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Location Services Screen Shot

Location Services Screen Shot

Update: Coincidentally, a few weeks after i posted this entry, the new update of iOS removed this behaviour.

Have you ever noticed? To turn off Location Services, there is this BIG RED button, (which is rarely used throughout the iPhone, maybe just for those critical things, like reset the iPhone to factory settings) asking for confirmation, but to turn it on, swoosh it goes, right ahead, without asking for anything.

What’s up with that?

Aggiornamento: Per pura coincidenza, proprio qualche settimana dopo aver pubblicato questo, l’aggiornamento di iOS ha rimosso il comportamento bizzarro discusso qui sotto.

Lo hai mai notato?

Per spegnere le Location Services, l’iPhone chiede conferma facendo un di un GRANDE BOTTONE ROSSO (che viene usato molto raramente, giusto solo per quelle operazioni ad alto rischio, come la re-impostazione ai valori di fabbrica, cancellando quindi tutti i dati), ma per accenderle, si accende subito, senza chiedere nulla.

Sai mica il perché?



{2013-09-13}   Phoneblocks

From http://phoneblocks.com:

“Everyday we throw away millions of electronic devices, because they get old and become worn out. But usually it’s only one of the components that causes the problem. The rest of the device works fine but is needlessly thrown away. Simple because electronic devices are not designed to last. This makes electronic waste one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. And our phone is one of the biggest causes.

See the video presentation and home page.

The concept is great! I really like the idea of repairable hardware. While it is important for all of us to participate, it is also just as important to do so with the awareness that this is most likely not going to materialize. The reason why i’m expressing this opinion is to prevent discouragement, and here’s what i mean.

We find ourselves now in an era of disposable hardware. The era of repairable hardware has passed a few decades ago. Most hardware vendors are exploiting the planet to be able to deliver cheap hardware, which is very hard to repair, hence encouraging replacement over maintenance. It’s more profitable for them, however it’s not sustainable at a planetary level. For this reason, and because of the law of impermanence, this will have to change again. So we will enter a new era or repairable hardware at some point again, there is no question about that. The unknown is when.

So the proposed 29th of October blast will not materialize in anything physical or concrete. At the same time it will be a first move toward the new era. Manufacturers will start to read of this blast in the news, and, while they will most likely not act upon it in any way, the seed will get planted. And blast after blast, news article after news article, CEO after CEO, eventually the necessity will become so normal, so natural, that manufacturers will naturally start to move towards more expensive repairable hardware again.

So this is why it is important to participate, while at the same time being prepared and avoiding disappointment and discouragement. Let’s just keep making our voices heard, without expecting them to be heard, persistently, ardently, patiently. The law of nature is such that sooner or later, we are bound to succeed.

Da http://phoneblocks.com:

“Ogni giorno buttiamo via milioni di oggetti elettronici, perché sono diventati vecchi e consumati. Nella maggior parte dei casi, però, la causa del problema si limita ad un singolo componente. Il rimanente del dispositivo funziona bene, ma viene gettato via lo stesso, semplicemente perché i dispositivi elettronici non sono studiati per durare. Questo fa sì che i rifiuti elettronici siano diventati uno dei flussi di rifiuti più rapidamente in crescita al mondo. E il nostro cellulare è uno dei motivi principali.

Vedi  il video e visita la home page.

Il concetto è fantastico! Adoro l’idea di dispositivi riparabili. È importante per tutti noi interessati partecipare, ed è altrettanto importante farlo con la consapevolezza che molto probabilmente in apparenza non andrà da nessuna parte. Il motivo per esprimere questo punto di vista è per prevenire di scoraggiarsi, ed qui spiego cosa intendo dire.

Ci troviamo ora come ora in un’epoca di dispositivi usa e getta. L’epoca dei dispositivi riparabili è terminata da qualche decina d’anni. La maggior parte dei produttori sfrutta le risorse del pianeta (mano d’opera, materia prima e smaltimento rifiuti) in modo da poter vendere sottocosto oggetti che sono molto difficili da riparare, incoraggiandone, così, la loro sostituzione. Sicuramente gli rende di più, ma allo stesso tempo non è una procedura sostenibile a livello planetario. Per questo motivo, e per la legge dell’impermanenza, questo dovrà cambiare di nuovo, e quindi entreremo prima o poi in una nuova era di dispositivi e oggetti riparabili. Mentre non c’è dubbio su questo, la domanda che rimane è quando accadrà.

Quindi la proposta di farci sentire tutti assieme il 29 Ottobre 2013 non si materializzerà in qualcosa di tangibile o concreto. Però si tratterebbe di uno dei primi movimenti in direzione della suddetta nuova epoca. I produttori cominceranno a leggere di questo evento sui notiziari (web, cartacei o TV che sia) e mentre molto probabilmente non li prenderanno in considerazione, il concetto verrà seminato. E così dimostrazione dopo dimostrazione, articolo dopo articolo, CEO dopo CEO, prima o poi questa idea diventerà così naturale per tutti, che si trasformerà in necessità, e dunque i produttori cominceranno a soddisfare le richieste riprenderanno a produrre apparecchi elettronici più costosi, ma riparabili.

È per questo che ritengo importante partecipare a questa dimostrazione, e allo stesso tempo farlo con la consapevolezza di non aspettarsi nulla, in modo da evitare frustrazione e scoraggiamento. Continuiamo pazientemente a ardentemente  a farci sentire, senza aspettarci di essere sentiti: prima o poi dovremo avere successo. Così è la legge della natura.



T-Mobile has two really cool plans, which have finally made cellular data an option for me while in the USA: $2/day and $3/day, only for those days that the phone is actually online. Both have unlimited SMS, voice and data, but while the $2/day provides only 2G data speeds, the $3/day provides 3G/4G speeds for the first 200MB, and 2G above that. Since i come to the USA for business a few times a year, and stay a couple of weeks each time, this plan has changed my life.

At any rate, i have discovered that what they publicize does not represent the reality i have experienced: it is publicized that the first 200MB of traffic are 3G/4G and everything above that only 2G. So, a sort of a FAP. But in reality i have experienced this:

  • Checking on t-mobile.com for the available traffic didn’t help me, as it kept showing me 0MB used. Maybe the information is not real time? Maybe it was that way because i had just upgraded from the $2 to the $3 plan? In any case, i hit the limit with that page showing i had used up 0MB. Maybe it might have been necessary to disconnect, and reconnect for the site to pick up the correct
    English: Unusual speed limit (3 MPH), located ...

    English: Unusual speed limit (3 MPH), located at the DATA bus terminal in downtown Durham, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    amount of data used. Don’t know.

  • The speed limitation (FAP) after 200MB is not 2G, but less than a third of 2G.

2G data uses EDGE technology which has a bandwidth limit of 320kbps, which usually in reality never translates to more than 25KBps (bytes, not bits). But T-Mobile allows connecting on 3G network and the data bandwidth available seems to be about 8KBps (around 64kbps). At that speed, it would take about 4-5 minutes to load the t-mobile.com website, instead of taking less than 1.5 minutes. This makes a huge difference when working at such low speed, especcially because many servers have connection timeouts. For instance the t-mobile.com website is so heavy, the server seems to timeout each time i try to load the page after i hit the 200MB limit.

The speed limit also occurs when disabling 3G on the phone, and connecting with 2G technology only. While i have no proof physical proof (i.e. router configurations, or other packet/frame data that indicates bandwidth limitation) that T-Mobile has a bandwidth limiter in place, i sure feel comfortable saying that it sure looks like they do: from downtown Chicago, where i get 5 bars of coverage, i can’t get more than 8KBps with lots of jitter connecting via 2G, and about the same 8KBps with almost no jitter connecting via 3G once i have hit the 200MB limit.

I have also noticed that the $2/day plan is faster than the $3/day plan once the 200MB limit has been reached, by about a factor of 2.

Conclusion: T-Mobile claims that they provide 2G (EDGE) bandwidth once the 200MB/day limit has been reached, while instead it’s more like 1G (GPRS) bandwidth.



{2012-09-18}   Vodafone UK

Personal experience using a prepaid SIM in London.

I paid 10£ for 500MB of data and 300 text messages in the UK. However:

– Internet is by default content filtered. The user must ask to deactivate content filtering, which can take upto midnight. I was unable to access Fring.com.

– Was not able to WiFi tether. Personal Hotspot mode on iPhone is not allowed at all, apparently, for pay as you go cards.

– 3G network works pretty well around London. Coverage is present pretty much anywhere, however not always very strong. I often worked with 1 or 2 bars. Sufficient.

– I was about to buy a mobile wifi hotspot, however I was told they are all lock to provider. So I decided not to get it.

– when I first purchased the SIM, the clerk made a mistake and topped off the 10£ to another phone number. Before leaving the store, I was told it would take some time for the top off to go through, because they had a problem with the top off system. This was not true. In reality the clerk had topped off a different number. I could have checked the number by dialing *#100# on the phone to make sure it matched the number on the receipt. I had to return to the store to get it fixed.

– Even though the sim card is immediately active, the freebee promotion or offer takes a few hours to activate. Once topped off, Internet must remain off, otherwise the user will eat off the top off credit.

– both Fring and Skype are heavily firewalled: while they work, on the 3G network, packets are dropped at a very high rate, making the voice communication practically useless. I tried to make test phone calls on both networks and the quality was identical, even with speed test results of 1Mbit up and 3Mbit down.

– international SMS are very expensive, around 30p each.

– phone calls are about 26p/min, also very expensive.



This is a great project which studies Understanding the Human Threats to Mobile-Accessible Information.

The Honey Stick Project Home Page



{2011-07-16}   OpenSignalMaps!!

What a great idea! Make me want to get an Android phone!

http://opensignalmaps.com/

 

 



{2011-07-16}   Alix 2c10 + Zeroshell

Abosultely love it! zeroshell is a great Linux distribution. Thank you frenchfaso, for introducing me to it!



{2010-11-23}   iPhone iPod bug

Just discovered an annoying bug in mail for iOS: If you have an iPod or iPhone and have an email in the drafts folder you want to finish and send, pay much attention when sending! If there is no network you, like me, might just get a warning of failed delivery, like as usual, except this time it doesn’t stay in the outbox, nor does it stay in the drafts. It’s gone! This happened to me only for emails I started on the Mac.



  1. Download the Modem Script from http://www.taniwha.org.uk/files/Motorola3G2004-05.zip and install in /Library/Modem Scripts
  2. They come with a README. Read it.
  3. Put APN in phone number.


{2009-11-02}   Nokia E63 Backup

Things that Nokia Backup does not backup and/or restore:

  • ProfiMail
  • Slick
  • Bluetooth Paired Devices
  • Calendar (!!! how is this possible? Good thing i am iSyncing, so i had 2 backups of the same data)
  • Web Browser Cache and Cookies


et cetera
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