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General Nostalgia Noteworthy

We're Married!

I am proud to announce that Sarah and I have been married since August 23rd!  It was certainly the happiest day of my life.  We returned from our relaxing honeymoon in Oahu yesterday, hence the late announcement, but we should have quite a few photos online within the week and I’ll post more details on the wedding once those are ready.

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Freeware Technology

Favored Freeware Updates: August 2008

The following Favored Freeware applications have been updated since the beginning of August 2008:

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General

No Makeup While Driving

The state of California has finally banned the usage of handheld cell phones while driving, which brings me to this important question: When will the state ban people from applying makeup while driving?  Seriously, how can a person applying mascara while driving possibly be considered safer than a person talking on a cell phone while driving?

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General

Renting Movies

Despite the allure of “the big screen”, I still enjoy renting movies on DVD. We just watched two movies in the privacy of our own home for less than the price of a single movie ticket. How can you beat that?

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Technology

Stuck Pixels after iPhone 2.0.1 Update

Yesterday, I was excited to hear that Apple finally released version 2.0.1 of the iPhone firmware, which is a major bug fixing release.  Unfortunately, it looks like the update left me a little present that I’m not too fond of.

As you can see below, my 8GB iPhone 3G now has a stuck pixel in the upper-left.  At first, I figured that this was an average stuck pixel that coincidentally appeared immediately after applying the 2.0.1 update.  However, after further examination, I don’t think that this is a normal stuck pixel.

stuckpixel

A few hours later, my mother updated her 8GB 1st gen iPhone, and as you can see below, she now has a vertical line of stuck pixels in the same region as mine.  Since her stuck pixels also appeared immediately after applying the 2.0.1 update, I’m beginning to think that my stuck pixel may not be an isolated issue.

stuckpixels

I have tried to restore both iPhones, adjust the brightness, apply light pressure to the stuck pixels, and run the Knox Pixel Fix for iPhone.  Neither method worked.  To further complicate the issue, the stuck pixels appear to flicker when viewed through the LCD screen of my digital camera.

Stuck pixels are (as the name implies) stuck, they do not flicker.  This, added to the fact that the issue occurred immediately after applying the 2.0.1 update, leads me to believe that this may actually be a software issue, possibly involving a conflict between the display drivers in the update and the display hardware shipped with certain iPhones.

Unfortunately, we’ll probably have to return both iPhones to Apple for replacement, but I’d just like to point out that it’s a very odd coincidence that both iPhones began displaying stuck pixels immediately after applying the 2.0.1 update.

Update: We have “resolved” the issue by returning both iPhones to our local Apple Store for replacement.