Uncle Widget + iTunes Music Store = Crazy Delicious

bedtime on marsHold on to your iPods, Uncle Widget Fans! Bedtime on Mars has finally graced the iTunes Music Store. Bedtime on Mars is available as an entire album for $9.99 or as individual song downloads for $0.99 each. I need your help to spread the word! As a reminder, if you’d like a physical CD, you can purchase from CDBaby. It makes a great baby shower gift or first birthday present.

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Recent Review of Uncle Widget’s Bedtime on Mars

Official Uncle Widget Website

Uncle Widget - Bedtime On Mars

iBook Heat Problems

Remember my iBook hard drive issue? I’ve had a feeling since it happened that it was related to heat. I was having some connectivity issues this morning and noticed that the region directly above my keyboard was hot to the touch. I started googling, of course, and ran across this (significantly old, but useful) information.

I ran activity monitor and GmailStatus* was spinning at about 80%, making the iBook crawl along and causing the processor to really heat up. I suspect there’s a bug in GmailStatus that puts it in a tight loop if it has a hard time connecting to gmail for a while.

After closing GmailStatus, the extreme heat dissipated in about ten minutes.

I’ve turned GmailStatus off for now since there’s no telling when it might run into this issue again and I’m trying to be gentle with the iBook.

*I’ve been using GmailStatus over Google’s official notifier because GmailStatus provides the option of reducing the frequency of interruptions, and Google’s does not.

iBook Returns With No Change

I received a call from Visual Graphics and went to pick up my iBook with a replacement drive the day before my warranty expires. Of course, like the car that won’t clunk for the mechanic, she wouldn’t give in to their poking and prodding and they determined that the drive was fine. The night before I brought it in, it wouldn’t stay powered for more than 10 minutes.

I guess if we weren’t SITCOMs then I’d be a lot more comfy with the situation. I’d work with it until it broke and then just run out and get a new PowerBook. They’re coming out today, right? Hah (that’s the rumor anyway).

Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury, so I’ll just be very gentle with Miss iBook and pray that she remains healthy.

I’ve also become pretty excited about performing some solo stuff on stage, but until I can get together the resources to perform effectively (read: money for synth) I’ll restrict myself to writing the stuff I’ll perform.