iPhone 3G: Unboxing and First Impressions

Posted Sat 12 July 2008 16:25 under category tech

Unboxing

I've posted a few pictures of the unboxing of my iPhone 3G. As usual for an Apple product, the packaging was excellently done. The box was surprisingly small, but contained everything necessary:

  • Docking Connector -> USB cable
  • Tiny, tiny power adapter
  • Iconic white headphones (with microphone... somewhere...)
  • SIM-Removal Tool SIM Card Removal Tool
  • Cleaning cloth

Once I got done with my activation mess (see previous post), the iPhone was a dream. The first thing I noticed was call quality: it was excellent. I don't have 3G reception indoors (curse you, foot-thick concrete walls), but even over 2.5G, it was an ...

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iPhone 3G: Activation

Posted Sat 12 July 2008 15:38 under category tech

Activation is the scary part of the iPhone process. Tales abound of yesterday's long waits and crushing failures. Unfortunately, my story is no different.

I got my iPhone home at about 12:30 P.M. today. When I connected it to my MacBook (named Caladan for reasons that anybody familiar with my computer naming scheme should understand), iTunes started right up and registered it. Alas, the phone made a little "sad tweet" and informed me that it had no service and the service was required for activation. Hm.

Well, even though my crappy Motorola L2 has 5 bars everywhere ...

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iPhone 3G: The Purchasing Process

Posted Sat 12 July 2008 15:24 under category tech

iPhone 3G

My iPhone 3G experience started this morning at about 5:50 AM, when I left my dorm to get an iPhone 3G. I hiked over to the Montclair Transcenter and picked up the 6:30 OmniTrans Route 66 bus heading Eastward. At about 7:05, I stepped off the bus, thinking I was there. Unfortunately, I was at another bus stop in front of a Best Buy with a gas station next to it -- about a mile and a half shy of the Victoria Gardens Mall, where the Apple and AT&T stores were. A half-hour of hiking later, and ...

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iPhone 3G Acquired

Posted Sat 12 July 2008 15:23 under category tech

I've just purchased an iPhone 3G. I'll now make a few posts about my ordering experience.

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Firefox 3

Posted Sun 18 May 2008 14:00 under category tips

So, I got bored this weekend and installed Firefox 3 (beta 5, if it matters to you). It works pretty well -- it's certainly faster than Firefox 2. However, there are a couple of annoying bugs that I'd like to post the solutions to for posterity:

If you use a dark theme (like I do), then many textarea and input form elements will be unusable because they will have a dark foreground color and a light background color. The solution to this is to add a userContent.css to ~/.mozilla/firefox/ /chrome. There are lots of guides on the ...

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*nix Tip of the Day: sudo

Posted Sat 17 May 2008 10:57 under category tips

I've mentioned sudo in these tips before. It's a neat little utility for executing commands as somebody else. Well, today I bring you a handy guide I found on using sudo. I already knew most of the stuff, but some of it was new, and it looks pretty good as a starter for new users. So enjoy this article on sudo basics by A.P. Lawrence.

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