Apple "Bricked" my iPhone

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Looks like the activation servers for iTunes are seriously swamped with requests.  Looks like their capacity planning folks failed in their job and didn’t anticipate the demands for a world wide roll-out of a new iPhone and a firmware upgrade of older iPhones and IPod Touch devices.  Well, it’s not like they had MONTHS to prepare for it.

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So when I plugged my phone this morning, iTunes popped up and told me that the v2.0 was ready and if I’d like to install it.  uhm… Hell yes!  iTunes downloaded the new firmware, backed up my phone, placed the new firmware on the phone and restarted the phone.  Once the phone is back online, it was to go back to iTunes and ‘re-activate’ (I guess).  Since the servers are swamped, I get an unknown iTunes Store error of -9838.

The phone can now only be used for emergency phone calls.  Which is very disappointing – but I’m also a little relieve to see that the Apple had the ability to put that functionality into the phone without the phone being activated.

Anyway – don’t call me… at least for a few hours.  Hopefully Apple will fix their issues and I’ll be in v2.0 Heaven soon.

-JT

Balance…

I really need to find some sort of balance in my life.  I tend to fixate on a particular thing for a long period of time and then move on to the next – dropping the original item like a hot rock.  This time is different.  The last few weeks I’ve been looking for a job.  My wife has had enough of me giving my opinion around the house and wants me out.

So in the last few weeks I’ve been concentrating on the employment process.  Which I think I could write a book on now.  Since I have a couple of good leads, I thought it would be okay to find a more balanced work/life equilibrium.  So I’ll post a few very quick entries on the interesting stuff I’ve seen lately and have personally experienced.

Case-Mate Naked Case

Finally got my Naked Case from Case-Mate. The case was on back-order for 3 weeks and the wait was worth it! The case has very clean lines and doesn’t interfere with the look of the iPhone. I’ve put on the phone and haven’t taken it off since getting it.

My biggest concern was the ability of the touch screen retaining it’s responsiveness with the cover on. The Naked Case ‘s cover does such a good job, it’s like it’s not even there. I’m very impressed.

There are only two issues I have with the phone:

  1. The case doesn’t fit into the dock included with the iPhone. According to the site, it should fit in a Universal dock… what’s that? Of course, I’ll have to get one because I didn’t spend a ton of money on the cosmetics of the workspace to just leave the iPhone laying on the desk with a cable attached to it.
  2. The screen cover maybe a little too snug. The first few attempts on putting the cover on ended up with large sections of the screen “touching” the cover. This creates a darker patch and looks like an inverse “bubble”. After several attempts of cleaning and resetting the cover, I’ve got the “bubble” to livable amount. I’ll have to look on their site to see if this is a common issue.

Overall, the case is great. If you have an iPhone, do yourself a favor and take a look at the video they have on their site. Also, check out the close up pictures at iLounge.

-JT