Archive for August, 2009

While driving home around 8:30 last night, I couldn’t send an email from my iPhone via Edge. Couldn’t browse the web either — I tried it as a test.

Today, still no Edge for email and web. But I can update feeds with Newsstand.

Today, however, when I tested web browsing, I got a web page saying

To connect to the Internet with the device you are using, you’ll need a webConnect data plan.
Please call Customer Care at 1-800-937-8997 to make
sure you have the correct webConnect data plan

I’m very disappointed. Currently, I’m a very light Edge user. I have a 100MB per month $9.99 data plan from T-Mobile and since 3 August 2009, I’ve used 33.1MB (2.5MB up, 30.6MB down).

I hope this is actually a temporary outage, but I’m not holding my breath. If this continues, I may just switch back to AT&T. Blech.

This is a material change in terms of service. If I leave, I want out of my two year T-Mobile contract without any penalty fee.

Here is a discussion of this I found via google.

Good news: This post from that discussion worked around it for me!

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District 9

I saw District 9 last night. I’d seen a review for it on Dvorak Uncensored recently. Before that, the movie wasn’t even on my radar.

I loved it. One of the best science fiction movies I’ve ever seen.

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About a week ago, I got an email from NewsGator telling me they will soon (31 August 2009) discontinue their “Online” service and that I’d have to start syncing their iPhone RSS client, NetNewsWire, with Google Reader. But the catch: I’ll have to wait for a version of NNW that supports Google Reader? Huh?!?

So I moved my NewsGator feeds over to Google Reader via an OPML file immediately. And today, I started looking into alternative iPhone newsreaders.

I found this 8 September 2008 iLounge review by Charles Starrett, which was terrific. And after comparing a few readers by screen shots and features, I bought Newsstand for $4.99.

It’s immediately obvious that at least one feed, Dvorak Uncensored, which inexplicably wouldn’t show up in NNW is showing up in Newsstand. That’s worth five bucks!

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