iPhone launch

O2 Xda Orbit

So … it would appear that the new Apple iPhone 3G was launched today. (That’s obviously not a photo of the new Apple iPhone 3G above, or even the old one. That’s my O2 Xda Orbit running Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.)

I didn’t know that until today. Until I started reading folks’ posts (called tweets) on my Twitter stream, and watching videos on Qik.

It would appear that the Worldwide Apple Cult™ managed to keep that news well and truly hidden from me. Well done!

Our man in Milton Keynes

Documentally … well, documented the day fabulously well. From getting up to arriving at the Apple store in Milton Keynes, standing in line, being served, going to the Apple store loo (!), and at one point even had one of the Apple assistants holding the camera while he unwrapped the Apple iPhone packaging — the man’s a genius!

Okay, I’ll qualify that last sentence. He’s not a genius simply for unwrapping a box. That could have been done by a simpleton.

No, there was an inclusiveness in that Apple adventure today in his Qik videos, that reflected something of the excitement and camera-derie (sic) of the day.

I watched a couple of other videos on Qik today, of folks standing in other queues, outside other Apple stores, in other towns and … well, they were probably about as embarrassing to watch as they were to make: no-one wanted to speak with the poor fella with the camera.

This is my favourite Qik post — cutting to the chase — this is the moment that the boxed Apple iPhone 3G became Christian’s. I love the cheer! The Apple Cult™ as one.

What’s new?

So, what’s all the fuss about? The new Apple iPhone 3G has:

  • 3G network connectivity so you can surf the Web
  • Built-in Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Install 3rd party applications
  • ‘Push’ email, contacts and calendars with Microsoft Exchange

Wow! Cool! I can see you’re already impressed.

My Microsoft Windows 6 powered O2 Xda Orbit mobile phone has had three of those facilities for … well, since I bought it in April 2007, and I don’t want the fourth: Push email. I’m happy to synchronize it with Microsoft Outlook 2003.

Meanwhile, back in St Andrews …

My colleague Kevin came into work today with — can you guess?

That’s right, it was a new Apple iPhone 3G. Oh, sorry, did I not tell you? Apparently the new model was launched today.

He got the last one in St Andrews. Of course, when I say “the last one” I also mean the eighth one in St Andrews.

He wasn’t even intending on getting one. He just happened to pass The Carphone Warehouse on Market Street and decided to join the small queue that was already forming.

A few minutes later the manager emerged from the store and said,

Good morning potential customers of St Andrews in Fife. Thank you for your patience. I can announce to you, the consuming public of this Royal and Ancient Burgh, that we have a grand total of eight new Apple iPhone 3Gs.

So if I may, I shall ask the first eight customers who have formed this orderly and polite queue outside the shop window of my shop to kindly step inside and off with the rest of you, to your daily routines.

My best wishes to you should you quest further afield in search of this technological wonder which, if you ask me, has three out of four of the built-in functions of the O2 Xda Orbit a telephone that came onto the market over one earth calendar year ago.

And that was it. Those eight lucky fellas got their hands on a shiny new Apple iPhone 3G.

Well, seven of them did. The guy at the front of the queue, who’d been there since 5:00 am and who had been thoughtful enough to bring with him a wicker chair unfortunately hadn’t been thoughtful enough to bring with him his wallet!

I think the official and international response to that is: D’oh!

… and finally

This coverage of the launch, which happe… what do you mean the launch of what?! This coverage of the launch of a new kind of chocolate washing powder in New York City was brought to my attention by the splendid Sizemore:

… and rudely

And for those of you who like to read rude words on the internet, like ‘bum’ and ‘squelch’, there is always Maddox’s review.

This was brought to my attention by a visiting consultant today. And I thought I spent too much time on the internet!

The paragraph that made me laugh the most was:

[The iPhone is] not three devices in one any more than my laptop is you morons. Using Jobs’ loose definition of what constitutes a separate device, technically my laptop can be considered 8 devices in one:

  1. A clock
  2. A calculator
  3. An “Internet communications device”
  4. A phone (I can make voice calls with my modem)
  5. A pornographic media storage device
  6. A video player
  7. A word processor
  8. And an “iPod” (see below)

Fix for MS Update KB951748 and ZoneAlarm

ZoneAlarm Pro version 7.0.483.000
The new version of ZoneAlarm Pro (version 7.0.483.000) now resides happily alongside Microsoft Update KB951748.

I wasn’t online last night otherwise I’d have seen the HUGE number of comments on my last post about the merry dance that the latest Microsoft Update KB951748 caused for ZoneAlarm users: Microsoft Update KB951748 and ZoneAlarm woes. Thanks for all your comments, folks.

Before I go any further, a big hand to the boffins at Check Point, the company who develop ZoneAlarm for their swift action in fixing the issue caused by this recent Windows Update.

ZoneAlarm Update now available

When I switched on my PC this morning I was presented with a ZoneAlarm update notification:

ZoneAlarm Pro Service Agent window

which had a very clear indication why this update was necessary:

A criticial ZoneAlarm Security Update is now available. This update is required to resolve a problem with the Microsoft Update KB951748, which may cause loss of internet access for ZoneAlarm users on Windows 2000 and XP.

You can also download the update manually from the ZoneAlarm website. The update is available for these products:

  • ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite
  • ZoneAlarm Pro
  • ZoneAlarm Antivirus
  • ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware
  • ZoneAlarm Basic Firewall

Once installed you will be required to reboot your PC or laptop. I’d recommend that you save your work and close down any applications while you install the update, listen to some soothing music and make yourself a nice cup of tea.

Now install Windows Update KB951748

With Windows happily rebooted it’s now time to install (or re-install) Microsoft Update KB951748. If you’ve not instructed Windows Update to ignore that particular update (which I did, and more on that in a moment) then the little yellow shield will soon appear in the notification area (next to the clock) and likely either go ahead and install the update or prompt you to install, depending on your Automatic Updates settings.

For me, the update didn’t require a reboot.

Windows Automatic Updates

PeterS made a good point in his comment on the last post:

You probably have Windows Updates set to download updates automatically in the background, when you are online. So after you have uninstalled KB951748, Windows will automatically download and reinstall KB951748 again quietly in the background so when you next reboot your PC you won’t be able to go online again.

His recommendation was to switch Automatic Updates from Automatic to “Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them”.

This is actually something that I do every time I reinstall Windows XP, or set-up a new pre-installed machine. I’ve been caught out too many times by Microsoft Updates screwing up either my internet connection or Microsoft Outlook.

Here’s how:

  1. Open Control Panel
    Go to the Start menu and click on Control Panel — it’s in the coloured bar on the right (assuming you’re using the standard Windows XP theme, rather than the Classic Windows 2000 look).
  2. Classic View
    The Control Panel will open in a new window. If you don’t have the Classic View (as shown in the screenshot below) then select “Switch to Classic View” in the panel on the left — I’ve highlighted this area in yellow below. When you do this you’ll see a window-full of icons.
  3. Automatic Updates
    Double-click on the Automatic Updates icon — I’ve highlighted this in green below. It looks like a globe with the Windows logo above it.

Windows XP Control Panel

  1. Offer hidden updates (optional)
    Automatic Updates will open in a new window. Now, if you previously instructed Windows Update to hide KB951748 you can instruct the updater to “Offer updates again that [you’ve] previously hidden” by clicking on the link at the bottom — highlighted in yellow below. (The option will be greyed-out if it’s not available.)
  2. Notify me
    At PeterS said, you will likely have the radio-button dot against “Automatic (recommended)”, indicating that it is the option selected.

    Instead, click on the radio button beside “Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them“.

    Don’t worry, you’re not switching off Automatic Updates, just asking Windows to inform when they are available and what they are — that gives you the opportunity to look them up before you agree to install them.

Automatic Updates

  1. Click OK to set this option. The Automatic Updates window will also close.
  2. Close Control Panel (by clicking on the red X in the top-right corner).
  3. If you’ve not already installed Microsoft Update KB951748, Automatic Updates will soon notify you to install the update.

I hope that’s useful to some folks.

I hope so because it’s just taken me an hour to write this up! Screenshots, by the way, were taken using TechSmith SnagIt 9.