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I TOTALLY want to do this: How to Install Android on an iPhone in Six Easy Steps

Link: I TOTALLY want to do this: How to Install Android on an iPhone in Six Easy Steps

And I just might!

Seeing how smoothly it works on an iPhone 2G makes me reeeeally want to see how well it works on a 3G—MY 3G.  Especially since I’ve been so SICK of iOS and iTunes giving me endless shit about what I can and can’t do.

What’s really great is that, apparently, you can dual boot—so it leaves your iOS install untouched.  Pretty cool.

If I do it, I’ll be sure to take pics and/or video…

Life with an iPhone without a data plan (GPS thinks I’m on the holodeck).Why does A

Life with an iPhone without a data plan (GPS thinks I’m on the holodeck).

Why does Apple have to be so lame? I would gladly sacrifice a couple gigs of space on my iPhone for all the maps of NYC stored locally.  Lame, Apple. Lame.

Luckily, I’ve Jailbroken, so I can download the Maps Enhancer which allows me to cache maps.  This is cool, but it still means I need to plan ahead and find the places I plan on visiting in gMaps before I visit them IRL. I always forget to do this. :

When the Empire wants their iPhone back…



This makes me giggle a little.

How I’d respond:

“Dear sir,

I am no longer in possession of said item and have given it to a Chinese gentlemen who said he was the one who had lost it.  He offered me a substantial reward, so I didn’t hesitate to return it to him.  As he wandered off, I could hear him muttering something about a backwards train driver? Or maybe it was a reverse engineer?

Anyway, sorry for the inconvenience. You can contact the gentleman through his website “hkknockoff.com”.

Thanks for your interest in my tech blog, Mr. Sewell! I am a big fan of your client’s products.

Have a nice day!



Hang on, Apple Inc. Lied About Rejecting Google Voice?

In an article that originally appeared on CNET.com back on September 18, 2009, Tom Krazit reported that:

Google told the Federal Communications Commission in a redacted letter to the agency a few weeks ago that Apple did in fact reject its Google Voice application from the App Store.

Google dropped its request for confidentiality in the manner concerning the rejection of Google Voice from the App Store in July, and directly contradicted Apple’s version of events Friday. In the letter, Google said Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller informed Google that the app had, in fact, been rejected, when Apple’s public statements to the FCC in that month claimed it was merely still under review.

So, what the hell is Apple even thinking?

As a die-hard fan of a few of Apple’s products I don’t understand why it does a lot of what it does. I mean, the iPhone is incredible–it’s capable of doing some amazing things that Apple doesn’t want to let you do. You can hack your iPhone to make it do some of those things anyway (I have), but why not breed loyal customers instead of loyal business partners?

You’re Apple, you don’t need to bother getting along with everyone else.

So, you lie (apparently) and make us want to avoid trusting you even more than we did when we learned you put a kill-switch on every iPhone that lets you guys shut down apps on our phones if you feel like it (dont’ worry, there’s a hack for that, too).

That kill-switch wasn’t exactly advertised on the outside of the box, ya know.

So, why try to control even more how we use the iPhones we paid for? Why not just let us use a Google Voice app? What difference does it make to you or to AT&T whether calls are initiated on the iPhone or just received?

Also, why are there no legal consequences for corporations that lie?

ThePete’s iPhone Page 1 20090125

Here’s page 1 on my iPhone. I have the first page blank so I can show off my wallpaper easily. Right now, it’s an Obamicon of Jay ThePal. In my dock I’ve got my phone icon, mail, Safari then Cycorder (for local video recording and storage) and then the iPod icon. FYI once my videos are shot in Cycorder I use MobileFinder to move the clips into another directory where I can then use MF to email them. Its a shame I can’t use PixelPipe like I am for this post. Page 2 of my iPhone home screen tomorrow.

Posted via Pixelpipe.

13 Things I Don’t Like About the iPhone

OK, it’s been a full two days with the iPhone and, despite my smile in the above pic, I’ve already got a nice little list of problems I have with it. Here we go:

1) I don’t need a web page to reload every time I go back to an already opened web page. I can’t easily find a way to STOP this from happening. This kind of thing is *particularly* annoying in the subway because when it realizes there’s no connection, it just throws a blank page at you rather than reverting to the last cached page. If you can find an app version of the site (like AP.org‘s Mobile News Network) you can sometimes compensate for this, but you know what? ThePete.Com doesn’t have an app version and I doubt it ever will. :\

2) I wish I could turn some of the auto-correction off. It keeps trying to "correct" my spelling of "eee pc" by spelling it "see of" and there’s no obvious way to stop it from auto-correcting or to turn it off entirely (or ideally telling it correct only certain things).

3) Despite there being a HUGE amount of really great apps for it, there’s still no decent IM client. The AIM app functions, but it doesn’t seem to make the iPhone vibrate when you get an IM when AIM is not on screen. My Sidekick 3 would vibrate twice for IMs, once for emails–even if the screen was off and it was in my pocket.

4) So far, I can’t get it to vibrate when new email arrives.

5) So far, I can’t get it to check mail except when I put mail on screen.

6) You can’t get rid of the main stable of apps that come with the iPhone. So, even though I will NEVER check stocks on my iPhone, I am stuck with the app.

7) As I’m typing this, it’s plugged into a dock (that I had to buy separately) but it doesn’t seem to be charging. The dock is plugged into a powered USB hub which is plugged into my MacBook. iTunes sees the iPhone, yet the battery meter hasn’t budge a millimeter in a half-hour. Last night I had the phone plugged into the same place and it charged just fine. Don’t know what’s up, now.

8) What’s with no hard disk mode? I’ve got 8 gigs of storage space, I’d like to use some of it for my important data (like my manuscripts, personal info, etc). Looks like I have to carry around my custom Sonic Thumb Drive (see: hacks.thepete.com/…-usb-stick ) STILL. Weeeeak.

9) No video playlists. At least, I can’t find where they are. That means that despite all the really cool stuff I can do on my wide screen iPhone, it’s actually easier to watch multiple videos on my 5g iPod. Too bad it’s *harder* on the eyes.

10) When I’m out someplace and I need to surf for info on where I’m going I have found that it will try to find an open wifi network first, rather than just jumping on the 3G network (or even the 2G network). Really, this thing should look for the first available connection and then, while it’s pulling data for you, it can be looking for another connection in the background. Stopping to ask you which wifi network to piggyback on (isn’t that illegal in some states?) is a pain in the ass when all you’re looking for is the address of the nearest Starbucks or the zip code you’re standing in.

11) Really wish there was a faster way to adjust the screen brightness. As of now, I have to hit Home>Settings>Brightness. Seems like a long way to go for an adjustment you might need to make in a pinch, quickly, without disturbing someone (like a sleeping spouse, perhaps).

12) Like in Apple’s Mac OSX, there’s a dock on your "home" pages (sort of like a desktop for your iPhone, it’s where your apps reside). However, the dock only holds 4 icons. I’d love for the icons to shrink a bit if you decide to add a fifth. Or perhaps the dock could function like the Mac’s dock and it could get larger depending on where you’re touching (much like the iPhone’s on-screen keyboard, actually).

13) Why can’t I dump tracks on my iPhone from different computers?? I don’t "sync" my iPhone to any one stack of files because I have WAY more media than would fit on my iPhone–what logic would that be to have 8 gigs on your iPhone AND on your computer at the same time? I have my media backed up on external drives and only drag over media that I want to watch over the next few days. I encode video so that two hours roughly works out to a gig, so that’s a whopping 8 movies I can fit on my iPhone. Why do I need to "sync" 8 movies??? And why can I only dump media on my iPhone from one machine? Both my 3g and 5g iPods let me dump tracks on from any of my computers.

OK, I think that’s it for now. Of course, I still have the standard gripes everyone has about the iPhone:

a) STILL no cut and paste (though I’ve been blogging from it a bit and this hasn’t been a huge issue).

b) Battery life drains quickly if left in 3G mode (left the AIM app up while I napped for two hours today, woke up and found my battery life had gone from something like 60% to 20%).

c) No video recording??? Come on, Apple, by now there should be a way to record video through a line-in port by now.

It looks like the official 3G iPhone dock may not be designed so well–after getting fed up with the aforementioned lack of charging I pushed down on the iPhone while it was still in the dock and suddenly the little battery icon went from almost empty to the lightning bolt that tells me it’s charging. Sheesh.

I should admit that I have only read a bit of the online manual for the iPhone so some of my gripes may have been answered in it. However, Apple is known for it’s highly simple, highly intuitive products. I think my gripes above are largely common with the average iPhone user. After all, the only smartphone I can compare it to is the Sidekick 3 and we all know the SK3 ain’t exactly a smartphone. It’s more like a "street smartphone" in that it does more than a regular phone but MUCH less that a Blackberry or iPhone. The point is, I’m astounded by how great the iPhone is. I’m more astounded that I can’t do the above things.

It’s like Apple is going for bigger, cooler things before it gets the smaller, not-cool things right. Imagine a baby who crawls across the stadium floor to the starting line of a marathon it can run in a few hours.

But again, maybe the manual will have some answers. We’ll see, though.

Haha, OK, the iPhone, minutes ago, told me that it was unable to receive phone calls and needed to be repaired (!!). So I shut it down, powered it back up and it flashed a low battery/lightning bolt screen at me. I plugged it directly into my MacBook’s USB 2 port and it didn’t change. A quick check of the PDF manual (which is MUCH larger than the one that comes with the iPhone) and I discovered that the screen it was showing me was the "needs charge" screen. So I tried swapping out the USB cable and that did the trick. Seems the dock is fine, but the extra USB cable I bought Saturday at the Apple Store is flaky. Lovely.

Thankfully, the iPhone APPEARS to be charging, though when it gets back to full power, I’ll be happy.

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