Some of us can learn from other people’s mistakes . . .


. . . the rest of us have to be the other people.

Last week I was one of the other people and am posting this so you can learn from it.

I noticed my farmer’s phone needed charging so plugged it in and saw there was an upgrade due.

Knowing he wasn’t good at upgrading I did it and instead of an improvement to performance the phone wouldn’t work at all.

The short version of a long story involving a lot of time with the very helpful people at 0800myapple was that upgrading phone software if it isn’t regularly upgraded is like taking it from kindergarten to university in one big jump. The phone doesn’t like that and you have to use the restore function which takes the phone back to how it would be if it was new.

Fortunately his contacts were backed up on icloud and his photos on Dropbox so nothing important was lost and both the phone and my farmer’s good humour are back to normal.

What I’ve learned from this – upgrade regularly; backup regularly and leave my farmer to do, or not do, his own upgrades.

Tech request – updated


I updated software on my iPad on Sunday and found I couldn’t log into my blog.

I updated software on my iPhone today and can’t get into my blog on it either.

WordPress support are trying to help but haven’t yet solved the problem.

If anyone else has a solution I’d be grateful.


The tech fairy at WordPress suggested it was a problem with Safari and advised me to download Google Chrome which I did and it’s allowed me to log-in.

iPhone contract from grown-up parent


A teacher was telling me about the challenges of dealing with pupils and cell phones.

It’s not just that they’re used at school but that they’re used through the night so pupils don’t get enough sleep.

“Too many parents aren’t prepared to make the rules and be the grown-ups in the family,” she said.

Janell Burley Hofmann isn’t one of those.

She gave her son an iPhone for Christmas and with it was an 19 point contract which began:

Dear Gregory

Merry Christmas!  You are now the proud owner of an iPhone.  Hot Damn!  You are a good & responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift.  But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations.  Please read through the following contract.  I hope that you understand it is my job to raise you into a well rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it.  Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership.

 I love you madly & look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come.

 1. It is my phone.  I bought it.  I pay for it.  I am loaning it to you.  Aren’t I the greatest?

 2.  I will always know the password.

 3.   If it rings, answer it.  It is a phone.  Say hello, use your manners.  Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads “Mom” or “Dad”.  Not ever.

4.  Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night & every weekend night at 9:00pm.  It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30am.  If you would not make a call to someone’s land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text.  Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected. . .

You can read the other 14 points here.

Hat tip: The Lady Garden

Samsung Galaxy or iPhone?


My phone is due for an upgrade.

The options came down to a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone.

The Galaxy was slightly smaller and  was highly recommended but the iPhone has better service outside main centres which is important for me.

Is opting for the iPhone the right decision or is there another model which is better than both of these?

D’ ye ken wha’ he’s sayin’?


A reader emailed me this and wondered if I could understand it.

(Warning: it uses the word which manages to cross most language/accent barriers).

I dinnae have a problem and could understand every worrrrd he said.

My father was a Scot and while my friends all told me he had a really strong accent I couldn’t hear it.

But when we went to Scotland I had no trouble understanding the locals and often had to translate for my farmer.

Guide book in your phone – yes please


A Dunedin company has developed technology to turn smartphones into mobile tourist information guides.

Smartphone applications represented the most exciting possibilities for the fast moving tourism industry since the introduction of maps and guidebooks, AA Tourism online general manager Roger Slater said.

At the forefront of this technology was Dunedin company iVisit, which has spent nearly a year creating the smartphone application XplrNZ.

The iPhone application, which will be available on Android smartphones early next year, features interactive maps of New Zealand and an accommodation search and booking system.

Social media also offered the chance for travellers to offer their own tips and reviews of places they had visited, iVisit chief executive Pierre-Emmanuel Perruchot de La Bussiere (25) said.

“While not everyone has smartphones, this is certainly changing,” he said.

The free application used GPS and cellphone positioning to ascertain area-specific information and the ability to offer special deals for that locality.

More than 5000 AA Tourism clients were listed on the application, which cost in the “tens of thousands” to set up, but would be recouped in the first few years with more businesses paying to list their details, he said.

Guide books are good but not user-friendly. They are almost always weighty, deteriorate with use and can’t keep up to date with changes.

A smart phone application weighs nothing, won’t deteriorate and will be easily updated.

This time last year I had no idea what a smart phone application was – I wonder what we’ll be doing with our phones a year from now?

How does a Milestone compare with an iPhone?


Those who responded to my question of whether it would be better to buy a Blackberry or an iPhone all said an iPhone.

Now I have another question, how does Telecom’s Milestone, which is to be lanunched on July 1 compare with an iPhone?

The media release says it’s  powered by Android™ 2.1 operating system – which I presume is a good thing, but will it work outside main centres?

An iPhone, a Blackberry or what?


My mobile phone is showing its age and I’m looking at  a replacement.

I’m unsure whether I should stick with what I’m used to – a model that can make and take phone calls and send and receive texts – or go for something which can do more.

If you’ve had experience with  a Blackberry or iPhone, or anything that’s better than those I’d appreciate your advice.

I’m with Telecom now and  looking at changing phone not provider.

I’ve stuck with XT for mobile broadband but in spite of the new advertising campaign which Cactus Kate reckons means all the wrinkles have been ironed out, I’ve noticed my farmer’s phone, which isn’t on XT, gets service where the T-stick for the computer won’t.

My tartan genes get excited over a Scottish accent, but not sufficiently to allow me to accept poor reception.

Ode Upon an IPhone


It’s not quite earth has nothing to show more fair, (which, in case there is a student of literature about to pull me up, is the opening line of a sonnet not an ode), but Jim Hopkins  waxes lyrical on the IPhone:

Ahhhhh! The iPhone, that sighPhone
I need one, 3G
To be truly iCatching
– A real iPhoney!
With my shy high iTech
I’ll wi-fi all night
Consuming the world with
A big-gigabyte
I’ll download and upload
And open my portals
I’ll mega my pixels
To shame lesser mortals
I’ll snd pointlss txts
And compile my iTunes
And send sexy iPics
To lonely tycoons
Ahhhhh! iPhone! That sighPhone
The Apple I’m needin
One byte and I’m there!
In the Garden of Eden!!!!
An Adam of Apps
In a digital nation
A WAP-happy chappy
Set free from vexation!!!!!

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