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Finally a blog update. I have the more stable version of the WordPress iPhone app, so I should be able to soon get back into writing my blog more regularly.

I have a number if things that I’m keen to write about. True Blood, Kings, Castle, my two webshows and roleplaying. So keep posted over the next few days. 🙂

Conan

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Today I am off work to get a CT scan – nothing major, just possible kidney stones. But what a day to have off!

iPhone OS 3.0 has been released today! The thing is that Apple seem to have underestimated the volume of people who chose to download it.

The server that authenticates the dowloads keeps getting overloaded, meaning it can take several attempts to update your phone before the update actually activates.

But it certainly is worth it. The update doesn’t do too much that is obviously major – rather it subtley improves on the existing workflow. Which isn’t a bad thing, as the iPhone workflow is remarkably user friendly and intuitive.

What has been added is great! Voice memos are great, with an impressive quality of sound. Copying and pasting os another great addition, with a nice select system that allows you to select words with one digit as opposed to needing both thumbs.

I’m yet to test MMS, but I suspect it will also provide great services.

All in all, I like the improved usability provided.

On the matter of iPhones, I have been looking at plans for data usage. I have now confirmed that my monthly usage will likely be in the 250MB range quite comfortably. What is interesting is that vodafone’s iPhone bundle is ultimately calculating out to be a rip-off.

Even with financing, buying an iPhone outright and connecting to Telecom’s XT network is shaping up to potentially save me the equivalent of $80 a month!

See, I do a lot if txting and so the $40 a month VF plan is too small. However, the $60 a month plan only provides 200 txts a month and additional minutes beyond 60 @ 79 c or so.

If I choose an XT plan, I simply build a plan to suit my usage. For $60 I can get 50 mins, 600 txts and 240 Mbs with additional mins costing me 59c.

Now 400 txts sound like a measely exchange for the lost 10mins and 10 MB that I’d have on VF. Until you do the maths.

400 extra txts on the VF account is equal to $80.

10 mins is $5.90 extra on XT. Plus $1 for an extra 10 MB.

Feel free to correct me if my figures are out – I’m typing this while walking, so I am working off memory.

To further compound the disparity. XT offers an open term agreement, which means you can always opt out. VF requires you to be on a 24 mth term. I haven’t seen any t&c that advise an open term if you buy the phone outright.

So it should come as no surprise that I am seriously considering the move – it was the whole reason I chose to go prepay. VF were EXTREMELY rude to me when I started investigating getting an iPhone – from making it sound like I was not the ideal customer for their system to expecting me to legally bond myself to overpriced plans if they deemed me worthy of an account.

Conversely, Telecom has been naturally eager to get people on board and were pleasant, understanding of my needs and queries. So there is a bit of bias on my part. VF fear competition, but rather than improve customer service and offer competitive plans, they seem more interested in legally binding customers to stay with them.

Goodbye vodafone. 🙂

Well back to playing with my new iPhone OS. 🙂

Conan

It has been one of those mornings. I had to get up early due to my being the only manager not on annual leave able to co-ordinate transition this morning, and I seem to have lost my earphones last night without knowing how.

So here I am blogging on my way to work because I can’t listen to any music. It’s quite surprising how grumpy that makes me.

I believe we all have our odd quirks and obsessions, one of mine is music while walking. I literally turned my bedroom upside down this morning looking for them.

Part of the reason, I suspect, comes from when I was younger and I would go everywhere with my Walkman, my pockets bursting with tapes so that I could change music at a moments notice.

For me, music was an escape from a troubling time with family and the collapse of a strong friendship after I came out to my best friend.

Maybe there is something freudian about my obsessive hunt this morning.

The city is particularly cold this morning, and it looks as though I will be a few minutes late to work – but not as late as I feared.

I’ll be picking up my new PS3 game this morning – inFamous. It’s a cross between Grand Theft Auto and Assassin’s Creed. With SUPAPOWAZ! That should cheer me up somewhat.

Last night, Nick introduced me to 3:10 to Yuma. The Russel Crowe/Christian Bale version. I must admit that I was impressed with it.

It was a ballsy film that was faithful to its genre, with a quiet intensity that had me on edge for most of the film.

I must admit, the ending was actually a surprise – which is a refreshing change for a guy like me who often figures out the twists in your average movie these days.

Two thumbs up.

Well I’m almost at work now, so I’ll be signing off here. Hope you all have a great day! 🙂

Conan

This is my first mobile blog post ever! I am writing this in KFC on my iPhone while I wait for the weather to clear up enough to walk to my Sunday game.

I recently got into a discussion about my latest project – Setting it Straight- and I had ended up getting into a discussion about genre.

You see, for the last 25 years or so I have been fairly genre bound in my writing. I have always written fantasy, scifi or horror. Never broke out of those genres.

But SIS is none of these. It’s a comedy-drama firmly rooted in the real world. The surprise to myself while working on it has been that it feels like some of the best work I’ve done to date.

While the show is far from being fully written, I have found the tone and style so quickly and I love the dialogue. The work I’ve written so far feels so natural and I have enjoyed writing it.

It has made me realise that one of the best things a writer can do is challenge his/her habits and break out of that comfort zone so many writers fall into.

While I can be occasionally witty when talking to people, I have always been uncertain that I could write a consistently funny comedy. Yet here I am looking at breaking out of genre and style, and I feel that it is better than a lot of stuff I have written before.

Next weekend I’ll be running auditions for the show – being freed of visual effects means I can get the show filming much sooner than it took the Winding City. Here’s hoping that the casting goes well.

Of course I have a lot of the talent from the Winding City showing up, so I shouldn’t have anything to fear.

Conan

Once you get an iPhone, you will find that your life will change.

apple-iphone-3gThose were the words told to me by a friend of mine who had one of the original non-3g iPhones. It had been jailbroken, and was running off Vodafone’s network quite happily. I was, as anyone who knows me and my technophile nature, a tad jealous.

But as I mentioned in a previous blog – Vodafone was just not making iPhones a financially appealing purchase. I also suspected there was a degree of self-justification in Luke’s claim.

Anyway, over the last few months, as the Xnet war grew between Vodafone and Telecom, iPhone plans have dropped in price and my work has meant that getting an iPhone was becoming more and more viable a choice.

So I started entertaining the ways I could possibly upgrade to a new iPhone. Breaking point came this week when I saw my boss using his iPhone to manage his work e-mails as well as personal accounts. So I did some financial black magic and procured a new 16GB 3g iPhone.

Wow.

Luke, believe it or not, was right. As part of my job I have had to deal with smartphones before – particularly the oddly popular Blackberry. Forget those phones. There is just nothing quite like an iPhone.

The task flow is amazingly intuitive – while the touch screen is certainly a big factor, it’s the combination of applications and data management that has impressed me.

Now I’m quite a multitasker and with my web series, work and personal life I have three e-mail accounts that I manage. With the iPhone, they are all synced up and I did it within a couple of minutes. Now I get my e-mails hourly sent to my phone and I can manage my folders and details from the phone.

While I’m doing this, I’m also able to keep my facebook updated and can now follow what everyone else is doing with a much simpler interface and ease of information.

MEANWHILE, I’m also managing my iTunes library remotely from my base computer and able to set up playlists while I’m in the laundry room so that when I walk into the study, the music has been queued up and is playing.

If that isn’t impressive enough, I also get to handle my facebook chats, skype, SMS and phone calls all from the one device. To further benefit the system, my iPhone can be set to wi-fi, meaning I’m not eating up valuable mobile data usage when I’m home, then I set it to 3g when I leave the house – allowing me to keep working seamlessly on my e-mails/chats etc.

Did I also mention that it takes great quality pics that I can upload straight to Facebook.

Not only has my iPhone now changed the way I manage SMS and e-mailing, it has revived my use of Facebook without the hassle of those annoying facebook applications that usually spam your notifications.

Later today I will also be downloading the WordPress app for iPhone, and so even my blog will be able to be kept up to date when I have the ideas to discuss rather than me having to wait until I can “find time.”

I also have to investigate setting up Twitter as well…

The iPhone is definitely the step towards that universal personal device of sci-fi futures – it means I have whole new ways of keeping in touch with everyone. This is pretty cool. 🙂

Conan

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