Conformity of Wearable Tech

Don’t get me wrong, I love a shiny new new Apple product just as much as the next person. I have even been smitten with the Apple Watch since it came out, even though I have absolutely no practical use for such a techy trinket.

My other half asked the other day if they did in fact come out with a Rose Gold version of the Watch just like they did with the iPhone and if it came with a pink band. I knew both the Rose Gold Watch and pink band existed, but I went on the website today to triple check.

For a company that has traditionally celebrated originality, you may only have the Rose Gold face in these 2 band options:

Snapped from Apple.com
Snapped from Apple.com

That is unless you wish to fork out additional Benjamins beyond the purchase price for another band. This isn’t exclusive to the Rose Gold face either. It is across the board with each face variation.

I know this slim selection offering is to simplify product processing, but why not then just sell the faces and the bands separately? For a brand that people have come to know for innovation and style, this bums me out. Let the people choose and show how they Think Different!

Just Sleep Already!

Midtown, Dec 5, 2008
Is my Macbook asleep yet?

One fateful day in September 2006, after tracking it all over the world with the UPS widget, my Macbook arrived.  I was so excited, I promptly switched everything from my Powerbook to my Macbook.  Life was good.  I sold my Powerbook to an old high school friend (he loves it, by the way).  One week later, I had my first thermal event.  At some point during the day, my Macbook woke up from its slumber in its cozy Booq bag.  Off to the Genius Bar Chris and I go, of course.  He couldn’t possibly miss a visit to the store of all good and fun.  We explain what is going on.  Off to California my new hotness went.

Today, after two trips to the Apple Store, my computer still has issues of waking and sleeping.  Going to sleep it takes about 30 seconds, but the light never comes on.  Sometimes waking it up starts a whole run around starting with entering my password and ending with ‘killing it’.

I cannot take my Blackbook in for repair until after my final final – and even then, I need my computer.  Considering Chris’ job is so cool and they purchased a new MBP for him, his personal MBP isn’t in use much.  I could use his for a loner, but I need my Blackbook.  To practically resolve the issue for now, I will simply listen to my Macbook to ensure it goes to sleep before putting it into my bag.  Or, I could use the suggestion Tech Support just gave me:  Shutdown your computer until you can send your computer in.  My up time record is 28 days.  I’m sleep’s biggest fan.

So, how do we resolve this, my fellow sleepless Mac-geeks?  You might try the following, and see if they work for you:

Turn off bluetooth
Whenever your computer senses an active, paired bluetooth device near, it wants to communicate.  Thus, waking up from a slumber to do so.  Turn off bluetooth when you’re not using it.  You’ll save battery.  If you use your bluetooth often, follow these steps to enjoy your devices and keep your computer asleep:

System Preferences->Bluetooth->Advanced and uncheck the “Allow Bluetooth devices to wake this computer” checkbox.

Change your sleep setting
My Powerbook rarely had a sleep issue.  Going through the versions of OS X, Apple has changed things a bit.  To switch back to the old, reliable sleep, great directions can be found here.

See what Apple says about sleep in OS X.

Change how it wakes up
Instead of having it wake up when you open the lid, have it wake up when you tell it to do so.  Try this fix here.

myPhone

Tuesday night was a pretty good night. I picked up my iPhone. So far it is okay. Sure it is a cool little gadget, but mine has frozen several times in the past 48 hours. I know this ratio of freezes to hours is skewed considering I am doing some pretty heavy setup, but it is nonetheless frustrating. Also, the wordpress app does not swivel, so I can’t type with both hands.

The Apple of my Phone

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Today was a great day.  I was feeling under the weather for the past week, and increasingly so today, so I stayed home and caught some sleep.  I also have a huge cold sore on my upper lip, which now looks like I just got a horrible collagen treatment.  But today was a great day.  Why?  I just received some wonderful customer service from a worldwide company when I thought, and always exclaim, customer service is dead.

I usually would omit the company’s name; however, it’s a bit obvious where I went once you know which phone I got…so, I called the AT&T store in my town on Tuesday regarding the iPhone and how to buy one.  The gent on the phone said I could pay with either cash, credit card, or gift card.  I told him I would probably be in the next day.  I sold my iPod Touch last night for $200.  The person purchasing it gave me cash.  Instead of driving across town (10 miles) to the credit union to deposit the cash, I just figured I could take the cash to the store and get my phone.  Since the store always closes before I get home from work, and Kari was begging to go to the library, I figured we could run out for 30 minutes.  Today, I waited in line behind the customers already there.  Both of the people had escalated situations, so Kari and I waited patiently for about 20 minutes.  I get up to the counter and the gent starts to put in my order for my 8 gig iPhone.  Cash not an option.  So, he sells me two $100 gift cards.  Enters the order again.  Swipes the first gift card.  The software program will not let him change the card amount to $100.  It keeps populating the $212.08.  He closes the software and restarts it.  Tries it again.  Nada.  Same thing.  The salesman calls the manager over and several other salesmen.  The salesman explains to me that the gift cards will work in the store to buy an iPhone, but not on a presale.  It only allows for one method of payment.  They then see if they have any in stock.  They went back and found one, a 16 gig.  It was an order that had been there for 5 days and their policy is after 7 days, they can be sold.  They were going to give me the 16 gig for all of my trouble, but they called the guy and he said he’d be up later in the evening to pick it up.  They then checked other stores.  Nada.  Then they suggest to void the gift card transaction, I get my cash back and go to the credit union to deposit it, then come back.  I said that was fine.  They then pull out manuals and consult the help desk.  The gift card transaction cannot be voided.  Kari’s getting antsy as it is going on an hour of being in the store.  The manager gives her a display Blackberry to play with.  She’s delighted and begins “calling” Papa and Grandma on her new red hotness.  The saleman and the manager go in the back and call the Regional Sales Manager (big boss man over the region, I’m told).  He told them to see if it would be alright to apply the gift cards to my account (we’re current cellular customers), for me to pay for the iPhone on my credit card, give me the next 8 gig iPhone that comes in the store, any headset, car charger and case I wanted in the store.  I was surprised by this and said that would be fine.  I told the salesman that I had no idea which case, headset or charger to get as I hadn’t really researched it.  The salesman in training said he’d hook me up.  The salesman said, “He did say any headset, charger and case.”  So, once the saleman in training came back to the counter, he had a three pack of iPhone skins, a namebrand car charger, and a Jawbone headset.  He told me these things were top of the line, especially the headset.  Sure enough.  I looked at the headset online when I got home, after an hour and a half in the store.  Not bad, salesman in training.  Not bad at all AT&T for taking care of business – thank you.

Brrrrrring. Phone.

Phone - Brrrring

It’s time to start shopping for a new phone. My phone isn’t so terribly old, but it shuts off whenever something happens (i.e. a phone call or text comes in) regardless of the battery level. The iPhone 3G comes out in 10 days; however, I’m cheap when it comes to initial purchase price. I’m even cheaper about usage fees. Sure, it would be fun to have, but I’m not quite sure how I can justify $30 per month on top of the initial purchase price. Besides, I’d have to sell my iPod Touch.

Out of sheer curiosity, I called the AT&T store by my house. Many people in our neighborhood are conservative about money for the most part, so I thought, no problem getting one. First, the stores are opening at 8 a.m. on the day of the launch and second, the sales rep told me they sold out of the iPhones within 45 minutes last year. Yep. The iPhone is out.

My husband is going to stand in line with one of his friends for an iPhone. They were thinking about arriving around midnight. I advised him that he might consider going right after dinner on the 10th, if not earlier. I’m an experienced line person (Nintendo Wii, Black Friday, after Christmas sales), so I know the ropes.

So, what on Earth should I get in this world of expensive phones or cheap ones that break within days? Perhaps I’ll just go back to the old tin can standby or simply go phone-less.

Apple Media Seminar for Education

Currently, I am attending the Apple Media Seminar for Education. The content is good. I’m ready for the budget to be created at my campus to do some cool things – basically, I would like a Macbook, a Snowflake and endless space on the server for some amazing content. It currently isn’t in my job description, but I think I’m ready to make the move back into nerdery. I love financial aid, but I feel I am gravitating toward technology. I left technology when I started school and took a financial aid position in 2004, then just never looked back. I wonder if I am just going through the motions and resisting what I really want to do. Maybe I’m not resisting. Maybe I haven’t found a job description to fit me just yet.