Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Fats of Life, Soup's On, -and- Best Foot Forward

The Fats of Life - ballpark to sell 4800-calorie burger
Soup's On - Spanish police seize 42-piece dinnerware set made entirely of cocaine
Best Foot Forward - Chuck Norris to receive humanitarian award

On this day in history: March 26, 1830 - Joseph Smith publishes The Book of Mormon, after translating it from golden plates turned over by the angel Moroni. Smith maintained that the text contained in the tablets were written in "Reformed Egyptian" which he read by means of two magic stones from the Old Testament, the Urim and Thummim.

Born on this day in history: March 26, 1948 - Steven Tyler (1948- ) Born Steven Tallarico in Yonkers, NY, musician Steve Tyler and Joe Perry founded rock band Aerosmith in the 1970s, which is still popular today.

Scripture of the Day: The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs -- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. - Romans 8:16-17

Video of the Day: Hugs with Lions - submitted by Cindy

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this sign while journeying to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

iPhones Our 16GB iPhone 3G shipment arrived yesterday. I charged the iPhones and activated them. We kept our previous mobile telephone numbers. AT&T performed the transfer of the numbers from Verizon. It was a simple process activating Laura's iPhone. Within only two or three minutes of calling the AT&T activation center on my office land line, Laura's iPhone was activated. My iPhone, however, was another story altogether: Initially, the AT&T activation representative was unable to find my iPhone in the system. She transferred my call to another representative—one that would, she assured me, be able to resolve the issue and activate my iPhone. The second representative, however, was equally unable to assist me and said she would transfer my call to the "automated activation system." That concerned me, since I wondered how an automated system could perform a task that live support staff had been unable to accomplish. Nonetheless, I thanked the representative and proceeded to input the information when requested by the automated activation system. Once this was accomplished, I was told to turn off the iPhone, wait five minutes, and the iPhone would be activated. I waited twenty minutes. The iPhone still displayed, "No Service." I called the AT&T activation center again and somehow managed to get the same representative who initially took my call. She apologized and said that she now saw the iPhone in the system. She said, however, that since the automated activation had failed, it would be necessary to remove the SIM card and reinsert it. I did so, and the balance of the activation went smoothly.

In a word, the iPhone is incredible. While I have a good deal of acclimation ahead of me, I quickly learned the basic functions of the iPhone (There is no manual supplied. There is a manual available online, however.) I sent and received telephone calls and emails—using the Contacts that were stored in the iPhone following syncing it with my main office computer's Outlook 2007 Contacts. I took a few photographs and marveled at the quality and low-light capabilities of the iPhone's camera.

I added Corning, CA, to the Weather application. Up-to-the-minute weather is presented for whatever city one adds. New York, NY, and Cupertino, CA, are the default cities.

I toyed with Maps—quickly obtaining Google-based driving instructions from my home to my office. Maps uses GPS technology to determine the current location of the iPhone.

I installed Bible—a truly impressive, FREE application that contains a dizzying compendium of translations—including all the popular versions, along with such niche translations as Conversational Japanese!

I installed Spell Check. This is an excellent application that spell-checks as one types, offers suggestions, and links to Google for more information on a typed word. This is a FREE application.

Our iPhones will replace our HP iPAQ hx2795 PDAs and our Motorola RAZR cell phones. Soon, I shall discontinue land line service for our home.

I must go. Mr. iPhone is calling out to me!