As the title says, “It Was All But Inevitable”. Inevitable that I would eventually give in an buy an iPhone. That I waited until iPhone 3.0 is surprising (even to myself!), but unquestionably a good thing. I now have an 32GB iPhone 3GS. My experience since purchasing the magnificent little device has been one of great satisfaction to say the least.
When Steve Jobs mentioned how the iPhone would be revolutionary I was right there along with others thinking, “Psshaw. Yeah, right.” He was right, and I was wrong. Plain and simple. I say this because the iPhone has already revolutionized the way I approach how I do my job.
As most of you know, I’m an IT tech. This means a great deal of my day is spent culling vasts pools of resources for solutions to problems that need to be solved now (at least that’s how most users see it). Despite years of doing what I do, there are often times when the answer simply escapes me. This can be for any number of reasons, but more often than not it’s because technology just keeps plodding right along without waiting for me to catch up with it and learn every new thing that has to do with the systems I help maintain or am responsible for. Like many of you, Googling has become part of my arsenal. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve had to type “Windows XP [insert error]” in a Google search window. However, this requires I be in my office, at my desk on my computer, blah-blah-blah, blah-blah, blah-blah. You know what I mean. My iPhone has helped me out big time in this area.
Now I have the advantage of carrying around a pocket-sized, virtual, searchable (most importantly!) library I can carry with me wherever I go. Thanks to the good folks at O’Reilly Publishing (and every IT geek worth their salt knows who they are): this is what one page of my iPhone apps looks like:
Word question I’m not sure about? I check my iPhone. A Cisco switch or router acting strange and I can’t remember the command for a function? iPhone to the rescue. Can’t remember that Google hack I need for a really cool search I want to conduct? You get the gist of it by now. And I can bookmark pages for future use as well as annotate.
Oh, how could I forget! Each O’Reilly purchase I made, all of them being the full edition of their hard-copy equivalent, cost me 38SEK/$5.45 or 15SEK/$2.15. Nope. I’m not kidding.
BTW, for my fellow IT geeks out there wondering what iCertify, IPEToolbox and iNet (I have a friend who used this particular app to find out some very interesting things about his hotel’s computer network) are all about, I’ve made all of the links hot and recommend you click on them and head to iTunes to check them out for yourself.
I have loads more to blog about regarding my new toy, as well as cool things I’ve noticed going on in the world of Mac, but I don’t want to burn you out with information overload. I’ll end by saying that in my next post I’ll be addressing some of the things I found not-so-impressive about my iPhone. Other things I plan on covering are the usual questions like: “What is texting with it lik?” “Are you locked into a particular provider?” “What’s the battery life like?” “What’s the camera like?” And whatever other questions you send my way.
In the meantime, it’s good to be back in the world of blogging. I’ve missed it lots! :)