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iPhone Problems

Brandon Paddock has been twittering about how the iPhone currently (indefinitely?) does not support 64-bit installations of Windows. I’m less inclined to believe this is a conspiracy, however. There’s a reason I’m still on the classic 32-bit version of Windows today. Then, this note just came in from Lockergnome subscriber (Iowan!) Mike Gatzke:

I have written to you from time to time in the past. In reading your latest postings, you asked that anyone buying an iPhone to let you know their experiences. I bought one yesterday. I didn’t wait in line for hours on end, but I did wait for an hour and a half at the AT&T store in Ankeny, Iowa (interesting experience).

My experience so far is that the phone is working as advertised. Don’t get me wrong, there are a couple of “situations” that required some investigation and resolution and there are some features that I think still need some ironing out. However, so far, a very satisfactory experience.

Situations arose that other iPhone customers might run into: I have my computer set up running DEP (Data Execution Prevention) to prevent Buffer Overruns. However, the new version of iTunes required for the iPhone wouldn’t run with DEP turned on. So, I went into my Control Panel, System Settings, Advanced, Performance, DEP and allowed iTunes, the iTunesHelper and Outlook as exceptions to DEP. Once I did this everything seemed to run smoothly. Also, the iPhone doesn’t want users to manually control their music library. The iPhone, currently, will only use the Sync option with selected playlists. It does not yet function like iPods where you can drag your music to the device and play albums individually.

Other than these two items, everything seems to be working flawlessly, quickly, and has been quite a positive experience.

20 Reasons I'm Not Getting an iPhone Today

  1. It rains a lot in Seattle – no phone is worth getting pruned over.
  2. I don’t need to give people another reason to beat me up.
  3. Despite the Apple brand, I’m confident iPhone 2.0 will be more my cup of tea.
  4. Going from 3G to Edge is like going from DSL to dial-up.
  5. Can’t replace the battery? Is that a feature?
  6. I’d rather find a sponsor for it (and the plan), instead.
  7. Buyer’s remorse will set in after bragging rights are no longer valid.
  8. Still unclear on Windows / Outlook integration.
  9. Do I really need to make Steve Jobs any richer than he already is?
  10. Do I really need to give AT&T any more of my money?

    Apple iPhone -  Most Ripped Gadget Ever?

  11. I’m already sick of the hype.
  12. My current mobile device (a Blackjack) is working just fine for me.
  13. My current iPod isn’t broken yet.
  14. I’ve tried touch-screen phones before and hated the experience.
  15. I’m afraid of dropping something worth more than my TV set.
  16. No support for the SlingBox yet.
  17. Unsure of the iPhone media recording experience at this point.
  18. There’s no iTunes content subscription service yet.
  19. Waiting to see how many Apple fanatics return theirs.
  20. Why should I? Seriously, WHY?!

Apple iPhone

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Is the iPhone going to take the cell phone industry by storm, or is it going to be nothing more than marketing hype?

The iPhone is taking the world by storm already and it hasn’t been released yet. Even Chris wants an iPhone, and he hasn’t used it! There are a few reasons to get an iPhone:

  • User friendly interface
  • iTunes integration Syncs with Outlook data
  • Acts as an iPod replacement

Of course, there are a few reasons to avoid it:

  • High price
  • iTunes isn’t a great media management tool
  • Emulating the iPhone will result in crappy knockoffs
  • It could just be marketing hype

What do you think of the iPhone?

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Safari on Windows? Yawn.

Along with friends, I’ve been tuning into the “live” WWDC coverage. MacRumorsLive has been doing the best job out of all the fan sites, even though it’s not a rich experience (so to speak)…

Leopard shipping in October. Basic version, $129. Premium version, $129. Business version, $129, Enterprise version $129. Ultimate version, $129.

How could Apple do this?! I mean, how will users ever understand the differences between Leopard Ultimate and Leopard Basic!? Oh, the humanity – the HUMANITY! 😉 Oh, and Leopard’s new “Quick Look” feature is a total rip-off of what I told the Windows Shell team to do well over a year ago. How dare someone else implement it!

Sarcasm aside, it seems that Apple is opening up a new browser holy war with the release of Safari for Windows. Is it just me, or is this particular announcement about three years too late? It’s difficult enough to get a site to look fine in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera! I’m excited, but I’m also not looking forward to it (and I’m also not very likely to switch from Maxthon).

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I seemed to run into font conflicts with Safari for Windows, as I already had a version of Lucida Grande installed on my system. It was “normal” after I removed Safari’s version of Lucida Grande (found in the ‘Safari.resources’ folder). I’ll have to demo ‘er for one of today’s videos. My initial impressions? It’s really only for iPhone widget developers.

The iPhone is Going to Kill

So, here’s what my brother (who wants to start blogging at some point) had to say about Apple’s iPhone:

This is one of the coolest pieces of technology to come out in a while… it’s like having a mini-laptop in your hands. The ultimate media device. The catch? Cingular has the rights at this point in time (they have the worst wireless phone service). If Apple had any brains, they would get this product in the home of every American family. After 6 months of exclusive rights to Cingular, they should release an iPhone on Verizon, US Cellular, every wireless provider.

If Verizon got this phone, I would find a way to buy it… takes the place of a phone, iPod, portable DVD player, Internet and email station. Oh, let’s not forget the 2 megapixel camera built-in.

What’s next? They are going to have a phone that does all of this – but then you can project an image on a wall and hook up a small keyboard and mouse and use it as a laptop, run Photoshop and Illustrator, or catch up on your spreadsheet work while in a airport.

My brother Adam isn’t a geek – and he’s never written to me about any other device (from Apple or any other manufacturer). It’s not even out yet and I already hate the iPhone… largely because someone else didn’t make it four years ago. Seriously. Apple gets the consumer in ways that no other company ever will. It makes my new Smartphone seem so… ancient.

Talk about Talking

Remember, I’ve been almost completely incommunicado for the past couple of weeks (inadvertently and intentionally). I mixed metaphors in a recent entry, but I hope to redeem myself in this one. Minutes after whipping up my communications communication report, Vik Dendi blasted me a URL with a screen capture of the potential iPhone device. It’s the first semi-legit presentation I’d seen of Apple’s alleged entry into the telecommunications arena. “Many functions. No buttons.” Sounds interesting, but I gotta say that I’ve always disliked (to an extreme degree) any phone that lacked tactile feedback. When I want to mash “5”, I don’t want “4” or “44” or “45” or any other digit series! Then again, I argue that an input device is diseased if it doesn’t have at least two buttons and a scroll wheel.