Many weeks ago, I got “Files lite” for the iPhone. I just wanted to look at a few PDF files while travelling. It turns out that the PDF files I was taking along were fancy and full of images so that the iPhone was barely able to scroll through them at an acceptable speed.
But the more interesting element is how you get files into your Files lite repository: it contains a fully functional WebDAV server. Thus, once it is started, I can go there using the URL http://Alex-Schroders-iPhone.local:8080/ and transfer files back and forth. I can also use the command-line client cadaver to access it.
I like it. Too bad they didn’t use the default port 80 – as it is, you cannot just wait for the iPhone to show up in your Finder Network and click on it. You really need to connect to a server and provide the URL.
I don’t use my iPhone as a music player – 16G is not big enough for a simple sync and thus I continue carrying both the iPod and the iPhone around. But what to do with 16G? I needed some sort of music to play. Wouldn’t it be cool to play tracks from the HVSC on the iPhone?
This is where I stumble into the culture clash. I’m a fan of Free Software, and I’m used to the idea of downloading software for free. I work on software for free, and I expect to use software for free. At least whenever it doesn’t come preinstalled on a new machine.
The SID Player for the iPhone costs CHF 3.30.
I just can’t bring myself to pay for software, no matter how small the amount.
Another thing I don’t like: I would have to download the tracks from the net whenever I wanted to play them; downloading doesn’t help. I think what I really need is a SID plugin for the player on the iPhone.
Update: Got the source code by email, no fuss. Excellent.
I then started up Xcode, and realized that I was working on a Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) but that the iPhone OS 2.2 requires the latest Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard). I think I see where this is going…
Perhaps I should just convert the SID collection into an MP3 collection (wasting enormous disk space). But at least I would have a local copy that plays on the phone…
The iPhone camera was the lousiest of them all.
Once again, the SLR I have was too bulky to bring along. As we’re looking at old pictures trying to pick some for a calendar for Claudia’s mother, we find that the pictures by the big camera are, however, the best pictures we have. Argh, choices, choices.
What should I use?
At the moment I’m ~torn~ based on a recommendation I got. And I’m starting to feel the lack of Free Software.
At work we got an iPhone as a Christmas present. Things I noticed:
- Apple expects us to get the phone including a SIM card; it took me a while to figure out how to move my SIM card over.
- It takes a long time to boot.
- When the phone is switched off, phone calls are not redirected to my mailbox, apparently. Instead, I get a message saying that I’m “currently unreachable”. Grrrr.
- It’s tricky to write text on the iPhone. I wonder if it will measure up to my Nokia 6300.
- Without the anti-spam rules of my local Outlook installation at work reading my work mail is a chore. There’s so much spam it’s unbelievable.
- Google mail just works.
- The phone has 16G of RAM. Not enough for either music or photo collection. What should I use it for?
More to follow, I’m sure.
Today I also realized that the user interface to audiobooks on the iPod is worse than for music tracks. I’m experimenting with the metadata to figure out what the bare minimum is such that tracks play in the right order. Apparently I cannot rely on track name or artists. That leads to the braindead repeating of artist and book name within the track
- 5 reasons to avoid iPhone 3G by the FSF
- With iPhone, ‘Security’ Is Code for ‘Control’ by BruceSchneier
- The iPhone is a piece of shit, and so is your face by Maddox – foul mouthed entertainment assured
Update: Too late! I got an iPhone from my employer.