Managing iPhone en masse

KACE, makers of the KBOX family of appliances can now provide centralized management of the iPhone.  Their appliances can provision, configure and control policies on end-point devices: http://www.kace.com/about/releases/systems-management-appliance/computer-management-software-alternative/08_25_08.php There is still a big component missing from third party solutions for the iPhone (or a built-in option for that matter), which is the development of a full disk encryption solution for the platform.  There are a couple of solutions in development which we are beta testing but nothing that is ready for prime time yet (can you say multiple bricked iPhone’s is bad for business).

LoanShark iPhone App

OK, I know this doesn’t really sound like something you’ll need in the field.  Well, it isn’t.  Unless of course you’re in the field in between looking at houses, which I am these days.  So what does this little bugger do?  Well, it can figure up payment, interest, amortization, track progress of mortgages, car loans, credit cards, etc. http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=286069264&mt=8

LoanShark iPhone App

OK, I know this doesn’t really sound like something you’ll need in the field.  Well, it isn’t.  Unless of course you’re in the field in between looking at houses, which I am these days.  So what does this little bugger do?  Well, it can figure up payment, interest, amortization, track progress of mortgages, car loans, credit cards, etc. http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=286069264&mt=8

iPhone in the Enterprise

The iPhone is a great phone.  It’s also a great web browser and has a seemingly limitless graphical development platform.  If you use POP or IMAP the iPhone is also a great messaging tool.   But… The iPhone needs to integrate with Exchange and/or Lotus Notes seamlessly.  The iPhone lso needs tools that allow managing the devices en masse.

Using a + in an email address

If you take an email address like my iCloud account, it’s krypted@me.com. If I take the username and add a + at the end I can then type some characters and put it all in front of the @ and domain name then the mail will still come to me. So, let’s say I use it to create an AppleID for an APNS certificate. That would be: krypted+apns@mac.com Or iTunes: krypted+itunes@mac.com Or iPhone1 (or these days iPad1): krypted+ipad1@mac.com The only gotcha is that occasionally you’ll run into some field on a webpage that has input validation for non alpha-numeric characters. Shouldn’t be the case, but it comes up from time to time. I use this a lot. For example, rather than use my email w/ my credit card company, I can use krypted+SOMECOMPANY@me.com and then I can create filters in Mail a little more easily for mail that comes from them. The best part about that is that it then shows me really easily who is selling my information that shouldn’t. For example, you’d think SOMECOMPANY gets enough $ out of me as a paying customer, but apparently not because they’ve sold my email address to at least 3 or 4 companies.