Rent to Own Cell Phone

Background: This week Verizon offers plans without contracts.  A phone that used to cost $100 with a 2 year contract now costs $430 with no contract.  This is an attempt by Verizon to become more “open”.

You can expect, within a year or so, that cell phone companies will allow you to finance, possibly interest free, your phone.  This cost would be added right into your normal cell phone bill.  So instead of paying that $430 up front, you may be able to spread it out over 6 months to a year, adding a $30-80 a month.  There will probably be added incentives behind this as well.  “Finance for 12 months and get a $150 rebate“.  This way the phone carrier gets you as a customer, but they don’t lose out on selling you the phone.

Once the phone carriers think it through, they might actually be making money from phones, not just cellular service.

Sarah Palin’s Emails

The following was is the post from Gawker.com. It contains emails and images from Sarah Palin’s yahoo email address.

The purpose of such includes a way for her to hide information from government records.  Which I believe may just be illegal.  I’m posting this here to spread the word.  Choose for yourself whether you want this person leading the world’s super power.

Sarah Palin Inbox

Did the internet just cause Sarah Palin to destroy evidence? The potential Veep is in a bit of trouble for conducting state business using her personal, unarchived email address (gov.sarah@yahoo.com) instead of her official account (which is, of course, subject to laws requiring the retention of government records). Emails from that Yahoo account are already being sought in connection with the Troopergate investigation. Now comes word that Anonymous, the fun-loving Internet trouble-makers based loosely around the message board 4Chan, gained access to another Palin email account: gov.palin@yahoo.com. It looks legit! The offending posts, screenshots, heretofore unseen family photos, and emails have all been deleted from Imageshack and 4Chan. But we have them. You want to read Sarah Palin’s email?

Ok, sad thing first: a good Samaritan reset the password and tried to alert Sarah. But he also posted the new password, causing multiple people to try to log in at once, freezing the account for 24 hours. And now, the account has been deleted! Which is, as we said, maybe destruction of evidence? So for now this is, we think, all we’ll get to see from this email account (if anyone finds evidence of saved emails, let us know.)

The full timeline of events, with corroborating evidence of the legitimacy of these screengrabs, is here. Here’s why it all looks convincing:

  • The emails to Ivy Frye, a Palin aide who’s mentioned in the earlier email stories specifically wondering how best to hide her correspondence with the governor.
  • The attached contact list (below) features an email address for husband Todd Palin that is legit. As well as an apparently genuine phone number for Bristol Palin and an address for Beth Leschper, Palin’s deputy communications director.
  • The email from Amy McCorkell, a known associate of Palin’s from Wasilla who might have the governor’s personal email address.
  • Emails to and from Lt Governor Sean Parnell about a local radio talk host.
  • Calls to the phone number listed for Bristol Palin apparently go to her voicemail.
  • The public profile for the gov.palin address dates its last update to April of this year–well before she became McCain’s running mate. So if it’s a hoax, it’s a hoax that began long before anyone outside of Alaska cared about Palin.
  • We haven’t seen these family photos before. Have we?
  • The previously accessible public profiles for gov.sarah@yahoo and gov.palin@yahoo were both deleted at the same time.

Here are the screenshots of the emails saved before the account went dark, along with the contact list. It’s newsworthy and we will not be taking it down!

Sarah Palin Email Message

Sarah Palin Password

Sarah Palin Email Response

Sarah Palin Family

Sarah Palin Down Syndrome

Sarah Palin Speach

CONTACT LIST

Beth Leschper (Beth Leschper SOA)
beth.leschper@alaska.gov

Blanche Kallstrom (Blanche)
mbkrdk@starband.net

Bristol Palin (Bristol)
bristol_palin@hotmail.com

Chuck Heath (Chuck)
chckheath@yahoo.com

fek9wnr@yahoo.com (Todd)

ftb907@yahoo.com (Frank)

Heather Bruce (Heather)
khbruce@gci.net

ivy.frye@alaska.gov (Ivy SOA)

ivyfrye@yahoo.com (Ivy Personal)

Judy Patrick (Judy Patrick)
jpphoto@mtaonline.net

kris.perry@alaska.gov (Kris Perry SOA)

krisandclark@yahoo.com (Kris Personal)

paymckhea@yahoo.com (Molly)

Roseanne Hughes (Roseanne Hughes SOA)
roseanne.hughes@alaska.gov

Sally Heath (Mom)
salheath@mtaonline.net

Sean Parnell (Sean Personal)
sparnell@alaska.com

Sharon Leighow (Sharon SOA)
sharon.leighow@alaska.gov

Sleighow@aol.com (Sharon Leighow Personal)

Track Palin (Track)
track_44@hotmail.com 

VA – 9/18, McCain-Palin 2008 Campaign Manager Rick Davis issued the following statement concerning reports about Governor Palin’s email and an invasion of privacy:
“This is a shocking invasion of the Governor’s privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these emails will destroy them. We will have no further comment.”

Apple Press Event

red ipod nano Apple is having a press event at 2:00pm today (10:00am PST).

Everybody is speculating as to what the announcements will be.

Here’s what I think.

iTunes Update – Software and possibly more media

iPod Price Drop – This will some how be mixed in with the iTunes update.  Lower iPod price but more iTunes sales.

I don’t see a 4g Nano coming out quite yet.  It’s just too small to have an iPhone/touch interface.  Although I could be wrong on this, I believe everybody is expecting more BAM there will be.

CPA Empire Revamp

If you have been putting off using CPA Empire because their software is slow, I have NEWS FOR YOU.

CPA Empire will be coming out with their own software interface in the next couple months.

If you promise not to tell anyone, I can further tell you that this might be as soon as November.

CPA Empire has outgrown the DirectTrack software that they currently use.  Updating and patching has become too much of a headache and innovation on Direct Track’s side of things has been rather limited.

So far there has been no sneak peaks.

CPA Empire

Google Chrome Initializing

If you are trying to download Google Chrome and can’t get past the “Connecting to the Internet…” or “Initializing” stage it may be because you’re behind a Proxy server.

Google Chrome Initializing

The Chrome installer is trying to download the actual file.…  Some genius at Google didn’t think that 50% of people who access the web through a proxy server are important.…  I guess this is the same reason G-Mail has been in Beta for 5 years.

However, if you want to bypass this stupid installer, you can install Google Chrome using the link below.…  It’s actually pretty sweet thus far.…  AND VERY FAST!

Edit: December 15th 2008 (Link Updated)

http://dl.google.com/chrome/install/154.9/chrome_installer.exe… 

google chrome