Upgrade to iPhone OS 4 and lose everything

A while back, when I was syncing my iPhone, a message popped up to say that there was a new version of the iPhone OS and that I should upgrade. Without much thought, I upgraded to the iPhone OS 4 and was very happy that I had the latest software for my iPhone.

A few days later, I noticed that some of my pictures were gone. Some recent pictures that I took when on holiday had disappeared. I blamed it on the upgrade and thought that at least I had the majority of my pictures.

Some time after that, I noticed that my music library had completely gone. So I’ve got an iPhone with no songs or videos. Seems like I’m using the iPhone for calling and nothing more now.

Since I use WIFI at home, I’m set up the iPhone to connect to my home broadband and every now and then I use it. What I didn’t realise is that wifi on the iphone connects you to the mobile carrier of your iPhone service provider and at the end of the month, I was presented with a bill of £25 just for data. I called up O2 and they said that I’ve used that much in terms of internet data and I was furious because with OS 4, iPhone has changed the way the network connection used to be. I’ve got a perfectly good computer at home and I would be silly to use my Iphone for internet if I have to pay for it when I’ve got broadband free at home.

I’ve had to completely delete the mobile carrier name from my iphone to prevent any further charges (delete mobile.02.co.uk). If you’ve got data included in your package, then you’re fine (idata.o2.co.uk) but having to pay unfair charges because Apple forgot to mention that they were changing the network properties in iTunes is ridiculous.

So if you’re upgrading to iPhone OS 4, you’ll definitely be in for a surprise!

How to connect the Wii to the Internet?

I’ve had my Wii for over 2 years now and it was only a few days back that I actually wondered why I haven’t set up the Wii to connect to the Internet. The thought of being able to surf online on my big 50in TV was enough to get me started. Before I tell you the steps to connect your Wii console to your internet connection, it might be worth stating that I was rather deceived afterwards as I found out that you need to pay to be able to get on the internet through your Wii. You will have to buy Wii points which will allow you to surf on the internet and when they finish, you will need to buy more. It was not worth the hassle if you ask me because I am already paying for broadband internet at home, then why should I pay again to surf on the Wii, I’d rather surf on my latop. If the service was free, then it would be a totally different scenario and being able to surf on big screen TV would be awesome.

Anyway, here’s how you connect you Wii to the Internet:

  1. First make sure you have the password of your router at hand (i’m assuming you have your home internet network protected)
  2. Switch on your Wii and go to Wii Options from the menu (hover over the square images to know which one it is)
  3. Click on Wii settings and then press the arrow on the right to see more options
  4. Choose Internet and then click on Connection Settings
  5. Choose Connection 1 from the list displayed
  6. Then click Wireless Connection followed by Search for an Access Point
  7. Choose your home internet connection from the list and click OK
  8. Click OK and test the connection to see if everything is working fine
  9. You will then be asked to update the Wii, so click Yes

This is pretty much it. When you go on Wii Menu, you will be able to see Wii Shop from which you can purchase points to surf the internet.

Cannot stop music from playing on iPhone 3G

I used to be able to quit the ipod app from playing any music by holding the home button on the iPhone 3G for 8 sec but since I updated to the new OS 3.0, this function has stopped working. This problem is caused by the new set of features that comes with iPhone OS 3.0 more specifically the voice features which are activated when holding down the home button. However there is a solution to quit any apps on the iPhone including the iPod and it works if you have upgraded to the new OS 3.0. You will need to hold down the top button on the iPhone (the one used for switching it off) until you see the red slider which says “slide to power off” and then you will need to hold down the home button for 8 sec to quit whichever app is still running. If you were on the iPod, it will close down and you will return to the home screen.

A nuissance I think but fortunately I found the solution.

Best iPhone 3G case

I wanted a case to protect my iPhone 3G so I was looking around on the Internet to see what others have recommended. However I was a bit hasty to buy a case so I ended up buying the first one I thought was worth it which is the Silicone case.

iPhone 3G Silicone Case Review

The iPhone 3G silicone case is like a glove and will offer some kind of protection to your iPhone if it falls down but it does not have any protection for the screen. It is really dull and for £9.99 that i paid from CarphoneWarehouse, it is really not worth it. It is bulky and makes the iPhone ugly! I have actually out off at least 3 people from buying the silicone case from O2 shops and CarephoneWarehouse when I was in these stores!

The second case that i bought was the InvisibleShield for the iPhone 3G. I had to go for this one because similar products like BodyGuardz and BestSkinsEver are not available in the UK and you have to order them online while i wanted something i could grab from London stores.

iPhone 3G InvisibleShield review

I paid £14.99 for the iPhone 3G InvisibleShield case and although i knew it was going to be a tough job installing this case, i had really no other choice. Like everybody said, it is really difficult to put on this case. I managed to put the front piece on the screen quite easily but I struggled for over an hour to put the back piece. In the end i had to cut the rounded edges of the InvisibleShield so that it would stick to my iPhone 3G. I’m quite disappointed with that because I’ve watched online videos on how to put it prior to installing it as well as read instructions from the vendor site and on different forums.

I have to say though that the InvisibleShield is not noticeable on the iPhone 3G and it does retain the phone’s beauty while providing extra protection against scratches and the like.

How to make a Video DVD?

So i’ve bought this new laptop and the first thing i wanted to do was creating a video DVD because my old computer was just too old to do these stuffs. Windows Vista comes equipped with Windows DVD Maker which lets you import your videos from your camcorder. I have a JVC camcorder and the films on the DV tape are already in digital format, so i didnt have to convert from analogue. I had to purchase a FireWire cable though because it’s much quicker transferring videos to your PC through FireWire than USB. I purchased the cable at Maplin for £10. I was all set up and as soon as i plugged the FireWire cable in my laptop, Windows Movie Maker popped up a window to ask me whether i would like to create a movie. I followed the steps from the “movie wizard” and although i could have imported the whole film on the DV tape in one go, opted to select the scenes i wanted to choose.

Once all this done, i had the film on my laptop. I’m halfway done because i want to be able to view the video on my DVD player. Vista comes with another software called Windows DVD Maker which allows you to burn a video DVD. The steps were quite simple and it allows you to create a menu so that you are able to play the movie or select scenes when you watch the DVD. It took a long 2 hours for the DVD to burn, maybe because it was like 90 minutes long! I was excited to watch the DVD on TV but after noticing that the video images were shaky, i was gutted. I’m not sure whether something went wrong in the video encoding process on Windows DVD Maker but i’m not at all satisfied with the DVD quality. So i’ll try to find another DVD burner to see if i can get a better video.

SPV M3100 Headphones converter

If like me you have the Orange SPV M3100 and you want to use normal headphones instead of the ones supplied with the mobile phone, you can buy a converter which will give you a standard earphone jack.

Here’s the link to the headphones converter:

http://www.expansys.com/htc/p_htc_item.aspx?i=138247

The headphones jack on the SPV M3100 is a mini USB one which is multi-purpose; it allows you to connect to your PC/Laptop, listen to music through headphones that fits in it etc.

Satellite Nagivation – Tom Tom One

I purchased a Tom Tom One yesterday and i thought it would be nice to write a review on this product. The price was £240 but i got it for £200 because of Bank Holiday sales and therefore made a profit of £40 🙂

The Tom Tom One comes with a charger which needs connecting to the cigarette lighter in the car for recharge and a stand which will hold the actual screen and sticks to any glass surface. There’s also the instruction manual and a CD for your computer.

Setting up the Tom Tom One was easy – all i needed to do was setting up the stand and switching on the device. As soon as it receives a GPS signal, your current location is found. It means you dont have to ever enter where you are – especially good if you are lost and you cant find a road name!

When you type in an address or a postcode, your route is calculated and you can have a demo of your journey. I used this to analyse the journey for one particular destination and it happened that the route given by the Tom Tom One was slightly different to what i usually do. So it clicked me, if i go my usual way, the Tom Tom One should recalculate my route (dynamic re-routing feature) and still lead me to my destination. I set off for my usual route and the device was happy i was doing the same route it was telling me until i made a turn into another road which would eventually take me to where i wanted to go. The device soon realised this and re-planned my journey from where i was. It didnt make me come back to where i made the wrong turning but guided me to some new roads which eventually led to my destination. Brilliant!

As far as instructions are concerned, there is a 3D map which moves around as you are driving. The map shows your path and names of roads start to appear as you drive further down. This is really cool since you can double check whether the roads on the sides are the same as what the 3D map is saying. Moreover there are voice instructions which tells you that you need to turn left or right 100 yards ahead and when you come closer to where you are about to turn, it tells you again. In addition to this, you can visualise the path you are taking on the map – what do i actually mean by this? Well sometimes when you take a road, it can bend to one side and then the other but it is still the same road. On a 2D map they normally show the road as a straight road but when you are driving, you may get confused. Not anymore though because the Tom Tom One 3D map allows you to see the actual road with all the curves, which means you’ll always be sure where you are going.

But one thing i have noticed with the Tom Tom One though is that sometimes it loses its signal. It didnt happen to me when i was driving (thank God!) but before i set off i had some trouble picking up a GPS signal. Also when i was in a parking zone (Ground Floor), i couldnt get any signal until i started moving to open areas.

Having said this, i think the advantages far outweigh this little inconvenience with the Tom Tom One satellite navigation system. This is a device drivers should have especially for people like me – who get lost when driving 15 mins away from my home!