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    iPhone 4

    One other note on this, Graham. Google scans all your data with the intention of serving up ads. To my knowledge Blackberry only pushes your mail through the or servers, they don't scan it. If I'm mistaken please correct me.
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    iPhone 4

    Windows Mobile actually has some nice features and GUI touches. Beyond that it's slow, buggy and a crash-fest. Further, if you're on a Mac, you need a third party application to sync with your computer machine.
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    iPhone 4

    You're right, Graham, Blackberry is no better. I'm not well versed in their practices and privacy policies. Google, on the other hand, is in the business of sharing / selling our private data. It should also be noted that Apple is going the way of privacy exploitation. This little diddy from the new iTiunes privacy policy should make one take note: To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device... For example, we may share geographic location with application providers when you opt in to their location services. I'm not entirely comfortable with that agreement.
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    iPhone 4

    I was really excited about the iPhone 4 but the botched launch (perhaps the worst in Apple history) combined with AT&T's spotty network has me reviewing my options. Unfortunately the alternatives aren't very good. I won't go Android because of the Googler privacy implications, Blackberry form factors and feature sets make me yawn, and Windows Mobile hasn't improved in the four years since I stopped using it. Dare I ... gasp ... just get a phone? Woe is me.
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    Are you upgrading to iPhone 4?

    I'll be going with the pre-order option. Looking forward to it!
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    Who is sick of their iPhone?

    Like Huskermn, I live in Minnesota but my iPhone experience has been very different. When my phone actually rings with an incoming call I'm elated. More often than not it goes straight through to VM and I get an alert telling my a call was missed and I have new message -- no ring. This has been consistent with all three iPhone models. A couple weeks back I dropped and basically killed my iPhone 3GS (tears) and am currently using a 3G as I await the arrival of the next Jesus Phone. I've also tested reception with another non-iPhone handset and have had the exact same network issues. AT&T has been receptive and even helpful about my reception woes -- definitely better than they've been in the past. That said, I have a darn expensive plan that works intermittently at best. And while cheerful, helpful customer service agents are a plus, they don't allow me to make or receive calls. If and when the iPhone 4G is released on another network I'll be taking a close look at my options. I have no qualms about buying my way out of my contract if another provider appears to be a better option. That said, I'll keep an eye on AT&T as well. My only fear is that the iPhone herd will move to Carrier X and take the network overload with them. Then I'd just be where I started -- with a semi-functioning iPhone experience.
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    Folding laptop stand recommendations

    I used to use a Podium CoolPad. Eventually I tired of carrying it with me all the time and started to use books and such to do the same job. They don't have fans but they do allow air to circulate thus cooling the machine to a degree. Guess the simplicity appeals to me.
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    Time For A New Mac

    Given the apps you list and the fact that you're doing design work (not motion design) a Mac Pro is, in all honesty, overkill. That said it's darn nice and, as a freelancer, you'll appreciate the speed, expandability and accouterments. If I were in your shoes, and you really want the Mac Pro, I'd buy a refurb after the June release. Then you get the power + speed without lightening your wallet by too much.
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    Best External Hard Drive

    Not to mention the allure of Seagate's 5-year warranty on many drives. Makes buying them a no brainer.
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    Home Media Server

    Drobos are a steal right now. At B & H you can get them for $329. Don't know if that helps in Canada but I suspect you can find similar deals north of the border. SEE: http://snipurl.com/w05ba [www_bhphotovideo_com]
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    Best External Hard Drive

    G-Tech drives are very reliable but more economical options exist. Despite my love of the G-Tech drives I own I would urge you to take Graham's advice and look at Seagate options.
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    Purchase Advice

    I recently had an iPod die on me just outside the 1-year warranty. It was the second time I skipped Apple Care and I regretted it. Then I realized I had bought it with my Amex card that has a free 1-year warranty extension for electronics purchases. I filed a claim over the phone and was credited 100% of the purchase price within a few days. With this experience fresh in my mind I ordered an iPad without Apple Care and paid with the same Amex card. I figure why buy a protection plan when my card issuer does a fine job in that department. Membership does have its privileges when buying electronics.
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    iPad Movies - Streaming and Heat

    I've streamed movies and TV shows from Netflix. Thus far there have been no issues with heat. In fact, nothing I term as 'heat.'
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    Ipad 3g Release Date???

    Take heart -- Apple doesn't charge your credit card until it ships. I can honestly tell you the iPad is well worth the wait. You're going to be one happy person.
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    iPad Warranty

    American Express just covered my iPod Classic that died after thirteen months of use (didn't have Apple Care). I wonder if they'd cover this.
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    Are you happy?

    I'm quite pleased with my iPad. Thus far I've used it to read books w Amazon Kindle Reader app, surf the web, watch TV and movies on Netfix & ABC app, read magazines w Zinio, check out the weather w Weather Bug, read comics w Marvel app, play games like Asphalt, do a little drawing w Doodle Buddy and read the news with BBC, New York Times, NPR and Wall Street Journal apps. PROS ~ Simple to use -- my young son has no issues navigating the device. ~ Fast, beautiful web surfing experience. I believe Steve Jobs said it's surfing the web i a way you've never experienced. I think he's right. ~ INCREDIBLE battery life. ~ Typical Apple beautiful design. ~ News reader apps, especially the WSJ, are fantastic -- even better than a physical paper. Same to be said for magazines. CONS ~ Price. ~ WSJ subscription is spendy.
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    Time For A New Mac

    I'd wait and review your options. Reduced pricing might be attractive as could the new machines. Re: Your SATA drives -- Yes, they'll work in a Mac Pro. Just put them into any of the four drive sleds & format as you see fit. Very easy to do.
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    1080p monitor for Mac

    Initially I found the extra real estate to be a blessing & a curse given the way I spread palettes all over creation. Once I wrangled the habit it became joyous. That said I still have a tendency to move a palette / tool into an unusual spot & lose track of it.
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    The iPad was made for people like you. You'll love it.
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    Missing features.

    The iDisk app works but w/o upload capability at this point.
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    Which iPad will you be buying?

    32GB WIFI only for me. I don't honestly see myself taking advantage of the 3G capability so I'll save the cash.
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    Banner help?

    Photoshop is one good option. There are others as well.
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    Cool iPhone apps

    PushMail -- Does what the name suggests. Must be jailbroken and use Cydia. IntelliScreen -- Allows you to out weather, news, RSS feeds, email, etc. on home screen. Must be jailbroken and use Cydia. Amazon Kindle App -- Only downside is that you can't read your magazines or newspapers with it. Vlingo -- Voice control / recognition that making many functions handsfree.
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    Best way to backup?

    Graham asks an important question. Another would be how much storage do you need -- now and in coming months / years? I've been using a RAID as my primary storage for years. I've recently started to run out of space and decided to try out a Drobo (In part on Graham's frequent mentions on this very forum.). It's a smart solution with some nice advantages, not to mention they're darn cheap at the moment -- got mine for US $279 (after rebate). In addition to the above I have hard drives I make additional backups for offsite storage. That way if something should happen to my office I won't lose all data.
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    usb wifi (mac compatable)

    For future reference, Hawking has a nice option that allows an external antenna to be added. It also allows for active AND passive scanning -- a nice option for troubleshooting.