June 2008

June 23, 2008

Carlin

Thank you George. :)

June 14, 2008

iPhone International

I was a little nervous about taking my iPhone to Canada as I’d heard horror stories of rampant international data usage leading to $3,000 phone bills. It turned out to be no trouble at all to make sure the phone wouldn’t go nuts overseas. First, AT&T has this page of tips which essentially boil down to:

  • Turn off the General → Network → Data Roaming setting. (Which was already set to off when I checked it on my phone.)
  • Change the Mail → Auto-Check setting to “Manual”.
  • Use Wi-Fi networks whenever you need to access data.

The first one is the most critical as otherwise the phone will use any cell network it can find to send and receive data.

One thing these steps don’t protect you against is voice and SMS usage. I didn’t use the phone but I sent a few SMS messages which cost 20¢ per message.

June 8, 2008

WWDC 08 Eve

The iPhone is, hands down, my all-time favorite gizmo. Since the rumors sites have me pretty much convinced that I’ll soon be buying an a new version of the phone, and since the App Store is coming soon, I wanted to note a couple of things I’m hoping for:

  • Thinner, Lighter, Faster

    Apple is so good at this stuff, I have no doubt that the next iPhone will be noticably thinner and lighter than the original, yet capable of running native and web apps faster and more reliably.

  • Native Feed Reader

    Google’s Reader is easily my favorite feed reader on the iPhone today, but there’s a huge opportunity for Brent Simmons and the NewsGator crew to step in and steal all the marbles. I don’t know if they’re working on it, but I hope so.

  • Contacts and Calendar Mobile Syncing

    I have to plug my phone into my computer to sync my contacts and calendars. What is this, 2007?

  • Native IM Client App

    Of course, this one is obviously in the works, but I’m especially looking forward to it. AIM’s IM-via-SMS stuff is great, but native is native.

  • Video Chat

    This seems like kind of a silly rumor to me but it would just be SO DAMN COOL. The kind of “living in the future”-awesome that Apple brought us with the original iPhone.

  • One more thing…

    Post Keynote Update: The new, native, TypePad for iPhone! It was a pleasure to be able to work on this with Stephane and Ray, and extremely exciting to hear that Michael was asked to demo it at the WWDC Keynote. Congratulations to the team!

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