I'm happy to report that the film was die-cut very precisely and fit around the various ports and buttons on the iPhone perfectly. The entire process took about 20 minutes (I was trying really hard to be slow and deliberate) and the results are simply extraordinary. The iPhone is now encased in a virtually scratch-proof plastic skin that is crystal clear. As an added bonus, the BodyGuardz material offers better surface adhesion that makes holding the iPhone feel a lot more secure than the slippery finish of the device itself.
James Farrar focuses on the business balance between financial performance and social-environmental impact.
Well I seem to have hit a nerve (or struck a chord at least) with a lot of people with my recent post about the decidedly mixed reaction to Vista. It's the most heavily trafficked and commented post I've made here at ZDNet and reading through the comment thread reveals a few interesting topics of conversation. Aside from the ever-present Linux (or Mac OS) vs. Windows comments that are a staple of any contentious thread here in ZDNet-land, the actual issue I hoped to address – productivity – was well covered along with the historical perspective suggested by more than a few commenters that things were not so different when Windows XP (or Windows 2000) were first released.
I just performed the iPhone Update (to version 1.01) and it went without a hitch. There appear to be numerous small improvements but nothing to get too terribly excited about. Overall performance is just fine (WiFi feels a bit snappier, EDGE about the same) and the only thing I needed to reset was the password on my WiFi connection. Others who have hacked their iPhone are reporting that a full restore needs to be performed and mail accounts and other settings reset. More information is available from the TUAW team who are "live blogging" the update. An updated iPhone manual is also available from the Apple web site (link is in the updater startup screen).
There's so much information available that I often come across stuff I find terrificly interesting but difficult to find time to cover. Other items are orthogonal to the topics I focus on here but still of interest to me and, potentially, to you too. So I've set up a link blog using Google Reader's sharing feature. If you're interested, here's the link.
I've been working with Ismael Ghalimi, Oliver Starr, and Brian Solis on developing a Mobility and Productivity track for the upcoming Office 2.0 Conference. We're still in the early planning stages in terms of content for that track but Ismael made a bombshell announcement yesterday that is tremendously exciting. Every paid attendee (as well as speakers and sponsors) will receive an iPhone as part of their registration!
I've been on a bit of a blog and RSS hiatus the past couple of days and have been working my way through tales of destruction and distress (the 365 outage, not Lindsay Lohan's latest episode), news, and views. In my reading, there's a recurring theme that beats louder all the time. People are just not loving Vista.
Here's a great idea for iPhone users starved for offline content. Filemarks, a free droplet utility developed by Jamie Wilkinson, builds a bookmark you can sync to your iPhone (via Safari 3 on your Mac or Windows PC) that can contain hi-res images, PDFs, or other data. It's a free download and seems to work really well. A brief description of the utility from the Insanely Great News web site (co-authors of the droplet and makers of some fine t-shirts) reads...
I tend to get a little skeptical when I read stuff like this but according to Lightspeed Research who conducted a survey days after the release of the iPhone, just about one third of the nearly 40,000 people surveyed plan to buy one and 90% of them had heard about the iPhone. That's a stunning accomplishment no matter how you slice it.
I've been using a new Jabra BT5020 Bluetooth headset for the past few days and despite the short period of time I've had to use this device I am already a huge fan. Jabra claims ten hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby time and, while I'm unable to as yet verify the latter, I can attest to the fact that former number is no exaggeration. I've been able to use the device for four days (about eight and a half hours of talking so far) and it still has juice to spare!
I'm a sucker for these bundle promotions. I admit it. Last year's MacHeist bundle got me and so did the current (and about to end) MacUpdate promotion. This one's quite a nice deal if you're looking for an ecelectic but very useful collection of Mac applications and utilities at a significant discount. The bundle includes...
USA Today's Ed Baig posted a story yesterday reporting on the results of a survey of 1000 new iPhone owners. The numbers are a product manager's (or iCEO's) dream come true. 90% of 200 owners said they were "extremely" or "very" satisfied with their phone. And 85% said they are "extremely" or "very" likely to recommend the device to others.
So Jon Corzine, governor of New Jersey, has announced he's swearing off e-mail. Not going to use it. At all. It hasn't been a very good year for Corzine who was critically injured in an accident earlier this year while racing to intervene in the Imus crisis drama soap opera because he wasn't wearing a seat belt. Sad to say, declaring himself e-mail free (in response to a lawsuit from state Republicans – Corzine is a Democrat) feels a lot like buckling up immediately after the crash.
OK – brief rant here. Why is it that when I'm using a USB memory stick, Vista is apparently incredibly stupid about removing the device when I'm finished working with it? First, the OS refuses to allow me to safely remove the stick if a window is open. How dumb is that? Second, even after dutifully closing all windows, files, applications, etc. and clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware button in the tray, Vista leaves the dialog box informing me that I may now safely remove the hardware open after I've removed the stick. Seemingly forever. Until I dismiss it manually. XP was smarter than this. So I ask again: Is Vista stupid or is it me?
Flock, the "social browser" built on the Mozilla platform, will release version 0.9 tomorrow morning.
BeeJive has just released an alpha of JiveTalk for iPhone – a web-based mutli-network IM client that allows you to chat on AIM, GTalk/Jabber, MSN, and Yahoo simultaneously. It works much better than Meebo and uses an iChat style bubble display.