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Hello my name is Ryan


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Hello everyone.  My name is Ryan OBarr and I would like to welcome you to the first post of iDevice Mastery.  For the first post, I am going to introduce myself and share what my plans for this site are.

As I mentioned, my name is Ryan.  I am 33 years old, a father of two handsome young men, and a husband to my beautiful wife Lynsi.  I have an Associates Degree that I just completed in Liberal Arts, I spent 6 years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, and I have spent the last 6 years working for a city in California.

I have been a tech guy for as long as I can remember.  I was toying with car audio before I could drive and had an eardrum-breaking stereo system installed in my car shortly after getting it on the road.

I’ve had a computer of some sort since around 17 years of age.  However, I never had more then one at a time, so I never really pulled one apart.  And I have not yet built one, but it is on my to-do list.

When I got back from Okinawa, Japan in 2003 I got my first cell phone.  It was a Motorola flip phone, silver in color, and worked great.  A year or so later I had it in my shirt pocket while working on my roof.  Like a dummy.  Needless to say, it hit the ground and shattered.  Luckily, I was able to find the same model just as it was being discontinued.

My next phone was a Palm Treo.  I think it was the 650.  It was my first taste of a smart phone and I was hooked.  It was awesome to have so many things in one device.  Calendar, detailed contacts, camera, etc.

In 2007 I remember a good friend of mine calling me.  “Hey, Ryan.  Have you seen the new Apple cell phone that is coming out?”  At that time, the only interaction I had ever had with Apple was programming Logo Writer my freshman year of High School on an old Apple computer.  The one with the actual 5-1/4″ floppy discs.

I headed over to Apple’s website and checked it out.  Just seeing the first photo of the iPhone gave me chills.  Yes, I am a geek, or a nerd, or whatever you want to call it.  I get excited about this stuff.  Touch screen, phone, iPod, camera, contacts, weather (Yes, the weather app got me excited.), etc.  I had to have it.

A month or two after it was released I went to the Apple Store in Fresno, CA and bought one.  If I remember correctly, taxes included, I paid around $700.  While Lynsi wasn’t too excited with the price, I didnít even flinch at the price tag.

Since then, I have never had another phone.  Actually, I’ve never purchased anything that wasn’t made by Apple since then.  I’ve owned the iPhone 1st Generation, 3G, 4 and 4S.  And in a few months I will have the 5, or whatever Apple will call it.  I also own an iPad 2, an iMac and a MacBook Pro.  And until the day Apple stops production, I will never own another brand.  I am truly hooked.  I actually go through withdrawals and can not concentrate at work on the rare occasions I leave my phone behind.

Do other companies make comparable phones or tablets these days?  I have no idea.  There are Blackberry fans that swear by their phones.  I’ve never used one so I can’t comment.  I can say that the Treo had nothing on the iPhone.  The user interface was so intuitive that I hardly dug into the user manual.  Most of my digging was needed because I was unfamiliar with iTunes.  And once you know the iPhone, there isn’t much more to learn with the iPad.

During those 5 years of owning an iPhone, and 1 year of owning an iPad, I have never stopped toying with them.  Mostly just leaning the in’s-and-out’s of them in order to teach others and be able to answer questions.  Also, I have jailbroken my iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 with nearly every iOS version that came out with the exception of iOS 5.  My most recent endeavor was dealing with Lynsi’s shattered iPhone 4.  It fell from about 4 feet and shattered the back glass panel.  We got her an iPhone 4S, and now I have a spare phone to tear into.

Do I claim to know everything there is to know about the iPhone, iPad and iOS?  Absolutely not.  But I do feel I know enough to make a significant contribution to brand new users or those who want to learn how to better implement these powerful devices.

And that will be the main focus of this site.  I am here to pass on what I know to those who need it.  I am here to answer questions that you have about your iPhone or iPad.  I will post tutorials, tips, and tricks.  If you have any questions, send me an email.  I’ll either create a post dealing with the issue, point you in the right direction, or just answer your email if it can be done quickly.

So, in closing, what can I do for you?  Leave a question in the comments below, shoot me an email with your questions, leave a question on my Facebook page or find me on Twitter.

Happy iOSing.

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