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:
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.
Download the latest iTunes installer
Right click on the iTunes installer and move your mouse up to the 7-zip menu and over to click on ‘Extract to ItunesSetup\’ This will extract all the files to a subdirectory of the current one.
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:
iTunes.msi /passive (on a 64-bit Windows system, use iTunes64.msi /passive)
Only if your share your iTunes library on your network:
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.
For some, Twitter is a social network and for others it is just a broadcast medium. Judging from the latest data from social media analytics and monitoring service Sysomos, for the majority of users, Twitter is indeed mostly a broadcast medium. After analyzing over 1.2 billion tweets, the Sysomos team found that only 29% of tweets actually produce a reaction – that is, a reply or a retweet. According to Sysomos, just 6% of all tweets are retweeted and these retweets have a very short lifespan. .. show all text
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.
LinkedIn Signal, which is currently in limited beta, allows users to sort through Twitter updates of LinkedIn members (you opt in by synci.. show all text
Facebook and Skype are working on a deal that would integrate Facebook Connect with Skype accounts, AllThingsD has learned citing sources familiar with the situation.
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.
The new features should go live in Skype 5.0 wh.. show all text
By now you must have heard the news that AOL has acquired us. Here are videos of the on stage signing of the agreement and an interview with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong immediately afterwards.
So how did all this happen? And What happens to TechCrunch now?
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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Update: Sources tell CNBC that AOL paid $40 million. We're guessing the $25 million figure is cash and the rest is an earnout.
Earlier: AOL has told insiders that the company is only paying $25 million for TechCrunch, a second-hand source tells us.
Another source close to AOL thinks the price is "on the lower side vs. what some have said," which would be consistent with $25 million.
If true, this would be a surprisingly low figure. TechCrunch boss Michael Arrington recently pegg.. show all text
I’m very pleased to announce that we have acquired TechCrunch. Details are in the press release below, and I’m sure founder Michael Arrington will have a few words to say as well. This is a great complement to our continued investment in world class content.
AOL TO ACQUIRE TECHCRUNCH NETWORK OF SITES
Leading Authority on Tech News Will Expand AOL’s Growing Offering of World-Class, Audience-Relevant Content
San Francisco, CA, September 28, 2010 – AOL Inc. [NYSE: AOL] toda.. show all text
AOL, the New York-based online media company, is on the verge of acquiring TechCrunch, the online blogging network started by former attorney, Michael Arrington. The deal is at a sensitive stage and might fall apart yet, but I don’t think so. Sources familiar with both entities says that the announcement is likely to come onstage at Disrupt, TechCrunch’s flagship conference currently underway in San Francisco.
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is likely to make an appearance at the conference, .. show all text
Drum roll please… Here it is, the moment we’ve been waiting for. A chance to showcase each one of our carefully selected nominees for the 2011 Bold & Digital Men of Social Media calendar and ask YOU to weigh in on the final voting process. Each individual can vote for 5 men beginning now until 12PM EST on Friday, October 1. The final results from the poll will be taken into consideration during the judging process being held on Tuesday, October 5 by a diverse committee of Bo.. show all text
In the late 1980s, Apple created a few concept videos about a device they called the Computer Knowledge Navigator. These videos came up recently when Apple unveiled the iPad, because the machine in the videos is a tablet computer. But that’s about all the iPad has in common with this conceptual device. Instead, a new startup launching at TechCrunch Disrupt today, Qwiki, is much more like the futuristic computer in the videos.
To be clear, Qwiki isn’t a piece of hardware. Instead, it.. show all text
Today at Research In Motion's annual BlackBerry Developer Conference, CEO Mike Lazaridis announced the company's new tablet — the PlayBook. The tablet will utilize an OS created by the recently acquired QNX (just as we'd heard previous to the announcement) called the BlackBerry Tablet OS which will offer full OpenGL and POSIX support alongside web standards such as HTML5 (which is all tied into RIM's new WebWorks SDK). Lazaridis was joined on stage by the company's founder, Dan Dodge, who said.. show all text
The heat wave that has gripped Southern California reached a high point Monday afternoon, with triple-digit temperatures from the coast all the way inland.
As of noon, Weather.com reported that downtown L.A. was broiling at 109 degrees; Santa Monica hit 106, West Hollywood was at 111 and Long Beach was at 107. [Updated at 12:52 p.m.: As of 12:50 p.m.: downtown L.A. had hit 113 degrees, a record high. Stuart Seto, a forecaster for the National Weather Service, said that's the hottest temperature.. show all text
Advertisers will be allowed to purchase placement in lists of "who to follow" recommendations targeted to users with particular interests on Twitter, according to the latest report by Peter Kafka on the Wall St. Journal's AllThingsD. Kafka reports that the new ad model will be unveiled at the IAB conference in New York City tomorrow.
It's against Twitter's Terms of Service for outside parties to sell followers on the popular messaging service, but that's not just because Twitter wants.. show all text
Exclu: Call it "$#*! My Roommate Says." CBS is developing two new comedies, including a project based off a Twitter feed produced by social-media master Ashton Kutcher. Following on the successful launch of its Twitter-inspired comedy "$#*! My Dad Says" last week, CBS has made a script deal for "Shh … Don't Tell Steve," based on a [...]
Every business owner knows they need a social media presence. Going to another event or conference and listening to someone talk about the “importance” of being on social media will not help grow your business. Although this information was once valuable, the real value now comes from being empowered with knowledge and tools on how to actually use social media properly. People need tactical tips on how to implement and insight on how to incorporate different social networks into the.. show all text
Over the last few weeks, we’ve spent a good bit of time talking about our approach to partnering with the web, and as part of that, how we’re deeply integrating with the leading consumer services that you find most valuable. Earlier today, I had the opportunity to get on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, and with Toni Schneider, CEO of Automattic (the parent company of WordPress.com), announce an exciting partnership between our companies.
Providing a great blogging experience
As we look.. show all text
Microsoft and WordPress just announced that WordPress.com will become the default blogging platform for Windows Live. Live Spaces' 30 million users will have six months to migrate their blogs over to WordPress.com and the two companies will offer a number of tools that should make this migration very easy. This announcement, which was made at TechCrunch Disrupt, comes as a bit of a surprise and will surely upset some of Windows Live Spaces' most active users. It does, however, fit into Microsof.. show all text
Of all the social networks competing for our online persona and social graph, Twitter is special. The culture and self-governing rules of engagement shaped by the “me” in social media, create a personalized experience that looks and feels less like a “social” network and instead, creates as an empowering information exchange.
Twitter is at the heart of the Web’s evolving egosystem and its archetype is powerful and quite understated. For better or worse,.. show all text
Microsoft announced a new partnership with WordPress.com today to make WordPress.com the default blogging platform for Windows Live.
The partnership, which knits together Windows Live Spaces and WordPress.com, will allow for deep Windows Live integration with WordPress.com. Windows Live will allow content to be posted directly to WordPress from Windows Live, and all new content published on WordPress will be cross-posted on users’ Windows Live profile.
The new partnership is a win-win for.. show all text
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
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 Twitter.com
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I have always been a big fan of video as a communication tool and YouTube is an amazing platform if you use it right.
-it’s human -it’s you, your voice, your gesture, your feelings, much more than text -it helps you scale: if you do a talk thousands can watch it even though they’re not here or if they missed it -live is great, your community can feel the moment without being here, we use ustream at any of our launch events and LeWeb got 250,000 unique people watch the free str.. show all text
It launched with much fanfare, but I don’t think it was unreasonable to call Ping a dud out of the gate. While pretty much everyone initially signed up to try it out, a few days later, the activity stream seemed to trickle to almost nothing. And there was a good reason for that: Apple’s social network for music made it very hard to share stuff — you know, be social. But an update today makes it at least a thousand times better.
iTunes 10.0.1 released this morning brings some b.. show all text
Welcoming baby Maren, who was born this Tuesday morning in the front seat of our car.August 31, 2010 via Twitter for iPhone seaofclouds seaofclouds
Todd’s family just increased by one a few weeks ago. I found it to be quite a surprising tweet to read that morning, to say the least. I imagine the family may have some stronger feelings about that tweet than I do, too. To them, it’s something that years from now will still signify such an important moment of their lives. Unfortunately,.. show all text
What do you get when you combine the biggest collection of personal taste data in history with the world's easiest method of subscribing to syndicated content? In theory, one of the most potent recommendation engines around. Facebook quietly made available to all its 500 million plus users a new feature today called the Page Browser and though everything about it is quite understated – it could prove to be a very big deal.
Users must navigate directly to the Page Browser, there doesn't appear t.. show all text
It seems that new posts about what the Internet has in store for us down the road pop up every week or two. Some propose that the Internet will deliver more of the same, but different somehow (it’s usually ambiguous just how), while others propose such radical changes that it’s hard to believe they could ever happen. And the truth is, none of us really know what will happen with the Internet in 10 or 15 years.
After all, it was only a little more than 15 years ago tha.. show all text
As we just stated in our previous post, there was clearly an email sent by angel investor Ron Conway to a group of super angels who were likely involved in the Bin 38 “AngelGate” meeting that Mike stumbled into a couple days ago. We’ve now received a copy of the email that Conway sent from an anonymous tipster. And we’ve confirmed it is authentic from one of the recipients.
It’s a bombshell. No, it’s a nuclear bomb. It speaks for itself. Read i.. show all text
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Introducing Stringbike: the bike with no chain (w/ Video) – Hungarian bicycle designers have unveiled their new Stringbike in Padova, Italy. The design replaces the traditional chain with a symmetrical rope and pulley system, which they say is more efficient, makes for a more comfortable ride, and provides improved maneuverability around winding streets.