How to forward your cell phone to your Google Voice phones before going to Voicemail.

So I decided the other day that I really don’t like getting voice mail on my phone. So I opted to forward my voice mail to my Google Voice account, I find it much more convenient to check my voice mail online, but after activating the feature in my Google voice settings, I discovered something even better than simple voice mail forwarding.

As you can see from the image Google Voicemail is activated on my mobile phone, if its not enabled on yours the link will enable you to activate it. Google will provide you a string of symbols and numbers to enter into your cell phone to enable your phone to forward its calls to Google in the event you do not pick up instead of going to voice mail.

However after enabling Google Voicemail on your phone if you click the edit button you will see a new option at the bottom of the page, Forwarding Options. witch will allow you to ether have calls you do not pick up on your mobile forwarded directly to Google Vociemail or have the call foarded to all your other phones first. In my case this means ringing to my Skype account first. The other day I left my phone in my living room while I was working at my desk, I never heard my phone ring but I still got the call once it was patched over to my Skype account.

So if your a Google Voice user, go check out this feature and let me know what you think of it.

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Why you might want to hang onto the unlimited iPhone data plan

I recently just assisted with a project that involved rewiring a server room for a company in San Diego. Given that the project was over the corse of two, 8-hour days. I wanted to have a bit of music to listen to.  I didn’t even think of resetting my phone’s stats to see how much data I actually used until after the first day was over, after resetting the iphone I found that one 8 hour day of listening to pandora over my 3G connection pulled 180Mb of data. If you were to listen to music every day at work that translates to 3.6GB. Now I hardly use that much data but I like to know I can if I need it.

This is not the primary reason however I think it would be in your best intreats to go ahead and hang onto your unlimited plan. the iPhone 4 (Which I have already pre ordered) will offer FaceTime, while this will initially only work on a WiFi connection I can guarantee once they release it on 3G and we all know apple is itching to see it over 3G. its going to cut into your data usage. I don’t know about you but I’d like to not have to worry about how much video calls I make. I already know quite a few people that will be getting an iPhone 4 along side me so I know I’ll be using FaceTime.

Whats your thoughts on Apple killing the Unlimited Data plan and do you decide to keep you unlimited plan or save the $5 a month to cripple your iPhone to 2gigs a month? That being said however I will have to admit that the most data I have ever personally used since having an iPhone was 600Mb. I’m just looking toward whats to come, Data’s not getting any smaller if anything we’ll be seeing much higher resolution images for download to take advantage of the much higher resolution Retina display.

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iPhone OS 3.0 Downloaded and installed

Earlier this morning I posted about how to monitor for the release of the 3.0 Version of the iPhone OS using geektool.

http://kaotickreation.com/2009/06/17/iphone-os-3-0/

Versions AvaliableIf you didn’t get a chance to actually set this up but were wondering what would happen once the OS was released here is the after image. Remember I set it up to basically show me all versions available and before 10AM PST it was showing me there was 2 versions available for the 3GS and that was it, now it shows versions for all devices

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iPhone OS 3.0?

If you’be been up all night mashing F5 (on your PC, since its useless on the mac for refresh) you can stop. All the research I’ve done points toward the actual Release being around 10AM PST (1PM EST).

Want a quick trick to keep an eye on what versions are available? ok this tip takes advantage of geektool, what? never heard of it… What kinda geek are you, no don’t try to expain just go get it now! http://projects.tynsoe.org/en/geektool/

shell

In case your wondering:

GeekTool is a PrefPane (System Preferences module) for Panther or Tiger to show system logs, unix commands output, or images (i.e. from the internet) on your desktop (or even in front of all windows).

Use File mode to monitor MacOS X activity with /var/tmp/console.log or /var/log/system.log, or Shell mode to launch custom scripts or commands like “df” to check space left on filesystems, “uptime” to monitor load of your machine… FInally, Image mode helps you monitor bandwith usage, CPU loads, memory availability of your server, via tools like MRTG or RRD.

Ok, once you have it installed head over to the PrefPane and hit the New Entry button then select Shell from the drop-down, enter the following text

curl -sL http://phobos.apple.com/version | grep -i restore | grep _3 | sed ‘s/[[:cntrl:]]//g’

Lets break this down incase your wondering. Curl grabs the latest version of http://phobos.apple.com/version, the -s option tells curl to be quite and not show the progress while -L option simply tells curl that if the page has moved to a different location (indicated with a Location: header and a 3XX response code) to go ahead and retry the action with the new location.

Next we parse that page with 2 grep searches the first one for all lines with the word restore in it. and then we search those results for all lines that have an _3 (for the 3.0 software).

Finally the sed command simply cleans the finished product a bit by removing any white space or tabs from the results

Font

ok your final task is to hit the colors and Font button and adjust them to something thats readable against your background.

and heres your final result,

iPhone OS

And finally for a quick explanation of what your looking at. the model number indicates which hardware unit has downloadable firmware, as of right now only 2,1 has firmware to be downloaded, 2,1 being the new 3Gs, please do not download this firmware and try to install it on your 3G it will not work, once you see 1,1 (First gen) and 1,2 (3G) in the results you know the firmware is available. (yes the 3G is a revision of the first gen) the default settings have geek took update every 10 seconds so just keep an eye on your desktop and you’ll see it as soon as its ready =)

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Linux on the iPhone?

Yep, that’s right, apparently the iPhone Dev Team have figured out how to boot a Linux kernel on the iPhone.  Now dont get your hopes up, this build is very far from compleation. It currently has no wireless networking, no sound, no writeable support for the NAND flash memory and of course, no touch screen drivers yet so no way to interact with the OS.

Still this is an incrediable achevement as the dev team has had to reverse-engineer the iPhone’s boot loader so they could write their own, the result? a workingLinux 2.6 kernel on the Apple’s iPhone platform. they curently have this running on the first and second gen iPhones, lets keep a close eye on what the fokes on the iPhone dev team have coming up for us =)

http://linuxoniphone.blogspot.com/2008/11/linux-on-iphone.html

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