As part of changing my email address on everything I have to my new personal account, I’ve run into a few minor issues.  Probably the most difficult one was with iTunes.  Last night I went into iTunes and changed my account’s email address which doubles as it’s Apple ID.  Everything seemed great – Apple sent me an email to verify the change, I clicked the required link and we were done.

Well, we were done until I tried to access iTunes with my iPhone 4.  You see yesterday I finally got around to taking my iPhone 4 into the Apple Store at Chatswood Chase because the home button had basically decided to work whenever it felt like it rather than when I pressed it.  Apple were great, they just swapped it over and I was out the door.

I then had to update it to iOS 4.3 and restore from my last backup and I was back to where I was yesterday morning.  Except for the Twitter client which was a mess.  Obviously the guys who write the iPhone client for Twitter didn’t get the memo that everyone else should stop writing clients because they are just so good at it. My Twitter client wouldn’t refresh the timeline – pull it down, spinning wheel, no updates.  So I figured I’d delete it and download a new fresh copy from the App Store.  That’s when I entered into Apple ID Hell.

I signed in with my newly minted and verified Apple ID.  Up popped a screen telling me it would give me instructions on how to verify my email, which I’d already done, so I clicked ok.  It then went to a screen telling me I’d already verfied my email (yeah, I knew that).  I clicked done and I was right back where I started from.  In a big giant circle I kept going.

I decided to hop into iTunes on my Macbook and buy something to see if that worked.  Again, I got into the whole “Please verify” and “You’ve already verified” loop.  I went back in and tried to change my account again.  That’s when I noticed that Apple have changed their password requirements to have capital letters and numbers in the password.  Now my account and password were OLD SCHOOL and had neither yet it kept accepting it.  Thinking that might be the problem, I changed my password to a compliant password.  Still no joy – right back into the verify, already verified loop except now I couldn’t even get in to change my account details.

I did a bit of outside the square thinking and logged into the Apple Australia store with my Apple ID and newly minted password and it worked.  I was then able to change my Apple ID to a different  email (I had control of that one too) and use a compliant password.  I signed out and signed back in – everything working.  I then went back to the Apple Store, logged in and changed the Apple ID to the email address I wanted to use.  Again, it all worked fine.  I’ve been able to buy music from iTunes on the Macbook as well as buy and download an app from the App Store on my iPhone.

Oh, in case you’re wondering – deleting the Twitter client and downloading a fresh one fixed my problem of not refreshing the timeline too…
In an article today in the Sydney Morning Herald, Ross Gittens goes on at length about how Australians have become unwilling to "back" a leader.  He prefaces his argument within the context of the proposed Levy for to repair Infrastructure in Queensland and the opposition its caused.

Gittens opines that the public has lost the ability to fall in behind the leader, just because they are the Leader.  He says that we’ve become prone to arguing the toss as opposed to falling into line.  He goes on about a lack of loyalty towards government.

The funny part is the sheer irony in the article, its almost contradictory.  He laments the "deathbed bastardry" of Kristina Keneally or the "utterly obstructive behaviour" of Tony Abbott.  This is the kind of comedy that can only come from a journalist pretending to be a pundit.

Let’s examine the situation for a moment using Ross’ own examples.  First of all, people struggle to respect government because of the "bastardy" they subject us to.  Look at at Kristina Keneally, she is our third Premier in NSW since the last election.  After internal infighting caused the fall of the elected Premier and his Treasurer, we ended up with a former Garbageman nobody had ever heard of because he was a good little factional puppet. His reign was measured in days.  The Labor Party factions then foisted upon us Keneally who’s equally been an utter disaster – the power debacle probably the most poignant.  She actively undertook a campaign to prevent the public from knowing what was going on.  How can you respect that?  That would be forgetting the fact that her government has suffered innumerable corruption scandals and has entirely lost the confidence of the electorate.  If Keneally and her ilk had respected us, the electorate and our will, she would have went to the polls early and let us choose.

Then there’s Julia Gillard.  She came to power through a coup executed again by internal Labor factions over a Prime Minister who led his party from the wilderness and didn’t even make it a single three year term.  She at least had the courage to call an early election to legitimise her behaviour but then she got thrashed and finished second.  No matter, she then cut a deal with two "independents" who openly went against the will of their own electorates to retain power.  In exchange, one of the "independents" actively lobbied for a cabinet seat behind closed doors.  The other "independent" OPENLY said that he supported Gillard because she wouldn’t call an election and challenge him for his seat.  Screw the will of the people, politicians have superannuation to accrue.

Then there’s Abbott who is the "minority" leader with the most seats of any party in the lower house, thus representing the most Australians.  He’s deemed "obstructive" and a "wrecker" at every opportunity for "opposing" government policy.  With respect to this levy, he’s actually put forward suggestions on how to pay for it WITHOUT the levy.  Are we now not allowed to have opposition, Ross Gittens?  Can we not even have opposition when they put forward alternatives?  I hear Hosni Mubarak is going to be looking for a job soon, perhaps we can bring him in to satisfy Mr. Gittens.

Basically, people don’t respect politicians in power because they lie and promote their own self-interest ahead of the good of the country at just about every opportunity.  Julia Gillard has backflipped on several promises made during her ridiculous election campaign and capitulated on anything necessary to retain power.  She threw money at rural areas to win the support of the two independents and having gotten smashed in Queensland last election, who wouldn’t think this levy is a means of raising more political capital in Queensland?  Keneally and Labor have treated the voters of NSW like mugs for the last three years – why should anyone respect her?

Respect is earned, not just given away willy nilly.  Government as whole has the problem that they’ve turned the Federal Budget into a magic pudding of special interest and vote buying.  If the politicians behaved in a way worthy of respect, displayed some principles and character, then perhaps people would respond accordingly and pay them proper respect.

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For my money, Tim Cahill is the biggest and best Australian athlete.  He plays great football for Everton FC in the English Premier League and whenever he dons the Green and Gold for the Socceroos, he’s often the best player on the pitch for either side.  His flair for dramatic, timely goals and the joy he exudes while playing for Australia makes him my favorite Aussie athlete by far.

In an effort to help with the Queensland Flood Relief, Tim has come up with an AMAZING package for auction on Ebay.  The winning bidder gets:

– Two business class airfares from anywhere in Australia to the UK (courtesy of Emirates Airlines – nice one, Emirates!)
– Two seats in Tim’s private box to watch any Everton home match this season (including dinner and drinks)
– An invitation to watch Everton FC train and meet the squad
– A Tim Cahill Everton jersey signed by the whole team
– A pair of signed Tim Cahill football boots from the game the winning bidder watched!

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