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It’s here. Activating then going to bed. More soon.

What a day. One of the best geek experiences I’ve ever had. It was a ton of fun, totally worth it. :-) I’m going to be posting photos and videos and telling stories about today for a long time. :-)

But right now, I’m way tired, and hoping to go to bed soon. You see, we had a BBQ planned with some friends tonight, long before I flip-flopped and decided to get an iPhone, so right after I had my fun as the first iPhone owner in the Hillsboro AT&T store, Rachel picked me up, and we went to the BBQ.

The iPhone sat untouched for the next few hours.

Now, we’re home, and did an unboxing video (Rachel is a wonderful camera assistant πŸ˜‰ ), and I’m wading through the activation process (slow! their servers are getting hammered!). As soon as I get through, to a stopping point, I’m going to hit the hay.

More tomorrow, but not much more, because we have a full day planned with family activities, a Wii party with Jason and Anna tomorrow night, and more. But stay tuned! Like I said, I’ll be talking about this day (and this phone) for a LONG time to come.

In the mean time, make sure to check out (or subscribe to) www.joshbancroft.com for all of my Twitter updates, photos, videos, etc. In addition to TinyScreenfuls, of course.

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Line (meta)



Line (meta), originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

Fellow waiter with an 8525 like me.

– Taken at 5:42 PM on June 29, 2007 – cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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So close



So close, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

– Taken at 5:30 PM on June 29, 2007 – cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Teasing Us



Teasing Us, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

They were waving a WORKING iPhone at us through the window! Only an hour to go…

– Taken at 4:51 PM on June 29, 2007 – cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Number One in the iPhone Line!

I decided last minute this morning to camp for an iPhone, and I’m number 1 in line at the Hillsboro AT&T store (on TV Hwy, by Target and Safeway). Come by and say Hi! I’ll be posting updates and photos all day, so keep an eye on twitter.com/jabancroft and www.joshbancroft.com.

– Taken at 10:22 AM on June 29, 2007 – cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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I Changed My Mind – I AM Getting an iPhone

You’ve read my rants about why I wasn’t going to buy an iPhone – no Exchange support, no 3G, no SDK, etc. I was pretty vehement about those things, so much so that people (like my friend Jason) started calling me the OIH – Original iPhone Hater. πŸ˜‰ But things have changed in the last 24 hours

I have reversed my position, and I now plan to buy an iPhone this weekend.

Here are the three main objections I had to getting an iPhone, and how I’ve rationalized my way around them:

  1. No Exchange – I pay for my own phone and use a pilot program to get my Intel mail on my Windows Mobile phone now. I can give it up. If work really wants/needs me to have mobile access to my email, they can buy me a BlackBerry Curve. πŸ˜‰
  2. No 3G – I had to force myself to be honest with myself on this one. 3G has high throughput speed, but really high latency. I’ve been using WiFi on my 8525 when I’m at home, and it feels a LOT faster than 3G, because of the lower latency. Coupled with the fact that I only get EDGE at work anyway, I have WiFi at work and at home, and there’s the nifty wifi sense that hops on wifi if it’s available, I can live with no 3G. I still think they’re stupid not to launch with it, but hey, they’re still going to sell every single iPhone they can make.
  3. No SDK – This one still hurts, but again, if I’m honest with myself about my current usage of my PDA phone, I use it for web, mail, and ebooks. Of those, an ebook reader is the only one missing on the iPhone. That’s going to hurt, but I can get by with reading on one of my other Windows Mobile devices or UMPC at night, rather than on my phone.

So, am I a sellout? You bet! In the end, though, I just couldn’t deny my gadget geek nature. The pull of the iPhone was just too strong. I love my iPod, I love my Macs, and I really, really enjoy using Apple products.

Plus, when I told Rachel about my dilemma, she said “just buy it, for crying out loud!”. So I consider that to be Senior Management Approval! πŸ˜‰

I’m going to drop by a couple of AT&T stores on Friday night or Saturday, and see if they have any, and if not, I’ll order one online from Apple.

With any luck, I won’t be left out of the joyous multitudes fondling and stroking their iPhones this weekend! :-)

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Video: Hacking Intel and Web Services, presented in Second Life

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This video is about 40 minutes long, and weighs about 56MB. Quicktime format, 640×480. You can click to watch it, or right-click, save as this link to download it directly.

Intel Software Network web coding guru Kevin Pirkl goes by the name ZombieBob Zenovka in Second Life, and he recently gave a seminar/how-to on some web programming techniques – AJAX, JSON, etc. He also showed off the free sample web services that Intel makes available for you to include and use in your own site, like Comments, Voting, Email a Friend, and a Video Bar. Here’s a sample page with the code – view source to check it out.

I bet you didn’t know Intel offered those – pretty cool, huh?

There is audio from Kevin, and the people in the session participated via in world chat. Kevin shares lots of code samples and useful links, so this isn’t just a guy talking. Lots of web code goodies.

We think this was the best Second Life event that we’ve done so far, and we look forward to doing lots more like it. Check out the video, go play with the code and web services that Kevin covers, and let us know what you think! :-)

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Watch Pogue’s Video Review of the iPhone, then tell me you don’t want one!

Arrrggh! Why do I keep doing this to myself? I just watched David Pogue’s (extremely well produced!) video review of the iPhone, and it had me reaching for my wallet. Nevermind the shortcomings. I DARE you to watch this video, and not feel a primal, animal urge to own one. If you can, you’re not human, and whatever flows in your veins is not blood. Or at the very least, you have to turn in your geek card. πŸ˜‰

i use my current phone (AT&T 8525, aka HTC Hermes) mainly for email and web, with occasional photos, etc. I could just picture how blissful web browsing and emailing would be on an iPhone, compared to Windows Mobile. My resistance is almost gone…

On a side note, I LOVE David Pogue’s book, “iMovie 6: The Missing Manual” from O’Reilly. I learned more about video production basics and technique (not specific to iMovie) from that book than the other half dozen digital video books I have combined. It was fun to watch this video and go “ooh! I remember how he showed me how to do that in iMovie!”. Inspires me to make better video. :-) I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone who ever thought of doing digital video, whether you use iMovie or not. Trust me, it’s worth it.

And ooh! I just saw that Pogue’s doing an iPhone Missing Manual! I’m off to preorder, though it won’t be out until August. But wait, I have to decide whether or not I’m getting an iPhone first….

Arrggh! Why do I keep doing this to myself!?

Update: And here’s Uncle Walt Mossberg’s much more dry, boring video review (with clips from the Apple site and the ads! Where’s the creativity, Walt?)

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Mary Jo Foley says the iPhone WILL sync with Microsoft Exchange. Maybe. Someday.

A long time ago, shortly after the iPhone was announced, I wrote a blog post citing David Pogue of the New York Times, one of the few people who had actually touched an iPhone, saying that it wouldn’t sync with/support Microsoft Exchange for email, calendar, etc. It’s a popular topic, and that post has become the most viewed page on tinyscreenfuls.com, being viewed several hundred times per day (mostly from Google searches). No wonder – it’s the first result in Google for “iphone microsoft outlook” and “iphone outlook sync” at the time I’m writing this.

The lack of Exchange sync is a deal breaker for a lot of people, including me. For all of the ranting I’ve done about the lack of 3G, closed platform, and all the rest of the iPhone’s shortcomings, heaven help me but I want one. I really, REALLY want one. I could (probably) give up my fast 3G data speeds. I could (probably) give up a hardware keyboard for text entry, and live with the fact that I’d need to use two hands for every single interaction with the iPhone (one to hold, one to touch). But giving up the ability to have my work email and calendar just magically stay in sync over the air is just too much.

Now, Mary Jo Foley, who blogs about Microsoft on ZDNet, says “my sources are saying Apple can and will make the iPhone compatible with Exchange Server“. She says that there are rumors that Apple will license Exchange Activesync from Microsoft, and allow iPhone users to sync with their corporate Exchange servers. Someday. Maybe. Of course, Apple and Microsoft won’t say anything about this. And no one has any concrete evidence – only “sources”. And no timelines – it could be that two years from now, the iPhone might get Exchange support. I highly doubt that it will happen in time for launch (in 3 days), or shortly thereafter.

So, nothing personal, Mary Jo, but I’m calling BS. My “sources” (a.k.a. my brains and my gut) are telling me that this isn’t true, or if it is true, it won’t happen any time soon (say, anytime this year).

What if I’m proven wrong? In that case, it will just be that much harder for me to resist plonking down the cash for an iPhone. πŸ˜‰

Update: Walt Mossberg has posted his review of the iPhone, and says that Exchange sync is possible:

Email: The iPhone can connect with most popular consumer email services, including Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, EarthLink and others. It can also handle corporate email using Microsoft’s Exchange system, if your IT department cooperates by enabling a setting on the server.

Hmm. My resistance is eroding…

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