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Post-Leopard Glitch #3

April 09, 2008 ·

Just discovered that my iPhone had stopped syncing calendars. It turns out that Tiger and Leopard store their calendars in different places and if you do a simple "upgrade" to Leopard (as I did), then iTunes gets confused and uses your old Tiger calendars, even after the upgrade. The workaround is horribly painful and it took me a while to find it on various discussion forums. In essence, backup iCal, export each calendar, delete all your subscriptions (after recording the URLs!), delete ~/Library/Application Support/ical and ~/Library/Calendars (and maybe any iCal-related preferences), reset your sync history (in iSync), import the calendars back into iCal and re-subscribe to everything. Ta-da! Mind you, while doing this, my mail accounts disappeared from iTunes for syncing. The fix for that is to modify a mail account configuration in Mail. That forces the mail accounts back into the iTunes sync list.

Tags: iphone · osx

Post-Leopard Glitch #1

March 29, 2008 ·

It won't recognize my iPhone. Google turns up lots of similar complaints. Solution? Download iTunes and re-install it. Weird but it works.

Tags: iphone · osx

Thank you Apple and Google

January 16, 2008 ·

Some people were not very excited about Apple's keynote yesterday but the 1.1.3 firmware update for the iPhone is plenty enough for me, along with Google's updated mobile apps. I use Gmail a lot on my iPhone and one of my clients has standardized on Google Mail/Docs for their communications so I'm constantly reading mail and documents on my iPhone. Gmail was OK on the iPhone and Google Docs was bearable but Google Reader was a nightmare. At the weekend, I noticed Gmail suddenly got a lot nicer with a very iPhone-style UI, sliding panels between labels and mail. Great... now what about the other apps? Tuesday night, I got home from said client's site and eagerly updated my iPhone firmware. The new "location" feature in the Maps application is very sweet (and seems sufficiently accurate for my needs). Then I started reorganizing my home screen. Screens. That's when I noticed that Google had updated most of its apps to be iPhone-friendly. Google Docs makes a great reader now, even for fairly large spreadsheets. Google Reader is a huge improvement! So now my iPhone has:
  • 43actions - a great little GTD (Getting Things Done) task manager
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Clock - with 10 cities
  • Maps
  • Notes
  • Stocks
  • Weather
Followed by: Then my menu bar is:
  • Mail
  • Phone
  • Safari
  • Settings
On screen two, I have a row of games: Then my multimedia tools:
  • Camera
  • iTunes
  • iPod
  • Photos
  • Text
  • YouTube
And, yes, they are in alphabetical groups. Call me anal retentive and see if I care! Anyway, a big thank you to Apple and Google (and those games companies) for making my iPhone an even more lovable and addictive little toy!

Tags: blogging · hosted · iphone · osx · personal

Seeing spots

December 27, 2007 ·

A Leopard is in my future. I've been holding off upgrading to Leopard until Adobe (and others) have updates available to ensure compatibility. My financial controller (Jay) pointed out that it's year end and if I need any "last minute" software or hardware I should buy it a.s.a.p. Smart woman, my wife! So I just ordered Leopard, a car charger for my iPhone and a 750Gb USB 2.0 HD that I can stick on my Apple BaseStation as a network drive. 750Gb for just $230... amazing... and scary how cheap storage has become... The question is: can I resist upgrading until all the software I use has been updated?

Tags: coldfusion · iphone · osx · personal

Can has iPhone?

November 27, 2007 ·

Today Jay & I went to the AT&T store and bought his and hers iPhones. I have to say that I'm even more impressed with the phone than I ever could have imagined. The virtual keyboard is good enough to type blog entries and the overall integration with email, calendar, contacts and browser is stunning!

Tags: iphone · osx · personal

Use Skype with your iPhone

September 11, 2007 ·

Here's a neat trick via note19 describing how you can use Skype on your desktop to initiate a call via your iPhone (or any browser).

Tags: iphone

Useful iPhone / PDF tip

September 04, 2007 ·

If you're one of those lucky iPhone owners, you might find this hint about PDF optimization very useful (from my former colleague Shahram Javey's blog).

Tags: adobe · iphone