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Archive for November, 2007


IMAP is a great way of getting at email. All your email stays on the server, and you can access it from multiple devices (and all devices see the same email). This is in contrast to POP, where email is generally deleted from a server, and it’s all but impossible to get a syncronised view […]

Now here’s something odd. I’m changing to new IMAP server software at Watershed (more on that later), and so during the testing phase I’ve got the old server listening on the standard port of 993, and the new one listening on 10993. And I thought I ought to test the new server, Dovecot, on different […]

Mail crashed

Lying in bed, not feeling well at all (took the afternoon off work), woke from my dozy slumber and decided to check my email using the iPhone, to see if any major disasters had happened without moving. No problem – launched the Mail app and got it to connect. I think then a series of […]

The keyboard

A phone keyboard is not just about the key size and layout. How easy is it to get at the symbols? How easy is it to go back a few characters and correct a mistake? How easy is it to touch type? The qwerty keyboards I’ve had on phones are: Treo 270 Treo 600 XDA […]

Talking to iPhone support (updated)

O2 claim they have a special iPhone support line – dial 2302 free from your iPhone. Indeed, apparently they hired 1400 extra staff to man the lines. I have no idea where they got them. When phoning up to ask: Is there any way of finding out how many characters I’ve typed in an sms […]

Pretty mail errors

A lot of things have gotten nicer over the years. Features are added to OSes that make life so much easier, gadgets become slicker and better at knowing what we want to do. We all know that sigh of “ahh, why didn’t they do that before!” Also, most people customise their 404 error pages to […]

The first of a few iPhone reviews. Now, obviously the iPhone is better than my old phone, an XDA Exec hopelessly laden down with the crud that O2 load onto it. But the reason for its inclusion here is so no-one gets the impression I’m leaping on an Apple bandwagon. I’d love to have waited […]

iPhone unwrapping photos

As I said, I activated this in the pub with the aid of Stewart’s MacBook Pro and his 3G phone. Here are some photos (mostly of me grinning inanely)… Opening ceremony: Activation: Activated! Comparing old & new:

iPhone – the first evening

Got to O2 in Broadmead at 5:30pm (iPhone went on sale at 6:02pm). Was tenth in the queue. Bought the phone and a belt case, and went to the Hillgrove to meet up with some friends. Stewart had his MBPro and a phone with which to get internet access, so activated it in the pub. […]