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iPhone GPS Issue?

September 1, 2008

Thought my phone was defective. Turns out it’s not.

My GPS went AWOL and wouldn’t come back no matter what I tried (rebooting, turning “Location Services” on and off and on and off and on and off, wandering around in the middle of a football field on a cloudless day staring at the heavens, cursing at the phone…).

I dug through every menu and just before setting up the appointment with those smug bastards at the “Genius Bar” I went through the menus again and found the “software reset”.

Where is it?

Settings –> General –> Reset –> Reset All Settings

Fixed the GPS issue for sure. I get the reticle bounce and then five to ten seconds later the little blue dot appears. Apart from fixing the issue I’d hoped it would, it doesn’t seem like it affected much besides shuffling all of the application icons insanely. I’d seriously love to know the algorithm they used for that.

I’m hoping it helps with the absolute abysmal battery life I’ve been getting too. Something clearly was not right.

iPhone off the interstate? Oh the impotence you’ll feel.

August 31, 2008

I love my iPhone. I waited for the second generation in hopes of 3G (and waiting out my T-Mobile contract). I went with a Blackjack for the past year for email and rudimentary web browsing but it sucked like an Oreck.

When the time came, I knew there were going to be some growing pains. Battery life is pitiful for a phone — but I wasn’t looking for a phone. My professional life happens online. I needed an internet device that could also be phone when I needed it to be.

I got that in the city. I got that on the freeway. I’ve got a fancy iPod this weekend.

AT&T is worse at this outstate thing than T-Mobile and T-Mobile was monumentally shifty at it. Five minutes after leaving I-94 in Western Minnesota, I was doomed to my current unconnected state for 3 days.

I even drove around the hinterland today looking for bars — on my phone (there are no shortages of the other type). I got A bar once in the shadow of a huge cell tower, but it went away less than a half mile up the road. Lest you question the terrain, I am not exaggerating when I tell you this is one of the flattest places on the planet.

I don’t know how much blame belongs with AT&T and how much goes to Apple, but regardless, it’s been an extremely frustrating few days.

Dentistry takes a high-tech step back toward the middle ages.

November 14, 2006

I went to the dentist on a couple of weeks ago. I went as I always do — a bit more than once a year, a bit less than every six months. The six months thing feels like Jiffy Lube’s “every 3000 miles” mantra when in reality there is no need for that frequency — but I digress.

The dentist is a strange place when a person goes in for a checkup. The dentist’s role is so minor, that there is really no reason for them to be there. All of the x-rays, scaling, cleaning and flossing is done by a person, who, in my experience, is able to tell the dentist all of the problem areas before the dentist even looks.

I’m not a dentist, and well, I can’t even imagine what it would be like to hang out with a dentist. So I won’t presume to know if they belong in the room during a check-up or not.

Back to what we’re here for. Pain.

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