Weird Rogers 3G network error


Since about Sunday, Dec 7th (I remember exactly because I noticed it when leaving the regular ByMUG meeting at Patty Bolands) my iPhone for no particular reason decided to translocate itself to GMT+1 time zone. It was not visible immediately, only emails received at 16:20 were shown as received 6 hour in the future.

All this without any changes or installing anything on my end …

The Clock application showed what was wrong (this snapshot was taken on Sunday, 16:02 Ottawa time):


I tried to change settings for Date and Time to manual and correct the problem, but any time I switched back to keeping time synchronized automatically it jumped back to wrong time.

I believe this is a Rogers problem as it happens only when 3G is on. With Edge, you can safely switch forth and back beween any impact on the correct time. It would look like the iPhone is getting wrong information from the 3G network about time or about timezone (despite the settings of timezone to Ottawa, Canada). I tried Toronto and Montreal for timezone settings – same results.

Currently there are two workarounds:

1) Use Edge and suffer the slow speed, partially compensated by better battery life
2) Use manual setting and take into account that without network synchronization time your phone can get out of sync byt as much as few minutes
per day.

There is also discussion thread on Apple site.

I suggest that everybody that experiences this calls Rogers and requests fix. I would also consider asking for refund of part of the data plan, because this problem basically does not allow to use the 3G service we are paying for.

Chances are slim for getting few bucks back but maybe it will help to elevate the severity of the problem in their Bugzilla (or whatever they use for issue tracking).

Proper shellspace above all :-)


Here is a snapshot I took during today’s trip to Chapters @ Rideau. While walking out, the placement of some books caught my eye:

Note the “headlines” in the background of the Vista books: “Ailments and diseases”. Certainly unintended and a bit childish, but I found it hilariously funny πŸ™‚

ByMUG meeting – August


This Sunday, as every first Sunday in month we had regular Bytown Mac User Group meeting at usual place – Patty Bolands Pub at the Market. It was great meeting because we had many newcomers – both to the group as well as to the platform, including very fresh Mac switch – a happy owner of 24 hours old Macbook Pro.

The presentations were very suited for the audience of newcomers, especially Katheryne’s demo on customizing the Mac. She was kind enough to send the links to the talk (the mailing list). I think that the links are very useful for wider audience than just the ByMUG folks, so I will repost them here … withour her permission, but in here very own words πŸ™‚

Thanks again for your attention during my presentation – these are the times I am very happy I chose the MBP over the MacBook πŸ™‚ Here are the links as promised:

Hardshell cases:
– InCase <>
– Speck <> (Warning: Flash. Eugh.)

From Apple:
– Icons, screensavers, etc. <> Don’t be afraid to click around and find out about other downloadable goodies.

– Phantom Butterflies, Strands, Filigree, Iota, Scattered Flurries (aka snow!), etc. <; & Ignis Fatui (one of my faves) <;
– AnΓ¨mona <;
– Fishes, Matrix code, Jigsaw puzzle, etc.: <;
– X-Galaxy <; (The purpley whooshy one)

Wallpapers sites:

Icon sites:
DeviantArt has a lot of artists putting up amazing icon sets, like this one: <;

Custom folder creators:
<; (Oops, I think the download link is broken. You can probably still download it from the host site.)

Other cool stuff:
– Adium (instant messaging application): <;
– Wallsaver (screensaver as wallpaper): <;
– iConiCal (different colors for your iCal icon): <;
– CandyBar (to change icons, app icons, dock, etc. 15-day trial with 250 icon capacity, 29$ for full version): <; and Iconfactory: <;
– LiteIcon (free icon restore/change app): <;
– Shapeshifter <; to use themes (GUIs) <; built using ThemePark <;

The dock I was using today, Alu Curved 3D: <; (MacThemes – learn to love this site if you want to sleekify your Mac even more!). Other docks from this site: <; and <; (this link has a dock with instructions for a manual installation of a new Simple Dock – left/right).

Thanks, Katheryne and Glenda for preparing the demos – and sorry for the projector cables mix up …

Some shots from the meeting (taken on my shiny new whitey iPhone πŸ˜‰