Mashable is having a contest. They're asking for pictures of iPhones against interesting backdrops. This is hardly exotic, but hey, if someone wants a picture of my iPhone, who am I to say No?
The iCal glitch
I have 6 calendars I use regularly. We experimented with trying to synch a single calendar at a time. At first it didn't work, and Nathan speculated that maybe you can't synch more than one calendar at a time. That would be a pretty glaring error if it was so.
My "home" calendar wouldn't synch. It would start, and I'd get the error message. If I synched any other single calendar on its own, however, it worked. Doing that, however, made each new calendar completely replace the previous one. Obviously, that wouldn't do. Then we discovered I was able to synch all calendars at once except for the "home" calendar. Something is apparently corrupted in that calendar.
So I've just spent the last hour going back and re-categorizing my calendars back to January. I deleted the Home calendar. It now synchs beautifully and completely.
My opinion, after a rocky start
Overall, I love it, although my enthusiasm was seriously tempered because of my crappy initial experience. That'll wear off, though.
I woke up this morning to a working phone. Yay! First thing I did was synch, of course, which didn't work. I got this dialog box, even though the iPhone was still connected. I've had trouble using iTunes auto-synch with my iPod, so I synched everything manually. This worked fine, except for the calendar, for which I still get this error message.
Otherwise, it's beautiful, but I can't love it yet. I want it to be 100% working, dammit!
Note: this is a followup post to iPhone: I'm officially pissed off
Update: Latest post is iPhone: iCal glitch and why it took me 22 hours to set up my iPhone
I've had the iPhone for nearly 4 hours now, and can't do anything with it. I went to iTunes to activate it (had to do some updating, no big deal, but took a while) and everything seemed to be going fine. After the final activation OK I got a message saying it may take a while to activate - they'd be in touch.
What? Wasn't AT&T anticipating this?
I got an email an hour later saying:
Phone service is scheduled to be disconnected on your current phone at or after 8:29 PM EDT on June 30. Please check your email and be prepared to reconnect and activate your iPhone before that time. Please call 877-800-3701 if you'd like to make other arrangements.
I called, got a very nice woman who tried to be very helpful. She got my SSN, my driver's license number, all the usual personal info. Could she do anything? No. She did give me a new number to call, though. I called it, and was told to enter the number I'm trying to transfer to AT&T. It wasn't recognized. I tried again. Nada. So I had to call the original number again. Went through the same thing, gave all the info again, only to hear "yep, it's going to be 6-24 hours before you can activate."
I don't care about the number. Can I use the iPod? No. The Calendar? Datebook? Anything? No. No. No.
So here I sit. I got wrapped up in the hype, which was totally fun. I paid $200 to get a spot at the front of the line. And now I can't do a damn thing until sometime tomorrow. Maybe even tomorrow evening.
I am not happy. I've been forced to marry AT&T, and I already want out.
Apparently I can buy two iPhones. If you want one, let me know before 6pm. Looks like I'll be in the first group in the store :)
I surreptitiously shot some video of the line in Austin before the guards stopped me. I couldn't get much without causing another fuss about the "no pictures" law. I wonder what exactly they think they're "protecting" with this "law". They wouldn't even let the news in this morning. Wouldn't you think all of Apple's neighbor stores would be happy to have their storefronts plastered all over TV and the blogosphere?
I was able to convert the raw video from my Flip Video Camcorder to Quicktime just fine. Unfortunately, I don't know how to embed Quicktime movies into Typepad, so I thought I'd upload the video to YouTube, then grab the embed code from there. No luck uploading to YouTube, though, and I don't know if it's me or them, but the whole site seems to be crawling along. This is the first time I'm uploading a video there, though, and I'm not entirely sure what to expect.
Wow, I so found the right person to wait in line :) Patrick is great - he scoped things out last night, talked to security guards, talked to Apple folks, got as much info as he could, and kept in contact with me all along. I found a line-waiter with a great work ethic! Ultimately Barton Creek Mall didn't allow any camping, so he got in line early this morning. Here we are, number 15 in line, doing part one of our business transaction.
I'm trying to get a picture, but there are security guards around saying there's a mall law that disallows pictures, and he's being a real asshole about it. I've got some video, and I've got my iSight camera, so I'll manage, but I've asked for proof of the "law". That seems to have done the trick - we got "special permission" to take a picture. Sheesh!
OK, this picture serves as proof that I owe Patrick another $100.
I vacillated. First I figured I'd pay someone to stand in the iPhone line for me. Then I had this brilliant idea for a headline: "I'll buy you an iPhone. Really." I thought I'd get some serious traffic with a headline like that. I had it all figured out, though. This would be the post:
I'll buy you an iPhone. Really.
All you have to do is wait in line for me at either store in Austin, TX, with an end result of me getting the beefiest iPhone available.
What I expect:
What I’ll provide:
So leave a comment, and tell me why you should be the one to do my bidding :)
Needless to say, I didn't post this. As it turns out, I'm not willing to spend $500 extra for an iPhone on day 1, and traffic for the sake of traffic isn't particularly appealing either. I started thinking again about standing in line myself. I have my flip video, a camera, a laptop with broadband wireless... I could liveblog while in line.
Then, of course, I thought about being in line in the sun. Or the rain. Yeah, not my style. So I hopped on Craigslist and found Patrick, who's willing to stand in line overnight for $200. I'll be meeting him at the south store this evening.
It's pouring out. I sure hope he's got a tent.
Update: as of 6pm Thursday, 24 hrs before the launch, there's no line at the south store in Austin. Patrick is already scoping things out. There is question as to whether camping is allowed. Regardless, looks like I'll have a sweet spot in line. Thanks Patrick!
I haven't been able to find a solution to this anywhere... will I be able to synch my iPhone with 2 instances of iTunes? I have all my music on my iMac, but videos and podcasts on my MacBook Pro. I know with my iPod I'm not allowed to do this. I suppose there's no reason to think it'll be any different with the iPhone, but it sure would be nice. I have a large music library - it won't fit on my laptop hard drive. Anyone have any suggestions?
Camping out for the iPhone launch this Friday officially started Monday evening when Greg Packer staked his place in line in New York.
Well, now he's got his own blog cleverly named First in Line for iPhone. My friend Raven Zachary interviewed him for episode 7 of the Luck of Seven podcast series, an "open-source journey around the world documenting free culture, social innovators & global change." This is a different (and better) interview than the one on Gizmodo.
I'm glad the campers are already out. Makes me feel very sensible for merely considering a day-long wait :)
With Wiffiti, you have a screen. You can show that screen on the Wiffiti site, full screen on your computer, or embedded in any web page. You have a name - people text @name to your SMS address (a five-digit number) and their message gets broadcast to the screen. Several messages show at a time, floating around the screen, getting smaller as they age.
Try it here - send an SMS message to 25622. Start the message with @jules, then type your message. It'll show up right here :) This screen is live. [update: odd... publishing this post cut off a whole chunk of text after the embedded screen. More of the review & a bunch of screenshots showing usability problems are after the jump.][update 2: if you're looking at this post in a feed reader, you may not see the screen - click through to the actual blog to see it.]