Thursday, September 27, 2007

An Apple ...

While looking for some good pictures with Apples in them I found this ...



It has no significance other than I think it's a good picture with an Apple in it.

I'm sure the artist did this unintentionally, but I like how the apple in Snow White's hand appears almost heart shaped.

I wasn't able to find out exactly where to credit this picture to.

Intellectual Property laws abused in quest to shutdown Lowes-Sucks.com

Trademark and copyright laws are favored tools of corporate giants who wish to silence online critics, but such tactics often backfire, as they did in the case of one man.

read more | digg story

USB To Ethernet Adapter For Macs





EXCLUSIVE USB To Ethernet Adapter

Save a costly motherboard repair for your Apple All In One iMac, eMac, Mac Mini, or your iBook & Powerbook, MacBook or MacBook Pro

I personally use this adapter on my MacBook so I don't have to plug in my ethernet cable ... I just use a USB hub with two of these adapters so one can be hooked to the internet and one cable can be hooked to a network printer. I don't have to worry about IP addresses or the constant plugging and unplugging ruining my laptop's broadband connection. The USB also stands an intermediary for surges from the network as well.

I am the only one to offer this adapter for OS 9 (Classic) * PLEASE email me for details

This is for your surged ethernet/broadband port on your Apple computer

USB 2.0 ... backwards compatible with USB 1.1

Another great use is for network printers and NAS storage - have this plugged into a free USB port while accessing your network or broadband connection on your Ethernet port.

Your ethernet port does not have to be bad to use this adapter.

Get this in case of an emergency!

Comes complete with drivers in pack with manual/instructions

This adapter ONLY works with OS 9.2.2 with all updates applied OR Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) or Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) and All versions of Windows that support USB

Note: this adapter does not work with OS 8.6 - 9.2.1 or 10 or 10.1 or 10.2

Best compatibility and guaranteed to work with Panther, Tiger, and Windows 2000, Windows Millenium, and Windows XP ... all other operating systems are not guaranteed ... but please email me for details.

I am the EXCLUSIVE eBay seller of this item!

I have sold nearly 500 of these over the last year!

* Item may vary slightly in appearance, but warranted for advertised functionality

I also warrant this to work with the Playstation 2 and Tivo! (you MUST mention that you need this function when ordering)

* Let me know if this adapter helps you or if you need any assistance!

A Carrot Butterfly ...

I got this on an $11 order of Pad Thai Chicken.

I've been to a lot of fancy restaurants but I don't think I've ever gotten a plate so pretty!



* From Thai Taste in Spartanburg South Carolina

South Carolina Prison Inmate files lawsuit claiming O.J. Simpson is a "hitman" for Steve Jobs

A South Carolina inmate notorious for filing frivolous and fanciful lawsuits against public figures has used his latest complaint to accuse Apple chief executive Steve Jobs of employing O.J. Simpson as a "hitman" for the past two decades, in addition a litany of other outlandish offenses.

I assure readers - this is not my typical fellow South Carolinian. Although I know some attorneys like this guy with just as crazy claims.



read more | digg story

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

PowerBook 170 at Friday's



While at Friday's (try the green bean fries by the way) ... I spotted this on the wall.

What happens when you forget to change the kitty litter

What happens when you forget to change the kitty litter for 3 days ... and have two cats? Then you put new kitty litter in the poo dome? It's a ladies bathroom at halftime at a college football game.


* Although the cats have names - I've given them the jellicle names of Panther & Tiger

We couldn't even get the top on before my girlfriend's cats rushed the box!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A designer as CEO: Should Jonathan Ive be Apple's next leader?

Steve Jobs shows no signs of retiring any time soon, but Jess McMullin, who runs the great Business+Design blog, thinks ahead and pre-emptively wraps his head around Apple's succession planning. In an open letter to the Apple board, he urges the directors to consider Jonathan Ive, Apple's next CEO

read more | digg story

I find this the most logical decision ... it will be the greatest blunder of all time for a company to make Phil Schiller Apple's next CEO. Schiller reminds me too much of Wozniak.

Steve Idiozniak!



In every interview I've ever seen Steve Wozniak (co founder of Apple Computer) I have always thought he acts like a complete idiot. He owns a Prius and a Hummer - one car gets the most mileage to the gallon for consumer priced sedan, the other gets the least mileage of ANY consumer available vehicle. ONLY a jerk would have these two cars together in his garage.

Tom of The Small Wave has a GREAT commentary of the idiotic Steve Wozniak:

[WOZ] you have zero business sense. I firmly believe Jobs would be a millionaire if he’d never met you, whereas for all your brilliance, without Jobs you’d likely have been laid off at HP when they could no longer sell calculators at $400 a pop. Remember, they weren’t interested in your computer designs.

Photoshop CS3 for the iPhone (satire)

Iomega ... just go out of business already!

Ya know ... Iomega really dropped the ball a few years back. They knowingly shipped Zip drives with faulty mechanics. They knowingly shipped remanufactured power supplies that exceeded the voltage of their zip drives causing power supply failures.* They refused to move quickly to upgrade the capacity of the Zip Drive and make older Zip Disks compatible. Then they moved to 40 MEG laptop discs called Clik Drives while the smallest USB Thumb drive was 256MB for the same price. Iomega is certainly in my top 10 of worst run companies.

Today they did this:

Several of my clients in my Apple Tech service biz have G-Technology
G-Tech Drives that look like this:



Today Iomega released these drives:



How lame of Iomega to dump on a small company like G-Tech and pretend these type of drives have never been done before.

* Back some 7 years ago ... I tested several dozen Iomega power supplies - the voltage coming out of them was 7.4 volts - not 5V as advertised on the power supply and the 6V maximum that the Zip drives would accept. The "over-voltage" would slowly burn the power supply and/or the Zip drive up

Gizmodo FUD

Gizmodo posts this headline:

Uh Oh, Running 3rd Party iPhone Apps Voids Your Warranty

This headline is being posted all over the internet to read:

Forget iPhone Bricking: All Third-Party Apps Void Your iPhone Warranty

That's just not true. Any program that modifies the iPhone software OR uses the various HACKING apps voids the warranty. Programs like iToner DO NOT modify the iPhone software in any way.

Ya know, I read ENgadget a lot and occasionally they make me very angry with the way they word and approve certain stories just to build hits (when they don't need more hits) ... but I really really hate Gizmodo ... every one of their headlines and "extra commentary" on gadgets annoys me.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Starbucks to Give Away 50 Million iTunes Tracks

Starbucks said Monday that it plans to give away about 50 million songs from iTunes as part of a promotion to drum up interest in its wireless music service that will debut soon. * Note that this will only be for SanFrancisco and Seattle. Most outlets are reporting this will be nationwide - it's NOT!

read more | digg story

Apple: unlock may damage, void warranty

Apple on Monday officially said that it will not cover under warranty iPhones that have been damaged due to circulating unlock hacks, but stopped short of voiding the warranty of all hacked phones -- including those that have third-party applications installed. The company said that unlocking an iPhone may render an iPhone useless after applying fu

read more | digg story

'This has nothing to do with proactively disabling a phone that is unlocked or hacked,'' Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said in an interview. ''It's unfortunate that some of these programs have caused damage to the iPhone software, but Apple cannot be responsible for ... those consequences.''

The Egg McMuffin: It costs more to get less; it costs less to get more!

I wasn't so upset that my plain Egg McMuffin without the Canadian bacon from Sunday morning wasn't discounted. What I'm upset about is that my sausage Egg McMuffin was 10 cents less. Couldn't they have just charged me for the sausage Egg McMuffin instead of the regular Egg McMuffin?

To explain this to the dolt teenager running the drive thru wasn't worth getting my 10 cents back.

Victorious RIAA defendant gets attorneys' fees, turns to class-action plans

Calling the RIAA's case unjustified "as a reasonable exploration of the boundaries of copyright law," a federal magistrate judge late last week awarded former RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen attorneys' fees for her nearly two-and-a-half-year fight against a copyright infringement lawsuit.

read more | digg story

The Man Purse: "If Anyone can pull it off it's you!"

Over the weekend I realized something:

"I need a purse"

I consider myself pretty much a trendsetter, an independent thinker, and I suppose somewhat of a metrosexual. My girlfriend says that if anyone could pull off a "man purse" it would be me. She said it would be better to call it a "Man Bag". It's a purse ... it came from the women's department of Macy's. So ... I must call it what it is.

I've seen a few guys with "Man Purse's" before ... but often they are alternative people, nature lovers, or strange environmentalist whackos. It doesn't look right on me, but I think I picked out one of the most utlitarian and MANLY of the ones I've seen.



Look, I have to be honest ... the thought of having a purse or having anyone THINK I carry a purse is kind of weird to me. I suppose I will never be able to wear it with my pink golf shirt or any pastel color.

I'm still trying to decide if I should make a large velcro belt clip or belt attachment and affix a swath of velcro to a clip or to my belt (or to something I could slide on my belt) or whether I should just wear it diagonally across my shoulder.


* Lest we forget ... Indiana Jones wears a man purse


My best friend said I should call it a "Utility Belt" because I am after all ... a crimefighter on this blog.



My new "man purse" has an ID/Driver's License holder that I can remove and just leave the rest in my car. It also has a nice place to organize my coupons/discounts and a GREAT place for my screwdrivers, thumb drive, retractable peripheral cables, and iPhone.

At least I don't wear a kilt ... although somehow I think that wearing a kilt with my new "man purse" wouldn't look nearly as silly.

digg story

...

Compliments O' Plenty ...



From the My 2 Cents 4 The Day Blog, by Don Williams:

Of the estimated 50 to 70 million plus blogs out there, most are not worth the time of day to read. Some, of course, are very well written by highly intelligent and analytical minds, and are thought provoking, entertaining and very well worth the time and effort to read. Some of these blogs, that come to my mind, and some of my personal favorites, are: Scobleizer, Daring Fireball, Fixyourthinking, The Small Wave, and The Diary of Fake Steve Jobs ...


Wow!

Friday, September 21, 2007

USB To Ethernet Adapter For Macs



EXCLUSIVE USB To Ethernet Adapter

Save a costly motherboard repair for your Apple All In One iMac, eMac, Mac Mini, or your iBook & Powerbook, MacBook or MacBook Pro

I personally use this adapter on my MacBook so I don't have to plug in my ethernet cable ... I just use a USB hub with two of these adapters so one can be hooked to the internet and one cable can be hooked to a network printer. I don't have to worry about IP addresses or the constant plugging and unplugging ruining my laptop's broadband connection. The USB also stands an intermediary for surges from the network as well.

I am the only one to offer this adapter for OS 9 (Classic) * PLEASE email me for details

This is for your surged ethernet/broadband port on your Apple computer

USB 2.0 ... backwards compatible with USB 1.1

Another great use is for network printers and NAS storage - have this plugged into a free USB port while accessing your network or broadband connection on your Ethernet port.

Your ethernet port does not have to be bad to use this adapter.

Get this in case of an emergency!

Comes complete with drivers in pack with manual/instructions

This adapter ONLY works with OS 9.2.2 with all updates applied OR Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) or Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) and All versions of Windows that support USB

Note: this adapter does not work with OS 8.6 - 9.2.1 or 10 or 10.1 or 10.2

Best compatibility and guaranteed to work with Panther, Tiger, and Windows 2000, Windows Millenium, and Windows XP ... all other operating systems are not guaranteed ... but please email me for details.

I am the EXCLUSIVE eBay seller of this item!

I have sold nearly 500 of these over the last year!

* Item may vary slightly in appearance, but warranted for advertised functionality

I also warrant this to work with the Playstation 2 and Tivo! (you MUST mention that you need this function when ordering)

* Let me know if this adapter helps you or if you need any assistance!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Shop Vicariously!



Has anyone seen the new eBay ads that say, "Shop Victoriously" ... whenever I see it ... for some reason I see the words,

"Shop Vicariously"


Here are the Webster defintions for "Vicarious":

vicarious (as in "vicarious")adj. : experienced at secondhand; "read about mountain climbing and felt vicarious excitement"

vicarious (as in "vicarious") adj. : (medicine) occurring in an abnormal part of the body instead of the usual site involved in that function; "vicarious menstruation"

vicarious (as in "vicarious") adj. : suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another; "vicarious atonement"

GPS on the iPhone?

From Engadget:

Mexens Technology [announced] its virtual GPS system is finally available for the iPhone ... the program utilizes "WiFi & cellular tower triangulation techniques," but according to the firm's CEO, "this is just as if the iPhone were equipped with a GPS chip." Of course, we're still doubtful that this peer-to-peer location approach works just as good as a bonafide GPS receiver ... you won't be forced to pay the $24.99 purchase price until after 15 days are up


The forum posts associated with this "iPhone trick out" indicate several issues:

* You must install this via a semi-complicated hack as an unsupported iPhone application - meaning it could and most likely will be broken on the next iPhone update.

* Apparently some "Navizon Installers" are experiencing bad lock ups & freezes after installing the application

Please trust me here ... Apple IS ABOUT TO DO THIS THE RIGHT WAY with a bluetooth GPS that will knock the socks off the competition of Garmin, Tom Tom, and Magellan.

* Picture courtesy of Engadget

Samsung to sell designer laser printer exclusively at Apple Stores


AppleLinks is reporting:

Apple to sell designer Samsung printers exclusively at Apple Stores


Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the world's second largest manufacturer of laser printers, has announced that its ultra-compact monochrome laser printer, the ML-1630, and multifunction printer, the SCX-4500, will be available exclusively at Apple Retail Stores nationwide and online at http://www.Apple.com


This deal will give Apple customers a 3 month window to own the printers until they are widely released in January of 2008.

A couple of notes about Samsung printers:

* I have owned two Samsung laser printers and BOTH printers have had the toner cartridge discontinued and made nearly impossible to find at retail.

* The print quality on one of the laser printers I owned (which was Samsung's highest end multi-function) was ok ... but not even close to HP's low end available for the Mac.

* Today's high end inkjet printers are not only just as stylish but I know of hardly anyone that can tell the difference between a laser print and an inkjet print nowadays.

* This sounds to me like Samsung is going to use Apple users as guinea pigs not as a reward for being a different level of consumer.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Traffic Map

If you haven't noticed, I have a new graphical blog traffic map in the right sidebar. It's really neat. This is what it looked like last night:



This represents 280 simultaneous visitors to this site. WOW!

You can get a map like this for your blog by going to http://maps.amung.us

Quote for the day

John Gruber of Daring Fireball:

There’s a whole class of recent switchers who define “Apple fanboy” as “anyone who’s been an enthusiastic Mac user since before I switched to the Mac”.


I'd take that a step further ... pretty much everyone that's a recent switcher or a PC user considers ANYONE who uses an Apple computer ... an Apple Fanboy ... I'm called an "Apple Nut" a lot. They pick the terminology up from the lame aggregated headlines calling Mac users "Apple Loyalists" or part of the "Apple Cult".

Ok ... you got it ... now don't mess it up or make my iPhone more expensive

At Apple's media event in London, Apple launched the iPhone UK to go on sale on November 9th for £269 O2 is the selected network carrier. (Like AT&T is in the US)

- Unlimited data for all plans
- £35, 200 minutes, 200 SMS
- £45, 600 minutes, 500 SMS
- £55, 1200 minutes, 500 SMS
- 18 month contract.
- Uses EDGE (no 3g).
- iTunes WiFi Store
- 8GB Storage


Apple has also announced an agreement with The Cloud to offer 7500 free WiFi spots in the UK exclusively for the iPhone.

As with every other international release I hope the countries that start to get iPhone availability don't sue Apple for some absurd reason ... costing them litigation and effectively raising the prices of Apple products worldwide. If I were to take a wild guess ... I'd say that lawsuits are probably $2 of every Apple product sold.

Friday, September 14, 2007

12 Effective Strategies Apple Uses to Create Loyal Customers

"When shoppers sleep outside of stores just to be one of the first to buy an iPhone, it's obvious that Apple Inc. is a company that enjoys fanatical brand loyalty. However, this brand success is not a result of dumb luck or forces beyond Apple's control; it's part of a well-thought-out plan to deliver strong products and create an Apple culture."

read more | digg story

I'm giving away my "iPhone Early Adopter" Apple Store Credit & A signed copy of Digital Culture!



Ok ... so I just got my Apple Store "early iPhone adopter's" credit and I'm going to give it away just to prove it was the principal of the situation that mattered to me. I'm also going to give away some copies of Digital Culture: Best Technology Writing of 2007 and some Fix Your Thinking T-Shirts.

The contest is simple to win:

* In the sidebar (to the right) there is an archive of all the stories ever published on this site. I want you to click on a any previous month's archives and find a blog post from this website that you like - then return to THIS POST and place a comment on THIS CONTEST POST - the title and briefly why you like it. (Trolls, multiple submissions from the same IP, and hater messages will be tossed out ... but you are free to leave any comment you wish.)

* On Monday at 5PM EST, I will have my neighbor (who doesn't read this site) choose a random winner.

* How will I know it's you? You need to leave some kind of signature ... for me; it would be "Rus" .... if you have a common name; it would help to put a first name and last initial. DO NOT POST ADDRESSES, PHONE NUMBERS, OR EMAIL ADDRESSES.!

* Contest is open internationally. Items will be mailed USPS First Class with delivery confirmation.

* The winner will be posted on Monday at 5:30PM EST SEPT 17, 2007. This means that all that post here will have to return on Monday. Once you respond in private to the "winner post" I will mail you the following prize package:

1) $100 Apple Store Credit
1) Digital Culture: Best Technology Writing Of 2007
1) Large or X-Large Fix Your Thinking T-Shirt


I will also choose random winners to receive a signed copy of Digital Culture: Best Technology Writing of 2007 and for a Fix Your Thinking T-Shirt.

Since this website is small ... you have a great chance of winning!

* Regular readers ... if you have a blog or website please give me some props and link to this contest:

http://fixyourthinking.com/2007/09/im-giving-away-my-iphone-early-adopter.html

Apple reveals details for iPhone Early Adopter Credit



Owners must have purchased their iPhone prior to August 22, 2007 and must activate their phone with AT&T prior to being eligible for the rebate.

Once the iPhone owner has entered their serial number and phone number into the Web form, an SMS text message will be sent to their phone with the access code to redeem the $100 credit.

Apple offered the credit to early adopters of the iPhone after Apple cut prices on the device by $200 just two months after its launch.

http://www.apple.com/iphone/storecredit/


I like the simplicity of getting the credit ... I will use it today. I would have liked the option to use it for my AT&T bill though.

How Much Is This Blog Worth?

I used to have one of these little widgets in the sidebar that told you how much my blog was worth. I had forgotten about it entirely when I switched over to the new template 3 months ago. Today, I saw the widget again on another blog that I was posting a comment to. Here's some interesting "BLOG-worth data":



Interesting that Daring Fireball is worth more than iLounge and iLounge gets 10X the hits. This should show everyone how much power John Gruber has in our little niche. Look at the small numbers from iLounge vs iProng.

Roget ... I did that one for you ... thought you'd enjoy that.

* From what I've been reading ... this is a good measure of what each site can expect to pull in in revenue each year by taking 10% of this total.

For me - it's really close as it looks like I'm on track to get $1400 from this blog through ad revenue, book publishing, and paid aggregation of some of my stories here.

This site will now focus on illegal bisexual network storage for the questionable and tasteless

The following was sent to someone who reads my website at work:

The Computer Usage, Electronic Mail and Internet Policy and Procedures section of the [where she works] Policy and Procedure Manual explicitly limits the use of the computer networks and systems provided by the State of South Carolina to official state business. Please refer to this policy for further clarification.

Effective September 14, 2007, access to the following types of Internet Web Sites will be blocked from the computer network provided to [where she works] staff: Society and Lifestyles, Personals and Dating, Entertainment, Restaurants and Dining, Games, Hobbies, MP3 and Audio Download Services, Message Boards and Clubs, Personal Network Storage and Backup, Internet Auctions, Shopping Real Estate, Vehicles, Instant Messaging, Web Chat, Internet Telephony, Internet Radio and TV, Potentially Unwanted Software, Gambling, Pay-to-Surf, Personal Web Sites, Malicious Web Sites, Spyware, Information Technology Proxy Avoidance, Sports, Sport Hunting and Gun Clubs, Phishing and Other Frauds, Information Technology Hacking, Violence, Weapons, Illegal or Questionable, Racism and Hate, Tasteless, Adult Material, Adult Material Nudity, Adult Material Adult Content, Adult Material Lingerie and Swimsuit, Adult Material Sex, Gay or Lesbian or Bisexual Interest.

Additionally, access to other categories may be limited or monitored. Modifications to what is blocked, limited, or monitored will be at the discretion of [where she works] Management.

An exception process will be provided for the rare situations where access to blocked sites is needed. To gain access to a blocked site, an employee would send an e-mail to their Appointing Authority identifying the Web site and a justifiable reason to access it directly related to the job the employee performs for [where she works]. The Appointing Authority would then forward the request to the CIO Help Desk for processing. Requests for exceptions will be monitored by [where she works] Management.

Please refer questions to your Appointing Authority.


So apparently I lost a reader today ... that is unless they get an iPhone or home computer ... which they have neither ... but I may just give them an iMac DV so they can continue to be a loyal reader.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Yours Truly Published In Digital Culture's Best Technology Writing 2007



It is a true honor to share actual ink with some of the greatest writers in both print and the web. This book is a collection of stories that are submitted by readers from around the print world and blogosphere. I've gone through the whole book and most of the stories are great. It's also the second time I've been associated with the writing honors of Daring Fireball's John Gruber.

* Yes Tom, I'm name dropping again.

I encourage you to pick up a copy from the link above. I will also be holding a contest for a signed copy soon.

Fair Use Worth More to Economy Than Copyright Laws

Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account for more than $4.5 trillion in annual revenue for the United States, according to the Computer and Communications Industry Association. By being able to use some copyrighted materials freely the additional revenue and therefore taxes generated exceed the protection of intellectual property. Very interesting.

read more | digg story

Summary of GSATC meeting concerning statewide wireless & laptops for every child in my state: Is Apple involved?



Yesterday I attended a meeting of minds regarding an ambitious South Carolina plan to provide statewide broadband internet deployment and a statewide laptop computer deployment.

This dramatic video started off the presentation. Most of the statistics are skewed in this YouTube video ... so I was skeptical from the start, because I've seen this presentation before:



The video is called "Shift Happens"

Many executives from telecommunications companies were present at this luncheon. The speaker was South Carolina District 13 Senator; Jim Ritchie.

Here's a bio:

Senator James H. “Jim” Ritchie, Jr. (Republican), Majority Whip, introduced a joint resolution in the South Carolina Senate to create the nation’s first statewide universal wireless network and to establish the South Carolina Wireless Technology & Communications Commission - to develop a public-private partnership aimed at creating the nation’s first “Wi-Fi” covered state.

Senator Ritchie and Senator Gerald Malloy (D- 29) also introduced S.464. in an effort to create the iAm laptop program for all eighth graders in South Carolina

iAM stands for:

I am responsible for the education of students in South Carolina

I am responsible for the future of South Carolina

I am responsible for a laptop if given one by the state of South Carolina


There were geeky giggles from around the room when detailing what iAM meant.

I went solely to see if this were a plan to pitch to my state the "scam written all over it" OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) program and to see if this "laptop rollout" included the possibility of using Apple as a source, or at the least; as a choice.

Currently we have no Official Apple Retail Stores in South Carolina. One benefit to such a program from Apple would be that Apple would most likely build and plan to build several Apple Retail Store locations here. This would also be a revenue benefit to my state that NO OTHER MANUFACTURER of computers could offer. The Apple Stores mean jobs, tax revenue, and great support. This is one of the greatest benefits Apple can offer.

The most interesting thing to me that was said during this meeting was Senator Ritchie speaking of his visit to Apple within the last few weeks. He mentioned oddly that Apple called the current generation of children, "the thumb generation" - which I suspect means text messaging. Odd that Apple would say this and not have a phone that one can really text message on with their thumbs. I haven't seen anyone using their thumbs to text message on an iPhone. I can text a lot quicker than with any other device I have had on my iPhone ... but unlike other smartphones I've had ... I do not use my thumbs.

Regarding the "statewide Wi-Fi deployment" ... this is not a plan to cover our state with WiFi. It is a plan to use the state's 700 & 800 Mhz spectrum (currently being used to transmit analog TV for our public television system) as a means to transmit high speed internet. No mention of modem costs or service costs were mentioned at the meeting - eventhough this seemed like a meeting to tell everyone MY state is already going to deploy this with or without willing business partnerships.

While I am all for children having laptops ... more times than not it seems educators want a solution that appears inexpensive to support, but in the long run is not. I don't think the OLPC has any chance of succeeding in the US. The OLPC runs Linux which would require an uncalculatable amount of "re-training" teachers and "re-education" of IT and support staff. Linux is also unsupported in the retail world. If you think finding Apple support in your area is difficult, just try finding someone that could or would work on a Linux system. CompUSA will refuse to work on most Linux based computers.

No amount of technology will educate more children without a return to discipline in our schools. This is the school system's NUMBER 1 problem. Anyone saying it's a lack of funding is trying to selfishly hoodwink the taxpayer.

As far as Dell making offers to supply our state with laptops ... I think it's obvious that there are MANY MANY support issues regarding viruses, spyware, and adware. It's no myth that controlling these "Nasties" on a Windows computer is an annual $75+ dollar tax. I also feel that the MacBook is a much higher quality laptop than a comparable Dell.

* Dell currently holds a statewide contract to supply computers to school districts & government.

I was quite surprised that no Apple representative was in the meeting hall which contained approximately 150 people. It can't be understated that Windows is always well represented in ANY meeting like this - as the majority of technophiles in the room use, support, and are employed in the Windows support and service market.

If any one reading this lives in South Carolina and would like to help me get Apple laptops for this program, please contact me by leaving a message on this BLOG post. You can leave your email and WILL NOT be published!

Reference:

* GSATC website (Greenville Spartanburg Anderson Technology Council)

* Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson are the 3 most populous cities in the region called Upstate South Carolina

* Greenville is South Carolina's most populous city & has the highest per capita income

* Greenville SC has the highest penetration of cellphones per capita for residents over 16 years old

* Greenville SC is 30 miles east of Clemson University

* Here's something interesting that came out the day AFTER this conference
...

USB To Ethernet Adapter For Macs





EXCLUSIVE USB To Ethernet Adapter

Save a costly motherboard repair for your Apple All In One iMac, eMac, Mac Mini, or your iBook & Powerbook, MacBook or MacBook Pro

I personally use this adapter on my MacBook so I don't have to plug in my ethernet cable ... I just use a USB hub with two of these adapters so one can be hooked to the internet and one cable can be hooked to a network printer. I don't have to worry about IP addresses or the constant plugging and unplugging ruining my laptop's broadband connection. The USB also stands an intermediary for surges from the network as well.

I am the only one to offer this adapter for OS 9 (Classic) * PLEASE email me for details

This is for your surged ethernet/broadband port on your Apple computer

USB 2.0 ... backwards compatible with USB 1.1

Another great use is for network printers and NAS storage - have this plugged into a free USB port while accessing your network or broadband connection on your Ethernet port.

Your ethernet port does not have to be bad to use this adapter.

Get this in case of an emergency!

Comes complete with drivers in pack with manual/instructions

This adapter ONLY works with OS 9.2.2 with all updates applied OR Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) or Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) and All versions of Windows that support USB

Note: this adapter does not work with OS 8.6 - 9.2.1 or 10 or 10.1 or 10.2

Best compatibility and guaranteed to work with Panther, Tiger, and Windows 2000, Windows Millenium, and Windows XP ... all other operating systems are not guaranteed ... but please email me for details.

I am the EXCLUSIVE eBay seller of this item!

I have sold nearly 500 of these over the last year!

* Item may vary slightly in appearance, but warranted for advertised functionality

I also warrant this to work with the Playstation 2 and Tivo! (you MUST mention that you need this function when ordering)

* Let me know if this adapter helps you or if you need any assistance!

* Currently I am experiencing issues with 10.4.10 - I hope to have an updated driver by Sept 15, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

First free, open, GUI iPhone unlock software tested: it works!

But just remember - Apple has stated that it will most likely break the access in an upcoming software update.

read more | digg story

Unlocking your iPhone?



Well ... it finally came true ... in less than 3 months several sources have come out (some paid, some free) to unlock your iPhone to use on any carrier such as T-Mobile or SunCom.

A few notes for the wiser Mac users among us:

* Even though Apple has officially stated that it is neutral concerning hacks and third party applications for the iPhone ... don't take this as an endorsement. In fact take this as a "we don't like it, but we're not going to prohibit you from having fun until the next software update" kind of statement.

* You would be foolish to pay the iPhoneSIMFree's $100 to get your iPhone unlocked for several reasons. 1) They offer no warranty that it won't cause abnormal behavior on your iPhone 2) They make no warranty that the "hack" will continue to function after the next software update 3) They will NOT provide a refund of ANY kind

* Know that if you activate the iPhone on a network other than AT&T you are cheating Apple out of revenue - supposedly Apple is receiving a percentage of the monthly contract revenue. This may not concern you because you may think you are "sticking it to the man" - well you also make it more difficult for Apple to make partnerships with the jerks in suits at large mega corporations that own and distribute media and technology. (Think MPAA/RIAA)

* Apple will most likely release a MAJOR software update soon that will add new functionality to the iPhone - a feature that will have the entire internet buzzing for weeks. I am in the know of a cool new application for bluetooth with the iPhone that will amaze everyone and sell iPhones like crazy - even more so than the $200 price drop.

* With everything said ... know that unlocking your iPhone is NOT illegal in ANY WAY whatsoever. As an end user of these hacks YOU are not reverse engineering anything and YOU are not breaking ANY law. See this article that explains your rights in detail.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

iPhone's 1 million in 74 days not good?

Dan Frommer from Silicon Alley Insider:

Jobs has announced plans to sell 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008 — a year and a half after launch. But a million iPhones in 74 days works out to a little less than 5 million iPhones per year — if you’re selling them at a consistent rate.


Daring Fireball's John Gruber posits:

Pointing out that iPhones aren’t yet selling at a pace to reach 10 million by the end of 2008 is like pointing out that a car that just pulled out of a parking spot isn’t yet going 65 MPH. Sales curves bend.


According to recent stats, Apple outsold all other smartphones in the month of July. Gruber also points out that Apple will continue to lower the price. One thing I know is that eventually Apple will also accept a subsidy from AT&T. It's best to get as much money now as possible. Besides ... the iPhone hasn't been released internationally yet where I think it will be an even bigger hit than in the US!

Carl Howe of Blackfriars Marketing:

Everyone is focusing on estimates of about 700,000 iphones sold over 74 days. But in reality, iPhones were very hard to find for nearly 21 days of that selling period! I’ve included a (admittedly very rough) movie showing iPhone availability at Apple stores during the first month of sales. Suffice it to say that if you wanted an iPhone during the period between July 1 and July 21, you had to be either lucky or determined to get one, because most Apple stores were out of stock of them.


* Credit to Daring Fireball for Carl Howe quote

Monday, September 10, 2007

Apple considering it's own wireless network?

As reported by MacRumors:

[Apple may be interested in] the implications of joining the FCC Wireless auction to be held on January 16th, 2008 for rights to use the spectrum that analog TV broadcasters are handing back to the government in 2009, given their mandated move to digital television.
....

Signals at the 700Mhz spectrum, for example, could provide far faster Internet access than today's cellular or even Wi-Fi networks, and the signals can easily pass through buildings and work glitch-free, even in lousy weather.


... while Apple could easily afford participating in the auction [with 14 Billion in cash reserves], the logistics of running a "low-margin .... massive-scale network" could prove to be detrimental to Apple.

...

Winning its own piece of the spectrum, however, would provide Apple with the ability to offer its own wireless network service to devices such as the iPhone.


[ A BusinessWeek article delves into] possible implications of such a purchase, but feels it is unlikely Apple will participate.

Google has been expected to make a bid on the wireless auction.

Why would Apple participate in this and not just assist Google as an investment partner? Google seems very interested in this idea of wireless FREE broadband to the masses.

I think it's almost a given that it will be a bid between Microsoft/Verizon/Google ... I think Apple would be wise to stay out and just partner up with Google - the CEO of Google is on Apple's board and Apple and Google have several partnerships already - I think it seems natural.

Quote for the day

Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée:

“As the monkey climbs the tree, more people can see his bottom.”

Sunday, September 09, 2007

How To Make Apple Jelly

Here's a great tutorial on how to make your own home-made apple jelly. Apple jelly is GREAT on saltine crackers as a snack. I also like it on Triscuits. It's different type of taste from your standard fair of jellies. It has a more filling taste - rather than some of the high sugar jellies like strawberry or grape. A peanut butter and apple jelly sandwich is also good to try.

How To Make Apple Jelly

Whenever I go to Atlanta Bread I get a slice of toasted pumpernickel bread,put some butter on it and spread apple jelly on it. MMMMM .... good on a cold morning!

* I edited and added to this wiki [linked above] as Anonymous

Friday, September 07, 2007

Automated Attack Currently Being Made On millions Of eBay Accounts

The attack, which is one of the first of its kind to employ extremely complex, multi-stage attack methods, performs a distributed and covert brute force attack on eBay accounts in an effort to obtain personal information and/or items sold/purchased via the eBay site.

Great comment associated with this DIGG:
by cGt2099
Great account - will hack again! A+++++

read more | digg story

Free Custom Ringtones On The iPhone

iTunes 7.4 disabled custom ringtones on the iPhone ... but a clever MacRumors forum named aptly CleverBoy figured out how to make custom ringtones for free.


Check out the forum post here:

Enable Custom Ringtones On The iPhone


See ... I told you that you shoulda waited to buy iToner. John Gruber promoted it [To buy iToner] ... maybe he's interested in giving everyone that bought because of his advice a refund.

[UPDATE] Engadget posts the workaround for the iTunes 7.4.1 update ... here

USB To Ethernet Adapter For Macs




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What the studios don't get ...

As reported by MacRumors:

According to three people familiar with the proposal, Apple has told networks and studios that it would like to slash the cost of most TV episodes sold via iTunes from the current $1.99 to just 99¢ -- the same as what Apple charges for most music singles.

Apple argues that the studios would end up making more money with an increase in volume of sales, but the studios haven't been convinced. One concern raised is that potential impact these prices would have on DVD sales which have traditionally been an important source of revenue for the studios.
Case in point: NBC Universal just released "Heroes" on DVD, with most retail outlets charging about $40 for the set of 23 episodes. If Apple had its way, the same set of episodes would cost less than $23, potentially making the DVD -- despite its myriad bonus features -- less appealing to consumers.

According to insiders, while skeptical of the plan, the studios have not rejected it outright, and acknowledge that "library titles" of older content may make more sense at the lower price. Historically, however, Apple has been insistent on consistent pricing across the board.


Why don't they get that it doesn't cost the studios ANYTHING to sell on iTunes! NOTHING .... NADA! It's all profit! No DVD costs, no box printing costs, no bandwidth for the downloads ... NOTHING! That is the difference in price! I can almost assure you that all that fancy packaging and all those bonus features cost a lot to produce and to distribute.

Besides ... I'm too lazy to get up and go buy a DVD. I'll either Neflix it, stumble upon it, be gifted it, or download it.

Can't Touch This



As reported by ENgadget:

Remember [the lawsuit] between Apple and Cisco over the "iPhone" trademark? ... [Now it's a large] Taiwan-national with Microsoft in its pocket: HTC, and their HTC Touch [versus] Apple, and their iPod touch.

Peter Chou, CEO & president of HTC, [reminded] the press that HTC has registered "Touch" as a worldwide trademark and is "proud to share the same vision as Apple over touch screen functions." While he wouldn't comment on whether HTC would take legal action against Apple, HTC's Marketing Manager Ching-hung Wang was happy to talk around the issue by noting Apple's and Cisco's ability to "reach a mutually satisfactory agreement" before, while footnoting the need for "further observation" around the "Touch" trademark rights question. Translated: Hey Apple, we think HTC is waiting for your call. Maybe you should make it a party line too so that Creative can bring their Zen Touch?


I'd find it hard to speak to anyone named Chin Hung Wang and not think of Men In Black II and the Ballchinian.



I doubt HTC will make much of a deal about this because it appears as if they ripped off a few "interface elements" of the iPhone.

...

A letter to those that complained about the complainers ...

I posted this to The Small Wave blog:

I'd like to offer something back ... if you complained about the people feeling ripped off, then YOU shouldn't apply for the refund yourself.


Dear "Apple does everything right/Apple was justified to be disloyal to early adopetrs of the iPhone"

You don't deserve the $100 rebate/refund because you think Apple was 100% in the right about the price drop. Please help save Apple shareholders some of the burden of this refund. DO NOT APPLY FOR IT! You had NO IDEA that Apple would offer this refund!

I take a lot of responsibility for helping to get this done. My "higher up" contacts at Apple said that Steve Jobs responded DIRECTLY to them concerning my email to them.

... I'm going to have to address this.

If you do accept this refund, make sure that you thank ME for sticking to my guns about this.

I rarely critique Apple here. In this case ... I'm glad I did.

Philip Smith
www.fixyourthinking.com

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Steve Does Us Right

I sincerely appreciate Apple making this decision:

Open Letter To iPhone Buyers From Steve Jobs


...even though we are making the right decision to lower the price of iPhone, and even though the technology road is bumpy, we need to do a better job taking care of our early iPhone customers as we aggressively go after new ones with a lower price. Our early customers trusted us, and we must live up to that trust with our actions in moments like these.

Therefore, we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on Apple's website next week. Stay tuned.

We want to do the right thing for our valued iPhone customers. We apologize for disappointing some of you, and we are doing our best to live up to your high expectations of Apple.


I forwarded my blog post [below] to the email address which I think is Steve Jobs and to two "higher ups" I know.

What happens when you mod your iPhone ...


This happened when an iPhone modder installed some of the recent hacks ... it caused the processor to overheat!

I'm not upset as a buyer, but as a shareholder


I just wanted to say something quick and simple about the iPod announcements yesterday.

First, I think Apple could have done a better job with the design of the "iPod Touch" - it's an iPhone without the cellphone. I think that's A HUGE MISTAKE. They should just give the iPhone an easy non activatable option ... then I'm sure a few people would actually decide, once bought, to get cell phone service.

Second, I love the iPod Classic's storage capacity of 160GB. The iPod makes a great battery powered backup drive. I might consider getting one of these.

Third, the Nano" Fatty" is ugly and no longer a Nano - they shoulda just come up with a new name. Nano "Crunk Edition" (just kidding)

Fourth ... look ... I realize technology gets better and prices go down ... but a $200 price drop in 68 days is too extreme. $100 I could have understood.

That's not just a $200 price drop ... it's a $212 price drop if you add in tax (even more if your state has a higher tax rate than mine). I'm going to investigate my credit card's price protection plan ... I think it covers 90 days. Apple's price protection covers 14 days ... so if you bought your iPhone in the last 14 days ... make sure you call 1-800-SOS-APPL immediately to get your credit. Apple doesn't automatically credit this "price protection".

John Gruber had an interesting point that I I suppose I agree with ...

(And for those of you who’ve already bought one and are pissed about the price cut, if you didn’t think the iPhone was worth $599, you shouldn’t have bought it. That’s how supply and demand works.)


I do expect Apple to treat me like a loyal Apple customer who waits in lines and follows their every move with my breath held, while avoiding obsessive fanaticism ... rather than like an oil company who could care less about it's customers and knows that they can charge whatever they want to and the customers will still buy.

He also mentioned this:

I wonder about the 30-day refund period, though — the $200 cut is far more than the restocking fee.

... one DF reader who bought an iPhone in early August reports that he called Apple and they offered him a $100 refund. Anyone else corroborate this?


I sold my digital camera, my cell phone(s), and my GPS so I could afford my iPhone. I could have kept my GPS (which I kinda miss) had the price for my phone been $448 after taxes and activation rather than $683 after taxes and activation.

I maybe could have understood this price drop closer to Christmas, but I think the drop so soon after introduction was a slap in the face; making some feel like losers for waiting in line for hours and going through the "kinks period" and two software updates.

I'm also slightly upset as a shareholder. While I own a miniscule amount of Apple stock - I'm slightly perturbed by this business decision. I would like Apple to make as much money as the market is willing to bear ... I say that is only $100 in a price drop ... not $200! Plus the speculation (however false that speculation may be) is that Apple is not selling iPhones well, hence the price drop. I doubt there would have been this chatter had Apple dropped the price $50 or even $100.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

USB To Ethernet Adapter For Macs





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I personally use this adapter on my MacBook so I don't have to plug in my ethernet cable ... I just use a USB hub with two of these adapters so one can be hooked to the internet and one cable can be hooked to a network printer. I don't have to worry about IP addresses or the constant plugging and unplugging ruining my laptop's broadband connection. The USB also stands an intermediary for surges from the network as well.

I am the only one to offer this adapter for OS 9 (Classic) * PLEASE email me for details

This is for your surged ethernet/broadband port on your Apple computer

USB 2.0 ... backwards compatible with USB 1.1

Another great use is for network printers and NAS storage - have this plugged into a free USB port while accessing your network or broadband connection on your Ethernet port.

Your ethernet port does not have to be bad to use this adapter.

Get this in case of an emergency!

Comes complete with drivers in pack with manual/instructions

This adapter ONLY works with OS 9.2.2 with all updates applied OR Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) or Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) and All versions of Windows that support USB

Note: this adapter does not work with OS 8.6 - 9.2.1 or 10 or 10.1 or 10.2

Best compatibility and guaranteed to work with Panther, Tiger, and Windows 2000, Windows Millenium, and Windows XP ... all other operating systems are not guaranteed ... but please email me for details.

I am the EXCLUSIVE eBay seller of this item!

I have sold nearly 500 of these over the last year!

* Item may vary slightly in appearance, but warranted for advertised functionality

I also warrant this to work with the Playstation 2 and Tivo! (you MUST mention that you need this function when ordering)

* Let me know if this adapter helps you or if you need any assistance!

* Currently I am experiencing issues with 10.4.10 - I hope to have an updated driver by Sept 15, 2007
I added a new widget to the right today ... pretty cool ... it indicates where readers are from that are reading this website RIGHT NOW.

The iPhone: Saved me time vs. lost time


My iPhone has undoubtedly saved me many hours of time in the few months I've had it.

Well ... in the past two months since I've had the iPhone I must've given over 100 quick demonstrations. One area my demos have lacked is the CoverFlow feature in the "iPod/iTunes" part of my iPhone.

CoverFlow is a visual way of scrolling through music - by album art work.

I really like it but because most my songs were ripped and downloaded long before iTunes even came out, I'm missing over 80% of my album art work. With 1800 songs going onto my iPod ... there's a lot of blanks to flip through and the CoverFlow demo isn't nearly as impressive.

I also have a lot of cartoon and tv theme song music ... plus quotes from my favorite movies. I have to find these images in Google images and then add them one by one.

On the eve of new iPods ... I thought I would dedicate 30 minutes a day to start placing the album art work in iTunes and syncing it to my iPhone for more fluid demos of CoverFlow and for my own psyche - it just looks better.

CoverFlow is the future of iTunes and iPods ... so I think I should be proactive and start now, at my current pace it will take right at a month to get all the album artwork.

Is it the phone guys that know how to do phones or is it the Apple guys?

Palm cancels the Foleo - a doomed project from day one:

Palm Kills The Foleo via Engadget

Just a few months back, Ed Colligan, CEO of Palm had this to say about Palm's expertise vs Apple's:

“We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone,” he said. “PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”


Ed ...PDA and Phone guys are not just going to figure out how to do laptops. They're not going to just walk in.

The Foleo is essentially a UMPC - another dead project for small laptops that no PC manufacturer seems to be able to get off the ground.

Meanwhile ... reports indicate Apple sold the most smartphone cellphones by model of any smartphone during the month of July (1.8%) ... beating Palm handily.

Monkey See, Monkey Do: How Corporate Policy Begins ...

I read a great analogy on an eBay blog this morning that I thought I would share. I believe the blogger is trying to relate how eBay is changing it's policies so rapidly that no buyer or seller knows why the rules are in place or understands them.

Monkey See, Monkey Do...

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.

Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana. Why not? Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been done around here.

And that, my friends, is how a company policy begins.


* IF I can find the original source for this analogy I would love to give credit

Sunday, September 02, 2007

A prediction of mine from way back when ...

As I was going through the archives ... I noticed this post of mine giving my thoughts on some rumors from Friday Dec 17, 2004:

• Apple iPhone ( high probability - I have been made aware by my own sources in Moto[rola] that this HAS been "on the table" for some time - I also think THIS is the reason Apple is partnering with flash media [suppliers] )


I saw a prototype iPhone in August of last year (2006). On the back of the phone was the name "iPhone" - I think I am one of the only sources that maintained, even though Cisco was suing for the name, that the Apple cell phone would indeed be called "iPhone".

However, the prototype I saw looked like this, but was black:


* Photo courtesy of slashphone


I live in Greenville, South Carolina in the United States - this area has the highest cell phone penetration in the country per capita. It was logical for a "test phone" to be here. While this is completely unrelated (I think) - a high ranking iPhone executive is from my area.

Now that everything has been released, I feel a bit more comfortable releasing some details that I knew before the launch of the iPhone:

1) I knew 100% of it's existence in November of 2004 and that several designs had been submitted to various manufacturers - including Motorola. However, I also knew of a deteriorating Apple / Motorola relationship with one executive revealing to me that "Apple may go with IBM entirely for PowerPC production and end all Motorola partnerships". I was told that the RAZR & SLVR were actually designed to be the ROKR and that the ROKR was released ON PURPOSE so as not to steal iPod sales. I was also told that the whole naming campaign at Motorola for the RAZR, ROKR, SLVR, KRZR was actually designed as a "four letter competition for name coolness" like the iPod has. That strikes me as quite interesting that companies even try to compete with Apple for the naming of their products.

2) I knew of a small conspiracy that would involve Apple test marketing an iTunes phone under the "ROKR" branding from Motorola. It was to gauge interest in iTunes integrated with a cellphone, not sell phones. It was also to gauge interest in iTunes integration with NON-APPLE devices.

3) By August 2006, I had seen 2 prototypes ... one from a local cell phone provider executive (NOT AT&T) and one from a very large Internet Service Provider executive. (Neither of these phones were theirs, nor were they beta testing them, they had just obtained possesion of them for a few days) Neither of these prototypes looked like the final product. One even had a physical keypad/keyboard - both had a trackpad or "trackpad area" that integrated the multi touch interface - the screen itself of the prototypes did not have any multitouch capability. The 1st prototype had a keyboard appear on the screen and you "navi-scrolled" to the appropriate key and tapped. The 2nd prototype had the ability to "air guitar numbers" - meaning you could dial a number by forming the numbers on the trackpad area. (I'm not 100% sure that either of these prototypes actually had a working GSM/GPRS radio in them ... I will say that the person that had them wasn't even on the GSM/SIM CARD type of network.)

4) In November of 2006, I had contact with 2 of the large iPod accessories manufacturers where they tried to "pump me for information" regarding the iPhone. At this point I knew what I had seen was so top secret that not even two of Apple's biggest partners had seen what I had seen. I also knew that a product launch was imminent. My insistence that the phone would be called "iPhone" actually helped Apple ... because my maintaining that it would be called "iPhone" actually made people skeptical that I knew anything about the phone at all.

5) The third prototype I saw in November 2006 was completely black with no touchpad, it was slimmer than the current iPhone and had a separate "touch area" - but looked a lot like the final product. The prototype also had a plastic screen, but had a piece of "protector material" over the face of the phone.

6) I took a job with AT&T to get as much insider knowledge and as much pre- release information about the phone as I could after I saw it at MacWorld Expo 2007 in January. That didn't prove to be very fruitful for me in my quest for knowledge because apparently even AT&T was left FAR OUTSIDE the loop for this device in order to maintain security. If you will look back ... just about everything that came out between January 10 and June 29 2007 that was shared with AT&T/Cingular came out on the internet. This is very telling of the reasons Apple chose to keep AT&T out of the loop.

I do believe that Kevin Rose, founder of DIGG did see an iPhone - his predictions were almost spot on (with the prototypes I saw). As you can see (above) Slashphone had caught an early glimpse of advertising campaigns that were being considered for the iPhone.

Apple really should give me kudos for keeping all that I found out about this phone under wraps as well as I did. I could have published pictures of these prototypes and I could have definitely made a LOT OF MONEY selling and spreading my knowledge about the iPhone. Alas ... this site isn't about my fame or my fortune ... I just enjoy writing ... I would never publish anything here at the expense of another business nor would I post anything sensational just to get hits.

I have to admit ... since the beginning of 2005 I was OBSESSED with this phone ... I wanted to be one of the first to have it. My cell phone is my most important tool in my life. I've owned just about every high end phone ever made and none have come close to the integration and ease of using the iPhone - I knew it would be that way before I even owned one.

My interest in this phone also gave me insight into just how much rumor sites just make up what they post and rely on completely unreliable sources. With a few key contacts and a matter of "forced coincidence" I was able to find out for sure if Apple was indeed releasing a cellphone and if it would indeed be as revolutionary as the Apple ][ and the Macintosh.