Apple, Bug Evangelism, iPhone

iPhone 5 shuts off when opening Camera

I’ve experienced a strange iPhone 5 or iOS 6.0.2 bug three times in the last week. Here are the steps to reproduce:

  1. Use phone until battery level is at the most 40%.
  2. In in an environment with a temperature below 50º Fahrenheit, play music through the phone speakers for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Confirm that the battery level is above 15%.
  4. Open Camera app, with or without stopping the music playback.
  5. Phone immediately shuts off as if the battery was dead.
  6. Attempt to turn phone on; screen shows “no battery” symbol.
  7. Plug phone in to a power source. The phone will turn back on after a few seconds, showing at least 15% battery power.

These specific steps are the result of me using my phone as a stereo while I work on projects in my garage in Minnesota in the winter.

I’ve reported the problem to Apple; has anyone else experienced this? I don’t know if the temperature, music playback, or actual battery level are relevant, but it’s definitely due to opening Camera.

Bug Evangelism, Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox Bug #237180

In this episode of “Bug Evangelism,” Chris highlights a 4-year-old bug in Firefox concerning bookmark keywords.

Mozilla Firefox lets you assign “keywords” (or “shortcuts”) to bookmarks by entering a word or phrase in the bookmark’s “keywords” field. The advantage to setting a keyword for a bookmark is that you can load the page more quickly by typing the keyword in the location bar than by finding the bookmark in your bookmarks menu or toolbar.

Assigning a keyword to a bookmark in Firefox 3

However, if you assign the same keyword to multiple bookmarks (for example, assigning “tech” to both Slashdot and TechMeme), Firefox will only open one of your bookmarks when you type the keyword in the location bar. This mis-behavior is documented in bug #237180, which was submitted in March of 2004. Some argue that you shouldn’t be able to assign the same keyword to multiple URLs, and others (like me), argue that you should be able to, and Firefox should open all bookmarks that have been assigned a given keyword. After all, isn’t that what tabs in a browser are for?

So, if, like me, you would like the ability to quickly open a set of bookmarks by typing a single word (think “stats” for a set of pages showing various statistics about your website traffic, or “news” to pop open your three favorite news sites), vote for bug #237180, and leave a comment indicating how you’d like the multiple keyword problem to be resolved.