Free World Dialup not so free

16 years ago, at the end of October | 1 Comment

I know it’s late but I really hate to write this post. I really, really do. It saddens me deeply. Free World Dialup the pioneering VoIP service has gone ‘pay only’. For a $30 yearly charge you can now get exactly what you used to have.

Sad but true

For me Free World Dialup represented what should have been happening in the world of VoIP. While everyone else acted like money grabbing whores Free World Dialup weren’t out to make a fast buck. It was the ultimate social network – Where else could you phone complete strangers for help and end up being good friends. Community members offered support to those just getting started with VoIP.  It was a wonderful time. Sadly this is no longer true.

The unfortunate thing about Free World Dialup now charging is that there are so many other services that offer the same thing for nothing. To me it seems a rather odd decision particularly as it was held in such high regard buy its users and supporters.

Jeff Pulver has commented on this on his blog but I still find it difficult to understand. As far as I am concerned Jeff is one of those totally awesome people you sometimes get to meet. He’s like an ideas factory. I have nothing but respect for him but this is almost like finding out your favourite uncle dresses up as a woman and heads down the docks at the weekend.

So I guess it’s goodbye Free World Dialup…

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October 30, 2008 12:32



Fullscreen iPhone WebApps

16 years ago, mid-October | 1 Comment

Web applications on the iPhone have always been second class citizens without access to the really interesting features. To add insult to injury web applications lost a large chunk of screen real estate to the top and bottom Safari toolbars.

Well, now they don’t need to. For users with firmware 2.1, if you add the following lines to the <head> section of your web application page then, when someone adds your web application to their home screen and then uses it all they will see is the standard bar showing carrier name, signal and battery level. As ever the pictures should make it much clearer. Notice that there is no address bar or lower toolbar at all, even when scrolling.
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October 19, 2008 16:44



Tesco DVD Player Region Hack

16 years ago, mid-October | 2 Comments

In the UK Tesco are selling a sub £20 DVD player – the Tecknika DVD 1033. It looks cheap, it looks nasty but it works very well indeed and what’s more you can make it region free. I really don’t know how they build these things so cheaply and I do worry that small children might have been involved. Anyway, here’s how you make your Tecknika DVD 1033 region free.
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October 11, 2008 11:28



Lock screen fun

16 years ago, at the start of October | 2 Comments

Yet more jailbroken iPhone fun based on Status Notifier. The original version simply placed icons on the lock screen if you had SMS’s, email, voice mail or missed calls. I wanted to have the actual counts visible, just like you get on the standard icons. The CSS for the badge is simple:
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October 6, 2008 22:15

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