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Oh no! iPhone

A few days ago I realized that I haven’t changed my iPhone password since I first purchased the device a year and a half ago. So I did what any normal person would do, I changed my password. After that I spent two days typing in my old password, getting rejected, and putting in the new password. No problem. I’d get used to the password.

I was out at the Horseshoe Tavern with two thirds of Daniel, Fred, and Julie, and a friend of Julie’s from Hot Docs1. I was using my phone, I was still entering the wrong password initially and then putting in the right one, and all was working.

Suddenly I put in my new password, and it rejected it. I put it in again. And again, and again, until I saw my phone was temporarily disabled. I tried my new password, I tried my old password. I typed it in super-meticulously and nothing worked. Sigh.

I can blame the phone and say that it’s the phone’s fault. It somehow corrupted the password and wasn’t accepting it, but we all know that it was most likely that I thought I knew the new password but confused it somehow in my mind, but I can’t see how I did that.

So in other words, it was probably my fault, but I want to blame the phone.

Eventually I got to the point where my phone was disabled for 60 minutes. They decided to go see a late show at the Bloor for Hot Docs. I was interested in the documentary, but decided my time was better spent going home and fixing my phone, so that I’d have an alarm clock to wake me in the morning.

When I got home, I logged into iCloud and remote wiped my phone. I then plugged it into my media machine, and let it sync. After half an hour of restoring from backup, I realized that it was restoring with a year old back up. That won’t do. I wiped the phone once again, and then I unplugged it. Turns out if you want to restore from an iCloud backup, you have to do it when the phone is NOT plugged into a computer.

I ran the iCloud restore, and it took a long time. It was pretty wonderful. Everything came down rather quickly. The restore happened faster than from the computer, which I don’t quite understand how that happens. It had to redownload all the apps, but it kept my screen layouts, and placement of all the apps and folders. However, if you’re going to restore your iPhone, make sure your iTunes account is up to date with the corrected credit card info. It wouldn’t download my apps that were attached to my anklewicz.com Apple ID. It did deal with the multiple Apple ID situation quite well, and the work apps (Server Admin, Workgroup Manager, etc.) all came down no problem.

It attached all my settings, and all my content, all my iPhone photos, except for iTunes, and photos from my Aperture library, but those are all on my media machine, and ready to be synced.

The only thing missing is yesterday’s text messages, as the last backup was from yesterday morning. Other than that. I have my phone as I left it.

iCloud is pretty bloody awesome. Daily zero-effort backups are nice.

  1. A hot Hot Docs chick. []

iPhone Ringtones

Time for a non-Rocktober post.

I’ve made some ringtones for my iPhone, and I thought I’d share. Yes I’m infringing on some copyright with these, but I hope the BBC, Nintendo, Stephin Merritt, Apple, and the TTC will forgive me.

The Magnetic Fields – “BBC Radiophonic Workshop”
Doctor Who Theme (Christopher Eccleston era)
Doctor Who Theme (William Hartnell era) 
Super Mario Bros. coin sound
The Magnetic Fields – “One April Day”
Sloan – “Cheap Champaign”
Tetris music
TTC door chime 

Future

We live in the future! Things keep on popping up in my everyday life that just hammer in the fact that we live in the future.

  • I was reading a book on my telephone. (A PDF displayed on my iPhone)
  • Geordi’s PADD is real! Honestly, the real one is quite a bit cooler than the fictional one. (iPad)
  • At my finger tips, I can see exactly where my friends are. (Google Latitude, Foursquare, Facebook Place)
  • The news of the world comes to me, and I can sift through it as I like. (Google Reader)
  • Celebrities talk to us. (Twitter, or specifically.)
  • I can make a telephone call… from a boat en route to the island. (When did cellular phones stop being awe inducing?)
  • I can have thousands of record albums with me everywhere I go. (MP3 players)
  • You can say “Call Mom” and your phone will call your Mom! (Assuming you have your Mom programmed into your phone as “Mom,” unlike me who has his mother programmed into his phone under her full name)
  • You can arrange to have sex with strangers without meeting them! (Craigslist, but don’t do this, this is dangerous)

iPhone 4

I got an iPhone 4. It’s my first smart phone.

Signal
The one thing everyone’s talking about and the one thing I most noticed with the iPhone is the signal, but it’s not what you might think. My old phone was using Telus’ old CDMA network, I couldn’t make a phone call or receive a phone call with much luck in my apartment. While I don’t live in Toronto’s downtown core, I’m not far from it. At Broadview and Danforth, if you can’t get a cell phone signal, that’s just pathetic.

Now that I’m on Telus’ HSPA+ network (3G), my signal has drastically improved. You can call me if you want. I might not answer.

As far as the antenna issue that has been widely reported. Yeah, if I hold it in a certain way, I lose signal. I just don’t hold it that way, and Apple’s sending me a free case.

Apps
Here’s where I need help. What can you suggest? I don’t have many installed. Shazaam, Epicurious, Facebook, Twitter, Google Mobile, Google Earth, Remote, Urbanspoon, and VLCRemote. I don’t care about games, just applications which will make my life better. What can you suggest.

Calculator
Is it weird that I really love the look and interface of the calculator? My old phone had the shittiest calculator interface, and I used it all the time. This excites me.

32GB is not enough space
I have a large music collection, I want to have all of it on my iPhone. I can’t. Instead what I’m doing is putting what’s on my 30GB iPod (which will now live in my glove box) onto the iPhone, here’s the catch. To fit all that on, I need to use the new feature “Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 Kbps AAC.” Fab, perfect, except one thing. It takes forever to convert and transfer that much data.

Syncing and communication or use
When the phone’s syncing, which I said takes a while, you cannot use the iPhone. To do so will stop the data transfer. So if a call or more likely a text message comes in, to reply to it, you have to cancel the sync. If Emily’s wondering why it took me so long to answer her questions about going to the Miller abode, that would be why.

Sync Ringtones disables Manually Manage Music
I saw that my ringtones weren’t on the phone, so I turned on sync ringtones. Bad idea. That disabled manually manage music, and so all the music I spent days transferring was removed from the phone. Last night, it synced only about 2000 songs between 2am and 9am. We’re at 2179/4195. Sigh.

Battery life seems amazing
Can’t say more, until I use it more.

Google Sync
I use Google Hosted Apps with two domains, anklewicz.com/neverhadtofight.com (they’re the same) and myemployer.ca. I did a quick search to find out how to sync all the contacts, mail, and calendars from both accounts, and followed the instructions. Unlike the BlackBerry Google Sync, which falls to the symptoms of bad UI that BlackBerrys are known for, this was easy as pie, and I didn’t have to download any Google software. I just entered my account info into Mail, and it pulled all three things, calendar, contacts, mail. Fuck yeah!

Which calendar do you want
This one has absolutely nothing to do with Apple, that I can tell. When I connect my two accounts, it grabs the main calendar on each account. However, I have numerous calendars on each account. I have my FB Events calendar, my “Rock and/or roll” calendar, all the school calendars, etc, etc. To tell it to sync the other calendars, is roundabout and silly. You have to go to Google, and then log into your domain account, and then go to settings, and do this and that and choose this and that. It works now, though.

Making ringtones is fun

The screen and UI are elegant and beautiful

It’s much thinner than my old phone which did much less

I can’t answer it like Captain Kirk

The tinny speakers are kind of shit, but at a picnic or BBQ, you can bring it out to play music without brining another device