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It is intended to be viewed in a newsreader or syndicated to another site. http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=8202e2d0-e5f8-44bd-82f8-221c772371f3 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,8202e2d0-e5f8-44bd-82f8-221c772371f3.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,8202e2d0-e5f8-44bd-82f8-221c772371f3.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=8202e2d0-e5f8-44bd-82f8-221c772371f3 1 Video: Three or Four Minutes to Using Windows 8 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,8202e2d0-e5f8-44bd-82f8-221c772371f3.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/CaZ5rrIanAA/VideoThreeOrFourMinutesToUsingWindows8.aspx Sun, 28 Oct 2012 22:17:46 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> Have you seen Windows 8 yet? It's pretty interesting and completely new. It's also quite different. My friend <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/">Scott Hanselman</a> made a quick video showing you in less than 4 minutes how to get started using Windows 8. Pretty good quick-starter! </p> <p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wi8NpwiEuzc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> </iframe> </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=CaZ5rrIanAA:TfXRJ_sCsjg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=CaZ5rrIanAA:TfXRJ_sCsjg:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=CaZ5rrIanAA:TfXRJ_sCsjg:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=CaZ5rrIanAA:TfXRJ_sCsjg:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=CaZ5rrIanAA:TfXRJ_sCsjg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=CaZ5rrIanAA:TfXRJ_sCsjg:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=CaZ5rrIanAA:TfXRJ_sCsjg:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=CaZ5rrIanAA:TfXRJ_sCsjg:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/CaZ5rrIanAA" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,8202e2d0-e5f8-44bd-82f8-221c772371f3.aspx Tech Windows http://www.greghughes.net/rant/VideoThreeOrFourMinutesToUsingWindows8.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=bec31120-0c1c-4bdc-9723-28c158d45890 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,bec31120-0c1c-4bdc-9723-28c158d45890.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,bec31120-0c1c-4bdc-9723-28c158d45890.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=bec31120-0c1c-4bdc-9723-28c158d45890 1 Six years after artificial disc replacement surgery &ndash; Status update http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,bec31120-0c1c-4bdc-9723-28c158d45890.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/bkzJoRxXoLs/SixYearsAfterArtificialDiscReplacementSurgeryNdashStatusUpdate.aspx Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:46:34 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> In early 2006, after years of progressively worsening chronic pain due to a damaged lower back, I had surgery to remove the lumbar disc at the L5/S1 level of my lower spine. The failed disc was replaced with a new device – a three-piece metal joint called the Kineflex Lumbar Disc – which was under FDA study as an alternative to fusing the two bones together. </p> <p> <img style="margin: 11px 0px 10px 15px; display: inline; float: right" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/kineflex_2D1.jpg" width="158" height="188"></img>The artificial joint, which is made of a strong, durable cobalt chromium alloy (and should last longer than I do, I am told) maintains the natural movement of the back and that joint, where a fusion locks that joint up and grows the two bones together into one. In theory, the result is better overall since a fusion results in transferring the load and movement (and resulting wear and tear) to the adjacent joints.<br></p> <p> <strong>The stuff that didn’t work…</strong> </p> <p> This all came to pass after repeated attempts at less-invasive therapy and surgical procedures. From medication to physical therapy, then on to anti-inflammatory steroid injections (hot topic these days) and surgical procedure called a microdiscectomy, the pros tried many different approaches (and I suffered through even more pain and troubles) before we eventually settled on serious surgery. And even then it was still a tough decision. </p> <p> Looking back on it now, I really waited too long before pulling the trigger each step of the way. Too long to go to the doctor in the first place, too long to get the first steps of treatment, and too long to get to a spine orthopedic specialist. I was beyond miserable, barely able to get on my feet (and sometimes unable to get up off the floor). I was quite literally in constant pain, and my mind and body had compensated – as the brain tends to do – by tuning out all but the worst of it from conscious awareness. But pain is still pain, and the lack of sleep and physical consequences of always compensating for it were just too great and went on for too long. By the time I had the ADR surgery, it was well past time to do something. <br></p> <p> <strong>The surgery…</strong> </p> <p> <img style="margin: 0px 0px 10px 15px; display: inline; float: right" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/greg_2Dback0003a_thumb.jpg" width="265" height="347"></img>My doctor – Dr. Reginald Knight, who I hear now practices medicine somewhere on the east coast – Was awesome. I went up to Seattle and met with him. He evaluated me and determined surgery was the best remaining option in my case. He offered up the medical trial device as an option to fusion of the joint. In fact, it was a lottery-style program: I would either get the Kineflex device or another artificial disc, and I would not know which until after the surgery (since they were randomly and blindly assigned). </p> <p> It was a pretty heavy duty procedure, known as an anterior approach (good description <a href="http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/anterior-approach-spine-surgery" target="_blank">here</a>), which involved cutting me open below my belly button and moving all my guts and stuff out of the way in order to get access to my spine from the front. Then they cut the ligaments along the joint, removed the badly damaged disc (a shock-absorbing-like structure between the vertebrae) and replaced it with the artificial disc. That process consisted of cutting some slots in the bone, spreading the joint out, and sliding the new artificial joint in place. Then they sewed me back up. </p> <p> As I wrote about at the time, the first few days were pretty rough. But quickly I started to heal and within a few weeks I was getting better and better. Within an month and a half, I was travelling internationally and was well on the way to being “normal” again.<br></p> <p> <strong>Life after the surgery…</strong> </p> <p> I wrote about my status a year later, and commented on how much better things had become. Since that time, my back has only improved. I regularly ski and do anything I want. In fact, 99% of the time I forget I have the artificial disc at all. For a year or so after the surgery I would get some odd joint clunks and pops, but over time my body has adjusted and anymore it’s just part of me. Everything else seems to have aligned and adjusted. </p> <p> When doing heavy-impact sports, such as skiing on icy or very hard surfaces, the jarring motion on my back can cause some inflammation. I have to watch out for that. But it’s more of an aggravation than a problem. I just have to remember that there’s no more shock absorber there – It’s all hard metal now. Once a joint is damaged as badly as mine was, you’ll never be 100% better I think, but I am consistently 90-95% like new, and that’s something I’m grateful for.<br></p> <p> <strong>Common questions…</strong> </p> <p> There are a few things people ask me about regularly, so I’ll list those here with some answers. </p> <blockquote> <p> <strong>Q:  How do you deal with airports? Do you set off metal detectors or get into trouble on those new millimeter-wave scanners?</strong> </p> <p> <strong>A:</strong>  No problems at all. The metal is non-ferrous, so it doesn’t set off magnetic sensors, and the millimeter-wave scanners look at surface items, not into your body. So I’ve had no issues at all, not even once. And I fly commercially a lot. </p> <p> <strong>Q:  What restrictions did your doctor place on you, and for how long?</strong> </p> <p> <strong>A:</strong>  Now every patient will get specific instructions from his/her doc, but mine were clear: My doc told me that I had missed out on enough life, and that I needed to follow some common sense rules post-surgery about not bending over or lifting anything for a couple weeks (mostly aimed I think at making sure my incision healed without tearing), but within a few weeks he told me it was time to get out and do whatever I wanted. If it was uncomfortable, I’d know not to go there. But, he said, no restrictions (literally) and that was it. I took him at his word and went to Germany for work, where I climbed the 400+ stone steps to the Heidelberg castle and walked mikes and miles. </p> <p> <strong>Q:  Have you placed any restrictions on yourself?</strong> </p> <p> <strong>A:</strong>  Since the trip to Germany in 2006, I’ve done nothing but stay active with skiing, boating, jet skiing and a variety of other crazy, stupid activities. I did give up my motorcycle, however (the street bike, not the dirt bike hah – I still have that one!). I found that when I rode it I was focused on what could happen to my back if I was in a motorcycle accident. If that joint was damaged, fixing it would not be much of an option. I’d rather not take that chance and I found that the mental distraction was not exactly safe, either. So that’s the one thing I gave up. For now, anyhow. :) </p> <p> <strong>Q:  Are there dangers and side effect of the surgery?</strong> </p> <p> <strong>A:</strong>  All major surgery has risk. Anesthesia, bleeding problems – these are real any time someone goes under the knife. In particular this procedure has some risk related to blood vessel damage, since there are some key vessels to watch out for. In addition, there’s a risk of possible nerve damage that men especially should be aware of, since it can affect fertility and – well – let’s just call it “plumbing operations.” You can <a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=retrograde+ejaculation+spine+surgery" target="_blank">look it up</a> if you like. Sometimes the damage is self-correcting over time, other times it’s permanent. Don’t avoid talking about the possible issues there. While it’s rare and occurs in a very small percentage of cases, once a guy is affected he is 100% affected - and probability just isn’t relevant at that point.<br></p> </blockquote> <p> <strong>Past writings for people who are interested…</strong> </p> <p> For people who are looking for information, or for anyone who cares to read back in time stalker-style (hah), I documented my surgery experience and early recovery, plus my one year results, here on this site: </p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/OneYearAsABionicManHowKineflexGaveMeMyLifeBack.aspx">One year as a bionic man - how Kineflex gave me my life back</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PicturesOfMyBionicBackKineflexDisc.aspx">Pictures of my bionic back - Kineflex disc</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SevenWeeksAfterBecomingBionicMyBackIsBetterThanEver.aspx">Seven weeks after becoming bionic, my back is better than ever</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/WalkAHalfAMileInMyOwnShoes.aspx">Walk a half a mile in my own shoes...</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/LikeBeingHitByATruck.aspx">Like being hit by a truck</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SurgeryWednesdayImAboutToBecomeABionicBackRecipient.aspx">Surgery Wednesday - I'm about to become a bionic back recipient</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/GoingCrazyWannaRideAlong.aspx">Going crazy, wanna ride along?</a> </li> </ul> <p> I also documented the mess of different things the docs tried, but which failed – much of the stuff that led up to the major surgery: </p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/DecisionsDecisionsRightBackToTheBackSurgeons.aspx">Decisions, decisions: Right back to the back surgeons...</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/BackToTheBackDocs.aspx">Back to the back docs</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ALightAtTheEndOfThePainTunnel.aspx">A light at the end of the pain tunnel?</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/GoingUnderTheKnifeItsTime.aspx">Going under the knife - It's time</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/StickANeedleInMySpineReduxSurgicalDiscectomyItIs.aspx">Stick a needle in my spine redux - surgical discectomy it is</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/StickThreeNeedlesInMySpineAgain.aspx">Stick Three Needles in My Spine – Again</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/StickADifferentNeedleInMySpinePartUhhhThreeFour.aspx">Stick a different needle in my spine - Part (uhhh) three? four?</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/StickANeedleInMySpinePartTwo.aspx">Stick a needle in my spine, part two</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/StickANeedleInMySpine.aspx">Stick a needle in my spine</a> </li> </ul> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=bkzJoRxXoLs:FcdFlmYOouY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=bkzJoRxXoLs:FcdFlmYOouY:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=bkzJoRxXoLs:FcdFlmYOouY:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=bkzJoRxXoLs:FcdFlmYOouY:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=bkzJoRxXoLs:FcdFlmYOouY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=bkzJoRxXoLs:FcdFlmYOouY:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=bkzJoRxXoLs:FcdFlmYOouY:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=bkzJoRxXoLs:FcdFlmYOouY:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/bkzJoRxXoLs" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,bec31120-0c1c-4bdc-9723-28c158d45890.aspx Kineflex Artificial Disc Surgery Personal Stories http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SixYearsAfterArtificialDiscReplacementSurgeryNdashStatusUpdate.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=888eb255-6c64-47a0-b7a3-c14248b50abd http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,888eb255-6c64-47a0-b7a3-c14248b50abd.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,888eb255-6c64-47a0-b7a3-c14248b50abd.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=888eb255-6c64-47a0-b7a3-c14248b50abd LinkedIn, passwords, hashing, and re-using credentials http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,888eb255-6c64-47a0-b7a3-c14248b50abd.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/InKOwGp88dw/LinkedInPasswordsHashingAndReusingCredentials.aspx Thu, 07 Jun 2012 00:18:14 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> <i>A topic I always enjoy... I post this with the hope that you’ll be able to take something from it as a message to carry to others.</i> </p> <p> You may have heard that apparently <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/hacking/65-million-linkedin-passwords-reportedly-stolen-posted-online-194976" target="_blank">the LinkedIn password list consisting on 16.5 million passwords was stolen</a> and a table of hashed password values has been posted online. You may have received emails from concerned people you know, intended to let you know about the issue. And while it’s a good idea to change your password now, I wanted to take the opportunity to expand on the topic a bit. </p> <p> One message I consistently try to send is that it’s *<b>always</b>* a good idea to change your passwords regularly to protect against threats such as this and others. </p> <p> This specific case (as the info is exposed today) doesn’t represent an immediate broad threat for LinkedIn accounts, beyond the ability to potentially build a library of valid passwords sans usernames. But, there is enough information exposed to suggest a need to take reasonable action. In this case, the leaked info is a hashed (encrypted weakly but non-reversible) password list. The version of the list posted online contains only the hashed password values and not the associated user names or email addresses. However, the bad guys <em>could</em> possess that additional info, and just not be releasing it. Yet. We don’t know. </p> <p> “Hashed” means you cannot simply unencrypt the list and see the actual passwords. Instead you’d have to create your own list or library of possible passwords, create hashes for all of those, and then compare the resulting hashes to the stolen password hash list to find any matches. At that point, you’d know that you have a valid password for *<b>someone’s</b>* account on LinkedIn, but you would not know whose account the password it is associated with (since the login emails were not posted). But again, that account login/email info <em>might</em> be held by the bad guys who posted the hash list, there’s no way to tell for sure. </p> <p> If the bad guys also have the account names/email addresses, the real risk is that they would do a dictionary discovery “attack” against the hashed password list, correlate the resulting validated passwords to the respective email addresses (LinkedIn uses your email address as the login name) and then use those credentials to try to access LinkedIn -- as well as to attempt to access other sites/services where people might (and likely do) use the same login credentials. </p> <p> So, yes. Change your passwords, not only on LinkedIn but also on other sites where the same user name and password are used. But do it because it’s always been a good thing to do, not just when credential theft scares happen to come up. And also know that an actual readable list of Linkedin passwords and other login credentials have not been posted in the wild -- at least not yet. </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=InKOwGp88dw:QAYhHpxlH2g:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=InKOwGp88dw:QAYhHpxlH2g:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=InKOwGp88dw:QAYhHpxlH2g:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=InKOwGp88dw:QAYhHpxlH2g:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=InKOwGp88dw:QAYhHpxlH2g:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=InKOwGp88dw:QAYhHpxlH2g:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=InKOwGp88dw:QAYhHpxlH2g:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=InKOwGp88dw:QAYhHpxlH2g:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/InKOwGp88dw" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,888eb255-6c64-47a0-b7a3-c14248b50abd.aspx IT Security Safe Computing Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/LinkedInPasswordsHashingAndReusingCredentials.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=e72c7623-20d6-4e96-bb93-f0c582e50808 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,e72c7623-20d6-4e96-bb93-f0c582e50808.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,e72c7623-20d6-4e96-bb93-f0c582e50808.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=e72c7623-20d6-4e96-bb93-f0c582e50808 1 Google Apps for Business gets telephone support http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,e72c7623-20d6-4e96-bb93-f0c582e50808.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/ilOFnI5opBE/GoogleAppsForBusinessGetsTelephoneSupport.aspx Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:15:38 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> All I can say is thank goodness, finally… <a href="http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/11/24-x-7-phone-support-for-all-issues-and_14.html" target="_blank">Google has announced phone-based support</a> for its Google Apps for Business customers. Not that I need to ask for help too often (although I’ve wanted to a couple times, and the email assistance was quick enough to be useful one time), but when I do need help – I really *need* help. So, having a place to call, and a person to talk to until an issue is resolved is a good thing to have. If you’re paying for a service, you expect some form of support specific to your problem and your use of the service. So, great to see that Google is offering phone support now for people who pay for Google Apps. </p> <p> One former colleague of mine pointed out that this is a good thing “only if it’s good support.” To which I responded, “One thing at a time. No option for good support until there's someone to get it from. Baby steps. Although I'm sure it's "in beta" hahah.” I mean hey, this *is* Google! </p> <p> Information about accessing Google Support <a href="http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/static.py?hl=en&amp;page=contacting_support.html" target="_blank">can be found on the Enterprise Support page</a>. The new phone support options offered are: </p> <blockquote> <p> <em> <font color="#4f81bd">Business and Education editions, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day</font> </em> </p> <ul> <li> <em> <font color="#4f81bd">U.S. Technical Support: <strong>1-877-355-5787</strong></font> </em> </li> <li> <em> <font color="#4f81bd">International Technical Support: <strong>1-404-978-9282</strong></font> </em> </li> <li> <em> <font color="#4f81bd">For local international phone numbers, please visit the Support tab in your </font> </em> <a href="http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=182076"> <em> <font color="#4f81bd">control panel</font> </em> </a> <em> <font color="#4f81bd">.</font> </em> </li> </ul> <em> <font color="#4f81bd">Tip: Help us provide you with faster answers by </font> </em> <a href="http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/request.py?contact_type=cuf&amp;premium=1"> <em> <font color="#4f81bd">creating a case</font> </em> </a> <em> <font color="#4f81bd"> before you call, and have your </font> </em> <a href="http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=60233"> <em> <font color="#4f81bd">Customer PIN</font> </em> </a> <em> <font color="#4f81bd"> and case number handy.</font> </em> </blockquote> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=ilOFnI5opBE:2pHG9tHtLW4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=ilOFnI5opBE:2pHG9tHtLW4:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=ilOFnI5opBE:2pHG9tHtLW4:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=ilOFnI5opBE:2pHG9tHtLW4:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=ilOFnI5opBE:2pHG9tHtLW4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=ilOFnI5opBE:2pHG9tHtLW4:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=ilOFnI5opBE:2pHG9tHtLW4:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=ilOFnI5opBE:2pHG9tHtLW4:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/ilOFnI5opBE" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,e72c7623-20d6-4e96-bb93-f0c582e50808.aspx Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/GoogleAppsForBusinessGetsTelephoneSupport.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=671f3aa5-5448-4086-8bf6-48715fde1b11 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,671f3aa5-5448-4086-8bf6-48715fde1b11.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,671f3aa5-5448-4086-8bf6-48715fde1b11.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=671f3aa5-5448-4086-8bf6-48715fde1b11 2 Micro vortex generators on my Piper Cherokee Warrior -- The results are in! http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,671f3aa5-5448-4086-8bf6-48715fde1b11.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/0tCWgABBB0c/MicroVortexGeneratorsOnMyPiperCherokeeWarriorTheResultsAreIn.aspx Tue, 25 Oct 2011 01:44:00 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> A few weeks ago a friend and I installed a <a href="http://microaero.com/">kit full of micro vortex generators</a> (VG’s) on the wings and tail section of my airplane, a 1975 Piper Cherokee Warrior PA28-151, <a href="http://N639MR.com">N639MR</a>. As I <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/InstallingMicroVortexGeneratorsOnPiperCherokeeWarriorNdashPartOne.aspx">described in some detail before</a>, the VG’s modify the flow of the air over the surfaces of the wings, making the air “stick” better, resulting in smoother air flow and better air flow where it’s needed – over the control surfaces at the trailing edge of each wing. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/bf60a171f5ad_D35B/DSC00492.jpg"> <img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 15px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="DSC00492" border="0" alt="Micro Vortex Generators on Piper Cherokee Warrior PA28-151" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/bf60a171f5ad_D35B/DSC00492_thumb.jpg" width="408" height="231"></img> </a>Well, I’ve now flown the plane several times since installing the VG’s and the results are in: It’s truly amazing the difference they make. </p> <p> In a nutshell, here are the results of the modification. I’ll start out with takeoff, talk about in-flight changes, and then finish up with benefits at landing time. </p> <ul> <li> From the beginning, the plane gets off the ground sooner. A <em>lot</em> sooner, in fact. And it doesn’t need as much airspeed to initially get into the air. That translates into shorter ground roll and a much sorter takeoff. I’ll have to measure it to see exactly what the distances are.</li> <li> The plane climbs faster. In situations where I used to get 500 feet per minute I often now get 600-700. In those situations where I used to get 700-750 feet per minute, it’s not unusual to get 800-1000. And if I want to convert some airspeed to altitude, pulling back and riding it up is fast and fun.</li> <li> The airplane is faster in cruise flight. Truly faster. You’d think that adding nearly 200 metal tabs to the flying surfaces of the wings and tail would create drag and reduce top speed, but nope. Apparently the improved airflow over the wing is a great tradeoff – Add a little bit of drag as a result of adding the VG’s, but <em>reduce overall drag</em> over the wings and tail thanks to improved laminar airflow. Net result is higher airspeeds at the same engine RPM.</li> <li> Related to that, I can now fly at a cruise speed around 120 mph at a lower RPM than before, which translates into burning slightly less fuel going cross-country. It used to be a real chore to get the plane up to 120 mph in cruise and maintain it there at 2500rpm. But now it’s often flying well over 120mph even at 2400 rpm. That 100rpm difference makes a real dent in fuel consumption, believe it or not. And if I want to fly at around 115 miles an hour, the difference in RPM required is even greater. So, I can get there faster on the same fuel as before, or take my time and burn even less.</li> <li> In flight, one of the critical tests you put an airplane through when you are becoming familiar with the way it flies is aerodynamic (wing) stalls. Needless to say, I have been stalling this plane more times in the past few weeks than is typical as I get to know the new flight characteristics. Again, the difference is substantial: It’s almost impossible to get it to drop it’s nose and stall, one wing or two. In power-on stalls, much of <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/bf60a171f5ad_D35B/DSC00365.jpg"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 15px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="" border="0" alt="" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/bf60a171f5ad_D35B/DSC00365_thumb.jpg" width="339" height="192"></img></a>anything beyond a buffet is very difficult to make happen. It just keep on flying and buffeting along at 44 miles an hour or even slower -- which is a lot slower than it used to stall before the VG's. In a power-off stall configuration I’ve flown it in a slight headwind down to 40mph indicated airspeed, and all it really wants to do is drop the nose a little then and keep flying. I literally flew it power-off at 45mph in a buffet for half a minute, no stall. Of course, eventually it will drop, but it sure hangs in there, and loses very little altitude. Compared to before the VG’s, stall speed is at least 5 mph lower, probably more like 7-8 mph less.</li> <li> The control surfaces respond quickly, sharply and with authority in flight. I thought the plane rolled left and right pretty quickly before the VG modification, but it’s much cleaner and more responsive now. Similarly, although not as important or pronounced at cruise speeds, pitch changes happen quickly and yaw is solid with good authority thoughout.</li> <li> Steep turns (45-degree bank or more) are so much more fun now. The plane carves and holds it’s altitude in steep turns, and is so easy to control you just have to wonder if you jumped in the wrong plane by mistake… Nope, this is my plane. Okay, cool. :)</li> <li> As a final note regarding in-cruise flight, the plane generally feels much smoother and more solid moving through the air. It's hard to explain, but it's noticeable when you fly.</li> <li> The rest of the major differences are seen when preparing for landing and during the landing itself. This phase of flight is so different than pre-VG’s that some people will tell you that you'll have to learn to land all over again, and they’re right. At lower the speeds flown in preparation for landing, the control surfaces respond much more sharply and with more authority than before the VG’s. Not only that, the plane simply won’t descend as quickly anymore. It just <em>wants</em> to fly. So, careful reduction of speed to under 80 mph is needed to make sure you’re descending soon and fast enough in the landing pattern. </li> <li> Landing pattern turns are clean and sharp. The sluggish, slightly-mushy sort of feeling is associated with rudder at the slower speeds in turns and when slipping on approach is gone. </li> <li> In the landing flare, one simply <em>must</em> pay attention and fly the airplane slower than used to be the case, since the plane just floats along over the runway like nobody’s business if you’re too fast. Cherokees – especially the tapered wing models like the warrior – are kind of famous for floating, but now the effect is <img style="margin: 10px 0px 10px 15px; display: inline; float: right" title="" alt="VGs - how they work - from Micro Aerodymanics" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/What-VGs-do_4.gif" width="290" height="308"></img>even more pronounced. In fact, I’m flying almost 10 miles per hour slower over the numbers at the approach end of the runway than before I installed the VG's, and the plane settles to the runway at a substantially lower speed than before - and quite a bit below the lower end of the white arc. Makes for some smooth, short, nose-high landings – which is great.</li> <li> One of the chief complaints some people have about Cherokees at landing time, when the plane is slow, is that the rudder (which controls yaw, or the direction the nose is pointing) and the stabilator (which controls pitch, or how high or low the nose is pointing) lose their effectiveness. With the tail section VG’s installed and the improved flow of the air over these surfaces at landing time, rudder and stabilator authority is much improved in a very noticeable way.</li> </ul> <p> So, is it worth the time and money? I spent almost $1500 on the kit and a couple evenings installing them (under the supervision and with the approval of my IA). And the plane flies great – faster, more responsive to control inputs and more efficient, plus a longer glide and the capability of going to and departing from noticeably shorter fields. The Warrior isn’t intended to be a back-woods airplane, but shorter-field capability is definitely welcome and valuable. </p> <p> So, yes – It’s definitely worth it and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. </p> <p> Other items addressed lately by the aircraft shop include a new landing light – a Whelan LED model that will never burn out (which beats the heck out of 30-hour or so per halogen bulb) and a newly-rebuilt attitude indicator (the gyro had seen it’s better days, and was in desperate need of repair before I start my instrument training). Needless to say, I won’t be dumping any more money into the plane for a while (at least not voluntarily), since it’s emptied my wallet this summer, to be sure! </p> <p> Related links: </p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/greghughespdx/sets/72157627654352899/" target="_blank">Flickr photo album of pictures from the Micro VG project</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://microaero.com" target="_blank">Micro Aerodynamics</a> is the company that makes the VG kits for almost every airplane you can imagine</li> </ul> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=0tCWgABBB0c:IWcCTyXQQoM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=0tCWgABBB0c:IWcCTyXQQoM:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=0tCWgABBB0c:IWcCTyXQQoM:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=0tCWgABBB0c:IWcCTyXQQoM:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=0tCWgABBB0c:IWcCTyXQQoM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=0tCWgABBB0c:IWcCTyXQQoM:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=0tCWgABBB0c:IWcCTyXQQoM:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=0tCWgABBB0c:IWcCTyXQQoM:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/0tCWgABBB0c" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,671f3aa5-5448-4086-8bf6-48715fde1b11.aspx Aviation Random Stuff http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MicroVortexGeneratorsOnMyPiperCherokeeWarriorTheResultsAreIn.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=f858bf36-1427-4948-88e5-51726865bcb1 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,f858bf36-1427-4948-88e5-51726865bcb1.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,f858bf36-1427-4948-88e5-51726865bcb1.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=f858bf36-1427-4948-88e5-51726865bcb1 3 Use your Sprint iPhone 4 native Phone and Message/SMS apps integrated directly with Google Voice http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,f858bf36-1427-4948-88e5-51726865bcb1.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/fHieJEngcFM/UseYourSprintIPhone4NativePhoneAndMessageSMSAppsIntegratedDirectlyWithGoogleVoice.aspx Wed, 19 Oct 2011 07:40:31 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> <em>What if I told you that you could now have Google voice working with an iPhone’s native phone and messaging apps -- much like you can with Android -- and that you don’t have to jailbreak or install the Google Voice iOS app to do it? Yep. Read on!</em> </p> <p> Last week I ordered <a href="http://www.sprint.com/landings/iphone/" target="_blank">an iPhone 4S from Sprint</a>. That’s my carrier since I <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/DearATampTYoursquoreFired.aspx">left AT&amp;T</a> well over a year ago, and I’ve been a <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/DearSprintAndHTCAndAndroidYoursquoreHired.aspx">Android user on Sprint</a> since I made the move. But before that I was an avid iPhone owner, happy with the phone and reluctant to drop it. But AT&amp;T woes finally forced my move. Now, for the record I like Android. One of the great benefits of an Android phone for me over the past year has been the fact that the <a href="http://www.google.com/voice/" target="_blank">Google Voice</a> service can be built right in, native to the phone. For those not familiar, Google Voice (lots of info is <a href="http://www.google.com/googlevoice/about.html" target="_blank">available here</a>) is a service that gives you “one phone number for life.” You give that one phone number to people, and that numbers is used to ring all your phones – cell phones, home phones, work phones, whatever – in whatever manner and schedule you choose. If you switch providers and get a new cell number or <img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 15px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="iphone4s-1" border="0" alt="iphone4s-1" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/3a4447d93907_A4FD/iphone4s-1_3.jpg" width="225" height="300"></img>home or work number, no worries. Just update your Google Voice account with your new or additional numbers, and you main GV number that you give out to everyone will ring the new ones, presto zappo bango. Google Voice also provides text messaging services and voice mail, accessible on a mobile phone via mobile web or a smartphone apps, as well as through a web browser on your laptop or desktop computer. </p> <p> For quite some time an iPhone app has been available that one can install on the phone, which allows you to place calls, send text messages and get voicemail from your Google Voice account. But you have to do all of those things <em>in the Google Voice app</em>. So, it’s a little clunky – think of it as an extra, non-default phone dialer and text messaging app that sits alongside and kind of duplicates the purpose of your iPhone’s native dialing and messaging apps. In other words, to use Google Voice on the iPhone with the app, you have to use your iPhone differently. </p> <p> But – thanks to Sprint and the fact that they now have the iPhone 4/4S in their inventory – we no longer need to use the Google Voice iPhone app and can get practically full functionality, using the apps that are native to the iPhone. </p> <p> <strong>Problem? Solved!</strong> </p> <p> Earlier this year, Sprint and Google announced they were joining forces (loosely) and providing the <a href="http://www.google.com/googlevoice/sprint/" target="_blank">ability to integrate your Sprint wireless account with Google Voice</a> in a manner that would allow you either to use your existing GV number as your mobile number, or alternatively to use your existing Sprint phone number as your Google Voice number. When you set the service up that way, Google Voice becomes your voice mail system and you get all the messaging and calling benefits of Google Voice, too. And, it works with all Sprint-branded mobile phones, not just Android – which is a real differentiator vs. the other wireless carriers. </p> <p> The beauty of it all: You can set up Google Voice integrated with your Sprint account to <em>both send and receive phone calls and text messages from the native iPhone app interfaces</em>, without the need to jailbreak your phone to install third party apps/hacks, and without the need to install the Google Voice iOS app. People you call or send a text message to will see your Google Voice number in caller ID or as the message sender. Voice mail access works a little differently, but we’ll cover that in a bit. </p> <p> <img style="background-image: none; border-right-width: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 15px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="google-voice-cartoon-logo" border="0" alt="google-voice-cartoon-logo" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/3a4447d93907_A4FD/google-voice-cartoon-logo_3.png" width="354" height="125"></img>For discussion purposes to try simplify things, I’m going to refer to this integrated-Google-Voice-Sprint-Account customer experience as “Sprint Integration” for the remainder of this post. </p> <p> It’s also probably worth pointing out that there are a couple of practical limitations (which are in no way related to the iPhone) that some people run into when setting up their Sprint Integration. </p> <ul> <li> First of all, if you have a Sprint calling plan that is business-liable (as opposed to a personal phone account), the integration is not supported or enabled. Some individual Sprint customers own their own phones and pay their own bills, but because they got an employer’s corporate discount or similar situation their account is actually flagged as a business account. That should be pretty simple to fix in most cases with a call to Sprint customer service. But just know that actual business accounts are not eligible. </li> <li> In addition, if you’ve set up phone call or SMS blocking or filtering through Sprint, you won’t be able to integrate your line with Google Voice until you disable those features in your Sprint account -- but note that Google Voice can usually enable you to do effectively the same thing.</li> </ul> <p> <strong>So, how do I make this work?</strong> </p> <p> It’s actually pretty simple. I won’t go into every single detail here, but I will cover the basics. I’m going to assume you can set up a Google Voice account, and if you need more information use the links above to learn everything you need to know. </p> <p> Okay. First of all, there are a few things you need to make this work: </p> <ol> <li> An iPhone 4 or 4S provided by Sprint (no, this process can’t and won’t work with an AT&amp;T or Verizon iPhone). </li> <li> A Sprint plan that is not a corporate/business plan. Family plans are fine, as long as they are not a business-liable plan. </li> <li> No call or text blocking/filtering configured in your Sprint account. </li> <li> A Google Voice account (they’re free) that has a phone number already assigned (in other words, not just the GMail-based “Google Voice Lite” thing – upgrade if necessary). </li> <li> About 15 to 30 minutes of free time.</li> </ol> <p> To start, once you have logged into your Google Voice account, you’ll need to go to the Settings menu (by clicking the gear icon on the GV screen, over in the upper right area). Then navigate to the “Phones” section of the Google Voice settings. Here you’ll see any forwarding phones you’ve already set up in Google Voice. </p> <blockquote> <p> <em>A side note: If you already have another Sprint phone line set up in Google Voice with Sprint integration enabled, you cannot set up a second Sprint-integrated line on the same GV account. That’s not really documented anywhere, so I found this out the hard way since my Android phone was already fully integrated before I got my iPhone. So, when I added the iPhone to my Google Voice account I wasn’t even given the option to enable the Sprint integration. What this means is that if you already have one Sprint phone integrated, you’ll either need to disable the Sprint integration on that line or use a different Google Voice account to set up your new Sprint number on. I had troubles deactivating the Sprint integration on my Android phone, so had to search down help from both Sprint and Google so it could be manually deprovisioned. Hopefully you won’t run into that problem - but let me know if you do and I will try to point you in the right direction…</em> </p> </blockquote> <p> If the Sprint number you want to integrate has not already been added to your configured phones in Google Voice, you’ll need to do that now: At the bottom of the list of configured calling devices (phones, GMail chat, etc.) is a link you can click to “Add another phone.” Follow the simple instructions, enter the codes it promts you to use, and in a minute or three you’ll have your Sprint mobile <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/3a4447d93907_A4FD/SprintIntegrationGoogleVoice_4.png"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 15px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="SprintIntegrationGoogleVoice" border="0" alt="SprintIntegrationGoogleVoice" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/3a4447d93907_A4FD/SprintIntegrationGoogleVoice_thumb_1.png" width="525" height="484"></img></a>phone number set up and working in Google Voice is basic mode. You’re not completely done yet, but you’re close. For now, make a call from another phone to your Google Voice number and validate that your newly-added phone rings, just to verify everything is working properly. Remember: Test often, and at each step. It’s a good habit to get into when it comes to “mashing up” multiple computer/technology systems. </p> <p> Next, take a look at the entry for your iPhone in the GV Phones list (in Settings). You should find a Sprint logo on the screen, next to the nickname you gave your iPhone phone, as well as a link that says “Check eligibility for Sprint integration.” Click on that link. </p> <p> You’ll need to choose between the two available options: Do you 1) want your Sprint mobile number to become your new Google Voice number, or do you 2) want to replace your Sprint mobile number with your GV number? If everyone has and knows your Sprint phone number, then you can choose option one, so you don’t have to distribute a new phone number to everyone. But, if you’ve already given your Google Voice number out to people who need to reach you, you’ll choose option two like I did. The net effect of that choice in the end will be that when you place calls and send messages from your Sprint phone, the recipient of the call or text message will see your Google Voice number in Caller ID and on the text message. And that’s really the point. </p> <p> So -- Make the choice appropriate for your situation, then wait patiently for several seconds while the Google Voice communicates in the background with Sprint. Before you know it both companies’ systems will be provisioned to handle your calls all mash-up-cyborg-app style. If successful, you will see a message that tells you: </p> <blockquote> <p> <em>Your Sprint number, (000) 000-0000 is now integrated with Google Voice.<br> Calls and text sent from this phone will display your Google Voice number.<br> Your Sprint voicemail has been replaced with Google voicemail.<br> International calls from this phone will be placed through Google Voice.</em> </p> </blockquote> <p> Now you’ll probably want to set up a voice mail greeting in Google Voice if you don’t already have one (or just use the generic default if you prefer (yuck)). </p> <p> <strong>Testing, testing…</strong> </p> <p> Your next step should be to place a phone call to a number that’s<em> not attached to a Google Voice account</em> (like a friend’s cell phone) and verify that the caller ID shows the correct number. </p> <p> Next, make sure “Receive text messages on this phone” is checked in the Google Voice setting for your line, and then send a text message to a non-GV phone to make sure it’s sent using the correct number. </p> <p> Note: It’s actually important to use non-Google-Voice phones for these test calls and text messages, since GV can recognize when one GV enabled phone is communicating with another GV number, and will sometimes try to be “helpful” and modify the normal process of displaying Caller ID data. </p> <p> <strong>Success!</strong> </p> <p> If the proper phone number is displayed on calls and text messages sent from the iPhone native Phone and Messages apps, and if your iPhone rings when someone calls your Google Voice number, you’re all set! </p> <p> <strong>What about voice mail?</strong> </p> <p> The only thing that won’t work natively in the iPhone apps in this configuration is visual voice mail. Since the iPhone’s visual voice mail app doesn’t recognize Google Voice from the voice message perspective, you have a couple choices here: </p> <ol> <li> Configure Google Voice in your browser to email you link to any voice mails (on the Voicemail &amp; Text tab in Settings), and/or </li> <li> Check the box in the list for your integrated phone (on the Phones tab in Settings) to enable Google Voice send you a text message when a new voice mail is received</li> </ol> <p> <strong>Compatibility, continued…</strong> </p> <p> This integration works – as I started to explain earlier – with any “Sprint branded” phone. That doesn’t mean phones that have a Sprint logo painted on them, but rather refers to phones provided under contract by Sprint that operate on the Sprint CDMA network (not Nextel, nor the other carriers that piggyback on Sprint’s network). And, just to be clear one last time, Sprint is the only current service option for native integration of Google voice on an iPhone as described here. So, if you have AT&amp;T or Verizon, sorry pal… No native app integration for you, at least not yet. You’ll just have to use the Google Voice iOS app, which you can download free from the Apple App Store. </p> <p> And honestly -- If you’re thinking about getting an iPhone 4 or 4S and are leaning toward Verizon or AT&amp;T – stop and consider this: </p> <ul> <li> Sprint’s mobile service costs less than both Verizon’s and AT&amp;T’s </li> <li> Sprint’s plan actually allows unlimited data usage, while Verizon’s is capped – as is AT&amp;T’s </li> <li> When Sprint customers roam, it’s free of charge – and it’s on Verizon’s network (!) </li> <li> Dropped calls? Not in my experience, which is a far cry from what I dealt with on AT&amp;T… </li> <li> Did I mention Sprint’s service costs less?</li> </ul> <p> So – lower cost, you get to use the other guy’s network for free when needed, and no data caps. Sure, download speeds *might* be marginally slower here and there (and even that’s a debatable point), but there’s one more benefit you should know about: Sprint lets you sign up, get the phone and service, and try it our for 14 days. If you don’t like it, cancel your service and return the phone in good and complete condition where you bought it, and you’ll walk away with a refund for the price of the device and any early termination fee you paid. You will pay for the service you used and probably for the activation fee as well (unless you cancel service within the first 3 days), but nothing more. </p> <p> If I sound like a Sprint commercial, trust me - I’m not. I’m just a customer that likes my wireless provider – and for what it’s worth, I’m a pretty darn picky customer.<br></p> <p> Got questions about the Sprint iPhone integration with Google Voice? Post them in the comments and where it makes sense, I’ll update this post with details I may have missed. 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Darn You Siri! http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,6f6971b8-82fc-4359-b9ff-545200aa5bf1.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/KA0Kk4Bnnbo/FunnyStuffSiriSaysSiriComingToTheNewIPhoneDarnYouSiri.aspx Fri, 14 Oct 2011 02:19:07 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <a href="http://www.darnyousiri.com"> <img style="margin: 0px 0px 10px 15px; display: inline; float: right" border="0" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Darn-You-Siri.jpg" width="368" height="276"></img> </a> <p> Siri is coming to the iPhone 4S on Friday, and already people are starting to discover the Apple virtual assistant has a but of a sense of humor. </p> <p> To chronicle and record for humorous posterity all the unusual, funny, shocking or otherwise interesting crap Siri comes up with, I have created Darn Your Siri - <a href="http://www.darnyousiri.com">http://www.darnyousiri.com</a> - where anyone can post their funny Siri screenshots there, too - just go to <a href="http://www.darnyousiri.com/submit">the submission page</a>. That name seemed a little less inappropriate than something like "shit Siri says" but I see that's also a site someone fired up. Of course they did! :) </p> <p> To take a screen grab of any iPhone screen, hold down the home/round button while at the same time clicking teh power/sleep/wake button on top. The resulting screen grab JPG file is saved in your photo gallery on the iPhone. </p> <p> I'll be seeing what all Siri has to say soon, when my phone arrives from Sprint on Friday. </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=KA0Kk4Bnnbo:uxAWtxLxNfg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=KA0Kk4Bnnbo:uxAWtxLxNfg:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=KA0Kk4Bnnbo:uxAWtxLxNfg:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=KA0Kk4Bnnbo:uxAWtxLxNfg:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=KA0Kk4Bnnbo:uxAWtxLxNfg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=KA0Kk4Bnnbo:uxAWtxLxNfg:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=KA0Kk4Bnnbo:uxAWtxLxNfg:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=KA0Kk4Bnnbo:uxAWtxLxNfg:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/KA0Kk4Bnnbo" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,6f6971b8-82fc-4359-b9ff-545200aa5bf1.aspx Apple Humor Mobile Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/FunnyStuffSiriSaysSiriComingToTheNewIPhoneDarnYouSiri.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=e4a474c4-ac74-4c71-be3a-21a9ee6fb744 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,e4a474c4-ac74-4c71-be3a-21a9ee6fb744.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,e4a474c4-ac74-4c71-be3a-21a9ee6fb744.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=e4a474c4-ac74-4c71-be3a-21a9ee6fb744 2 Are you the family IT guy? Use Chrome to remotely control your mom's computer http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,e4a474c4-ac74-4c71-be3a-21a9ee6fb744.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/g4i1_K5c8x8/AreYouTheFamilyITGuyUseChromeToRemotelyControlYourMomsComputer.aspx Sat, 08 Oct 2011 16:27:55 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20117619-264/chrome-extension-enables-remote-computer-control/">Google has released</a> a Chrome Browser add-on called <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gbchcmhmhahfdphkhkmpfmihenigjmpp">Chrome Remote Desktop Beta</a> that allows two computers running <a href="http://www.google.com/chrome">Chrome</a> to be connected to so person can control the other person's computer. For those of us who occasionally need to connect from, say, your place in Portland Oregon to a computer in Boulder Colorado to troubleshoot a certain family member's computer issues, this is a simple and workable method. Of course, many of the tech-support requests are actually efforts to get you to visit your mom, so keep that in mind. But I still think you might find this new capability helpful. It allows any computer running Chrome - regardless of the operating system - to connect to any other computer running Chrome. So your Windows computer can control a Mac or Linux machine or vice-versa. </p> <p> <img style="float: right;" vspace="10" hspace="10" title="2011-10-08 09.02.49 am.png" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/2011-10-08%2009.02.49%20am.png" border="0" alt="Chrome Remote Desktop Beta Access Code" width="400" height="267"></img> </p> <p> You can set it up and get started in just a few minutes. First, you need to have the Chrome browser on both ends of the connection, your computer and the one you want to connect to. Next, download and install the Google-created extension. One you complete that step, you'll find a Chrome Remote Desktop Beta icon in your browser window. When you run it the first time, it will propt you to grant some extra permissions, which are required for it to work. </p> <p> The next step is to share your computer, or alternatively to connect to another shared computer. Both options are available to the user. If you choose to connect to a shared remote computer, you'll be prompted to enter a numeric code that is generated when the person on the other end of the line starts the sharing process. The "sharer" just provides the one-time code generated by the app to the person who needs to remotely connect. Access codes are good for just that one session, which helps ensure security. </p> <p> This is the initial release. Google's description of the browser app: </p> <blockquote> <p id="cx-desc-text" style="font: normal normal normal 100%/normal arial, sans-serif; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; white-space: pre-wrap; word-wrap: break-word; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"> <em>Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is the first installment on a capability allowing users to remotely access another computer through the Chrome browser or a Chromebook.</em> </p> <p style="font: normal normal normal 100%/normal arial, sans-serif; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; white-space: pre-wrap; word-wrap: break-word; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="font: normal normal normal 100%/normal arial, sans-serif; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; white-space: pre-wrap; word-wrap: break-word; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"> <em>The goal of this beta release is to demonstrate the core Chrome Remoting technology and get feedback from users. This version enables users to share with or get access to another computer by providing a one-time authentication code. Access is given only to the specific person the user identifies for one time only, and the sharing session is fully secured. One potential use of this version is the remote IT helpdesk case. The helpdesk can use the Chrome Remote Desktop BETA to help another user, while conversely a user can receive help by setting up a sharing session without leaving their desk. Additional use cases such as being able to access your own computer remotely are coming soon.</em> </p> <p style="font: normal normal normal 100%/normal arial, sans-serif; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; white-space: pre-wrap; word-wrap: break-word; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="font: normal normal normal 100%/normal arial, sans-serif; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; white-space: pre-wrap; word-wrap: break-word; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"> <em>Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is fully cross-platform, so you can connect any two computers that have a Chrome browser, including Windows, Linux, Mac and Chromebooks.</em> </p> </blockquote> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=g4i1_K5c8x8:TFstV5WkwiU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=g4i1_K5c8x8:TFstV5WkwiU:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=g4i1_K5c8x8:TFstV5WkwiU:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=g4i1_K5c8x8:TFstV5WkwiU:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=g4i1_K5c8x8:TFstV5WkwiU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=g4i1_K5c8x8:TFstV5WkwiU:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=g4i1_K5c8x8:TFstV5WkwiU:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=g4i1_K5c8x8:TFstV5WkwiU:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/g4i1_K5c8x8" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,e4a474c4-ac74-4c71-be3a-21a9ee6fb744.aspx Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/AreYouTheFamilyITGuyUseChromeToRemotelyControlYourMomsComputer.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=953cf887-9561-46f9-a686-c3b318a6054a http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,953cf887-9561-46f9-a686-c3b318a6054a.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,953cf887-9561-46f9-a686-c3b318a6054a.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=953cf887-9561-46f9-a686-c3b318a6054a iPhone 4S models selling out in pre-order land http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,953cf887-9561-46f9-a686-c3b318a6054a.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/on_NbmXFxHU/iPhone4SModelsSellingOutInPreorderLand.aspx Sat, 08 Oct 2011 07:07:42 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> Looks like <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2011/10/07/apple-sells-out-of-iphone-4s-pre-orders-now-shipping-in-1-2-weeks/">Apple already sold out of its pre-order inventory</a> of iPhone 4S phones on the first day you could pre-order one, and looking at Sprint's web site right now, they've sold all of their 16GB pre-order models (but 32GB and 64GB options can still be ordered). </p> <p> Meanwhile, AT&amp;T says they've been rushed and sold 200,000 units in the first 12 hours of availability (which is what you'd expect, since many people are coming off a two-year-old iPhone 3GS purchase now). Verizon' selling a lot, too: Their 16GB white and black 4S models are showing delivery dates of October 21st, while the larger models still show the original release date of the 14th. </p> <p> So, it's looking very much like the 16GB model is the hot item right now. </p> <p> Are you going to order one? I'm still on the fence, but judging from the Sprint pre-order situation (I made the below screenshot on Friday night just before midnight), it might be a good time to make a decision soon. Or wait a couple weeks after launch, sure… At any rate, I'd probably order a 32GB, maybe 64GB, to accommodate my data requirements. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img title="sprint-iphones-preorder2.png" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/sprint-iphones-preorder2.png" border="0" alt="Sprint iphones preorder2" width="600" height="428"></img> </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=on_NbmXFxHU:95XuPLnFboY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=on_NbmXFxHU:95XuPLnFboY:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=on_NbmXFxHU:95XuPLnFboY:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=on_NbmXFxHU:95XuPLnFboY:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=on_NbmXFxHU:95XuPLnFboY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=on_NbmXFxHU:95XuPLnFboY:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=on_NbmXFxHU:95XuPLnFboY:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=on_NbmXFxHU:95XuPLnFboY:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/on_NbmXFxHU" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,953cf887-9561-46f9-a686-c3b318a6054a.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/iPhone4SModelsSellingOutInPreorderLand.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=9af522f6-35d2-4e93-a8a3-5e85d734ae85 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,9af522f6-35d2-4e93-a8a3-5e85d734ae85.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,9af522f6-35d2-4e93-a8a3-5e85d734ae85.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=9af522f6-35d2-4e93-a8a3-5e85d734ae85 3 Upgrade to iPhone 4S on Sprint before upgrade eligibility without paying full price http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,9af522f6-35d2-4e93-a8a3-5e85d734ae85.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/QR7NCglIgmk/UpgradeToIPhone4SOnSprintBeforeUpgradeEligibilityWithoutPayingFullPrice.aspx Fri, 07 Oct 2011 23:45:35 GMT <p> <em>Can I cancel my current Sprint account/plan and get a new iPhone 4S?</em> </p> <p> There's this new <a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone">iPhone</a> coming out - the iPhone 4S. Maybe you heard about it? Pretty nice device, really. I had iPhones exclusively for a few years from the time Apple came out with them - the original model and then the 3G. I never took the 3GS leap. </p> <p> But a year and a half ago I <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/DearATampTYoursquoreFired.aspx">fired</a> AT&T out of frustration over continued poor service and moved over to Sprint. That meant I had to give up my iPhone, since AT&T was still the exclusive iPhone carrier. It also meant I never picked up an iPhone 4 model, other than the few times I made a call from a friend's phone. Instead I moved to an Android device, the Evo 4G (which I like, by the way). </p> <p> Now, let me say up front that I'm not sure if I really want to make a change back to the iPhone right now. The Android phone actually works pretty well for me, as far as the OS and phone itself are concerned. Frankly, I rarely use the 4G capability of the Evo, mostly because of the limited and often spotty 4G WiMax service. But when it works, it works pretty well. Since I made the move away from AT&T a year and a half ago, Verizon - and starting next week Sprint - have added the iPhone to their lineups. I miss some of the capabilities and features I used to get with the iPhone, especially when it comes to app integration between the Macbook, iPad and the iPhone for my aviation-related apps, which get a lot of use between the iPad and Mac these days. </p> <p> So, I decided to check and see what I'd have to shell out, should I decide I wanted to move to a new iPhone 4S on my Sprint account. The problem I foresaw was that I'm about six months away from the end of my current two-year contract. So, when logging into <a href="http://www.sprint.com">sprint.com</a> the system told me I'd have to pay full price to order a new iPhone 4s today. Of course, it also informed me I could wait 176 days for upgrade eligibility, and then get $150 off the full price. The rather alarming full prices are: </p> <ul> <li> 16GB iPhone 4S $649.99</li> <li> 32GB iPhone 4S $749.99</li> <li> 64GB iphone 4S $849.99</li> <li> 8GB iPhone 4 original $549.99</li> </ul> <p > <em>Ouch.</em> </p> <p> So, I can pay full price now or $499 for a 16GB model in 6 months (more for the larger models). I would guess (but am not certain) that at that time I might be able to also sign a new 2-year contract with Sprint and get an additional $200 off, which would theoretically put me at $299 for the 16GB model with a fresh two-year Sprint contract lock-up. Or is the $150-off-list- price deal dependent on a 2-year deal as well? I will have to ask about that. Either way, I'm at least $100 more than the prices announced the other day (which require a contract) </p> <p> Next I checked with Verizon, thinking maybe I could just cancel my Sprint service and go over there right away to get the subsidized price with a new two-year contract and not have to wait. Their prices were much more reasonable - and less than I'd pay at Sprint even if I waited for six more months and took the deal I already mentioned. Verizon's new account prices are: $99.00 for the original iPhone 4 and $199/$299$/399 for the new 4S models (also the same prices Sprint offer's it's new customers) </p> <p> I don't really want to cancel my Sprint service: I get (truly) unlimited data and messaging on Sprint - and you don't get that on the other carriers (there tends to be a 2GB limit). I have a family plan, which allows me to share minutes between two lines, free evenings and weekend, free calls to any mobile phone, and more. Plus their service has been great for me, and when I roam it's free and it's on Verizon's network. I basically get the best of both worlds network-wise. Oh, and the monthly price is right, too. I like Sprint. </p> <p> Out of curiosity, I logged back into my sprint.com account for another look, and decided to see what it would cost to <em>add an additional line</em> to my existing Sprint family plan and get a new iPhone that way. Maybe that would be cheaper? Ahh, what do you know - The site showed I could do just that and get the same two-year-commitment pricing as Verizon offered. Now we were getting somewhere! </p> <p> But I don't need or want two phones or two numbers. So finally I called Sprint and asked the helpful support rep what would happen if I *added* a new number and additional line of service to my existing family plan account (a third line costs $19.99 a month if I add it and share the pool of minutes I'm already paying for). My real question was this: Could I then immediately <em>cancel my original number/phone/service</em> from the family plan? </p> <p> "Sure you can do that," he said. I'ld have to pay a $90 early termination fee balance for the existing line (it's prorated from the original $200 fee (which Sprint recently increased to $350)), and they'd move my existing Sprint number to the new iPhone, too if I wanted. The Sprint rep even put me on hold and took the time to verify with management that was okay to do. Oh, <em>and</em> if I want they'll purchase the used Evo 4G through their <a href="http://www.sprintbuyback.com">buy-back program</a> and credit me $87 for it - which would pretty much negate the $90 early termination fee. Alternatively I could sell the Evo 4G to someone else if I wanted. Either way, it's not a bad deal. And the $19.99 a month fee for the third line would go away as soon as I cancelled the original line, too. </p> <p> So, based on what the Sprint rep told me it's doable - and fairly reasonable. They recover their costs through the balance of the early termination fee, and get a subscriber locked in for an additional two years (and the early-termination fee for the new phone would be $350.00). If I want, I can get an iPhone 4S without having to pay $650-$850 for the privilege. Sometimes all you have to do is ask the right questions. </p> <p> Not sure yet if I'll actually decide to get an iPhone 4S. I'd have to think carefully about what I'd lose in the process, app-wise. <strike>One big red flag is that I use Google Voice exclusively for calling and text messages, and it's all Frankenstein-style-built-in on Android natively via the Google Voice app. Not so much on iPhone.</strike> <b>Update:</b> I picked up a Sprint iPhone and was able to pretty much fully integrate Google Voice without having to use the Google Voice app, <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/UseYourSprintIPhone4NativePhoneAndMessageSMSAppsIntegratedDirectlyWithGoogleVoice.aspx">full information here</a>. </p> <p> So that's one important trade-off to consider, along with the change Sprint made on September 9th: They now charge a $350 termination fee (the same as Verizon and AT&T) that's pro-rated depending on the number of months left on a subscriber's contract. But regardless, it's good to know that if one wants to make the move, it appears there's a reasonable way to do it. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=QR7NCglIgmk:owe6zXw6cfQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=QR7NCglIgmk:owe6zXw6cfQ:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=QR7NCglIgmk:owe6zXw6cfQ:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=QR7NCglIgmk:owe6zXw6cfQ:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=QR7NCglIgmk:owe6zXw6cfQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=QR7NCglIgmk:owe6zXw6cfQ:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=QR7NCglIgmk:owe6zXw6cfQ:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=QR7NCglIgmk:owe6zXw6cfQ:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/QR7NCglIgmk" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,9af522f6-35d2-4e93-a8a3-5e85d734ae85.aspx Android Apple Mobile Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/UpgradeToIPhone4SOnSprintBeforeUpgradeEligibilityWithoutPayingFullPrice.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=18dfe247-6909-4988-bc5e-bd46e9f3cb22 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,18dfe247-6909-4988-bc5e-bd46e9f3cb22.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,18dfe247-6909-4988-bc5e-bd46e9f3cb22.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=18dfe247-6909-4988-bc5e-bd46e9f3cb22 1 Installing Micro Vortex Generators on Piper Cherokee Warrior &ndash; Part One http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,18dfe247-6909-4988-bc5e-bd46e9f3cb22.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/MZFvzMPcRsc/InstallingMicroVortexGeneratorsOnPiperCherokeeWarriorNdashPartOne.aspx Sat, 01 Oct 2011 07:52:51 GMT <p> A couple months ago I dropped by <a href="http://microaero.com" target="_blank">Micro Aerodynamics</a> in Anacortes, Washington after putting together a big fireworks show there for Independence Day. Micro Aerodynamics makes kits of micro vortex generators that can be installed on aircraft to improve performance in a variety of areas. Under the supervision of A&P <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/What-VGs-do_4.gif"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 10px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="What-VGs-do" border="0" alt="What-VGs-do" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/What-VGs-do_thumb_1.gif" width="251" height="266"></a>mechanic and IA (plus all-around-good-guy) Danny from <a href="http://www.twinoaksairpark.com" target="_blank">Twin Oaks Airpark</a> in Hillsboro, I’m installing the micro vortex generators on <a href="http://www.n639mr.com/" target="_blank">my airplane, N639MR</a>, a 1975 Piper Warrior PA28-151. </p> <p> What the heck are vortex generators (VGs) and why would I want them? Good question. </p> <p> VGs can reduce stall speeds and improve an aircraft’s aerodynamic performance. They allow the wing to develop more lift and fly at lower airspeeds, as compared to not having VGs installed. In turn, this can reduce takeoff speed and improve the rate of climb. VGs also help to retain effective aileron (toll) control and enhance your rudder (yaw) authority in higher angles of attack. </p> <p> As air flows over a clean, efficient wing the air "sticks" or adheres to the surface of the wing – a function called “laminar flow.” This clean, laminar flow of air over the properly-shaped wing's surface results in a high pressure zone underneath and a low pressure zone above the wing, which is how lift is produced – The wing moves toward the low pressure zone as the difference is equalized. If the air flowing over the wing surfaces (especially in the low-pressure zone on top of the wing) loses its laminar flow, wing and flight performance can suffer in the form of increased drag, loss of lift and higher fuel consumption. </p> <p> NASA researchers developed micro VGs to control this flow delamination by producing miniature, controlled spirals of air, called "vortices." The spirals of air laminate well to the surface of the wing and as a result airflow over the wing is more efficient and “sticks” better across the entire surface, including at lower air speeds and higher angles of attack. The result is reduced drag and increased wing efficiency and lift (or you can think of it in terms of <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/DSC00401.jpg"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 10px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="DSC00401" border="0" alt="DSC00401" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/DSC00401_thumb.jpg" width="244" height="139"></a>less engine power being required to produce the same amount of lift). In a perfect world, the end results for the pilot are shorter take-off distances due to more efficient creation of lift, lower aerodynamic stall speeds, ability to land slower and therefore in a shorter distance, snappier and more responsive control inputs for roll, pitch and yaw at all speeds (including critically slow speeds such as in landing configuration), and in some cases even increased top cruise speeds and smoother ride due to the resulting aerodynamic improvements (in the case of especially inefficient wings). </p> <p> Anyhow, I dropped about $1450 on the kit, and after discussing with my mechanic and discovering I could install them under his guidance and supervision I adopted a measure-twice-mark-once methodology and a friend joined me in the hangar to begin the process of installing the micro VGs on my airplane. </p> <p> The Micro Aerodynamics kit, first of all, is incredibly complete and well put-together. It includes literally everything you need, with the exception of a couple items I needed to pick up at the local store (90% or higher concentration rubbing alcohol, and in my case some paint and blue painter’s tape, since I would be painting the VGs myself). The VG kit has all the thread, masking tape, adhesive, of course the nearly -200 aluminum VG pieces, self-adhesive patterns to stick on the wings, <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/DSC00432.jpg"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 10px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="DSC00432" border="0" alt="DSC00432" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/DSC00432_thumb.jpg" width="139" height="244"></a>abrasive pad, razor knife, a metal measuring tape – even a sharpened pencil all ready to go. I imagine the only reason I had to buy the rubbing alcohol on my own was because it’s not normally easy to ship that in the mail. </p> <p> Preparation consisted first of a thorough washing of the entire aircraft to remove all the dirt, dust and bug crud, especially from the wings and tail control surfaces. Another good friend helped me with that a few days prior. On the day we started installing the kit, a lint-free cloth and some rubbing alcohol removed any final layers of crud from the areas where the VGs will be applied – The wings, stabilator (horizontal stabilizer on the tail) and the vertical stabilizer (the upward fin portion of the tail). </p> <p> I shot a few “before” pictures of the airplane a jotted down some recent performance numbers to help my memory. Typical cruise speed is 117 to 120 MPH properly trimmed at about 2500 RPM and typical sustained climb with full tanks and just me in the plane is about 600-700 feet per minute on a standard-ish day. The airplane stalls with full flaps and in landing configuration (power off) at a pretty low speed – around 50 miles per hour or less. Under full power it’s hard to get it to do a full stall at all, but seems like it’s about the same speed in slow flight at altitude (3000 feet). But ultimately the test will be flying the airplane, hands on the controls and butt in the seat, and seeing how it flies. </p> <p> Installation consists of following a set of provided diagrams and instructions, and carefully measuring parts of the plane, making marks where indicated, stretching black thread between points to define reference lines, and then applying a <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/DSC00449.jpg"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 10px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="DSC00449" border="0" alt="DSC00449" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/DSC00449_thumb.jpg" width="244" height="139"></a>bunch of patterns made of self-adhesive contact paper. The pattern templates have cut-outs where the VGs will go, as well as notches you line up with the thread lines and the various reference marks you made in the measurements phase. </p> <p> Placement is important, and the templates make it pretty easy to get it right. In fact, the creator of the Micro VGs told me one customer, who happens to be an airplane mechanic, gave the kit to his 12 and 14 year old buys to install on his airplane (supervised of course, and with great success). Measuring twice and having a helper to provide a second set of eyes will ensure you get everything in the right place. In fact, there are many parts of this project that are much better done with two people. </p> <p> We completed the full installation in two evenings over about . The first evening was spend measuring, marking with a pencil, stretching thread lines and putting the contact paper templates in place. Then the measurements had to be re-checked carefully, since the adhesive that’s used to stick the small aluminum VG pieces is basically permanent. There’s no moving them once they’re on there. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/DSC00464.jpg"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 10px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="DSC00464" border="0" alt="DSC00464" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/DSC00464_thumb.jpg" width="244" height="139"></a>Day two consisted of finish painting the VGs and allowing them to fully dry (I’d actually recommend doing this the day before you actually install them, though) followed by prepping the surfaces where the VGs would be glued down. Pre consists of using a Scotch Brite pad (supplied in the kit) to break the glossy paint barrier, and then wiping the surface clean using rubbing alcohol. </p> <p> The adhesive in the kit comes in two parts: A small aerosol can with chemical activator that is sprayed on the surface of the airplane skin where the template cutouts are, as well as a syringe of adhesive material, which is applied one drop at a time to the bottom tab on each of the 196 VGs. Needless to say, it takes a while and is some careful, tedious work to glue nearly 200 little metal tabs. </p> <p> Probably the easiest to mess up and least-forgiving part of the whole project is the process of getting the right amount of adhesive on the bottom of each VG. It’s easy to get too much on there, and the result is glue squeezing out from underneath. When it cures, it tends to turn from clear to <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/DSC00472.jpg"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 10px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="DSC00472" border="0" alt="DSC00472" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/DSC00472_thumb.jpg" width="244" height="139"></a>a brownish color, so you don’t want that stuff left over when you’re done – It will just make your wings look cruddy. So, a package of 100 cotton swabs is also included in the kit, along with the razor knife, to allow you to clean the excess adhesive before it becomes a problem that can only be solved with a Dremel tool. </p> <p> The first few VGs we applied were not pretty – I ‘ll just admit that up front. I had to scrape enough adhesive off that it took paint off the VGs, so I will be spot-painting those in the next day or two so they look proper and nice. But after applying a few, my friend and I got in the swing of things and discovered exactly how much it takes. One thing the kit doesn’t have that I think would be of huge benefit is a few practice VGs and a template and piece of aircraft sheet metal. For someone who’s never done this before, a small amount of practice could be really helpful before defacing the skin of a real airplane. But that’s just an idea, and in the end this is not rocket science. </p> <p> The adhesive cures quickly, and we adopted the recommended method of applying a little at a time in stages. Activator first, then glue on a group of VGs (maybe 20 or 30 or so). Let the previous set cure and harden while you install the next set. Once cured, you just peel the contact paper templates off from around the VGs, <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/DSC00476.jpg"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 10px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="DSC00476" border="0" alt="DSC00476" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/cf44af1760e8_928C/DSC00476_thumb.jpg" width="244" height="139"></a>clean up any excess adhesive and tape and crud, and then move onto the next section. Applying all the VGs took us about three hours of solid work as a team. My friend Matt applied the glue to each VG, while I sprayed on the activator and then placed each VG on the plane in the gaps provided by the templates. On the wings the VGs go on top of the wing surface a few inches aft of the leading edge. On the tail, it’s different. The horizontal stabilizer VGs actually go underneath the wing, and on the vertical stabilizer they go just in front of the “rudder” surface, in the middle of the stabilizer structure. You need to be careful to make sure the ones you apply to the vertical surfaces don’t slide out of place due to gravity – a few of mine wanted to, so I had to make sure they stayed in the right spot until they cured, which takes only a couple minutes. Less is more when it comes to adhesive, we found. But <em>too</em> little and you’re also in bad shape, so really it’s all about the art of getting just the right amount on the base of each VG. </p> <p> The end result is an airplane that looks pretty darn different – Those little tabs really give the old plane teeth. Next up is a final inspection and (hopefully) signoff by the shop, completion of some required FAA paperwork, and then I’ll get to test fly it, which will be fun. Until then, just have to wait!<br> </p> <p> <b>Update:</b> The plane was checked and given the green light on Sunday and I flew it for an hour or two. Results were great, with a number of pleasant surprises. 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The ZyXEL PK5000Z router is a combo DSL modem and wireless router. </p> <p> The strangest part of the issue was that while non-Apple hardware would connect to the router just fine, all of my Apple devices had issues, varying in nature. The iPad would connect but the connection was flaky at best and sometimes would just hang. My MacBook Air would rarely connect to the WiFi network, and when it did connect it would almost always not be able to get any network traffic to pass. When traffic did start to move on rare occasion, it would burst and then quit. Every non-Apple device, from Windows machines to PlayStation to WiFi-enabled TV to smartphones, etc. worked fine. Just the Apple stuff failed. I was partially assuming the old MacBook Air was to blame - It's been dropped on its head a few times and has been through the ringer. It's pretty worn out. </p> <p> Then today I got a brand-new model MacBook Air (more on that later perhaps). I expected it to work but when I got home, it was just more of the exact same issue. Ugh. Not good. </p> <p> I tried a number of things to try to fix the problem. I turned off UPnP and set up a wireless network with no security or encryption, but the results were the same. So I called Qwest to see if someone there had any ideas. I have to admit that based on past experience, I didn't have high hopes. But, I spoke with a guy who asked me to change my router to force it to use channel 11 on the WiFi radio. I was quite surprised when - after changing the channel and forcing the router to use just that channel, the Apple computers and iPad starting working just fine. </p> <p> So, if you happen to have issues getting your Apple computer, iPad or iPhone or other device to connect to the PK5000Z router, give WiFi Channel 11 a try. It might just work. The PK5000Z wireless radio setup page is probably <a href="http://192.168.0.1/wirelesssetup_radiosetup.html">located here</a>, but if that link doesn't work just browser in your web browser to 192.168.0.1 and then click on Wireless Setup, and then in the left side menu click on Radio Setup. Next, the radio is set to Auto Detect for the channel default setting, Change that to Channel 11. Make sure the power setting is set to Full and scroll down to click the Apply button. 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They are sponsored by the George and Lillian Bogardus Memorial Trust, and will be awarded at the end of June, 2011. </p> <p> Applications are open now though the local EAA chapter. Ten hours of paid-for flight training with an instructor is a pretty cool deal -- See <a href="http://www.eaa105.org/Bogardus/Images/Flight%20Training%20Scholarship%202011.pdf" target="_blank">the PDF file linked here</a> and feel free to contact me for more info! </p> <p> EAA Chapter 105 will be awarding 4 scholarships each consisting of the recipients choice of either: </p> <ul> <li> Option 1: 10 Hours of flight training in a Cessna 150 with an instructor through Starks Twin Oaks Airpark in Hillsboro, Oregon</li> <li> Option 2: $1,000 towards aircraft rental for flight training purposes at Starks Twin Oaks or other flight school of their choice</li> </ul> <p> RULES: </p> <ul> <li> Applicant must be between the ages of 16 through 21. The applicant may be 15, but must turn 16 in calendar year 2011. </li> <li> The scholarship is non‐transferrable. </li> <li> Option 1 must be completed by October 31, 2011. </li> <li> Option 2 must be completed by December 31, 2011. </li> <li> The scholarship may be utilized towards any level of flight training (beginning student through advanced ratings). </li> <li> Children and/or grandchildren of chapter directors, Bogardus trustees, and scholarship selection panel members are not eligible. </li> </ul> <p> TO APPLY: </p> <p> Submit an application packet (via email in PDF format) to <a href="mailto:michelle.smith@eaa105.org">michelle.smith@eaa105.org</a> by Friday, June 10, 2011. This packet must contain: </p> <ul> <li> Biography and contact information. </li> <li> 1 to 2 page narrative describing applicant’s interest, experience, and future plans in aviation. </li> <li> 3 letters of recommendation (2 must be from other than family members). </li> <li> Parental approval and signature (if under 18 years of age)</li> </ul> <p> Interviews for up to 10 selected applicants will be held on Saturday, June 25th. </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=qw5gIu-f-Ys:HyFrxU7cjYs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=qw5gIu-f-Ys:HyFrxU7cjYs:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=qw5gIu-f-Ys:HyFrxU7cjYs:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=qw5gIu-f-Ys:HyFrxU7cjYs:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=qw5gIu-f-Ys:HyFrxU7cjYs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=qw5gIu-f-Ys:HyFrxU7cjYs:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=qw5gIu-f-Ys:HyFrxU7cjYs:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=qw5gIu-f-Ys:HyFrxU7cjYs:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/qw5gIu-f-Ys" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,50c35df7-2b5b-43fd-9ce2-a2f1f051bdf5.aspx Random Stuff http://www.greghughes.net/rant/LearnToFlyScholarshipsForYouthInPortlandAvailable.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=980dd58c-797a-4df1-8854-c48987b7ea13 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,980dd58c-797a-4df1-8854-c48987b7ea13.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,980dd58c-797a-4df1-8854-c48987b7ea13.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=980dd58c-797a-4df1-8854-c48987b7ea13 1 Why is your iPhone/iPad tracking all of your location info? http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,980dd58c-797a-4df1-8854-c48987b7ea13.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/R2pRJ0t16ic/WhyIsYourIPhoneiPadTrackingAllOfYourLocationInfo.aspx Thu, 21 Apr 2011 01:25:29 GMT <p> <em><strong>Update: </strong>Apple has <a href="http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011/04/27location_qa.html">posted a Q&A page with information about the data in question</a>, exactly what that data is, and changes they have planned.</em> </p> <p> This is, well... it's at least very interesting. Which is to say, it’s something that has to make you wonder: Even when core location tracking is not active, <a href="http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/04/apple-location-tracking.html" target="_blank">apparently your iOS4 device is keeping a log of everywhere it goes</a>. Which is to say, everywhere it goes with you. </p> <p> The four images here are a visualization of the info harvested from my own iPad, retrieved automatically from a iTunes backup of my iPad on my Mac (click on each of the images to view full-size). I should note that the locations are actually displayed in a less accurate fashion (visually) by the program that generates the map plots, so as to somewhat avoid any issues and abuse associated with exact location tracking. The information in the data file being analyzed is substantially more accurate and detailed. </p> <p> From cell tower triangulation (it appears this is where the data comes from), you can see a cross country trip I took with a friend from New York to New Mexico, visits to the Denver/Boulder area, and of course a whole slew of travel around the Pacific northwest, where I live. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/screen-capture-map1.png" class="image-link"><img class="linked-to-original" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/screen-capture-map1-thumb.png" height="282" align="left" width="380" /></a> </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/screen-capture-map2.png" class="image-link"><img class="linked-to-original" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/screen-capture-map2-thumb.png" height="286" align="left" width="380" /></a> </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/screen-capture-map3.png" class="image-link"><img class="linked-to-original" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/screen-capture-map3-thumb.png" height="285" align="left" width="378" /></a> </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/screen-capture-map4.png" class="image-link"><img class="linked-to-original" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/screen-capture-map4-thumb.png" height="285" align="left" width="378" /></a>Also of interest is that I very recently (within the past two months) had my iPad replaced when the sync jack went bad, yet much of the data is from the old iPad in addition to the new one. Obviously when I restored a backup on the old one to the new one, the data was retained as part of the restore. Interesting. Also, there's location info that's recorded on mine, and in some cases I don't see the location data for areas I know I have been to. I'm not completely sure of the rhyme or reason for that.<br /> <br /> Video of the two guys who discovered this and created the visualization program <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GynEFV4hsA0" target="_blank">is here</a>. They discuss how this was discovered and go into some detail about the data, where it lives and what they found. Video is via the Where 2.0 conference. </p> <p> Got a 3G iPhone or iPad? You can <a href="http://petewarden.github.com/iPhoneTracker/" target="_blank">run the "iPhone Tracker" app</a> on your own Mac and see what your iTunes backup has sitting around on your computer. If your iTunes backups are encrypted (not a default setting) the data is still there but it's not readable. </p> <p> On it's face and in isolation this is not exactly a huge deal. The location data is not being sent anywhere as far as we know. It resides on your iPad or iPhone (3G models) and on your computer where you sync to iTunes. Well, that's assuming you don't sync to someone else's computer, of course. In that case, they might have your location data available to view and play with. </p> <p> And really, that's why this <em>could</em> be a big deal, on some level. And it's not just that the data is being collected, cataloged, stored and exists, it's that it's <em>been</em> there since iOS4 was released, and we didn't know because no one really noticed until now. Someone had to get curious, poke around, dig into the data and discover it by accident. Makes you wonder what other info might be hanging around in places we don't know about, eh? </p> <p> Hopefully Apple will explain exactly what all the data is, why it's there and how it's used - in great detail. It can't be there for no reason, and I can think of a few cool reasons for collecting the data, but unencrypted and no notification of tracking is a little concerning to me. 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It’s a terrific service that provides One Phone Number to Rule Them All, so to speak. You can associate multiple different phone accounts (land, mobile, satellite, whatever suits you) with one Google Voice number and can change them at any time. So, anyone can dial or send text messages to your Google Voice number, and you control which phones ring and when, and where your text messages go. </p> <p> Today <a href="http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/port-your-existing-mobile-number-to.html" target="_blank">Google announced that they are offering a service for $20 that allows you to port your existing mobile phone number to Google Voice</a>, which means you can start using GV without having to take on a whole new phone number. That’s a great thing when you want to avoid the hassles of getting people to start using a new number. </p> <p> But there are a few things you should know before you make this move, so you can be sure it’s for you. </p> <p> Google Voice supports most – but but not all – of the features you have on a typical mobile/smart-phone plan. Certainly you will be able to receive calls, get voice mail, and send/receive text messages (especially on Android with the awesome GV app). </p> <p> There are, however, a few common mobile features that <em>are not supported by Google Voice</em>: </p> <ul> <li> Multi-media Messaging Service (MMS): If you like to send video, picture or audio messages to your friends and family, Google Voice can’t do this. I regularly have to tell people trying to send me their video or picture to send it to my email or my actual cell phone number provided by the carrier (which I don’t give out – that would defeat the whole purpose of Google Voice). So, if MMS and one number if critical for you, you should wait until GV gets around to supporting this.</li> <li> Calls to your Google Voice number are not counted as calls to a mobile number for the purpose of mobile carrier call plans. So mobile-to-mobile minutes won’t get accounted for in the same way.</li> <li> With a couple of exceptions, calls you make from phones attached to you Google Voice account will not show up on called ID as having come from your Google Voice number. The exceptions to this are when calls are initiated through the GV web app (in which case Google’s systems dial you up on your phone then connect you to the person you’re dialing) and a few of the GV mobile apps like the ones for Android and iPhone. The Android app actually builds itself into the Android OS’ dialing system and it’s truly seamless. On the iPhone you need to dial using the Google Voice app.</li> <li> For text messages to be sent to mobile phones and for them to appear as coming from your GV account phone number, they need to be sent through the GV service, too. This means using the Google Voice interface on Android OS (which you can set as your text messaging default, by the way), via the iPhone app, etc., or from the most useful Google Voice web app interface mentioned earlier. I use the web app all the time for text messaging from my computer browser. But it’s different, so you need to realize that.</li> <li> Text messages sent by applications and to/from short message codes (like Skype, your bank, etc.) don’t work.</li> </ul> <p> That said, Google Voice is a terrific service that lets you have one phone number that can ring and deliver messages across several other phones. I use two Google Voice numbers – one I give out as my home phone and the other is for work calls. If I am working from my home office, both numbers cause my home phone to ring, but no one actually knows the number of my home phone – they just know the GV number that I gave them. If I move or far whatever reason change hone phone or work or cell phone numbers, I don’t have to worry about telling anyone. I just change the associated numbers in my Google Voice account. If I am on vacation somewhere across the country for a few days and want calls made to my home GV number - but only from my family members - to ring a phone number at my friend’s house, but only after 8am and before 11pm, <em>and</em> not during the next two hours because I want to get a nap… Google Voice can do that for me, too. It’s really quite powerful and easy to set up. </p> <p> You can set schedules for different phones, and having a complete history of every call, voice mail and text message available in the browser app is really very nice. If any of the phone numbers associated with the different phones you have connected to your GV account and number should change in the future, there’s no need to tell the world. The people you know can just keep dialing your GV number, and in the background you can change that number that AT&amp;T gave you back in the day when you got your first iPhone and point it at your new Verizon number. Hey, I’m just sayin’... </p> <p> More information about porting numbers and Google Voice in general can be found at: </p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/port-your-existing-mobile-number-to.html" target="_blank">Portability Announcement on the Google Voice blog</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.google.com/support/voice/bin/answer.py?hl=en&amp;answer=1065667" target="_blank">Google Help Center – Number Porting FAQ</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.google.com/support/voice/bin/static.py?page=guide.cs&amp;guide=22635" target="_blank">Google Voice Getting Started Guide</a> </li> </ul> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=irTpyxRvTmg:T5myCFL3_Fs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=irTpyxRvTmg:T5myCFL3_Fs:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=irTpyxRvTmg:T5myCFL3_Fs:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=irTpyxRvTmg:T5myCFL3_Fs:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=irTpyxRvTmg:T5myCFL3_Fs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=irTpyxRvTmg:T5myCFL3_Fs:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=irTpyxRvTmg:T5myCFL3_Fs:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=irTpyxRvTmg:T5myCFL3_Fs:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/irTpyxRvTmg" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,e1c0060e-1bda-463d-a7ba-eebb09604162.aspx Android Apple Mobile Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/GoogleVoiceLetsYouPortYourMobileNumberNdashButBeAwareOfTheTradeoffs.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=98a0a406-807a-4697-9584-225fe5aa3119 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,98a0a406-807a-4697-9584-225fe5aa3119.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,98a0a406-807a-4697-9584-225fe5aa3119.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=98a0a406-807a-4697-9584-225fe5aa3119 4 Dead iPad won't charge or start - Solution http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,98a0a406-807a-4697-9584-225fe5aa3119.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/LENuVTwwSJw/DeadIPadWontChargeOrStartSolution.aspx Thu, 13 Jan 2011 03:53:39 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> Earlier today, I was working in my home office and using my iPad alongside my computer. I started a download to update some app data on the iPad, which was fully charged at the time, and went back to my computer to do work-related stuff. </p> <p> A couple hours later I went back to the iPad and pressed the home button to try to wake it up, with no response. I tried the wake/sleep/power button, same lack of response. Thinking it might be a dead battery (but wondering how that could happen in such a short period of time) I plugged it into the charger and left it there. Normally that would result in some screen activity if the battery had died, but after a couple hours on the charger the iPad was still dead. </p> <p> After several minutes of futzing around with the iPad on and off the charger, and pushing every button on the iPad, I remembered a button combination that's used to execute a power reset and boot the iPad into recovery mode. </p> <p> So, I did that combo, holding the Power/Sleep and Home buttons down at the same time for around 15 seconds while the iPad was on the charger. Sure enough, the iPad restarted and fired right up normally. It had a partial charge (about what you'd expect for the amount of time it had been running on battery before it died) and WiFi was disconnected, but after reconnecting to my WiFi network things were all back to normal. </p> <p> Hopefully this saves someone a trip to the Apple Store or a call to the fine folks at Apple Support. </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=LENuVTwwSJw:ybErI0q1k68:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=LENuVTwwSJw:ybErI0q1k68:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=LENuVTwwSJw:ybErI0q1k68:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=LENuVTwwSJw:ybErI0q1k68:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=LENuVTwwSJw:ybErI0q1k68:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=LENuVTwwSJw:ybErI0q1k68:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=LENuVTwwSJw:ybErI0q1k68:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=LENuVTwwSJw:ybErI0q1k68:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/LENuVTwwSJw" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,98a0a406-807a-4697-9584-225fe5aa3119.aspx Apple Mobile Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/DeadIPadWontChargeOrStartSolution.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=b4edb123-c0c5-471a-8eb4-867c0a7e25af http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,b4edb123-c0c5-471a-8eb4-867c0a7e25af.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,b4edb123-c0c5-471a-8eb4-867c0a7e25af.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=b4edb123-c0c5-471a-8eb4-867c0a7e25af Get a special personalized video message from Santa (for all ages) http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,b4edb123-c0c5-471a-8eb4-867c0a7e25af.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/MI7PixQzhvw/GetASpecialPersonalizedVideoMessageFromSantaForAllAges.aspx Fri, 24 Dec 2010 19:12:19 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> <img src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/SantaVideo-thumb1.png" height="216" align="right" width="379"></img>For people looking to add some last-minute fun to the "here comes Christmas" time, a friend let me know about a cool video service at <a href="http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/">http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/</a> that lets you do some serious customization and personalization, with the end result being a personal message for the recipient from Santa himself. And, best of all, it's free! </p> <p> The message topic, various phrases, recipient name, nickname and a photo can be specified by you, and it only takes a few minutes to do the whole thing. Plus, anyone can do it. The site walks you through all the steps one at a time. There's also a <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/app/ipnp/id401690124?mt=8" target="_blank">mobile version at the Apple App Store</a>. </p> <p> If you want to see an example of a personalized video, you can <a href="http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/watch/n7fjxxmY7yNRPHCALQPs1g" target="_blank">check one out here</a>. </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=MI7PixQzhvw:40EUKEecAfA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=MI7PixQzhvw:40EUKEecAfA:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=MI7PixQzhvw:40EUKEecAfA:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=MI7PixQzhvw:40EUKEecAfA:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=MI7PixQzhvw:40EUKEecAfA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=MI7PixQzhvw:40EUKEecAfA:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=MI7PixQzhvw:40EUKEecAfA:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=MI7PixQzhvw:40EUKEecAfA:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/MI7PixQzhvw" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,b4edb123-c0c5-471a-8eb4-867c0a7e25af.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/GetASpecialPersonalizedVideoMessageFromSantaForAllAges.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=11cfb4b6-1654-4f39-b470-375b949fcabf http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,11cfb4b6-1654-4f39-b470-375b949fcabf.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,11cfb4b6-1654-4f39-b470-375b949fcabf.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=11cfb4b6-1654-4f39-b470-375b949fcabf Track Santa's progress and get a phone call from Santa this Christmas http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,11cfb4b6-1654-4f39-b470-375b949fcabf.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/tfJINMkl_KE/TrackSantasProgressAndGetAPhoneCallFromSantaThisChristmas.aspx Fri, 24 Dec 2010 07:07:07 GMT <p> Time has come for Jolly Ol' Saint Nick to pay his visits to the good little girls and boys this year. Here are a couple resources you can use with the kiddos to interact with Santa and build up some additional excitement for the Christmas event. </p> <p> As always, NORAD is tracking Santa's progress throughout the Christmas delivery window. You can go with your kids to <a href="http://noradsanta.org" target="_blank">http://noradsanta.org</a> for lots of information and links to various tracking resources. There's even a mobile version of the site (<a href="http://m.noradsanta.org" target="_blank">m.noradsanta.org</a>) and a Twitter feed (<a href="http://twitter.com/noradsanta" target="_blank">twitter.com/noradsanta</a>). Oh, and on Facebook, too at <a href="http://facebook.com/noradsanta" target="_blank">http://facebook.com/noradsanta</a> of course. Here is the obligatory YouTube video: </p> <p> <span> <object height="304" width="380"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/RapJevrCKag?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/RapJevrCKag?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="304" width="380"></embed> </object></span> <br /> But, that's not all. For those parents who might want to arrange a call from the Jolly Old Elf himself, there's an app (or two or three) for that. For those living in the Android world, here are a couple: </p> <p> <a href="http://www.androlib.com/android.application.redrabbit-callme-christmas-qCqiD.aspx" target="_blank">CALLME! Christmas</a> - Allows you to choose a child's name and a message and receive a "phone call" (actually an app that plays the audio locally) that you can answer with your child. Lots of good options and pretty cool. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-jeremyraines-santa-qnqFt.aspx" target="_blank">Christmas Call from Santa</a> - This one allows you to receive up to four actual calls. In this case, any phone can be used and a real phone call comes in with a good or "don't be naughty" greeting. </p> <p> And - from the BONUS department - Check out the interactive <a href="http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-outfit7-talkingsantafree-qBCpn.aspx" target="_blank">Talking Santa (free)</a> app in the Android Market. It's a lot of fun and the kids will enjoy it. </p> <p> For those without a smartphone, there's also a service on the web called <a href="http://www.santashotline.com/" target="_blank">Santa's Hotline</a> that you can use to arrange calls to your child - by name - from Santa. You schedule and choose the call. Very cool. </p> <p> Merry Christmas everyone! </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=tfJINMkl_KE:ekqm0YUlNQ0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=tfJINMkl_KE:ekqm0YUlNQ0:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=tfJINMkl_KE:ekqm0YUlNQ0:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=tfJINMkl_KE:ekqm0YUlNQ0:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=tfJINMkl_KE:ekqm0YUlNQ0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=tfJINMkl_KE:ekqm0YUlNQ0:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=tfJINMkl_KE:ekqm0YUlNQ0:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=tfJINMkl_KE:ekqm0YUlNQ0:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/tfJINMkl_KE" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,11cfb4b6-1654-4f39-b470-375b949fcabf.aspx Android Random Stuff http://www.greghughes.net/rant/TrackSantasProgressAndGetAPhoneCallFromSantaThisChristmas.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=28953773-ef43-4c20-af56-289e57b41bad http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,28953773-ef43-4c20-af56-289e57b41bad.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,28953773-ef43-4c20-af56-289e57b41bad.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=28953773-ef43-4c20-af56-289e57b41bad 2 A few pictures from northern New Mexico http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,28953773-ef43-4c20-af56-289e57b41bad.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/I_StWCR0IjQ/AFewPicturesFromNorthernNewMexico.aspx Thu, 09 Dec 2010 09:04:00 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> I recently went on a trip across the country with a good friend, and ended up in the town where we grew up – Los Alamos, New Mexico. My final stop before returning to Oregon was the Four Corners area – Farmington, Durango and Shiprock. Here are a few pictures from the New Mexico portion of the trip, which a few people have asked for hi-res copies of. You can click on each one to see the full size version, and then right-click on the large version and choose to save it to your computer if you like. And since it comes up more often than not eventually, please note that commercial or publication use just requires asking nicely. :)<br></p> <p align="center"> <em>Shiprock, New Mexico</em> </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/AfewpicturesfromnorthernNewMexico_10115/Shiprock2_2.jpg" target="_blank"> <img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="Shiprock2" border="0" alt="Shiprock2" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/AfewpicturesfromnorthernNewMexico_10115/Shiprock2_thumb.jpg" width="244" height="165"></img> </a> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/AfewpicturesfromnorthernNewMexico_10115/Shiprock1_2.jpg" target="_blank"> <img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="Shiprock1" border="0" alt="Shiprock1" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/AfewpicturesfromnorthernNewMexico_10115/Shiprock1_thumb.jpg" width="244" height="165"></img> </a> </p> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"> <em>Front Hill Road view, Los Alamos, New Mexico</em> </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/AfewpicturesfromnorthernNewMexico_10115/DSC00056aaa_2.jpg" target="_blank"> <img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="DSC00056aaa" border="0" alt="DSC00056aaa" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/AfewpicturesfromnorthernNewMexico_10115/DSC00056aaa_thumb.jpg" width="244" height="139"></img> </a> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/AfewpicturesfromnorthernNewMexico_10115/DSC00095aaa_2.jpg" target="_blank"> <img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="DSC00095aaa" border="0" alt="DSC00095aaa" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/AfewpicturesfromnorthernNewMexico_10115/DSC00095aaa_thumb.jpg" width="244" height="139"></img> </a> </p> <p align="center"> <em>Clines Corners, New Mexico</em> </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/AfewpicturesfromnorthernNewMexico_10115/ClinesCornersSign_2.jpg" target="_blank"> <img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="ClinesCornersSign" border="0" alt="ClinesCornersSign" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/AfewpicturesfromnorthernNewMexico_10115/ClinesCornersSign_thumb.jpg" width="244" height="93"></img> </a> </p> <p align="center"> <em>Fence, 210 North Allen</em> </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/AfewpicturesfromnorthernNewMexico_10115/DSC00113aaa_2.jpg"> <img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="DSC00113aaa" border="0" alt="DSC00113aaa" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/AfewpicturesfromnorthernNewMexico_10115/DSC00113aaa_thumb.jpg" width="244" height="145"></img> </a> </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=I_StWCR0IjQ:KQ5ED2HVCnk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=I_StWCR0IjQ:KQ5ED2HVCnk:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=I_StWCR0IjQ:KQ5ED2HVCnk:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=I_StWCR0IjQ:KQ5ED2HVCnk:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=I_StWCR0IjQ:KQ5ED2HVCnk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=I_StWCR0IjQ:KQ5ED2HVCnk:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=I_StWCR0IjQ:KQ5ED2HVCnk:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=I_StWCR0IjQ:KQ5ED2HVCnk:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/I_StWCR0IjQ" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,28953773-ef43-4c20-af56-289e57b41bad.aspx Photography Random Stuff http://www.greghughes.net/rant/AFewPicturesFromNorthernNewMexico.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=3ec657c7-ffd6-4450-bc77-ded94bdad773 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,3ec657c7-ffd6-4450-bc77-ded94bdad773.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,3ec657c7-ffd6-4450-bc77-ded94bdad773.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=3ec657c7-ffd6-4450-bc77-ded94bdad773 7 Enable AirPrint printer sharing on Windows Home Server for iOS 4.2 devices http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,3ec657c7-ffd6-4450-bc77-ded94bdad773.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/cJzbpBNF7Ww/EnableAirPrintPrinterSharingOnWindowsHomeServerForIOS42Devices.aspx Tue, 23 Nov 2010 19:27:43 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> Yesterday I <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/TherersquosNoAirprintFromIOS42InOSX1065NdashButTherersquosAnAppToFixThathellip.aspx" target="_blank">wrote</a> about how I enabled my MacBook Air to share a wireless laser printer in my home office so I could print to it using the new Air Print feature in iOS 4.2 on the iPad. That works great, but since my MacBook is only *almost* always on, I started thinking about other options. I have a first –generation (Power-PC-based) Mac Mini in my living room that basically doesn’t get used at all, but I don’t think OS x 10.6.5 is really an option for that. So, I turned my attention to the other always-on computer in my home office, the <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/HPWindowsHomeServerMyFirstCoupleOfDaysAQuickReview.aspx" target="_blank">HP MediaSmart Home Server</a>. </p> <p> <img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 20px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="airprint_services" border="0" alt="airprint_services" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/EnableAirPrintprintersharingonW.2devices_A12F/airprint_services_1.png" width="435" height="209"></img> I wondered to myself, has anyone come up with a way to share printers accessible from a Windows computer with AirPrint-capable iOS devices? And, sure enough, <a href="http://jaxov.com/2010/11/how-to-enable-airprint-service-on-windows/" target="_blank">someone has already done just that</a>. The short tutorial covers Windows workstation versions (XP, Vista and Win7), but the instructions apply to Windows Home Server and other flavors of Windows Server, as well. My Win Home Server is based on the Server 2003 OS. </p> <p> I’m going to add to a couple of the original steps here, since there are a few things I did that were not included in the instructions on the original post. </p> <p> First of all, you need printer drivers installed for the printer you want to share on the system. You may not have printers already installed and shared on your Windows Home Server. To do this, you can make a Remote Desktop connection to your WHS  machine, and from there follow the standard steps to set up a local printer. In my case, I downloaded the Brother printer drivers and set up the network printer and printed a test page from the WHS machine to make sure it was working properly. Next, I followed the instructions on the port referenced earlier, and then I enabled sharing on the networked printer. </p> <p> The first time I connected to the printer, a little padlock icon appeared on the iPad (see beow), indicating a Windows account user name and password were required to access the shared printer. This, of course, can be controlled and changed on the Windows computer in the printer sharing security preferences: </p> <p> </p>      <img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; margin-left: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="print_locked" border="0" alt="print_locked" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/EnableAirPrintprintersharingonW.2devices_A12F/print_locked_2.png" width="242" height="241"></img><p> After entering the account information, the printer was accessible and printing of various content (text, graphics and photos) worked flawlessly. One big difference I noticed between sharing the same printer through Windows vs. the Mac is that when connected via the Windows AirPrint share, an option for double-sided printing appeared. That option is missing when connecting to the same printer shared via the Mac. Here’s the Windows-connected printer options as seen on the iPad: </p><p>      <img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="print_windows" border="0" alt="print_windows" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/EnableAirPrintprintersharingonW.2devices_A12F/print_windows_1.png" width="242" height="239"></img></p><p> So, I now have my laser printer shared across all devices on my LAN, including iOS 4.2, via the Windows Home Server, no extra charge!<br></p><p> Related Links: </p><ul><li><a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/TherersquosNoAirprintFromIOS42InOSX1065NdashButTherersquosAnAppToFixThathellip.aspx" target="_blank">Enabling AirPrint support in OS X 10.6.5</a></li><li><a href="http://jaxov.com/2010/11/how-to-enable-airprint-service-on-windows/" target="_blank">How to enable AirPrint service on Windows</a></li></ul><p>   </p><p></p><div style="padding-bottom: 0px; margin: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: none; padding-top: 0px" id="scid:0767317B-992E-4b12-91E0-4F059A8CECA8:b6abf619-6c0d-4ca5-9347-677d2ac9eb9a" class="wlWriterEditableSmartContent">Technorati Tags: <a href="http://technorati.com/tags/Air" rel="tag">Air</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/Print" rel="tag">Print</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/Airprint" rel="tag">Airprint</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/iPad" rel="tag">iPad</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/Windows" rel="tag">Windows</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/Home" rel="tag">Home</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/Server" rel="tag">Server</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/Apple" rel="tag">Apple</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/iOS" rel="tag">iOS</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/AirPrint" rel="tag">AirPrint</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/4.2" rel="tag">4.2</a></div><br><hr></hr><font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font></body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=cJzbpBNF7Ww:7qg4AvSHDlA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=cJzbpBNF7Ww:7qg4AvSHDlA:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=cJzbpBNF7Ww:7qg4AvSHDlA:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=cJzbpBNF7Ww:7qg4AvSHDlA:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=cJzbpBNF7Ww:7qg4AvSHDlA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=cJzbpBNF7Ww:7qg4AvSHDlA:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=cJzbpBNF7Ww:7qg4AvSHDlA:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=cJzbpBNF7Ww:7qg4AvSHDlA:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/cJzbpBNF7Ww" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,3ec657c7-ffd6-4450-bc77-ded94bdad773.aspx Apple Home Servers Tech Windows http://www.greghughes.net/rant/EnableAirPrintPrinterSharingOnWindowsHomeServerForIOS42Devices.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=4694cfc1-adef-404c-a285-5b2e34567832 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,4694cfc1-adef-404c-a285-5b2e34567832.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,4694cfc1-adef-404c-a285-5b2e34567832.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=4694cfc1-adef-404c-a285-5b2e34567832 There&rsquo;s no Airprint from iOS 4.2 in OS X 10.6.5 &ndash; But there&rsquo;s an app (to fix) that&hellip; http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,4694cfc1-adef-404c-a285-5b2e34567832.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/JkMCrvbD3bs/TherersquosNoAirprintFromIOS42InOSX1065NdashButTherersquosAnAppToFixThathellip.aspx Mon, 22 Nov 2010 21:52:32 GMT <p> <b>UPDATE:</b> Check out my new post that describes <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/EnableAirPrintPrinterSharingOnWindowsHomeServerForIOS42Devices.aspx">how to enable the AirPrint support for Windows shared printers, including on Windows Home Server</a>. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/TheresnoAirprin.5Buttheresanapptofixthat_C311/photo.png"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px 20px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="photo" border="0" alt="photo" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/TheresnoAirprin.5Buttheresanapptofixthat_C311/photo_thumb.png" width="239" height="242"></a> I was pretty excited, based on reports in the community in the past about being able to print from my <a href="http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/11/22ios.html" target="_blank">iPad in the new iOS 4.2.1</a> operating system via my Mac computer. My WiFi laser printer in my home office is a good printer, but it certainly is not Airprint enabled. So leveraging my MacBook (which is pretty much always up and running) was to be a good option for me. </p> <p> But, alas, iOS 4.2.1 is here, and OS X 10.6.5 is installed and running on my MacBook (after some troublesome issues that finally got resolved)… But it looks like Apple removed the Airprint capability from the 10.6.5 release of OS X. It was in the beta versions, but not in the version they finally released. </p> <p> <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5687186/how-to-enable-ios-airprint-support-in-os-x-right-now" target="_blank">Lifehacker has a brief article describing how to manually enable Airprint support in 10.6.5</a>, so you can share your non-Airprint printers with your iOS 4.2 devices via your Mac. </p> <p> In a nutshell, you just do this: </p> <ul> <li> Download a few files (which are pulled from the OS X beta)</li> <li> Copy them to a couple of specific locations (described in the linked site, above)</li> <li> Remove your printer from the system</li> <li> Restart your Mac </li> <li> and re-add your printer, and share it</li> </ul> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/TheresnoAirprin.5Buttheresanapptofixthat_C311/IMAG0233a_2.jpg"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px 20px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="IMAG0233a" border="0" alt="IMAG0233a" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/TheresnoAirprin.5Buttheresanapptofixthat_C311/IMAG0233a_thumb.jpg" width="159" height="242"></a>Of course, this is not a supported configuration and undoubtedly there is some very real reason why it was not included in 10.6.5, so your mileage may vary should you decide to try it. </p> <p> For those who may not want to break open the Terminal app in OS X, someone also built a <a href="http://netputing.com/2010/11/11/airprint-hacktivator/" target="_blank">quick Mac App called Airprint Hacktivator</a> that you can run, which will allow you to automagically install the proper files and configure the OS. </p> <p> Again, your mileage may vary. But I can tell you, it worked for me! I used the Hacktivator app and didn’t even have to restart my computer. I ran it, removed the old shared printer and re-added it, and instantly my iPad “saw” it and was able to print. </p> <p> So, I’m now printing from my iPad, via my MacBook Air on the WLAN, to my office laser printer. Pretty slick, and a nice feature to have. No more emailing links and copy/paste content to one of my other computers in order to print things I find or need from the iPad. </p> <p> UPDATE: There's apparently also <a href="http://jaxov.com/2010/11/how-to-enable-airprint-service-on-windows/">an option out there to enable the Airprint support on Windows</a>. I may have to take a look at that one and see if it will work on my Windows Home Server, which is quite literally *always* on, as opposed to my Macbook, which *almost* always on... </p> <p> If you’re interested in what else is available in iOS 4.2 for the iPad, I suggest you <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5687615/all-the-great-new-stuff-in-ios-42?skyline=true&s=i" target="_blank">check out the Lifehacker review and video</a>. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=JkMCrvbD3bs:ft9lJFvDopY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=JkMCrvbD3bs:ft9lJFvDopY:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=JkMCrvbD3bs:ft9lJFvDopY:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=JkMCrvbD3bs:ft9lJFvDopY:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=JkMCrvbD3bs:ft9lJFvDopY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=JkMCrvbD3bs:ft9lJFvDopY:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=JkMCrvbD3bs:ft9lJFvDopY:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=JkMCrvbD3bs:ft9lJFvDopY:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/JkMCrvbD3bs" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,4694cfc1-adef-404c-a285-5b2e34567832.aspx Apple Geek Out Mobile Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/TherersquosNoAirprintFromIOS42InOSX1065NdashButTherersquosAnAppToFixThathellip.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=c4f0756b-b6f5-4a0e-b766-466bd8247b8f http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,c4f0756b-b6f5-4a0e-b766-466bd8247b8f.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,c4f0756b-b6f5-4a0e-b766-466bd8247b8f.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=c4f0756b-b6f5-4a0e-b766-466bd8247b8f 2 Office 2011 for the Mac brings Outlook to the Apple platform, and it&rsquo;s on BizSpark and MDSN! http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,c4f0756b-b6f5-4a0e-b766-466bd8247b8f.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/PX9m8VnvJgM/Office2011ForTheMacBringsOutlookToTheApplePlatformAndItrsquosOnBizSparkAndMDSN.aspx Tue, 26 Oct 2010 23:41:27 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/Office-2011-for-the-Mac-bring-Outlook-to_E659/image_2.png"> <img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px 15px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: right; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="image" border="0" alt="image" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Windows-Live-Writer/Office-2011-for-the-Mac-bring-Outlook-to_E659/image_thumb.png" width="487" height="123"></img> </a>Today marks the release of <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/mac/" target="_blank">Office 2011 for the Mac</a>, as <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2010/oct10/10-26OfficeMac2011.mspx" target="_blank">described in the official release notice</a>. And in a new feature twist, the software is also available for download to BizSpark (startup program) MSDN subscribers as of this morning. Typically Mac-based software has not been made available there, so this is a pretty cool change. </p> <p> It’s available to people with membership at the following programs and levels: </p> <ul> <li> VS Pro with MSDN Premium (Empower)</li> <li> VS Premium with MSDN (MPN)</li> <li> VS Pro with MSDN Premium (MPN)</li> <li> BizSpark Admin</li> <li> BizSpark</li> <li> VS Ultimate with MSDN (VL)</li> <li> VS Premium with MSDN (VL)</li> <li> VS Premium with MSDN (Retail)</li> <li> VS Ultimate with MSDN (Retail)</li> <li> VS Ultimate with MSDN (MPN)</li> </ul> <p> Of course, use is governed by your subscription license limitations and terms of use, so make sure you know what those are. </p> <p> Why Office 2011 for the Mac? </p> <p> There are a few reasons why you might be interested in <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/mac/" target="_blank">Office 2011 on the Mac</a>, but for me the number one reason is the brand new <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/mac/outlook" target="_blank">Outlook 2011</a>. No more Entourage software, now we get the actual Outlook experience, which is enough for me to upgrade with no other changes in the suite. Add in all the other changes, and it’s a pretty slick new version. </p> <p> Mac user? 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I hadn't used it for a few months, and when I recharged it and powered it up the other day, the screen had a whole section that was broken, displaying gray and garbled info. </p> <p> So, with one quick call to customer support, a very brief set of troubleshooting questions they are sending a replacement. Great service, no wasted time and I'm one happy customer. </p> <p> A friend's son is about to deploy with his company to Afghanistan, so my plan is to package up the new one when it arrives tomorrow and send it to them so he can take it with him when they go. I use the Kindle app on my iPad these days, so it will be cool to know that someone will be making good use of the one I'm not using. </p> <p> Anyone else had Kindle display failures? Is this common at all? </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=wDYHuygcQLY:7C8A8Mp6lQo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=wDYHuygcQLY:7C8A8Mp6lQo:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=wDYHuygcQLY:7C8A8Mp6lQo:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=wDYHuygcQLY:7C8A8Mp6lQo:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=wDYHuygcQLY:7C8A8Mp6lQo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=wDYHuygcQLY:7C8A8Mp6lQo:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=wDYHuygcQLY:7C8A8Mp6lQo:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=wDYHuygcQLY:7C8A8Mp6lQo:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/wDYHuygcQLY" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,176d989e-b804-4511-a8c6-4072b76753d1.aspx Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/AmazonKindleReplacementScreenWentBad.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=65c0c6be-23f4-4aaa-82cd-98289754af67 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,65c0c6be-23f4-4aaa-82cd-98289754af67.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,65c0c6be-23f4-4aaa-82cd-98289754af67.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=65c0c6be-23f4-4aaa-82cd-98289754af67 July 4th Fireworks show in Anacortes, Washington - Video http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,65c0c6be-23f4-4aaa-82cd-98289754af67.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/T3Fmmv08oFc/July4thFireworksShowInAnacortesWashingtonVideo.aspx Tue, 06 Jul 2010 23:12:47 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> As many know, I shoot public fireworks displays now and then for <a href="http://www.westerndisplay.com" target="_blank">Western Display Fireworks</a>, a <a href="http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2010/07/family-run_western_display_fir.html" target="_blank">company located right here in Oregon</a>. That means I’m typically off at some big show each July 4th in either Washington or Oregon, the two states where I am a card carrying pyrotechnics display operator. This year I was with my fine crew in Anacortes, Washington – a town located between Seattle and the Canadian border. We fired the show out over Hidalgo Bay, and it was a good time. The people of Anacortes are terrific, and the show went off without a hitch. For a while earlier in the day the winds were pretty bad, but Mother Nature cooperated and they died off before the show started. </p> <p> Below is a video of the show as well as a couple setup videos. You can see more video of the setup process at <a href="http://qik.com/greghughespdx">http://qik.com/greghughespdx</a> as well if you like, and once I can get the show video from the other camera downloaded (it was giving me fits last night when I tried) I will post that, as well. </p> <p> Enjoy.<br></p> <object width="501" height="282"> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"></param> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param> <param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13136788&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1"></param> <embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13136788&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="501" height="282"> </embed> </object> <p> <a href="http://vimeo.com/13136788">Anacortes July 4th Fireworks - 2010</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/greghughes">Greg Hughes</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.<br></p> <p> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,115,0" width="425" height="319" id="qikPlayer" align="middle"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain"></param> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param> <param name="movie" value="http://qik.com/swfs/qikPlayer5.swf"></param> <param name="quality" value="high"></param> <param name="bgcolor" value="#333333"></param> <param name="FlashVars" value="streamID=5d3a734ff7714901b8246ee85f99ee7a&amp;autoplay=false"></param> <embed src="http://qik.com/swfs/qikPlayer5.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#333333" width="425" height="319" name="qikPlayer" align="middle" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain" allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" flashvars="streamID=5d3a734ff7714901b8246ee85f99ee7a&amp;autoplay=false"> </embed> </object> </p> <p> Loading shells<br></p> <p> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,115,0" width="425" height="319" id="qikPlayer" align="middle"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain"></param> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param> <param name="movie" value="http://qik.com/swfs/qikPlayer5.swf"></param> <param name="quality" value="high"></param> <param name="bgcolor" value="#333333"></param> <param name="FlashVars" value="streamID=c2896ef50347476eaedb935b37e0ba2a&amp;autoplay=false"></param> <embed src="http://qik.com/swfs/qikPlayer5.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#333333" width="425" height="319" name="qikPlayer" align="middle" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain" allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" flashvars="streamID=c2896ef50347476eaedb935b37e0ba2a&amp;autoplay=false"> </embed> </object> </p> <p> Wiring up the show </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - 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Anyone who has the device and doesn't know where to start but wants to learn about the phone and how to make it really work should read through all the articles on the site. It's very well-written and contains a wealth of information and links. Check it out at <a href="http://www.goodandevo.net/">http://www.goodandevo.net/</a>. </p> <p> <strong>Another excellent - and more technical - resource is the </strong> <a href="http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=653" target="_blank"> <strong>xda-developers Android Development forum for the EVO 4G phone</strong> </a> <strong>. </strong>Uber-geeks will rejoice in all the slang and tech jargon being slung around the walls of these rooms. Of particular interest for people getting started hacking on the EVO is "rooting" the device and installing customer ROMs (images of the operating system packages). Check out the <a href="http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=701245" target="_blank">EVO Helpful/Popular Threads</a> topic for links to the basics, and check out the broader forum for lots and lots more. The forum can be found at <a href="http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=653">http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=653</a>. </p> <p> Other good resources to list? </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=nxN7QNrtg68:kF4VgnPntNs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=nxN7QNrtg68:kF4VgnPntNs:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=nxN7QNrtg68:kF4VgnPntNs:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=nxN7QNrtg68:kF4VgnPntNs:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=nxN7QNrtg68:kF4VgnPntNs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=nxN7QNrtg68:kF4VgnPntNs:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=nxN7QNrtg68:kF4VgnPntNs:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=nxN7QNrtg68:kF4VgnPntNs:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/nxN7QNrtg68" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,e18d40fd-006b-46e6-9416-5fc62dc75d19.aspx Android Mobile Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ACoupleGreatInfoResourcesForSprintHTCEVO4GOwners.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=9bf1e4bf-2cf3-46a5-bf3e-c9168e55f113 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,9bf1e4bf-2cf3-46a5-bf3e-c9168e55f113.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,9bf1e4bf-2cf3-46a5-bf3e-c9168e55f113.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=9bf1e4bf-2cf3-46a5-bf3e-c9168e55f113 How Facebook is able to serve such a huge user community http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,9bf1e4bf-2cf3-46a5-bf3e-c9168e55f113.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/lI2rRm7a8Wo/HowFacebookIsAbleToServeSuchAHugeUserCommunity.aspx Mon, 21 Jun 2010 04:14:29 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> Facebook is huge. It serves hundred of billions (literally) of pages a month, and 1.2 million photos every second. Wow. It's generally considered the world's largest web site. I'm waiting for an episode of Build it Bigger to air talking about Facebook, but I doubt they'll do it. Software scaling is hard to show in TV (but data center pictures are exciting to some, I suppose). </p> <p> Operating software, databases and infrastructure at Facebook scale is a massive and complicated undertaking, and they actually do a lot of it on open-source software. </p> <p> <a href="http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/06/18/the-software-behind-facebook/" target="_blank">Pingdom takes a look at how Facebook does it</a>, and describes some of the open-source technology the company leverages, in an interesting article called <a href="http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/06/18/the-software-behind-facebook/" target="_blank">The Software Behind Facebook</a>. It's worth reading. </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=lI2rRm7a8Wo:ub742SVlJNc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=lI2rRm7a8Wo:ub742SVlJNc:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=lI2rRm7a8Wo:ub742SVlJNc:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=lI2rRm7a8Wo:ub742SVlJNc:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=lI2rRm7a8Wo:ub742SVlJNc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=lI2rRm7a8Wo:ub742SVlJNc:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=lI2rRm7a8Wo:ub742SVlJNc:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=lI2rRm7a8Wo:ub742SVlJNc:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/lI2rRm7a8Wo" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,9bf1e4bf-2cf3-46a5-bf3e-c9168e55f113.aspx Random Stuff Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/HowFacebookIsAbleToServeSuchAHugeUserCommunity.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=87be2d6b-5998-43b1-8fe6-1857f4d79dae http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,87be2d6b-5998-43b1-8fe6-1857f4d79dae.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,87be2d6b-5998-43b1-8fe6-1857f4d79dae.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=87be2d6b-5998-43b1-8fe6-1857f4d79dae 3 My view on the EVO 4G and Sprint after the first few days http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,87be2d6b-5998-43b1-8fe6-1857f4d79dae.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/7R9UCxecGZA/MyViewOnTheEVO4GAndSprintAfterTheFirstFewDays.aspx Sun, 20 Jun 2010 02:26:25 GMT <p> The other day I decided I'd had enough pain in my relationship with AT&T and that <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/DearATampTYoursquoreFired.aspx" target="_blank">I was going to make a move</a>. I looked at my various options, and <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/DearSprintAndHTCAndAndroidYoursquoreHired.aspx" target="_blank">landed on Sprint and the EVO 4G</a> Android-based smart phone. I've spent a few days with the new service and device, and I thought I would write up some early thoughts and opinions. </p> <p> First of all, let's get this part out of the way:<em> I already miss using the iPhone. </em>Now, the Android phone is cool and there are a lot of good things to say about it. But the iPhone is what I'm used to, and from size to form to OS usability to - well - fit and finish, so to speak... The iPhone is great, and hard to leave. </p> <p> <strong>Sprint's mobile service</strong> </p> <p> As expected, Sprint's service is a little patchier in certain spots around the Portland area than AT&T, while in other areas Sprint provide substantially better coverage. Neither carrier truly blankets the entire area effectively. At my house, located in a fairly remote and rural area about an hour northwest of the city, service by both carriers is equally spotty. </p> <p> But one thing about the Sprint service that stands out over AT&T's is the call delivery stability. Calls go through, the phone rings when someone is calling, and I have yet to experience a dropped call even once. Even in areas with one or two bars of signal strength showing on the phone I can reliably place and receive calls. Try that with an iPhone on AT&T (even in strong signal strength areas) and one is bound for overall abject failure disappointment. </p> <p> <strong>The EVO 4G phone</strong> </p> <p> The phone is pretty darned slick, and Android is a very cool operating system. It's a tough adjustment from the iPhone to this device in some ways. But overall, color me quite impressed. The display is nice, and even though it's a little larger than I might like it is good hardware with a quality fit and finish. </p> <p> Battery life is somewhat frustrating, and Sprint even hands out a half sheet of paper when you buy the phone printed with recommendations on how to configure your phone to prevent battery drain. The usual suspects apply (turn off GPS and 4G when not in use, turn down screen brightness, etc.) but I think we all recognize that they wouldn't be handing out the sheet if battery consumption wasn't an issue for customers. That said, my experience so far is that battery life is fairly reasonable if you follow the recommendations. I just wish it wasn't necessary, and I'm hopeful someone builds something like a 3000 mAh battery that will fit in the same slot as the provided 1500 mAh battery. There's a little extra room inside that back compartment, so if it's practical to build a bigger battery to fit, hopefully someone will come through. I know I'd buy it. </p> <p> There are some good apps out there, but not the same quality as I can find for the iPhone in the areas I care about the most. And I am having problems with some apps crashing and force-quitting that are more than just a little frustrating. </p> <p> The ability to customize and run widgets, etc. on the phone's "desktop" screens is super cool, and the Google Voice app builds itself into the OS in such an elegant, Borg-like manner that it just makes sense for GV people. There are a couple glitches in the app, but hopefully those get improved upon over time. </p> <p> <strong>In a nutshell...</strong> </p> <p> I miss the iPhone a bit. The EVO is a great phone, don't get me wrong. </p> <p> I don't miss AT&T at all, at least not yet. My calls on Sprint go through the first time and they don't drop. Data connectivity is reliable and performs well. I can't say that about AT&T. </p> <p> <strong>Thinking out loud about the service issues on AT&T's network...</strong> </p> <p> I'm no cell phone service expert. Far from it. But one thing I've wondered over the past few days is whether the issues on the AT&T network are solely carrier problems, or if some small part of the blame might be Apple's. Is it possible the methods of connecting to and communicating on the network being implemented by Apple aren't optimal? I wonder because for the past year I've carried my iPhone with me for personal use, while at the same time carrying a Blackberry - also on AT&T's network - for business purposes. Frequently the Blackberry performs better in any given location than the iPhone. But not always. There are times when both devices just fall off the back of the truck as far as network connectivity and reliability (for both voice and data) is concerned, Yet I can say based on that year's worth of experience that when I've needed to make a call and ensure the best chance of staying connected and not getting dropped, I've used the Blackberry with noticeably greater reliability. </p> <p> The amateur radio geek in me in me can think of a few possible reasons for the difference between the performance differences between my iPhone and the Blackberry in the same locations at the same time: </p> <p> <ul> <li> They connect and communicate differently - Obviously the engineers at the different phone manufacturers don't get together in the same room and write radio code, so I suppose it's possible RIM's people are better at this than Apple's folks.<br /> </li> <li> They're using different cell towers/radios/bands/frequencies - Since these are multi-band transceivers, one has to remember that they may not be operating on the exact same infrastructure equipment at any given point in time. In that case, performance would likely be different.<br /> </li> <li> The Blackberry seems to hand-off to EDGE sooner than the iPhone, and it stays connected to the network at least a little more reliably.<br /> </li> </ul> At any rate, it's hard for me to know what I will think of the EVO and Sprint in another week. I have this 30-day period to decide if it's right for me, and if it doesn't work out I can decide to try something else, or even go back to AT&T if it turns out I was wrong in my decision. 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So cool to watch WordPress grow over time. I remember eating lunch with Matt at a Gnomedex conference back in the day. Good guy. </p> <p> I plan to move to WordPress sometime in the future for this weblog, but the whole “keep the link, content and search engine indexing” thing demands some careful planning that I have not had a chance to do yet. Anyone a pro in migrating from dasBlog to WordPress and making it actually work? I love dasBlog, and it’s been really good to me, but it feels like time for a change. </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=O4BGfPlh9qA:5WfF4Xp8_hE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=O4BGfPlh9qA:5WfF4Xp8_hE:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=O4BGfPlh9qA:5WfF4Xp8_hE:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=O4BGfPlh9qA:5WfF4Xp8_hE:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=O4BGfPlh9qA:5WfF4Xp8_hE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=O4BGfPlh9qA:5WfF4Xp8_hE:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=O4BGfPlh9qA:5WfF4Xp8_hE:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=O4BGfPlh9qA:5WfF4Xp8_hE:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/O4BGfPlh9qA" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,5445db5c-2719-4eb1-8ea3-99ffceca2774.aspx Blogging Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CongratsOnWordPressV30.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=93281a59-0bbd-4404-9b68-e6719e8c78a2 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,93281a59-0bbd-4404-9b68-e6719e8c78a2.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,93281a59-0bbd-4404-9b68-e6719e8c78a2.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=93281a59-0bbd-4404-9b68-e6719e8c78a2 6 Dear Sprint and HTC (and Android): You&rsquo;re Hired. http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,93281a59-0bbd-4404-9b68-e6719e8c78a2.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/3zfN__sife4/DearSprintAndHTCAndAndroidYoursquoreHired.aspx Thu, 17 Jun 2010 07:11:23 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> As I <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/DearATampTYoursquoreFired.aspx" target="_blank">explained in my last post</a>, I made the decision over the past few days to move away from AT&amp;T for mobile phone service, which necessitated a change in the smart phone hardware I use since the iPhone is exclusive (for now, anyhow) to AT&amp;T in the United States. I did some research, got some advice from people I know, read a lot of reviews, and  heard out several others who contacted me with their thoughts -- and then today I took action. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/DearSprintandHTCandAndroidYoureHired_1076B/EVO4G-1.jpg"> <img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 15px 15px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="Sprint HTC EVO 4G" border="0" alt="Sprint HTC EVO 4G" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/DearSprintandHTCandAndroidYoureHired_1076B/EVO4G-1_thumb.jpg" width="418" height="251"></img> </a> After work, I left the office and started for home. It was a little after 5pm, and I thought to myself, I wonder if there’s a Sprint store nearby? I’d been looking at the <a href="http://now.sprint.com/firsts/evo4g/" target="_blank">HTC EVO 4G</a>, a truly impressive Android-based smart phone that operates on the Sprint/Clear 4G network for data, as well as Sprint’s 3G mobile network. </p> <p> Turns out there’s a store just a few blocks away, so I turned around and drove there. I had realistic expectations as I headed over: The HTC EVO 4G is sold out on the Sprint and HTC web sites, and is in very short supply/unavailable pretty much everywhere, so my hope was that the store would at least have a working demo unit that I could take a look at and test drive. </p> <p> Turns out they had two working units on the shelf, and the *very* friendly and *very* helpful young lady at the store quickly and expertly walked me though the phone for a minute or so. I was pretty impressed with the fact that she immediately picked up on my experience and expertise level and tailored her very knowledgeable interaction to me. So if someone at Sprint reads this, please take this as a commendation for Meghan O. at your Tanasbourne Town Center store in Beaverton, Oregon. She deserves a customer service award, truly. No pressure, all information, and true passion about the phone and Sprint’s service. Compare that to my experiences in AT&amp;T stores and there’s really no contest. In fact, the Sprint customer service experience reminds me a lot of the service experience in an Apple store, come to think of it. Hmmmm… Maybe Apple should think about that. </p> <p> But I digress. It turns out they had three brand new, in-the-box EVO4G phones that people had reserved but not picked up, so they were available for the taking. Oh, I started to drool. Well, not really – but I think you know what I mean. </p> <p> I’ll save all the gory details of why this is such a cool phone for another post, since I need to get some sleep tonight. But I want to explain here why I’ve decided to engage Sprint as my probable (operative word there, see below) new service provider. </p> <ul> <li> First of all, I can get more for my money. For the same price I am paying AT&amp;T each month for iPhone service and a data plan, I can get the same number of minutes, same unlimited messaging, free calls to any mobile phone on any carrier in the US, free nights and weekends, and – BONUS – the Sprint hot-spot coverage, where the EVO 4G acts as a wifi hot-spot for up to 8 devices to access the Internet.</li> <li> I haven’t decided this yet, but I am considering dropping the 3G data service plan from AT&amp;T on my iPad and just using the EVO 4G to provide Internet service via the hot-spot capability (and at faster speeds, I should add). The $30 a month savings pays for the hot-spot feature. I could always sign up as needed for AT&amp;T 3G service on an ad-hoc basis at $15 a month if I need their service for some reason.</li> <li> Sprint has a 30-day return policy, which allows you to evaluate Sprint and the hardware you choose, and return the equipment in non-damaged condition within that window for a full refund - including no charge for the service used. In effect they’re saying, “Come try us, and if you don’t like it, we will take the equipment back and make you whole again.” That’s corporate confidence, and should I find out I’m an idiot and made a bad decision (or if I decide I want to take a look at a third carrier) I have the option to get out, no questions asked. I like the try-us-on option. Good move.</li> <li> Sprint’s early termination fees are substantially lower than the competition’s newly-published penalties: At Sprint, it’s $200 max, and after you’re about 8 months into your 24-month contract, the penalty starts to drop by $10 a month until it bottoms out at $50 -- and that’s a pretty reasonable deal.</li> <li> No limits on data usage for the smart phone. AT&amp;T and others are now capping their “unlimited” plans (and thank goodness, they’re re-labeling them in most cases to be more accurate in their descriptions).</li> <li> In the store, Meghan’s customer service skills and knowledge simply won me over. She was confident in what she was saying, quick but not rushed, covered all the bases accurately and efficiently, and answered literally every question I had with answers I wanted to hear.</li> </ul> <p> I’ll add a few things about the EVO 4G phone, because they just have to be said. Keep in mind, I am a bit of an iPhone and Apple fan-boy, and I <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/DearATampTYoursquoreFired.aspx" target="_blank">made the tough decision to leave AT&amp;T</a> and the iPhone not because of Apple’s hardware and software, but instead because of AT&amp;T’s poor service and quality woes. </p> <ul> <li> This is a sharp phone. The screen is big (really big) and vibrant and it’s a solid build. It feels good in your hand.</li> <li> The camera is great, and even gives you access to detailed configuration settings like auto or manual white balance, various recording resolutions, etc.</li> <li> And that’s just the main camera. There’s also a second, front-facing camera working at VGA resolution for video chatting/conferencing or whatever you want to use it for (maybe you want to shoot your own passport pictures – it’s all up to you).</li> <li> One thing the Apple iPhone <em>doesn’t</em> have a native app for (which is a <em><a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10297618-37.html" target="_blank">real shame</a></em>), but Android does: The Google Voice app. I downloaded and installed the GV app in about a minute and configured it to use my Google Voice account, and now the Android phone uses my GV account – <em>natively</em> – to place and receive calls and text messages. It’s totally borged, all wired in tightly without the need to launch a separate app for calls or anything. You go to the regular phone and messaging apps on the phone, and they knows they’re tied directly to Google Voice. That’s huge, and it’s unique to the Android platform. If you’re a Google Voice power user, Android is *definitely* for you. Find me and ask for a demo, I’ll show you what I mean.</li> <li> The Android UI is awesome. It’s responsive, intuitive and even fun to use. I’m impressed.</li> <li> 4G data service. I happen to live in Portland, Oregon, which is one of the early cities that got WiMax/4G from the start. The network is pretty well established here and so this means a lot in my book. Fast Internet service for a flat fee and ability to share it with other devices is hot.</li> </ul> <p> There’s a lot more to love about the EVO 4G phone, but I’ll save the rest for another post. Suffice it to say, I am pleasantly surprised and quite impressed with both Sprint and the new HTC phone. </p> <p> More to come later. If you have an opinion, comment away and let me know! </p> <br> <hr></hr> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> </body><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=3zfN__sife4:3-6KaxWXvT8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=3zfN__sife4:3-6KaxWXvT8:ByNYXvuKCJE"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=ByNYXvuKCJE" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=3zfN__sife4:3-6KaxWXvT8:I2FUP0JpNAM"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=3zfN__sife4:3-6KaxWXvT8:I2FUP0JpNAM" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=3zfN__sife4:3-6KaxWXvT8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=3zfN__sife4:3-6KaxWXvT8:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?a=3zfN__sife4:3-6KaxWXvT8:ozPqQDaSF7U"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/greghughes?i=3zfN__sife4:3-6KaxWXvT8:ozPqQDaSF7U" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/greghughes/~4/3zfN__sife4" height="1" width="1"/> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,93281a59-0bbd-4404-9b68-e6719e8c78a2.aspx Android Apple Mobile Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/DearSprintAndHTCAndAndroidYoursquoreHired.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=2db3adc5-16a4-451d-b426-712331381291 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,2db3adc5-16a4-451d-b426-712331381291.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,2db3adc5-16a4-451d-b426-712331381291.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=2db3adc5-16a4-451d-b426-712331381291 7 Dear AT&amp;T: You&rsquo;re fired http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,2db3adc5-16a4-451d-b426-712331381291.aspx http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/greghughes/~3/gm-Ev6D1iJk/DearATampTYoursquoreFired.aspx Thu, 17 Jun 2010 05:49:31 GMT <body xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <p> <em>And to Apple: I’m sorry, but as good as you make me feel about the world of technology, I just don’t love you enough  to endure AT&amp;T’s <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5564262/">bad habits</a> anymore. So, the iPhone has to go, too. And that makes <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/DearATTYourefired_148DF/IMAG0002_2.jpg"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 15px 0px 15px 15px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="IMAG0002" border="0" alt="IMAG0002" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/DearATTYourefired_148DF/IMAG0002_thumb.jpg" width="192" height="317"></img></a>me sad. I truly wish things were different. I almost can’t believe I’m doing this. They say if you love something, let it go free. It’s a brutal suggestion, really.</em> </p> <p> Let me start out by saying, for those who don’t know, that I’m a security and IT management professional by trade. I’ve held executive and senior management roles for both security and IT functions at a publicly-held company in the financial services space, I’ve consulted with governments and companies large and small on cyber-security issues, and these days I manage security strategy for a Fortune-500 company. So, I have some perspective and reality-based opinions about security and quality. </p> <p> Let me also say - plainly and clearly - that this blog is where I voice <em>my own opinion</em> about things that are <em>on my mind</em> (as opposed to discussing work-related topics). And my mind is pretty active right now as it concentrates on my personal AT&amp;T Wireless account and the lack of service and security quality the company has delivered over time. In other words, I have some strong opinions on the topic. </p> <p> This is certainly a bit of a rant, but it’s <em>not</em> a knee-jerk reaction. It’s grounded in reality and reason and I have put some time and thought into my decision. </p> <p> And enough is enough: I’m done with AT&amp;T. </p> <p> First AT&amp;T’s reliability and call-handling problems were the issue, and frankly those were bad enough on their own. There are locations where I can *guarantee* calls will drop on my iPhone on the 3G network, every single time. Areas with three to five (out of five) bars of signal strength that suddenly drops the call and goes to zero, before churning around trying to reconnect and eventually coming back with a full signal once (I assume) a tower hand-off finishes. I actually have to tell people that the call will drop in a few seconds and that I will call them back in a couple minutes when the service recovers. They always want to know how I can know that. It’s sad. Coverage has gotten *worse* over the past several months in many areas where I travel, and call reliability has suffered. It’s probably worth noting that the same bad service areas affect my iPad’s 3G data access, as well. So, it’s not just my iPhone. </p> <p> As if that wasn’t enough, there’s the costs associated with the AT&amp;T service. We pay a premium for iPhone voice and data plans, and get crap for service in return. If I had a buck for every time someone tried to call me and got voice mail, while my phone was sitting in front of me with four or five bars yet never rang once, I’d be able to pay that early termination penalty AT&amp;T requires of it’s customers. It’s bad enough that AT&amp;T sells us this poor service, but it’s even worse that Apple isn’t more publicly vocal and more forceful about getting the problems solved. It’s been <em>three freakin’ years</em> already, for gosh sakes! There is absolutely no excuse. </p> <p> Then a week ago comes news that AT&amp;T’s iPad registration service was <a href="http://gawker.com/5559346/apples-worst-security-breach-114000-ipad-owners-exposed" target="_blank">exposing email addresses</a> and validating iPad hardware identifiers, as uncovered by a hacker group with <em><a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/DearATTYourefired_148DF/ShootFoot_2.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; margin: 15px 0px 15px 15px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="ShootFoot" border="0" alt="ShootFoot" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/DearATTYourefired_148DF/ShootFoot_thumb.jpg" width="192" height="244"></img></a></em>an unfortunate name (don’t Google it if you are not already familiar with why it’s unfortunate, just trust me on that one). I, too got the victim-list email from AT&amp;T describing what had happened, six or seven days after the fact. It’s not the actual leak that stinks in this case, it’s the fact that such a design would make it into a Internet service in the first place. </p> <p> Since then, there’s been a bit of a meta-debate about who’s responsible for what, and all of it is really just details. The fact that the information leak *could* happen in the first place is yet another indicator of why AT&amp;T is a sloppy, careless company when it comes to the services I consume and my personal information. Shame on them. But there’s more… </p> <p> Then <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5564913/" target="_blank">this week comes the straw that broke my proverbial camel’s back</a>, as AT&amp;T’s servers <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5563909/" target="_blank">fail massively</a> under load during the iPhone 4 pre-order, and we discover that apparently the company's critical software changes didn’t get tested, and changes got made at the last minute. Oh, <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5564262/" target="_blank">and as a result our personal data is being exposed</a> – once again - due to a supposed flaw in the AT&amp;T systems and how they access database records. </p> <p> <em>Holy cow.</em> </p> <p> Regardless of the variety of <a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/news/2010/06/atts-ipad-security-breach-could-be-worse-than-initially-thought.ars" target="_blank">outstanding questions about the exact details and severity</a> of the security situations, the very existence of these problems is more than just problematic. </p> <p> One has to wonder, if one is being pragmatic and watching the past couple weeks’ activity: <em>What else might they be skimping on that we don’t already know about? </em>If I followed the same practices and didn’t test or validate security and functionality in my line of work, there’s no doubt I’d be gone in a second. Again, simply unacceptable for a huge company and it’s customers, who demand and require trust. </p> <p> None of this is indicative of a company that practices good, basic security principles as a matter of course. It’s not indicative of a company that strives first for quality. And it’s not the type of company I feel like I can trust anymore. </p> <p> So, I am quitting you, AT&amp;T. I’d say it’s been nice knowing you, but that would be mostly a lie. So I’ll just walk away and let the past be the past, and focus on the future. Nine-plus years is enough. Good luck to you. I hope you will change, but it’s going to take some serious work, and I just don’t know if you can actually do it. Your track record is not good. Change is hard. Change means pain. And  in the end, most people aren’t willing to endure that process. But maybe you will, and if you do please let me know. I’d like nothing more than to be a happy customer and to write something happy and positive here. I’ll keep my iPad service going with you, since I don’t really have much of a choice and its very existence is <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ToIPhoneOrNotToIPhoneThatsTheQuestion.aspx">part of what makes it possible for me to let the iPhone go</a>. But it’s time for a new phone on a new carrier. </p> <p> Maybe someday you’ll earn my business back. You might have Apple in your jaws of exclusivity, but not me. For now, you’ve lost my trust and business -- and please realize that you killed an Apple iPhone customer in the process. </p> <p> And that’s really saying something. </p> <p> <em>P.S. – A quick final thought to Apple: </em> </p> <p> <em>I love the hardware. I love the OS. I love the apps. But I can’t stand the service provider, which has failed us for too long now.</em> </p> <p> <em>I fail to see how you can continue to do <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/16/technology/att_apple/" target="_blank">exclusive business with a company like AT&amp;T</a>, and I hope you’ll quickly open up options for your customers. Maybe you’re already working on it, which would be a breath of fresh air in this cramped, stuffy, smelly room. I’m sure many will suffer the pains of AT&amp;T to get your hardware and software in your hands, and honestly this is a painful decision for me to make because your phone is something I want and need. But your corporate quality and image is directly tied – even intertwined - to AT&amp;T in the United States, and for a company that stands tall on the ideals of doing things well rather than doing them first, your AT&amp;T relationship is a failure of massive proportions, with quality never measuring up and ability to correct way too lacking. For what it’s worth. I want your products more than any other, but AT&amp;T’s issues have finally crossed a line and have reached the summit of Mt. Unacceptable.</em> </p> <p> <em>So, what do I do? Please, tell me. Do I wait patiently for a relatively short period of time for another carrier option, or do I just make the move now and use someone else’s hardware?</em> </p> <p> <em>I am truly sorry to have to leave, Steve. 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