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Mark Your Calendars – Apple iPhone Debuts

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Apple iPhone will start shipping on the 29th of June.  That’s in the US; it will be 30th June in Malaysia.  I’m not entirely sure if there will be any on sale here in Kuala Lumpur but I sure would like to get my hands on one of those lovely gadget.

When I first saw the iPhone demonstration, I was extremely impressed by the capabilities and ease of use.  I believe that the folks in Apple has put in much thought, dedication and effort to produce one of the most impressive mobile phones (to me, that is).

In the past, I’ve used other types of PDA phones but the stability of these gadgets got on my nerves.  Ever so often, these devices will hang and rendered useless especially at times when you need to use them urgently.  My initial fear was that the Apple iPhone would behave the same way.  But, recent news has it that Steve Jobs has confirmed that the iPhone uses the Mac OS X as its base operating system; which would eliminate many stability doubts in doubters such as myself.

So, folks, get ready for the fireworks on June 29th (US time). 

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How to Change iPod Owner’s Name

I’ve got a couple of emails asking me how to change the iPod owner’s name. At first, I thought that it is kind of weird that anyone would want to change their iPod names; until I realised that there are instances where pre-owned iPods were purchased or a spelling mistake happened or for whatever outrageous reasons.

For my beloved iPod, I have named it Juicy Boxy. However, for this post, I’ve changed it to Jim’s iPod strictly for demonstration purposes. Assume that Jim was the original owner that sold his iPod to Amos. The new owner would therefore, want his name displayed on the iPod (in this instance, Amos’ iPod).

To start things off, you will need to start iTunes with the iPod attached. You will notice that iTunes will display Jim’s iPod; showing the original owner. Using your mouse, highlight the device as shown below:

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After highlighting the device, wait for a couple of seconds, then click on the device name again (be careful not to click too fast as your computer may interpret it as a double-click). You will now notice that your iPod owner’s name is now in edit mode. Key in the desired name and press the Enter key.

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Voila…. You are now officially the proud owner of the iPod. Do this as many times as you want until you found the perfect name for your iPod. In my case, Juicy Boxy.

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Yeehaa! Got My iPod Video

iPod Video 30GBMonths and months of saving my hard earned money has finally paid off when I got my very own iPod Video 30GB White.

To sweeten the achievement and to my pleasure, the iPod has performed wonderfully after I had transferred all the songs and videos using iTunes. With this, that’s one gadget off my wishlist. :)

Quick rundown of the iPod Video 30GB:

  • 30GB of space. In actual, 27.8GB because of Windows thingy.
  • Battery life is approximately 14 hours. Charging time is 4 hours (full) or 2 hours (80%). Charging is performed via a USB cable attached to your laptop or desktop.
  • Weighs in at 136 grams
  • Plays music and videos. Extra functions such as photo albums, calendar, to do, games and podcast.

So far, the drawbacks/shortfalls I noticed are:

  1. Integration with iTunes. To add and remove songs from your iPod, you need to do it through iTunes. There is no drag and drop function for transferring of files.
  2. Wall socket charger (like your mobile phones) is considered an accessory which you need to purchase separately. Available for RM119 at MacStudio (Ikano Power Center).
  3. iPod earphones are crappy. No difference with the normal Sony or Philips earphones you can purchase in Tesco. I am going to look for some Koss earbuds.

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