Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

Sending an iPhone into Space… or at least 1312 feet closer to Space

November 10, 2008

I met Michael Koppelman a million years ago in the Bitstream offices discussing hosting rates for a ridiculous online dating service project I was on (the client eventually chose Protocom across the river). He came off as not so much of a nerd. He’d worked with some pretty cool bands and the vibe at Bitstream made me not want to leave.

Turns out, Michael Koppelman is a nerd — of the highest caliber. He’s into astronomy, iPhone programming and model rocketry. Dan Grigsby interviews him on his latest launch over at in T-Minus ten, nine, eight, seven…


Maybe the pain of the iPhone SDK is worth it…

September 19, 2008

I think this is fascinating. The “Trism” iPhone game app in the app store has apparently brought in revenue to developer, Steve Demeter of $250,000 since July 11.

Simple iPhone Solution: How To Delete Apps

September 18, 2008


It’s easy.

Hold your finger over the app you want to delete until it goes all shaky.

If you can delete it, a little black circle with an ‘X’ will appear in the top corner.

Click, done.

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.