Once again, I’m syncing my wife’s iPhone 4S using iTunes and half way through the process it claims that it can’t do it because the computer is out of disk space. With more than 9 GB on the main hard disk and much more on the external hard disk (and a link from
~/Library/Application Support/MobilySync to the external hard disk), this is simply impossible. Strangely enough, synchronization continues anyway.✎
Luckily I remembered what to do: open preferences, find the backup for my wife’s device and delete it. Done. Now I can sync without any messages interrupting it. Strange.✎
Update: August 1, 2013. Same problem. Same solution.✎
I replaced the lens cover on my iPhone 4!
- I watched this German video on YouTube.
- I read this encouraging German report on how to do it.
- I ordered some stuff from a Swiss website.
I had to order two lens covers because the minimum order is 10 CHF (about 10 USD):
|iPhone 4 Kamera Halter mit Chrom Ring und Linse||R1-B-030||2||11,80 CHF|
|iPhone 5 / 4S / 4 Werkzeugset 5in1||Tool-IP4-Rot||1||3,90 CHF|
The terms and conditions of the iTunes app store have changed. I need to agree to them. There’s 110 fucking pages of legal mumbo jumbo to read. I click the button to get on with the show, thinking that this can’t possibly be a contract I’m signing.✎
My iPhoto crashed three times in a row trying to import pictures from my iPhone. I started with 47 pictures. The third time around I said “don’t delete originals” and ended up with 7 (!) pictures in my iPhoto.
Luckily enough I found the remaining pictures in my iPhoto Library:
Alex iPhotoLibrary/Originals/Roll 208contained the 47 files I needed.✎
Alex iPhotoLibrary/Originals/Roll 208_2contained 12 files.✎
Alex iPhotoLibrary/Originals/Roll 208_3contained 7 files.✎
So I copied the 47 seven files from that folder to my Desktop and dragged them back into iPhoto. It worked!✎
As I look around in my Library folder, I find a lot of mysterious data junk, but I’m afraid of cleaning it up. Who knows what iPhoto will need? Does anybody know how to clean up an iPhone library has been in use since 2004 and contains around 7500 images? I’m using iPhoto 6.0.6.✎
Here’s what I did:
- backed up my Google contacts by exporting google.csv
- backed up my Address Book using the menu creating Address Book - 24.09.09.abbu
- exported my Address Book by exporting vCards.vcf
- uploaded the vCards.vcf file to Gmail; 700+ contacts were uploaded, 400+ were merged
- I had already set up syncronization for email and calendars on my iPhone; I switched on syncronization for contacts
- I said it should delete existing contacts on the iPhone
- I said I was sure
- I waited for a while
- I looked at the Mail app on my iPhone
- I looked at the Contacts app on my iPhone; it looked ok✎
- I looked at the Contacts on Gmail; it looked ok✎
Problems I am noticing right now:✎
- any notes I had for my contacts were not part of the vCards.vcf file, were not uploaded to Gmail, and are therefore lost on the iPhone #fail✎
- some records were marked as companies in my address book; this information is also lost in Gmail (but not too important); bummer
- some records were not merged correctly (I now have two records for my wife, for example); I assume that’s because they did not share an email address, so I can understand it✎✎
- I wanted to try a three way sync so I switched on “Sync Address Book contacts” in my iPhone again – I did not quite understand what “Your contacts are being synced with Microsoft Exchange over the air. Your contacts will also sync directly with this computer.” – does that mean that the three way sync is the default?✎✎
- strangely enough, syncing my iPhone now claims that the photos on the phone are linked to a different folder and syncing them now would delete all images and replace them with new photos; is this a side effect or unrelated? – I verified the settings (“Sync photos from: iPhoto) and said that this is what I wanted – and it promptly started to sync the 4.5G of photos, again; #fail✎✎
- once the 4.5G of photos are synced (needlessly), I discover that all my contacts on the iPhone have been duplicated; apprently a three way sync between iPhone, Address Book, and Gmail is impossible (I’m using Mac OS 10.4)✎✎
- I decided to not sync with my Address Book, removed the “Sync Address Book contacts” check in iTunes and will keep Gmail and the iPhone in sync – email addresses and phone numbers are important; Address Book is only necessary when I use Mail.app on the desktop, which I practically never do✎✎
- I went back to the Settings app on the iPhone, switched off Contacts sync (deleting some of the contacts), switched it on again (deleting the rest of the contacts) (and confirming it)✎✎
- I found some entries had “lost” their phone numbers: it turns out that numbers in the format +41786125175 are not (or no longer?) shown on the iPhone. Number in the format 078 612 51 75 are shown as expected. #fail✎✎
- When I added the missing info from my wife’s mobile phone to my contacts on the iPhone all contacts disappeared. The phone then reloaded them from the server. Since I have 700+ contacts it takes quite some time. For every record edited. With wifi. I fear the next edit.✎
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 ✎