Archive for April, 2009

Yesterday I installed my lovely Powerlet brand SAE-to-lighter adapter with my Garmin nuvi 360’s cigarette lighter adapter. Took some doing to get it installed in the glove box without obstructing the insertion of the seat. I’m happy with the final result.

If I ever want to use it for other adapters, I’ll probably re-mount it (with an SAE-to-SAE extension added) so that it will go into my bike bag as the routing of the cables from bag to glove box (under seat) in a safe way is a trick.

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With a new iPhone very likely coming in June, it doesn’t make sense to me to keep this one. So I returned it to Wal-Mart within my AT&T 30-day buyer’s remorse period.

Also, the thing was sluggish compared with my iPod touch. For example. Pocket God took a full five seconds longer to load on my 16GB iPhone 3G than on my 8GB second generation iPod touch.

I’m looking forward to a new iPhone model in June 2009.

Regarding hardware, I’m hoping it has

  • Support for the 3G GSM frequency used by T-Mobile USA.
  • Unlockable with software.
  • The faster bus of the second-gen iPod touch (or better)
  • Faster CPU (to ensure it can handle Flash animation really well)
  • More RAM (not Flash — RAM). The iPhone has about 5MB free with no major foreground app running (except the iStat app that tells me the memory usage.) For comparison, my iPod touch has 26MB free at the moment. And 4MB inactive. I’d say the iPhone as pushing it a little close on its memory usage at idle. Plus the iPod touch has a faster bus.
  • More Flash. 32GB would be great.
  • Thinner case
  • Speaker on the mic side so my right pinkie finker doesn’t cover it so naturally.
  • Better syncing with iCal. Even with 8.1.1, which appears to have somewhat solved my iCal sync problems, they’re still barely solved. After one sync, I’m liable to not be able to sync to iCal again without a reboot. Contacts aren’t very reliable either — sometimes they just sit there forever, pretending to sync.
  • OLED (Just dreaming here. The sunlight readability and power usage would be amazing.)
  • Even better battery life — what the heck. The battery life is already fine, but more would be finer.
  • 802.11n chipset to make it possible to be farther away from a WiFi antenna. And lower-power-usage 802.11g connections. I read somewhere this was a possibility with the chipset someone believed the new phone would use.
  • Non-shitty camera. Current camera sucks.
  • Video
  • Voice dialing (This is the first time I’ve ever wanted voice dialing. But I’ve wanted it from the time I made my first call on my iPhone 3G.
  • Maybe later I’ll list my software desires for the next-gen iPhone.

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I installed my new (320GB, 7200RPM) Hitachi 7K320 (0A57547) 2.5-inch hard drive in my MacBook Pro. Copied it from 120GB 5400RPM internal Fujitsu drive yesterday. Maybe didn’t SVN commit trivial changes after 6pm yesterday. No biggie. Here’s a review of the drive by Tomshardware. And here’s the NewEgg page, for user reviews and specs.

These install instructions worked great. I was referred to that page from this page, which I believe I found in a google search.

I got a little scare when the power button didn’t turn the MBP on at first. But pushing it a couple times or holding it a while or the combination of both handled this.

The install didn’t take more than thirty minutes.

I have 202GB fee now instead of 12GB. I can move my iTunes from my G-Drive Mini Triple 500GB onto the internal drive now. And perhaps even move my pictures there. But before I do, I have to make enough room on my backup drive for the extra data that’ll be on my system drive.

A note about my MacBookPro. I’ve been putting off this hard drive install as I wanted to get the top panel replaced on my MacBookPro first. The paint has been coming off under my left palm for some time now. But I called the Apple store the other day and they needed 24 hours to turn it around. And I don’t live near there so I couldn’t do it then.

I’m noting this in my blog, today, 9 April 2009, so there’s absolutely no question that this paint problem was not caused by the new hard drive. The hard drive came way after the paint/finish problem.

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