Monthly Archives: June 2010

It’s iPhone 4 day!

AHHHHHH!I’m sure everybody’s Twitter stream has been full of iPhone 4 reports. A common thread is LONG lines, except in Fresno for some reason. UPDATE: Apparently the lines are long, even in Fresno.

Dave Winer via Twitter, Chelsea, New York.
Mike Rundle via Twitter, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Alisa Manjarrez via Twitter RT, Fresno, California.
Fraser Speirs via Twitter, Glasgow, Scotland.
David Barnard is a bit frustrated with the insanity, via Twitter.
Craig Hockenberry is having dreams of great Twitterrific sales while waiting in line.

We already have a review from Mike Rundle.

Some pictures from Dave Winer, his first Fail Whale on the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 4 and 3GS side-by-side.

Picture of the line in Philadelphia John Gruber was standing in, via Twitter.

Marco Arment is in a great line, they’re being fed and watered, via Twitter.

There are reports of Apple Stores out of iPhones, John Gruber via Twitter.

Bottom line, I WANT ONE! Hopefully they’ll have plenty of stock in September when I’m eligible.

Movie line of the week

Good morning! I’ve had this movie in mind for a few days now, good luck.

Actor #1: The Wuxi finger hold!
Actor #2: Oh, you know this hold?
Actor #1: You’re bluffing. You’re bluffing! Shifu didn’t teach you that.
Actor #2: Nope. I figured it out. Skadoosh!

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.

Where’d the apple core go?

I’d added my apple core friends back to the weblog a few weeks back, I like ’em, and I missed ’em. But not being a CSS/HTML guru my decision to add it to the background, in CSS, wasn’t the proper decision. You see, it looks crummy on small displays, like the iPhone, and even on desktop displays that can’t display at high resolutions.

So, for the time being, they’re gone again, until I can figure out how to properly display them in the header of the page.

I'll be back!

Life in full view

LA Times: “Los Angeles authorities plan to use hundreds of images taken from police videos, business surveillance cameras, TV news footage, Twitter posts and Facebook pages to identify people who committed crimes after the L.A. Lakers NBA championship win last week.”

Hey, if you’re going to commit a crime in view of a camera, or better yet, implicate yourself via a Facebook or Twitter post, you deserve to be arrested.

Why should the criminals have all the cool tools?

Marco on Android and Verizon

RibbitMarco Arment: “Droid isn’t actually “close enough” to the iPhone in most important ways, but in marketing and customer perception, it doesn’t matter. Apple can’t win this fight on quality and overall experience because most of these customers have never owned iPhones. They don’t know what they’re missing. They just know what the Verizon marketing told them: Droid phones are pretty much like the iPhone. When they encounter all of Android’s rough edges, they assume that all smartphones are like that, and grow to generally dislike using them. (Much like the computer market.)”

I’m finding that most folks, of the geeky variety, that have Android based phones tend to have them for philosophical reasons. “They’re more open”, “Apple is EVIL”, “I can’t make the app I want”, “AT&T sucks.” Typical geek reasoning. The normal folks mainly don’t care if the phone is iOS or Android or Symbian or Windows Mobile. They mainly care about the User Experience(UX) of the thing, and that they can find an application for locating their favorite restaurant and make reservations at the touch of a button, or they can check Facebook or Twitter and update their location on Four Square and Gowalla.

Another thing most people do care about is call quality and not dropping calls. If you follow Marco, he lives in New York, you should note that he has issues with Verizon as a carrier. Dropped calls, lack of signal, etc. It’s just like AT&T, it just depends on where you live as to the experience. In Fresno, where my brother lives, Verizon has a great network. There was a time when a Verizon based phone wouldn’t work inside my house, but an AT&T phone would. It’s all about where you are. Hopefully AT&T gets their act together and expands their network with all the cold hard cash they’re making from Apple fans. Heaven knows they’re only going to get more subscribers that use more data. Trust me, data usage is only going to go up now that they have tethering. If they don’t improve their network there could be a massive rush to Verizon at some point, at which time we’ll discover if Verizon can really offer a better experience with the iPhone. Something tells me, it’ll be about the same.

And, yes, I’m well aware of the major differences between AT&T and Verizon’s network. AT&T’s is much better for a couple of different use cases. One: Using the internet while on the phone. Two: Using your phone outside of the US, on Verizon if you went to Europe you’d have a paperweight in your pocket. Not so with AT&T.

And Marco’s closing statement of “I’m guessing a CDMA Verizon iPhone will be available within 6 months. If it isn’t, I might need to start learning Java.” tells you where he’s leaning.

Movie line of the week answer

Good morning! We have a winner!

Congratulations to ? I can’t find the person that guessed it via Twitter. I can see a problem brewing here. I’m going to have to get folks used to using #MLOTW to mark their tweets or something.

The correct answer was…

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

So, if you guessed via Twitter, and care to be declared the winner, please send me a link to the tweet. Thanks.

See you next Thursday.

Los Angeles must be so proud

The Christian Science Monitor: “Television footage also showed a man being beaten and a car set on fire. And there were scattered reports of windows being broken at several businesses.”

Los Angeles Lakers fans are pretty representative of what the NBA has become, a game of punks and thugs. Sad really. I don’t know, maybe it’s just all professional sports and their fans?

Los Angeles can’t afford to keep winning. Same thing happened last year.


Pixar – Sexual Harassment

The Onion: “EMERYVILLE, CA—According to sources within Pixar Studios, all new employees were required Monday to view an adorable eight-minute animated short about sexual harassment that featured Luxo, the company’s iconic hopping desk lamp, and a slinking mustachioed glove known as Fingers.”


Movie line of the week

Watchin' it on the big screen!Good morning. It’s hard to believe it’s Thursday, where has the week gone? If you’re ready, here goes, good luck!

Actor #1:It is indeed a pleasure to introduce to you a gentleman we picked up in medieval Mongolia in the year 1269.
Actor #2: Please welcome, the very excellent barbarian…
Both Actors: …MR. GENGHIS KHAN!

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.

AT&T and Android

Mashable / Mobile: “AT&T is bulking up its Android roster with a new phone: the HTC Aria. It promises to be faster and more capable than the Motorola BACKFLIP and the Dell Aero.”

It would seem that Apple is definitely getting the short end of the stick here. AT&T has exclusive rights on iPhone, but they’re still doing deals with other phone makers. It’s no skin off my nose, but it sure seems like it’s a bad deal for Apple, right?

As an aside. HTC is really pounding out some great phones, and I love their UI/UX enhancements to the Android OS. Really great stuff.