iPad 4 months (almost 5) months in + Crystal Film iPad Review

August 27, 2010

Well everyone, sorry it has taken so long to write  a blog post. I have been extremely busy in my personal life as well as my professional life, and it has just been a nightmare.

Anyhow, you don’t want to hear about that I’m sure. Let’s talk about the iPad. It’s still truly remarkable. Best machine I have ever owned. I just love how light and easy it is to transport around, and how fast the Internet is on it (if you have a good connection of course). I do not regret buying the WiFi only version at all. I do have one complaint. Somehow, I got a scratch on the screen, visible when the machine is on. That, my friends, is a travesty. So immediately I went out and bought the Crystal Film for iPad.

http://www.powersupportusa.com/accessories/ipad/crystal-film.html

It’s awesome. It went on with no dust, and no bubbles. Now, at least, I’ll have piece of mind for the rest of my iPad screen. I have seen others with screen protectors and their application of it looks terrible. I am very happy that I went with the Crystal Film instead of any other type of screen protector. It’s like not having one on my iPad as well.


Well I couldn’t resist. I got a 64GB WiFi iPad

April 3, 2010

Well I decided that i couldn’t wait for the 3G iPad. I needed to have his asap. I must say it is amazing. So far, it has utterly blown me away at how awesome it is. I haven’t stopped using it since I got it at 9am thus morning. I gotta say that I can definitely get used to using the onscreen keyboard however I do see the need for a real keyboard If you are writing a ridiculous article as typing fast on glass is not ideal.

I bought the Apple Case and the dock. What a big snafu that was. The iPad with the case on does not fit in the dock.

So far I bought Weather HD $0.99 cents, Comic Zeal 4 $7.99, and MLB for $14.99. The only one I regret is Weather HD. Other than that, the comics look amazing and MLB is awesome.

I love this thing. The screen is so vivid and bright. Browsing the Internet on it is ridiculous. Typing is not so ideal but not terrible. USA Today is awesome. So many great apps and this is just the beginning.

This blog post published and wrote on iPad. 🙂


iPhone 3GS 3.1.2 jailbreak released. PwnageTool 3.1.4

October 14, 2009

Ok this is for people who have iPhone 3GS’s. If you do not care about jailbreaking and unlocking your phone, then this isn’t for you either.

1. What is an unlock? An unlock basically allows you to pop in a different SIM card from a GSM carrier (T-Mobile, AT&T in the U.S.A, sorry Verizon).

2. Why is this important? Because, if you go overseas, the rates for data is astronomical. When I went to Amsterdam, AT&T wanted to charge me $20 dollars per MEGABYTE. I used 20 megabytes in less than 3 hours. Under AT&T’s plan that would have cost me $400 bucks.

3. What is a jailbreak? It allows you to install software not supported by Apple. For instance, an unlock program to allow you to use other SIM cards.

I unlocked my original 3G iPhone because I was an idiot and upgraded to 3.1.2 on my 3GS. I bought a vodafone prepaid sim and popped it in. Sent an SMS to a special vodafone code and got unlimited internet for about $15 USD for 30 days. I only needed it for 7 but still. $15 for unlimited as opposed to $400 for 20 megabytes. That’s a difference.

NOTE: YOU CAN NOT UNLOCK YOUR 3GS IF YOU ARE ON 3.1.2 CURRENTLY. However, you WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO UNLOCK EVER if you are NOT JAILBROKEN.

Which brings me to the point of this message… Apple is gearing up to prevent jailbreak’s altogether. They have already patched the bootrom and newer 3GS’s can NOT be jailbroken at all right now. However, if you have an older 3GS and wish to jailbreak, now is the time to do it, or else you may NEVER be able to.

For the super technical: “Note for 3GS users not already jailbroken and stuck at 3.1.x: this version of PwnageTool has a side feature to jailbreak your 3GS.  It uses a simple implementation of the usb control msg hole found by chronicdev, geohot, and our very own gray.  Now that the hole is public and in use, we expect Apple to close it by the next major firmware update. That’s why 3GS users need to get their ECID hashes for 3.1.x now, and need to stay onboard the “jailbreak train” in all future updates.  For more details on what this means, please see our earlier posts or ask in our comments section (moderated by the always helpful @angie and @confucious!).”

So, go do it if this at all sounds like something you might need to do in the future.

Some links:
http://blog.iphone-dev.org/


Response to iPhone 3.0 beta firmware faq on Engadget

March 19, 2009

I just got finished reading Engadget’s article “iPhone 3.0 beta firmware faq”: http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/19/iphone-3-0-beta-firmware-faq/. I have to say, their one question and I quote:

“Is it stable enough for real use?

So far, yes — if you’re an Engadget reader, you’re probably an early adopter-type who’s willing to deal with a little pain. So far 3.0 has been pretty good, I wouldn’t try to talk anyone out of it (unless they had some crucial apps that weren’t yet working in 3.0, or needed it to be unlocked or jailbroken).”

I do not agree with that. I don’t think it is stable enough for real use yet. Granted, I am using it but I have been having problems that I would much rather fix than have the new features. To be honest, I’ve been an iPhone user since iPhone original day 1. I never had landscape SMS. So I haven’t used that new feature yet, and don’t see that I will cause I’ve just been used to portrait SMS for ever now. Secondly, I really wanted MMS. Guess what? It doesn’t work on AT&T yet. So that’s a bust. Also, I have had numerous weirdo bugs like freezing while trying to answer a phone call. Also, photos don’t load in facebook, and twinkle puts messages behind the status bar on occasion. I tried to play music, and nothing was playing. I had to fully restart the phone.

Don’t get me wrong, I love iPhone and I love iPhone 3.0. I would think twice before installing beta software again. And I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to people who are just casual users. However, I do plan on building an app that takes advantage of some of the 3.0 SDK features, hoping to get it out for 3.0 launch. That would be awesome.


SimCity 1.4.0 for iPhone released

February 7, 2009

I’m not sure how long it has been out, but apparently it’s suppose to increase overall stability. I have a city with around 350,000 people and it always crashes. Let’s see if it fixed it. I’ll report with an update later!


Weird problems resulting in deletion of post….

January 1, 2009

So I just installed the WordPress app for iPhone. I had trouble connecting to it and was getting and NSXMLParserErrorDomain error 1. From the iPhone app. So I checked out the w3c validator and one post had bad characters. I deleted it and am now posting this from the iPhone.

Happy New Year once again!


iPhone 3G Unlock broadcast over Qik 3pm EST 12/21

December 21, 2008

According to the iPhone Dev-team blog, Dev-team member MuscleNerd, link here,  will be broadcasting a live demo of the iPhone 3G unlock software package, named yellowsn0w, today at 3pm EST. The actual URL for the Qik broadcast will be posted on MuscleNerd’s twitter account, link here, when the time is near.

* Click here if you need to find out the time in your local area.