Saturday, December 3, 2011

North Campus Drive

The University of Utah campus has the most nonsensical maze of roads I
have ever seen. The Waze Navigational system that I was trying out on
my iPhone sent me in the wrong direction and I ended up on North
Campus Drive, which is about as far up the mountainside that you can
the get. The road looks a lot more like a parking lot than it does a
road. I had been playing in the Utah State Chess Championship

Thursday, December 1, 2011

3 Reasons Apple (AAPL) Shares Are So Cheap

Kindle Fire's Innovative 'Silk' Browser Actually Slows Web Browsing



Thursday, November 17, 2011

FW: Amazon Kindle Fire

From: Robert


If you are already an Amazon Prime subscriber there are a lot of reasons to get a Kindle Fire.  Free movie ala Netflix streaming, free 1 month Amazon Prime membership, free "lending library" book every month.  Except that I already have 2 tablets already (Nook,HP TouchPad) and only use one of those much, I’d jump on this.  Maybe this could make a good Christmas present for my daughter?



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

By most accounts, Steve Jobs was an ass.  He was a bully in every respect.  It is possible that having a billion dollars made Jobs feel like that he was above the rules that everyone else had to follow.

I don't think that I would have lasted 2 weeks working for Steve Jobs.  I have known and worked with people who were minor versions of Jobs.  These are people with such inflated egos and strong personal ambition that they
don't care if they step on everyone else.

One has to wonder then, why there is such a huge international outpouring of sentiment over Steve Jobs death?  The reasoning seems to be that we love someone who gave us such wonderful toys.  Also, Steve Jobs public persona was that of a likable guy with huge charisma.  I think that people want to believe that Jobs changed and matured over time.  It is not clear that he ever did.

I want to believe that Jobs behavior was because of an almost clinical obsession to achieve perfection.  Personally I can relate somewhat.  His biggest weakness was also his biggest strength, because his personal obsessions allowed him to achieve great things.

Despite his character flaws, there is no question that Jobs was a great man.  The life he lived is inspirational.  Here was a man who was on a personal  mission to change the world and he succeeded brilliantly a few times over.  If it weren't for Jobs and the dedicated people at Apple, we would have waited another five years for smart phones to reach the level of the iPhone.  It was a product that was truly ahead of its time, and so was the original McIntosh computer, and to a less extent the iPad.

Jobs final words were "Wow. Wow. Wow."  I couldn't agree more.  Steve Jobs made computer technology cool.  That is quite an accomplishment.

However, technology will change our world so much over the coming decades, there will come a time when the iPhone and the iMac seem primitive.  Jobs contribution will be somewhat forgotten and relegated to a footnote in history.  He was the Walt Disney of the computer age; He started a wonderful company, but now he is gone.  The torch has been passed onto other people.  Nevertheless, the world is a lesser place because of his passing.

I spent the last few weeks reading about Steve Jobs and watching videos about him.  I think that these are worth looking at:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Re: IOS 5.0.1

The update is not yet available to the general public. 
IOS 5.0.1

'Good news if you're one of the iOS 5 users who suffers from crippled battery life: Most early reports are showing that iOS 5.0.1 fixes the problem completely.

"Frankly the difference is nothing short of amazing," said Wired reader Donald Kuntzman, who downloaded the update on his Verizon iPhone 4. "To go almost an entire day without a change in the meter reading seems unbelievable. Where before I could almost watch the battery drain, now it doesn't move at all."

Kuntzman noticed that the battery life on his iPhone degraded after the iOS 5 upgrade. He needed to charge his phone once a day, and always worried it would die before he had a chance to recharge it. He could practically "watch the battery drain," but since the update, his battery level doesn't seem to drop at all.'

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Check out MythBusters: A Savage Surfing from Discovery Channel

  • If you are on an iPhone or iPod Touch with the Discovery Channel App installed, click
    MythBusters: A Savage Surfing.
  • If you are on an iPhone or iPod Touch but do not have the Discovery Channel App installed, click
    MythBusters: A Savage Surfing.
  • Not on an iPhone or iPod Touch? Click
    MythBusters: A Savage Surfing for the Discovery Channel site.

  • Sent from my iPhone

    The health problem of Steve Jobs

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    China Mobile says has 10 million iPhone users

    Sent from my iPhone

    iPhone 5: Looking Ahead to LTE

    Sent from my iPhone

    Beatweek Magazine » iPhone 5 release date comes after iPad 3, as iOS 5.1 looms this year

    Sent from my iPhone

    Apple 'Celebrating Steve' event video now streaming online

    Apple TV Effort Said to Be Led By ITunes Creator- Bloomberg

    Sent from my iPhone

    Siri Comes to the iPad…Sort Of

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

    This inspirational video is well worth watching...

    If you have a slow Internet connection, the way to watch a video like
    this, or any other video, is to hit play, pause it, and allow at least
    a minute for the progress bar to indicate that the video is mostly
    loaded. If your Internet connection is really slow then you might
    want to go away for five minutes and cone back.

    Tributes to Steve Jobs From Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Larry Page |

    Sent from my iPhone

    Fortune Tech: Technology blogs, news and analysis from Fortune Magazine

    With Time Running Short, Steve Jobs Managed His Farewells

    For some protesters, Steve Jobs wasn’t just a billionaire, he was ‘beneficial’ to society

    Apple Likely to Launch iPhone 5 in Late 2012: IHS iSuppli

    Apple iPhone 5 Release in Early 2012, to Feature LTE 4G

    Beatweek Magazine » iPhone 5: top non-4S features from 4G LTE to NFC worth waiting for

    Sent from my iPhone

    4G-LTE | Verizon Wireless

    Sent from my iPhone

    Gadgetbox - Buy iPhone 4S or wait for iPhone 5?

    iPhone 4S vs. iPhone 5: Why You Should Wait for the Next Upgrade

    Apple iPhone 5 Ends Up a Spectacular No-Show: 10 Reasons Why

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    The iPhone 4S upgrade decision: 4 things to consider

    Apple iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4 vs iPhone 3GS

    Sent from my iPhone

    The iPhone 4S’ Talking Assistant Is a Military Veteran

    iPhone 4S: Is this it?

    Rumor roundup scorecard: iPhone 4S edition

    Why I don’t see myself talking to Apple's Siri

    iPhone 4S vs. Android: And the winner is...

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Why the new iPhone is cool.

    Apple - iPhone 4S - The most amazing iPhone yet.

    Hard Candy bet on iPhone 5 goes south

    iPhone 4S: Five missing features

    Apple's iPhone 4S is swell, but pricing is the real killer app

    Apple unveils iPhone 4S, but no "5" this time

    Technolog - Live coverage: Apple unveils the iPhone 4S

    Sent from my iPhone

    Apple unveils the iPhone 4S, adds Sprint as carrier

    Apple Unveils iPhone 4S With Voice-Recognition Features

    Sent from my iPhone

    The iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 compared - The Washington Post

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    InformationWeek Mobile Edition - NEWS & ANALYSIS - Kindle Fire Teardown Shows Tablet A Loss Leader

    9 Things We Want From the iPhone 5,2817,2394008,00.asp

    iCloud more strategic than iPhone 5 for Apple

    Sent from my iPhone

    Kindle Fire Teardown Shows Tablet A Loss Leader

    Sprint to 'Bet the Company' on Apple's iPhone

    Sent from my iPhone

    Apple’s iPhone 5 buzz hits high before event - The Washington Post


    At iPhone 5 launch, should Tim Cook wear a black turtleneck?

    9 Things We Want From the iPhone 5 | News & Opinion,2817,2394008,00.asp

    Friday, September 30, 2011

    12 reasons you might NOT want to buy a Kindle Fire

    Amazon’s finally got it right, the Kindle Fire will be a monumental success

    Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » Kindle Fire

    Amazon Kindle Fire Android Tablet « WhistleOut Blog

    Amazon Kindle Fire Is Not for Reading – It’s For Challenging the iPad |

    Amazon Reveals Detailed Kindle Fire Specs, Tab Hits Nook Color Sales PDF Devices

    Why the Kindle Fire Succeeds Where Honeycomb Tablets Fail | News & Opinion |,2817,2393768,00.asp

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    "Mango" Arrives with a Wi-Fi Tethering Surprise

    Apple iPhone5: Top 10 Most Wanted Features - International Business Times

    InMobi Smartphone Study Reveals 41% of Mobile Users to Buy Apple iPhone 5

    Amazon’s Bezos Adds Fire to Fuel Tablet Wars With $199 Kindle

    Price of new Amazon tablet could be big attraction

    Does Apple's iPhone 5 Invite Signal Voice Recognition App? | News & Opinion |,2817,2393699,00.asp

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Amazon Android Tablet

    Apple to 'talk iPhone' on Oct. 4


    Amazon expected to launch tablet Wednesday

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    When will Apple finally release the iPhone 5?

    iPhone 5: HTC President Downplays Hype, Says it isn’t Cool Anymore

    Apple iPhone 5 Coming with Adobe Flash in October? - International Business Times

    Cassidy: iPhone app can't stress calm enough - San Jose Mercury News

    Reasons Why iPhone 5 is Not a Threat to Motorola Droid Bionic -

    iPhone 5 pictured in Case-Mate product page? | This is my next...

    Sent from my iPhone

    Is this "iPhone 5" screen protector a harbinger of new iPhone design?

    Sent from my iPhone

    iPhone 'thinnest smartphone' win; Apple brings Samsung patent fight to UK | ZDNet

    Is Apple including 4G TD-LTE for a China Mobile iPhone 5? | iPhone Atlas - CNET News

    Sprint says it can handle the iPhone traffic | News - Wireless - CNET News

    Many Apple carriers claim October iPhone 5 release - Computerworld Blogs

    Sent from my iPhone

    Is this "iPhone 5" screen protector a harbinger of new iPhone design?


    Saturday, July 23, 2011

    My iPhone is down.

    Today I tried to update my iPhone to the latest software, and it turned the iPhone into a brick.  I am unavailable by mobile until either I get my phone fixed or replaced.  I will try to read my email frequently.  My work number is 801-594-3523.  When my mobile service is restored, my contact number will be 801-856-4812.

    Best wishes,

    John Coffey

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Apple <>
    Date: Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 6:23 PM
    Subject: Your Apple Store Genius Bar appointment.

    Thanks for making a reservation.
    Dear John,
    You are scheduled for a Genius Bar appointment.
    What: iPhone
    When: Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    Where: Apple Store, The Gateway
    Please be sure to check in when you arrive. Any Apple Store employee will be happy to assist you.
    We look forward to seeing you.
    Your Apple Store team,
    The Gateway
    P.S. It's now even easier to make an Apple Store reservation with the Apple Store app for iPhone and iPod touch.
    Apple Store,
    The Gateway
    If you are no longer able to attend this session, please cancel or reschedule your reservation.
    TM and copyright © 2010 Apple Inc. 1 Infinite Loop, MS 303-3DM, Cupertino, CA 95014.

    Tuesday, June 7, 2011

    iMac resolution

    I think that 1080P would have been a smart resolution to have, since that is the resolution of most HD movies.  That is what I have at work and it looks great on a 25 inch monitor.   Instead Apple chose to go with a 1440P resolution, which is twice vertically and horizontally the number of pixels of 720P.  It makes everything look too small.  As a result, I drop my resolution at home down to 720P.

    Thursday, May 19, 2011

    RE: Monthly phone data usage

    How much is just the data portion?


    It is a bait in switch, because when AT&T announced that they were doing away with unlimited, Verizon said that they would keep unlimited.


    From: Robert


    Verizon made their announcement today about dropping unlimited data plans.


    I currently (T-Mobile) have what they label as “unlimited”, but in reality if I passed 2Gb they would throttle me down to a slower data rate and throughput.  Their new data plans also do away with “unlimited” in favor of 2Gb ($80), 5Gb ($90), 10Gb($120), higher data caps for more money. 


    Monday, March 14, 2011

    iPhone 5 in July 2011: five reasons it’s worth the wait, five why it isn’t

    "Reception: if you're waiting for the iPhone 5 because you're hoping it won't suffer from the same "antenna issue" that the iPhone 4 did, you're barking up the wrong tree. There is no iPhone 4 antenna issue and never was, despite fraudulent claims to the contrary from certain publications."


    Audible is an Amazon audio book app on my iPhone that comes with some free books.  There is a chapter of “Earth” which is pretty funny.



    iPhone 5 News, Rumors & Opinion

    iPhone 5 in July 2011: five reasons it’s worth the wait, five why it isn’t

    "Reception: if you're waiting for the iPhone 5 because you're hoping it won't suffer from the same "antenna issue" that the iPhone 4 did, you're barking up the wrong tree. There is no iPhone 4 antenna issue and never was, despite fraudulent claims to the contrary from certain publications."

    Friday, March 11, 2011

    PCWorld Multitasking With iOS 4 is Horrible: Apple Blew It

    Yes. Apple blew it. I just had to close 41 apps, none of which are
    really running in the background anyway. Losing the double click to
    get to my phone speed dial really bothers me. Now getting to speed
    dial takes way too many steps. I already had a great way of selecting
    apps; it is called the menu system, and I make good use of folders so
    that I can find things quickly.