Archive for July, 2007

iPhone wifi madness

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Well, not madness, but something definitely weird.

I was wondering if anyone has seen any iPhones getting onto networks they should not be on. I am aware of a situation where an iPhone jumped on a wifi network with WEP and MAC Address filtering enabled.

The thing is, the iPhone only had the WEP key, but the iPhone MAC address hadn’t been authorized and iPhone still was granted an IP address via DHCP.

When I tried my iPhone on the network with the WEP key and but no MAC address authorization, I could not get on.

Another wrinkle is that the successful iPhone had been synched to a Mac laptop that was previously allowed on that network. Could that be it?

Google Start Page for iPhone?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

I was hit with this referrer string by an iPhone using visitor… URL makes me think that it’s an up and coming iPhone specific Google start page. The IP was from the AT&T network.

iPhone battery update

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

One thing to note, I think I’m getting better battery power now after a few full battery drains and then leaving the iPhone to charge overnight. Once I fully charge the iPhone, I am getting the power plug icon.

Yesterday, without wifi on and without using the iPod, I got about 24 hours worth of standby/active email/Web time.

Still not awesome, but better than what I have been seeing. It looks like I will have to charge every night. Here’s hoping that the battery time improves as I drain/recharge it.

iPhone’s built in RSS Reader

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Why yes, there is an RSS reader built into the iPhone. To access RSS feeds on the iPhone, all you need to do is enter the RSS feed URL into the Safari address bar. The feed is seemingly fetched through Radical, huh?

In fact, one of my readers clicked through my RSS feed and I was able to capture the referrer and user agent.

Http Code: 200 Date: Jul 15 17:21:13 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 9887
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

Some iPhone camera pics

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

In case you were wondering about the iPhone picture quality, here are two pictures I took on Friday night in Old City Philadelphia. Of course, there is no flash or zoom on the iPhone.

Korean War memorial statute Philadelphia
Korean War Memorial Statue

Philadelphia building in lights
Building bathed in light

Will It Blend?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Just for you non-iPhone owners out there - let’s see if the iPhone can blend.

iPhone Accessories

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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)

Friday, 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