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iPhone Bike Mount

I am looking for a good solution for carrying my iPhone while I bike. I have been using Runkeeper to track my rides and if the phone is in my pocket it sometimes gets inadvertently turned off. An on bike mount would be ok but I ride several different bikes and don’t want to switch every ride. I thought about an arm band but don’t care for how it feels and looks kinda geeky anyway. Maybe just a CEO-style case? Meh! I’ll figure it out.

UPDATE: I did a review over at Schlick Cycles on several different ways to carry the iPhone on my bikes. Check it out!

Scrub a Dub Oil Change Coupon On My iPhone

I went for an oil change today and was waiting in line when I noticed I’d forgotten a coupon to save a few bucks on the service. So, I looked up Scrub a Dub on my iPhone and found a $6 off web coupon that you are supposed to print out and bring in. I showed the coupon on the iPhone to the attendant and asked him if I could use it even though I didn’t have a paper copy. He looked at the image on the iPhone, chuckled a little, and said “Why not!”. Sweet! Another $6 saved by having the iPhone.

iPhone Saves Me $200

While waiting for AAA to come and fix the stuck key in my ignition I Googled the problem, found a solution and saved the inevitable locksmith fee. Sweet!

Viewing This Blog on an iPhone

If you are looking at schmenzer speaks! on an iPhone you should be looking at a theme specifically formatted for easy and fast viewing on your iPhone. I got the WordPress plugin that automatically detects an iPhone request for a page and then displays it using the appropriate iPhone formatted theme from If you have visitors who access your WordPress blog from an iPhone give this a shot. It does not affect viewers using other browsers who will still see the normal theme. Pretty cool!

Now I am on the hunt for the admin access tool that is formatted for doing blog posts from the iPhone!

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A Few Things that Bum Me Out About the iPhone

First, let me say that I am overwhelmingly happy with the iPhone, especially the phone, calendar, contacts and Safari parts. And, I never really expected to use the iPhone as a primary iPod but now that I have it I think that would be cool, unfortunately, non of my current 5G Video accessories work with the iPhone.

Bummer #1

I’m getting ready for a trip and decided to try the iPhone with my Pioneer DEH-P4900IB Car Stereo. No joy. I got an error message on the Pioneer unit and a notice on the iPhone that this is not a compatible accessory. This is really only a minor issue since I usually have my 60-gig 5th generation iPod hooked up but what I wanted to really know is if it will charge the iPhone. I had just taken it off the dock and it had a full charge so I didn’t notice but I’ll try it again. The DEH-P4900 unit has only been available since Dec 28, 2006 and it kind of bums me out that it doesn’t support the iPhone.

Bummer #2

Neither my wonderful Grado SR-80s or my Sony Earbud MDR-EX81LPs work as manufactured because the headphone port is recessed and the plugs won’t go in. I know there is an accessory that will extend the port but it seems kind of susceptible to damage. There is some chance I’ll have a friend help take the excellent Sony earbuds and mate them to the stock Apple earphones. I’d like the better sound as well as be able to keep the nearly hands free phone features of the stock Apple headset.

Bummer #3

My cool XtremeMac MicroMemo microphone is not supported either.This would actually be useful if it worked. I wouldn’t have to carry around the 60GB Video to make recordings though I don’t know if I’d plug the iPhone into the dongle at a Radiators show!

I expect we will see some similar devices in the future if not just updates of these units. Time will tell.

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Is there an iPhone call timer that tracks individual calls?

For some clients I bill for consultation time spent on the telephone. On my RAZR I could pull up a call and check the duration for the call and enter it into my time-tracking app so that when it is time to bill at the end of the month I don’t have to remember how long that phone call a couple of weeks ago was. Well, for the life of me I can’t find or figure out how to do this with the iPhone. From what I’ve found there is no iPhone call timer or call duration timer except for the overall usage timer. This is not really an issue at my office because I can just start a new task in the time-tracking app but sure would be cool on the iPhone.

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iPhone Early Adopters Cry and Get their Way

Today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, or is it still iCEO, posted an open letter to all iPhone buyers who made their purchases before the price drop announced on Wednesday. In his open letter to all iPhone Customers Jobs states:

“Therefore, we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on Apple’s website next week. Stay tuned.”

There you have it. Whining works. Although, some will say this response was already in the works, if not finalized, BEFORE the announcement of the $200 drop. Either way, now you can quitcher bitchin’.

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iPhone Drops $200, Irks Some, Why? Ya Cry Babies!

Geez aren’t all the people who bought the iPhone in the first two months probably the same type of person? A serial tech, electronics and computer addict. Don’t they know how it goes with tech products? If not let me illuminate!

1. You wanted to be first on your block and decided that $499 (4GB) or $599 (8GB) was a fair price to be cool.

2. Did that fact that you new computer either costs less or has better features now than it did 2 months ago? Well, that should have been a clue.

3. Don’t get pissed so fast, there is a 10 day cost protection policy at Apple and if you are a real whiner, and don’t just take your medicine for being first, you can probably get that extended a few days.

4. First generation releases are always a bit iffy especially for a software product. There have already been 2 iPhone software updates with a 3rd on t he way. How about considering part of that $200 as tech support for what was basically a public beta project.

5. Ya shoulda waited like me. You know this would happen, but again, you just wanted to be first. If you’d have waited 2 months, heck I was willing to wait 6 months, you’d have either gotten a better product or, in this case a lower price. Better yet, for me, they discontinued a current model, the 4GB iPhone and are offering it for $200 less than before at $299. Now it makes sense to me to try the phone out. I still have the contract with Verizon to deal with though. The 8 GB iPhone is now $399 was $499.

6. Face it, you are a tech addict. Many of you’d have probably paid $1,000 just to get their greedy hands on them.

Anyway, instead of crying and whining, do something about it. Either demand something or shut it!

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