Archive: Aug 2007

iPhone unlocked!!

This morning I was in a meeting and finally held a real iPhone and played around with it, but told the group that no, I wouldn’t be getting one quite yet. BUT…

It is here!! The UNLOCKED iPHONE! Yes, it was just a matter of time.

Engadget reports that the iPhone has been unlocked. And they’ve used it on T-Mobile. You can now use it with any GSM carrier around the world!

Again: we can confirm with 100% certainty that’s software solution completely SIM unlocks the iPhone, is restore-resistant, and should make the iPhone fully functional for users outside of the US.

And it is restore-resistant. Of course Apple will try to wipe this out with an upgrade, but it is supposed to be upgrade resistant (not not sure about that, but we’ll see).

Yay! I might just head out and get myself an iPhone – finally!! 🙂

Congratulations, Kaboodle!!

I’m a bit late on this news from last week1.

On Wednesday, Kaboodle was acquired by Hearst Corporation. Congratulations to Manish and the entire Kaboodle team for all their hard work in building a great site.

I became an advisor to Kaboodle early last year and have had a great time working with Manish and his team. A very passionate group, they were willing to change their focus to ensure they were sucessful and provided a valuable service to their users.

I couldn’t be happier for them. I hope they continue to cool things as an independent company within the Hearst organization.

  1. Apologies – have been fighting off a stomach bug I picked up in India 

Double Standards?

Nutjobs of the world, unite! Wait, they already have… unfortunately! It is the turn of our Muslim brethren to step up to plate with the attack on Taslima Nasreen.

Unfortunately, media double standards have also leapt to the fore. And societies… Why aren’t artists and writers and creators of all kinds protesting what happened to Taslima Nasreen? Why aren’t they on the streets in protest? Why is everyone so much quieter now versus when what happened in Baroda?

Why is that? Because she’s not technically Indian? B.S. The Indian government won’t even give her permanent residency when she’s running from a fatwa (shame!)

Because she’s Muslim and her attackers are Muslim? Hmm – minority groups don’t get profiled in the press for their bad behavior any more? If that’s what secularism is about, what a load of bunk!

This is a just as much a violation on the freedom to create as the situation in Baroda. Let’s treat it with the same disdain and disgust, please.

Barkha Dutt has a great piece on this. Thanks to Sepia Mutiny for the tip.

Updated on August 14th

More reactions from Abi, who disagrees and makes some valid points that people have indeed protested this incident. I do agree with Abi that the timing is a bit ridiculous from Barkha Dutt (demanding a reaction within a day). Maybe it takes time to build… maybe people are jaded and tired of protesting all the nutjobs that are floating around… We’ll have to see how things unfold.

MumbaiGirl has more links to bloggers talking about the issue