I’m quite excited about the iPhone 4.  Having had O2 act like the monopoly-holding arseholes that they were at the time of the 3GS launching, it just wasn’t financially viable to upgrade then.  I’m quite glad I held out now.

Except… it seems impossible, aside from paying for a sim-free phone from Apple direct (which costs a LOT) to actually secure yourself the coveted device.  Promises of pre-orders on the 15th have been broken, and it seems your only option is to basically tap up at a store or hope a call/internet order gets through.  Disappointing.

That said, whilst obviously I would prefer to have the phone on launch day, I think I can probably tolerate being a bit more patient.  Certainly I can’t be arsed to queue up on 24th outside a shop without any guarantee there is a handset reserved for me on the premises (which is what the nice shop near where I work did when the 3G launched).  So I might just order online when I can and see when it turns up.

In other iPhone news, Apple are pushing their new operating system, which I have the release candidate for.  When the new iTunes came out last night I wondered if it would work with it – as it does apparently on the 9.2 beta for Macs.  So I tried, foolishly.  It installed fine, but wouldn’t activate – so I had a tantalising glimpse of the wallpaper for OS4.0 but only the ability to make emergency calls.

Oh well, restore then, huh?  Well… iTunes told me that it couldn’t downgrade a firmware.. dilemma or what? It ended up with my poor iPhone in a ‘Recovery Mode Loop’.  Luckily the PC upstairs hadn’t been upgraded to iTunes 9.2 so I was able to restore to 3.13, then use the iRecovery tool to force the activation through…

It wasn’t the best idea I ever had late at night as I sat there with all my music, settings etc being synced back to my now restored phone into the wee small hours.  So there you go, don’t try it unless you find a more reputable guide than me!

Next week we’ve got a few days off, it’ll be good to have a break from work even for a few days – I think I seem to have reverse-seasonal-affective-disorder, quite content to be there around winter but in summer it’s less fun… feh, I’m sure it’ll all seem much better after a bit of time out and going back with a cleansed mind.  Or something!

One amusing thing at work this week was, as part of a charity day, the powers that be are organising a talent show.  Four of our team have entered (despite having no talent) to do a ‘Stars in their Eyes’ style performance as KISS.. as part of the submission we had to make a video, which – unbeknown to us until someone told us – is now on a loop in the cafe area in our office… because it would seem that nobody else has submitted one.  Could be fun!

Which leaves later this month when I have very exciting plans afoot, which I am sworn to a degree of secrecy over… but it’s almost upon us, which leads to both excitement and nervousness on my part!

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