Sep 252008

It’s been a few weeks now since the 2.1 update was released for the iPhone. The update restored the main feature I had missed since upgrading to the iPhone 3G. I now have the ability to listen to voicemail messages on my inexpensive Jabra bluetooth headset. I tested call performance using 3G for a few days, and found it to be improved over the last software release, however, I still find that coverage is better, overall, with 3G disabled.

Sep 052008

Since I disabled 3G on my iPhone last week, I have experienced very good reception and call performance. I am now able to make calls in remote areas, such as 6A in Yarmouthport, and calls are no longer dropped when driving between towers on route 6. It’s ironic, really, that the feature that the new iPhone is named for pretty much cripples the device. The phone should have been more aptly name, “iPhone 3G Capable.”

Also, if you’re reading this, and are interested in some feedback on bluetooth headsets, stay away from the “jawbone.” That headset is an overpriced piece of crap. I returned it after two weeks of frustrated clients that could not hear me. I’m back to a cheapo Jabra that works just great. I miss being able to listen to voice mails with the bluetooth, but the Jabra is 1/3 the cost and I am able to make calls.

Sep 032008

In addition to documenting information such as system serial numbers and software license numbers, consider documenting your network drops.

Quick and easy to implement, documenting network drops can save a lot of time and effort in the event of an equipment failure on your network. Be sure to record which computers and devices are connected to particular ports on your patch panel and network switches. This can be done on paper or electronically, but no matter how you choose to document this, I would suggest posting a hard copy near the network equipment. This can be very useful in troubleshooting a bad switch or router.