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Apple Care Support Centre

Last week I had this rather surreal telephone conversation with an employee at the Dutch Apple Care Support Centre. It was regarding my recently purchased iPad which appeared to have a dead pixel. After spending ten minutes on hold at the cost of €0,10/min, I was connected to “Mick”. Now I have often spoken to very friendly, competent and patient Apple Care employees, but Mick rubbed me the wrong way from the start with his incessant interruptions and patronizing tone of voice. This is more or less how our conversation went:
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Microsoft Strikes Back

In an attempt to heal some of the damage done to the image of PC’s by Apple’s “I’m a PC and I’m a Mac” adverts, Microsoft has embarked upon a new advertising campaign. Their concept is to kill the stereotype of a PC user as a clueless nerd in a brown suit. To be honest, I think this is a pretty good response to the Apple ads – but I’m still sticking with Apple.

By the way, the actor that portrays the PC in the Mac ads is actually a Mac user in real life.

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Tap your BPM's

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It’s been quite a while since I last wrote, but things have been incredibly busy what with moving house, renovating, working on a music documentary and loads more. But in times of stress, little old anal me likes to relax with autistic, repetitive things like Mahjong, Picross and widgets like this one from Flying Cheeseburger.

It’s a free Mac OSX dashboard widget which enables you to tap out the beats to your iTunes tracks. The widget calculates the BPM (Beats Per Minute) and you can add the BPM info to the track in iTunes with the touch of a button.

Now many of you may say that there is loads of other software out there which can analyze your music library and add the BPM info to iTunes much more quickly than this method – and you’d be right. But then I wouldn’t have anything to relieve the stress 😉

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