Whilst sitting at home the other day my good lady decided that she waned to play around with my iPhone, something she really has had zero interest in since I got it back in July 08.  I was pleasantly surprised when she actually told me that she thought it was cool and easy to use.  

This got me thinking how much mobiles have come along since my first analogue OKI handset that I had way back in the Early 90’s on Vodafone in the UK.

So I thought I would just write a quick post which lists them, so here goes.

1. OKI handset unsure of model but it looked like this one below, 

Oki

2. Motorola MR1

My first digital handset, could even receive txt messages, but not send them.

Motorola MR1

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Ok so I thought I would write a small review of Twitterrific on the iPhone 3G.  Its  a great application that allows you to read and write “tweets” for Twitter, a micro blogging social network site that has taken off in a big way.

First of all you will need to sign up for Twitter, an easy and simple process that will, in the end give you a twitter user name and address such as twitter.com/durx which is mine.  You then start typing tweets, basically short bits of txt limited to 140 characters , very similiar I guess to an SMS message.  Anyone can read these tweets in the public timeline, or if you have friends that are using the service they can “follow” you meaning that everytime you post a tweet it will appear on there friend feed, a list of tweets from everyone that they know on the site.
Sounds boring but its highly addictive and great fun.
Ok so thats twitter out of the way, perfect when your at home or work.  However twitter works best when your out and about, when funny or weird things happen to you.  Twitterriffic allows you to post your tweets from your iPhone.  You can also post pictures directly from your iPhone camera or photo album.
You will have full access to your replies and direct messages as well.  Direct messages are pretty straight forward, same as emails I guess only you can see them, great for sending something private that you do not want to share with the rest of your friends or followers.  Replies are a way of communicating something directed at an individual, but everyone else can also see it.  You can direct a reply at a follower by using the @ symbol, so for example you could direct something at me by entering the following…. @durx what you upto …… then I would know someone is asking me a question.
I find twitterrific a great way to relieve the boredom if I am catching the train or want to get  a message to someone when a call or SMS is not really worth doing.  When you post a picture to the service on the go, the program will upload and shorten the url automatically for you allowing you to simply type your message with no real knowledge of how it all works.
Below is a screen shot from the service taken today.  If you want the application for your iPhone download it directly from the iTunes App Store today, the free version is obviously free, it has small ads every now and again which don’t really get in the way.  If you like and use the application regularly then you should consider paying the $12.99 for the full version where the ads are removed.

3g iPhone unlocked

July 24, 2008

3g iPhone unlocked at last read all about it…

Well is this real or another rip off from the Dev Team early release.. who knows … time will tell

User linux_insidev2 over at mactalk.com.au has come up with a guide to how he has 2.0 working on his 1st Gen iPhone.

Here is a link to the original and a copy for you.

Vodafone/iPhone Petition

July 10, 2008

With all the bad feeling around iPhone fever I felt it right to get some people to express their disappointment for Vodafone and tell them how they have taken the excitement out of this whole experience, which should have been a happy time for all.

Vodafone and Iphone Petition

To: Vodafone Au PTY LTD

We would like to draw your attention to the handling of the release and presale information reguarding the Iphone Launch here in Australia. The Iphone is due to release on the 11th July 2008, the plans have been made public less than 24hours before this date.

There is also no definite news as to when some of the plans will be made available. As a result of this I fear that the mistakes you have made in the handling of this situation will mean that you will lose a huge amount of business and good faith.

We recommend that in future you spend more time on creating value in YOUR product, rather than relying on the good name and reputation of Apple to sell your product.

Many of us who have been or were seriously thinking of becoming customers will now be moving to an alternative provider, mainly due to the secrecy and lack of public information made available.

We would truly appreciate if your office takes these issues in consideration and implements appropriate policies so that such a problem does not occur in future

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

Iphone a follow up

July 10, 2008

Following on from yesterdays iPhone post I have no come up with some conclusions, I will be getting a 16gb 1st gen iPhone. The reasons for this are the same as most that are not bothering to take the jump to 3G.

  • I am usually near a wi-fi connection, always during business hours and at home.
  • The extra cost outweighs the benefits at this stage.
  • My 3 contract is up and I do not want another contract as I am heading for a 3 month holiday to India in Sept.
  • Plus I hardly use the phone to communicate its usually through email or twitter

I have started the preparation for collection of the new phone by sorting out my contacts, emailing most people my new me.com email address and downloading the latest Pwnage tool.

Good luck to everyone who gets a 3g iPhone, it looks like a great bit of kit, but I’m gonna pass on it at this time. If i get a good rebate from the tax man and a 32gb iPhone is released that’s another story