Driving to Jackson Hole

If you ever wanted to just enjoy the US countryside before gas is $10/gallon and we are all in electric cars, nows a good time. So, how to get from Seattle to Jackson Hole easily. It used to be hard, Mobil Travel Guides and so forth, but Google and Trip Advisor things are just so easy:


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What a trip, its 884 miles and nearly 587 miles are on I-90. So that’s long straight and square. Google says its a straight shot and just about half way through which Missoula.

Figuring out what is in Missoula leads you to “Trip Advisor on Missoula”:http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g45277-Missoula_Montana-Vacations.html

AT&T Exclusively Business

We’ve never really had an AT&T business plan, but “Exclusively Business”:http://www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/business-programs/small/programs/exclusively-business-faq.jsp actually seems like a pretty good deal. If you have 5 or more users, then you get an 8% discount on voice and data plans priced $35 and higher. Also, you can have corporate users direct billed (they are called Corporate Responsibility Users, is that a 1984 term or what!). They also wave the $36 per line activation fee.

The rumor is that the new iPhone will qualify for these, so now’s a good time to sign up. There is also a portal you can use.

Nintendo Emulators

“FireNES”:http://lifehacker.com/394597/firenes-brings-2000-nes-games-to-your-browser integrates into Firefox and let’s you play over 2,000 old NES games in Firefox.

Or do it in any web browser via “vNES”:http://lifehacker.com/software/gaming/play-your-favorite-nes-games-online-206073.php through Java. Hat tip to “Ludwig”:http://www.theludwigs.com

Get to ymail.com first…

PC World – Business Center: Yahoo to Add New Domains to Webmail Service

starting Thursday and for the first time, the service will offer addresses in two other domains besides yahoo.com: ymail.com and rocketmail.com.

If they find an address they like better, users with existing accounts in Yahoo Mail or other webmail service will be able to migrate their messages and contacts to accounts in the new domains, he said.

PDF and Firefox on Mac

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

If you switched to Firefox from another browser like Safari that supports in-line PDF viewing (that’s the ablity to look at a PDF in the browser instead of downloading it), then you might have been disheartened to learn that Firefox does not support this feature natively. However, you will find Firefox-Mac-PDF to be a useful plug-in.

Morgan Stanley and Needham on Apple

Fascinating note from “Morgan Stanley”:http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/06/18/morgan_stanley_compares_apple_to_nintendo_while_raising_estimates.html on impact of the iPhone 3G and most importantly the store. The note about the app store is right I think

AppleInsider | Morgan Stanley compares Apple to Nintendo while raising estimates

More broadly, the analyst’s base case scenario estimates that iPhone 3G will help Apple capture 12 percent of the worldwide smartphone market in 2009, up from 3 percent in 2007, and that its Mac unit share hits 4.1 percent, up from 2.9 percent in 2007.

!Needham analyst predicts 30 million iPhone sales in 2009 | 9 to 5 Mac

On strength of the much-improved iPhone offering (principally based on price), the analyst expects the iPhone 3G will snare 7 per cent of the US mobile phone market next year, with sales of 14 million units there; beyond the US, Wolf estimates international iPhone sales will hit 15.6 million sales next year, for a total figure just shy of 30 million total sales in 2009.

What’s more significant is that the addition of 14 million new iPhone customers in the US, “would represent 20 per cent of AT&T’s current subscriber base,” Wolf reports. “While this percentage may appear high, it misses an important aspect of the iPhone phenomenon. A recent survey by Rubicon Consulting found that about 40 per cent of iPhone buyers in the US switched from other carrier networks. So the iPhone’s addressable market is larger than AT&T’s subscriber base.” Which is good news for AT&T shareholders, we suppose.

Wolf warns that climbing iPhone sales will have the consequence of cannibalising the iPod market by around 30 per cent, that means Apple’s likely to shift 95 million of its media players in 2017, for a future installed base of 235 million.