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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

iPhone

Status: So far, so good. The iPhone has proved useful as more than just a phone. I particularly enjoy Gashound, a little app that uses your current location to tell you where the cheapest gas is within 5 miles. I got gas on Monday night for $2.74 a gallon, well below the $3.09 and $3.13 that was advertised at places I could see from the road.

This morning, my neighborhood was experiencing a brown-out. Home network was down, so I checked the PG&E page on my iPhone to see if they listed the outage. Then I grabbed the phone number and called them on the iPhone since my home phone was dead (because it is cordless). That was nice too.

I've also caught a few photos of Pixel and Leeloo on my phone.
sharing the window
sharing breakfast
They're such a cute pair, my little matched set of orange kitties. Leeloo is a darker orange, but I think that's just because she's more smaller so she's more concentrated. Waking up to them each morning is such a joy.

I had a problem with my phone syncing with iTunes, and I took it to the Genius bar at Apple yesterday where my computer had apparently lost its brain and iTunes had lost its association with my account. So I reauthorized it, and everything seems to be working fine. Another woman was there and needed to pair her iPhone with her headset again after a restore and while the Genius was helping another guy and I was waiting for the sync to finish, I helped her lookup instructions for pairing her headset. You can take the lady out of tech support, but you can't get her to stop helping. Ah well. I walked away with my phone and computer talking to each other again, so that's all good.

I've also used the Weather app more than I expected. Having the five day forecast at my fingertips is actually pretty nice. I've downloaded a bunch of other free apps and we'll see if they make the cut. I found myself playing with the level yesterday while I was ordering lunch, checking to see how various surfaces stacked up. I've also sent more text messages because I now have 200 per month included in my plan.

Anyhow, I'm not sad I got it. I still miss real buttons, especially when ending a phone conversation, but in general, it's a fun toy that is actually occasionally useful.

2 Comments:

  • It's surprising how far gas has fallen. It's a 25% drop in price from not all that long ago (a year??), that's big in percentage terms if you try to compare it to other things you buy on a regular basis.

    By Blogger ChrisFS, at 3:26 PM  

  • Though strangely parallel to how much my home value rose (over the past 4 years) and fell (over the last 6 months).

    By Blogger Ammy, at 3:49 PM  

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