T-Mobile 3G 1900Mhz

Kinda giddy like watching the 3G reports and also getting some spotty coverage in dallas. TMO says Q42012 should have roll-out complete. Hope it happens as scheduled…


Amazon Basics Blutooth Keyboard vs. Apple Wireless Keyboard for iPhone


  • smaller and lighter than the Apple unit.
  • smaller keys means compact keyboard - distance from A - P is ~167mm.
  • F1 functions as a home button - will wake phone up and double and triple click functionality is mimic’d (!!!)
  • F2 functions just like swipe right to search - will even bring you to the search card when you’re inside an app
  • volume, playback controls and keyboard show/hide key work just like Apple unit
  • 5° of tilt
  • two AAA batteries (not included)
  • $42


  •  full size keyboard - distance from A - P is ~182mm.
  • has volume, playback controls and keyboard show/hide keys
  • also has display brightness keys (up and down)
  • 7° of tilt (more than I’d like)
  • two AA batteries (included)
  • $70

Both units connect just fine to the iPhone and an iPad I tried out. Typing wise, the Apple key spacing is much better than the Amazon, but the Amazon’s smaller degree of tilt is more comfortable for my wrists, especially coming from a laptop that has no tilt (personal preference as well). The extra search/home key on the Amazon unit is nice, but I don’t know if it’d be used often. I don’t think I’ll ever use the brightness buttons on the Apple keyboard.

App caveats: Gmail app on iPhone won’t hide keyboard. It also refuses to recognize the SBSettings swipe. (last Gmail update fixed this swipe, but keyboard still won’t hide)

Verdict: keeping the Apple keyboard because full size is important.


Air Port Express (2nd Generation)

  • Dual Band (separate 2.4GHz and 5GHz antennas)
  • AirPlay that works reliably
  • still a two second lag, but it’s predictable. Native music app is able to pause instantaneously while non-native apps still have a delay when pausing.

That’s it. Can’t complain. Controlled by iOS device. Not much configurability, but it gets the job done

Verdict: Kept.


Gripes about Apple TV 2

Nice things:

  • Slide show is great - the transitions (including Ken Burns) are really nice
  • Airplay can wake it from sleep mode
  • Airplay (but not good enough in it’s current iteration)

Bad things:

  • fonts looks unaliased to me
  • Airplay doesn’t always “just work”. maybe it’s because i’m using both the hdmi and optical output (so i don’t have to have the tv on to listen to music)
  • Airplay sound quality is lacking — for non-dynamic range compressed albums like classical music, in quiet passages you can hear clicking sounds
  • video quality of airplay mirroring is still not good enough for me
  • lag. uncompressed wave files (which is how airplay works) shouldn’t have 3 seconds of latency
  • too much loading time - flickr, etc takes too long to load (it should be buffered more)

Verdict: Returned.

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T-Mobile Shortcodes

Dial these codes on your phone and T-mobile will send you back your usage data:

  • #MIN# (or #646#) for voice minutes used
  • #MSG# (or #674#) for messages sent/received
  • #WEB# (or #932#) for data used
  • #BAL# (or #225#) for current balance due


Phone Cases

Yeah, it’s a lame problem. Which case to get for phone. On the original eyePhone, I didn’t use one. So I did an Amazon smorgazbord and got 5 cases:
iphone 4s cases


Incipio NGP:

  • Good protection, especially front glass lip
  • Good tight fit
  • Fit is a little loose near top and bottom (can see the bowing)
  • Volume buttons too stiff

Speck GeoSkin:

  • Didn’t realize there were bumps on the back

Speck PixelSkinHD:

  • Can’t decide between blue and grey
  • Larger opening for camera (less flare according to some reviews)



Quick Notes:

BR30 is my preferred bulb due to good flood angle
PAR flood bulbs need closer spacing and greater number of units due to tight spread
LED’s still aren’t very good at dimming (on par with CFL) — they don’t dim down very low, and some hum quite loudly

LED’s used in non-dimming circuits are good however, despite their slight turn-on delay.


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