Press Kits on Small CDs Must Die
One piece of dying tech that caught me by surprise with its presence at this year's CES show was the small CD press kit. You just lost 25% of your audience by putting your press kit on an unusable media format.

Bluetooth Based Advertising
If you happen to walk by with a Bluetooth enabled device, such as a cell phone, you're asked if you'd like to receive a message. It's not often that I find myself in a position of rooting against a technology, but this could be one of those situations.

CES 2008: R2D2 DLP Projector
In the Texas Instruments booth they were showing off this R2D2 projector. 1024x768, 1,500:1 contrast ratio and just under $3,000.

Las Vegas McCarran Airport Understands Business Travelers
And it probably costs them very little to do this since I get the impression that Verizon's helping front the costs. Las Vegas knows a lot about making money, and hosts more conventions than anywhere else on earth.

Live Chat at Its Worst
Clicking the live chat link brought up this screen, where I was told a "Specialist" would be with me shortly: I waited. Make sure your customer support incentives are aligned with your customer's needs to avoid situations like this.

Capital One Can't Read Its Own Emails
I was in an out a fraction of the time it would have taken me to get in touch with a human on the phone. So, I found the appropriate area of the site: And shot them a quick note.

Naymz: A Stalker Enabled Social Network
If the referring link showed something like a company's internal webmail, I could also infer that I was being talked about. And if that would kill Facebook, Naymz may be dead on arrival if they don't pull the plug on their stalking reporting.

Amazon RSS Wishlist Generator
With that in mind, I went digging for a solution and found a few options that were close to what I was looking for on Yahoo Pipes. There were solutions where entering your wishlist's ID was enough to generate a custom RSS feed for your wishlist items.

The revolution of live video - CamTwist Studio 1.7
The first revolution in live television came in 1956 when Ampex introduced the first practical videotape system for television. An entire market of low-end professionals and professional consumers (prosumers) was born from this innovation.

Keyspan Presentation Remote Pro Review
If forgetting to do that means ending up with a dead remote the next time you go to present, there could be problems. My friend Jeremy let me try out his Keyspan Presentation Remote this past week while we were speaking together.

The Value of Original Content
Both the left and right leaning blogs rely on mass media for original reporting to fuel their takes on the stories of the day. Presidential Watch 08 has a fascinating map that illustrates how online political sites interact with each other.

Why can't anyone get IMAP right?
Thunderbird is a good work in progress, assuming it will still move forward, but still nowhere near a good polished e-mail client. IMAP aims to fix this by keeping all messages not only on the server but also keeps the flags for each of these messages in sync.

Easily Accessible Power Outlets
Apparently, I've complained about restaurants not having adequate power outlets for long enough for people to take notice. This particular coffee shop provides free WiFi and runs power strips around the place, making power easy to find.

Google Maps Marks 1-Ways in Parking Lots
Navigating the University of Minnesota can be tricky for first-timers due to the name 1-way streets and intersections. Someone really needs to check Google Earth to see if they're doing level by level guidance for parking ramps.

Checking Email While on Vacation
Do you keep your ringer on for all-important calls while supposedly getting away from it all? Like many Americans, Kohler can't seem to get away from work while he's on vacation.

Published: Sun, July 01, 2007
Technology | By Lena Tucker

Bad SIM cards plaguing new iPhones?

I had an interesting experience with my brand new iPhone:  it didn't work.  I would have full signal from AT&T, even in my basement (which seems to be the only provider to do so) and then all of a sudden... Nothing.  No service.  I would not get service back until I power cycled the phone at which point I would get full service back.  If I simply cycled the radio from on to off by turning the Airplane mode on then off I would get the message 'invalid SIM'.  This happened to me about 5 times in 24 hours and in different locations, so it wasn't isolated.  This told me I may have a bad SIM card and decided to pop in to an AT&T store to have it checked out (I don't think Apple can deal with SIM cards, but I may be mistaken, I only tried AT&T).

When I got to my local AT&T store the manager was on the phone with what I can only assume is someone high up at Apple or AT&T talking about the surge of SIM card replacements they have been doing.  I went to AT&T so that I could get a new SIM card and have them activate it as to avoid any registration problems in iTunes.  Alas, that's about the only thing they can't do.  It appears that AT&T can't even see any SIM information on iPhone user accounts whatsoever so all they can do is hand me a new card and have me install it and reactivate via iTunes.  I had no choice.  I got a new SIM card and decided to test and post the process here for other users that may run in to the same issue, and it appears that there are many, many users with this issue.

For those who need to install a new SIM here's what you need to do:  power off your iPhone by holding the power button atop the device for 5 seconds.  Slide your finger over the power confirmation screen.  Get a small paperclip and insert it in the small hole on the top of the iPhone.  A SIM card tray will pop out.  Remove the old SIM card and place your new SIM card into the tray with the metal side facing out.  Insert the tray back in to the iPhone and power the device back on.

The iTunes reactivation process is quite simple.  When I powered on my iPhone after inserting the new SIM it locked out and asked me to re-activate the device.  I plugged it in to iTunes and selected 'replace a line on my existing account'.  There were a couple of areas that made it look like I was going to get double billed but I advanced anyway.  When I was done I went back to the AT&T store and asked what the billing for my account would look like.  All was well, no double billing, no re-activation fee, we were golden.  If you get screens that make it look like you'll get double billed make sure to call AT&T to ensure that you won't, I can only say that my account wasn't.  The only issue I found is that my 2-year service contract started from the moment I added the new SIM, not the original activation date.  Since that was only about a 12 hour difference I didn't really care; however, if you are reading this article in our archives and have had your iPhone for a while make sure to call AT&T to see if there is a better way to activate a new SIM otherwise you'll be locked into a new 2 year contract.

After reading a bit on Twitter about users having issues I think they may want to consider the idea that they too may have a bad SIM card.  I don't know if Apple can help them at all, but AT&T was actually quite friendly and helpful.  The total transaction time was not very long and they knew exactly how to process the order in their system.  Results may vary based on location.

After replacing my SIM card I have yet to have any issues.  My iPhone has not lost connection and is whizzing along beautifully.  Seems that AT&T may have given Apple a bad batch of SIM cards, a very large bad batch. 

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