Numerous AT&T users who use MyWi, a jailbreak tweak that allows you to enable tethering without a subscription, yesterday began receiving text messages and emails from AT&T reminding the users that to use your phone for tethering requires a subscription to an AT&T tethering plan.

I was pretty much expecting to hear something like this sooner or later.

Cathode Is A Vintage Terminal For OS X

Here’s an interesting new Mac app for you Terminal junkies looking for new shiny this morning. Cathode came out of beta a few weeks ago, and it’s an alternative Terminal app for OS X with lots of “vintage” themes to apply to the regular session window. As the name suggests, Cathode emulates those old TV screens you might have seen (and owned, too) in the 1970s and 1980s — indeed cathodic monitors.

via MacStories

This is pretty nifty, and sounds like some neat programming. Personally, probably not $20 nifty, though.

Apple Confirms: No Demos In The Mac App Store

Following last night’s seeding of a new build of Mac OS X 10.6.6, Apple updated its Developer News portal with a few tips for developers to consider before trying to submit their Mac apps for approval. Among these tips (which include file system usage and custom graphical controls), Apple confirmed what many developers feared since the Mac App Store was announced: Apple won’t accept any kind of demo, trial or beta version in the new Store.

Apple is, in fact, suggesting developers to host demos on their own websites, as the Mac App Store only accepts retail versions of apps:

Your website is the best place to provide demos, trial versions, or betas of your software for customers to explore. The apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store should be fully functional, retail versions of your apps.


If you’re going to the trouble of having the customer go to your web site and install the software themselves, what’s the point of selling in the App store? Exposure, I suppose. And for the people who don’t mind buying software without being able to test it. (Who are these people?!)

For a company that makes things just work, you’re doing a good job of making this awfully hard.

Once you overload the user, you train them not to pay attention. More clutter isn’t free. In fact, more clutter is a permanent shift, a desensitization to all the information, not just the last bit.

I think there’s truth here. The brain (or at least my brain) doesn’t do very well at selectively ignoring things. It starts dropping more than I’d like.

The iPhone and Google Voice. A Reasonably Happy Marriage.

All is not connubial bliss between Google Voice and the iPhone. There are hiccups. Application oddities, service failures, unfulfilled desires, and latent fears. Yet with a native application capable of push notifications, Google Voice is a real alternative to AT&T’s onerous texting fees. It’s a powerful tool; one which has the potential to finally crack the gouging cell phone oligopoly. For that, and a few extra bucks in my pocket each month, I’m willing to take a chance on Google Voice.

This article pretty well sums up my impressions. Some awesome telephony features, some cool interface features, and some “less good” points in the sleekness department.

• FB and WP7: Chocolate and Peanut Butter

[Previously: The Windows Phone 7 Mail Experience]

My Facebook account had been dormant for months, but when I got a Windows Phone, I re-activated it. It made a great experience even better.

My Favorite Feature(s) on Windows Phone

On the main screen of Windows Phone, you can “pin” frequent contacts, which is great.

But it’s not just a way to quickly dial them, the “live tile” will actually periodically show their latest post on Facebook. Also great.

And when you do press on their tile, you’re presented with several options for contacting them such as texting, calling, emailing, or posting to their Facebook wall. The page puts a photo of them (pulled from Facebook) on top with the most recent status message (from Facebook). Super great.


I do kind of envy this kind of overall integration in a smartphone interface. I love my iPhone, but I sometimes wish that apps could play together in their sandbox. I’d like to see more of my data pulled together in the phone’s interface, not just in an app window. For instance, it would be great to have an agenda and some other items on my lock screen for a quick glance, or to remind me every time I use my phone.

Spanish woman claims she owns the sun – and now plans to start charging ALL users

It has been up there in the sky in plain view for billions of years but nobody seems to have thought of its earning potential – until now.

A canny Spanish woman from Galicia – a sun-drenched region on the border with Spain and Portugal – has decided that she owns the star, and has the registration papers to prove it.

Angeles Duran, 49, says that the sun officially belongs to her now, having had the celestial body registered in her name at a local notary office.

Really? Really?!

AT&T spokeswoman Jennifer Clark said that didn’t matter. She wrote that the carrier, having ended support for the unlimited option, no longer lets longtime subcribers keep a grandfathered status. They need to switch to the same plan as a new subscriber.

Interesting. I hadn’t heard anything about this yet. Fortunately, I think I’d be fine with the 2GB iPhone plan if it comes to that.