Will Carling, the iPad detective

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, iPad, Rants & Raves, Stories

How would you feel if you found an iPad on a train and took it home, only to find a near-six-foot tall rugby player (think, American football for seriously tough guys) hammering on your door, demanding it back? That’s precisely what happened yesterday when UK sports celebrity and former England rugby captain, Will Carling, OBE, left his iPad on the train. Fortunately he had MobileMe’s Find My iPhone feature enabled, so he was able to find his device — and he wrote all about it on Twitter. I caught up with him to chat about what happened next.

“At first I thought: ‘leaving it on the train, you idiot! That’s that then,'” Carling (45) told me. But a funny thing had happened one month before.
“I was having lunch with a friend. He was telling me this story of how his iPad had been stolen from his kit bag at the gym. He hadn’t enabled the tracking feature on it, so he couldn’t find it. I asked him if tracking worked, and he said, ‘Yes, very well’, so we set it up on my iPad over lunch.”

Carling was captain of England between 1988 to 1996, winning 72 caps. He’s an incredibly keen Twitter user, with over 45,000 followers. He’s a keen blogger, too.

Carling uses Macs at home — his two eldest kids are “Apple obsessives” and the family share a “big-screen iMac” in the kitchen. “I think Apple make great bits of kit,” he says, “they’re great looking.” It’s not all Apple love, though — he prefers his BlackBerry to an iPhone.

For the last six months he’s been using his iPad to keep up with business, for email, to check news reports, business correspondence using DropBox, and, erm, Angry Birds. “I’m obsessed with Angry Birds,” he told me.

Tracking it down

Annoyed at his stupidity on leaving his Apple device on the train, Carling thought he’d give the tracking feature a try. He logged in to MobileMe and, after about a minute, a map popped up with a blue dot showing him where his iPad was.”

“It was a hundred yards from Woking train station,” he said, admitting he thought it was a lost property office at first. “When I got there I found it was a block of flats (apartment block) and I thought, ‘Hmm, this will be slightly more interesting.” Oblivious to consequences, Carling set off to track his iPad down.

The former rugby player got inside the block (“I didn’t break in,” he stressed), and knocked at each of the 18 doors inside. “Not one person answered the door,” he said, though he laughed when asked how he might react if a mid-40’s, near six-foot tall tough guy hammered at his front door.

He left notes under the door of all 18 apartments, asking for the return of his property, drove home and logged in once again, watching his iPad on the map.

The iPad detective

“Five minutes later I saw it start to move,” he told me. “It was bizarre,” he said.

Talking to his Twitter horde, he wrote, “Breaking news! My iPad has moved! It is now at the station! This is like Enemy of the State !!” He’d called the cops to inform them his iPad had gone missing at this point, and began sending messages to the device.

Carling panicked a little when he saw his iPad taking a route down the alley behind some shops, “I wondered if it had been dumped,” he said. He sent the iPad a message telling whoever had the device that they were being tracked along with the police crime reference number.

Apple’s Find My iPhone/iPad solution doesn’t just track your device on the map, it also lets you send messages to the device which pop up on its screen, even if it is locked. You can even use the technology to erase the data on your lost gadget in order to preserve your confidential data.

Carling didn’t need to do this. His message seemed to work. Ten minutes later and Carling could see the iPad moving toward the police station, “Feel like a real spy”, he Tweeted. “It was really quite weird watching it move across town on the screen on my Mac,” he said.

Eager to offer a little positive reinforcement, and perhaps a little excited at the ability to send scary messages to whoever had hold of his device, he sent another, “You are very close to the Police Station now.” A few minutes later the police called Carling to let him know his iPad had been handed in. An hour passed and, “just picked up iPad. Big thanks to [the police and] MobileMe,” he Tweeted.

“Are you going to be more careful in future, or did you enjoy the chase so much you might just start leaving it around for the thrill of it?” I asked him.

“Loads of people on Twitter were saying, ‘go on, lose it again, it was very entertaining,'” he said, “But I’ll be more careful next time.”

Better than Android?

This is great for the iPad and the iPhone, but it does raise the question — why does Apple not yet offer a similar service to track down lost Macs? The technology to achieve this already exists, so it can be done. If anyone at Apple were listening, I’d observe that many MacBook Pro owners would see a service like that as enough to justify an annual subscription to MobileMe.

Android owners, I’ve had a look for similar solutions for your devices. I can’t seem to find any with the same simple power. Most just send you a text with geographical coordinates when you ask for them. You don’t get the real-time view or facility to delete data or message your device.

What would you have done if you’d received these messages on your iPad?

[via: Jonny Evans]

Story Corner: HONESTY is still the best policy

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Humor, Rants & Raves, Stories

Once a general manager wanted to test his people who had come from all over India, about their values of life.

He announced that in their seminar folder, there is PVC pouch and in it there is a seed. When they return, they must put it in a good soil in a pot and look after it very well.

He would hold a competition in the next year’s seminar and that the best plants would be awarded suitably.

Everyone did what was told to him. A year passed quickly. And next year in a big hall, there were hundreds of pots and a great variety of plants-a great scene.

Except one pot in which the soil was there and no plant! The owner was standing quietly and seemingly ashamed of himself!

The general manager called him on the stage. He asked him what happened and he told him the truth. He planted the seed which he was given – and did that was to be done- but nothing happened!

The general manager declared him the winner!

Everyone was shocked. It was announced, “Gentlemen! The seeds I gave you were boiled seeds. You planted them and nothing happened! You acted smartly and used some other seeds.

This man was honest to his work and, therefore he did not cheat me or himself!”

Story Corner: Interesting Management Stories

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Funny, Humor, Stories

Story # 1

It’s a fine sunny day in the forest and a lion is sitting outside his cave, lying lazily in the sun. Along comes a fox, out on a walk.

Fox: “Do you know the time, because my watch is broken” Lion: “Oh, I can easily fix the watch for you”

Fox: “Hmm… But it’s a very complicated mechanism, and your big claws will only destroy it even more.” Lion: “Oh no, give it to me, and it will be fixed”

Fox: “That’s ridiculous! Any fool knows that lazy lions with great claws cannot fix complicated watches” Lion: “Sure they do, give it to me and it will be fixed”

The lion disappears into his cave, and after a while he comes back with the watch which is running perfectly. The fox is impressed, and the lion continues to lie lazily in the sun, looking very pleased with himself.

Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the lazy lion in the sun.

Wolf: “Can I come and watch TV tonight with you, because mine is broken” Lion: “Oh, I can easily fix your TV for you”

Wolf: “You don’t expect me to believe such rubbish, do you? There is no way that a lazy lion with big claws can fix a complicated TV. Lion: “No problem. Do you want to try it?”

The lion goes into his cave, and after a while comes back with a perfectly fixed TV. The wolf goes away happily and amazed.

Scene: Inside the lion’s cave. In one corner are half a dozen small and intelligent looking rabbits who are busily doing very complicated work with very detailed instruments. In the other corner lies a huge lion looking very pleased with himself.

The moral of this story:

  • IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY A MANAGER IS FAMOUS; LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES.

Management Lesson in the context of the working world:

  • IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY SOMEONE UNDESERVED IS PROMOTED; LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES.

Story # 2

It’s a fine sunny day in the forest and a rabbit is sitting outside his burrow, tippy-tapping on his typewriter. Along comes a fox, out for a walk.

Fox: “What are you working on?” Rabbit: “My thesis.”

Fox: “Hmm… What is it about?” Rabbit: “Oh, I’m writing about how rabbits eat foxes.”

Fox: “That’s ridiculous ! Any fool knows that rabbits don’t eat foxes! Rabbit: “Come with me and I’ll show you!”

They both disappear into the rabbit’s burrow. After few minutes, gnawing on a fox bone, the rabbit returns to his typewriter and resumes typing. Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the hardworking rabbit.

Wolf: “What’s that you are writing?” Rabbit: “I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eat wolves.”

Wolf: “you don’t expect to get such rubbish published, do you?” Rabbit: “No problem. Do you want to see why?”

The rabbit and the wolf go into the burrow and again the rabbit returns by himself, after a few minutes, and goes back to typing. Finally a bear comes along and asks, “What are you doing?

Rabbit: “I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eat bears.” Bear: “Well that’s absurd ! ”

Rabbit: “Come into my home and I’ll show you”

Scene : As they enter the burrow, the rabbit introduces the bear to the lion.

The moral of this story:

  • IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW SILLY YOUR THESIS TOPIC IS; WHAT MATTERS IS WHOM YOU HAVE AS A SUPERVISOR.

Management Lesson in the context of the working world:

  • IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW BAD YOUR PERFORMANCE IS; WHAT MATTERS IS WHETHER YOUR BOSS LIKES YOU OR NOT

Story Corner: Asking the right Question !

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Funny, Humor, Stories

Jack and Max are walking from religious service. Jack wonders whether it would be all right to smoke while praying. Max replies, “Why don’t you ask the Priest?” So Jack goes up to the Priest and asks, “Father, may I smoke while I pray ?” The Priest replies, “No, my son, you may not! That’s utter disrespect to our religion.” Jack goes back to his friend and tells him what the good Priest told him. Max says, “I’m not surprised. You asked the wrong question. Let me try.” And so Max goes up to the Priest and asks, “Father, may I pray while I smoke ?” To which the Priest eagerly replies, “By all means, my son. By all means. You can always pray whenever you want to.”

The moral of this story:
  • The reply you get depends on the question you ask.
  • For example, if you want a vacation when still working on a project don’t ask for the holiday; Ask: “Can I keep working on this project while I’m on vacation?”

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