iPhone Accessories

July 9th, 2007

Oooh, just wanted to share that I got a few accessories for the iPhone.

-Extra USB Power Adapter

-The Griffin PowerJolt Car Charger for iPhone

-Case Mate iPhone Leather Case for iPhone. It even came with a protective clear film for the screen, which I liked.

A few days with the iPhone and a battery complaint

July 9th, 2007

First, a serious whine which is that I think my iPhone battery is not going to last even 300 charges. The iPhone not only feels a little hot to the touch, but today I was using it as an iPod for a few hours, with wifi turned off and checking email once in a while and the battery quickly drained. I mean drained so fast between 7:30am when I took the iPhone out of the dock fully charged to around 2:30pm where the battery was at about 30%. This was in comparison to others like a Gizmodo blogger, who had a gimp battery at first and the following tech blogger battery comments compiled by Gizmodo:

Pogue had 5 hours of video, 23 hours of music (with Wi-Fi on). Mossberg saw 7 hours and 18 minutes of continuous talk time. 22 hours of music, just under 7 hours, Internet/Youtube/Email over 9 hours (All with Wifi on and email being fetched). CNet found the iPhone’s battery life to be on par with its rated times.

As far as the iPhone and everyone asking me how I like it. I like it enough, it has some quirks, which everyone and their Mom has discussed. Macenstein has a long feature request list, mostly of “well, duh” stuff the iPhone did not ship with. I think my favorite review of the device so far is Gizmodo’s review (warning some adult language and ideas).

Off the top of my head, the quirks include: no video capability, lack of flash in the web browser, no real text editor, no mms, some and not all apps going into landscape mode is distracting, there should be a keychain password store capability on the phone, where is IM, there should be a direct link to your contacts from the menu, the defaut alpha keyboard should have a few punctuation keys, weather app doesn’t auto update and how do you add an entry to the built in dictionary?

However, the iPhone does look damn pretty. Everyone, even some very jaded people who handled the phone have “ooohed and ahhhhhed” at it.

My conclusion: It’s cool, not perfect, much like a boyfriend who has a few personality tics. And since I keep my electronics a whole lot longer than boyfriends, well, I should be set.

iPhone Safari User Agent

July 6th, 2007

Because you all knew I would post this…The iPhone User Agent

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/1A543a Safari/419.3

I am blogging this from the iPhone

July 6th, 2007

Oh boy this is so different than I thought it would be. The cool factor for me is the mini multi-communicator aspect.

iPhone Friday Update (one week from launch)

July 6th, 2007

I am a happy camper in that my iPhone ordered through AT&T came today via FedEx. Originally I was told at the AT&T store last Friday that I would have to return to the store to pick up the phone, which is now obviously not true. I’m in the middle of unboxing as I write (There Will Be Pictures) and activation.

I know a few of my readers ordered their iPhones directly from Apple. Have you guys seen them?

So, while you wait for unboxing pics, here’s a link to David Pogue’s iPhone the Musical

iPhone, Apple, AT&T, iPhone unboxing, iPhone activation

No iPhone for me, AT&T store ran out of 8GB models

June 29th, 2007

Yup. I am just a little bummed. I was 55th in line (got there around 5:30pm) at the local AT&T store in Exton, PA and by the time the part of the line I was in got to the front, they had already run out of 8GB iPhones and a bunch of people either left or placed a direct order with AT&T for the 8GB phone.

The only reason why I stayed in line was because I figured I would order from them and then I’d at least have a point of contact if I had problems porting my cell phone number over. I even told the nice young guy who was helping me out that I would most definitely hunt him down if I had a problem.

So, yeah, it was very obvious that local AT&T stores had nothing like the rumored 300 or so iPhones per store. I guess that Apple was being bearish on the units they would need for this launch.

As for the experience, it was very similar to going to an Apple Store Grand Opening. People clapped when the first customers walked out with their phones and the salespeople were overly nice. I can say that I did appreciate Brian, the store manager, coming out and giving the line updates. He did a great job considering the circumstances. The hostesses at the Applebees next door came around the line around 6:30 or so asking if anyone wanted reservations or to order something to go. Passersby were generally nice, although a few were like “All this for a phone?” Oh and yes, there was a security guard placed at this store just for this event. It was a bit of overkill for a suburban strip mall.


Apple, iPhone, iPhone line, iPhone SOLD OUT, AT&T, there were definitely not enough iPhones, I am bummed

Good Friday iPhone post #1

June 29th, 2007

Ok, so it is Friday, the Friday, where we can finally get our hands on the iPhone…. or some of us can, at least…

The most amusing commentary (with terrible religious overtones) I’ve heard so far was someone calling it “Good” Friday since the Jesus phone is coming.

As for me, I will be at the local Cingular/AT&T store at 6pm since I need my number ported from some other wireless carrier which shall not be named. That wireless carrier has quite lamely announced they will be open all day today. The phone that this carrier is trying to tout as an iPhone competitor? The LGV9400. Oooh, checkmate.

Also, getting iPhone should actually save me money since I should be able to get cleverhack email on it, while to do that on my current carrier, I would have to pay $15.00/mo or so for that email synching feature.

[tags]iPhone, Apple, AT&T, anticipation, I need my number ported, I am gonna be restless all day [/tags]

chinashch referrer

June 27th, 2007

Has anyone else seen this? This referrer is kind of strange in that the IP address belongs to AOL, but if you browse directly to the base IP address, you get what looks to be some sort of portal page for a Chinese TV network and the /advice.php page doesn’t work at all.

The whois for chinashch.com doesn’t show any relationship with AOL as far as I can tell.


Http Code: 200 Date: Jun 27 18:32:21 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 11800
Referer: http://www.chinashch.com/advice.php
Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.2; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

Http Code: 200 Date: Jun 27 18:32:22 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 9738

Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.2; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

[tags]referrers, AOL, Chinese language Web portals [/tags]

Fooky This

June 23rd, 2007

Fooky is a new search engine that is trying to poise itself within the search engine market with guns blazing. I have to give them props though, instead of just being yet another indexing service, they are trying to force a little change in Web Marketing, including offering a PDF on what they consider Web Marketing basics and dissing those SEOs who promise top Search Engine Results Page rankings.

Aside from their idea for a Command Phrase, by basically allowing a Web site owner to “own” particular keyword phrases on Fooky.com, the search engine is also only allowing site submissions that fit their criteria. As far as I can tell, this means Web sites that are meta tagged with Title, Keyword and Description tags. While properly formatted Title tags and Description tags are a must these days, Keyword tags are basically a nice to have (and could cause problems on other more popular search engines if you get aggressive about deploying keywords).

I think competition in the Search Engine market is a good thing. While I don’t necessarily agree with some of the more outlandish SEOs, I’m not sure if Fooky has the total answer either, especially with requiring meta tagging. Perhaps the idea behind that is to slow down the submission of spammy sites, who knows?

Good SEO is presenting information to the Search Engines and getting visitors because of that. Great Web marketing is the art of having those visitors to convert to your desired action.

Also, Fooky can’t find the cleverhack description tag, so I do believe they still have some work to do with their indexing.

Http Code: 200 Date: Jun 23 08:18:51 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 65921
Referer: -
Agent: Fooky.com/ScorpionBot/ScoutOut; http://www.fooky.com/scorpionbots

Someone touched an iPhone?

June 22nd, 2007

or at least someone, a non-Apple, non AT&T civilian has written a post on how he got to use an iPhone for a few minutes.


Update: Link to the Guided iPhone tour that was in today’s Apple email. And as a marketer, I will keep the clickthrough tracking that Apple oh so helpfully appended to the URL.

[tags]Apple, iPhone, fangirlism[/tags]

quick and dirty network tools

June 20th, 2007

Ever since DNSStuff went to a membership/paid model, I’ve been looking for a replacement of the quick and dirty network tools they offer. (And yes, I do know that I can already do some of what DNSStuff does via the command line. I just like having these things available in a browser tab for some reason.)

In that vein, I like Network-Tools.com.

Has anyone else found any other Web based network tools replacements?

[tags]Network Tools, Ping, Whois, Traceroute, Blacklist lookup [/tags]

Buh-Bye Microsoft Office 2003

June 19th, 2007

By chance today, I happened to catch this MSDN blog article announcing the official End of Life of Microsoft Office 2003. Yup. What it means is that Office 2003 will not be sold by Microsoft after June 30, 2007.

So if you’re part of an organization which has standardized on 2003 and weren’t planning to upgrade any time soon, think again. You apparently can purchase Office 2007 Volume Licenses with “downgrade rights” and use Office 2003 instead. Here’s a link to a Microsoft Live search on downgrade rights.

I dunno about you, but the blog posting seems a little crotchety, don’t you think?

[tags]Microsoft, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007, there is no real reason to upgrade to 2007 except to act as a income generator for Microsoft[/tags]