iPhone Dissected: They did it, so you don’t have to

iPhone Dissected

From anandtech:

We have only had the phone for a few hours but we needed to get inside its casing, what follows is our dissection of the Apple iPhone. Please note that we’re doing this so you are not tempted to on your recent $500/$600 expenditure, while it is quite possible to take apart using easy to find tools we’d recommend against it as it will undoubtedly void your warranty and will most likely mar up the beautiful gadget’s exterior. Do whatever you wish to your iPhone, but do so at your own risk 🙂

It’s no accident that the battery is not replaceable (EDIT: by the consumer. Owners must send the iPhone to be Refurbished if they need a new battery!). It’s called planned obsolescence. Next years iPhone II will (EDIT: may) have the replaceable battery, and there will likely be a music model that has a slot for memory (iPhone-neo?) but of course the music model won’t have a replaceable battery until the next model of that version. And so on … and so on.

Update: IPhone Cracked … Oh dear!

iPhone – telephony Armageddon

Put all the above together – the root account enabled (and now wide open) together with Cocoa web apps running as root that also are demonstrably crash prone and therefore exploitable – and you have the makings of a telephony Armageddon.

Heh … “telephony Armageddon” … that’s hilarious!

UPDATE: Another iPhone crack by nanocr.eu

iPhone Independence Day

I’ve found a way to activate a brand new unactivated iPhone without giving any of your money or personal information to AT&T. The iPhone does not have phone capability, but the iPod and WiFi work. Stay tuned!

Update: To the apple fanboy who emailed me telling me that the iPhone crack was “No big deal, and no one will ever ever be able to successfully exploit it” I have this:

First Third-party Native iPhone Application Available Now

And this:

iPhone NES Emulator Third Party App

This too:

DOOM is on the iPhone! (almost)

iPhone users sure are awfully sensitive to anything they deem critical of their toy.

DesktopStandard Software Mismanaged by Microsoft

vista_broken.jpgThere is an email floating around from Microsoft asking DesktopStandard Software Customers to participate in a survey regarding Desktop Standard products, such as PolicyMaker, ProfileMaker, and GPO Vault. They want to know what the current Desktop Standard customers think of the Microsoft aquisition. Someone I know had this to say:

Yes PoliTech, I took the survey, and here is what I think:
I’m somewhat less favorable to depending on DesktopStandard products for managing my Windows network these days. Why do I say I am somewhat less favorable? Due to the following:

Microsoft’s announcement of the removal of current DesktopStandard PolicyMaker functionality (i.e. “Software Update”), Confused MS technical support, no new DesktopStandard PolicyMaker functionality, updates or improvements have been made available since the MS acquisition, Tech Blog posts and news announcements hinting that the entire DesktopStandard PolicyMaker product will be scrapped or split up into multiple other MS products.

It appears that the DesktopStandard PolicyMaker product, a sound, reliable product, has now been relegated to “dead product” status, but one for which we are still paying maintenance.

The DesktopStandard PolicyMaker “Software Update” functionality could have been improved to allow for support of Active Directory GPO distribution of such things as “.msp” Windows Installer Patches, Legacy “.EXE” software installations, and as a viable alternative to the “workaround” solutions now available from Microsoft regarding GPO distribution of MS Office 2007, rather than simply scrapping that bit of DesktopStandard PolicyMaker functionality altogether.

It seems that Microsoft’s acquisition of DesktopStandard PolicyMaker was solely intended to force customers into using SMS, the MS desktop optimization pack (subscription) or another desktop/software management suite (such as Altiris), in addition Microsoft is nearly forcing customers away from using the Active Directory GPO software distribution tools that are already built in (and thus do not increase company expenditure on more MS products).

DesktopStandard PolicyMaker is the best example of how much more management power there is yet to be wrought from Active Directory. I am hoping that Microsoft management takes a closer look at these decisions regarding the DesktopStandard products and chooses to take the products in a better direction than is currently evident.

Just another example of “marketing” over “functionality”. Someone does it better, MS can’t get it done, and so MS buys and then mismanages, overbloats, or simply scraps an entire product. (WinFS? … Portable Media Center? … VirtualPC? … Bungie? The list just goes on and on!)

UPDATE:

Oops! The currently available DesktopStandard Products are NOT Vista compatable! The Group Policy extensions actually crash the GPMC on Vista! Color me surprised…well, not really.

And as if to prove my point about “marketing” over “functionality” check out the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack website. See any way to acquire the vaporous Vista compatable PolicyMaker component of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack? No! … But there is plenty of marketing garbage. Unless you count six or seven .pdf files and a bunch of amateurishly done marketing videos as “Software”.

The Engineer who sent me the email above is also pretty irked that the twenty thousand or so spent on DesktopStandard PolicyMaker maintainance seems to have been money thrown down the proverbial toilet.

Update: Microsoft has announced to partners and Premier customers that DesktopStandard PolicyMaker will be “Sunsetted” at the end of the year.

Sunsetted

What the heck does that even mean?