iTunes is a necessary evil if you have an iOS device. The thing I dislike most is that the installer doesn’t give you much control over the changes made to your Windows system. Over on ZDnet, Ed Bott wrote a great unofficial guide to installing iTunes 10 without bloatware. Go there if you want to know all of the details involved with iTunes and its various pieces. What I present below are just the steps to get things up and running.

Get things ready:

  1. Go download 7-Zip. You need it for this and it is, in my opinion, much better than the zip program that comes standard with Windows.
  2. Install 7-zip.
  3. Download the latest iTunes installer
  4. Right click on the iTunes installer and move your mouse up to the 7-zip menu 7zipand over to click on ‘Extract to ItunesSetup\’  This will extract all the files to a subdirectory of the current one.
  5. Move your mouse over the folder icon for your new ItunesSetup folder hold down your shift key and click “Open command window here” (again, that is shift+click)

Now it gets a little tricky depending on what you need and devices you have.

Everyone install this:

In the command window you just opened, type and run each of these commands in order:

  • AppleApplicationSupport.msi /passive
  • Quicktime.msi /passive
  • iTunes.msi /passive (on a 64-bit Windows system, use iTunes64.msi /passive)

Only if your share your iTunes library on your network:

  • Bonjour.msi /passive

Note: If you aren’t sharing music you don’t need Bonjour and I’d skip it.

Owners of an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone install:

  • AppleMobileDeviceSupport.msi /passive (on x64 installations, use AppleMobileDeviceSupport64.msi /passive)

Should you install the Apple Software Update? I say no. When it is time to update, just download the new installer and go through the the brief steps above.

That’s it. Now you have only what is necessary on your computer to interact with your Apple iOS device and nothing more. Even if you end up installing it all, at least you know what was installed rather than being blinded by the Apple installer.

Filtering the web so you don’t have to for September 29th 2010

Filtering the web so you don’t have to for September 28th 2010 through September 29th 2010:

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    LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner has just unveiled LinkedIn Signal at TechCrunch Disrupt, a new feature that neatly marries the worlds of LinkedIn and Twitter and allows users to apply the professional social network’s filters to Twitter’s firehose. Think of it as a window into Twitter (and LinkedIn’s updates), through the eyes of LinkedIn.
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    ATD has managed to get a hold of a screenshot showing the new features in action: once you connect Skype with Facebook, you’d be able to SMS, chat with or call your Facebook friends directly from Skype. You should also be able to login into Skype with your Facebook credentials.
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    In May I had a chance to interview Tim on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt: New York. After the talk we went to the speaker room for a quick private chat (this happens after most talks unless the speaker has to rush out).
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Filtering the web so you don’t have to for September 28th 2010

Filtering the web so you don’t have to for September 27th 2010 through September 28th 2010:

Filtering the web so you don’t have to for September 27th 2010

Filtering the web so you don’t have to for September 26th 2010 through September 27th 2010:

  • From Twitter – All the deets on the @SouthwestAir purchase of AirTran
  • From Twitter – RT @BreakingNews Southwest Airlines to buy Airtran for $1.4 billion – MarketWatch
  • From Twitter – RT @BrkingWorldNews U.S. bill to loosen online government wiretaps
  • AngelGate: Chris Sacca Responds To Ron Conway
    Quick summary of “AngelGate” to date:
    A Blogger Walks Into A Bar
    Dave McClure Gets Mad
    Dave McClure Gets Really Mad
    Ron Conway Goes Nuclear
    Ron Conway Clarifies
    As I said the other day, there would be more private emails getting published. This one is from Chris Sacca, a prominent “super angel” who was not at the meeting I stumbled into but was at a previous meeting. He wrote a response to the Ron Conway email. It’s worth pointing out that this email is time stampe..   show all text

  • Don’t Click The WTF Link On Twitter Unless You DO Like Sex With Goats
    Either a lot of Techies are into really kinky things, or there is a Twitter worm going around. It looks like a ton of people just started sending out Tweets saying “I Like Anal Sex With Goats.” This Tweet is followed by another one that says “WTF” and includes a link. Do NOT click on this link; it appears that it will cause you to send out the same series of Tweets from your account. It looks like this is happening across third-party clients and on
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