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Free Icons for MacOSX

hardw-20070918-190733.png Free Icons for MacOSX by StudioMX include hardware icons (iphone, ipod, etc) and hidden icons (usb devices, system devices, monitor, etc). These icons look fabulous and there isn’t much of a condition or license. Check each package for details though since I believe certain ones have conditions and others do not.
Credit should be given to StudioMX for such wonderful work though.
CoolOSXApps < StudioMX

AT&T will terminate your service if you criticize them

att_logo.png It figures that AT&T would pull something like this. Apparently if you “tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries” then you’ll violate the terms of service and AT&T has the right to legally terminate your contract.
I guess the First Amendment clause doesn’t apply anymore. It’s crazy because again… AT&T is a PUBLIC company. There are things you cannot do as a public company that you could as a private. As a private business, within the legal limits, you can do pretty much whatever you wish even if it’s not socially acceptable. However, for a publicly traded corporation, you might think you’re special and too large to be touched, but you are at the whim of your shareholders whom listen to consumer confidence reports.
Let me remind you (AT&T) that this doesn’t help consumer confidence. And it doesn’t surprise me at all that the new legal policy is held at a BellSouth address.
In case they change the legal terms, I’ve also thrown up a screenshot of the legal service and have highlighted the parts that will terminate your service.

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I’m literally amazed that the FCC is still standing by this merger between BellSouth and AT&T. Currently with the amount of trouble to get the $9.99/month DSL that they’re supposed to sell to consumers as part of the merger agreement, it’s almost as if they’re trying to get around the conditions placed upon them by the FCC. This is just another one of those… “you can’t touch us.. nyah nyah nyah” clauses that should send shivers down the spines of consumers with them. Personally, I would probably put this in the same pot as the Verizon Wireless public relations incident recently.
Personally? I refuse to use anything by AT&T or BellSouth due to this very reason. When a company becomes too big for their britches, it’s time to move on to someone that’s a little less evil.

iTunes Saturday

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Reputation of a business: The deadliness of subcontractors

I absolutely despise businesses that don’t do some reputation and/or background checks of their subcontractors. There is a certain developer in the Triad that happens to not notify you when they’re going to rip up your lawn, to put water mains across the street to the new house they’re building. Yes, you just come home to your lawn torn up. This was after you paid extra for landscaping for the house. When approached about this… ” oh, that’s a problem of the subcontractors.” Uhh.. no.
As the overseeing company, you take on responsibility of what your subcontractors do.
This enterprise happens to be one of the larger developers in the Triad also which makes me even more twerked. Larger entities shouldn’t be pulling this kind of bull. Forsyth County has a strict noise ordinance where you cannot have loud noise between 11:00PM and 7:30AM. Go figure who was banging at 7 friggin’ AM on a Saturday? We also won’t go into the perhaps questionable status of workers out doing the banging.
Ties tremendously well with the whole telemarketing annoyance I wrote about yesterday with Wells Fargo. Apparently the idea is that if you subcontract out your work, then the responsibility doesn’t lie in your hands anymore.
Sorry, but it doesn’t quite work like that. For instance, if there is a lawsuit that happens, it’s on the overseeing company of the subcontractors. The reputation of the subcontractor can severely tarnish the overseer. The work ethics of the lower body can effect the appearance of the upper body. Simple logic and consumer practice.
So if you happen to be thinking… hey, I can just switch subcontractors in/out all day long and outsource my workload, think again. With whom are you developing this relationship with? And will it effect your future standing? Because I can tell you right now that it will in the consumer’s eyes. They don’t care if you’re subcontracting out and nor should they care. In the end when selling a product, consumer confidence rules all and is not something that should be taken lightly.

Free Skullphabet #1 font

skull94.jpg Skullphabet #1 is a Creative Commons licensed font in both TrueType and OpenType formats and is basically this pretty neat font that originated as a vector drawing but then was converted into a font through the work of the original artist and a programmer.
This is actually pretty sweet considering Halloween is just around the corner and it would definitely be interesting to take a look at this for whatever ghoulish projects that you have in mind.

Wells Fargo uses annoying telemarketer firm that calls you daily

4022232040.JPG (402) 223-2040. I hate this number and it’s only been three straight days.
Why? They keep calling and do the whole “hang-up” type calling. If you don’t have something to say, quit using your really bad dialing software. The caller ID showing Custom Response apparently has had some attention too. It’s annoyed many many others.
From the forums, it seems like the number is registered to a:

Custom Response Teleservices
2015 North 6th Street
Beatrice, NE (Nebraska) 68310-1236
Phone: (402) 223-2040

Further investigation reveals that CRT Inc, a telemarketing firm, is under contract with Wells Fargo Bank. Well this explains a lot, after looking at a couple complaints on Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 402-223-2040 2007-07-06
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Custom Response 2007-05-22
Wells Fargo Custom Response 2007-08-15

It seems that Wells Fargo is in a practice of hiring subcontracted firms to bug you about home mortgages but only if you pick up quickly enough. Otherwise, you get a barrage of daily phone calls. Shameful.
What’s more amusing is the fact that we do have business with Wells Fargo. No offense, Wells Fargo, but I’m taking my business elsewhere. We don’t need annoying calls and there are other banks out there that won’t bother me unless I request it. And in hiring subs, you should know better to do some checking up on the people you hire.
As for CRT? Change your business practices or I’d imagine you’ll get some serious BBB complaints and calls to your state AG. In fact, I read that there were some calls of those sorts on the forums. Not really that surprised.
And I might join those ranks if these calls continue.

Movie Review: 300

Frank Miller’s 300 (Two-Disc Special Edition) [afflilate] was just as good as all the critics said it was.
This movie was a adaptation of graphic novel by Frank Miller. Historically, it is a story of the Battle of Thermopylae. What was interesting about this movie is how they portrayed the Persian Empire. There was definitely director’s privilege when you saw the different types of beasts and freaks that were part of Xerxes’ armies. One of my favorites as actually the battle scenes and the costumes of the Immortals.
Historically, this was definitely one of those battles that makes you very impressed at the battle strategies of the king of Sparta. It was one of the few strategies that someone that thought it out beforehand could drive fright into another’s armies due to the mere fact that the other side was trying to brute force their way in. Funny how that is.
The other great thing that I loved about this movie was the gold tint that was placed on the movie. It gave it a surreal comic book like look, but it just made it that much more fascinating. Definitely one of those movies that will be going into the movie collection at some point.

Auslogics Registry Defrag

auslogic_registrydefrag.jpg There’s a couple registry cleaners out there, but defragmenting a registry? Unheard of.
Auslogics Registry Defrag works like this. When you remove a program, usually it leaves empty entries or spaces in your registry. The larger the registry, the more inefficient your computer is (yes, it’s only a split second or so but those split seconds can add up!). With Windows accessing your registry hundreds of times a second sometimes, you can seriously feel the slowness after a while.
So the Registry Defrag takes out the blank spaces, reducing the file size of the registry and allowing you to access a smaller file, thus creating more efficiency. On top of that, you get detailed reports that you can export into HTML just so you can document this great registry optimization experience. Free for Windows.

(UPDATE 1): NARAL rejected from setting up SMS short code with Verizon

NARAL_logo.png Sort of disappointed with Verizon WIreless.
They’re refused NARAL, a pro-choice group that was looking to get a SMS short code.
It’s not that I don’t understand where they’re coming from, but they’re walking a REALLY fine line pulling the “contraversial content” out of their code of content. See, the problem with the whole the term contraversial is that it’s subjective, not objective. What else is that the text messages are a user requested content. Thus, you wouldn’t be getting this type of text message.
Here’s the logic behind this. For every person that finds NARAL contraversial, there’s also those that find certain religions contraversial. Go figure that FAITH is an SMS code. Don’t believe me? Go search for it on the CSCA search.

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The point here isn’t if either group is contraversial. In fact, I could totally understand if using that policy line for a hate group. The point here is that it seems that they’re drawing a line between a moral stand which is up to each individual to make. The fact that SMS codes are a subscription type service means that the user has to agree to that service. Thus, the terms birds of a feather holds.
Since Verizon Wireless is NOT a private company anymore, they can’t make these types of decisions that wreak of conservative standings versus actual business decisions. If they were a private corporation, then I’d also understand the stance. I would be curious as to whom made this decision and where their faith and politics lie. It wouldn’t be surprising at all to me if there was a personal opinion in this decision.
In my opinion, this move will just turn into tremendously bad public relations for Verizon Wireless. You can’t expect to play that way and not expect it to come back to bite you in the rear. Very bad move. We’ll see if they recover from this or if they keep digging themselves into a hole. NARAL has all the right to make a huge fuss in this case as would any other organization that would be signing up for a SMS short code.
Lesson to be learned here? Public companies need to be fairly objective.
UPDATE 1 (2:45PM): That didn’t take long did it? Verizon was reversed its decision saying:

“It was an incorrect interpretation of a dusty internal policy,” Mr. Nelson said. “That policy, developed before text messaging protections such as spam filters adequately protected customers from unwanted messages, was designed to ward against communications such as anonymous hate messaging and adult materials sent to children.”

In that article, there are references to other groups that have used short codes such as the Republican National Committee, Save Darfur, and Amnesty International. Like I said before, someone was making a judgment call without actually viewing the policy and using it for what it was written for. In this aspect, it turned something shouldn’t have ballooned into a problem, into a bigger issue because someone chose to creatively interpret that clause. Glad to see that Verizon Wireless is doing the right thing and regaining the trust of their clientele.

Auslogics System Information

auslogic_sysinfo.jpg Yes, we know that there are plenty of system information type applications. So what’s to make Auslogic’s System Information any different?
To tell you the truth, there really isn’t too much difference considering the information is all the same. The difference really lies in the way Auslogic has it broken out in an easily read format. You can export your reports to HTML, XML, or even just plain text. It can do graphs, charts, and the like. And most of all, it’s free and for Windows.
So what’s not to like? If you don’t like one, you can try another.