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it takes more than a palm to hold (an) Apple.



It takes more than a palm to hold (an) Apple.

Apple, Inc. has released iTunes 8.2.1 which:

“provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices.”

The fix for the “verification” issue appears to disable syncing with the Palm Pre, which was previously able to sync with iTunes by masquerading as an iPhone.

Of course anyone (okay, most anyone) that uses iTunes, and this includes Palm Pre owners (look for my forthcoming, and certainly epic post: blackberry IS all business), likely downloaded the update and installed it without reading the notes.

I did that.

Mind you, I knew the challenge was coming (it was inevitable – we are talking Apple here), but not precisely when or how.

…And, now you know I am currently using a Palm Pre (If you really care, and require additional information to manage perspective, and avoid sleepless nights, point your browser to: candid colored Apple).

More on that later (and, don’t forget to look for the other aforementioned post – it’s a barn burner).

Meanwhile… Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said the update:

“disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre.”

Skalawags! Swine! Brilliant!

Palm spokeswoman Leslie Letts said Apple’s move is a:

“direct blow to their users, who will be deprived of a seamless synchronization experience.”

So, if they had a Pre in palm hand they could use iTunes. That option no longer exists.

Or so Apple would have you believe.

For a workaround, it should be noted, Palm Pre owners can stick to the older version of iTunes (you can easily uninstall the newest version and reload the prior version).

I did that.

By the way… You can also move music from computers (Macs are best) to a Pre with a USB cable, or consider certain, unnamed, third-party music applications.

Stay tuned for updates and insight around this epic smackdown. There will likely be more to it. Oh yes, there most certainly will.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


Jesus Christ and Santa Claus Smackdown


In a recent Blog Post: “Are you with me?” I mentioned a comparison between Jesus Christ and Santa Claus.

Not sure if I was fishin’ for controversy.  Not sure if I found it.  But, it did elicit comment, and thus, further contemplation on my part.

To wit…

One icon is inspired by materialism; the other by salvation. I would argue that both are symbols of hope and good will.

Perhaps a key word(s) that is fundamentally salient here is inspire or inspiration.

I don’t think you can go wrong by living your “life like Christ (loads of room for interpretation here)” – even if you are not a Christian.  And, generally speaking, most of us experience a sense of cheer and ambivalence during the Christmas Holidays – and, the symbol is Santa Claus; and, the acts are accordingly based on (again) good will towards men.

Santa keeps a list to confirm who is naughty or nice.  And, God just might hold a grudge.  However, you can apparently get a lot of grace from both by apologizing and doing your best.

In the end, being inspired by both, or either, makes you part of the light where others will be drawn to you – as opposed to the dark where you absorb the negative from others.

Can it be as simple as being a “giver” as opposed to being a “taker”?

So, here I am a “Love Kat”.  I give freely of myself (just not for free). And, I suspect that it’s men that appreciate what Christ did for us that most value what Santa Clause brings to us.

It comes down to giving and receiving.  And, the Spirit in which we do both.

Regardless of all that; and, possibly because of it; today, I am listening to: Clint Eastwood by Gorillaz.

Peace to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

NOTE:  I also have a business Blog that apparently fascinates world leaders and decision-makers alike (but, few others). It can be viewed and relished at: The Human Capital Blog.


What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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