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January 9, 2012

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uh, iPhone jailbreaking? for real?

by Andrea O'Connell
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There are things in this world, especially when it comes to technology, that wow me.  One of those things is something called “Jailbreaking.”  It’s something you do to an iPhone that removes the restrictions that Apple adds to the phone and allows you to download a bunch of Apps (applications) for free.  It even allows you to download Apps that were created for the Android market.

When you jaibreak your iPhone you can do so many things that you couldn’t do with the Apple version.  You can change wallpaper and the icons on your phone; you can video chat, watch live TV, play games that require Flash – like the Facebook games, and so much more.

And, when you jailbreak your iPhone, you also “unlock” it.  Unlocking the iPhone means to remove restrictions that keep you with the original AT&T or Verizon carrier.  You can take your phone to T-Mobile, or just about any carrier of your choice. That’s a huge benefit because AT&T is so expensive.  I can attest to that.

It’s going to cost you about thirty bucks to jailbreak your iPhone, but it will pay off in the long run.

I found out about all this unlocking and jailbreaking is due to signing up as a Consultant with a global outsourcing company called oDesk.  I applied through oDesk for a job as a writer for a company that writes about this technology.

Let me tell you a little bit how oDesk works.

The oDesk folks provide the website and a listing of jobs that come from employers all over the world.  The employer posts jobs and identify the skills required to do the job(s) they want filled, usually on a temporary basis, though some are long-term.  The oDesk system matches the potential employees skill-sets with the skills the employer indicates he or she needs.  If a job looks like a fit, the employee can apply to the job, and then wait to see if the employer wants to interview the prospective employee.

So, I applied yesterday to an employer who needs a writer.  To my surprise, I got contacted by the employer who asked me to submit work specific writing samples.  I had to write two articles about jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone.

He sent me the keywords and I had to strategically place the keywords in the content.  The better the keywords, the better Google recognizes what the article is about and the higher they rank the article, thus driving business.

But, I thought, huh?  What kind of scam is this?!  Jail breaking???

But, I said okay, I’m open to anything.

So, I did some research, and wrote the articles today.  But, I haven’t heard anything.  I don’t know if my articles were good, really.  I enjoy technical stuff, but it’s pretty boring to write about.  So, I wrote one of my articles in a kind of a “dude-ish” slang, and the other article I wrote with lines borrowed from Shakespeare! In hindsight, I they may have been too creative.  Oh well.

Well, I had no idea what the employer really wanted other than to use the words “jailbreak” and ‘unlock” in my articles.

So, I made them interesting!

I’m working really hard at finding a job.  The thing about not working but looking for work, it’s a lot of very hard work!  I’ve been working since the wee hours this morning and I’m still at it!

Well, I’m getting calls and responses.  And I do have real irons on the fire.  It’s all about patience.  Finding and securing a new job is a long process and a juggling act, too.  You have to keep a lot of balls up in the air hoping the best one will drop first.  Nothing worse than saying yes to Acme Computer Company and then have Microsoft call!  (I did apply to Microsoft, by the way….I can only hope to be considered….!)

So, it’s a busy time for me. But a good time, too. I’m in a good place with a lot of opportunities… the only thing I need now is patience. Not always my virtue.

I want to do the Post-A-Day Challenge for 2012, like I did in 2011, but I have decided it’s too much.  Although blogging everyday has become a habit, it will be nice to take a night off now and then.  So, that’s the plan! No pressure this year.

On a totally different note, here’s a present for your eyes!  I took this yesterday while I was walking my dog.  It was a beautiful day – birds, bees and butterflies were everywhere!

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Diane
    Jan 10 2012

    You are going to be an asset to any company luck enough to find you! Keep the faith and don’t settle.

    That is my wise counsel for you today 🙂

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  2. Diane
    Jan 10 2012

    P.S. I smiled when I came here yesterday and you had taken a day off. You deserve it!

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    • Jan 10 2012

      Hi Diane! LOL! Yes, I am not going to commit to the post-a-day year-long marathon again this year! And, thanks so much for your wise counsel, too – I needed that! Now is when the rejections will start pouring in. That’s how it goes in the job search thing. A thick skin is a prerequisite in the beginning of the hunt. It’s people like you who can make a crappy day much nicer. Thanks so much. 🙂

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