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Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008

Dave!As far as Mondays go, this one wasn't too bad. Though that's not to say there wasn't excitement. As anybody who follows my Twitter feed already knows, not only did I survive my Evil Driver trying to kill me... but I also fell in love with a girl on the train, found out that TinyURL can be used for diabolical purposes, and went broke because Howard compelled me to spend the last remainder of my bank account on music by The Weepies.

Being able to have access to the real internet at all times with iPhone has opened up entirely new opportunities for avoiding boredom while traveling or attending meetings. Not only can I update Twitter all day long, but I can also keep up with blogs quite easily (though, unfortunately, leaving comments with iPhone is a bit problematic... sorry about that).

I only wish that iPhone had a REAL GPS, because that would make my life of travel so much easier than their borderline-useless "faux-GPS" that's there now...

Faked map of Chicago on an iPhone with a target encircling the entire city saying 'You Are Here!'

Okay, it's not that bad, but still... I've lost track of the number of times I've screamed "NO F#@%ING SHIT" at iPhone for providing me with a generic non-location that covers 50 city blocks. How is that useful? Sure it's better than nothing, because you can narrow it down from there, but it's a far cry from being able to see exactly where you are on a map at a moment's notice.

Oh well.

Remember the good old days when you had to actually carry a paper map around for stuff like this?


I love to hate you my iPhone.

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  1. Howard says:

    If introducing people to good, new music is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

    And ooo! ooo! I want to Twitter you. Wait, that sounds bad. Well, at least it’s not as painful as if someone were to Google you.

  2. The other week a co-worker gave an iPhone demo in the office and I’ve been wanting one ever since. Of course I signed my life away with fu***ng AT&T in November but not for an iPhone. Oh no. So I guess a phone call is in order to find out how much my “upgrade” is going to cost. I’m thinking I should bend over now and think of England.

  3. Jan says:

    Christine and I used the iPhone to attempt to get out of Philly after TequilaCon and got lost several times.
    I feel somewhat relieved to know it’s not because I’m a total idiot.
    I can now blame the iPhone.

  4. Penelope says:

    I absolutely agree about GPS on the iPhone. It’s so nearly damn perfect – that would be the icing on the cake, so to speak.

  5. DutchBitch says:

    Well, at least you know approximately where you are… Could come in handy in case of alcohol induced memory lapses… That is, if with the lapse you can still remember where you left your i-Phone I guess…

  6. Dave2 says:

    Howard… Yes, well, I hope that comforts you as I try to survive on a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter until payday! 🙂

    Kevin… iPhone is not discounted, so there is no upgrade. You would have paid the same then as you will now for it. 🙁

    Jan… Was that using driving directions? Because I’ve had very good luck with that. If it’s a problem, then I’d imagine that’s more a problem with the Google Maps service than iPhone?

    Penelope… The ability to change the brightness of photos and rotate photos properly would be nice too. The camera on iPhone really does suck quite badly… even compare to the crap camera in my old Motorola rom six years ago!

    DutchBitch… Ha! True dat. Though sometimes the “faux-GPS” is so wildly off-base that I would have been better off typing in the address in the first place.

  7. Göran says:

    More shopping to come. I am hooked on Tweaker and this album on which David Sylvian does a guest appearence.

  8. Avitable says:

    I like being able to zoom in and find my way around like a real map – I use the “gps” on the iPhone just to pinpoint my general area.

  9. Miss Britt says:

    My iPhone seems to do a pretty good job of telling me where I’m at actually. I know I’ve used it tons of times to pin point down to the intersection I’m coming up on in time to know if I need to turn left or right.

  10. ChillyWilly says:

    I’ve gotten so used to zooming in on Google Maps on my Treo, that once I get an iPhone, I’ll probably keep zooming in, disregarding the automated GPS locator.

    Back in the day, I used to use Thomas Guides for everything (when I lived in SoCal). They were a must. Google Maps trumps them 1000 times.

    I understand about falling in love with a girl from a different city. I’ve done that in the past… only to never see her again. But the memory is there. Only in your case, the only memory you have is in your head.

  11. Delmer says:

    Remember when the paper maps you used to have to carry around were free at the gas station?

    OK, a person didn’t carry them around when trying to get from block to block in Chicgo — they were more for ripping down the highway and going from city to city. (But this was the only way I could make the memory fit the post.)

  12. the patient says:

    what, no iphone picture of this girl?

  13. sizzle says:

    I could have sent you all the Weepies stuff since I am a huge slobbering fan of theirs and have everything they ever recorded solo and together.

  14. Finn says:

    I want an iPhone to hate…

  15. Colin Brooks says:

    The rumour is that the new model coming out in about a month or so will have proper GPS and 3G which will solve all these things. Maybe then I’ll consider buying one.

    Sounds like you had a blast in Chicago. I must have missed a few of your tweets because I didn’t hear about the “love on the train” incident or the tinyurl evilness.

  16. Tug says:

    Wow. Your iphone makes you look fat.


  17. Karl says:

    I love the iPhone from what I’ve seen. If they get real GPS it might be the last straw that breaks my camel’s bank account.

  18. Dustin says:

    I just have a full on hate-hate relationship with my cell phone…or as I call it, my leg-seizure-inducing-metal-brick-which-I-pay-too

    If you ever divorce your iPhone, I’ll remarry it in a heart beat.

  19. Brandon says:

    My Helio Ocean gets so many of the same things that your iPhone does but at a much lower cost and I have a killer GPS through both Google Maps and, if I need it, Garmin.

    That doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t want an iPhone, but for the price I pay for my plan (unlimited text, data, and 500 minutes – I don’t talk on the phone much – for $45), I’m super duper happy with it.

  20. Iron Fist says:

    If it’s any consolation, I used to think I was happy with my phone until I spent the better part of a week hanging out with you and your iPhone and realizing that my life won’t be complete until I have one of my own.

  21. Carl says:

    Ah yes, the new iphone is said to have these great upgrades. More money headed Jobs’ way from moi.

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