The latest iTunes update has brought another wave of undesirable features including deeper integration of Ping. Thankfully, it’s possible to set hidden preferences and execute a few hacks to restore harmony.
These instructions only apply to the Mac and require some basic understanding of Terminal and hidden files. If it’s all Dutch, you’re best off giving this a miss.
Kill the Ping sidebar: defaults write com.apple.iTunes disablePingSidebar 1
Remove the new Ping buttons: defaults write com.apple.iTunes hide-ping-dropdown 1
Restore the coloured menu icons:
In your applications folder, right click on iTunes and select “Show Package Contents”.
If you want to use Facebook and you happen to be Paris Hilton, well I guess it might be kinda tricky. You want to be able to stay in contact with real-world friends, avoid a deluge of messages and requests from weirdos, and all whilst finding a way to drum up some PR with a presence fans can connect with. All of which is quite possible, but it’s pretty hard to navigate around all the various tools and requires settings.
I reckon there’s probably an untapped need for a specialised agency focused on offering consultancy or acting services for celebrities (and their agent/management) who want to crack the wave of new social tools. If I can muster the time and energy, it’d make an interesting project to create a flashy webpage and put together some decent white papers; creating the illusion of a fully fledged agency, and then waiting to see if anyone takes the bait.
In the meantime, if any celebrities (of the A/B list variety) would like some free in-depth consultation, please get in touch.
I recently found myself with the need for some passport sized photos. Unfortunately, I had already boxed up a stash of photos which I had previously made. Sheer desperation led me to pay a whopping €8 for a print containing just 4 photos. A bit of a rip-off compared to a nice trick to make your own for 20p.
It’s a doodle to produce your own DIY photos, using a trusty digital camera and the excellent ePassportPhoto.com tool. Take a few snaps and spruce up the best one (some folk are rather particular about the quality) and then upload it to the tool. It’ll instantly spit out a standard 4×6 print containing 6 passport sized photos.
Whilst totally free, the service does place an advertisement in one of the 6 slots, but a bit of MS Paint wizardry can easily replace that with another photo. The local supermarket or chemist usually has a printing machine and it’ll cost a mere 20p or so to make a quality print – a bargain!
To help focus my energies on revenue generating activities (the corporate world did have it’s mark), I’m doing a bit of a cleanup and offloading redundant and low-value projects.
All my spare domain names have been listed for sale and I’ve stuck a few up for auction on Flippa (the de facto marketplace for buying and selling online properties). Hopefully I can get rid of the lot, or I’ll just leave them fizzle away into non-existence.
I sold the TopInterviewTips.com site in an auction a couple of months ago. The idea was was to build a niche content site from scratch and see if it could be a scalable model for building a portfolio of small earners. Well, it didn’t really pan out too well in the end, but I snagged $250 from the auction which just about covered the development costs and time I had invested (circa 4-hours).
After a 4-year stint in Dublin, I’m back in Blighty and free from the shackles of the corporate world. It’s refreshing, yet a tad overwhelming. I’ve been rather quite likely to have been employed by two of the most prestigious Internet companies and to have worked alongside some pretty impressive folk. It was a pretty tough decision to make; the time taken to make it is a testament to that, and I’ll miss it more than I’d like to admit.
The plan of attack? For now, the aim is to continue building on my current websites and also look to build/acquire some more, whilst enjoying the benefits of not being restrained to be physically located in any particular place (location independence). Progress report to come.