"Reality Mining"

Clive Thompson in Wired:
"Almost every time he analyzes a group, Waber discovers that the super-connector — the crucial person who routes news among team members — isn't the manager. 'The manager is almost always peripheral,' Waber says. 'It's some random guy.' And that person is usually overworked and overstressed. He isn't given enough support to fulfill his role, because nobody in the firm knows he's doing it in the first place. If you study the org chart, the higher-ups are in control. But if you study reality, those same managers barely know what's going on."
This is so true it hurts, and echoes my experience. Alas.


"This accessory is not made to work with iPhone."

My first-gen iPhone (purchased with @cw on opening day '07) has recently begun incessantly displaying the above error, despite not being plugged into anything. It's sort of annoying, and apparently other people have been seeing it too. It feels like it's gotten worse after updating to the 2.0 firmware. Here's what I've found from digging 'round the tubes:

Apple Support Forums:
  • "I have cleaned the dock with compressed air, vacuum, toothbrush, and whatever other small things I could get my hands on."
  • "Make sure there is no lint, moisture or other debris in the dock connector port on the iPhone."
  • "Get a hair dryer and run the air through the connections on the top (remove your SIM ) and bottom (the part that plugs into the docking station) of your iphone for 5-10 min. Take care not to over heat the iphone too much!" 
  • "I had the exact same problem with my 1st iPhone. I took it back to the apple store and they replaced it right away." 
  • "A while back a coworker of mine told me he had to pop out the sim and put it back in to fix that error on his phone. I dont see how that could be the cause but what happened in his case was that he dropped his phone and that message came on. Reseating the sim fixed it in his case (maybe it got knocked loose). Might be worth a try."
  • "I've also seen reports that plugging and unplugging headphones in will remove this issue. YMMV."
  • "I have the same problem. After having the iphone in my bathroom the message appears almost every 4 seconds. I think some condensate got into it."
MacRumors Forums:
  • "Finally found on a Apple forum that lint can build up on the connector, dock, or cable and cause this error to pop up all time. Try cleaning the connector using keyboard air spray or was the cable and connector pieces. That should do the trick."
  • "spent about five minutes with a needle cleaning out the dock and the dock connector. I also blew on them a lot. Problem solved. I would assume if certain pins aren't making contact, the iPhone's not sure what it's plugged into—but as long as the two or three pins carrying the power supply make contact, it will still charge correctly. So, in short, just clean it a little. It wasn't too bad." 
  • "It is likely the error is caused by a shorted circuit in the dock connector. I have sourced a replacement dock connector and a company that will do the replacement."
Alas though, none of the above have solved the problem.

Update, a few days later: the problem seems to have fixed itself. Perhaps whatever condensate had accumulated, has passed.