Tuesday, August 26, 2008

First gen iphone redux recall

Loaded the iphone 2.0.1 firmware up the other day and must say I've seen a dramatic improvement in the freezing and other problems I described in my previous post. Good job Apple for getting a fix out there fairly quickly. Please bake the next major release a bit longer.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Crazy Dog Company Hike

Just finished another annual Collective Intellect company hike. This year we started up at the Moffat Tunnel East Portal. This is really close to Rollins Pass and where the train passes through the continental divide. Was a beautiful day and a wonderful hike. We had been going for about two hours and paused while some of the guys who were camping for the night pitched their tents.

About four of us where standing around talking near one of the lakes when a golden retriever came bounding out of the woods and right up to us. Goldens are normally very congenial dogs as everyone knows but this one dove straight into the backpack of one of the hikers, fished around for a couple of seconds and came out with a peanut butter sandwich vised in it's mouth. I think everyone was frozen in shock except for Paul, who just looked down and deadpanned, "That's my sandwich." I jumped in and tried to pry the sandwich from the dogs mouth when I heard the owner start to yell at her dog repeatedly, "drop it, Drop It, DROP IT!"

The dog finally did drop the sandwich and the woman handed the mangled package back to Paul. Paul asked if he could go ahead and give the dog the sandwich and the owner, completely serious, said, "He doesn't eat people food" I was about ready to die with laughter at this point and told her that her dog certainly new what he was doing and looked like a natural at the people food business. Perhaps it was one of those situations where you just had to be there but we were all in tears laughing. Classic moment of the hike for me. And much better than previous classic moments where we were almost struck by lightening!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

NYC show of force

On the corner of fashion ave and 34th. About 10 police cars in a row
all with lights and sirens on. A passerby said it was a "show of force"

Thinking about rage against the machine lyrics...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Orange Rhyming Birthday

I awoke this morning, on my birthday with the Jets to Brazil song Orange Rhyming Dictionary running through my head. It's raining in Boulder, I'm not with the person who has given me so much love over the last year, my parents are in town, and my aunt just passed away so they'll need to leave early to attend the funeral. It's one of those birthdays, or just one of those mornings where everything doesn't quite feel in sync.

Jets to Brazil Lyrics
Orange Rhyming Dictionary Lyrics

Saturday, August 09, 2008

iphone subway music debacle

I'm ready to trade my iPhone 3G back for my old iPhone. It's slow, the native apps freeze up, the signal isn't as good. This one needs to go back in the oven for a while. My most recent "fun with the iPhone" occurred last Wednesday on a trip to New York City. I was staying on the upper west side around 96th street and needed to get downtown to Soho. I jumped on the subway, ran through the turnstile and got on the train. This was probably going to be about a 15 minute ride or so, so why not try out the new Tetris game on my iPhone I thought. I fired the app up, it got about mid-way through the opening credits and froze. I hit home. I hit the tetris app again. This time it got all the way through and as the first block started to trickle down froze once again. I hit the home key. This time, instead of going to the home screen it decided to pop into itunes and start randomly playing songs. And it was completely frozen. Couldn't turn it off, couldn't change the volume, couldn't change apps. It started off playing some Coltrane which the people traveling with me may not have minded, or so I imagined, but by the time I got to my destination it had switched to hard core Metallica. I had never hard reset my old iphone so tried a combination of buttons and nothing. I was pretty much stuck just covering the speaker ports. You might ask why I didn't plug in my headphones, but I didn't have them. I finally got to the office where I was headed, checked the internets and reset the damn thing. (wow, I really sound like a Luddite!)

Try again Apple!!

On the upside, I really dig the UrbanSpoon app. I haven't actually visited a restaurant yet that it recommends, but damn cool app.

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