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My Ailing iPhone

As I twittered earlier today, my iPhone appears to be intermittently failing. It doesn’t actually lock up, as the time keeps changing, but it has the following symptoms: applications either won’t open, or else open very slowly; it doesn’t make sounds, either when you phone it, or when the alarm goes off – although the alarm message appears on the screen and it does receive the phone calls; the side volume buttons don’t work; and if you go into the sounds section of settings, the volume slider control is disabled (i.e. you can’t set it) and shows volume as set to nil – even though it wasn’t.

I am aware that there is a standard checklist of questions that techie types go through when trying to troubleshoot problems with computers or computer devices:

1) Have you looked at or downloaded anything horrible?

2) Are you sure? We can go down the pub and have a chat over a drink if you’d rather your wife didn’t know about it…

3) Have you installed anything new?

4) Have you dropped it in or on something?

My answers to this are:

1) No.

2) We are talking specifically about my iPhone here, right?

3) Well I did upgrade the OS a few days ago, and a few days before that I installed (but haven’t used) the Facebook app, and a few days before that I installed the Shotgun Free app (a.k.a. the greatest app in the history of the world if you’re a bloke, or a bewilderingly pointless piece of software if you’re a woman).

4) No. Although we have had small children in the house, so who knows, and the dog did eat it a few weeks ago.

Any thoughts from those in the know? I bought it from an O2 shop not an AppleStore – can I still take it to an AppleStore to be looked at? (Unfortunately, I think my ProCare account has run out).

It Can Send Pictures, And Everything!

I can now do the coolest thing on my phone. I can take pictures with it, and then, get this, send those pictures to people so they can see them on their phones! And if that wasn’t cool enough… they can send me pictures back! It’s this really cool new technology called MMS!

How awesome is that?

Yes, I am an iPhone user who just downloaded the iPhone 3.0 software. Why do you ask?

(And yes, hard-core Apple fan-boy that I might be, I’m still bewildered as to how they managed to release a phone that had a colour screen and a camera, but not the means to send pictures from my camera to someone else’s screen, or from their camera, to my screen. Yes, I could email the picture to them, but a lot of people don’t have an email account, and most of those that do, don’t have email -reading smart phones. And words cannot describe how infuriating it was to receive text messages from O2 saying that someone had sent me a picture, but that to see it would require me to fire up the browser, go to a website, and log into my O2 account – a process that often took several minutes more than it turned out the picture was worth. It’s nice to now have it, but what the hell were they thinking?)

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