iPhone: No WiFi Without Data Contract?

June 14, 2007

The tawdry truth about the iPhone, WiFi, and EDGE

Though Apple has released the iPhone’s debut date, one important question is still unanswered; what will it really cost? One anonymous AT&T store manager said users will get their WiFi…when they sign a contract locking them into a data plan and EDGE. Kiss your dreams of WiFi reliance goodbye.

This manager revealed that distribution materials that are now reaching stores clearly state users must purchase data plans to buy iPhones. In fact, he said the iPhone will come with a unique contract that doesn’t exist for any other phone AT&T sells…which could be good or very, very bad.

Well hell, if that’s true, that alone should be worth instituting a boycott, dammit!

Previously in this blog:
Open For Comments: Should We Boycott The iPhone?
Now I Just Might Boycott The iPhone

Live Stupid, Die Stupid

June 14, 2007

Oh for fuck’s sake. Pay the taxes!

You won’t be seen as patriotic, principled martyrs. You’ll be seen as stupid. Period.

Weep For John Scalzi! Weep, I Say!

June 14, 2007

Oh my god.

He’s going to have to go to the Creation Museum.

It’s going to be a done deal.

I thought it would be soooo funny.

Then I saw what’s in the Museum.

I weep for thee, Scalzi!

Previously in this blog:
Quote Of The Day: John Scalzi, Undead-American
Well Fuck You, You Snooty Bastard!
Scalzi Faces The True Horror Of Having Fans
Because I’m A Mean Bastard: Help Send Scalzi’s God-Ignorin’ Heathen Ass To The Creation Museum!!
Scalzi Gives Me Another Reason Never To Want To Play Videogames
Scalzi Seems To Be A Bit Upset, He Do
Lack Of Backup Files Spreads Worldwide!!!
Just Read & Now Reading
Just Read & Now Reading
Everyone Knows What To Do About Everyone Else (Not That I’m Any Goddammed Exception!)
John Scalzi Tells The Blog Nazis To Get Lost Too!
Scalzi, Scalzi, Scalzi. That Rat!
Get The Word, Nerd
Nerd Word
Blogroll Addition: John Scalzi

Treo-Skimming. A Post-iPhone Craze?

June 14, 2007

The iPhone: Few Have Seen, Many Must Have

It’s a device [the iPhone] some hope will make their lives easier. Scott Bourne got so disgusted with his misbehaving cell phone — a Palm Treo — recently that, on an impulse, he skimmed it across the San Francisco Bay. “I wanted to see if it would skip like a rock,” he said. “It went three times before sinking.”

Open For Comments: Should We Boycott The iPhone?

June 14, 2007

Dear AT&T: Please go to hell

If I were an AT&T customer today, and I had any other choice of service provider, I’d drop AT&T like a bad transmission. In fact, if you’re an AT&T customer, I suggest you do exactly that. If you can.

And if you’re not an AT&T customer and want that iPhone?

Previously in this blog:
Now I Just Might Boycott The iPhone

LifeDrive Notes: It’s Not All That. Yet(?).

June 14, 2007

All three of you (OK, I exaggerate, all none of you!) who have been following my LifeDrive adventures will have noticed that I haven’t written about the bugger for some time.

That’s because I haven’t been actually using it much. Yet.

Primarily I have been watching videos. I also use the Calendar and Memos.

The only apps I’ve put on it are SmartDOC (no longer available; an Palm OS 3 program!), MiniWrite (which I bought when I had the TE), Filez, TCPMP, and tejpwriter. I haven’t investigated the other software I’ve noted in this blog. I think I’ll leave the DIA alone. I don’t want to invite crashes.

I’ve used Filez and shockingly, Palm’s own built-in Files application is better! I’ve Moved massive video files from the SD to the LifeDrive partition using Palm’s Files and it’s taken a fraction of the time that Filez required! So well done there, Palm.

I haven’t used tejpwriter yet.

Video has gone mostly well. Even AVIs that are 720HD have played, using TCPMP. Not without some frame drops, but I’ve been able to put up with that. The alternative is converting the damned things. I’d rather just plop them on the SD or into the LifeDrive partition and watch them right now. The choppiness is minimal, though noticeable.

I’m going to give WiFi another go soon. I’ve downloaded a beta version of the Universe browser. Maybe I’ll be able to see some of the web without crashing like Blazer likes to do! But WiFi is not a priority for me on the LifeDrive. (Although if I do indeed boycott the iPhone, it could be!)

Even with the CompactFlash replacing the MicroDrive there are lags. One second after closing a SmartDOC file. One second after closing a Memo. One second to call up the on-screen keyboard, etc, etc. And, sometimes, up to fifteen seconds when I’ve done a lot of things and then switch between apps or try to get back to the Launcher. The one-second delays are annoying, even though I keep telling myself that my information is being made nice and safe in persistent memory that won’t send everything to Electron Hell should the battery zero-out.

Speaking of the battery, I think I could get at least four hours of video watching done. I’ve done over two hours at times and still had about 60% of power left (and it doesn’t seem to matter if the video is on the SD or the LifeDrive partition). And, yes, I’m still using the battery it came with. I don’t see myself getting a fatter one. Nor do I see myself getting the battery extender that uses 4-AA batteries, available on ebay. I don’t feel either one is necessary right now. (I did have the extender for the Toshiba GENIO PPC — and it needed it!)

The two things I don’t like about it are its thickness and weight. I notice it more in my shirt pocket than I noticed the CLIE. And it’s really close to being a brick in my hand. I think Palm could have made it slimmer.

I keep wondering if I should get a Tungsten T3 instead. That machine is wicked fast. But I’m lazy and haven’t done the necessary research to see if I could use it. I’d have to find out about the fatter battery for one thing. And then there’s the whole issue of digitizer drift. Plus, there are the two damned files for the DIA that always have to be put into RAM after every hard reset. And I’m not sure how large an SD it can use. Still, I like the idea of having something in my pocket that is less tall — plus that breathtaking speed! We’ll see.

The weather has been lousy lately. I’m not out as I would usually be. It’s when I’m out that I have the most need for a PDA. I need the weather to get better.

I don’t regret having the LifeDrive. I had to turn on the CLIE S320 briefly to beam over some Memos and was shocked at how slow it was by comparison. I don’t ever want to go back to the CLIE!

More updates when I get to really using it…

Comment in the LifeDrive thread (yes, it’s still open!)

Previously in this blog:
LifeDrive category

YouTube Provides Today’s Bellylaugh

June 14, 2007

Inappropriate Office Gesture

Oh man. This really is gross. But it’s funny. Nasty wicked funny. David Bamford funny (that should warn you!).

Not Safe for Work, Christians and especially Other Children.

–linkswipe via reddit

Official: Next Depression Via The Twilight Zone

June 14, 2007

It’s Official: The Crash of the U.S. Economy has begun

This article was convincing until I hit this shit:

The fact that the crash is now being announced by the Post shows that it is a done deal. The Bilderbergers, or whomever it is that the Post reports to, have decided.

What the fuck?

I mean doesn’t everyone know it’s the Gnomes of Zurich who rule the world?

Sing It, Wil Wheaton, Sing It Loud!

June 14, 2007

586 more days of this bullshit?

Maybe I missed a memo or something, but why do we need a presidential campaign that lasts over two fucking years?

I’m politically active and politically involved. I care deeply about the political process and take my responsibilities and freedoms as a member of our Democracy very seriously . . . and even I am already sick to fucking death of this shit.

Man, I got people on my ass about this campaign as if it’s voting day tomorrow.

Fuck that shit.

The race doesn’t begin for me until Ralph enters the ring.

–linkswipe via reddit

Another Sign Of Impending Armageddon

June 14, 2007

Baby monitor picks up video from NASA

“It’s not coming straight from the shuttle,” NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said. “People here think this is very interesting and you don’t hear of it often — if at all.”

Oh we are so doomed. Make out your Will now.