iPhone’s Travel Path

I ordered a new iPhone on 9/26/2010 and got it on 10/15/2010.
It took 15 days to whittle it out of glass and only 3 day to get here.
Here’s the path it took from Shenzhen to Midland.

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iPhone Netbook

Here’s my crazy idea.

A small Netbook that work off the iPhone.

I have an iPhone (1st gen for now, but just imagine) and I have a netbook (Dell Vostro A90 running Ubuntu,) If I could combine them, now that would be great.

I love the auto correct system on the iPhone, it knows what I’m typing better than I do. But for full screen text editing, video and picture viewing, it’s nice to have a full (mini) keyboard, at least a 9″ screen, and stereo speakers.

A shell of a notebook, 9″ screen, a small keyboard and touch pad (or if you want fancy, touchscreen,) no processor, no hard drive, nothing but a plug for a power cord, and a giant slot for an iPhone.  You just slide in your phone and hit on and you have a netbook with a 32gig SSD running the iPhone OS. It could be wifi or 3G tethered through the iPhone. Any app’s could be installed through the Apples App Store.

The main menu screen would need to be reconfigured for landscape mode when docked and some of the app’s would need a tweak for this, but everything else is there. OS, hard-drive, wifi, 3G, even a headphone jack and sleep wake button.

The iBook would need an internal battery to support the extra screen size (and like the Mophie Juice Pack, could feed the iPhone, too.) When you plug it in you could charge both.

Tie a simple web camera at the top of the screen to the iPhone 3GS’s camera and you have your front facing iChat camera.

I’m sure there’s other issues like screen resolution but c’mon, Apple could totally make it happen.

I paid $250 for my Vosttro and $600 for my iPhone (yeah, I was in line the first day,) but if Apple could come up with an iBook (not netbook,) I would pay $300 for the new iPhone 3GS 32gig and another $300 for the enhanced (shell of a computer) dock. (But this time I’ll order online and skip the wait in line.)

After writing this, I went online and found this. http://olo-computer.com/
I think the day will come.


This weekend I decided to go through my phone and make a hard copy of all my passwords.  As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of LockBox, but I have heard horror stories of data loss, so better safe then sorry.

After a few hours, I had several pages with more then 75 passwords.  That’s not the number of accounts, it’s just passwords.  Some places like gmail, blogger, & youtube, or yahoo, flickr, & geocities use the same log in for multiple accounts.

How did this get so out of control.  Anyone I work with could probably tell you.  At least once a week I’ll come in all excited about a new discovery.  “Wait ‘till you hear what I found!” followed by, “Your definitely gonna wanna sign up for this.”  Then my peers check it out, listen to my fifteen minute rant, nod their head and say, “Hmm, that does look cool.”  They never sign up, but they do wait for me to leave the room before calling me a crack-pot, and that’s nice.

So I just though I would share a few of these with you.  You’re already online and obviously have some time to burn.  But remember, I if you commit with “What a crack-pot,” while I may be “out of the room,” I will return later and see it.  What a lead in… Continue reading “Discoveries”

Halloween Identity Crisis

Looks like it’s going to be another year of explaining my Halloween costume.

Easy is boring. There’s a costume shop right next door, full of masks and outfits. You’re not going to catch me walking out with a Batman helmet.

A few years ago I dressed up as Lonnie Richardson. Not Lonnie Richardson myself, but Lonnie Richardson the 28 year old snake handler. He died from a bite just 2 months after his father-in-law met the same fate. That one took some explaining.

(That’s a snake on my right arm, and a lady on my left.) Continue reading “Halloween Identity Crisis”

Signal Yo-Yo

There’s a great new app for the iPhone!

It’s called Signal Yo-Yo. And if you use AT&T you already have it, no extra download required. Here’s the best part, you don’t have to do a thing. I played by simply leaving my phone sitting on my desk!

Here’s a screen shot from my game!