I’m going to the US of A

I might not post for a day or two (like that’s unusual!), because I’m going to New York to help judge the OneShow awards. It’s all a bit exciting for me. TTFN.

Pandora x Last FM

TechCrunch » Pandora and Last.fm Together…sort of – I couldn’t work out which one of Last.fm and Pandora I liked best for my music recommendation needs. Now someone’s sorted out my dilemma, they’ve mashed the two together. Hoorah!

Using iTunes to backup your music

iTunes to CD-DVD

Now here’s a tip I’ve been waiting for. It’s not rocket science. It’s iTunes science!

How to backup your iTunes music library, and most importantly of all, keep it backed up. I used to walk around in a constant state of paranoia that all my music was about to vanish. Now I can relax a bit.

From the blog One Digital Life which is full of useful stuff.

Big Companies Do Nice Stuff

I’ve had two good experiences today. Both nice things that companies have done. So in the spirit of helping to spread good stuff I’m going to talk about them.
O2 treatsFirst I’m going to praise O2. I’ve had some relatively poor experiences with them in the past, but anecdotally no worse than anyone ever has with a mobile company. But today I got a text message letting me know that I could get a ‘treat’, all I had to do was phone a freephone number and choose what I wanted. (Note: being a sceptic I went and checked the T&Cs online first. But they’d told me how to do that too, which is good). Anyway I called, and I got offered:

  • 40 free off peak minutes a month
  • Unlimited texts every day between 7 and 8pm
  • 40 free texts a month

All on top of my normal package. It’s not like they’re bank-busting offers for O2, but they made me feel nice for a few minutes. I told a load of people in the office, and now I’m writing about it.

The second company to do something good today is Telewest. And it’s all around paperless billing.

Telewest Future Forest

Lots of people offer paperless billing, some incentivise it with cash, some play the environmental card, both are good reasons for me to consider it. But Telewest have gone one step further with their environmental pitch. They’ve teamed up with Future Forests, and if you sign up for ebilling they dedicate a tree to you (or a loved one) in the Telewest Forest. I thought that was sweet.

PEZ MP3 Player

pez mp3 player

Who cares about Apple, Creative Labs, Sony and all those guys. Surely the best MP3 players simply have to be made by Pez. It’s got a tiny memory, looks really flmsy, the battery life is bound to be shocking. But there’s something strangely desirable about this PEZ MP3 Player.

The site I found it on CoolestShop.com has some other really nice stuff in stock too: nice teeshirts, rude trainers, and more.


Egglings images

When I first saw these I thought they were great. A really lovely bit of ‘design’, but then I thought about it some more and started to think they’re really a bit freaky. The idea of a plant growing out of an egg made me feel a bit funny. But then I reaised that they’re not real eggs and I started to like them again. See what you think of Egglings.

Feedburner – RSS + nice touches

feedburner page

I’m now going to attempt a cunning blog maneuver, I’m going to try and join two recent posts together (admittedly in a bit of a clumsy way).
Feedburner is a really cool service for bloggers or web site owners. It allows you to make your RSS feeds much more manageable and measurable. It helps end-users to subscribe to your feeds by creating a page that is accessible to almost any web browser, and then gives you a choice of how you’d like to subscribe to a feed. It handles this in a dynamic fashion: if your browser can deal with feeds it doesn’t get in the way, if it can’t, Feedburner steps in and helps.

Anyway, in my quest to make more sense of RSS feeds I was browsing through my Feedburner pages, and I chanced upon this:

feedburner dialogue box

I thought this was another really nice example of a charming (if very US-centric) dialogue box. Rather than saying ‘you must be registered to view this page’ and not letting me see anything. It dims out the underlying content (see main image) thereby teasing me in, as well as up-selling in an approachable human way.

I liked it anyway.