Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby Elliot » Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:40 am

Ah. Thank you. I did not know that. I just might do that. If I never turn it on, it should not need to be charged more than... every couple of weeks?

And I still have the telephone. It is a Verizon Coupe, bought in March 2008. I have the charger too. Luckily I hate throwing things away! :lol:
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby maladroit » Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:57 pm

That phone looks pretty good. It will last 10 days even if you leave it on, so if you charge it every few weeks while it's off you should be golden. It even has a dedicated 911 button which means it's even more useful as an unsubscribed emergency phone!
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby Drawingablank » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:29 pm

Ipod and dock inside a giant ziplock bag for music around camp - I try to avoid opening it during the week and work the controls through the bag.

Digital cam inside a waterproof bag - the kind designed for use in water. Too much dust and glare to use as intended, and camera has to be removed for photos. It keeps the dust out though since anything that is water tight at depth will certainly be dust proof.

I don't own a cell phone, but wouldn't try to use it at the burn if I had one anyway.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby Elliot » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:37 pm

maladroit wrote:That phone looks pretty good. It will last 10 days even if you leave it on, so if you charge it every few weeks while it's off you should be golden. It even has a dedicated 911 button which means it's even more useful as an unsubscribed emergency phone!

By golly yes, it does have a 911 button. It's charging now. Then it goes in the glove box. Thank you!

One more question: Should I expect to replace the battery? It is four years old and has not been charged for the last two or three.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby maladroit » Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:55 pm

There is a high possibility that the battery will not last long at all. Lithium batteries have a shelf life of a few years, and on top of that will deteriorate if not kept at a partial charge level. However, the battery for that UT Starcom / Verizon Coupe can be purchased for less than $5 on Amazon.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby Elliot » Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:04 pm

Marvelous. Amazon and I are old friends. Thank you!
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby Zakolantern » Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:36 pm

If you want to carry around an iPhone or iPod Touch or other "slab" electronic device, fully wrap it in plastic wrap, covering all ports, then cut away the part over the camera lens. You can use the touchscreen through the plastic wrap just fine. You run a serious risk of wrecking your device if you have the charge port unwrapped, but in airplane mode it'll last a good while.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby maladroit » Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:55 pm

You can get dust plugs that fit in your phone charge and headphone jacks, and you can get full wrap cases with screen protector film. Put all of THAT in a good ziplock bag, and the only remaining enemy is heat.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby fresh » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:49 pm

Got my old iPhone g3 with cracked glass and all!!! Will use it with iPod dock bought at garage sale for $3. It hopefully will let me play some of MY music and drown out the Disco music that I will be sick of hearing by Tuesday. Plus provide a clock. Not too sure if i even want to playafy it other than leaving it in the tent. Camera will be 'old' 8 megapixel point and shoot and maybe a couple disposables.... IF the iPad comes, it will be unhappily stuck in the car with the Droid phone wondering why they are not getting any attention.....
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby Marscrumbs » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:38 pm

I made take my gopro camera. But even with the weather proof case I may never get the dust off completely.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby hikeit » Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:15 pm

according to the gaiagps facebook page, david just posted iburn 2012 to apple for review. last year it was ready in 1 day, lets see how quickly they turn it around this year.

i fully intend to have my phone in my pocket, and when not hanging out with my girl, we may exchange texts for where to meet up (if papalegba gets their towers working this year). no outside cell or internets or anything for me, this is just for on-playa girlfriend location-check texts (*maybe* one a day) and an alarm clock so i don't miss my shifts. And maybe a spot to add waypoints for awesome deep playa art that i want to drag friends out to see.
anyone use iburn 2011? can you save waypoints?
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby maladroit » Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:43 pm

2011 doesn't let you save waypoints or tracks. Maybe that'll be changed in 2012...who knows.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby DustHand » Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:58 pm

I'm a tech nerd, but dumb it down for the burn.

iPhone 4 gets shut off, never turned on, and never leaves the RV.
IPad MAY get used n RV to kill time. (risk is fun.)
Laptop with 18,000 songs goes. Use acronis to image drive before I go, just in case. Plays music in RV.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby maladroit » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:03 pm

If you don't HAVE a GPS unit because your phone works just fine, then the phone makes an excellent GPS and you don't need to buy anything extra.

It's not like you're going to use the phone for calls or texts anyway, so using a dedicated GPS instead of your existing phone isn't really dumbing it down much.

I'll have an iPhone and a sub-$150 netbook in case I need to help out some friends with LED programming. Not bringing any other tech.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby seantildawn » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:54 pm

In 2009 I saw this chick walking down the street on her phone and thought "HA! Funny art project." Then I turned on my phone for a pic and saw bars. I could not believe my fucking eyes and turned it off. I just bought a $85 camera so my phone can stay OFF. Burn as you want to burn but my phone is off.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby daft » Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:20 pm

You will have to join a 12 step program to rid yourself of our bondage to the net. Maybe early in the morning you can get on it, barely. The phone is your backup camera and video.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby skyhawkecks » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:02 am

seantildawn wrote:In 2009 I saw this chick walking down the street on her phone and thought "HA! Funny art project." Then I turned on my phone for a pic and saw bars. I could not believe my fucking eyes and turned it off. I just bought a $85 camera so my phone can stay OFF. Burn as you want to burn but my phone is off.


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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby otakup0pe » Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:04 pm

Had an old gen 1 ipod and speaker dock so we could listen to music in our hexayurt. Good thing too because I hadn't taken into account the trouble we'd have with FM signals inside a small foil-lined box... Saw tons of people using their iThings as cameras or trying to get a wifi signal at center camp and the french quarter.

This yeah we'll have the same thing and probably some old unlocked iphones so we can play with the papalegba network if it's out there.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby DustHand » Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:46 pm

otakup0pe wrote: Good thing too because I hadn't taken into account the trouble we'd have with FM signals inside a small foil-lined box...


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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby otakup0pe » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:08 pm

DustHand wrote:Hexayurt=Faraday Cage


I'm going to have so many antennas sticking out of my hexayurt this year.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:33 pm

i was picking up 3-4 bars ATT all week in 2012.

i love going to center camp and stand in line and then make calls....it totally fucks with the vibe, especially if you're talking to your accountant on speakerphone.

even better if you shush the hippie playing guitar... :twisted:
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby illy dilly » Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:20 pm

We use my old 80 gig Ipod video, the first Ipod video that came out with the metal back. Not for video as much as music. 80Gig is a ton of music!
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This is the ipod boombox I use. I wish I could buy another one but I don't think they make them any more.
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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby Earthwalker » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:31 pm

I'm going to bring my ipod, which in Defaultyland I basically never use. Well then why the hell would you bring it to BM, asks the snow ice vendor. Well I'll tell you why, you cold bastard...because, for me, music selection can make or break an adventure. I'm hypersensitive to cold in my nether regions...I mean hypersensitive to my environment. So if I'm off in happy land and all of a sudden someone is playing Eric Clapton's "If I see you in heaven" I'll break down and have to go sit in a corner until the sad demons leave my head. And if I have to listen to dub step all day and night I may very well dub step all over someones face...oooh, bam, that's right. Dub stepped all up in ya mug, sucka

So....I'll bring my ipod fully loaded with "Uplifting/Epic/Anthem/Emotional Trance" and "Vocal trance" (Wikipedia was finally able to put my EDM tastes into a nice little musical box (sans the ballerina girl). Because that stuff (Van Burren, Above & Beyond, Tiesto, Van Dyk) puts me in a happy place where everything is good. And soft. And warm. I feel like the world is hugging me collectively . Dubstep is too agro at times.

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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby SmashyMcSpoodle » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:14 am

Haven't burned in two years but I hear people at center camp hang out and drink coffee with their heads buried in I-devices. If they are checking their Facebook I will suggest they crawl inside the man at say 9:30pm on Saturday


Jeezus that's depressing. I went in 2009 if I recall correctly, there was no cell service in those days. As if Burning Man isn't stimulating enough; no one can detach from their i-soothers even for one week. You put all that effort and expense into getting there, don't forget to be present for the experience!

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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby Canoe » Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:39 pm

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Re: Do YOU bring an "i" device 2 the playa?

Postby trilobyte » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:39 pm

There has been wifi access at center camp going back at least as far as 2004 (my first year). Well, it would have had to be going back to 2003 or earlier, since the campmates who told me about it had experienced it in previous years).
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