Sunday, March 29, 2009

Where to get the iPhone and Accessories

My latest article for the Computer Corner in Paraplegia News just appeared this month and today I received an e-mail from a reader asking where he could get the iPhone and accessories I wrote about. Well, if you're interested also, I thought I would just put links here for you. Please know that the iPhone is only available from AT&T wireless or directly from Apple. I'm providing you a link to AT&T wireless, but if you have an Apple store near you you can drop in and test it out before you purchase.

So, here's the phone that I purchased, the Apple iPhone 3G - 16 GB - Black.

The case I recommend is the BELLA Protective Leather Case for iPhone 3G by Macally (Color: Black). It features a scratch resistant protective screen overlay; Nappa leather front panel; neck lanyard; lightweight aluminum carabiner; microsuede interior; camera opening; high density, soft and durable back panel; and opening to all controls and parts.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

IT Training for Veterans

If you're a reader of my column, Computer Corner in PN Magazine, or regularly read this blog, you know my background is education and that I often encourage individuals to learn more--that is learn all you can! Well today I came across an opportunity for both U.S. veterans and persons living with a disability, the CompTIA Educational Foundation.
The Educational Foundation’s Creating Futures program provides students, IT workers, employers, training providers and educational institutions with the necessary components to build a qualified and diverse workforce. Through the program, transitioning U.S. veterans, individuals with disabilities, youth-at-risk and dislocated workers are given opportunities to build life long, productive and rewarding careers in IT.
Check out their offerings and if you apply and complete a course, leave a comment here for other readers.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Nifty New Tool--Google Latitude

Hansel and Gretel gathered white pebbles to leave a trail so they'd find their way home; it didn't work out the way they wanted. As a person dependent on technologies to get around, there have been times I've been stuck (a dead car battery, flat tire, or bent front-fork) with no means of getting help right away. Google Latitude is a new tool that might provide an extra layer of security for persons like me when stranded.

Here's how it can work:
  1. I go to town (via wheelchair) and am expected home at 3 p.m.
  2. Making my way home, I unexpectedly hit a sharp object and blow a tire--the jolt has my cellphone fly off my lap.
  3. Not home on time, a family member (Brad) calls about 3:10 p.m.--I don't answer because I can't reach my phone.
  4. Smartly, I've installed Google Latitude on my cellphone and allow him to see my location. At 3:20 p.m., more concerned as time elapses, Brad tracks my location via Latitude and sees that I'm nearly home but haven't moved in awhile.
  5. Brad comes to my rescue.

With Google Latitude, you can:

  • See where your friends are and what they are up to
  • Quickly contact them with SMS, IM, or a phone call
  • Control what your location is and who gets to see it

Enjoy Google Latitude on your phone, PC, or both.


Postscript: I haven't tested this as Google Latitude isn't ready for the iPhone just yet. I'll be sure to let you know when it is.