iPhone hacking

the technology life 1 Comment »

This is in response to Jason’s iPhone hacking

http://drew.ricefarm.net/?p=340

Since Andrew’s comments won’t allow me to speak.

The clip from Andrew’s post:

This is interesting. Gizmondo has an article that states, “All these unlocked phones may be costing Apple $300 million.”

link

There’s a simple solution to this. Why not sell the iPhone unlocked?

This is a great example of taking words out of context. If you first look at it, it seems like Apple would make $300 million selling unlocked phones. The problem is that Apple already makes all the hardware sales money, unlocked or not. The unlocked iPhones were manufactured by Apple and somebody at some point purchased it locked. I believe the money Apple is losing is from the cell phone companies paying Apple for people signing up their iPhones for cell service. The cell phone provider is basically paying Apple to exclusively sell the iPhone. Unlocked phones, used on another network or just signed up under a different plan don’t deserve this kickback. So selling iPhone unlocked would actually cost Apple more than the $300 million. It would cost them ALL the kickbacks.

Of course, if I’m wrong about this, it is an example of those who know nothing about iPhones talking about iPhones.

First: I don’t censor people’s comments no matter how ridiculous they are. The comments do go through a moderation process because I had so much spam comments. Since the filter was installed, 49,756 comments were caught. The spam filter automatically deletes comments after 15 days and there are currently 1502 comments identified as spam. I have accidentally deleted a valid comment, my bad. But if you use the same name and email after it’s approved once, the filter will never ask me to moderate it again.

Second: I believe Apple reduced the price of the phone by $200 to stay competitive with the market in the smart phones category. I believe they make up the $200 in signing a 2-year contract with AT&T. Therefore take the number of iPhones sold and subtract the ones without the contract and multiply that by $200 and I think that’s where the $300 million’s calculated. Another way to look at it is that Apple didn’t gain $300 million and then lost $300 million from unlocked phones. You can’t lose anything you didn’t gain. So perhaps the going rate for an unlocked iPhone was $499 and $599. Or if you live in Germany the iPhone would sell $600 with T-Mobile and unlocked $1478. I guess we’ll never know since Germany requires cell phone providers to sell phones unlocked and the US doesn’t.

You’re not wrong, even an Apple hater like yourself.

Reading at work

the working life No Comments »

I’ve never understood why this is the work norm. When I co-oped and when I started my permanent job during my free time, while we sat around, I would pick up a magazine or newspaper to read. Both times on different jobs I was chastised and told to put it away opting to sit and do nothing. Why is it wrong to leaisure read when all your assigned work is done? I couldn’t find a way around this culture during my co-op period, but I did find a way with the latter job. After I heard the company was pro employees going back to school at night I jumped on the bandwagon. Sure schoolwork sucks compared to leisure reading, but at least my mind wasn’t sitting idle for mold to collect. During that time I wasn’t afraid of and never got in trouble for doing homework. From that point on I vowed if I made the position leader, I would always encourage those under me to continue their education or bring things to do during our idle time. Guess what, I made it. All the guys assigned to work under me are encouraged to continue learning. I told them if they took night classes I would make time for them during the day to do their homework. The real intention is for people to keep their mind busy and keep learning. If this job was a stepping-stone, then let it be, get your education and move on, I would tell them. If this is your final destination then learn something on the side that can generate money. Surely we had enough idle time for anyone to pick up a second degree if needed. Plus with the shrinking retirement trend and uncertainty of Social Security, don’t depend on this company to provide when near retirement. Create your own retirement and go when you please. See your coworkers coming back from retirement meetings complaining they can’t retire because the company doesn’t pay enough?

Enough said…….

And to think it all started from not being able to read during idle time……….

Food

the pictoral life 3 Comments »

You know what? This food tasted just as good as it looked.

Juice invited me over because she was cooking and because she had a photographer coming over to take pictures of food. So I get to take pictures and eat the food? How can I resist? As it turned out Ken’s camera was low on battery so he was using my camera. I sat and watched TV while Juice cooked and Ken took pictures.

Now that’s what I call being productive.

iPhone

the technology life 1 Comment »

*Update*
I think the most important thing for iPhone users out there who want their phones unlocked is to know how to unbrick the phone if you ever brick it. It’s a long process, just like everything else involving a computer……………..

This is interesting. Gizmondo has an article that states, “All these unlocked phones may be costing Apple $300 million.”

link

There’s a simple solution to this. Why not sell the iPhone unlocked?

Karlton

the pictoral life 1 Comment »

Good Karlton, Good doggie…….. *snap. (Karlton reminds me of the guy in Fresh Prince)

For those who like to mock the post process:
ISO 200
Focal Length 60
Aperture F4
Shutter Speed 0.3
White Balance Auto
Contrast -3
Brightness +5
USM 50% @ 1.0
Gaussian Blur 3.0
Clone Stamp Used
Shadow +5%
Highlights +8%

Thanks for taking the picture, Ken.

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