDATE: Twitter mourns a genius

 


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Proof that it’s good to get away

In ChelseaEarly Friday, I wrapped up an ecommerce class, tried to forget about work and boarded a train for a much-overdue trip to New York City. This meant I had three hours to kill with no WiFi and zero desire to read the book I had brought along. I was, however, armed with my iPhone, so I snapped graffiti as I saw it along the train tracks. (I was on a speeding train, so some photos were better than others.)

As we walked 13 miles around the city on Saturday, I continued to snap away. I took more than 300 photos over two days; in the interest of my readers’ time, I have heavily edited my collection.

On Flickr: Train track tags & street graffiti

 
 

Near public libraryBubble?Grapes?Caress


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Amazon’s Gaga near-giveaway gums up downloads

The Walls Street Journal reports Amazon customers who bought Lady Gaga’s Born This Way for 99 cents were met with serious delays. A company spokesman told the WSJ that customers who ordered Born This Way on Monday would get the full album for the promotional price.

Good for them. Had these consumers been as stubborn stupid as I was, they could have wasted three and a half hours of their lives restarting the download.

EARLIER: Web 2.0 goes full force as Amazon offers Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album for 99 cents.


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Get Gaga for 99 cents on Amazon

Attention Little Monsters: For one day only eCommerce giant Amazon is offering Lady Gaga’s new album Born this Way for 99 cents. The wheels of Web 2.0 were in full force for this promotion: I heard about it first on my iPhone, and then on Facebook and finally, Tumblr.

Get it while you can click it.

Hat tip to Erin K. at Ultra K for the heads-up.

RELATED: The Weird Al Yankovic parody, Perform This Way.


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Find of the Day: Mashable’s 10 hilarious cellphone ads

Why write about the Motorola Xoom and iPhone 5 rumors when you can revisit the days of “transportable phones” and “cell-u-lar phones”?

Mashable has a roundup of 10 vintage commercials for mobile phones that’s a terrific time-waster, er, research. I found this one for Radio Shack’s “affordable, portable cell-u-lar phone” particularly nostalgic. (“Cellular service available in most major cities.”) And check out the sexy transporting case!