Scott Bourne’s Apple Phone Show Blog
From 2007


 

It's 2007 and Apple is set to release their iPhone. There's excitement and anticipation in the air. And no iPhone detail is too small for Scott Bourne’s Apple Phone Show blog.
Content is from Scott Bourne’s The iPhone Tips Podcast & Blog's 2007 archived pages.

   

The Apple Phone Show blog is home to the Apple Phone Show podcast - a Podango Productions Production.

The Apple Phone Show blog is updated at least five times each week and more often as news and information becomes available. All posts are written by Scott Bourne unless otherwise noted. The Apple Phone Show podcast uploads at least once each week.

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APPLE PHONE SHOW REVIEW POLICY

1) We only review items relevant to the iPhone

2) We only review shipping products

3) We don’t review BETA products

4) We do not return items submitted for review

5) We do not guarantee that any item will receive a review or that we will review items within any specific time frame

6) We do not allow anyone to see a preview of our reviews before we post them

7) We do strive for accurate, unbiased reviews

8) If we find that we accidentally misrepresented a fact in our review we will change it as soon as possible

9) We don’t alter our opinions on reviews

10) We are fair-minded people who represent the interest of our audience in every review we write

 

POSTS

IPhone User Tips - Apple Phone Show

Posted October 4, 2007

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Beginning this week, we’re adding a new feature to the blog - reader-supplied user tips. If you’d like a tip considered for publication, please drop us an email at applephoneshow@gmail.com.

Here’s the first reader-supplied user tip.

While the phone is locked, tap the home button once to wake the screen. Then double tape the home button to bring up ipod controls. Voila! iPod controls on a locked iPhone. Faster than unlocking and double tapping. This may or may not require a track loaded in the iPod. Joseph D. Rodricks


I Think I Am In Love - Apple Phone Show

Posted October 9, 2007

I don’t know if this gold iPhone is real or not but it was obviously designed with me in mind :)

Thanks to all the listeners who sent this in.

4ct full gold Apple iphone 8gb 
Available from mid-october.

Absolute stunning phone,struck .999 hardened 24ct gold 
Parts adourned in gold inc front full surround and 3/4 of the rear,
more pictures to be added at a later date.
Prices are yet to be announced.


IPhone Bricking Not Intentional - Apple Phone Show

Posted October 9, 2007

TUAW Blogger Erica Sadun says that Apple may have even attempted to avoid breaking hacks but failed. “It wasn’t intentional at all,” she says. “If they wanted to brick hacked iPhones, they could have done a much better job of it.” The proof is said to be in the existence of problems with unhacked iPhones, which should in theory have remained unaffected. Examining the new firmware shows that it is “very unfinished,” Sadun says, and in some areas it appears to be “a complete hack” of its own.

Comments so far

That Ray Guy on October 9th, 2007
What if?
What if Apple built a phone OS that was too compatible with Vists? What if, in their haste to meet an AT&T deadline, they were forced to cobble the phone so OS X 5 would be their feature showcase and NOT Vista?
In such a scinerio Apple would have to keep onlookers at bay (developers) fearing that if the word got put they would look stupid for this Vista over OSX plan.
All may have gone well until someone had to knock on the CEO’s door and sheepishly say “We can’ship BOTH the phone and TEN FIVE at nearly the same time.” Rather than slip with the AT&T deal, they simply locked down the phone and stumbled their way through the bad publicity in such an Un Apple way.
What if?
too FAN BOY? We’ll see…

Joe on October 9th, 2007
What?
Moving along… This sort of surprises me. Perhaps Erica has interpreted the loose code ends incorrectly. Maybe they are new features or something along those libes that where just commented out. Its an interesting revelation that Apple didn’t do any of this on purpose.

STrRedWolf on October 9th, 2007
Okay (with info from the TUAW)… let me get this straight…
iPhone 1.0.0 was good but had serious bugs, and was pushed to 1.0.1. Then it got jailbroken. Apple pushed 1.0.2 out. No changes there, it was fairly refined — but a bit of a hack because it could be jailbroken easily.
Then iPod Touch comes out with 1.1.1 out the bat, and iPhones are pushed to 1.1.1 with a completely new firmware for everything… that indiscriminately and randomly bricks phones.
Now we have the TIFF overflow jailbreak for both, and we can see now how bad this firmware was put together. I bet Steve was cracking the whip on this one to get 1.1.1 out on iPhones.

Steven Riggins on October 9th, 2007
I am sick of Erica’s using the iPhone to further herself in the world of geeky hackers. I would not reference her material, as it has all been slanted at “Apple sucks.”
Even in reporting that this bricking was not intentional (”Duh”) she has to slam Apple by saying it was shoddy. Why? Because people wanted to believe this was a big Apple “screw you” conspiracy, and the only way to save face is to call Apple’s code hack-like.
Awful.

Scott on October 9th, 2007
Sorry Steven Erica is well respected. While I don’t always agree with her, your assessment is way off. She slams Apple but she also slams everyone else.

I don’t agree with her reasoning here, but I agree with her opinion - that Apple didn’t do it intentionally. It was more than likely a product of trying to advance the phone’s capabilities.

Chuck on October 9th, 2007
I respect Erica’s assessment. I’ve said since the release of 1.1.1 that a firmware disassembly could perhaps reveal, or provide hints to, Apple’s intent. If it turns out that 1.1.1 was just a butchered mess of coding, that is indicative of intent (in the form of negligence) of harming all iPhones, not just jailbroken and unlocked iPhones.


Free Wallpaper For IPhone #9 - Apple Phone Show

Posted October 8, 2007

Here are some free iPhone wallpaper photos I made in Alaska. Enjoy.

One cool feature of the iPhone is the ability to set your own full screen wallpaper image. As a thank you to the Apple Phone Show community, every week, I’ll be posting free wallpaper images you can use on your iPhone.

I made all of these photos while pursuing my other passion - photography.

All images have been optimized for iPhone viewing, meaning they are two inches wide by three inches high at 160PPI. Just click on the images to see them at size and next, right click *or control click if you don’t have a two-button mouse* to download and enjoy.

NOTE: If you want to know how to put custom wallpaper on your iPhone, here’s how.

MACINTOSH Create an album in iPhoto called WALLPAPER. Then import the wallpaper into iPhoto and into that new album. Next, sync the iPhoto album WALLPAPER to your iPhone as you would any other photo album. After the sync is completed, any image(s) contained in that album can be used as wallpaper backgrounds.

WINDOWS In iTunes do the following: 1. Click the Photos tab and select “Sync photos from:” 2. From the pop-up menu, do the following: • Choose Photoshop Album, PS Elements, or your My Pictures folder. • Choose Folder, then any folder on your computer that has images inside. 3. Choose “All photos,” or choose “Selected folders” or “Selected albums” and choose the folders or albums you want to sync.

NOTE: These images are copyright Scott Bourne. They are free to put on your iPhone. Please do not sell, re-sell, trade or otherwise distribute these images without Scott Bourne’s written permission. If you’d like to offer these images to your friends, please link to this post on Apple Phone Show and direct them to the pictures here. Thanks and enjoy.


Deleting Videos On The IPhone - Apple Phone Show

Posted October 8, 2007

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by Vincent M. Ferrari
Apple Phone Show Producer

By the way, I’m trying to work out the best way to make a download available or embed these in the mobile version of the site. Bear with me for now. I promise, I didn’t forget the people who asked for that with the last video.

Comments so far

Dudley on October 8th, 2007
They took it out because it proved to be unnecessary in the long run. Everyone with firmware 1.02 can do the swipe delete of a video perfectly well, most did not know that feature was there however. –So, for the record, the part that says, “That’s New!” is entirely inaccurate. Was it in firmware 1.0 and 1.01? Can’t rightly say. Turn back time? Indeed, Cher, indeed.

Distorted Loop on October 8th, 2007
Okay, that’s a good tip. And a feature of 1.1.1 that seems worth the while. Not enough yet to make me give up the 3rd party apps in 1.02, though.  ;-)

Scott on October 8th, 2007
Acually Dudley since you’re the type who like to pick nits…
To say that the phrase “That’s New!” is entirely inaccurate is frankly - inaccurate. It’s new since the release of the phone and accordingly, not entirely inaccurate.
In the future, if you leave comments here, please remember to try to be helpful rather than smarmy.

Vinny on October 8th, 2007
They took it out because it proved to be unnecessary in the long run. Everyone with firmware 1.02 can do the swipe delete of a video perfectly well.
Apparently, I’m not the only one that thought it was new. Before I posted this, I searched around and there are quite a few people who also pointed out this old feature that’s been there since the beginning is somehow new.
Guess they all missed it in the older version that you can’t rightly say had the feature anyway.

Daniel on October 8th, 2007
I have wondered why you guys don’t post the podcast files and video to this site in a quicktime format.
Especially with the podcast - I have on several occasions listened to podcasts on my iphone that I have streamed through safari using Edge (when I want content and can’t sync with iTunes). I live in a small city and a hour long podcast takes about 15-30 seconds to buffer then starts with no hiccups.

STrRedWolf on October 8th, 2007
I’m guessing the iPhone and iPod Touch are using similar firmware, because the documents I have say to remove a video on the Touch is what the video says.
BUT it won’t delete it from iTunes…

Peter on October 8th, 2007
Just a suggestion.. how about including tip videos such as this as part of the ApplePhoneShow podcast feed?
(good tip, btw, whether it’s “new” or not. I didn’t even know it was there. :) )

Frank Dawson Jr on October 8th, 2007
Thanks for a great tip, vinny.
And Thanks for trying to get the videos so we can view them with the iphone.

Kim Hill on October 8th, 2007
If this technique doesn’t delete the video from iTunes, what good is it? Does iTunes try to copy the video back onto the iPhone like before? If so, this seems to be a useless feature.

Peter on October 9th, 2007
For me the value of being able to delete something I’ve watched is to clean up the video list in the iPod. I hate seeing stuff there that I’ve watched and won’t watch again. Especially if I’m not going to be syncing for awhile.
I’m not sure if deleting a video on the iPod will remove it from the sync list on the next sync. It would be logical and cool if it did.

Vinny on October 9th, 2007
iTunes does not try and copy it back to your iPhone.
As for why it’s useful, if you’re pushing the storage limit, every bit helps. If you have one of the iTunes purchased shows on there at 650 megs and you want to grab some music from the iTunes store on the go, you may not have enough space, but now you can free up Videos or video podcasts you won’t watch and make some room.
Definitely useful.

Zoba on October 9th, 2007
I’m more interested in how you get personal home movies into itunes. Is this something everyone knows how to do? Export from imovie or iphoto somehow? Or do those programs have a way to put stuff directly onto the iphone?

Vinny on October 9th, 2007
Tell ya what, Zoba… That’ll be my next video. I’ll do it within the next day or two.


Apple Phone Show Podcast Episode #22

Posted October 6, 2007

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Apple Phone Show Episode 22
Hacking the iPhone And Other Goodies
Run Time: 39:23

Host:
Scott Bourne: Podcastgearguy.com, OnlineMediaTips.comand iLifeZone.com

Special Guests:
Liana Lehua Girls Gone Geek
Chris Breen: MacWorld Magazine and Playlist Magazine
Andy Ihnatko: Colossal Waste of Bandwidth and The Chicago Sun Times
Staci DeGagne: Girls Gone Geek

Liana has been allowed out of her WordPress posting box. Yep, we lifted up the gates and dangled an iPhone under her nose and the next thing we knew, she was on the show. Liana dropped her old iPhone, so we decided to give it a go on her still-working dropped iPhone. The result? After all the talking, and trying numerous solutions, none of the unlockers worked at all. She spent about 40 hours trying to get everything working. Liana isn’t some lightweight who shudders at the site of a terminal window folks, so don’t assume that because the word on the street is that “it’s easy” it really is.
She did get Apptap installed, though, eventually. Her favorite app? Pirate.app

 :-) Liana notes that she didn’t find anything that would be terribly productive for her, but there was some cool stuff like a Zork interpreter and so on. She also liked the flashlight app (the one that lets you turn the screen bright white) and the apps for customizing the springboard (think home screen icons and dock).

As of right now, her phone is bricked. She installed the updated firmware and watched it die right before her eyes tragically. An unbricking solution is now anxiously awaited.

Check her out on Girlsgonegeek.tv!

And now Andy Ihnatko!

Today, we’re going to talk about a real world application for the iPhone that Apple doesn’t discuss in its ads. He had to take a trip to the hospital to visit his dad who went there unexpectedly, and went there without the charger and 20% of the battery on the iPhone. It turned out to be nothing serious. How did he use his phone?

Firstly, he had all his phone numbers for all his family members to get in contact with everyone to calm them down afterward.

Secondly, he also had his Newton with him and he was jotting down words the doctor used just to make sure he noted down any words he didn’t recognize.

Thirdly, He used his iPhone to look up the credentials of the doctor, and the condition his dad had, and even the antibiotic that was going to be prescribed.

In essence, someone who knew nothing about the condition or staff, ended up having a ton of information at his fingertips and became more informed because of it.

Scott had a similar experience when buying his beautiful new motorcycle. When he asked the salesperson what the dry weight of the bike was, the salesperson didn’t even know what dry weight was. (Ironically enough, all it is is the weight of the bike minus its fluids. Guess he couldn’t have worked that one out.) Scott looked up the vitals on the iPhone and knew what he needed to know instantly.

Andy also points out that since this happened in the middle of the final part of his book deadline, he was able to use his iPhone to stay in contact with the people who mattered at his publisher even though he was away from his desk. Scott points out that these functions have been available for awhile, but they haven’t been available on a phone that made them as easy to use as the iPhone. He notes that productivity doesn’t have to stop now when you’re sidelined for some unexpected reason.

Andy’s book, iPhone Fully Loaded will be in stores in early November.

And now the news with Chris Breen…

Item #1: Apple released iPhone software version 1.1.1 and in addition to the WiFi music store, it also disabled third-party apps and bricked unlocked phones. Some companies that were making third-party apps for the phone, and companies like Ambrosia Software that make products like iToner are annoyed because they believe they did everything by the books. TUAW had an interview with Andrew Welch about it.

Item #2: Navizon is a pseudo-GPS for your iPhone (if you have firmware prior to 1.1.1). In an urban area, using triangulation, it’ll tell you where you are. Doesn’t work well in all cities, but it does generally work well.

Item #3: The iPhone Dev Team is working on a way to revert firmware on the iPhone to 1.0.2 for bricked phones. Right now, the modem firmware will never work again so you’ll have a really nice iPod and PDA. Think iPod Touch with better WiFi. The work continues, and we’ll report on any developments in the future.

Item #4: Someone is suing Apple for lowering the price of the iPhone. I can only wish that I was kidding. And, of course, they want $1,000,000 for a $200 price drop with a $100 rebate. Again, we’ll report on this as details emerge not because we want to, but because we have to.

Now for our Audible pick of the week. If you’d like a free Audible audio book, check out Audible at audible.com/applephoneshow. Staci takes care of our pick this week, and it’s Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. It was one of her favorite books that she was forced to read in High School (how can you pass that up!?). Of course, you aren’t limited to our pick of the week. You’re more than welcome to check out the entire selection and find something that suits you. We’d like to thank Audible for their continued support of the Apple Phone Show. If you have a recommendation for us, leave it in the comments on this post!

That’s all for now… If you have any questions, comments, concerns, tips, etc., let us know at applephoneshow@gmail.com.

Thanks to Apple Phone Show producer Vincent Ferrari for the shownotes!

Thanks to Greg Martin for production assistance.

New Apple Phone Show theme performed and arranged by Scott Bourne.

The Apple Phone Show

Scott Bourne
Host - Scott Bourne

Andy
Guest Host - Andy Ihnatko

Chris Breen
Permanent Special Guest - Christopher Breen

Apple Phone Show Producer - Vinny Ferrari


IPhone User Tips - Apple Phone Show

Posted October 4, 2007

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Beginning this week, we’re adding a new feature to the blog - reader-supplied user tips. If you’d like a tip considered for publication, please drop us an email at applephoneshow@gmail.com.

Here’s the first reader-supplied user tip.

While the phone is locked, tap the home button once to wake the screen. Then double tape the home button to bring up ipod controls. Voila! iPod controls on a locked iPhone. Faster than unlocking and double tapping. This may or may not require a track loaded in the iPod. Joseph D. Rodricks

Comments so far

soltmann on October 4th, 2007
Actually if you double-click the home button on a sleeping phone the iPod control will appear. No need for the first click.
I don’t know if this worked before 1.1.1 — I discovered this when I went into Settings:General:Home Button to set the double-clicking home button to access Phone Favorites. I was hoping the double-click on a sleeping iPhone would immediately bring me to my Phone Favorites. It didn’t take me to my Favorites but I did discover it brought up the iPod control.

iPhone User Tips - Apple Phone Show on October 4th, 2007
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Ryan on October 4th, 2007
Nice tip… however I don’t think you need the first tap of the Home button do you?
In other words, just double tap the Home button from sleep and you’ll get the same iPod controls.

Scott K on October 4th, 2007
Actually, you don’t have to tap once to bring up the screen then double-tap. A double-tap with the screen dark will bring the screen up with the iPod controls active.
Also, even if you do not have a ‘now playing’ track, it will bring up the iPod controls and you can start playing by then tapping the play button. On my iPhone it appears to play the songs in alphabetical order by title if you start the iPod function this way.

Rob B. on October 4th, 2007
..or just tap the unlock button at the top of the phone once and then the headphone clicker once (if you’re using headphones that has one) and the iPod will start playing if it was in the locked state.

DJ on October 4th, 2007
I’ve noticed that only two taps are necessary. If I tap the button and hold for a second, then depress and tap quickly, the iPod controls come up every time. Saves an extra tap. Arthritics, rejoice!

DJ on October 4th, 2007
Edit: Beaten to it; sorry for the redundancy!

Dave from Temecula on October 4th, 2007
I don’t want this to come out the wrong way, but is it really a tip if its touted as a “feature” of the 1.1.1 firmware? (and no, it doesn’t exist until you go to 1.1.1)
Personally I like the tip of pressing and holding the .?123 button, sliding your finger across the keypad to the nber or puncuatipn and letting go of the keypad to select it. It will then return you to the alpha-pad. Since it doesn’t register until the key is released it saves a keystroke.
By the way this tip works with the camera too… It takes the pic when you let go of the button.

dennis on October 5th, 2007
Maybe someone can help me out with a tip: I recently re-synced my bookmarks from my macbook pro only to learn I deleted the bookmarks I have saved from my phone. I can’t find a setting in itunes that allows me to adjust which information overides the other. Any tips on this?


On Leo Laporte & Cows - Apple Phone Show

Posted October 2, 2007

by Vincent Ferrari
Apple Phone Show Producer

On This Week in Tech and on his blog, Leo Laporte insisted that this analogy is very similar to what Apple is doing with the iPhone:

Let’s say you’re selling me a cow. You tell me that that cow is being sold for the express purpose of making milk. I agree, and buy the cow.

Later I decide that I’d prefer to make cheese. You say that’s a violation of our agreement and kill my cow.

When I paid for the cow it became my property, to do with as I please. If you don’t like how I’m using it you may choose not to do any further business with me but you don’t get to kill my cow.

And, by the way, warning me you’d kill my cow if I keep making cheese doesn’t make it all right.

The lawyers will point out that contractually I agreed to your terms. True. But I don’t think the contract said anything about killing the cow did it?

Apple’s sole redress is to halt all support of my phone. If we let Apple destroy our property for not following the rules we’re telling the music industry it’s ok to destroy a hard drive containing illegal songs, the cable company to fry our TVs for stealing cable. That is vigilante justice and a direct threat to the rule of law.

First of all, Leo’s example is not the same thing. Roger Chang gave a very good example of one that would be, however, so I’m going to adapt it so that it’s exactly the same thing.

Let’s say I sell you a cow. Along with the cow, I tell you I’m going to provide food for the cow for a monthly cost. You can do what you want with the cow (ie: make cheese, yogurt, or ice cream), but your cow must eat my food because it’s a special kind of cow. You sign the agreement that I’ll be your exclusive cow food provider.

You discover, by means of a veterinarian, that if you give your cow an injection, suddenly it can eat any food it wants and you start feeding your cow a new kind of food without my prior approval and stop buying my food altogether.

One day, I come out with a new kind of food guaranteed to make your cow stronger, happier, produce more milk, and so on. You decide to go back to the food I’m selling, and as soon as you feed your cow, it dies. Why? Because the combination of the shot you gave it and the food you were feeding it did damage to its digestive system and made it unable to digest my food causing it to die.

Who’s responsible?

If you had upheld your end of the bargain (ie: buying the cow at a certain price with the caveat that you use my food) all would be right with the world. If you had kept feeding you cow the unauthorized food, all would be right with the world. If you violate your agreement with me, and still want to go about like you didn’t, then things are going to break, and that’s what happened with the iPhone.

Leo’s argument doesn’t hold water.

Apple didn’t force anyone to update their hacked and locked unlocked iPhone. They didn’t come onto your phone and turn it off; you had to willingly go to iTunes and update your phone. In order to do that, you had to avoid numerous warnings from every website under the sun as well as big bold letters in that box that everyone clicks next on. Here’s the point: Do what you want with your cow, but don’t expect me not to kill it with the food that I give all the other cows I’ve sold.

Apple didn’t kill your cow. Apple gave all the other cows new food and yours died from it because you fed it other food as well. Whether or not your cow dying or your iPhone bricking sucks is immaterial. Of course it does, but in the end whether or not it sucks is meaningless.

Enough cow talk. If you like the iPhone, kudos. If you don’t like the iPhone, move along. If you want to hack it, hack it, just don’t complain when stuff breaks. Oddly enough, no one mentions that the original hacks were all based on a flaw in the modem’s baseband. Flaw patched. Hacks broken. That’s where it ends.

Next time, don’t change food on your cows, and if you do, don’t go back to using the old food.

You might just kill your cow.

Comments so far

Jason on October 1st, 2007
AMEN! I am so sick and tired of people complaining about their “iBricks.” I installed 3rd party apps on my phone and I knew the risks, 1.1.1 killed them, but LIFE GOES ON! Sure I would love to have them back, but I’m not going to sue Apple. If my phone my bricked, I would have been pissed but I would have done it to myself.

J Perro on October 1st, 2007
Vinny,
I agree and like the anologies you use. I do listed to Leo’s TWIt and Macbreak… that’s where I first heard of Scott and this blog/podcast.
Sometimes Leo’s heart and mouth engage before his head. He just doesn’t seem to “get” that Apple isn’t forcing people to do or not do hacks to the iPhone. The TWIT episode is downloading as I type this. I am interested in hearing what actually transpired so as to form my own opinion.
Keep on going.

Chad Kirchner on October 1st, 2007
Cow tippin’ and cow brickin’, sounds like a good time! :)

MacSheikh on October 1st, 2007
Oh crap, we’re down to cows now! Can’t wait for what’s next…lol!

Larry on October 1st, 2007
Apple needs to find a way to allow installation of native 3rd party applications or the iPhone will die. And that ain’t no bull.
Stephen Pair on October 1st, 2007
Enough of this cow business…the bottom line is that if there is any evidence that Apple deliberately sabotaged unlocked or hacked phones, they are on shaky ground legally. But that’s a minor issue compared with the bad PR that is coming out of this. Apple is getting raked over the coals on this one, and rightfully so. I can’t imagine a way that Apple could have handled this more poorly. This idea that consumer electronics companies seem to have that they can sell you something and then have absolute control over everything that you do with it is simply dead. Consumers will not tolerate this any longer and companies that don’t get it are in for a rude awakening.

I think Apple’s motivation on the SIM unlocking aspect is not so much about the small amount of potential lost subscription revenues, but it’s more about ensuring that other carriers must engage in the same type of arrangement as AT&T in the future. If you can readily get an unlocked iPhone that works with T-Mobile, what motivation does T-Mobile have to enter into a revenue sharing arrangement with Apple that is similar to AT&T. The same logic holds for all the overseas carriers. And, the fear that a phone that can readily be hacked with third party apps can also readily be SIM unlocked is probably what drove Apple to take these draconian actions and really lock it down tight with the 1.1.1 firmware.
Still, I have to believe that the ultimate plan is to enable third party apps on the iPhone and that Apple is taking its time to make sure that the SDK and the iTunes channel are very high quality and foster a very strong market for third party applications. If that is indeed the plan, then Apple needs to say something and say it quick. People can accept the idea that Apple simply needs time to get it right, but they cannot accept the idea that Apple is going to engage in this adversarial relationship with its own customers. Has Apple taken a page out of the RIAA’s play book?
All I know is that I want the 1.1.1 firmware *and* I want my third party apps and I’m pissed.

michael on October 1st, 2007
Very well put Vincent, I totally agree. Your cow story is much more on target.

Vermyndax on October 1st, 2007
As the owner of a URL with the word “cow” in it, I think you all need to take this offline.
Nah, seriously… the analogy can be twisted just about any way to prove any point. I do not think Apple intended to brick hacked iPhones. I think Apple studied the various hacks closely and noted how some of them render some portions of the phone inoperable when updated. It is completely impossible and outside their scope to delay updates just to test whether or not the update breaks any hacks that are available. As a matter of fact, I applaud Apple for stepping up and getting the word out that there are possibilities that 1.1.1 could damage the phone.

Lastly, I’d like to point out that I own a Motorola Q on Verizon. I needed to load an update to the phone to provide S/MIME support for my institution’s Exchange server. The update was a full-on update of the Windows Mobile operating system. Guess what I discovered when the phone rebooted after a successful flash? All of the third party games and applications I had loaded (with the exception of apps that ran successfully from the SD card) were suddenly gone. I wasn’t the least bit upset by this - I was warned by Motorola that this would happen and expected, as part of a full-on wipe and reload of the OS, that this would happen. I didn’t find myself wanting to sue Motorola either.
Should we also sue Microsoft for the loss of third party applications for having to format and reinstall Windows? Should we sue them if the reinstall of Windows fails? Should we sue Maxtor if the hard drive’s head crashes during the format?
I just don’t understand why people are holding Apple to task for something that is a generally accepted and normal part of operating a computer device - the need to wipe and reload for an update is a requirement to get by on these things and enjoy the new functionality that Apple wishes to offer.

Vermyndax on October 1st, 2007
Bah, geez, I forgot to mention. In that Motorola Q update, I was warned that the device could get bricked by unplugging in the middle of the update or sunspots, etc.
Why should we expect hacks that alter portions of the operating system or the modem’s firmware to be acceptable and function correctly afterwards?

soltmann on October 1st, 2007
How’s this…
You wanna put diesel in your Mustang? Go ahead — just don’t expect Ford to honor the warranty.
Hacking the iPhone adversely affect the potential market for ATT and Apple and is a violation of the user agreement — it’s illegal and fair use does not constitute a valid/legal argument to support the activity.
The people who somehow justify it’s OK are the same ones whose iPods are loaded with music from Napster and Limewire.
This reminds me of cigarette smokers blaiming the cigarette companies. Aren’t people accountable for what they do?

Andrej Duchovka on October 1st, 2007
I am totally with you, Leos arguments at TWiT were totally absurd, I was very disappointed to hear such nonsense from him. He did not even make a difference between putting 3rd-party apps on your phone (which doesn’t brick it) and fiddling with the modem to unlock it.
An update is a courtesy of Apple, and if you broke the user agreement, such courtesy is definitely not for you.
I live in Germany and I was definitely tempted to buy an iPhone and hack it to go with my provider before November, but I am glad that I decided to wait a little bit longer…
Shooby on October 1st, 2007
Regardless, I think it is very malicious of Apple to not allow hackers to “repent” and go back to AT&T. Apple won’t even allow for a full firmware reflash at the store. They’re pretty much telling people to F off.
This cow food provider would want to continue to have some products from this cow right? Why would they not at least try to help revive that cow and prevent the owner from “hacking” the cow again.
I can understand where Apple is coming from, but I simply do not understand why they are not offering at least one “get out of jail free” card for repenting hackers.
I speak from a hacker’s perspective.

 


 

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What the Heck is RSS? And why should I care? Good questions. First, here’s why you should care.

Unlike getting website updates or ezines by email, RSS feeds give you absolute, 100% complete control over the situation. You don’t have to reveal your email address. If you want to stop receiving content, you don’t have to request to be “taken off the list.”

One click, and poof… the subscription is gone.

Plus, since there’s no email address involved, there’s no way a publisher can sell, rent or give away the means to contact you. That’s right… no more spam, viruses, phishing, or identity theft. And best of all, no reason to put yourself at the mercy of the publisher’s intentions.

You won’t need to suffer through the legalese in the privacy policy (if there is one) looking for loopholes that will send you deeper into inbox hell. No more setting up dummy Hotmail accounts “just in case.”

Again, if you don’t like the content, you can make it disappear as fast as you can change a TV channel. With just one click. Pretty cool, huh?

That is cool! Umm… What the heck is RSS? Alright! Now we’re ready to get to that part.

RSS is a simply an Internet technology standard that allows busy people to receive updates to web-based content of interest. You might have figured that much out by now. But basically, that’s the essence of an RSS feed – you subscribe and then receive new content automatically in your feed reader.

What the heck is a feed reader?

You may already be using a form of feed reader, and not even realize it. If you use personalized home page services like My Yahoo or My MSN, you’ve got RSS capabilities built in. That’s how syndicated content like news, weather and stock quotes appears on your personal page. You can also add content from any blog or other site that uses RSS to provide updates.

Other web-based tools are primarily dedicated to feed reading only. One of the most popular web-based feed readers at this point is Bloglines, and it’s also free and easy to get started with.

If you use the Firefox browser, you can also receive RSS feeds from your tool bar by using the Live Bookmarks function. The next version of Internet Explorer will add this feature as well.

Finally, there are desktop-based feed readers. These function somewhat like an email program for feeds. Examples include Newsgator and Feed Demon.

If it sounds complicated, it’s really not. And things will get even easier when the next version of Outlook integrates feed-reading capabilities. So, you’ll have the same convenience that email subscriptions offered in the old days, without any of the terrible consequences of giving out your email address to potentially unscrupulous characters.

Sounds good. So how do I subscribe to a Feed?

First of all, look for the subscription or feed options (some bloggers make this difficult for some odd reason). You might see a variety of buttons (amusingly called chicklets).

If the site you want to subscribe to uses FeedBurner to aid in the subscription process, you’ll likely see the standard RSS icon, which takes you to a page that will give you an array of the most popular feed readers so you can select yours, and you’ll go from there. Sometimes there will be a set of chicklets for your particular reader right on the blog that will take you to the appropriate subscription page. Finally, you may also see little orange buttons that say XML or RSS. Often these chicklets will take you to a page that looks like code gibberish. In this case, you simply cut and paste the page URL from your browser window and manually paste it into your feed reader subscription box.

In summary: RSS solves BIG problems and is being adopted at a phenomenal rate, because it’s a good thing for everyone.

The benefit to readers is obvious. And it’s good for publishers too, because we want to make sure that people feel comfortable subscribing, and that our message is not nuked by an overzealous spam filter.

If there’s anything here that is confusing, or you have a question, please email me at info@podcastingtricks.com and I’ll be happy to help!

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