I'm Awake At 5am On iDay, The Launch Of The iPhone

I’m going to go get in line at my local AT&T store to wait for an iPhone. Ok, so not really. I’m awake because of a combination of needing some pain pills for the dental work I had done yesterday morning and my sprinkler system woke me up as well.

I have decided to get my hands on an iPhone tomorrow though. I won’t be crashing all night like these people. I think they’re a little crazy, but it’s exciting at the same time. I hope I can get in line here in Saginaw no earlier than 5pm and easily be able to get one. I’ll update my status with my Twitter account (which I hope to have integrated into this site sometime in the near future, especially if I get an iPhone).

I’m just so sick of my Razr and can’t wait for the iPhone. I know there are some drawbacks, but a lot of the things people are talking about can easily be added or fixed with updates from Apple right through iTunes. In addition to having an all in one device, I’m very excited to have the Internet on a phone which is actually useful.

Unlock iPod Screen Lock If You Forget The 4 Digit Combination

I’ve have several a lot of people post questions on other posts here at MDV asking how to unlock the iPod Screen Lock function if you forget the 4 digit combination/pass code, so I figured I would write up a short tutorial here to direct people to.

There are basically three ways to unlock the Screen Lock on your iPod:

  1. The most obvious and will not work for most people (or else you wouldn’t be visiting this web site). Simply enter the 4 digit combination/pass code at Extras > Screen Lock.
  2. Connect your iPod to the first computer it was synced with or the computer set as the primary one in iTunes. Open the iTunes application, then disconnect your iPod from the computer, and it should no longer be locked.
  3. Use this final way only if the first two options do not work for you because it is a destructive process.

    Everything on your iPod will be erased.

    This should not be a problem if you have all of your songs, videos, and other media stored in iTunes and you can synchronize once again after getting the iPod unlocked. Besides, if you don’t unlock your iPod it’s useless right? Learn how to Restore your iPod using the instructions from Apple’s site.

If your iPod is simply frozen, follow my instructions for an iPod Lockup Reset.

Weird Google Error

I received a weird Google error page today after clicking on a search result. After typing in the word I was able to go the page I requested. Anyone else ever seen this before? Here’s the text of the error page:

We’re sorry…

…but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.

We’ll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we’ll see you again soon on Google.

To continue searching, please type the characters you see below:

Update: I received the same page again doing another search, so this time I copied the links and added them above.

I Want An iPhone

The iPhone comes out this Friday, the 29th. I was at the MacWorld Expo keynote in January when Steve Jobs announced the revolutionary phone/iPod/Internet device and I was very excited to see it. I’ve thought about it quite a bit because my current Verizon contract isn’t up until February, so if I did get one, I’d have to pay nearly $200 to cancel my contract. What to do?

I could wait until February to get the iPhone and by that time they might have a newer one available with more storage capacity and GPS capabilities. The price might drop a couple hundred bucks by then. But boy, would I love to have the iPhone right away.

When I grabbed the link to the Apple iPhone page, I saw the rate plans were there and it’s a lot more affordable than I (or anyone else) expected it to be. For $60 a month, which is $15 more than I currently pay, I can get the same number of minutes I get now, but I’ll have an unlimited data plan. The one big question about the iPhone right now is…how fast will data actually be on AT&T’s Edge network. There are so many great things about the iPhone, which I won’t waste my time going over here (just look it up on Google and you’ll find tons of info), but the data speed can really make or break the deal for me. If I bought the iPhone I’d be using it all the time because there really isn’t any other portable device out there with Internet capabilities like this.

So what do I do?

If I decide to get one, you can bet, I’ll be posting again in a few days…

Ocean's 13

Ocean's 13I really enjoyed Ocean’s Eleven when it came out and thought Ocean’s Twelve was good too. So when I saw Ocean’s 13 was next in line I knew I’d have to see it.

Went last night with Tom because it was too damn hot to do anything else around the house or outside. We both enjoyed the movie and I’ll add it to my DVD collection when it comes out. The movie has the usual cast of characters played by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, and Al Pacino to name a few. I was surprised to see Julia Roberts missing from the 3rd film.

Ocean’s 13 shares the same kind of film-making as the first two movies and tries to keep you guessing what exactly is going on. This movie was quite a bit easier to figure out than the previous two and I actually saw quite a few things coming. If you enjoyed the first two, you’ll enjoy this one as well though. Very good for the 3rd movie in a series. I give it a solid B+.

Tiger Woods Skipping 2007 Buick Open

I’m heading to the Buick Open this upcoming weekend, but I won’t be seeing Tiger Woods. There will likely be some cardboard cutout and poster sitings, but none of the real deal. It’s disappointing to know he won’t be playing, but I can’t say I blame him for skipping out on a tournament a week and a half after the birth of his first child, a daughter, Sam Alexis Woods.

Slow Down

After having some problems off the tee recently, things have turned around in the last week or so. I didn’t realize what I had changed until one of my league partners told me I looked more fluid and controlled in my swing. It turns out I was swinging nice and easy instead of trying to crush the ball. Guess what…I am hitting it just as far as if I was swinging out of my shoes and I’m a lot more consistent.

Over the weekend I hit some great tee shots when I stayed in control. As soon as I sprayed one off to the left or right I could feel my swing get quicker and I was snapping the wrists over the top or leaving the club face wide open. If I take a nice and easy swing with the driver I can still bomb it out there 280-300 yards or more. In fact, I put the ball on the green on a 272 yard par 4…with my 3 wood!

If you’re having problems with your swing and can’t seem to figure out the problem. Slow down. You’ll be amazed at the results most of the time.