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Help: My iPhone/iPad is SLOW, how can I make it FAST?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 | Business | No Comments

When you first got your iPhone it was fast, and now … not so much.

Sometimes it just takes a few seconds for the keyboard to start working, or for an app to work when you launch it.

What can you do to speed up your iPhone or iPad?

  1. Make sure you have the updated Firmware
    Connect your device, and open up iTunes.   Under devices, click your devices and click “Check for Update”.
  2. You should regularly reset your iPhone
    To restart the iPhone, you press and hold the power button (up top) and the home button for a few seconds.  You will see it go black, and the Apple icon pop back up.
  3. You should close out your apps
    Yup, every app you ever opened is still “running”.  If you double click your home button you’ll get the taskbar.  You can scroll right to see all the applications you have ever used.  To “close” the apps, hold down one of the apps until it starts to shake and gets that red sign in the top left corner.  To close the app, tap that close button.  Your apps will still be on your phone, and keep their data, they just won’t be stored in memory.  I do this every few days to keep my iPhone going fast.
  4. If all else fails .. you can reset your iPhone settings
    Check out my post from a year ago, Help: My iPhone 3G or 3GS is slow, how do I fix it?  It will tell you how to reset your settings to speed up your iPhone

That should at least speed up your iPhone or iPad a bit.

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Wireless Router Turbocharging: DD-WRT for more Features, Speed and Range

Friday, May 28th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

I made the big step yesterday, upgrading the firmware on my wireless router to DD-WRT.

I wish I had done it sooner.

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Nikon D80 – Update the Firmware

Friday, February 6th, 2009 | Personal | 5 Comments

Nikon D80I have a Nikon D80 that I purchased approximately a year ago for a dive trip with the family to Bonaire. It has served me well, I am very happy with the purchase.  If you have any questions about scuba diving with a Nikon D80, I’d be happy to answer them.  Just comment on the post, or send me an email (there should be a link in About Me).

Today, in talking with a good friend of mine, I forgot that I haven’t updated the firmware to my camera!

Not sure about you, but I’m the kind of person that is sitting on my computer the day of a firmware update, looking to get it.  With my iPhone, I’m a little obsessive.  I love softare updates.  It kills me to think that I’m living with problems that have already been fixed.

And why not?  Upgrading firmware is easy right?

Maybe not.

At first glance, updating the Nikon D80 seemed pretty easy.  The steps are:

  1. Locate the new firmware download (I found it here – http://support.nikontech.com/cgi-bin/nikonusa.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=16091&p_sid=aNCN5Ppj&p_lva=13783)
  2. Download the new firmware (the page has instructions, first you must register on the site and provide your camera’s serial number)
  3. Find instructions for updating
  4. Execute!

It doesn’t get much easier.

The biggest issue for me was not having a fully charged battery.  I know the camera doesn’t want the battery to fail during the upgrade process (it may be left as an expensive doorstop), but I had a battery that was 90% full and it didn’t want to do it.

Once you have a FULLY charged battery, you can open the zip file you downloaded (it’s an .exe file, but when you execute it, it unzips to a folder).

There are 2 files in the folder:

  • AD800111.bin
  • BD800111.bin

Then you connect your camera to your computer, and transfer the 2 firmware files to the ROOT of the memory card (it’s the drive that gets mapped when you connect your camera).  It is very important that you put the files in the root of the memory card, and NOT inside the normal folder where photos are placed (if you have it configured that way).

Now that you have transferred the firmware files, turn the camera off.  Disconnect the camera from the computer.

Nikon D80 MenuTurn the camera back on.  If you are disconnected from the computer, Press “Menu”.  Then find “Firmware version” on the options list (it was the 2nd to last on my camera).  Press the “Right” D-pad button.

On my camera I then have an option “Version up”, select that and press “Right” on the D-pad.

My camera prompts me to first install the “B” update (both “A” and “B” are required).  I selected “Yes” and hit “OK”.

You should get a screen that says:

Updating

WARNING!  DO NOT TURN CAMERA OFF DURING UPDATE.  UPDATE WILL TAKE SEVERAL MINUTES.

Well, dont’ turn your camera off.

My camera did, indeed, take a few minutes before I saw “Update completed”.

After that my camera automatically reset itself.

Now if we go back into “Menu” and select “Firmware version” we can see that “B” has been updated, but “A” has not.  Important, we are not done.

The instructions on the official site just say to do the firmware update agian.  This didn’t work for me.

I had copied both firmware files initially to the memory card.  Well, it can only handle one file at a time.  That means we have to delete the firmware already installed from the memory card, in order to get the camera to update the other firmware.  We can do that by reconnecting to the computer, and just deleting the already installed firmware.

Now when we do the process again, it works!  It detects the 1 remaining firmware, and updates without a problem.

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iPhone 2.2 to be released on 11/21/2008?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

According to a “reliable” source of information in a german blog, the new iPhone OS will be available on November 21, 2008.

You can see the google translation here, iPhone OS v2.2 to be released on 21 November!, at iPhonehellas.gr.  

Some of the other features of the iPhone OS v2.2 are:

 

  • New look for the Safari with the Google search bar now occupying its own space on the title bar (iPhone v2.2 beta1)
  • Add toggle On / Off to disable the auto-correction (iPhone v2.2 beta1).
  • 461 Japanese emoji icons (iPhone v2.2 beta1).
  • Support for new languages.
  • The Line-in audio is activated and can be used through the headphone jack.
  • New features of Maps.app:
    • Google Street View (iPhone v2.2 beta1).
    • Google Transit information – Routes public transport (iPhone v2.2 beta2).
    • Walking directions (iPhone v2.2 beta2).
    • Location sharing.
  • New features of the App Store:
    • The sector ‘Categories’ now shows the icons of the applications instead of the list.
    • In each page of the application has been added by a button ‘Tell A Friend’ & ‘Report A Problem’.
    • Added the possibility of scoring the application when the user chooses to delete from the device (iPhone v2.2 beta2).
  • Added the possibility for direct downloading of podcasts from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store (iPhone v2.2 beta2).

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iPhone 2.2 software coming soon?

Friday, September 26th, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

In a photo posted at iphoneatlas.com (seen below), you can see some of the changes Apple has in store for the 2.2 update to the iPhone.

Please check out the article, Apple Debuts New Safari Interface in iPhone OS 2.2.

Why are we always so excited about this minor updates Apple releases?

I know I love getting new software in the hopes that it fixes some of the things I most find annoying.  Every release for me has “Copy Paste” in it.  Then I install, it doesn’t have the feature, so I assume it’s in the next one.

The whole point of this update CAN’T only be moving the Google search bar up, and the refresh icon over?  Can it?

If it is, we know for sure they’ll say “other fixes and security updates” in the patch.

Whenever I’ve deployed a website missing some importantly functionality, I’ve always spent the night up working on a fix for it.

Worse yet, what if Apple started charging iPhone users like they charge iPod Touch users?  I find it obnoxious that they charge those users to upgrade the software.  Perhaps this is part of a contract with ATT?  Not to release functionality developed for the iPhone for free to other Apple customers who aren’t paying the $30 a month for the “privilege” of owning an iPhone.

Here’s to hoping that the next release fixes more than the dreaded “Google search bar misplaced” bug (sarcasm).  Maybe I’ll have more time to work with actual web development topics, as opposed to the iPhone drama.

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