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There is no secret that I love my iPhone. I really do - I written several articles about how cool it is. So why am I thinking of getting rid of it. The answer: AT&T. Bit-O history here. I was one of the first few idiots who purchased iPhone 1.0 the same week it came out. Yes, I shelled out $600. I thought it was a good deal as I was writing about the phone and could (in my head, not so much my wife's) justify the cost. I also had to purchase the $85/mth plan from AT&T. So, now it is over two years later and I still have the same phone and I am still paying $85/mth. And I want to stop paying the man. There are several reasons why I want to get out of the contract I am with. I live in NE Wisconsin, along with 1.5 million other folks. For some reason, AT&T has decided we are too small to support 3G. Why upgrade my iPhone to a 3GS when the G bit won't work? Also, if I do ... (more)

The Coolness That is HTML 5

At the moment I am working on what I think is a very cool project: a book on HTML 5. There is so much news about HTML 5 that I thought I would use this blog to kind of pull together some of the emerging features. If you are new to HTML 5, then let me give you the nickel tour. HTML 4 and XHTML were the last official versions of the HTML language (you know, that code you view when you right click in the Web browser and choose "show code"). It has been 12 years since the last upgrade. In that time we have had AJAX (or Ajax) for Web 2.0, Flash and SilverLight for Rich Internet Appl... (more)

Apple Slashing Prices on iPods

Today's the day. New stuff from Apple. Of course, as soon as we know what the new stuff is, I will blogging about it. We can argue whether we like it or not. But, before all that Apple has done something interesting: the prices on existing iPods have been lowered. Here are the prices as of just a few hours ago: 8 GB iPod touch reduced to $189 from $229 ($40 off) 32 GB iPod touch reduced to $279 from $399 ($120 off) 16 GB iPod nano reduced to $149 from $199 ($50 off) 120 GB iPod classic reduced to $229 from $249 ($20 off) The one's that have caught my eye are the deep discounts on ... (more)

Using the New, Simpler DOCTYPE in HTML 5

HTML 5 is making some things easier to use. The first is the DOCTYPE. Located at the top of a Web page before the opening BODY tag, the DOCTYPE describes the syntax for the page. The roots for the DOCTYPE lie in SGML. Bearing this in mind, all DOCTYPES for HTML 4 and XHTML require a DTD (Document Type Definition) to describe the content. This is all gone in HTML 5. Now, all you have to do to declare that you are using HTML 5 as your DOCTYPE is add the following to the root of your Web page: That's it. Easy, huh? ... (more)

Can AT&T Handle the Truth?

This week AT&T will be launching it's latest service, MMS, for the iPhone. The way it is being hyped in the media you would think that this was a really exciting an innovative new feature. Wow, you can send a video via text! OMG, ATT, my BFF. Let's take a reality check here: other carriers have been offering MMS for years in the US. MMS is not new. Apple was criticized in 2007 for not included MMS, particularly when a camera has been included with the iPhone since day one. The reason why MMS has not been available, it turns out, is not Apple, but AT&T. But, September 25th if you... (more)