Tethered Speeds with PdaNet

PdaNet Speed Test

I ran a speed test while using PdaNet to tether my MacBook to my Android based LG Ally earlier today. The test showed horrible speed, but I will say that it didn't feel that bad.  I was deep within a pretty thick building near a lot of mechanical equipment, so I expected not-so-great speed. But the big thing for me was that it actually worked and was usable. By the way, this test was run using Speakeasy Speed Test.

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Kill Junk Calls on the iPhone

I really hate sales calls, campaign calls, and solicitation calls. Getting them on my regular home phone is bad enough, but getting them on my cell phone really drives me nuts. Out of the box, you can’t block annoying callers on an un-jailbroken iPhone, but you can make them less of a pain. I will show you my method first, and then tell you about a few alternatives.

1. Create a contact named “Blacklist”. We don’t care about all the details of the contact, just that it has a recognizable name and is a place to store number. I make this a company contact with the name of the contact as just “Blacklist”.

2. Give the contact you created the following picture, or any other ugly picture you desire. blacklist

3. Next we want to assign that contact a custom ringtone, but first we have to get that ringtone to your phone. The ringtone I use is one called “silence“. Click to open it with iTunes or download it and put it in iTunes.

4. Now that you have the contact created and the ringtone in iTunes, sync your iPhone.

5. Almost there, just go into your Blacklist contact and set its custom ringtone to be the one you just uploaded.
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Stream media to your iPhone

Simplify Media is an amazing piece of software.  Once you install the client on your Mac or PC and sign up for an account, you can access whatever music and playlists are stored on that device from your iPhone.  While you will be using airtime, this makes basically unlimited storage capacity accessible while on the road.Streaming to the iPhone

Think about it.  Without syncing you can listen to that huge 80 gig library of music stored on your machine back home when you get stuck in the airport. This works with iTunes on the Mac and both iTunes and WinAmp on Windows PCs. You can then stream that music to your iPhone via WiFi, Edge, or 3G.

Additionally, if you install the client on another remote machine, you can also listen to the music from there.  So say you have a big hard drive at home with tons of music, well install the client both at home and at work. Then you can listen to your entire home library while at work. Really good stuff, and the software is both simple and free. Word is that they may price the iPhone client software at $3.99 after the first 100,000 copies are distributed.

So, give Simplify Media a try – while it is still free and legal!

Note: I originally thought this would stream both music and video, but unfortunately right now it is music only. We can always hope though…

Working with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iTunes

Just a quick pointer to those of you using the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iTunes. And for those of you who know and / or care, I ordered my iPhone today from AT&T! The rep at the store, who was very friendly and helpful, said that they are told to tell people 14 to 21 days to come in, but that he expects it to be more like 5 to 10 days. Total price with tax and such was just over $213. And now I wait…

But anyway, for those of you who store your music and videos in iTunes and want to know how to back it all up, Apple has posted an article on just how to do so. iTunes 7 offers a new way to back up your iTunes library, playlists, and iTunes Store purchases (including Applications purchased from the App Store) for safekeeping. The Back Up to Disc feature saves your media to a blank disc (CD or DVD) and once backed up, iTunes can use your backup disc(s) to automatically restore your iTunes library. If you have iTunes 5 or 6, click here. Note that this is for both Windows and Mac computers.

I don’t need to tell you that you should be backing up your entire computer and all of your documents, but if you want to know just how to backup iTunes, this is a great article. But please, backup everything. External hard drives are quite inexpensive these days and make backing up quick, easy, and painless. For a few examples of them, look here or here.

The other article for you Apple users out there is one on how to synchronize Microsoft Entourage, Mac Office’s Outlook counterpart, with your iPhone or iPod Touch. I have posted that full article on my site at MacDeveloper website. So, if you are using Entourage and want to sync up, be sure to check that one out.