Friday, September 27, 2013

Unlock AT&T iPhone 4s

I once went to a shady mobile phone store to unlock my Moto Razr before going abroad. The guy took my $15, went into a back room, and came out with my unlocked phone. The whole thing was uncomfortable.

Now apparently it’s totally cool to unlock your phone, at least after you’ve had it on contract for a certain period of time. I just unlocked my AT&T iPhone 4S for another trip abroad. You can too:

  1. Visit this page and fill out your information. Your iPhone IMEI number can be found under Settings > General > About.
  2. Assuming the form goes through, you’ll get an email from AT&T. Mine came almost immediately.
  3. Once you get an email saying the phone is unlocked you’re supposed to wait 24 hours, which I did. Not sure if that’s necessary.
  4. After 24 hours, plug your iPhone into your computer and open iTunes.
  5. Back up your iPhone.
  6. Once the backup is complete, click “Restore iPhone.”
  7. Leave your phone plugged in while it does its restore dance.
  8. Once restore is complete, iTunes should throw up a message that says “Congratulations, your phone is unlocked.”
  9. At this point, you can restore the backup you made and you’re good to go.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Don’t worry about the color of your sails

When you have an idea for a company for a product, you usually begin with a big idea. There’s a flurry of excitement; lots of discussing and building and testing and building and discussing.

I’m not a yacht builder, but I imagine the process of building a ship is similar. You have a concept for how the boat should look, and why it’s going to be the fastest vessel the ocean has ever seen. Going from concept to ship is exciting — lots of planning, building, discussing, and so on.

When it’s all done, you launch the ship. If all goes well, the ship is screaming along faster than you could have dreamed. Maybe the deck is not as richly brown as you’d hoped and the rails are not polished enough to really sparkle in the sun, but man is this thing fast. You’re forced to focus on steering and keeping the thing together long enough to get you past the next buoy.


If you get out there and the boat is slow or worse, you haven’t even launched your boat off its dry dock, then it’s easy to start picking apart everything about this stupid boat. Should have used different wood on the deck, the steering wheel is too big, the sails are the wrong color…

The little things are important, but if you’re trying to build a race-winning boat, the most important thing is how fast it is. If you’re building trying to build a successful company, the most important thing is that you have customers.

Once you launch your company, worry about how you’re getting your customers. If you find yourself lost in the little things, you must not have very many customers.

If you find yourself worrying about the color of the sails, your ship must not be moving very fast.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Think of all the roads, think of all their crossings. Taking steps is easy, standing still is hard.”