iPhone Time

I am still trying to figure out if I want an iPhone or if I should stay with my Android. Either way, here is some interesting information that I just found on iPhone about codes that you should probably read, here is the reblog:


Developer reveals common Iphone passcodes

Poor security is widespread
Wed Jun 15 2011, 12:52

AMERICAN APP DEVELOPER Daniel Amitay has published the most commonly used passcodes on Apple Iphones in his blog.

The post on student and Iphone developer Daniel Amitay’s blog reveals the passcodes most commonly used to get onto Apple’s shiny Iphones. He conducted the research using his own app called Big Brother Camera Security.

The 10 most common passcodes according to Amitay’s findings are, in ascending order, 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555, 5683, 0852, 2222, 1212 and 1998. The top ten passcodes used to unlock the Iphone make up 15 per cent of all passcodes in use.

Amitay didn’t spend forever looking over peoples shoulders and writing down passcodes 204,508 times but used his app to record the data. He anonymously recorded passcodes that people used for his application.

His app for the Iphone, which takes a photo of anyone using your phone without permission, uses a lock screen that’s almost identical to the one used by the Iphone itself. For this reason he thinks his findings should correlate well to what people use for their passcodes for the Iphone.

There’s also the fact that most people like to use the same codes for things to avoid confusion and forgetting things.

Among the same digit passcodes are ones that spell words, that is, 5683 spells ‘Love’. Amitay wrote that passcodes ranging from 1990 to 2000 are all in the top 50, and 1980 to 1989 are all in the top 100, and he said, “I would interpret this occurrence as a subset of users that set their passcodes to the year of their birth or graduation.”

If the findings really do match the actual passcodes of Iphone users then with the top 10 codes making up 15 per cent, nearly 1 in 7 Iphones can be unlocked within 10 blind attempts.

A day after he put his blog post up Apple removed Amitay’s app from the App Store. In a tweet Amitay said, “The Apple gods that be have removed Big Brother Camera Security from the App Store. Working on getting it back on!” µ

Read more: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2079154/developer-reveals-common-iphone-passcodes#ixzz1PLXwR100
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So, with that being said, and the fact that there are ‘unlocked’ phones now, makes me think that I should head that direction at some point soon, what do you think?

The News Catcher

The world of news is endless and in many ways there is a sense of news overload. But, yesterday someone did ask what websites I watched for technology related to Randomly Famous, LLC. Here is my short list of websites that I check on a more regular basis, in no particular order. I do want to say though, news is news and needs to be filtered because some of the content isn’t news worthy. This is no perfect list so if you have suggestions, please let me know, I am truly trying to learn more about filtering the good news vs. the bad news. Plus, looking for aggregation tools, new sites to check out, and so on. Fill me in below!

And for the news, generalized:

Now, tell me more things for this list! Even your personal sites that are brilliant, I want to hear them all and will personally check them out!

FiveFinger Shoes

More often then not, I’ve been noticing ‘different’ aspects of people around me, from styles of talking to the shoes people wear. But more recently then not, I have seen so many people in these FiveFinger Shoes. I know, we all have different styles but I don’t think these shoes fit the suite and tie business outfit.

To give them a fair thought, here is a link for you to see yourself. So, click here for the Vibram FiveFingers and please tell me your thoughts, I am curious if I am just in this ‘noticing different styles’ or if my thoughts resinate with others. Simple as that!


A Breakfast Business

An early morning came and breakfast at McDonalds was inevitable. So, Mark (@Flakblas) and I met up, had breakfast, and chatted life with a mixing bowl of business.

Recently, he has been introducing me to a few new tools that I am now addicted to that I will list at the bottom of this blog, but he also has a business sense that intermixed with my thought processing.  It started with the service at McDonalds and ended on the inflation of mobile application prices.

The price of these applications has extended beyond the normal price model that we have for business retail. And, to be honest, that is one reason I’ve launched Randomly Famous, LLC into the mix as well.

It is just a matter of time until this bubble has burst and the true price is found but those entrepreneurs / venture capitalist that latch on now, will forever be grateful. So, with this consistent change of pace in the world of business, I’ve needed to find myself a tool that organizes my knowledge base.

And finally, Mark has introduced me to it in his blog post called Tiddlywiki. There are so many benefits to this simple program and the mix of Dropbox. It has taken my quick changing mindset and has allowed me to write each idea out for mobile applications to future retail stores in one central location.

You will see how simple it is after you download it and play around. I promise you, if you are an entrepreneur, you will be in love. We often forget our past ideas when new ones come along like a mobile application business. This simple html + javascript allows us to always remember and return to the original ideas. It simply allows us to:

  1. Contemplate our ideas
  2. Expand on thought processing
  3. Take advantage of the mobile application market
  4. And remember how / when it took place so we can repeat in the future

Check it out, download it, and say thanks to Mark for making me try it and allowing me to put aside ideas for a moment and race after the market in front. If I didn’t have this tool, I might have lost out on where I was in my knowledge base.

Internal Hiring

Many individuals, even myself, have found job hunting to be a tedious process, especially when your goal is to reach outside of the market you already know. This thought has captivated my thinking for the last two days because I truly believe there is a solution to being connected with future employers.

On Monday, I chatted Jake (@JobRTBot) and without either of us knowing it, I think we crossed a divide and found a knowledge base for job hunting / networking.

No, I personally am not looking for any new job but the networking behind our conversation is the key component. It isn’t about what you know but more focused on who you know. And for a person like me I think you can find and meet almost anyone.

Jake and I had been tweeting back and forth for a while then got back into the conversation over Gmail chat. After our conversation, I would hire him, pay more, and wait longer to get him as an employee rather then going to a company like Monster Jobs, CareerBuilder, and so on.

Why you may ask? This question has been my true contemplation from the beginning and the answer might help a few people grab jobs.

The answer is simple, “we talked.”

This open door conversation allowed me to learn more about his background, what he does, how he does it and vise-versa. There was no ‘corporate’ working we had to get around or conversation that we had to reign in, Jack and I were ourselves. To me, this means four basic things:

  1. – Find anyone in the company and have a light conversation, ask them for coffee, chat with them over Twitter, ask how they like the job, and simply be yourself.
  2. – Don’t Use them so truly try to learn anything you can from them.
  3. – Remember that you might make a friend / coworker / networker so always follow through with everything.
  4. – Be yourself no matter the cause, it is usually more interesting then a fake you.


These three steps aren’t a ‘solve all’ for the job search but they are a starting point. I know that I would rather hire someone I know / have spoken with prior to hiring someone off of a resume only.

This was some food for thought that I was thinking about after my conversation with Jake. It is amazing to learn who you can know through Social Media and a little bit of networking.

Writing it Out

I have deleted this sentence a few times but now have decided to keep it, work it out, and move it forward. Welcome to my discombobulated mindset in writing at the moment.

The reason I write in this moment? I need to think it out, comprehend it, and capture the reasoning quickly before I forget why I am thinking differently then my normal self. So, that gets me to the point of this post and the theory behind my writing.

How do you comprehend the times that are different?

I am not speaking about the bad times or the hard times but simply the situations that are just confusing and can have multiple right answers with only one that can be chosen. For me, there seems to be a confusing ‘fog’ that is overwhelming my mindset in the area of writing.

My goal for the day is to step myself through a list of thoughts to move my clarity back in and focus forward. In essence, I have a routine since life is different often, people are confusing, and the world wont stop for you to figure it out. This is my list:

  • Breath and take it all for a walk
  • Remember that it is all a circle and will be back to me soon
  • Ask myself if I have a day to be confused (can I stop everything for one day)
  • If not, step up and get the job done while working through it.


Basic ideas but ones that I have to remind myself especially in moments like this where the blog has been lacking for a simple ‘relaxation’ of writing ideas. It is time to walk and step forward into to the reasons that my mind works the way it does and here we go…

Thinking Around

With a lot of ideas floating around, there seems to always be space to network / chat / organize / and take time to think. I have to say that this has been a good week thus far and it continues. Though my networking hasn’t been moving forward as quickly as I like but at least I am getting responses from people like Bill Gates. Yes, I am aiming for anyone to network with, here is the latest response from Bill Gates’ Foundation. Any other ideas on how to just have coffee with these types of people? Anyone want to network now?

Here is the latest response from the Gates Foundation:

Dear Mr. Elliott,

Thank you for contacting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

We appreciate your request to meet Mr. Gates. Unfortunately, due to his current level of commitments and the number of requests he receives, he is unavailable and must respectfully decline.

On behalf of the foundation, we wish you the best.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Grantee & Public Communications

Thought you would find it interesting…. Anyone want to chat about a few ideas in Augmented Reality / Entrepreneurship / Start-Ups / Artists / Ideas? My goal is simple, to creatively execute ideas.

Taking another Step

There have been many posts about topics along the lines of brainstorming and focusing but I come ashamedly to share that my mind has been working on a few tangents and ideas.

In essence, I need to join a ‘think tank’ and/or sell my ideas to fortune 500 companies that are in need of them. No matter what, I will keep these ideas rolling and I am here to share with you the latest and dorkiest idea that I’ve had in a few months.

Everyone wants to become wealthy and make a name for themselves. In essence, it is time to give the opportunity to those individuals and I think I found a way that feeds to a network on Fiverr.com through advertising. The idea is simple and called Deliberately Rich and gives an individual and/or business a full day of advertising on this site and on it’s following networks like twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

I truly wanted an idea that took around 15 minutes max, brought return visitors, and allowed the money to flow on two levels (those who buy the opportunity to be there and the advertisements that will be on the site as a whole through AdSense).  The idea is an easy opportunity to pull off with the availability of websites like Fiverr.com who focus on these such things.

Now, with the uniqueness of the idea there is a short span for the life of the business. And I am completely okay with that. I’ve spent about two hours total on the idea and the backend. I will probably work for another hour or so finishing up the touches. Then, it is time to launch and that is where you come in.

There seems to be a question that boggles my mind on how I ‘approved’ this quick idea when I have other ideas that need to be finished. This for me personally was the way I went about it:

  • Does this cause me to relax and/or be stressed?
  • Can I pull this off in less then two nights?
  • Will it profit me in a fun way?
  • Can I pull the plug at any moment with no loss?

So, if you are like me and have a lot of ideas all at once, ask yourself these questions and see if it can fit for fun. Knowing the answers to these gave me the approval I needed to go ahead with the idea and just have a little fun relaxing while building a random idea. Check it out, join in and get famous and/or truly deliberately rich.

KGG Music Video

If you have a moment, check out the youtube video that I did for Katie’s Got Guts! below… And, send your friends that direction as well. We shot this with the 5D Mark II a few months ago and then had a fun time editing it. We shot for about an hour or so just for fun and then editing over a few hours. If you want more details, lets start a conversation about it below…

Shot with the Canon 5D Mark II
Song Title: Odd Man’s World
Song Writer: Jacob Ashley

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