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

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…