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So I’ve written my new iPhone app and I need a my bank account, routing number, and bank SWIFT number to get paid by Apple. So, how to get the SWIFT number, you ask?

Go to

Enter your bank’s BIC code, if you have it, or you can do a keyword search and find it. All done!

Note: Your bank may not actually have a SWIFT number. Mine sure didn’t. Time to go open a bank account somewhere else – gotta make some green! 🙂



A bit off topic, but… I just noticed you can boldface and underline text in your Facebook chat conversations.

To boldface text, simply wrap it in asterisks, like so:

I am *boldfacing* text

To underline text, simply wrap it in underscore marks, like so:

I am _underlining_ text

You can even combine styles, like boldfaced underlining, by putting

I am *_boldface underlining_* text

Example of text formatting in Facebook chat

The formatting does not appear to work in status updates. Oh well.




Clubhouse Tags: facebook, tip


Well, I was shopping for a Jawbone 2 and found this deal:




Ok, started having this problem yesterday after Windows Update did its job. Now my mouse won’t work, and the IdeaCom HID Touch Screen is what’s disabling it. I don’t have a tablet PC, so why Vista installed this, I’m not entirely sure. Ugh. Vista won’t give me the option to disable the driver, either. Why it disables the touchpad, I have no idea. Boy, that’s annoying!

So, to get my TouchPad back "permanently", I did the following:

  1. Go to Start menu, select Computer, and use the "menu" key on to select Manage. The Menu key is usually to the right of the space bar, and looks like a menu with a mouse pointer.
  2. I used my arrow keys to select Device Manager and Tabbed over to Devices.
  3. I selected Human Interface Devices, and there was the IdeaCom driver. I used the Menu key on it and selected Uninstall Driver. Make sure you check the delete driver checkbox when prompted!
  4. I restarted my computer as Vista commanded.
  5. After restarting, Vista reinstalled my Dell Touchpad driver. Again, I had to restart.
  6. Vista came back up and all was happy again in Auriville.

Note: I have Vista 64-bit, Service Pack 1. Amount of memory and hard drive space doesn’t matter.

Ok, I’m sitting down for an awesome California Club sandwich at Sidecafe in Bally’s. I hope it’s as good as last time…

I hit the Intel and Microsoft booths this morning, and here’s what I have to report:


  • ClearWire was showcasing their In-Car WiMax service with a decked-out Smart car. Big touchscreen with Internet access, streaming audio and video, and a custom shell, all running Windows XP. Of course, ClearWire doesn’t offer any customization – that was all done by a show in town. The guy giving me all the details had heard of and read my book, Geek My Ride. So did practically every other guy in the Mobile area. How cool is that?
    • The WiMax service has three tiers – 2, 4, and 6 MBit burst rates. 2 MB starts at $30/month and is available in Portland and Baltimore. More cities are coming. More info at Cool domain.
    • The bummer about the PC was no gesture control. So there was a clunky interface for moving around the screen. Too bad.

Hah - Intel Fo Rizzle Smart Car Wrapping Smart Car PC in Smart Car

  • Uleader Design had a super blatant ripoff of the MacBook for their laptop design. Boo.

MacBook Design Ripoff

  • Dynamically Linked Displays concept. Ok, this was cool. The laptops / devices / whatever broadcast their available services to other nearby devices on the wireless network. The service on display was, well, display sharing, so you could access the display of another device and move windows around between the displays, as though they were connected to your machine. Of course, you’re limited by bandwidth, and this is only a technology preview, so the devices weren’t aware of "where" they were in relation to the other devices, but whatever – it was still a great idea.

Intel Dynamic Displays Concept


  • Showed off lots of Windows Mobile devices, none running any new version of Mobile, so bummer. But cool phones of note:
    • HTC Touch HD. When I asked I was told "That version of the Touch HD isn’t coming to the U.S." and was then winked at.
    • T-Mobile’s Shadow II was on display. A bit thick.

T-Mobile Shadow II Touch HD

Correction from Yesterday:

  • The language Microsoft was showing was Kodu, not Bodu.

Addition from Ballmer’s Keynote:

  • Sorry, forgot to mention the new XBox Live Primetime service. Basically, at pre-set times of the day, you can login to XBox Live and participate in huge community events. They showed a Quiz Show like game that was pretty cool, and you can play against your friends, your community, the World, whatever. Great idea.

Ok, I saw a few cool things at CES Unveiled today…

  • nVidia and Mitsubishi were showing a 3D-capable television, using shutter-based 3D lenses, connected to a computer with a special version of nVidia’s driver. Basically, the driver takes the depth information provided in DirectX games and makes basically any 3D game, well, 3D. They showed this last year, but they didn’t say much about how it worked. No info yet on pricing, but still cool to see, even if there’s hardly a home market for it.
  • Eton showed a crank radio for emergency situations. Yeah, nothing new, except this radio also sported a USB port for charging a cell phone. Not bad, especially if your battery dies when you need to prevent doing the same…
  • I got to see Lenovo’s 2-screen laptop… It’s a 17" display with a slide-out 10.6" display with the same resolution as the primary. Neat. Expensive – $3500 – and as big as you think it is. Come to think of it, I should have asked about battery life.
  • On an non-CES-related topic, Apple announced a Macbook Pro at MacWorld that has a built-in, non-replaceable battery, that sports up to 8 hours of battery life. But, umm, if you need more juice, you’re screwed. Oh, and why wouldn’t I just buy a PC with 12+ hours of battery life and a replaceable battery, like the ones from HP, Lenovo, and Dell. Well, I guess that 17" is nice.
  • And then there was Duck Hunter from Inter Active Toy. No play on words here – it really is a gun that shoots off a remote control duck that flies around the room. You have to shoot the duck down within 30 seconds or you "lose." Should be at Best Buy and Circuit City (RIP?) by the Spring. You can download photos from this link. (note, I haven’t checked what’s in the ZIP file they linked, so use at your own risk)
  • Meade Instruments showed off their ETX-LS auto-configuring telescope. Yes, it’s a telescope that does everything for you. With its built-in CCD imager, it looks at a photo of the night sky and auto-calibrates itself. No star references needed. Sweet.

Duck Hunter from Inter Active Toy

More news coming as I tour the show floor…

My unofficial Sony Rolly Fan site – – Is now online for you to enjoy!

Sony Rolly blog, forum, support, tutorials and more! Enjoy it today!