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You’re counting the days, ain’t ‘ya?  In just a few short weeks, you’ll have that shiny new iPhone, all tricked out with the latest 3G technology.  Oh, yes… you’ll be blazing through the Internet at screaming near-broadband speed.  Or will you?

I was cruising through the AT&T website, and stumbled across the 3G vs. Edge Network coverage map, and one thing jumps out – if you’re not in an upper-tier market, that new iPhone may not be running any faster, because 3G may not be available.

AT&T tells us they are rolling out 3G at breakneck speed.  I’m sure that’s true.  But, on July 11th, some fairly large markets will still be waiting.  A quick look shows towns like Omaha, Savannah, Wichita, Shreveport, and even artsy Santa Fe are 3G-less.  Similarly, if you’re anywhere in Iowa, Vermont, Wyoming, or Alaska, you’re out in the cold.  And, the website gives no real idea when all that is going to change.

So, if you’re planning to feed on the faster Internet that the new iPhone promises, and you’re going to pay for it, it would be smart to make sure that you are getting serviced.  For a short time, anyway, if you can see cows anywhere near where you live, 3G is still in your future.

I live in Memphis.  I’m good.  But, I’m buying the new BlackBerry.  And, that’s another post, entirely.

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Apple Zombies around the world are awaiting the Big Day, July 11th.  That’s the day when the new iPhone, the one that operates G3 and has other enhancements, makes its entry into the market.  That day, people will line up to replace the iPhones they bought just months ago with the newest, shiniest object from Cupertino.

So, this begs the question, “what do I do with my old iPhone?”  Excellent question!  Up to now, there has been a bit of an aftermarket for those Apple gadgets.   eBay is full of 8 and 16 gig units (I said “units!”) “loaded” with music and even a few movies.  Sure, even when deactivated, the WiFi on the older phones will still work.  It’ll still make a really nice (though slightly larger) iPod Touch.  But, let’s face it – the old iPhones will be yesterday’s news – like used cigarette butts on the ash heap of history.  And, who wants that?

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Perhaps I haven’t been keeping up.  I was surprised to read today that a new version of my favorite Mac web browser, Firefox, just became available.  Dubbed “Version 3,” it claims a new look, some enhancements, and a few goodies I have yet to try.

Despite my obvious status as an Apple Zombie, I really prefer Firefox to Safari, so I loaded it right away.  At first blush, I am liking what I see.

The first thing one notices is a slick, silvery new appearance; it looks a lot like Safari, to be honest.  It’s cool lookin’, especially when you start typing an address in the toolbar (Just try that.  Go ahead; I’ll wait.).  But, is there any more power under the hood?  It would appear so.  Firefox 3 seems quite a bit quicker, due in large part to better memory management, loading pages noticeably faster than its predecessor.

Set-up was easy, of course.  And, gosh, the price is right.

I see no reason not to try the new FireFox.  The software can be found here.

A full review will come once I have become better acquainted with the new browser.  I am sure the review will be positive.

peterbaskind@gmail.com

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Eddie Izzard, the brilliant, executive transvestite comedian played the Orpheum here in Memphis last night on his “Stripped” tour. The sold-out show was insightful, irreverent, and just plain funny – the sort of show one expects from Izzard.

What I wasn’t expecting was to find out that Eddie may be an Apple Zombie. He, too, seemingly worships at the alter of things beginning with “i.” Some have reported that Eddie has appeared on-stage with his iPhone, which he uses to read Wikipedia. While I didn’t see it here in Memphis, he made references to it, between observations of Noah’s Ark, giraffes, and appendices.

“Ever notice the GPS feature in the iPhone is a bit dodgey, “ he asked. “You try to find your position, and it gives it to you within a 6-mile radius. Well, F&*%; I know that much!” Um. Yeah.

Eddie is off to Dallas next, and returns to Tennessee in a couple of weeks to play Nashville. Eddie Izzard live at the Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman? That is a bit surreal, now isn’t it?

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I am an Apple Zombie, a brain-numbed follower of all things that come from Cupertino. So, I should be carrying an iPhone, right? Well, not so fast.

I have written extensively about my iPod Touch, the entertainment device, identical to the iPhone, without the phone. So, before deciding on a smart phone, I became quite familiar with the iPhone platform. Still, I bought a BlackBerry.

To be sure, I love my iPod touch. When I bought it, I was using a Motorola KRZR phone, which had almost no ‘net functionality, so the ability to use WiFi on my iPod was revolutionary for me – almost life-changing. Finally, I was able to keep up with the world – away from home. I learned every public and non-public WiFi site in Germantown, and visited them often to pull email or read the Drudge Report. And, I could even listen to Kanye West at the same time (and, yes, I realize I just referred to Drudge and Kanye in the same paragraph).

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You know…  it’s tough to be Bill Gates.  You think the iPhone is really cool, but, alas, carrying one around the party circuit in Seattle just wouldn’t be cool, now would it?  So, what’s a multi-billionaire to do?  Make your own!

At the “D: All Things Digital” conference on the West Coast, current MicroSoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, unveiled what MS calls a “snipet” of the new Windows 7 OS, coming out in the next year, or so.  Among the Widgets Gadgets is a neat-o new touch screen feature that allows one to move objects, stretch them, and otherwise just play.  A demo can be seen here.  Look familiar?

Look — I love touchscreens.  But, I’m thinkin’… maybe MS should work on stability FIRST, and new Mac-like features second?  I’m just sayin’…

Perhaps Bill enjoys a tasty brain now and then?

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Well, I hope this is fixed, anyway…

One of Mac’s selling points is that it runs Microsoft Office well. In fact, a new Mac ad called “Pep Rally” touts just that. Well… maybe not so fast.

A couple of weeks ago, I ran into a problem, which I had written about here on the blog. When I launched Word: Mac 2008, the new version of the program I live on (I am an attorney, after all), it crashed as soon as the splash screen came up. Again and again. Dang. It got to the point that I couldn’t even load the update; Office wouldn’t load to my HD. Huh? Word was now useless, and this seemed to be a common issue, as several other folks had written about the same thing.

Fortunately, it may well be that MS has fixed this issue. A couple of days ago, I opened Excel (oddly, other Office: Mac 2008 programs ran fine), and was told there was a “critical” 180 Mb update. “Would it even load?” I wondered. Amazingly, it did, and has run well ever since.

Its funny, though. Whenever I mentioned this problem to my PC friends, they laughed snottily, and said disparaging things about Mac. Hmmm. PC people — living in their virus-ridden, buggy, annoying netherworld. It does seem as if the problem was on the MS side, now doesn’t it.

Is this permanently fixed? Y’all stay tuned.

Brains…

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