Phone Data

January 28, 2011By jayapplications, miscelany, technology

I have a particular penchant for acquiring iPhones with trouble.
Since the span of time between the edge and the iPhone 4 I have had nine (maybe more) different phones. Four of those nine have been iPhone 4s. I am, currently, on number four. I just got it today. The reason I got a new one was because there was a screen burn (a bleached out area in the display that is bothersome to the eye). Apple has a zero tolerance policy for this kind of defect.

I have had several.

What made today’s swap a bit different though was the fact that as soon as I made the switch I downloaded Pandora—rather, I should say I tried to download Pandora. I couldn’t because someone else’s username was in the app store and it was asking me to provide the password.

WHOA! I thought and I took some screenshots to prove it—yes, I would have concealed their information. Then I planned to email the person (since it was their email address) and inform them of the situation. Unfortunately, when I got to the computer that I sync to, I forgot (because I was rushing) and just did the “Restore from Backup” and lost my screenshots.

This type of thing, probably, happens more than anyone would want to admit. So, one major lesson: Check the device even after you wipe the data. It could still hold valuable info that even the average joe could have access to.

According to the Apple “Genius” that I spoke with “more than likely what happened, is that the tester accidentally left their information on the device. Because what happens is before a device is shipped it is ran through all sorts of tests. They probably put their info on the phone to test it and somehow it just never got removed.”

Ok, I can buy that. He, also, said that he double-checked my phone and that it was reset to factory conditions and that no info was on it—here’s hoping it’s true.

The Anti-social Network

January 28, 2011By jaymiscelany, technology

I found this article at All Things Digital it is definitely worth a read. (the link will take you to

By helping other people look happy, Facebook is making us sad.

The human habit of overestimating other people’s happiness is nothing new, of course. Jordan points to a quote by Montesquieu: “If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.” But social networking may be making this tendency worse.

AT&T unlimited

January 27, 2011By jaymiscelany, technology


Associated Press report, AT&T is using a loophole to allow users, who have once had unlimited data and lost it for one reason or another, to be grandfathered back in once more into the unlimited data plan. I can confirm that this is accurate. Just a few months ago, I tried to get unlimited back however they wouldn’t budge. So, now that Big Red has the iPhone and is offering unlimited data AT&T is relenting. I really like capitalism.

Rethinking The Bible As A Social Book

January 24, 2011By jayapplications, religion, technology, Writing

The latest in social-expression.

In this way, the Bible could be illustrated with depictions from paintings and other art, as well as video clips from Biblical movies. Of course, people could also upload clips from Monty Python’s Life of Brian, but that’s what makes social media so much fun.

It’s a terrific idea. However, I can imagine major flame-wars when it comes to the Bible. Also, I am pretty sure we won’t see a Qur’an version.

The apps can also create a direct social channel between authors and readers with a feature that lets readers “follow” the author as he or she highlights or comments on his or her own book.

I know this isn’t the point of this paragraph, but I would really love to see Bible author(s) interaction with readers.

I couldn’t care less

January 18, 2011By jayart, grammar, Writing

There are a few times when I could care less. This is one of them. I do try to pretend, a bit, that correct grammar isn’t that big of a deal to me, but it is becoming so more and more. There are times when an incorrect usage can actually be used correctly. Even so, there are some who couldn’t care less about this topic.

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I could care less