How to remove scratches from your iPod

Or at least: how to remove some scratches from your iPod.

I have never bothered to protect my iPod with loads of covers and stuff. I have the device because I want to use it and it is just too much of a hassle if I have to remove covers and stuff from the iPod every time I want to dock it in the car or at home.

So it ends up with a lot of scratches. No big deal. They’re very visible in certain kinds of light but not really a problem when using the iPod. Still, when I found a product called Displex Display Polish in my local gadget store I just had to try it out on my seriously damaged iPod.

The process is simple. Cover the parts that you don’t want to polish. Add some white polishing paste and start polishing.

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Start with an old iPod. Add tape to the part that you don’t want to polish.

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Mark the tape with the details.

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Remove the tape and trim it.

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Add the tape in the right place.

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Now add some polish and start the hard work. You actually need to do some work here. Polish, add more, polish some more etc.. I guess the end result is pretty dependent on the work you do here.

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After finishing you clean the surface with a soft cloth and enjoy the result.

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Before

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After

As you can see. The stuff did not remove all scratches, but my iPod is absolutely better! If I spent the evening polishing I guess I would get an even better result. You can get the display polish on Amazon, or if you happen to live in Norway your best friend would (as always) be Clas Ohlson.

How to remove scratches from your iPod

Sharing what I find interesting

First, if you don’t know what RSS is you should read this.

Then, the cool stuff
Many bloggers post huge amounts of articles that are simple links to the interesting stuff they find around the web. I try to only post articles here at eirikso.com when I have something to share. More than a simple link. But I spend quite a bit of time reading other web sites and updating myself on new technology. A lot of the stuff I find is of high quality and interesting to share. But not enough for a separate article here on this blog. Here is the solution.

I am currently using Google Reader to keep track of the hundreds of web sites I try to check regularly. With Google Reader I can mark articles with “shared” to add them to a separate feed that I can share with my readers here at eirikso.com. In other words, a page with all the stuff that I find interesting enough to share with anyone that cares.

If you want to benefit from the hours I spend reading interesting blogs and web sites you can follow this site: Eirik’s shared items in Google Reader

Or add this feed to your RSS reader. Or simply check the dynamic list in my sidebar to the right. Just below “Recent Comments” you now find “Interesting from other sites”.

Sharing what I find interesting

Radio is dead

At least in our house. The FM radio in our car and the tuners around our home are never used. So, radio is dead. Or is it? I listen to huge amounts of audio content. Mostly as podcasts on my iPod but also as live streams on the internet. And what audio content? I listen to very interesting shows from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and some audio books.

What did you say? Audio content from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation? Yes, the same stuff that they broadcast on FM, or radio as some people call it.

So, you listen to radio? No. Or, it depends. What is radio? The content or the transport technology or the reciever or all of it?

My point with this cunfusing rant is to emphasise that in some discussions we need to separate the content from the technology. I think that much of the fear that content creators see in these so called new media channels are completely irrelevant. When Bill Gates says the TV will be dead in five years it is important to discuss what he mean by TV.

In our home we have a huge LCD monitor connected to a computer in our living room. Is that a TV? If it is a big monitor on the wall it is a TV and if it is a small monitor on a desk it is a computer monitor? Most people would look at it and say that it’s a TV. Technically it’s a computer monitor.

In the media industry we need to understand what kinds of delivery platforms people want our content delivered through. FM, DAB, podcasts or all of them? Satellite, cable, terrestial, streaming or download? And we need to learn how to build business models on those platforms.

We don’t have to go around getting scared when people that don’t know what they’re talking about are saying that something that they don’t know how to define is going away in five years.

For me it’s about podcasts, streaming and download. If you’re there with your content and your business models you win. You win my attention and if you’re clever you even win my money.

Radio is dead

Track all your conversations

This is something that I have wanted for a long time. A tool to easily track all the conversations I am participating in around the net.

Usually, I leave a comment and keep that page in a tab in my browser, or mark the page with a “followup” tag in del.icio.us. None of these methods are perfect. Here on eirikso.com I have installed a plugin that lets you choose if you want to be notified by email when people posts a new comment on an article that you have commented on.

You won’t need any of this if you start to use coComment. From their page:

Join the conversation
Track your comments across different platforms (blogs, forums, online communities…), and follow conversations you’re interested in, no need for your own blog!

Track
coComment keeps track of all the online conversations you’re following in one convenient place, and informs you whenever something is added to a conversation.

Share
Publish your conversations to your blog in a click, or send them to your friends via email.

Explore
Check out the top commenters, what articles and posts are generating the most comments, who’s commenting on the same conversations as you.

My experience so far is very positive. Try it out!

Track all your conversations

Bud.tv about to launch

Bud.tv
Bud.tv is an interesting experiment from a large advertiser. Budweiser bypass traditional media and start their own channel with entertainment and commercials. This kind of approach is changing some of the business models of traditional marketing.

The internet gives everyone a distribution channel. You don’t need expensive licenses, satellites or a huge printing press. Of course we’ll see a combination of advertising models, and Bud will obviously use traditional media to attract people to their new channel. From the email I just got from Budweiser:

This is only a preview of killer things to come! Don’t forget, pull up bud.TV when we bare it all right after the big game on Sunday, February 4th!

BMW have also done some cool stuff and in general these experiments will be interesting to follow.

Bud.tv about to launch