iPhone Syncing on Linux

Sorry to bore you with all this linex stuff but my website is the place I archive information I may need in the future.  Hence this post.  🙂  However, hopefully it will also help other linux users to iron out problems they are facing too.

Regular readers of this blog will know I own an iPod Touch and use it virtually everyday to read ebooks.  When I swapped over to linux last weekend, one of the things I had to put on my “to-do list” was “how do I access my ipod from linux?”

I was pleased to find software in the repositories to help with this.  I chose gtkpod, a manager that will allow me to add music, ebooks, photos, etc without having to connect with iTunes (which isn’t compatible with linux).

Having said that iPod Touches are relatively new and Apple don’t worry about the little people so don’t make is easy for anyone who likes to be different.  They haven’t made it easy for us poor linux users, which means I have to do some extra work to make my iPod Touch work properly.  I found a website called Abort, Retry, Hack? which gives information on iPhone Syncing on Linux.

Guess I’ve got some reading to do and a bit of fiddling about to follow.  Luckily, I enjoy this type of thing because I’m a bit geekish.

Edit (several hours later):
It seems iTouch is meant to work straight out of the box with Ubuntu 10.04, but it doesn’t for me. Typical! The instructions in the page linked to above want the user to jailbreak their unit, but I don’t want to do that. There are meant to be “work arounds”, but none of them have worked for me either.

I tried two apps, but had no joy with either of them. I’m not willing to keep downloading and installing anything else unless I’m confident they will work. I think I’ll put this aside for the time being. I’ll continue to do the research when time permits and see if I can find a solution.

Chris Howard Reviews the iPad

Originally posted on another site on 5 April 2010.

I love technology. I love watching the world change in this area, as electronics improve and shift. I love being able to say that I used the old computers way back “in the old days” (which wasn’t that long ago really). I love knowing that I’ll be around to witness the way of the future.

When I visited Chris Howard’s blog this morning I was delighted to find a long post on his first experiences with the iPad – Chris Howard’s Writing & Art: Okay, I’m sold, Mr. Jobs. I love the iPad.

In recent months I’ve read a lot of ebooks on my wonderful iPod Touch. The screen is small (especially compared to the iPad), but it doesn’t matter as I’m used to it and it doesn’t take anything away from the story I’m consumed by.

I have no intention of going out and buying an iPad any time soon. I simply couldn’t justify paying that sort of money out when I’ve only just purchased the “little” brother (so to speak). Besides, finances wouldn’t allow it. However, I see the iPad as a complete shift in technology. I believe the desktop computer will soon be obsolete, the laptop will hang on for a while, but it too will eventually be replaced by future offspring of iPad type technology. One day, we will all have flat computer that do everything several gadgets do now. I find this thought fascinating and exciting.

In a world where we expect everything instantly, I think smaller, lighter computers are necessary. Today’s laptops are too heavy to lug around. I don’t know what the weight of the iPad is, but I have a feeling it is the lightest form of “connecting to the web” we’ve seen so far, except for phones and iPod touches, of course, but they don’t count. Why? Because I said so. 😀

Anyway, do you have an opinion on the iPad? I’d love to hear it.

Living in a Technical World

ipod-touch-stanzaRecently, I posted on Forms of Reading and the Future and another post entitled Kindle, Sony and the iPhone. Both these posts generated a lot of traffic and I received several comments and even a couple of emails, which was wonderful.

As a result of these discussions, I did a lot of research and finally decided that buying an iPod Touch was the way for me to go. I’ve had it for a few days, and I’m still getting used to the way it works, but my first impressions are all good.

I love the fact that I have one small, light device which carries all my music, photos, contacts and event reminders all well organised and easily accessible. However, what I find really outstanding is that same small, light device also holds heaps of books – audio and ebooks – as well as games to pass the time on a very long train trip, which I do five days a week.

It’s brilliant!

So now, armed with my mini-computer and my iPod Touch, there’s no excuse as I have everything I need to get the things that are important to me done – namely writing, reading and gaming. In fact, with a forced four hours a day to concentrate on these things, I should be as productive as I can ever be…unfortunately, I’m not, but I’ll leave that for another post.

Living in a world when technology is advancing every day, I feel lucky to be able to step into the future armed with the tools that should make a blank page fill with words. Words of a story I want to write, words of a story I want to read and words of other kinds that make life more pleasant. How did we ever survive without these wonderful gadgets?