Tag Archives: iphone

Stopping spam text messages from AIM

[04-25-11 UPDATE, If you are having problems with texts that do not come from AIM please check my new post stopping spam texts part 2.] A few days ago I started getting random “stock tip” text messages on my iphone:

These were from what appeared to be some kind of AOL instant messenger account. I did not want to reply or do anything with them, assuming that would tell the spammer I was alive and he would then fill my inbox with more crap.

I called AT&T customer service (611 from my iPhone) and after a long wait I finally had a live customer service agent to work with. I explained the situation to her, she said “type in “stop” and by law they have to stop sending you spam” I explained it was not coming from a phone, but rather an AIM account. She had no idea what I was trying to explain. She had no solutions, other than to buy some AT&T service for $5.00 a month that lets you block messages from certain numbers. Well since this is coming from some odd server I doubt that would help.

After a little google research I discovered you can block ALL AIM messages to your phone by doing the following:

Type the word “out” to the following number 265019

In a few seconds I received a confirmation that I am now blocking all messages from AOL instant messenger.

I hope this helps someone else who is having issues with AIM spam via text messages. AT&T customer service certainly wont help you.

App review: Gas Cubby for the iPhone

I’ve always liked to track my vehicle maintenance with my computer. In the past I used a simple excel spreadsheet to to track things. I looked around the app store for something to do it with my iphone and found “gas cubby”, an app designed to track all fuel and maintenance for one or more vehicles. This little app has been super easy to use, and I ended up using it for all my cars, and to track all my fuel use in my Escape Hybrid.

The interface is simple, you enter the mileage, price per gallon and if you want you can enter location and how you paid for the fuel. (I wish the programmers would have an option to use the GPS to simply geotag the fueling location) You can view the summary of refueling from a main screen:

In addition you can view your maintenance log:

The program allows you to set alarms to remind you of upcoming service like tire rotation, oil changes and so on. It will let you know based on your odometer readings.

When you rotate your iphone it generates reports of your fuel use, fuel cost, and a detailed report:

There is a lot to this little program, it will let you sync data to their server to back it up, also allows exporting of data in an excel friendly format. Great app for car guys who are obsessive about maintenance or fuel tracking!

Wish List- Geotaging, ability to embed photos into data entry (for maintenance tracking- a shot of a modification, or change you make to the car would be helpful)


Review of squarespace iphone app

This blog is hosted by squarespace, overall I have been pretty happy with their web based management tools. It works great when I am home or anywhere with a PC, I can post photos,videos and post blog comments. When they said they were working on an iphone application I was pretty excited- the thought of being able to update from anywhere on the road was something I could use. The application was delayed by Apple for weeks but finally made it’s way to the app store yesterday. Here is my take on the application:

Website Preview:

This lets you just get a brief view of your main page, good for checking out your most recent post to make sure it is formatted the way you wanted.

Posting a new blog entry is very simple:

You can shoot a picture with your iphone, or load an existing one from your library. The text entry is simple and functional, nothing fancy, no serious formatting tools here. You can save a entry as a “draft” to finish later, my only complaint is you cannot open a draft on a PC and do final editing there, you have to finish the post on your iphone, upload it, then if you want to do any major formatting you would do it on your pc. You cannot easily do video links, or hyperlink to other pages with this application. You can pick from your existing list of blog categories and also enter tags for each post.

Managing existing posts

It’s easy to review your posts and select one for editing. When you open a post that was created on the PC Squarespace application you will encounter raw HTML code if you resized photos or embedded video on the original post, so you need need to be careful if you are revising or editing a post made with a PC:

Website Statistics:

This is pretty handy, it lets you see at a glance your visitors, subscribers, search terms, and referrers.

Conclusion:

This is a much needed addition to the Squarespace tool set. Having the ability to edit, add posts and review stats while running around is huge. I see a lot of opportunities to quickly put a picture with a quick comment up on my blog using this app. While the formatting is limited, it still gives a user the ability to keep his blog fresh without the need of a full PC connection. I wish there was a way to manage visitor comments using this app, but I hear that is coming soon. Overall I think this is a much needed app for Squarespace users!


Otterbox Commuter TL Case for iphone 3g/3gs review

Not really a review- just a short video of me installing the Otterbox Commuter TL case on my Iphone 3GS.