Hoping to Make iPhone Toys as a Full-Time Job

The New York Times has an article up about the “iPhone Gold Rush”. It features iShoot developer Ethan Nicholas, and is pretty well written, go check it out. I’m not quite sure why it is in the fashion section, but at least it has some good sources. Like Ars Technica’s Erica Sadun.

A Politico’s Look Inside Obama’s bank CEOs meeting

Politico has posted a look inside Obama’s meeting with the CEOs of various banks. My opinion is that they sound like they’re still a bunch of shortsighted libertarian lunatics with no interest in even pretending to appeal to the greater good. But, hey, we all have opinions, and I think you should read this article and have one.

Mr. Belarcadere

There is a piece of software called Belarc Advisor that can spec out your PC super-quick and seems incredibly helpful. Unlike Magic Jelly Bean Keyfinder, which is a good tool to have as well, Belarc Advisor not only gets the keys for various pieces of Windows Software, but also checks out the status of your (Windows-only) machine’s security hotfixens and displays your system specfications.

It does this all in a web browser and then gives you links to where each piece of software it finds is installed.

About the only downsides I can find are that this isn’t free software and it doesn’t display licenses for game software.

I suppose neither is surprising coming from a business-oriented services company, but oh well.

Some days you want to sneak one in on your NBC exec.

One of my guilty pleasures is watching random series shows from the 90s and 80s. Somewhat recently this has meant watching a spin-off sitcom from the people that brought you Cheers called Frasier.

It takes the character of Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) who was merely a fixture in the bar and builds a goofy little life around him. Unfortunately it also removed some of his willingness to be social with the working class and maybe made the show a little too clean for TV, oh well. It ran for 11 seasons and produced two-hundred and sixty-four episodes.

I find it amusing mainly since I can turn it on and do something else while it remains in the background, unlike Lost which really requires your attention to get the full experience.

Anyway, that was an excessively long introduction to get to the point of telling that there’s a post up on Ken Levine’s blog where he describes an interesting turn of events for the show’s production. The producers and the writers of the show worked together to hide a rather significant detail from the network until it aired. I’d tell you what that is, but that would spoil the joy of reading the article and finding out some behind-the-scenes details of a television sitcom.