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iPhone 4

Tim Lemons —  June 30, 2010 — Leave a comment

Just got my iPhone 4 in on Tuesday. I am loving it and thought I’d right a real simple and quick review of it:

  • Love the new screen. It is incredibly crisp.  The new resolution is very impressive. It makes the simplest tasks enjoyable.  Just reading texts blows my mind!
  • It is fast! Right before I got this one in I had the iPhone 3G.  For the most part I never thought of speed of the 3G.  There were a few times where I thought man it’s taking a while to pull this app up.  Now the iPhone 4 is smokin’ fast!
  • The reception is noticeably better in some areas and not so much in others.  At my house I had one bar depending on where I was with the 3G.  Now with the iPhone 4 I have 2 bars in some of those areas and still one bar in some.  At church I used to have to stand right next to our signal booster to get a signal. Now I have signal in the mall area and the sanctuary.  It also picked up the wifi from the road before even entering the parking lot.
  • The improvements from the 3G to the iPhone 4’s camera are HUGE.  I didn’t have the focus ability in the 3G. Man does it make a difference! Excited that I will be able to use Evernote for more things now! Darren pointed out tonight that the shutter speed is faster (no more blurry pics)
  • Haven’t got to use FaceTime yet, but looking forward to that. If anyone wants to convo with me that has the new iPhone leave a comment below. I’ll be in touch.
  • Love the ability to take a picture of myself and see what I’m taking a picture of with the new front camera.  (yes i can be vain sometimes)
  • Only con so far that I’m not crazy about is the multitasking.  It seems like anytime I open an application it then stays an open application and therefore gets put on my multitask bar.  There should be some way to close out of a program (maybe I’m missing something)


Plus how cool is it that my phone has a HD video camera?  Just check out this video below that was shot and edited completely on an iPhone 4.
Can you believe how far technology has come?

Just read this over at www.modmyi.com:

Late last night our friends at Apple Insider reported that AT&T customers who reside in poor service areas may soon have the option to pay $20 to obtain unlimited calling over 3G using their own Internet access…

Man that would be awesome! But with AT&T already being so expensive there is no way I could afford another $20 a month.

As you know if you’ve been reading my blog or know anything about me, I LOVE technology.  I am a huge fan of www.youversion.com. If you have never heard of it or used it you’re missing out.  As the community of user continues to grow you have access to God’s word but also many people’s different views of scripture. They can share a video, picture, link or text about a verse that they think relates to that verse.  Definitely go sign up and add me as a friend. My name is TIMLEM on youversion.

Now this next part really excites me.  YouVersion announced yesterday that they are introducing a new feature called YouVersion Live.  This will enable churches/conferences to share bible verses/notes live with people using their mobile device or laptop.  It also enables them to particpate by answering polls and other interactive features.  I know it will be a while before we get to this point (especially in SouthWest Virginia) but imagine a day when we no longer have to print bulletins instead we pull out our phones and have access to the notes and scripture. I already do this using Evernote on my iPhone during church.  Rather than taking notes on some piece of paper and going home and losing that piece of paper (I hate keeping up with paper – I learned that bad habit from Greg) I can just take notes in Evernote and then when I think what was that verse Jimmie mentioned last year in that message about pain, I can just search for it and find it instantly. (longest sentence I’ve ever written)

Anyways, see the video below for a sneak peak from ChurchCrunch.com:

I am so happy so far with the iPhone 3.0 update and this because of only one MAJOR feature… SMS Texting update.

I use twitter a lot and unlike the early days, I finally have a lot of my actual friends (people I know) on twitter.  At the moment I am following 325 people on twitter. There is no way I would follow all of them through text messages, so I have always had people I don’t want to miss like my friends and then some people who I really love their twitters and wouldn’t want to miss them.  The problem with this (UNTIL NOW) has been that if I have a busy day or two and don’t read those messages then I have to go through and read them all in one setting because if I stop reading them I had to go through hundreds of messages just to find where I was.

Enter the new iPhone 3.0 update.  Now, if I miss a couple of days I can start anywhere I want on the list and delete each message as I go.  On top of that, if there is something I want to check out later like a book recommendation, website to check out, or video to see, I can just click that message forward it to twitter as a direct message to my Evernote account by adding “D myen” to the beginning of the message.  Then later when I have time I can go to Evernote and check out the link/video/book/etc.

Since I no longer have a job where I sit at my computer all day or at least part of the day, it has been hard to stay updated on twitter.  With this new iPhone 3.0 Update I am probably going to turn on some more direct notifications going to my cell phone.

For a list of what has been updated in iPhone 3.0 check this link that came from AVCLUB’s Twitter.

As a side note out there for Tweetie, Twitterific, Tweetdeck, and any other twitter app designers – It would be so awesome to have a feature that has twitters come in like an email that you can save, delete, mark as read and that comes in and keeps them even if I don’t check it for 5 days or more.

I’ve toyed with the idea of subscribing to an rss feed of my followers and have them come to a different email address that I could check.  Maybe Google wave will assist in that?

1986computersintheoffice

Ever since I was 8 or so I can remember having a computer in the house.  Now for today’s culture, that’s no big deal at all, nothing special.  However, in 1986 or so that was rare.  I’m thankful my grandfather wanted me to have one so that I could get started on one at an early age. I have always been obsessed with technology and computers.

That is one of the reasons I love twitter.  I remember being a kid and going on a trip and meeting people and being sad because we would never hear from each other again.  That doesn’t happen now. Now you share IM screennames, twitter each other, read blog posts, follow on facebook/myspace.  The world is a much smaller place now.

Watch this video about Ashton Kutcher, twitter, and Malaria.  There is a line that he says that I loosely quote, “now we are in a time where a single person can have as large of a voice as huge news network.”  I am thankful that we have this technology.  I know a lot of traditional churches fight technology, but those same churches are usually the ones that circle up and show their butts to the world. How is it wrong when people are genuinely coming to Christ through technology.  Just look here, here, and/or here.  Amazing stories of Christ at work through technology.  Especially this video. God’s hands and feet are being shown to the World through twitter.

So watch this video then ask yourself, “What message does God want me to share with the World?” (literally… the world)

My Decision to go google

Tim Lemons —  December 13, 2008 — 1 Comment

I have been a fan of google for along time. I’ve had a gmail account for as long as I can remember (back when you had to be invited) and gmail has always handled my personal domain email address.  I love the fact that no matter how many times I move, change jobs, change internet providers, my email address will always be the same until the day I die (or email dies)

Recently I made the switch to stop using Mail as my email interface and start going to just using gmail. I gotta say at first I was kind of frustrated and tried other apps like thunderbird.  I was also frustrated trying to get my exchange (work) accounts working in that workflow.  However the more I started using it, the more I LOVED it.  I could be on any computer anywhere and have my full featured mail client.

The more I did this the more I loved it and started using other features.  I stopped using iCal and started using google calendar.  I stopped using word (super slow and buggy on a mac anyways) and started using google docs. This really helped the situation I had with syncing my blackberry.  I downloaded google apps for blackberry and had access to all these things now on my blackberry

Then I started putting more and more of my documents online using google docs or box.net or Evernote or dropbox. Then I started using delicious for all my bookmarks.  Now no matter what computer I am on, I have access to them and now that I have an iPhone, I can access a lot of those items from my phone.

Now that I have resigned from my job at The MET (details coming soon about that) and have to turn in my computer, I am currently computerless.  Sure I have that old powerbook G4 – but as soon as I did the updates to try to get functioning it has frozen. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it working soon.  Anyways since I am computerless I am very grateful I made the decision to go google with most of my stuff.

Now if only I could sync my iPod, iPhone, iTunes, iPhoto and TV from any computer over the web.  Then I’d be in business!

If you want to read a little more about this go here.

My Wiffiti Page

Tim Lemons —  September 28, 2008 — 1 Comment

I am excited about this new technology.  Imagine creating one for a youth service where students can instantly ask their questions from their cell phones. Go ahead add a message of your own. I have to approve it first, but send a txt message to 25622 start with @timlem then enter your message.

Apple Event Coming Sept 9th

Tim Lemons —  September 2, 2008 — 1 Comment

Looking forward to see what is new for the iPods.  Nano has a new redesign.  I’m also guessing there will be a new mac mini.  Go here for more info.

Planning Center ROCKS!

Tim Lemons —  September 2, 2008 — 2 Comments

I love Planning Center Online.  It Rocks.  It runs my ministry.  The awesome tech support I have received has been amazing.  I could go on and on but you have to check it out.  They just made some more updates today. Read about it here.  My favorite is text messaging! AH YEAH!

Here is what we use it for:

  • Manage Band
  • Manage Tech people
  • Manage all volunteers for before/after and during our services
  • Manage all Lifegroup leaders
    • Provide training materials as a downloadable attachment
  • Plan services
  • Communication between Adult and Student Ministries
  • Communication to all our volunteers

I encourage you to watch this video to get a small taste of what PCO can do.


Introducing Planning Center Online from Aaron Stewart on Vimeo.

Found this article on Twitter etiquette and thought I would share it.  Some of my favorite quotes:

10. Try to keep within the character limit.

13. Plug moderately.

Now, you already have a phone, an email account, a blog—but what about the moments too small to blog? (Snacking on pretzels.) Too insignificant to email? (The twisty kind of pretzels.) They’re happening every second! How can you share the moments between the moments worthy of note? Enter Twitter.