Apple's iPod/iPhone announcements from yesterday: new video Nano, 160GB iPod "Classic," new iPod Touch that's like an iPhone without the phone—with with wi-fi and a web browser, wi-fi iTunes store for iPod Touch and iPhone, plans for a cute Starbucks feature, and the ability to make iPhone ringtones out of some—but not all—iTunes music store purchases.
And a $200 price cut on the 8GB iPhone. $399.
If you bought an 8GB iPhone within the last 2 weeks, you are eligible for a refund down to the new price as part of Apple's "price protection" feature. If you bought it from Apple, call Apple Sales at 1-800-676-2775, or take a receipt into an Apple Store. If you bought it at an AT&T store, you might want to wait a day or so. As of this writing, stores are still awaiting instructions on how to handle price-protected refunds.
They've discontinued the 4GB model, which is now selling for $299 while supplies last (and they may be all gone by the time this entry gets posted).
Art on the Nike+iPod web site has been updated with the new Nano. I didn't expect them to obsolete the Sport Kit, but it's nice to have confirmation that it works.
NYTimes: NBC in Deal With Amazon to Sell Shows on the Web. Amazon Unbox already has a few NBC and Scifi shows online, including Heroes season 1 for $1.99 per episode—or the entire season for $31.99 (short of the $39.99 sticker price for the DVD box set).
Considering NBC has supposedly been complaining about the iTunes $1.99/episode price being too low, I don't think this is really what they have in mind for future offerings. But it's a smooth move from a PR standpoint: "Apple wouldn't let us charge a sale price for an all-season bundle of Heroes, so we went to Amazon to give you the bestest deals!" Pull-quote from the NYTimes article, from the president of NBC Universal Digital Distribution: "Amazon is a company that understands the value we provide as content owners to its business." I.e. "We want to charge more money."
Amazon Unbox doesn't work with Macs or iPods. It can do direct downloads to a TiVo, though.
Movable Type 4, like its predecessor Movable Type 3, includes a "QuickPost" bookmarklet—a link you can install in your browser's Bookmarks bar that you can click on when you're looking at a page you want to link to from your blog. Clicking on it opens the entry editor in another window, pre-populated with information about the page.
To set up the QuickPost bookmarklet, go to your blog's admin screen, click the Write Entry button, then scroll down below the "Save" button, and drag the "QuickPost to ..." link to your browser's Bookmarks bar.
Movable Type 4 changed the format of the pre-populated entry from MT 3. MT 3's bookmarklet created a new entry with no title, and an entry body containing HTML for the link to the page whose text was the title of the page. If you had selected text before clicking the bookmarklet, that text appeared below the link. It looked something like this:
<a href="http://url-of-page/">Title Of Page</a>
Selected text, if any.
In MT 4, the QuickPost bookmarklet pre-populates the entry's title with the title of the page, and sticks the URL of the page and the selected text in the message body. The URL is not a link, it's just the URL, followed by two
<br /> tags, then the selected text, if any. Like this:
[Title:] Title Of Page
http://url-of-page/<br /><br />
Selected text, if any.
The new behavior is weird. Entry titles are all the rage with newer blogs and RSS feeds, so I'll grant that I'm behind the times for not using entry titles on short link-y entries. And perhaps usability studies showed that most people didn't want the page title to be the link text, though it doesn't seem like a hassle to make that the default. But I can't think of a reason why I'd want to use the URL without being a link. The
<br /> tags recall a heated debate about the behavior of MT 4's new rich text editor, which uses
<br /> tags between paragraphs instead of surrounding them with
<p>...</p> tags. (The old default "Convert Line Breaks" does better.) The only real point of contention I can think of is the new rich text editor, and the other text formatters that come bundled. But as far as I can tell, the QuickPost bookmarklet's behavior is undesirable for all of them except the "None" formatter.
Thankfully, it's easy to edit the QuickPost bookmarklet after setting it up. The steps for editing the URL of a bookmark differ from browser to browser, but assuming you can figure that out, you can paste in new code. In Firefox, one way is to right-click on the bookmark in the bookmarks bar, select Properties, then edit the Location. You can also do it from the Bookmarks Manager: Bookmarks menu, Organize Bookmarks...
The following bookmarklet code reproduces the old behavior: no title, body contains HTML for a link to the page with the page title as the text, and selected text afterward. To use it, copy this text, paste it into your bookmark, then replace
www.dansanderson.com/blog/mt/mt.cgi with the URL of your blog's mt.cgi.
The following alternate version does the same thing, but also pre-populates the entry title with the title of the page. Again, remember to replace
www.dansanderson.com/blog/mt/mt.cgi with the appropriate path for your blog: