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I’m on the phone with Apple as we speak. I’m trying to find out what has happened to my iPhone Beta SDK. I logged into the Apple Store, checked my order status. The first thing I noticed gratefully is that it did show that I actually did order the SDK, and the my Visa card was charged for it.

What I did not see is any sort of shipping status information at all. The item says under Order Status that it is “Electronically Delivered,” but I saw no place under “Downloads” where I could download it.

Let me back up just a bit… when I ordered it, it seemed to imply that Apple would ship me a package containing the SDK and that I would need to be at the address when the delivery was made so that I could sign for the package. It was implied that the order would come as short as overnight but take up to 5 business days. Maybe I could get it today (6 business days)!

What is mysterious is that there is nothing under my order status to tell me that it shipped, or that it is pending approval before it’s shipped, etc. This is unclear. Hopefully on this call I will find out what’s up.

Right now, I’m on hold whilst the Apple rep tries to find out stuff.

Although I don’t like this, I’m not surprised really. All the things Apple has been doing lately, all the balls they’re trying to keep in the air, I think they’re doing pretty good considering it all… I still want my SDK though! šŸ™‚

As I end this post, I am still on hold…

iPhone SDK Beta: Waiting For Delivery

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I got the go-ahead from Apple Development to be in the Beta program for developing for the iPhone. I clicked on the appropriate link, filled in the proper info, whipped out the old credit card, validated everything, read everything and am now waiting to receive my package!

I was pleased to see that I wasn’t just simply given a URL to download stuff from, but that they were going to send me a package containing the goodies I’m looking for. I will have to sign for the package.

I signed up I believe Sunday evening. So I am waiting expectantly for my delivery. I will be able to finally try stuff on my actual phone. How cool is that?

iPhone in China?

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No formal talks have happened yet between China Mobile and Apple, but there is a buzz on the internet about it. Wouldn’t it be cool? The iPhone in China? Not only for Apple, but for all the developers of apps for the iPhone!

Something developers would have to take into consideration is the usage of regional settings in their applications.
But this is a small problem compared to the potential.

One possible drawback here is the price of the phone. How many people in China could afford it?

Val’s Art Diary DVD Revisited

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Well, I’ve sent a message to Val again about my missing DVD. She’s going to work on getting me a copy finally (I ordered it months ago). I don’t think that the problem is Val herself, most likely it is the people she hired to distribute her DVD.

I’m looking forward to getting it Val! Love your show!

Ā 

An Update on iPhone Development

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UPDATED.

I have managed to get a sampleĀ  iPhone app compiled and running in the iPhone simulator that they provide. The app is an African thumb piano. It is a very imaginative use of the iPhone. It would be much nicer running on my iPhone rather than a simulator!

There are some really neat and creative sample programs in the iPhone SDK now, some of them besides being good sampls to look at as far as their code are concerned are apps that I’d actually like to have on my iPhone for my own use! I like the idea of the program that turns your iPhone into a level you can use to make sure that your pictures are straight! Cool.

I’ve spent a bit of time looking over the African Finger Thumb Piano code. I’m still trying to follow where the “start” of the code is. To be honest though, I’ve not spent allot of time looking into this lately.

Like It Never Really Happened…

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ServePro is at my house right now. No, they’re not cleaning up after flood or fire damage, they’re cleaning out the vents in my house. They’ve never been cleaned as long as I’ve lived here (6 years). And I’d beĀ surprisedĀ if really if the previous owner ever had it done!Ā Hopefully it will help us breath easier.Ā 

Some Good News…

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I thank God that some good stuff has happened…

  • My external 1TB hard drive is working. It was the power cable that didn’t work. A power cable is allot cheaper than a new drive!
  • Scheduled someone to come out to the house today and remove the bird’s nest and replace the vent that popped out.
  • I have begun the process of importing video from my camera into FinalCut Express from the work I did in St. Louis. This will probably take most of the day due to the hours of video taken. Once it is done, I can clear the camera’s hard drive (which is currently full).
  • I’m doing some abb exercises in addition to some exercises that my wife gave me. These are helping. I think this has reduced my discomfort by 35-40%.
  • I’m getting a full body massage tonight as well as Sunday Afternoon to ease the pain and loosen things up in my neck and shoulders.
  • I’m going to the chiropractor on Monday (its about time). I looked in the mirror two days ago and noticed that I’m really out of wack. No wonder my neck hurts!
  • I actually got some real measurable work done for my job. That really helps one feel better emotionally (at least me)!
  • I’ve done some work on a web site that my sister and I are working together on. I got the access to the mySQL database that I set up for it working properly.
  • I ordered an IPTV service for my house.

Not bad for the last three days!

Problems Come in Bunches

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Problems come in bunches:

  • A bird is building a nest in a vent for my attic (the grate popped out). You can hear him in the ceiling of our bedroom. I’m trying to get a handyman to fix the problem.
  • My neck and shoulders are really bothering me and doing something about it is really a hassle. And, of course, when you feel bad, things that are a hassle seem to be even more of a hassle than they really are!
  • My external hard drive (1TB) for my MacBook is not powering up at all. This is really a drag (I’ve only had this thing a month or two).
  • The project I’m on at work is just a mass of confusion and corporate politics. Man do I hate this thing!

Just doing a little venting…

An Eclectic Blog

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I’m paying to have a link to my blog on USA Today’s web site. I was given different topics to select from. I had to pick one of the topics to list my blog under. I put it under Technology. I wish they had an Eclectic topic. That would be more relavent. I’m interested in technology so I write about it. But I’m interested in lots of things and I will write about those things too: health (I have health problems), interesting places or people, etc. Maybe some day there will be an Eclectic topic!

Marching Along As Best I Can

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I’ve not posted allot to my blog lately. I’ve really done no work at all on my web site either. I blame it mainly on poor health. Being distracted by my health, or intentionally distracting myself in some time-wasting activity (such as playing Generals Zero Hour) in order to attempt some diverting of my thoughts away from the unpleasantness of my health to something else.

I’m sick of being sick. I’m working on seriously changing my eating habits in more than just a half-hearted way. I’m exercising more. Man! Life is a serious thing. You can’t just put a quarter in the arcade machine of life and play another game.

How many times have I put up with some consequences of my actions because I was unwilling to really apply myself to the disciple necessary to have success. Now, the consequences are just getting too real, too serious, ultimately to painfulĀ to live with. I have to change. NotĀ to change is just too unbearable!

So I march forward as best I can, studying, and most importantly, changing my behaviour.

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