iPhone tip: Use a Silent Ringtone to Screen Calls in Your Sleep

Have you ever wished your iPhone would ring only when certain people call? Here’s how to do it: Download the “Silence” ringtone here: silence.m4r Copy this file into the Ringtones section of your iTunes. (Click to enlarge.) Sync your iPhone with iTunes to load the ringtone. On your iPhone, change your ringtone to “Silence” (under […]

Skype + Applescript = poor man’s voice web services

Skype is one of my favorite applications. I recently used Skype to call someone in Russia and it only cost a few cents. I’ve also been studying the Skype API, which opens some interesting possibilities. On a Mac, you can combine simple Applescript commands with simple Skype commands to open a lot of possibilities. For […]

Customer lock-in happens from inside or out

Earlier this month my brother, father, and I went to Macworld in San Francisco, waking up at 4:00 AM on Tuesday to get into Steve Jobs’s keynote. We were amazed by the iPhone — definitely under the influence of Steve’s Reality Distortion Field. It wasn’t until the Cingular CEO took the stage (snore) that I […]

Macworld 2007

This week I’m in San Francisco for Macworld. I’m looking forward to attending Steve Jobs’s keynote tomorrow, even if it means getting in line at 4:00 AM. I’m excited too that my father and brother will be joining me this year. Today I helped Brian set up his company‘s booth, then we took the BART […]