About two weeks ago, I finally bit the bullet and retired my trusty iPhone 3G, and went to the
dark bright side, with an Orange San Francisco (also known as the ZTE Blade). At £99 (including a compulsory £10 Orange topup) it can be SIM unlocked for free and flashed to Froyo 2.2 with a variety of ROMs.
But despite a incredible take up by punters everywhere, the lack of handset accessories is frustrating. Until recently we couldn’t even get an OSF specific screen protector, let alone a protective cover. And still we can not buy a desktop charger that fits!
And so, when a colleague was unpacking a toner cartridge and I spotted the polystyrene padding material, I thought, why not bodge one myself?
15 minutes (and a sharp blade) later, and voila!
Who doesn’t have a multitude of devices, phones and other gadgets on their desks? I certainly have, and I finally had enough of all the chargers and wallwarts that each item seems to bring with them. With two iPhones almost constantly being charged, and a Nokia phone thrown in for good measure, I needed to have something flexible enough for those plus any future gadgets. So, I googled a bit, and found the IDAPT I3, and the beautiful, but ridiculously priced The Sanctuary. And then I started to think, how easy would it be to put a mains powered USB hub inside a box and have several USB charger leads coming out of the box, each charging a different device?
And the answer is, very easy :)
I started off with a 4 port powered USB hub, which I had lying in a drawer and plugged my iPhone charger leads into it, expecting them to instantly charge my two iPhones. But to my surpise, nothing happened… so another quick Google later, I came accross a blog entry of Carl Hutzler, which details why they won’t charge. All you have to do is sacrifice the hub and forego it’s PC functionality by cutting the D+/- lines and short them. A quick test shows they now finally charge themselves. Apparently it is better to stick 2x 100K Ohm resistors on the D+/- lines, which I will do at some point, but for now, this will do.
All I now had to do was find a suitable SWMBO friendly container, and as our furniture is all beech, the tea storage container I found for £1.99 at QD stores was perfect. I just needed to gut the compartiments out and put something on top of the plastic lid. At my local crafts store I found a small foam pad for 50p which was nice and soft. Unfortunately I got my measurements all wrong, so I messed up the black pad, but SWMBO came to the rescue by rummaging through my kids crafts drawers by digging up a piece of brown padding.
The final thing to do is then drill some holes at the locations convenient for your devices, and put it all together. Job done!
Walked out of the door this morning and switched on the iPhone only to be greeted by the tune of April Fool by Soul Asylum. How appropriate!
Two weeks into my iPhone ownership, I am still adapting to a new way of online life. Today they released the WordPress plugin in the App Store, something I was very keen on trying out myself… So here it is, my first entry written on the tiny keyboard of my 3G :)
A bit of a last minute decider, but last night I (jokingly) told my wife that I quite fancy queuing up for the new iPhone 3G. To my surprise she turns around and says, why don’t you? So I did :D
At 6am I was first to arrive at my local Carphone Warehouse (the O2 store was closed for a refit, talk about well planned), but I was too embarrassed to stand next to the door, so I sat down on some benches nearby reading a book, keeping a close eye at the shop. At 6.15am person number 2 arrived, and he felt less uncomfortable, so I then sheepishly joined the queue as number 2, promoting him to be number 1. Ah well, as long as they have at least 2 boxes, I will get one ;)
As time passed, more people joined the queue, and by the time the store opened at 8.02am (not sure if it was on the dot or not, but it must have been close to it), a queue of at least 16 people had formed. A member of staff came round and asked us what model we wanted and I overheard him say that there had been only 2 16GB versions… exactly the ones number 1 and 2 (me ;)) were after! Thank god I didn’t have a lie in today \o/
The whole buying process was relatively straightforward and normal, and I was out the shop at 8.15am… carrying a nice bag containing one 16GB iPhone 3G. If only this working day didn’t last so damn long ;)