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  1. I've just setup a new Macbook Pro and used "ant" for the username. This was the default suggestion and I left it untouched. Now although technically I prefer "ant" because it's the UNIX way, the home folder does look kinda ugly among all the other folders in Finder. So I have two questions 1) Do you prefer lower or upper case for the first letter? 2) Has anyone here changed the case of their username (would be from "ant" to "Ant" in my case") in Leopard, and if so did you experience any side-effects? I know changing the home folder name in Finder can cause issues. So has anyone changed this in System Prefs and had issues? Cheers.
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    Two big iPhone problems

    The first issue is a well known one. A vast number of people are complaining about that in the Apple forums. You'll have to wait for the next firmware release for that. Can't comment on the second issue. I don't use shuffle mode much. I know what you mean about it feeling like a beta product at the moment. The v2 firmware hasnt reached the maturity of the v1 firmware yet. Only a matter of time though before they iron out the kinks.
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    iPhone 2.0.2 firmware now out

    Hi Calvin. Try Settings > General > Passcode Lock > Turn Passcode Off
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    iPhone 2.0.2 firmware now out

    Quick heads up to say 2.0.2 firmware is out. No idea what it fixes. Release notes say "Bug fixes". Got to love Apple's transparency.
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    Newbie wanting to convert

    I'll second Crucial. They're very good and zero fuss. Apple have always utterly taken the piss with memory upgrades - doubt that'll change any time soon. I feel sorry for anybody who don't realise they're being ripped off by Apple.
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    Spain iPhone update

    The same company sells them in the UK too. In my case I checked the o2 website to see which stores had them in stock and I picked one up a few minutes later. There was no waiting or any issues. Probably the only tip I'd give is to check the website to see which stores have received stock that day then pick one up as early in the day as you can. If none of the stores are close then keep checking each day. A store by me said they receive stock once each week so could be the same where you are.
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    Good dictionary

    I'm getting an error about the server not responding for some reason. Tried it with both wifi and 3g to rule out the network, and laptop too.
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    Good dictionary

    Which english dictionary website is good to use in MobileSafari? Tried a couple which had mobile versions but the font size was too small (didnt wrap when zoomed in and at any rate I wouldnt want to keep doing that for regular use). I actually had one setup which worked great but it was lost when my iPhone last crashed and I can't remember which website it was. I think it was a 3 letter .com domain name with a dash for the second character. Any ideas?
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    Touch check email more often

    Yes it should be possible I'd of thought, assuming you're using POP and your wifi connection is timing out through lack of network activity? You could either get your hands dirty by hacking the iphone, grabbing the plist config file to your mac, edit it and then transfer it back (Google for instructions), The 15 mins is hardwired into the UI but probably isnt enforced when the app reads the setting. A setting of 10 mins for example wouldn't hurt the server. Another thing to consider is IMAP - This may be enough to keep the wifi connection open. See if your provider has this option. If not, you could try either redirecting POP via and IMAP provider (you'd effectively be swapping 15 mins delays for instant if the IMAP has IDLE enabled), or set up a second email account (of type IMAP) just so there's some network activity going on. I believe Yahoo does free push email (IMAP with IDLE).
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    New iPhone - problem!

    I updated to 2.0.2 as soon as it came out and no issues yet - that is, the update itself hasnt caused any issues. Time will tell if it has improved stability. The only changes I've seen so far is a change of animation when switching iPod between landscape/portrait and a slight boost in 3g signal - doesnt bounce around quite as madly while in the same location. I experienced the Apple Logo Of Death once with 2.0.1 but apart from the infrequent crashing of apps since its fine now. Judging by the APple forums 2.0.2 has not improved this issue for alot of people - in fact its done very little. So you still need to be mega careful. The more you can guarantee that the iPhone/iTunes doesnt get interupted by anything while installing/upgrading apps the better. Give it all the time it needs. May also help to put it in flight mode beforehand too. And never skip/interupt a backup, even if it made one shortly earlier because this can invalidate the previous backup - I got caught out by this along with a few others.
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    iPhone 2.0.2 firmware now out

    Can confirm that yes. It fades in now. I preferred the rotation animation personally.
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    Not all contacts will synch

    No need to delete the mobileme account. Just flick the "Contacts" setting in the MobileMe account to off and then back on and it'll repopulate the contacts. For the odd time a contact plays stubborn this has always worked for me.
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    Delete an unsent email?

    "Not really" to which part, re the delay (fair point btw, though it varies quite a bit from instant up to 20 secs) or the kinks? Assuming originally it was all down to me not giving it enough time for the "outbox" to appear, 2 of the 3 delete methods are disabled in the outbox, and it continues to show "1 unsent message" long after the message in the outbox was manually deleted, so appear to be some kinks to fix at least.
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    Delete an unsent email?

    Does indeed. Noticed it continues to show "1 Unsent Message" afterwards when opening another folder. But it didn't get sent when reconnecting to the net so it did work. Playing with it a little I noticed a couple of times it took a number of seconds for the Outbox to appear. About 15 to 20-ish seconds. Maybe this contributed to what I experienced first time around and I didnt give it enough time to appear. Most times it appears right away now. Apple have a few kinks to iron out with the Outbox.
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    iphone sync

    Just a word of warning on this. I usually allowed iTunes to make a backup every time I plugged in my iPhone. But I needed to do a quick sync not long after having done a backup, so I hit the (X) to skip the backup. Later that day my iPhone crashed and I got the Apple Logo of Death. I had to do a factory restore, then tried to restore the data but it said the backup was corrupted. Whether or not this was related to skipping the last backup or just coincidence I don't know. Actually a good thing because it prompted me to look into storing various stuff "in the cloud" instead of relying on regular backups including mail, contacts, calendar, notes, todo list, bookmarks, rss feeds. Interested to hear what others sync to servers. Wouldnt mind a password safe which syncs to a server (encrypted of course).
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    IPhone Encryption

    Yes it does encrypt everything. Any app of this nature which doesnt encrypt would be laughed at. I've been considering adopting 1password for a couple of weeks. I've been holding off because of poor reviews to see how the app progresses and whether anything better comes along. Would also be nice if one of these apps could import all my info from Datasafe on my previous SYmbian phone but might be wishful thinking. So long as local encryption is done right there's not really an issue. Most of the stories I've seen in the news (we've had our fair share of them in the UK) have been because some nitwit used no encryption. There's decent encryption software which are free and trivial to use so there's no excuse. TrueCrypt is excellent. Talking of GRC, Steve mentioned in one of his podcasts about a way to remember passwords, and which change for each company you use them with. As it happens I've been doing this for several years and I hardly ever refer to my datasafe app for passwords anymore (I occasionally forget the username, grr). You can have essentially a different password for each website/service and remember them all using a mental algorithm. Easier than it sounds. I have a poor memory but I know 200/300 odd passwords off by heart using this technqiue. It allows you to keep passwords longer, you dont resort to writing them down, and you have different passwords for everything. And often the password strength is the weakest link in security. The algorithm itself can be anything based on the company name or URL, all up to the imagination. And personally I tack on a little extra depending on whether it's a website i dont care about, something i depend on, and important ones involving money, so even if someone grabs a handful of unimportant passwords and determines the algorithm, they still can't use it for anything I care about. I find this extremely handy. YMMV.
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    IPhone Encryption

    Not necessarily agreeing or disagreeing with anyone in this thread, but there's been alot of experts say the lack of encryption is generally a deal breaker for enterprise. Remote wipe is essential but it still doesnt negate the need for encryption because obviously there's a window of opportunity before it gets wiped. Some of you disagree, but this is exactly what some experts have been saying. It's a hot topic so Google around and there's plenty articles on it. On the flipside I read about one expert say the iPhone is ready for large enterprise. HSBC (world's largest company by number of employees) are seriously considering replacing all their blackberries with iPhones. They'd be ordering tens of thousands of them so no small decision. There was also another large company in Europe somewhere (Germany, i think) considering buying ten's of thousands of iPhones for enterprise. Whether any of these companies have actually taken the plunge I don't know but worth keeping a close eye on it. Personally, I don't think it's robust enough for enterprise just yet but not because of security but because firmware 2.0 isnt stable enough IMHO. Although the iPhone is the most impressive device I've ever used I've never before seen a device as flakey as the iPhone currently is. It needs to reach the stability of the original iPhone (firmware v1) first. I'd take a guess at v2.1.1 before they iron out the kinks. Plus having a device which is at risk of crashing and being unusable for anything until it's restored isn't acceptable - and there's hundreds who have experienced this in the Apple forums, some of them regularly - I've experienced it once and in my case the data restore failed too. Even if a company has a stict policy about installing/updating apps on the iPhone, there's no saying the root issue wont be there - it could crash at any time, corrupt the database files involved and prevent the device from turning on.
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    Spreadsheet app for iPhone?

    Don't think you're going to have much luck with that at the moment. There's a couple of half baked efforts but nothing decent yet. There's one called Tables which has very limited features, and I think I saw one that deals with a single column of cells but forget what that was called. Worth seeing if there's one on the web to tide you over. I think Google's docs/sheet can be used on the iPhone though havent tried it myself. Only a matter of time. I used one called Quicksheet on Symbian which was compatible with Excel and quite powerful, and the device was nowhere near as capable as the iPhone. Though Symbian did give access to the file system and had copy/paste which may be holding back similar apps on the iPhone a little
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    Delete an unsent email?

    Thanks, just tried it and it's working now! Very odd. I did *exactly* what I tried first time around (sent email while in airplane mode) but for some reason the "outbox" folder is shown now. Works with all three of the email accounts I have setup. First time around I tried this for all three accounts, more than once, and trippled checked for the presence of an "outbox" folder and it just wasnt there. But at the time I could tell there were emails pending to be send because it said so at the bottom of the screen when I opened any of the other folders. Either there was a temporary glitch or I'm losing my sanity. Whatever it is, I have something in common with the guy who started this thread because they had trouble seeing the "outbox" folder too. Though ironically it still doesnt help the original question because all the delete options are disabled for the outbox folder - pressing "edit" button in the outbox folder does nothing, and opening a message in the outbox folder shows the trashcan disabled. Thanks for taking the time to post the screenshot.
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    Delete an unsent email?

    If the IMAP provider makes use of an "outbox" folder then it would show up on the iPhone, but I don't think the iPhone would know what to do with it. It would treat it like any other folder I'd have thought. For example in the IMAP settings you can tell the iPhone which folders to use for drafts, sent and deleted messages, but there's no option to tell it which folder is used for outbox/pending messages. Same thing with Mobile Me too, but then that also uses IMAP.
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    Delete an unsent email?

    An outbox which you can see? A folder? Maybe it's because you're using MS exchange? I have an IMAP account, and Mobile Me, and Yahoo accounts setup, and I can't see an Outbox folder. Can't see a setting for it either. Just clarify, by Outbox I'm assuming a folder containing emails pending to be sent. Not the drafts folder (uncompleted emails) or the Sent folder (successfully sent emails).
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    Why is Bluetooth crippled

    I'd like to see better Bluetooth support too. When I tried to connect to a Sony Ericsson to exchange contacts it didn't want to know. Exchanging contacts (even whole address books) over bluetooth between Sony Ericsson phones (both Symbian and non-Symbian phones going back many years) is very easy, but not with the iPhone. I had to create a contact file on the Sony Ericsson and transfer it to my laptop then email it to the iPhone and import it that way. Receiving contacts (especially multiple contacts, even whole address books) works very nicely over email with the iPhone. You can send a bunch of contacts (as a single contacts file) to the iPhone then selectively pick which contacts you want to import on the iPhone. Very nice. Just a shame that can't be done over bluetooth.
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    connect to www.me.com from iphone?

    As a last resort you can setup VNC access to the home computer and use the me.com website using Safari/Firefox. Would be a bit clunky but if it's only for the occasional setting changes it would work fine. There's a couple of VNC clients in the App Store.
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    I looked into hosted exchange too but couldnt find a package/price I was happy with. Once they double the storage and halve the cost I'll bite. In the meantime I'm playing with Mobile Me. Cloud computing baby, it's the future.
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    MSN / Yahoo instant messengers on iPhone

    Palringo in the App Store supports all the main IM networks. Seems to work fine.