Archive for the 'Tech' Category

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

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

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

Friday, 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

Someone touched an iPhone?

Friday, 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]

Buh-Bye Microsoft Office 2003

Tuesday, 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]

Philadelphia Wi-Fi Update

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

In an article on today, there was an update on the Philadelphia municipal Wi-Fi project that is being built and soon to be deployed fully, starting in July 07. The system will provide outdoor and indoor access, and while you need to have a wireless capable computer, for guaranteed indoor service an EarthLink supplied Wi-Fi modem is needed. EarthLink, the ISP building the system, expects 5,000 subscribers in July and 12,000 subscribers by years end. I’d say that is an aggressive subscriber timetable.

Being curious, I nosed around the EarthLink FAQ for the municipal Wi-Fi service and found a few interesting tidbits.

1) To use Wi-Fi indoors, you are strongly recommended to purchase the EarthLink Wi-Fi product (i.e. the monthly fee plan which includes a Wi-Fi modem) to ensure you have a signal in your home. However, if you live on the upper floors of a high rise, you may be out of luck since the Wi-Fi signal may not reach there.

2) The Wi-Fi service is intended for use by one computer at a time. So, say you’re a multi-computer household, by the way this FAQ reads, you’re out of luck. In fact the EarthLink FAQ doesn’t address such a situation, only to say that if they catch you, “you will be charged $1 for every hour (or part of an hour) that more than one person is connected via your account. This service charge is capped at $21.95 per month.” Nice. Although later in the FAQ, EarthLink provides instructions on working with a home network, so as long as you have a router behind that Wi-Fi modem, you should be ok.

In another piece, two Inquirer reporters tried the outdoor available wireless in the current 15 square mile testing area. According to the article, sometimes the Wi-Fi worked and sometimes it didn’t. And honestly, I have yet to see a Wi-Fi system that reaches 100% saturation everywhere.

Outdoor Wi-Fi access in Philly can be purchased through Earthlink’s Feather product - with access available from 1 hour, 1 day and 3 day increments.

[tags] Philadelphia, Philadelphia wireless, Philadelphia Wi-Fi, EarthLink [/tags]


Sunday, June 17th, 2007

From the sourceforge page, FeedOnFeeds-Redux (FoFRedux) is a continuation of the popular, but stagnated FeedOnFeeds project. FoFRedux provides a simple, yet effective browser-based news aggregator.

Agent: fofRedux/0.3.x (+

Also, I know who you are… Hi Harald!

[tags]RSS, RSS Reader, RSS aggregator [/tags]

Mac OS X Web hosting

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

I hadn’t realized it, but there are companies which provide Mac OS X based Web hosting, aside from Apple’s consumer oriented .Mac service.

[tags] Mac OS X, Web Hosting [/tags]