10 Things to Hate About the iPhone

I took delivery of my iPhone at the start of September, the beginning of a trying month personally that saw me out of the office for very long periods and only in touch with the world via my phone. It was a baptism of fire for me and the device.

You should have seen the adverts, played with it in phone shops, looked over fellow commuters’ shoulders, borrowed your friend’s … great isn’t it? Or is it?

In this article I touch on some of the things about these devices that have really irked me. Just a little or quite a lot. And to maintain the celestial karmic balance I have a companion article on a few of the things about the iPhone that I absolutely love. There’s enough material for both articles, I assure you!

So here we go, in reverse order, the 10 issues that you should hate about the iPhone!

10. Grubby fingers and the onscreen keyboard
The iPhone’s onscreen keyboard is surprisingly effective and doesn’t take long to get used to.

Just remember to clean your hands before you do so, however! This isn’t just cosmetic: For some reason I manage to leave a sticky mark under my right thumb that attract dust, biscuit crumbs, or whatever, correct over the erase crucial. Usually the crumb lands there just as I finish the 2 page email and starts to rub out the whole message character by personality! This is not an exaggeration!! It is, however, not a daily occurrence!!

9. External memory
I went the complete hog and took the 16GB iPhone immediately. I don’t regret it! I haven’t been selective with my music collection and have more or less all my ripped CDs stored on the iPhone. That’s 14GB. Which leaves precious little room for genuine data.

On other devices this is rarely a problem and non-volatile storage is usually flash memory of some description, the size of which obeys Moore’s law and doubles in size and speed every 9 months or so and halves in physical size every 2 years roughly with a new “mini” or “micro” format. I’ve yet to run out of space on a cellular phone or smartphone, despite having an address book of over 500 names.

The problem on the iPhone is that there is no external memory slot and no way (short of wielding a soldering iron) of expanding the internal memory. A shame. The iPod Touch has recently spawned a 32GB version and I imagine that the 32GB iPhone is on its way. When that happens the legacy user base will be left wondering what to do next.

8. Battery and battery life
The iPhone is sleek – barely a centimetre thick and enticingly smooth with those rounded edges. There are few buttons, no little doors to come open and break off in your pocket no memory slots to fill up with fluff and dirt.

One of the reasons for the smooth design is that the iPhone does not have an user removeable battery. The battery can be changed by something centre, and over the two years I will keep this device I expect to have to change the battery at least once, but I cannot do it myself. Also the electric battery is surprisingly small – it has to be to fit into this neat little package.

The price you pay for that is battery life. My gadget is now 6 weeks outdated and also have been fully cycled about 5 times (I tend to keep the electric battery on charge but allow it to run flat at least one time a week). If I is not really using the device constantly, just checking these devices twice an hour and answering calls, using 3G and Push, I could rely on a complete working day of 10 to 12 hours between charges. If I turn on WiFi this drops to 6 or 7 hours. If I use the GPS without WiFi, autonomy drops to 4 or 5 hours. EASILY wished to be actually frugal and last a full 24 hours, I would need to turn off both Drive email and 3G, and reduce screen brightness to a minimum.

For some people this is a major issue. For me, since I usually either have a PC on and can trail an USB cable, or spend the day driving with the iPhone hooked up as an iPod and being charged by the car, it is less of a constraint. But it remains an annoyance. I haven’t however seen an iPhone equivalent of the Dell Latitude “Slice” – a battery “back pack” for the iPhone that could more than double autonomy with minimal extra thickness, but I assume that someone, somewhere, is working on an aftermarket device.

7. Document management
There is no exact carbon copy of the Windows Mobile File Manager or Mac Finder on the iPhone so there is no way of manipulating file objects on device.

Admittedly the iPhone does a credible job of shielding you from the need to do any file level manipulation: For example the Camera has a photo album that is also accessible in other applications that need to access images (for example, the iBlogger application I use to write short articles on this site). But you may still find occasions when you need to manipulate individual file objects.

One is during installation and set up when installing root certificates for SSL so that the device can talk to an Exchange server: Unless you use Apple’s enterprise deployment tool (which locks down these devices and prevents further configuration changes, so not always desirable), the only ways to set up the device for Exchange are to set up a temporary IMAP account and download an attachment that you open up, or to setup a website with the root certificate and define the appropriate MIME types on the web server (I could not get this to work, incidentally!). How much easier it will be to download the certificate onto these devices using Windows explorer (connecting to a Personal computer vian USB exposes the devices memory as an attached storage device) and to be able to open the certificate file from memory space on the iPhone.

The other key need for this functionality is when manipulating attachments on email messages. There is absolutely no method of saving attachments, or attaching documents selectively to a fresh or forwarded message.

6. Navigating through email folders
I have a tendency to keep a whole lot of emails in my mailbox. I archive one per year, and generally towards the finish of the following year. I’m also fairly busy and work on a dozen consulting and business development projects at a time. That means two things: a lot of emails, and the necessity to organise those email messages sensibly.

I organise my emails into trees – consulting projects in separate folders and these folders organised by client, all kept individual from companies I’m invested in and from my personal stuff. Probably 40 or 50 folders.

On Windows Mobile devices I can organise this quite cleanly, with the ability to expand or collapse sections of the folder tree. The iPhone recognises the tree, but gives me no means of collapsing the hierarchy. The Inbox is always at the top: Junk email is usually always at the bottom. Moving incorrectly junked email messages means traversing the whole tree, which really is a pain even using the classy flick scroll gesture. It’s clumbsy and unnecessary.

5. Filtering offline email content
The other side of this complexity is managing how much of my “online archive” to take with me.

There is no need (and no space) to take it all with me: I am quite used to placing sensible limits on the section of the mail folder to take with me. Windows Mobile phone allows me to consider 1, 2 or 3 months worth of email with me, to say whether I take attachments with me, all the email or simply the headers. I can actually select which folders to consider or keep behind. And I don’t need to worry if I go away and find I am missing a crucial folder – I could change the parameters and the device will download what’s missing.

The iPhone is slightly less flexible. It won’t let me download accessories pre-emptively: It will just load the message header and leave the attachment behind unless and until I select the email manually. I can define how many days of emails I download from 1 day to at least one 1 month, but beyond that I cannot specify a limit. I have a filter on the number of messages within a folder that I display from 25 to 200 messages but the conversation between this setting and the time limit is not entirely clear. If you are a light consumer this is much less of an issue: For a heavier email user with a complex folder hieracrchy you have less control and may run into memory management issues as a result.

4. Message management and Exchange
The worst problem with message management on the iPhone is in fact specific to Microsoft Exchange.

I am an expert user and really like Microsoft Exchange. It isn’t simply my mail server: It’s a complete collaboration engine, with group and resource scheduling, rich address book, “to do” lists, journaling, contact histories etc. I don’t use it for fax and voice mail yet, but that’s just a question of not having made enough time to buy the interface box to the PBX and switch that feature on. So I is up there with the additional 60% of business mailbox users that are hooked on Exchange.

When the iPhone first appeared the Exchange interaction story was weak. It could perform IMAP, but that’s only a fraction of the story. No problem, that wasn’t Apple’s intended major audience either, but the enterprise users obviously wanted the iPhone, so Apple got to work.

To be fair to them, Apple have done a lot with iPhone 3G to improve the Exchange story. Most of the security protocols are there, including crucial features like remote wipe and SSL, and it supports Push. Enterprise deployment is straightforward too with a dedicated enterprise setup tool that supports remote device construction. Unfortunately Apple seem to have stopped halfway through the API and a lot of Exchange functionality is overlooked. Some of this, like losing some data richness within calendar and get in touch with items, doesn’t influence all users equally. Other elements are more essential, however.

The simplest way to describe this is how you forward electronic mails with attachments. The Exchange API permits clients to forward the message without the message content being kept locally: You can ahead the header and the server will attach the attachments and other wealthy content material before forwarding. The iPhone doesn’t understand this: First it has to download all of the message and accessories from the server to the iPhone, then it must add the forwarding address and send the entire message back again to the server. Shifting a message between folders is the same and requires the same telecommunications overhead. A nuisance for me personally, but no more than that: If you aren’t on a data bundle and pay by the MB then you need to be wary of this.

[Another side effect of the issue is certainly that server-side disclaimers and signatures get placed at the end of the forwarded message, instead of under new message text.]

3. Reading HTML and rich text messages
I love HTML emails. I know that is considered a cardinal sin in some quarters, but as someone once said, if email had been invented after http would email have been completed any other way? HTML is definitely ubiquitous, it is clean and it works.

And of course being the best mobile web device out there, the iPhone should be a fantastic HTML email reader, shouldn’t it?

Well, it very almost is. It does some things effectively. It gets the layout, it renders inline graphics, it’ll also show some background. But what if the text is really wide? It’ll wrap won’t it? No, it won’t. It’ll shrink the text to match. It’ll make the written text really, really small. And you can’t cheat by rotating these devices, making the display “wider” and the font larger, because the mail customer doesn’t support landscape presentation (why?).

Of course you can zoom in, because it’s HTML, but you need to scan the complete line, whizzing across the page to the end of the line, then whizzing again to obtain the start of next line. Oh dear!

2. Task switching
The iPhone is a lovely, clean design. And part of the cool, clean look comes from the absence of nasty short cut action control keys.

The iPhone has only three buttons on the edges of the device: the on/off button on the top, the volume up/down toggle privately and the excellent single button mute button above the quantity toggle. That’s it. The only other button on these devices is the “home” switch on the front, below the display screen.

The home button stops whatever application you are engaged on and takes you to the house page of these devices – the pretty page full of icons that start up each application on the device. Good job it’s pretty, because you discover an awful lot of it.

There is no way to jump right to your calendar, or address book, or email. Apart from the one “dual click” action (consumer configurable to either select telephone favourites or iPod controls), the only way to start a task is to go back to the home page and up again into the application you want. Find an interesting URL in an email that you want to look at in Safari? Memorise it well, or write it down, because unless the text has been created as a link you’ll have to go back to the house page, start Safari, type the URL, realise you’ve got it wrong, press the home button again, start email, open up the email, find the URL … and start again.

Or you could just choose the URL and lower and paste it in to the browser address bar … except …

1. How on earth do you trim and paste?
Once Xerox had invented the mouse, the GUI and WYSIWYG editing, it was up to Apple to take that technology and make it affordable with the Lisa and the Mac. And Microsoft to make it ubiquitous, of program.

Among the joys of using the mouse, or any pointing gadget, is that it offers you a third dimension as you move around the page. You aren’t constrained by the series or the word or the paragraph – you can jump straight to any section of the document. And you will select parts of a document by dragging over a word, a line, a paragraph, and do something with it. Like slicing it out. Or copying it. Or dragging it. It’s normal. That’s just what you do. You don’t have 3 hour seminars and training courses on using a mouse (or a stylus) to point and select, click and drag. You demonstrate it once, the student understands and does it.

But the company that helped the mouse escape from the lab and get into the shops seems to have forgotten all about it. Get out your iPhone. Write a sentence. Write another one. Oops – that second sentence would make more sense BEFORE the first one. I’ll simply cut and paste the sentence. Oh no you won’t! Because there is no slice and paste on the iPhone. Hear that? No? Well, I’ll say it again! THERE IS NO Lower AND PASTE ON THE IPHONE.

Google around a bit and you’ll find dozens of articles on the subject. You’ll find surprise, indignation, horror. You’ll even discover brave Apple gurus explaining sagely that you don’t need lower and paste since the iPhone gives you more direct ways of using information, like linking URLS, or detecting phone numbers, or, er, something.

The most likely explanation is that once Apple has decided to do away with the stylus, the only UI gesture was to use two fingers and drag that over the page to select some text. But that gesture got already been taken with the wonderful pinch zoom movement used on large files and web pages.

There is a way out, however. Some very credible proof of concept demonstrations have already been put on the internet showing how a sustained stage and drag with single finger (like the stylus selection action in Windows Portable) would be workable and not conflict with any various other screen actions on the iPhone.

Let’s hope that the concept demos function and we see cut and paste implemented in an upcoming firmware release. In the meantime, at least twice every day I bet every iPhone user will silently curse, shrug and give up writing that urgent memo because they just can’t be bothered to type everything again.

So that’s it. Please don’t get me wrong, I believe the iPhone is a wonderful, iconic and transformational device. As with the Mac pc, it has transformed our perception of just what a mobile device ought to be. Cell phones and smartphones won’t become the same once again.

It’s just that for all it’s brilliance, it remains flawed. The iPhone may be the item of a prolific and brilliant yet highly introspective group of engineers. Left free to innovate, unrestrained by any notion of actuality or practicality or what the user currently thinks he or she wants, Apple have produced a concept device. I’m grateful they possess, but I fear that it will be up to other companies, with a clearer grasp of what an individual can use, in particular what ELSE an individual is doing, to take the iPhone to the next step.

5 Most Important Tips For Starting Affiliate Marketing

Therefore you’ve decided to start an internet affiliate marketing business – congratulations! There is certainly such a complete large amount of choice out there, and you have made an extremely smart decision.

Fear not, here are five helpful ideas to help you out really.

1. Take Action… Now!

Seems obvious I understand, but is among the reasons that new businesses fail – people make a decision, buy something or course and… do nothing.

A month they are making nothing online afterwards, are down the investment they produced, and sick and tired of the whole lot.

Nothing will happen if you don’t make it work, so make a plan and take some actions each day to hold your business going.

2. Disregard the Haters.

When you tell people what you’re doing, you can find some adverse reaction, which is odd, as usually starting a business is regarded as a positive event.

But some people, for whatever reason, will issue your decision. You may hear things such as:

“No-one makes cash on the internet!”

“It’s all a scam”

“What have you any idea about owning a business?”

And so forth.

This sort of “help” may also come from your closest family.

Surround yourself with positive, informed individuals who will listen, support and understand you. There are always a ton of groupings you can join for free on social press that’ll be able to assist you in your journey.

3. Under no circumstances Stop Learning

Commit to being truly a lifelong learner. Have a look at the subject, search for hints, manuals, books, whatever you can find. and continue to educate yourself on the newest developments, tips and so on. The global globe is a pretty fast paced place, and there is so much happening to maintain to date with, so invest in this now.

4. DON’T ALLOW The Tech Freak You Out!

The true number one reason individuals are put off starting an online business… they don’t really understand websites, product sales funnels, autoresponders and all that complements that.

Starting online as an affiliate doesn’t invariably mean you will need your have website (at least never to begin with) since you’re selling somebody else’s products and services intended for a commission and using their sites, sales funnels, sales letters and so on. Whatever you are performing is sending traffic to their offer.

Also there are always a huge number of online language resources available to assist you to learn. For example, YouTube is filled with tutorials on practically everything you’ll ever need.

If you have a bit of money to invest up first, you may consider employing a freelancer to assist you even, either on an one off basis for tasks, or on an ongoing basis.

5. LEARN TO Make Time.

Another obstacle could possibly be the perceived lack of time. If you ask those who are short of money why they don’t really take up a business, they’ll often let you know they’re too occupied.

We all possess the same a day in a complete day though…

Successful people in any walk of life are actually good at making time only. Yes, you may have to get up early, stay up late and miss another bout of your favourite Television show, but won’t it end up being worthwhile when your part time business is normally earning a complete time income?

Proceed forth and earn those commissions – let’s perform it!

5 Stages of Technology Adoption

Schools across the globe ‘re going through a rise spurt of sorts, which is both unavoidable and painful. I’m speaking, of program, about technology integration. Maybe your course is utilizing a COW (Pc on Tires) cart once weekly or possibly every pupil in your college is suddenly keeping an iPad and administrators are throwing around the dreaded term “going paperless.” Whatever the known degree of technology integration, we all seem to be in some continuing state of transition toward new technology at any given time. The unpleasant truth, though, can be that regardless of how many professional development classes we receive or just how many equipment we receive, many adults battle to adapt to fresh technology. We strategy the new school 12 months fully aware our college students will hack the press and transform it to their personal deviant uses before we as teachers even learn to turn the device on. The perfect solution is to the nagging problem is easy. It is time to take a web page from our learners’ playbook. We have to leap over the hurdles of trepidation quickly, fear, and distrust, in order to come out forward in the technology competition.

Beat worries of New Technology

Not in contrast to the 5 Stages of Grief and Reduction, everyone (not only adults) proceed through a number of predictable reactions when met with new technology. Realizing that these stages will be the same for everybody and that it is not only you against the globe, you can begin to move through the stages quicker. You can figure out how to follow the lead of your students and turn dread into pleasure and eventually, acceptance.

Stage 1- Denial

As teachers, we work hard to hone our craft. Year to yr we make little modifications to the curriculum, our lesson plans, and our classroom administration systems to be able to maximize our efficacy. Therefore, it could feel like a genuine shock when administrators declare an sweeping and abrupt switch, like a paperless classes, and 1:1 technology integration (where each student functions on a gadget, whether it is a pc, tablet, or actually their phone). Many teachers shall experience an automated response to the news. The overall reaction is “That is never going to work!”

As it happens this is a standard reaction toward fresh technology. Children even, who appear enthusiastic and flexible about every new wave of technological development, go through an initial uncertainty. The main element to successful technology adoption is to accept that you shall feel frustrated and scared. It really is normal. Just acknowledging your fear will help you undertake this phase more quickly. The very last thing you want is certainly to allow fear dominate and for paralysis to create in. It’s Okay to state “I’m freaked out and I can’t stand this.” But don’t prevent there. Move forward from worries and try the technology.

Stage 2- Bargaining

“They are able to put this in my own classroom, however they can’t help to make me utilize it!” Probably you’ll inform yourself that you will learn the smallest amount. You’ll utilize the technology throughout a principal’s observation of your class, or you’ll use it in the 1st week of school and put it aside and get back to your regular, confirmed, routines. Bargaining isn’t actually a bad part of this situation. It can clean the pathway toward using the brand new device actually. Even technology fans will state “I’ll use this but if it generally does not function for me personally, I’m not likely to go after it.” As a trained teacher, tell yourself that you shall supply the technology a go. Unless you like it, you can utilize it as possible minimally, but you’ll at least become giving yourself permission to give it a try without a weighty feeling of risk.

Stage 3- Experimentation

This is actually the key stage to successful technology adoption. It is the figurative turning stage for your mindset as a technology user. Once you enable yourself authorization to test out the technology and also begin clicking through it (whether it’s a new gadget such as for example an iPad or a new site like Edmodo.com) it really is through experimentation that people really overcome our fears.

While experimenting with the new technology you might hit a roadblock. Your frustration may spike, your dread may once again flare up, but don’t allow that end you. Trust that you’ll not damage these devices by clicking around onto it just. You can reboot always, restart, or reload. Search for a help button, consumer guide, or YouTube tutorial video clips that will help you overcome these roadblocks even. As you experiment, keep an open up mind to check out anything helpful or interesting to you.

Stage 4- Excitement

More than not often, experimentation with a fresh tool shall business lead teachers to be excited about the application form for his or her classroom. Teachers are by their very nature innovative and innovative people. We usually look at components with an optical eyesight for differentiation and adaptation for our college students. Chances are that you will start to think about ways this brand-new tool will match your lessons when you are tinkering with it. Conversations with additional teachers are fundamental to ironing out the facts and paving just how toward actual software in your course. Study the technology online and go through teacher weblogs and evaluations to access know the merchandise better still and observe how others are putting it on effectively within their classes.

Stage 5- Acceptance

The quicker you can move yourself through the prior stages, the earlier you shall feel confident using the brand new technology. Acceptance means you will be ready to create this technology into your lesson programs, increase its usefulness, and really obtain the most out of the initiative for the advantage of your students.

Everyone techniques through the stages of technology adoption in their own price. Being aware that you’ll feel a short push-back however, you can move forward from your fears toward a productive level of acceptance and exploration quicker. As teachers, we don’t will have control over new educational reforms or system initiatives inside our school, however the one thing we can control is how exactly we respond to these noticeable changes. By moving at night fear we are able to spend our energy in even more productive ways. All the best with whatever your college has prepared for the year ahead. You are designed for it. Actually if you are “going paperless”!

Everyone undergoes 5 phases when confronted with new technology.
1. Denial
2. Bargaining
3. Experimentation
4. Excitement
5. Acceptance
By speeding through the first few levels and allowing you to ultimately be fearful and disappointed, users can become accepting of new technology quickly.