iPhone 2.0′s annoying Backup on Sync

UPDATE: My problems have been solved. See this post for details.

Myself an others are reporting about iPhone 2.0 Backup and Sync frustrations over on Apple’s discussion boards. The gist of the problem is iPhone 2.0 software attempts to do a full back up every time you sync. According to the Apple User’s Guide:

Once iPhone has been configured to sync with a particular computer, iTunes automatically makes a backup of iPhone on that computer when you sync. iTunes won’t automatically back up an iPhone that is not configured to sync with that computer. If you have configured iPhone to automatically sync with iTunes on a specific computer, iTunes will back up iPhone every time you connect it to that computer. Automatic syncing is turned on by default. iTunes only makes one backup each time you connect, even if you sync multiple times before disconnecting.

OK so there’s nothing really wrong with a backup right? There is when it takes 20-40 min each time. I’m sure this differs based on the amount of data you have on your phone. If you are in a hurry and in need of syncing some data sans a full backup, you can Continue reading

Thoughts about Pandora Radio 1.0 on the iPhone

Pandora logoPandora ScreenshotPandora Radio on the iPhone is great. If you don’t have it, I do recommend it –>iTunes Link.  If you are unfamiliar with Pandora check out this wikipedia page as well as their official web site. Basically Pandora is a recommended streaming music service. Here’s my initial thoughts on Pandora Radio for iPhone.

First Pandora Radio can only stream while the application is open. This limitation is imposed as the iPhone won’t allow 3rd party background processes. As soon as you leave Pandora Radio, the music will obviously stop.

Streaming over Edge, is possible but also spotty. During my drive home, I successfully streamed 6 songs. Most songs had a 10-12 second delay before playing. I do recall, however, that  Continue reading

MobileMe 1.1 update is available

MobileMe logoWith little details published, Apple had pushed Mac OS X Update for MobileMe into the update channel. It seems to be appearing only for 10.5 Leopard users. Myself and users in the Apple discussion forums are experincing better overall service with MobileMe. As of this writing I could only find the MobileMe 1.1 update via Software Update, there’s no mention on Apple’s official support page.

What do Cows and iPhones have in common?

Black and White iPhone Black and White Cow

Apparently Cows and iPhones have alot in common. Cows come in black and white, and iPhones come in black or white. Cows moo, and apparently iPhones moo too (see Moo – iTunes). Leather is produced from cows, and some iPhone cases are made from leather. Today, July 11th, 2008, Apple launched the iPhone 3G to crowds of fans, while Chick-fil-a declared today Cow Appreciation day. They are inviting anyone who isn’t “too chicken” to visit a Chick-fil-a restaurant dressed like a cow, a free meal. Leave it to my family to participate. That’s the way to save some money!

My family dressed like cows

Initial thoughts on iPhone 2.0 (part 2 – screenshots!)

This is a continuation to my earlier post Initial thoughts on iPhone 2.0. In this post I’ll cover, Facebook, Twitterrific, PhoneSaber, MobileMe and Screenshots.

The Facebook application is missing Wall posts. You will have to use the web interface for that. Also the photo integration won’t allow you to select an existing photo from your album. You are limited to  a realtime photo which is seldom the case for me. Twice now Facebook has rebooted my iPhone. Not nice!

Twitterrific has some photo orientation problems. I send a note to Iconfactory and this was their response: 

Some images uploaded to TwitPic are not rotated correctly. Again, this is a bug with the EXIF data that Apple is putting into the JPEG image. We are working on a workaround now, but didn’t have it ready in time for the launch. We’ve also heard from TwitPic that they are working on some AJAX code that will rotate the images directly in the browser, so that may help in the short term.

PhoneSaber iPhoneA totally useless useful application is PhoneSaber. I can see this coming in handy during boring meetings. Basically your phone becomes a Light Saber from Star Wars making the all familiar sound with each flip of your hand. Just don’t let go of your iPhone. I’m reminded of the Wii remote warnings and safety straps. I wonder when the first iPhone accident will be chalked up to PhoneSaber. –>iTunes Link

I still can’t stop raving over Shazam (audible song identification, see prior post). Here’s a few screen shots to follow up with. 

iPhone Shazam Shazam iPhone

I finally got MobileMe working. Now my Work and Personal calendars are displayed nicely on my iPhone while maintaining their independence on respective systems. Contacts are also manage much the same way. Here’s a couple of shots:

iPhone Calendar iPhone Contacts

Screenshots on the iPhone? How you might ask? Well, it’s easy, just press the Home button and the Power button at the same time. Your screen will blink and the shot will be added to your Camera Roll.

iPhone Screenshot Camera Roll

Registration Servers - Much like launch day last year, I’m hearing that AT&T is having problems again with their registration servers. This can put a crimp in anyone trying to upgrade to 2.0 or activating a new 3G phone. Be patient, it’s worth the wait. Guess I’m lucky to have completed my upgrade before the rush…

Did you get a 3G, have you upgraded to 2.0? Leave a comment with you thoughts!

Initial thoughts on iPhone 2.0

After countless hours of lost productivity today (chalk it up to R&D), and even more family time spent huddling around our iPhone, I decidied to quickly share a few nuggets with you all. 

First off, I have never been found of Microsoft, aside from Xbox 360, but I will say Exchange on the iPhone is incredible. Within minutes of setting up my account, I already had a meeting request pop-up and accepted. 

Passwords across the board, now show you the last character typed. This is handy for me as I’m a fan of long pass phrases. 

Shazam is one of the most impressive free apps. Have you ever wonder what song was playing on the radio? With Shazam you just let your iPhone listen and within moments it will return Continue reading

iPhone 2.0 firmware link (get it before everyone else)

iPhone 2.0 is here, and for those not willing to wait for the built in software update, you can download the firmware from this link. Make sure you have iTunes 7.7 (readily available via software update). 

Make sure you have fully syncd your iPhone before you upgrade. After you download you can select the firmware file manually by holding the [OPTION] key and pressing Update button. This will let you select the .ipsw file. (UPDATE: rename the file from .zip to .ipsw, no need to uncompress it)

Don’t use this for iPod touch, only iPhone. Windows users hold [SHIFT] key when pressing update. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of 2.0.

Use at your own risk. Your milage may vary. Results are not always typical. Don’t shoot the messenger. 

Honey, you’re in charge of technology…

The article title is exactly what Michelle, my wife, said regarding packing for our annual family beach trip. What she really means is any missing batteries, camera chargers, laptops, etc. will be my fault!

So here’s my technology list for the family vacation at the beach:

  • Nikon Digital SLR, extra battery, charger, case and lenses.
  • Wife’s Casio Exilim EX-S10 point and shoot, w/charger
  • 2 old point and shoot cameras – good for beach and kid’s usage
  • Sony Digital DV camcorder, charger, DV tapes and bag (probably don’t need since point and shoots will do good enough)
  • Bagful of rechargeable AA and AAA batteries with chargers
  • iPhone wall chargers
  • 2 MacBook Pros, with chargers
  • Portable backup of home/business data (WD MyBook Studio) – just for safety not likely to use 
  • Firewire cable (hard drive, or linking the MacBooks for fast data transfers)
  • Spare D-Link Wireless router (condo has ethernet we can blast wifi to the pool from our balcony)
  • Extra ethernet cable to config router
  • Work’s external hard drive (I’m certain I will be working through vacation need to edit some videos)
  • Video iPods and (can use iPhone charging cables)
  • Video cable for iPods
  • Re-encode 25+ kid’s movies from media server for iPod (thanks VisualHub)
  • Charge & replace batteries for wireless headphones (we use the iPod as a mobile media server for the in-car LCD panel)
  • Get portable iHome (water resistant, beach ready version)
  • Sync old iPod Nanos with current music for use with portable iHome (better to lose/damage old nano then Video iPod or iPhone while on the beach)
  • Remind kid’s to pack chargers, headphones and games for their Nintendo DSs
  • Grab the latest Netflix DVDs (hope it’s something good)
  • Find s-video cable/adapter for MacBook Pro (can always serve a makeshift DVD player)
  • Find audio cable (headphone to RCA) to use with MacBook Pro and/or iPods
  • USB SDHC card reader (for all the cameras – no need to bring 3 different USB cables)

What I’m I forgetting? Let me know with a comment…

Brightkite & Twitter (it’s not chocolate & peanut butter)

The other day Jeff Pabian (local blogger and friend), sent me an invite to Brightkite. Ironically he also posted a review of Brightkite on his blog. Hes’s done a great job explaining what Brighkite does and the potential value. I for one haven’t experienced the local connection he describes. I either don’t have enough friends or the demographics of my rural suburbs don’t line up. As a Twitter user, I was thrilled to see Brightkite’s integration. That is, until I used it. Continue reading