Filed under: iPhoneOh come on. You knew it was coming, ever since the iPhone 4 was announced. And here it is. There's not much to say — you know what's going to happen. Just watch and enjoy. And kudos, BlendTec. It's even cornier (and more surreal) than usual, but pays off nicely. One question: who is that dude, really?
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After searching around the web for options to hook my iPhone to my A3 I decided to go with a spec.dock. It is basically what I saw a user on vwvortex.com build for ~$200 and a bunch of hours of work for $300.
The kit includes a small unit that connects an iPhone dock to a Audi or VW radio, and the two appropriate wires specifically for my A3. An instruction booklet was also included for the unit and spec.dock provided me with tons of installation literature including car specific instructions with photos, they really make it idiot-proof and easy.
My first attempt to remove the Audi Symphony II Radio was a failure. Audi does not supply the owner of the vehicles the small metal tools needed to remove the radio. I called a local car stereo place in upstate NY (Toads Stereo in Cairo NY) whom I have dealt with in the past and were always real good, the guy there told me that they didn’t sell them, but you can order them online. He said they usually just fabricate them out of metal though instead.
I looked up the shape of the keys online and attempted to cut them out of sheet metal with tin snips. I was unsuccessful in my attempts and ended up ordering them(like $12 online? maybe less..) , but after seeing them and using them I realized how the release mechanism inside worked and had I positioned my fabricated ones better they would have worked fine.
Got the Stereo out!
Had to remove the trim around the shifter and the Ashtry.
Removed 2 T8 screws to remove trim behind ashtray.
And then I stopped taking photos.
But I got the all the wiring run from the ashtray to the glovebox where I was leaving the unit and back to the stereo, but soemthing was wrong. The plugs that were in the images of the pdf that spec.docks had sent showed 3 colored plugs that could be connected to be one larger plug (Think Voltron) but instead I had one large black plug (Think Batman?) which clearly included my speaker wires, so that had to stay plugged in… spec.dock was closed so I left all the wiring in and put the car back together.
I called specdock to order the adapter plug i needed and the guy there told me that if I didn’t need to keep the function of my Satellite Radio that i didn’t need $50 plug and that he woudl just sent me the adapter wire for free, nice.
Two days later Voltron was plugged in and everything is working sweet. I also got a dock entender cable and a car mount for my phone incase i need the phone for navi, watch video, or use Dynolicious (sweet iPhone App).
I’ll get some photos and finalize this in a few days.
I’m trying out the first VERY early release of Orb Media for OS X, it has worked quite well in the past on Windows so we will get it up and running and put it through some tests.
- Play on computer
- Play on PS3
- Play on iPhone (Local and through Net)
- Play on work computer
Lets see how this goes…
Loading movies into Orb, taking forever… 314/1,455… that’s only my iTunes TV Shows… Still got to to iTunes Movies, reg Movies and reg TV shows…
Added reg TV shows.
PS3 attempt 1: Failure, Orb not running correctly, will check on iPhone…
iPhone: Failure, time to restart orb
iPhone: Success!!! Watching some video on my iPhone through the local Wireless, will have to try again when I get to work to see how it functions over the Internet.
Added my iTunes movies in only a minute or two… but it took hours to add my regular movies… must be a format thing, m4v vs avi
Added most of my avi files, no trouble, nice.
Reloaded the file index, opened Orb on my work PC with IE6 and opened a movie (avi) using Windows Media Player with success (quality was sub par)
Opened Orb Live on my iPhone and watched a .mkv of the USA/Mexico WCQ game from Feb. 11th. (Some minor skipping) Orb is using about 75-90% of my server computers processing resources and is uploading video at about 50kb/s.
While booting up Windows XP on my MacBookPro the other day I felt a sadness come over me. I was leaving the fast, functioning, multi-tasking life that is OSX to go do some AutoCAD drafting for work in Windows XP. All my favorite programs, all my wonderful automation and settings, gone. Incompatible between operating systems. Sure I have iTunes installed in Windows XP but it just isn’t the same. And movies, that’s another story, forget about playing movies in iTunes in Windows it would seem.
So there I am booting into the blandness that is Windows, felling sad that I have to work on a Saturday and crippled that AutoDesk, damn them, will not make a Mac version of AutoCAD and I wonder. How did it come to this? Why does using windows make me feel like I’m using a pseudo computer, make me feel crippled, make me feel sad.
I use windows for two things, Gaming & AutoCAD. That’s it.
How did this falling out from windows happen? Easily I suppose.
When I was 14 years old I worked for a hippy family gardening all summer so that I could buy myself a shiny new (matte off-white) PC, it was a blazing Pentium 3 667mhz monster with 128mb of ram and a mind blowing 17″ CRT. With none other then Windows 98.
I was the shit. (In my own mind.)
As I explored my first computer and all the things it had to offer (other then video games), I inevitably stumbled onto the web, and very quickly taught myself HTML. Mixing my artistic (Waldorf school) background with my genetic disposition to be a nerd, I quickly found myself learning web design.
Web design offered me a much better job then gardening poison ivy for hippies.
1. Less rashes. (Well, mostly.)
2. Can work from anywhere
3. Better pay. (x5)
At 16 I went to Germany on an foreign exchange program. Unable to bring my wonderful PC on the plane I borrowed my sisters Pismo PowerBook running 9.2.1 to use as computer for the trip, as she would not be taking it with her to Ghana, which is where life was taking her in August of 2001.
So began my life as a mac user. I dove right into OS 9.2.1 and began exploring, in hindsight I see how archaic of a OS it was, but at the time it was a nice change from Windows 2000. With no internet on the laptop I had a lot of time to monkey around with the OS and learn all about the Mac way of doing things, and I was enjoying it.
By the time I was 18 I was preparing to finish high-school and go onto college and would need a nice shiny new laptop. Enter the 15″ MacBookPro 667mhz with 1GB of RAM and yes, finally OSX! (And this time it actually was shiny!)
This was when I truely became a Mac convert. Slick system, amazing features, incredible stability, it was everything that windows XP (SP1) was not, I was even still running Windows 2000 on my old PCs because it was so much more stable.
Windows XP did develop into a decent stable operating system by SP3 , but was at this point the in game I felt like it was 8 years behind. OSX had gone from 10.0 to 10.5 and had become a AMAZING operating system. Vista had been released and my experience was nothing but horror, a total resource hog and things just did not work properly (namely AutoCAD and Video Games).
So here I am, a total Mac convert, I have owned and broken (or caused hardware failure) to one 15″ MBP, one 12″ MBP (which may yet live, I have not given up on it, and is still my favorite computer to date), a 15GB iPod, a 40GB iPod and currently have a first gen 8GB iPhone and a 17″ MBP (2.16GHz Intel Core Duo, 2GB RAM) which I have yet to destroy (well within warranty coverage).
But I feel like this is the beginning of the end of me being “A Mac”. As much as I LOVE my iPhone Apple has consistently let me down with EVERY product release since. They have also prevented the open use of the most innovative tech object that I can imagine, a truly low power pocket computer, but with access to all the worlds information (my personal Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), except you can’t copy or paste, or even write a program for a devise THAT YOU OWN without their approval, or change how it looks, or how it acts, or shoot video… wow the list goes on. Also every feature they have added to their operating system has slowly made it less stable and less nimble.
With the iPod/iPhone/iTunes bringing Apple to EVERYONE, no longer just the %1 (as of 2006) of diehards, Apple seems to be going the way of Microsoft, quality is suffering from quantity. (IMO)
- It’s Retail stores suck, they are nothing but hype, pretty colors and douche bags.
- Safari doesn’t compare to Firefox and the upcoming Google Chrome.
- iWork is a joke compared to Office, or even now maybe Google Docs.
- iTunes has become a sluggish monster that is supposed to be a media center but won’t nativity play .avi’s. (You can make it play them, but what happens when you try to put them on an iPhone/iPod, oh, right…)
- AT&T blows, their service is garbage compared to Verizon (though nothing is as bad as Verizon’s customer service).
- The 2nd gen iPhone was a step backwards in design and quality. Apple offered more features 3G, GPS and packaged it into a cheaper/less appealing case. (Still pretty weak hard drives sizes!! What serious computer geek these days has only 16GB of media they want with them!)
- The introductory price of the original iPhone was a real slap in the face to
- No update on the MacMini, DAMN YOU APPLE!
Despite all this I’m still “A Mac” but I would imagine that will be changing. Windows 7 is currently installed on my MBP and looks amazing. (props to Microsoft so far) and the current incarnations of Linux are fucking amazing, still no AutoCAD though. My recent purchase of a PS3 has halted my PC gaming, which has eliminated another one of my needs for a PC. So right now if AutoCAD only ran (well) on OSX I would be all set, or maybe Engineers shouldn’t own Mac’s.
Once my MBP goes the way of the previous two, I’m having trouble seeing myself dolling out the big bucks for a shiny new mac, I can build a PC that will be MUCH faster, MUCH cheaper and run Windows 7, Linux or maybe even the upcoming Google OS. And who will need a laptop when you phone is basically a wireless monitor/controller for your home computer (see LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone, which may be the best thing since the the cotton gin). HD space on your phone won’t matter when you can stream all of your music/movies from your PC to your pocket.
The battle for my geek soul will continue for ages between the waring factions of Mac & PC. I’m sure if i read this again in a year (half a year, 1 month, 1 week, one day..) I will have a bloody tongue and things will not pan out as I see them now.
Maybe I’m just “A Computer” and whoever can offer me the best deal/product for my “Geek Soul” at the time will get my loyalty, sometimes PC’s will suck, sometimes Mac’s will suck, hopefully they don’t ever all suck at the same time.
“The future isn’t what it used to be.”
I downloaded Qik off Installer This morning for my iPhone, im playing around with the video posting features, lets see how well it works.
This is an awesome video of my cubical. and by awsome I mean sideways.
I’m taking the train to NYC for work this morning, apparently I have emergency engineering work there, whatever that means…
This morning reminded me again why I love the iPhone 2.0 software. Today the culpret of my love is AOL radio which allows me to listen to Opie & Anthoney on the train ride in. Now I know any old portible FM radio can do that… But I don’t carry one of those around in my pocket. On the 50 min between 8:10 and 9 I am extremely entertained and it makes the trip fly by. Then I have to find something else to do for the next 25 minutes of my trip, like write this post.
Hopefully this blog will be a good place to dump photos that iI take throught my daily adventures. Well I’m in the tunnel now, time to hit the subway.
Being a 1st gen 8GB iPhone owner I have adopted the endless struggle to create the perfect dynamic playlists for my TV shows that will update and change as i watch them. iTunes is able to make fairly good dynamic playlists for use on your iPhone, the following is the playlists and the rules i used to generate them to keep a fresh rotation of TV shows running through my iPhone.
The most important thing of course to begin with is to have your TV shows in a format that can be used by iTunes/iPhone. Unless you downloaded a show from iTunes its self chances are that it will be in .avi or a similar format that will be useless for iTunes. Deciding to take the plunge and convert all of my TV series to iTunes/iPhone compatible format i started the challenge of finding the best conversion software. I have tried everything available, iSquint, VideoDriver, VLC, Popcorn, etc. But the one that worked the best was Toast Titanium from Roxio. It was by far the easiest and best when it came to converting video on Mac OSX.
Over the last year or so i have converted most of my shows and imported and labeled them in iTunes. Good organization of your iTunes libraries really pay off when creating dynamic playlists. All of my hows have the Show name, the episode name, episode number, the season number, the year first aired, and the channel it was originally from. These labels greatly help the playlist process.
So once you have 937 TV show episodes (at date written) then what?
The most important playlist that gets uploaded to my iPhone is one I named ~iPhizzle TV (iPhizzle is the name of my phone). The ~ before the name allows it to show up first in my playlist list. The rules for the list are as follows:
- Video Kind Is TV Show: Make sure that only TV shows are added
- Time is greater then 9:00: This rule eliminates any shorts or intros, but still allows short TV shows like Robot Chicken.
- Play Count is less then 3: This rule assures that the shows that are on the list are ones I haven’t seen a lot.
- Show is not The Wire: I don’t want to watch episodes of The Wire randomly, this eliminates them.
- Show is not House: Don’t want random House episodes on there either.
- Rating is not *: This rule eliminates anything I marked as one star, which means i wouldnt want to watch it randomly.
- Genre is not Documentaries: Many of the documentaries i have are longer/larger, which would limit the number of shows on the iPhone.
- Last Played is not in the last 3 Months: Assures that i haven’t watched the shows recently.\\
- Limit to 1700MB: The size i have reserved for TV shows.
- Sort by Random: You got it
- Check Live Updating
And thats the list, so far it works great for the 1700MB i have reserved for TV Shows on my iPhone, the rest of the space is used for my music play lists.