Make your own iPhone ring tones

Just download Audacity (free) and open any MP3 in it, shorten it down to <30 seconds, export it as an M4A, CMD-I and change it’s extension to M4R and drag them into iTunes & Sync.

It’s surprisingly easy. You’ll need the free ‘LAME’ plugin that Audacity asks for the first time.…&item=lame-mp3

Hope this helps.

15″ MBP, 2.66, 4G, 250G;
G5, 1.8, 4G, 1.5T
16 GB G2 iPod Touch;
16 GB iPhone 3G
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OS X Screen Sharing link on Desktop or Dock

IconIt is as easy to create a link directly to your favorite remote Mac running OS X as it is to bookmark a website. Now, I say remote but of course I am referring to a machine on your local network. Additionally, screen sharing must be enabled on your target Mac.

System Preferences – Sharing and Screen Sharing, etc. will take care of that for you. In here you will also see the name and/or IP you can use to connect to your Mac.


BarOpen Safari and instead of entering a web URL such as you would enter vnc:// or whatever your IP address is. Alternatively, you can use the machine’s Bonjour name such as vnc://G5.local but you must use the ‘.local’ after the name. Once you do this, do not hit Enter as you would if you were going to visit a web link but instead simply drag the link image immediately to the left of the V of vnc to your desktop or your dock. Once it copies, it is a shortcut directly to your screen sharing session – once your password is saved, if you choose to do so, all that needs to be done is to open this link.

I use this regularly to control my G5 which is connected to my HDTV and sound system.

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MBP Stickers

MBP Stickers

I am looking for a few good stickers for my MacBook Pro. I have a couple, as you can see, but I would like to find a few more that fit – 2 or 3 perhaps. I have looked at which is a great site but I can’t find any social network stickers at all. I have looked for Seesmic, Twitter, Viddler, Digg and even Piratebay but can’t find them anywhere. Now, Pirate Bay, I can rightly understand – nonetheless, I still want one. SO, if anyone knows where I might be able to find stickers in this genre, please let me know.

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Marky Mark Wahlberg

I am a pretty big fan. Being 32 years old this May puts me right on the exact time line to be a fan of Mark and in all of his work. I was in high school from 91 – 95 and I was as social then as I am today. Only at that time I was limited to those whom I knew personally. I attended just about everything there was to do… and so did Marky Mark. There was not an event throughout this time that Good Vibrations didn’t play at least once. (Generally, only once… but they would have played it more if they could have.) Needless to say, whenever I hear this song today it has the ability to take me back. I know you’ve been there.
Some years later, I find myself watching him through Renaissance Man, Fear and The Perfect Storm (which is a movie I absolutely loose myself in) and finally, Planet of the Apes on into The Italian Job, etc. Now, I’ll be honest here… it was not until the Italian Job that I realized that Marky Mark and Mark Wahlberg were the same person. There was something about this tied to the fact that I liked the roles he was playing by this time that made me a pretty big fan. He has a Keanu curve of overacting ability but not too bad in my opinion. More importantly, he plays his roles well.

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Positive Attitude

Keeping a positive attitude so far in 2009. Not bad saying that from the back end of a Monday. More especially a Monday following the holidays where everyone is back to work trying to catch up.
Now…. to see how long I can hold on to this.
Loren from (@1938media) has turned over a new personality for the new year. It’s interesting and scary at the same time. I was just getting used to his brashness as I was in constant fear of getting blocked – I even had to talk him off the block button once. It’s all good, though, as long as his account didn’t get hacked. I have to say, the timing was suspicious for certain. Big phishing scam and Loren becomes sociable. Better in this direction than the opposite, I suppose. I just hope it doesn’t rebound.

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I don’t mean to sound like an Ass to anyone who disagrees with me – and you’re welcome to do so as this is just my opinion. However…

If you enter your password at a site- it’s your responsibility. Twitter, eBay, PayPal, etc…. any site with a password. If you feel otherwise, then you are not prepared for today’s Internet. Phishing has been a popular tactic for many years now and is as common as Spam. In fact, a large percentage of spam is phishing itself.

Now, before you all begin yelling the same mantra – I know that all of the 3rd party sites are questionable due to the Twitter API being wide open. Those, too, are your responsibly as they’re optional and totally independent from Twitter. People are so quick today to become complacent and point fingers at other people because there is no possible way it can be ‘MY’ fault… I don’t run the site. Twitter is a simple, social and most notably FREE site. Don’t get me wrong, I love it – but it is not logical or possible to hold them responsible for someone else’s actions.

Unless Twitter themselves steal your account or your Twidentidy it is neither their responsibility nor their fault. Now, It would be nice if you could contact them and say – ‘Hey, someone stole my account and I want it back’ and can prove (via email, etc) like so many other sites – then that would be cool. I don’t even know if this is an option as I have never needed it.

I can see this leading them to begin charging in order to grow their back end so as to allow for proper tracking and maintenance procedures. Sadly, as much as I love Twitter, I won’t pay for it.

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Wednesday is the best and worst day of the week, without doubt. It takes until Wednesday to really get moving in the week but at the same time that’s when all of the plans begin flying around for the upcoming weekend. Today just happens to be one of the few Wednesdays that really lives up to that since it’s an honorary Friday and many are off for another 4 day weekend. The 4 day weekend over New Year’s is much more relaxing than the previous 4 day weekend over Christmas – at least for me. I have this weekend to myself and immediately following a hectic family intense week[end], it’s certainly bordering vacation status.

Stay safe over the new year and make sure you get more from 2009 than 2008. You are in control of this.

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Great Holiday

It really was a good Holiday. It’s not over yet and I have a lot of content worth posting already but it’s not ready and I’m feeling lazy today.
Had about 15 people at my house – some that I didn’t even know. I think they were walking by and saw the happenings and dropped in…
My daughter was pretty excited to open her iPod touch and DSLite – she hasn’t done much with the DS yet but I’ve been keeping it busy. I have to say, I am pretty impressed with the functionality of the iPod for its use by children. Perhaps not exactly a 4 year old but regardless, being able to lock the maximum volume level totally rocks. Additionally, this can’t be modified without a passcode. Also, the restrictions which block certain parts of access such as iTunes, YouTube, Safari, etc… I left YouTube open because she loves that. She is going to have so much more fun with it once she learns how to read.

The Stella Awards

What a place in which we live… This is why there are directions on a shampoo bottle and advice not to stick your head in a plastic bag.  This is why the simplest things have to be explained. With every luxury imaginable we have this. This is why I can’t stand humanity.

Don’t sue me if this is not accurate – I don’t have anything for you but logic and common sense. After all… it’s all I need.

For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald’s in New Mexico where she purchased the coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right? That’s right, these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know, the kinds of cases that make you scratch your head. So keep your head scratcher handy.

Here are the Stella’s for the past year:


Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.


Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn’t notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor’s hubcaps.

Go ahead, grab your head scratcher.


Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, who was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage.

Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn’t re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut Forced to sit for eight, count ‘em, EIGHT, days on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner’s insurance company claiming undue mental Anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish. We should all have this kind of anguish.

Keep scratching. There are more…


Jerry Williams, of Little Rock , Arkansas , garnered 4th Place in the Stella’s when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor’s beagle – even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.

Grrrrr … Scratch, scratch.


Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tail bone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument. What ever happened to people being responsible for their own actions?

Scratch, scratch, scratch. Hang in there, there are only two more Stella’s to go…


Kara Walton, of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000… oh, yeah, plus dental expenses. Go figure.

1ST PLACE: (May I have a fanfare played on 50 kazoos please)

This year’s runaway First Place Stella Award winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down, $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.

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Wine Library to Manhattan

This weekend involved a trip to Springfield, NJ for a visit to the beautiful Wine Library ( which was followed by a drive into lower Manhattan.
I got up and out of the house early (by 9) to start the day. Hit the Library right around 11:30 and chilled there for a good hour. Actually, it was a great hour. Everett hooked me up once again with a winning cheese and also a highly recommended breakfast sausage. Very flavorful, indeed. The remainder is for dinner tonight since I don’t want to wait until my next opportunity to cook breakfast.
I had been there before but I was alone. This time, I took my wife and daughter as well as a friend, John. John has no idea who Gary is but wanted to see the Library from my explanation of my previous visit. Big hit for all.
When we got in the area my wife was the first to notice that the local police were directing traffic on the 4 lane where the Library resides. Additionally, there was a gentleman (at least one) parking cars in the lot expeditiously. So far, so good….
The place was packed – I mean… what economic downturn? Who? I had promised previously that on my next visit I was going to try to get a video walk-through to give some of you who can’t see this place a valid chance, but… it just wasn’t the time.
Additionally, I have never seen such a staff of people at work. This is indescribable and really must be witnessed to be appreciated. Not only are they vast but they’re also (as you would expect) very knowledgeable. Big props.
So, after spending plenty, I picked up a copy of Gary’s book, which he graciously signed for me and headed on my way.
When we left the Library we went on into Manhattan.
(so you don’t have to read a novel, I’ll post that part later…)