My new phone

My previous mobile phone provider was Cricket.  Cricket was a good deal, because I had unlimited minutes and unlimited texting to anywhere in the USA for only $50 a month.  I really liked knowing that, no matter what, my phone bill would always be $50.  The only problem was that the Cricket calling areas in most states are limited to a few metropolitan regions.  Since I am now driving a truck all over the country, I thought I’d go with one of the big service providers.   I eventually wanted to buy an iPhone so I thought I’d go ahead and go with AT&T who is the exclusive service provider for the iPhone.  I wasn’t quite ready to buy the iPhone so I asked if I could use my old Kyocera.  They said that it must be unlocked first.  Cricket said that they “do not unlock” phones.  There are websites that advertise unlocking codes, but I found nothing for my Kyocera Dorado.  Since I was going to have to buy a new phone I decided to go ahead and buy an iPhone.

Where to buy your iPhone tomorrow

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These stores are within a 50 mile radius of Greensboro, NC, USA.

Store Addresses Phone Number
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AT&T
1615 WESTOVER TERRACE
GREENSBORO, NC 27408
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(336) 286-6000
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AT&T
1216 E BRIDFORD PKWY
GREENSBORO, NC 27407
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(336) 299-7329
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AT&T
3121 GARDEN RD
BURLINGTON, NC 27215
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(336) 585-0051
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AT&T
197 SUMMIT SQ
WINSTON SALEM, NC 27105
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(336) 377-2120
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AT&T
205 S STRATFORD RD
WINSTON SALEM, NC 27103
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(336) 726-6000
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AT&T
1094 HANES POINT MALL BLVD
WINSTON SALEM, NC 27103
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(336) 659-3873
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AT&T
305 MT CROSS ROAD
DANVILLE, VA
24540
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(434) 489-8340
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AT&T
1704 E FRANKLIN ST
CHAPEL HILL, NC 27514
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(919) 967-4433
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AT&T
3415 WESTGATE DR
DURHAM, NC 27707
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(919) 403-2590

You can also order iPhone from the Online Apple Store starting June 29 at 6PM

Burn DVD from VIDEO_TS folder

From gavynj on Macosxhints.com:

After searching the forums and trying various things, I still couldn’t find a quick, reliable, free method of burning a VIDEO_TS folder to a pure UDF DVD, so that it would play in regular DVD players, as well trigger DVD Player to start up automatically. Anyway, as often is the case, Terminal had the answers. Just type in this command and change the paths to suit:

hdiutil makehybrid -udf -udf-volume-name DVD_NAME
-o MY_DVD.iso /path/to/VIDEO_TS/parent/folder

Make sure that /path/to/VIDEO_TS/parent/folder is the path to the folder containing the VIDEO_TS folder, not the VIDEO_TS folder itself. Once the .iso file has been created, drag this to Disk Utility and hit the Burn button.

List your iPod songs without iTunes

iTunes makes it easy to put songs on your iPod, but what if you need to transfer one or more songs from you iPod back to your computer?

I don’t know if you can do this on a Windows computer, but on a computer with Mac OS X type this command in the Terminal application (Replace “Your_iPod” with the name of your iPod).

find /Volumes/Your_iPod/iPod_Control/Music -print

This will display a list of all the songs on your iPod.

How to transfer songs from your iPod

You can copy files from you iPod to your computer without any special software. The files are stored in hidden folders beginning with the letter F followed by a two digit number. On my computer running Mac OS X they are located here:

/Volumes/David_iPod/iPod_Control/Music/F00

through

/Volumes/David_iPod/iPod_Control/Music/F49

Just navigate to the folder containing a song you want to transfer back to your computer and then drag that song to your hard drive.

I will be writing a longer article about how to move all your songs at once and how to find a file even when it has a cryptic four letter file name like XTYW.mp3.

Intel Macs: The downside

Intel Core Duo

From WSJ.com:

Nearly all existing third-party software for the Mac, including major programs like Microsoft Office, will have to be rewritten to run on the Intel processor — a process that is under way but will take months to complete. Apple had to build into the new model special, invisible, translator software that allows the older programs to run on the new chip in the meantime. This translator software, however, doesn’t work with every program and can slow down the ones it does work with.