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iPhone Photography

BlueSLR Blues

When I first saw an article about the release of the BlueSLR, I thought that it was a totally cool idea, and more then I was actually looking, the remote shutter and intervalometer were just bonus, when all I wanted was the geotagging pulling the data from my iPhone… The initially announcement was that the device was compatible with both my D90 as well as my D7000, but that was to change due to a unforeseen change in the connector on the D7000, and I’m ok with that…

I told my wife about this great little gadget, and she decided to get it for me as a Christmas present, totally cool, but reality being reality, the unit did not show up until 3 weeks after Christmas (why does it take so long to get stuff shipped from Canada), and as luck would have it, it got here while I was on a business trip…

I get the unit mounted to my D90, and I am not really impressed with how the BlueSLR unit hangs off the camera, not a real deal killer, but not the greatest looking set up. With the device mounted I’m ready to go, fire up the camera, go to pair the BlueSLR device with the iPhone, it rejects the pairing a couple of times but eventually it pairs all is happy, and on to the BlueSLR app. Yes it technically does what  it says it does, it fires the shutter and I think autofocus worked once or twice, but not consistently, the intervalometer worked as far as I could tell. As I was playing with the app, trying the different features, I noticed that the time stamp is not changing, its static, I hit the GPS button, and the time started updating, but the GPS data stopped updating and then the app says the  GPS disconnected  I go to the bluetooth section of the iPhone settings and it says it is disconnected, then it connects as I’m looking at it, I go back to the BlueSLR app says its connected, I fire off a picture and then it says it’s disconnected again. This is the point where I l0ok again at how far the unit hangs off the camera and I think maybe its not all the way in, so I go to remove the device in an effort to reseat it and maybe resolve the bluetooth dropping issue, but as I pull the device out of the socket the unit comes out but the metal shield around the connector stays in the camera. This is the point where I am no longer a happy camper, and after spending a bunch of time pulling the metal shield out of my camera, making sure I didn’t do any damage to my camera. This is the point where the BlueSLR device went back in the box, and will be on its way back to canada early next week.

I really wanted the BlueSLR to work, and I was really planning on getting one for the D7000 when they worked out their issues with the inverted connector, but I think I’ll wait a lot longer and read a few more reviews before pulling the trigger on another.

The idea is really good, but the implementation is where things go wrong…

I guess for the time being I’ll continue to carry my GPS, and tag my pictures with PhotoLinker from Early Innovations…

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iPhone Service

Upload Speed, No Problem

Ok apparently I’m special, in more then then short bus way, everyone else is having problems with the upload speed of their iPhones, on the AT&T network. It seems I have fallen into some strange parallel universe, where I had good coverage before, I now have bad coverage, and where I had bad coverage, I now have good coverage, the examples are at home and work, had good 3-4 bars at home and 1-2 bars at work, unless NAS Oceania is flying, then its 1 if I’m lucky, but it doesn’t matter the planes pretty much drown out any attempted conversation…


iPhone speedtest screen cap at work 454kbs of download and 1270kbs of upload

At work this morning I had 454kbs of download and 1270kbs of upload


iPhone speedtest.net screen cap at home 143kbs Down 668 up

this evening at home I had a 143kbs download and 668kbs upload


Don’t really care if it’s AT&T’s fault, Or Lucent Acaltel, or the man on the moon, just wish someone wuold man up and own the freaking problem…

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Annoying iPhone

Why Do They Let Ballmer Speak in Public

In this AP Article, Steve Ballmer makes the following statement:

“Let’s face it, the Internet was designed for the PC. The Internet is not designed for the iPhone,” Ballmer said. “That’s why they’ve got 75,000 applications — they’re all trying to make the Internet look decent on the iPhone.”

Now one of the marketing strategy’s Microsoft uses, is that there are so many more applications for windows then there are for the Mac. So does that mean that Steve Ballmer is saying that the Mac is the better computer for the Internet, because it needs less applications to make the Internet look decent…

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apple iPhone smartphone

iPhone MMS is Live!

MMS is live now available via update on iTunes. 2 second download and a restart and you’re good to go….

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iPhone travel

Been Busy

It has been a busy time for me the past couple weeks, and that is the primary reason I have not posted…
Last year with my shiney new iPhone and an early wordpress app, I live blogged the Delaware state fair, well it is a year later, and I have a shiney new iPhone 3Gs and I am driving up the Eastern Shore to the Delaware state fair in Harrington. My arsenal has grown, and I will outline the entire mess sometime next week, but I will also be sending a lot of pics to my flickr account as well as some video if the mood strikes me…

The mophie juicepack is charged, So stay tuned Friday for all the excitement the Delaware state fair has to offer