Archive for the ‘iPhone’ Category

I love my iPhone, so I abuse it.

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Like many others who already have an iPhone, the new hardware was only mildly intriguing. I won’t say that I don’t want it, but I can live without it. I didn’t have to stand in line for the first one and I’m sure as hell not going to for the 3G.

However, the 2.0 software and its features are enough to do something stupid over. Again, like many others who already have an iPhone, I downloaded the firmware a day early and played around with the App Store before it was officially released. Many of my hopes and dreams were fulfilled (except easy switching between inboxes in Mail…) and the glut of free apps on the store we’re great. I even made a few purchases, wondering what Apple might be thinking when they saw these early transactions.

But being an early adopter always has it’s issues. (I have a first gen MBP. Core Duo, not Core 2 Duo…) While most of the features worked fine, there were some frequent crashes and outright sluggishness in seemingly simple apps. It turns out, that the firmware that I grabbed was really meant for the iPhone 3G which while very similar enough differences to make it an issue. Luckily, it is meant to be easy to side-grade to the proper version for the older phones.

(414) 000-0000

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
(414) 000-0000

(414) 000-0000,
originally uploaded by acidmaple.

The iPhone is a strange device, but I’ve never had a oddity like this one before. I’m guessing that AT&T was having some routing problems. The voicemail was to confirm a medical appointment for someone I don’t even remotely know.

There are times I want to take pictures of the iPhone but I only have the iPhone with me to take pictures with… Luckily, I had the Kodak with me that day.

(btw. this post may seem random, and it is. I’m just playing around with Flickr’s “Blog this photo” feature…)

Traveling without an iPhone

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

We’ve elected to leave our iPhones here in the good ol’ U. S. of A. For various reasons, mostly involving money, we thought it would be a bad idea to bring them, including; $1.99/min voice and $0.016/KB data (thats $16.384/MB!) and the potential replacement costs should something happen. Staying behind as well will my trusty MacBook Pro.

So, we are going on a bit of a technological camping trip. You know, deprived of modern conveniences and forced to rough it like the pioneers. Packed with me are; an old 3.2 meg Sony Cybershot with a whopping 128 MB card, an ailing 4th Gen 20GB iPod, a 1st Gen 1GB iPod Shuffle as a backup and a 3+ year old Dell Latitude C400 running Debian Etch loaded with Picassa and Gimp for photos. I’m also lugging around my non-iPhone work cell, a rugged Motorola ic502 and my Nintendo DS with a few games. Oh, and a book, Samuel Delany‘s Dhalgren which I’ve read a few times through.

I know, talk about a rough time… It will only get up to the mid 80’s while we’re there too!

Bethany is taking her new Kodak Z812 and her video iPod to pull photos with, so she is not slumming it as much as I am for a change.

There are claims of internet access, so hopefully I’ll be able to update while I’m down there. It’s not going to be a live-blog by any means, but I want to at least post some twitter and a photo or two.

See you there!

Me and My iPhone, My iPhone and Me.

Friday, January 18th, 2008

I have an iPhone, and a have found it to be nearly perfect. I had held out as long as I could, but it is the perfect storm of handheld consumer electronics. Sure, there are others out there with better features, faster connections and better service providers but no other device pulls it all together like the iPhone. IMAP for my Gmail (I don’t have all of my personal accounts on the iPhone as it chews up too much bandwidth. Yes, I have that many.) and for my work email (Exchange IMAP works just fine, people!). The latest updates make the even more useful with GPS-like wifi trilateration. Hahlo for my Twitter and NewsGator‘s mobile site to sync with NetNewsWire (All of NewsGator’s personal products including NetNewsWire and their service are now free! I was willing to pay for it, and did, but this is even better! Get it!) to get my RSS. As a Mac user, no other device will even sync properly without the use of third party software like missing sync! I even get my iPhoto pics on my iPhone, smartly scaled down for its screen to take up less space.

The drop…

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

I’ve had my iphone for less than two weeks and I knew it would happen eventually. While doing laundry in the basement and I went to empty the dehumidifier. Bending over at greater than a 90 degree* angle the iPhone slipped out of the protective, deep front pocket of my Scott e-Vest and landed, face down, on the rough hard concrete. My heart dropped and my ears listened for the tinkle of broken optical grade glass.

Slowly picking it up from the ground, I was relieved to see that the glass was intact and other than a few minor dings on the silver edging everything was intact.

Now that the first drop is out of the way, I think I can be more zen about it.

*The iPhone does not seem to have a degree symbol available in the soft keyboard. With as often as we all discuss the weather, global coordinates and geometric angles via our various digital devices one would think that would be no brainer.

Updates Added!

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Two new features have just been added! Firstly, check out the site from an iPhone or an iPod touch and you’ll see the automatically re-formatted version on the blog. Check out for details. Badass. Next is the addition of the Twitter widget on the right. The iPhone makes twitter make so much more sense.Tinker tinker tinker.Edit: Oh, and I added my links too!