Posts Tagged iphone

iExplorer is great!

Of some stupid reason all of my contacts on my old iPhone was not synched to my computer or iCloud but of course I backed up the old iPhone before wiping it so I had a new backup. With iExplorer (http://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/) I could easily extract my contacts from the backup and sync them to my new iPhone and iCloud! Thanks Macroplat for a great product!

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Some Comments on the Turtle Beach PX5 wireless headphones

Background:

I wanted a set of wireless headphones for work which where Bluetooth capable (to connect to my iPhone) to listen to music when working in an open landscape, which I find distracting when people are talking all around.

The Good:

The mic. allows for handling calls without having to switch headsets.

Quite light with a nice build feel to them eventhough they are a bit “plastic”.

Good Bluetooth performance, no problems connecting/reconnecting to the iPhone.

The not soo good:

The builtin equalizer presets does not apply when listening to music over Bluetooth.

No Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), which means you have to fiddle with the phone to change tracks, pause/play and not through controls on the headset.

Audio leakage, I find that they leak fairly much risking to disturb your landscape neighbours.

Sometimes there are some initial audio drop-outs which seem to be Bluetooth connection “stabilizing”, but after a few seconds it is up and running and there are no further problems.

No re-chargable batteries.

Summary:

The PX5 is clearly marketed as “Gamer Headsets”, for which I think alot of my issues are non-issues. In retrospect the PX5 was not perfectly suited for my use-case.

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A case of superior customer service!

The most amazing thing just happened, last year I bought the very nice Etymotic HF3 headphones, excellent sound and good features, only one downside, they broke… That is usually a major hazzle, so I have been procastinating about it for a while, but yesterday I finally decided to take the bull by the horns and I called Apple. After three minutes (literally), it was settled. Some minutes later I got a mail with the return number for the old headphones. Today my replacement headphones arrived!! Amazing, the replacements are here the day after I reported it!! If this is representative for their customer care, I understand why Apple is rocketing past M$!!

An interesting and commendable note is that the important thing for them was not to get the broken ones back and then send me a new pair, the most important was to get me the the replacements and then worry about getting the broken ones back! Thats the way to get returning customers!

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iTunes db on NAS – no end of pain!

So, being a very happy Apple customer it saddens me to no end, the problems I have with iTunes and having its database on my Apple Time Capsule (NAS).

Having a Macbook Pro I’m sorta limited on disk space so I don’t wanna have all my music and podcasts and iTunes University stuff (there’s some GREAT stuff on iTunes University, check it out, and it’s free!) on my Macbook disk so I thought “Well, why not just put it all on my Time Capsule, lots of space there, all Apple stuff too so it should work fine!”…. and there it began, my “no end of pain”.

I did the transfer of the data completely according to the book and I have everything the way Apple wants it (synch db, copy imports, manage names, etc) but the bastard just keeps mucking up the whole frikking time!!! :(

It looses the network connection for a moment and then suddenly iTunes decides that my whole library is GONE, “Wooops, better silently change the iTunes directory to the default Music folder”…. Unaware that iTunes made this clever move, I innocently want to sync my iPhone, because that is what we responsible users do, iTunes then goes… “Wow, he seems to have empty his whole library, and since we are sync’ed I’d better wipe his whole iPhone without asking first”…. NO, NO, NO YOU BASTARD!!!

So painstakingly I put it all back, which takes hours, but then all my data that I have put in my Apps are…wait for it… wait for it…. GONE!!!! AAAARRRGGGHHH!!! THIS IS NOT HOW IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE!!!

Not only is there the above problem, additionally it starts adding any stuff to this “new” iTunes folder which it silently changed to which I have to fiddle over to the correct place later on when I realize what has happened. And every time I change back it has to “Check my iTunes library” which takes forever, THEN it asks me to “Update all the frikking songnames and whatever frikkin else” so it loops over all my stuff and “changes” it to the correct names, which I have already told it to do 70 times, so they bloody well should be correct by now… SIGH!

The best way I have found of preventing this STUPID silent moving of the iTunes folder is to create a write protected link in the Music folder to the correct place on my Time Capsule, then at least I find out about it and can prevent it from happening, then it usually reports something along the lines that my iTunes folder is write protected and gives up… HA!!! GOT YA!!! :P

My latest hoe is that it hangs when i sync my iPhone, it does all its stuff and then when you figure it is finished, it just hangs on “Syncing iPhone”… buhuuuu!

Apple! Fix! Now! This is not funny anymore, it wasn’t even funny from the start and it is beneath you!!

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My bout with iPhone OS 4 and downgrade back to 3.1.3

So, curious on the iPhone OS 4.0 I wanted to testrun it on my iPhone 3GS, downloaded the upgrade from Apple, “option clicked” restore and browsed to the “iPhone2,1_4.0_8A230m_Restore.ipsw” file and off we go…

Well I don’t know about this beta, it wasn’t very stable for sure, the worst problem being not able to read mail properly. Also all my contacts disappeared when I upgraded, not very impressive (my songs where still there though curiously enough). Weren’t too impressed with the multitasking, I ended up seeing “warning low memory” a couple of times and having to go in to the “task manager” and kill some apps, hopefully this is some we won’t see in the production version because then Apple is seriously going in the wrong direction!

Another thing that bothered me a bit, I have very frequently used the “home button double click” mapped to the iPod and that will likely disappear now with the “task manager” mapped to “home button double click”. Too bad, fortunately it seems to still work when the screen is locked…

Nevertheless, soon got tired of the bugginess and wanted to downgrade back down to 3.1.3… not soo easy it turns out…

First tried the normal “Restore procedure”, no luck, just got something along the lines of “Cannot download software” (no error code) and then it just referred me to this Apple page.

So then I tried the “option click” restore and choose the “iPhone2,1_3.1.3_7E18_Restore.ipsw” file, iTunes went off and fiddled around with the iPhone for a while, but ended up with Error code 1015.

I fiddled around with various variants of this for a while trying both the 3.1.3 version and the 4.0 version but no luck.

What’s worse I had obviously ended up in what is called the “Apple Logo or Recovery Mode loop”, i.e it is now impossible to boot the phone it just keeps coming back to recovery mode and when plugged into iTunes, it will just ask you to restore and we have already concluded that didn’t work for me, so what now??

Found this and this page and combining the two did the magic. Like it says on the first page, it can take several tries before it works, for me it took two times before I finally managed to get it back to 3.1.3.

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