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    Push Email via Yahoo

    A little light just went off over my head. Not going to solve your problem, but it explains why I can get Yahoo imap on my Sprint broadband card but not on any other connection. I kind of hacked into the imap to begin with. Some Google searching found that a year ago, Yahoo was testing imap services on the server labeled imap.next.mail.yahoo.com. I did get this to work for a while on any connection a few months ago, so it was still active, and not filtering out ISPs. I kind of assumed tht the "next" in the server name was as in next thing to come...a cute name for a beta site or something. While troubleshooting this problem in this thread, I used a bad login name on the iPhone when setting up a yahoo account (haha - mistyped on that virtual keyboard!). Anyways, I got an error message saying the username was unrecognized on server imap.apple.mail.yahoo.com! The light goes on - the "next" in the server I've been using successfully from my Sprint data card is from NEXT as in Sprint/NEXTel. Duh! It would appear Yahoo is blocking addresses based on ip address ranges from certain cell providers based on the server. I'll hve to figure out how to spoof my ip address to use the .next or .apple server from home now. A general comment on Yahoo email for those who don't have it: it is remarkably good at filtering SPAM, it is, however, also remarkably good at delaying legitimate mail for up to three days in my recent experience! Mail from friends on hotmail.com has taken as many as 72+ hours to get to me. Just last night night I sent myself an email from my iPhone via gmail to yahoo...it took 15 hours to get through. Other emails are instantaneous. There's no pattern other than hotmail is the worst to get from, but many different providers get delayed frequently, even yahoo.com senders.
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    fully charge

    I don't trust that green bar. There seem to be a lot of issues on the Apple Forums with it not reading a full charge on the battery, and also with the green bar not matching with the little bar in the top right corner. One thing to check is to go into the phones settings screen and select the usage tab. It will show you right there the "time since last full charge" in both standby and usage minutes. If the phone says 0 minutes then it is fully charged, and should start ticking up the minutes once you pull it out of the cradle. Interesting for me, is that the iPhone doesn't seem to want to charge properly unless it is in the cradle and PLUGGED into the WALL. First full charge I managed to get was doing that over last night. Plugging into the USB cable on my Mac Pro desktop did not fully charge it overnight the first night, and plugging it into a Belkin iPod car adapter (should work, shouldn't it?) seemed to trickle charge it at best. Some battery saving tips. Turn OFF wifi manually unless you're going to be in an area where you expect to get a signal. Same with bluetooth. I drove on the freeway for a couple of hours yesterday and there's no sense in a situation like that burning the extra juice looking for a signal you'll never catch. I think Jobs said that, too.
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    Push Email via Yahoo

    Hi Webguy - Yes, push email is working here on my iPhone. In the review I posted, I said it wasn't working, but someone on the Apple Support Forums posted that you had to set it up on the iPhone itself, not the synced over settings from Apple Mail. That did the trick for me. Although, I think there's another issue I have to test out to confirm: I'm thinking that I only got pushed yahoo mail while I was away from home and on the EDGE network, and that it wasn't working while at home on my local lan's wifi. Maybe you can check that out too. That would fit a bit with behavior I've noticed with Yahoo Mail on my laptop. I have the paid yahoo account, and with that, while on my Sprint mobile broadband card, I can access my Yahoo Mail account using imap settings in Apple Mail...BUT...when I am at home on the LAN, my password is rejected 100% of the time. It seems to me that Yahoo is filtering out non-cellular providers for accessing the imap server...maybe they're doing the same thing with the push mail...? Check it out. Maybe we can figure this out if we both play with it and report back results.
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    My iPhone Review - is this the first here?

    Where are all the MacCast Geek reviews...c'mon folks...are you too busy playing with them to post one? ;-) I emailed this to Adam earlier, but didn't think of posting here until he mentioned it. Here's a really roughly drafted first review for all you guys drooling to read one: Okay, I'm just about all iPhoned out. I know many of you are sick of it. Sorry for all the jazz...I'm posting this here mostly because I think many were expecting some sort of review from me. DONT READ IT if you don't care about the iPhone. ;-) A little more (EDIT- actually a LOT more) on the phone itself: A friend grabbed mine from me at midnight and wouldn't let go of it for an hour last night! The interface is intuitive enough that he only had to ask me once or twice how to walk through the features. Setup was too damn easy. I'd planned on a couple of hours setting it up, getting contacts synced and all that, even though I knew it was just iTunes easy. It took 5 minutes to walk through the setup, a few more to get the activation email, and a few minutes for my contacts, calendars and music to sync into the phone. Almost boring! LOL I had no problems with Activation like I see some are complaining about on the news. Video playback is fantastic looking. Sync'd videos from iTunes are great looking. Youtube videos are smooth, but you can tell it's heavily compressed video...but it looks better on iPhone than on the computer. Web surfing - yep, on Edge it is less-than-peppy, only time will tell if this is an annoyance or not. My friend last night said it was slow - but I reminded him he's never surfed on a mobile device and while it was slower than he's used to, he's comparing cable broadband to cellular...never going to be the same experience. Personally, I think it's slower than my Treo on Verizon, make that noticeably slower, but it is so much easier to use and so much better to look at - repeat that - it is so much easier to use and so much better to look at that it's worth the wait. As the novelty of the real web on the thing wears off, I may be less forgiving. Visual email is totally cool. I think how it works is that copies of voice messages left are pushed to your phone and stored locally, so they just appear as sound files you can pick or choose from in any order to listen to, play back, pause, whatever with the media player type controls. Well done and very useful. No need to listen to a sales pitch voicemal to get through to a friend's call. Sound quality as an iPod is stunning! And loud! At just half volume it's very strong, I think on full volume I could damage my eardrums. Sound quality as a phone is good, as good as any mobile phone I've owned including the Treo and Razr. Sound volume on Speakerphone is very disappointing...at max volume it's not loud...I don't think you'll be using the speakerphone in the car. I'm a big speakerphone user, so this is a hard hit for me. Holding it up to the ear, still could use a volume boost, though I used to work on jet fighter aircraft, and I do have some slight hearing loss; your mileage may vary here. Using the supplied headphones is a whole different story. Just like the iPod function, it's a very strong loud signal. A+ there. Also, I bought one of those Jabra Jawbone bluetooth noise canceling earset things. Wow...that's a well-fitted, very good sounding bluetooth headset. GET ONE! Interface - very very very intuitive. And it only takes a few minutes to get used to it. My friend last night was in the settings playing with ringtones and wallpapers with no guidance from me...this same friend on his LG flipphone took several days to remember how to get into his settings and change a ringtone. multitouch screen interface - AWESOME. Really. As I'm writing this, I just thought of a tip on how to think of using it. Just imagine your index finger is a mouse pointer. You select things by tapping with your finger...just like you click with the mouse button your finger. You get other actions if you double tap your mouse button/pointer...same with the iPhone interface - just double tap the screen to zoom in or zoom out. You move things around the screen with the mouse by tapping and holding the mouse button on the item and then dragging it around. Exact same thing on the iPhone. Photo albums - look good, well organized...can really zoom in deeply...they're full resolution pictures. Applications/Widgets - The Stocks, Weather, Clock, Calculator, and Sticky Notes applications are all just "widgets" from OS X...if you have a Mac, you will recognize all of these applications from the Dashboard. They look, feel, and configure the same. Applications - Calendar looks great, all the normal views (day, month, list). Much nicer than on a Treo or Blackberry - mostly due to the big screen on the thing. Sync'd perfectly with my desktop. Applications - Email. It's good. I've got a dozen different accounts on my desktop. They all sync'd automatically to the device, and are listed on the screen. Yahoo was supposed to be "push" but I can't even get imap to work on my Yahoo accounts. In fairness to the iPhone on that issue, I get flaky imap access to them on my laptop as well. Gmail pop and AOL imap work flawlessly, though. And of course .MAC email imap works perfectly. Camera - 2 megapixels. Acceptable for a cellphone. Nokia's 5 megapixel sets the bar higher, though. The camera takes good pictures, but with virtual buttons on the screen...taking a self portrait was difficult. I had to guess where the button is. Self portraits weren't in mind apparently, though, as there's no mirror (ala the Treo) or video screen on the camera side to see what the viewfinder is. Camcorder - there is none. Big disappointment for me. I'd made a little hobby of video recording interesting people in public. I guess my voyeurism habit will be broken now. ;-) SMS Text Messaging - works well. Looks identical to iChat on a Mac computer. No picture messaging built in, but pictures work as an attachment to emails. This will be annoying for many until they get used to email rather than picture messages. Virtual keyboard. This is going to be the biggest complaint about the thing I am sure. It will take getting used to. It's not as bad as I've heard some say, and it will never be more than one-finger typing. With the Treo keyboard I could two-thumb type pretty quickly...but the Treo doesn't predict and correct your text like the iPhone. It will be interesting to see in a few weeks how speed typing a message competes. Without real keys, I can see trying to type on this while driving will be impossibly dangerous. Considering that typing while driving (c'mon, you've all done it) is so dangerous in the first place, I'm going to try to think of this as a positive (even though it sucks). Battery life - between my friend and I playing with the phone with a dozen phone calls, an hour of web browsing/testing, some music playing, several videos played and generally putting the phone through its paces, we used about half the battery's indicated charge. Too soon to tell for every day use, but battery life looks like it will be okay, but not stellar if I do a lot of video or websurfing. Keep in mind, all smartphones pretty much need to be charged daily unless you're a very light user of the things. Only time will tell on this one. Medical features - touching the iPhone cured my arthritis, improved my vision, regrew my hair and generally restored my youth . LOL. Just kidding, even though it made me feel like a kid again waiting for one all week. Does that count as restoring my youth? So, to sum it up. Is this the Jesus Phone? Nope. Is it a major revolution...nope. Is it the first skirmish in what will be a major revolution...definitely. Lots of innovation here in interface and design. If you're not a technophile, you may not appreciate some of the features, but this is a big step forward unlike any we've seen yet in a cellphone. Holding out for version 2 might still be a good idea...it will be better. Holding out for lower prices...don't hold your breath. Apple's top of the line product will always be this price level...it will have more features and better performance, but it will always be $600. When the new ones come out, maybe the old ones will be marked down, but at that point, will you want the older model. Maybe someday, ala the iPod nano model and really dumbed down version will come out, but that might be a few years in the making. Re: the actual buying experience - Apple did a very good job of handling the mob at the Northridge, CA Apple Store I was at. They were handing out water or coffee to the people in line. When they opened, they let 20 people in at a time, and only people who were looking to buy the iPhone. They had about 10 employees just working registers for iPhone sales and another dozen guiding the line and selling accessories...you snaked through a line around all the computer stuff, with two employees just holding one for you to touch while in line, you got directed to a register...bought your phone(s) only and paid. Then you were free to browse the rest of the store for accessories or other products. There was an assumption (accurate of course) in that setup that if you were there, you were buying, because unlike normal Apple play-with-it-all-you-want, you were buying this thing pretty much sight-unseen. Sooo, I'd have been smarter to just go several hours later and probably just walk in and make it a five minute affair as many have reported they did wen going in the latter half of the evening last night, but, I'd have had a far less interesting afternoon, less story to tell, and I wouldn't have met the interesting people I did - a college kid studying to be a minister, a classic car collector, a website developer, an autobody shop owner, and I got "the digits" from an attractive latina ;-) - part of the fun in all this was buying into the hype and acting out on it. And hey, if Steve Wozniak and Spike Lee stood in line for one, who am I to not be part of the crowd.
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    Possible iPhone Release date

    Well.... That's interesting timing coincidence, but maybe it's just a coincidence. Are all Apple stores closed for remodeling? I do wonder what the June 11 WWDC headliner will be; an iPhone is released wouldn't be out of the question, would it.
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    Apple TV - my first impressions

    DRM just sucks.
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    Pimp My Apple TV

    Looks frighteningly easy to replace the harddrive there. Not willing to try it with mine (yet)...the ability to stream at wireless-n speeds from any iTunes library on your network makes storage less an issue, I think. Maybe when the warranty's expired I'll start hacking mine with upgrades if it ever really becomes an issue. The 40gb does seem like a cheap cost cutting move by Apple, though. My itunes library (music and video combined) is 150gb or more. I had to do some creative playlist syncing to get that cut down to what I wanted stored/sync'ed on the aTV.
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    Apple TV - my first impressions

    I'm with the camp that an aTV is overkill in price just for music, but then again, so's an Airport Express (although I have both, and the AE was bought just to stream music). I'm curious, what's to prevent non-US customers from switching to an iTunes US account to purchase TV shows? I seem to recall changing my account to the UK store many moons ago for something.
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    Apple TV - my first impressions

    I couldn't resist grabbing an AppleTV on Thursday while at the mall. Some of the Apple employees didn't even know it was in stock! One said they just arrived unannounced. I installed it last night and gave it some quick run throughs. Here are my first impressions: My first gripe is that there are no included cables - yes, I knew that before I bought it, but forgot to grab an HDMI cable, so had to borrow cabling from another piece of the HT setup. I think Apple employees should remind a buyer that they need to get cabling before setting up. Most devices will ship with at least a cheap component cable. As is typical for any Apple product, the initial setup is slick, well thought out, and should be, for most users, fairly simple. I ran into a glitch or two, and think I've found a minor bug in the setup, but I'll get to that later, and don't think it will impact most users. First step after turning on the machine is to select your language, your TV resolution, and then select your network. AppleTV easily found my wireless network and asked me for the password. This input was kind of neat and so Apple-like...instead of having to click a shift button to get capital letters, the on-screen alphabet/symbol input is laid out with a row of ALL CAPS, a row of lower case, then symbols and numbers. Using the little remote to quickly scan the list for input was easy - and here's a tip, hold the right/left button on the remote for a sliding of the cursor, rather than multiple clicks to move around the list. Well done Apple, sure beats the heck out of the XBOX360 and other input screens. Here's where I ran into a little trouble. After inputting my password for the wireless network, which was input accurately, the AppleTV kept telling me that the password was incorrect. I backed up to the input screen, and here's the bug...the cursor to select alpha/symbols was gone. I had to guess where it was by inputting a key, then counting my clicks to the next. Bug there Apple! Retried password, rejected again, so I powered off the device and got back into the setup screen. No problem joining the network this time around. Once you're on the network, you select the iTunes on another computer that you want to sync with. A 5-digit password is put on the screen to enter in on the computer with iTunes. I input the code, and the AppleTV shows as a device in the iTunes area where a connected iPod shows up. You setup sync options for the AppleTV the same as for an iPod - which movies, tv shows, music, playlists, games, photos, etc, you want to sync. I did so, and started the sync. More problems now - the wireless link keeps dropping. I anticipated this possibility as my recently acquired Linksys WRVS4400N router doesn't seem to like connecting with my Mac Pro at n-speeds, so I had bought an Airport Extreme Base Station to replace the Linksys with just in case. I set up the AEBS and joined its network (set for 5ghz, 270Mbps connection). Sync again, and voila, 30GB of movies, music and podcasts are transferred seamlessly, and fast! Now for the moment of truth - what's it look like to actually watch something on the big screen. I'd set mine up with 720p resolution, and loaded up a DVD (The Departed) I'd ripped in h.264 format for the iPod. The file was compressed to about 1/6 the size of the original DVD. This thing looked great on the big screen. Not quite as sharp as the DVD, but close. Here's what really impressed me though; I loaded up an ultra compressed video clip I'd downloaded off the net. The clip is 368x208, 4 mins long, 35mb in size. On the AppleTV in both 720p and 1080i, this clip looked beautiful. I was awestruck. The picture was as sharp as it is on the computer screen in it's little native 368x208 pixel sized box. On the computer, if I enlarge the viewing box very much, the clip gets blurry, but it's not blurry at all on the big screen. I don't know if it's the AppleTV upscanning the images or my TV doing something with it, but it's definitely nicer to look at on the AppleTV than in full screen on the computer. Well done Apple. Next to test is playing music. I used an optical audio feed to the HT stereo system (Yamaha). Sounds good. All your playlists are presented in a list, and cover art appears when you highlight a song. Play the song and the cover art displays on the screen along with the position slider. It would be really cool if you could flip through album art to select your songs like you can in iTunes cover flow. If that's a feature in the AppleTV, I haven't found it yet. There are several screen saver selections available. Typical computer type screensaver nature shots, your own photo library, or cover art. I selected cover art. Fun to watch all your album covers kind of float in three dimensions on the screen. I have another issue I haven't resolved with the setup yet. For some reason, the AppleTV can't see my shared iTunes libraries on the different computers in the house. They can all see each other, and the AppleTV saw my desktop's library once, and lists it as an available source for streaming, but it's greyed out and won't connect. Another bug? Maybe. Bad job Apple. The typical home user isn't going to bother trouble shooting this kind of error if they get it. You can view movie trailers and 30 second clips of the top 10 TV shows on iTunes Store directly from the AppleTV, but you can't actually purchase anything from it. That has to be done via your iTunes on the computer. So, my final take on the AppleTV after just one evening of playing with it: A-. The product has a couple of glitches, but none of them are likely to occur for most users, and none of them break the functionality of the device. Setup for most should be easy, and the output is beautiful eye candy. Is this device for everyone? Definitely not, and I think the inclusion of TV in the name will mislead many. This is not a DVR, and not a television receiver. It is essentially a media server that lets you play iTunes based content on your big screen TV with a slick but simple interface. If that's not something you want to do, the device currently does not offer any features for you that I can think of, and if you're willing to hook your laptop straight to your TV and shuffle a few windows around, you can duplicate most of its functionality just like that. PC users with a Windows setup can get similar function with the X-BOX 360, plus have the ability to play some awesome games, though for a much larger price tag. I suspect many features are coming down the pipe for it, and perhaps some more TV receiver like aspects in future releases/updates. For me, the device is a keeper, but it's not something I think many but the most devoted of Apple Geeks, or those who just like lots of hi-tech media options in the home theater system will see the appeal of.
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    Has anyone figured out a way to connect a Mac laptop (OS X 10.4.9) to a Linksys hardware VPN machine? On a windows machine you run Linksys's QuickVPN app for a painless connect, but it's windows only software. Linksys, sadly, does not support Macs. The built in PPTP or IPSEC in internet connect app doesn't work. I've tried Ciscos VPN client, as well VPN Tracker. All no go. I really need a hardware VPN device and some software for my MacBook Pro to let me VPN into my network. Looks like this Linksys is going back to the dealer for lack of Mac support Any suggestions?
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    Palm Treo 700p & Mac OS

    Hey, I'll admit I only came across this thread by mistake, and only skimmed it, but your last message caught my eye. I use my Treo 700P as a modem for my MacBook Pro ALL the time. I use USBModem, and it works great for me. I use the hotsync cable because it charges the battery in the Treo while online...using Bluetooth kills the battery pretty quick. I am online for hours with Verizon with no stability problems, and pretty fast downloads (500-700kbps). I don't pay any extra fee to Verizon for DUN, but I do have the data plan on my Treo. I have a modem driver that is "Palm Treo (CDMA 1x or EVDO)" in my networking settings - it might have been installed by USBModem. Highly recommended for the mobile Mac user who doesn't do WiFi hotspots. The one thing making me not want to rush out and get an iPhone is the fact that it isn't EVDO...EDGE is painfully slow..I had EDGE on my Razr phone with Cingular before switching to the Palm on Verizon last summer.
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    Mac Pro 4GB Memory configuration wierdness

    Thanks to everyone who replied, and thanks for the congrats on the new machine. I have to say, it is an awesome piece of hardware. I've waited 6 months hoping new machines or leopard would be announced, but when my desktop PC crashed and I just couldn't stomach rebuilding XP on a 6 year old machine, I had no choice but to get the new Mac Pro I'd been drooling over snce they were announced. Re: the matched DIMMs thing. Yes you get a performance boost for having matched pairs in the risers - you need matched pairs to get the 256 bit memory path vs 128 bit. Someone on an Apple discussion group said I'll get better performance if I move the 1GB pair to the first set of slots. I'll try it, but not sure why it will make a difference - not that I'll notice anything anyways - we're talking nanoseconds here, right? ;-) I investigated further, and at least I wasn't charged the same price as for 4x1gb. I was charged $100 less. The store explained to me that they are not authorized to change the base configuration of the computer sold from wht they received, and so I had to purchase a 3GB "upgrade" to get 4GB in the machine. I can almost make sense out of that if in some way if the serial number and base configuration is somehow tied to the warranty, but it's a thin argument. Sometimes APPL is just wierd, but at least I wasn't ripped off. Now I can look at the Bluetooth and Wireless N stuff I had put in as freebies.
  13. Hey all. I bought a Mac Pro last weekend. I purchased it at the Apple Store near my home. I ordered it with 4gb memory. I was poking around in the System Profiler and it shows the memory was installed as: DIMM Riser A/DIMM 1 = 512 MB DIMM Riser A/DIMM 2 = 512 MB DIMM Riser A/DIMM 3 = 1 GB DIMM Riser A/DIMM 4 = 1 GB DIMM Riser B/DIMM 1 = 512 MB DIMM Riser B/DIMM 2 = 512 MB How nuts is that? Why would a brand new machine ordered with 4 GB not get built up with 4x1GB DIMMS? The only thing I can figure is that all the machines come with 2x512MB base and they have to upgrade you with 3GB instead of replacing the original... Is that reasonable? Sounds screwy to me. And what really gets me is the Apple guy I worked with, I am sure he said (and we can configure it with 4 !GB sticks." I suppose it's only an issue if in the future I want to load the thing with more DIMMS to the point of having to pull the 4 small ones, but that just seems silly to have to worry about that on a new machine ordered with 4GB out the door. Any thooughts appreciated.
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    A Switcher tries to FAX

    My first "switcher story." I've had a MacBook Pro for about 9 months to replace my old XP based laptop. My main desktop machine had continued to be Windows XP based, unitl a couple of weeks ago when it crashed and there was no way of saving the OS without a clean install. I figured at that point, might as well get a new desktop, and picked up a Mac Pro, which I am absolutely loving. Here's the switcher tale - I needed to send a FAX from my desktop. I'd not bothered hooking up my old USR 56k Fax/Voice/Speakerphone modem (USB type) to the Mac Pro yet, so I hooked it up, and true to Windows user mentality, starting scouring the internet for drivers for the thing. I found drivers I thought might work, and tried to figure out how to install them. Drove me crazy for almost thirty minutes because I couldn't figure out how. Finally, about to give up in frustration, I tried just printing my document as a "PDF to fax," and lo and behold, it worked. It just plain worked on its own. No drivers required, no installation hassles. I could have just plugged in the modem and faxed. Why did I have to try to make it complicated - oh, yeah, because I have 20 years of using Windows instlled in me, and NOTHING just works in Windows. Why do I love my new Macs? Because things just work, right out of the box...they really just work.