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3 Easy Ways to Stop “iPod Thumb Syndrome” (ITS)

iPod Thumb Syndrome is a repetitive strain injury (RSI) and can be defined as, “Repetitive use of your thumb, in a manner that it was not originally created to be used. Continued misuse can cause pain, numbness, enlarged thumb syndrome (ETS), and possibly amputation. Sometimes misdefined as “Irritable Thumb Syndrome”. Also see definition for ‘SMS Thumb’ and ‘Texting Thumb’” Definition mine.

If this iPod craze continues we’ll be amputating thumbs by the dozens, and I’m kinda attached to my thumbs.

Since I got my 60gb iPod video last year, I’ve learned a few things that have thankfully saved me from the dreaded iPod thumb epidemic sweeping our nation.

Here are my top 3 ways to avoid iPod Thumb Syndrome (ITS).

1. Use Manual iPod shuffling for individual folders.

Shuffling your songs (random for you non-iPoders) is pretty awesome and allows you to listen to music without developing acute ITS. Unfortunately you can’t create a folder and shuffle the folder. But here is what I do:

1. Open iTunes.

2. Open your favorite folder (Purchased for example) and notice what column you are sorting by. Currently my Purchased folder is being sorted by Genre. View screenshot.

3. Click a different heading. If I click one of the other headings, it will sort my list by that heading. For example, my Purchased sorted by Artist, view screenshot.

Next time you sync your iPod, that folder will now show the same order that you created in iTunes. Manually sorted, one of the best ways to protect your thumb from iPod damage and ITS and ETS.

2. Create the Ultimate Playlist.

For information on creating the ultimate iTunes playlist, please view this screenshot:

Ultimate iTunes playlist settings

You’ll need to change the play count. With mine set to 5 I ended up with 892 songs…too many. When I set it to 15 I only had 487 songs, much better. These settings allow you to only show songs based on actual songs (not podcasts) over 1 minute long (avoid comedy sketches, and partial downloads) that you haven’t skipped in the last two months, with over X amount of plays total (including on your iPod).

Those settings will make it so your favorite songs are being played, therefore reducing the possibility that you end up hospitalized due to the ravenous iPod Thumb.

3. If Addicted to your iPod, Seek Professional Help.

There are a variety of ways that a professional can help with your iPod Thumb pain and troubles.

1. Contact David P. Meyer & Associates or Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro. They sued Apple for iPod nano scratches, and other ridiculous stuff. iPod Thumb Syndrome would be right up their alley.

2. Contact a crazy chiropractor in the UK. The British Chiropractor Association says that iPod Thumb Syndrome, “is an injury that affects the finger of music-mad consumers who are constantly using the scroll-wheel or buttons on their MP3 players to organise their song library, update playlists and adjust volume of their favourite artists.” Music-mad? Must be a British thing.

3. Sell it on eBay. These people will take your money the work out of listing your thumb-wrecking device (and give you like 50% of the value). If you chose this route, you probably can’t use #1 (lawsuit).

I hope by spreading these tips and ideas we might be able to continue our dominance over mammals without opposable thumbs!

Do you have a way to avoid ITS? Leave a comment!

By |March 28th, 2007|General|2 Comments

Aaron Wall’s SEO Book

Anyone read this thing? I’m trying to see if there is anything that would be beneficial to me. I’ll probably end up buying it just because everyone who is anyone recommends it.

I know that Aaron has an affiliate plan, so if you have an affiliate link, post a comment below and I’ll use your affiliate link when I buy the SEO Book from Aaron Wall.

Link to site: SEO Book

By |March 2nd, 2007|General|1 Comment

Looking for a CSS/(x)HTML Developer

Are you a CSS and HTML (or XHTML) Developer? Do you do freelance work?

I’m looking for a developer that can take an Adobe Photoshop image (.PSD) and convert it to CSS and XHTML. I’m very flexible and not a slave driver. I just want someone who is reliable that does good work. I wouldn’t even mind if you can only do work once a month, that is better than nothing.

I’d be even more interested if you can create WordPress themes from a .PSD as well.

This person will be able to do the following:

  1. About 1-2 projects per month
  2. Cost effective for me. I’m expecting to pay about $50 per project (usually 1-2 pages).
  3. Able to work with 1 week turnaround.
  4. Can make the CSS and XHTML (HTML) look exactly as the PSD does, without me having to email you and tell you what parts don’t look right.
  5. Ideally this person will have a Gmail account and I can just message you when I need some work done and you can work on it at your leisure.
  6. Payment through Paypal.

That’s about it. Do you fit these qualifications? Send me an email and let me know. Email me at

Of course this isn’t an offer for a position, I’m just seeing if anyone is interested. This also is a freelance position. I’m not your boss and you won’t be getting a W-2.

By |March 1st, 2007|General, Make Money Online, News|0 Comments

The war on American soldiers vs. pro sports athletes

Why do athletes make so much money for playing a game while soldiers get paid so little to risk their lives and protect our country?

If we didn’t go to the games, nor watch them on TV, nor buy any merchandise, professional athletes would just be grown up boys playing ball in the front yard…

Is it their fault they get paid millions to play? Is it our, the fans, fault for perpetuating the situation? Is it the exec’s fault for maximizing their profit by paying the best players an outrageous amount of money to win?

It is a vicious circle full of fault, but also full of blame.

None the less, the soldiers are getting the short straw in this area. They risk their lives, get paid little, then have these idiots on the nightly news say how stupid the war is. Then the next night they talk about soldier morale.

We have some great men serving our country (some even on this site)…now we just need to modify a few of these ridiculous free speech laws that allow anybody to say anything about our soldiers, while the soldiers are out protecting the very free speech laws that are used to slander them.

By |February 6th, 2006|General|1 Comment