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Problem solved -- Readable websites on an iPhone Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Scott Mace sent some advice that worked, that made it so that my example page looks good in Safari on an iPhone without the user having to adjust the resolution.

Open this page on the iPhone, you'll see it reads quite well.

If you don't have an iPhone, here's a screen shot.

The trick is to add a <meta> element to the page:

<meta name="viewport" content="width=320">

View source on nytimesriver to see how it works.

Here's a thread where this is discussed.

PS: The same page looks good on a Blackberry too.

Is Apple breaking my headphones? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named exacto.gifJason Kottke reports that you can hack up your "third party" headphones with an Exacto knife to get them to work with the iPhone.

Excuse me, but I like my headphones as they are, and the iPhone is a pretty lame iPod, crippled if you ask me, so I'll stick with my 60GB unit and hope that some other manufacturer gets their act together and teaches Apple some manners with their customers' money.

Can you imagine the meeting at Apple where they decided that they had the market power to force their customers to get new headphones! Such chutzpah.

Is Apple breaking the web? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

If the iPhone were some little obscure thing then pages like this wouldn't be such a concern. Screen shot.

Viewing it by iPhone, it's an RSS reader, viewing this site, that's why it showed up in my referrers. Not clear why it can't be displayed in Firefox on my Mac laptop.

Attn TwitterGram devs Permanent link to this item in the archive.

If you're working on the phone to TG connection, this new web service, twitterGram.newPhonePoast, simplifies the problem; makes it easier to implement the connection.

A picture taken with an iPhone Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I keep forgetting that it's a camera too.

These guys were interested in my iPhone

Click on the pic for the Flickr photo page.

iPhones that didn't activate Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named iphone.gifI was getting ready to do a podcast on why the iPhone is important and totally worth obsessing over, but maybe before we go there, we should take a look at this number.

According to an unscientific Engadget poll, 38 percent of iPhone users have not gotten their phones activated. An unactivated iPhone is useless, you can't enter numbers into the contact list while you're waiting, you can't surf the web over wifi, or watch YouTube videos or find out what the temperature is in Cupertino.

Steve Rubel is one of the 38 percent. And since he cancelled his Verizon account, he no longer has a cell phone. Not a good situation for a guy like Steve. He's in PR. (Steve writes: "I actually have a backup phone from Edelman but it's my personal phone that wa cancelled.")

Thomas Hawk's iPhone isn't working yet either. He describes waiting on hold endlessly with AT&T. Like Steve, his first memory of iPhone is going to be a wasted weekend trying to get started.

For what it's worth my activation went smoothly, took just a few minutes.

Rex Hammock: "Perhaps setting up a cell-phone account is a process, not a purchase."


Last update: Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 8:11 PM Pacific.

Dave Winer, 52, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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Things to revisit:

1.Microsoft patent acid test.
2.What is a weblog?
3.Advertising R.I.P.
4.How to embrace & extend.
5.Bubble Burst 2.0.
6.This I Believe.
7.Most RSS readers are wrong.
8.Who is Phil Jones?
9.Send them away.
10.Negotiate with users.
11.Preserving ideas.
12.Empire of the Air.
13.NPR speech.
14.Russo & Hale.
15.Trouble at the Chronicle.
15.RSS 2.0.
16.Checkbox News.
17.Spreadsheet calls over the Internet.
18.Twitter as coral reef.
19.Mobs of the blogosphere.
20.Advice for Campaigns.
21.Social Cameras.
22.The Next Big Thing.
23.It's time to open up networking, again.
24.Am I competing?

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