Category: apple

Oct 05 2011

Thank You Steve Jobs

Boing Boing 10/5/11

I feel like I should be writing something hugely prolific and deep, but I kinda like what I wrote on twitter a little earlier tonight…

I originally started typing out how I wrote my first program in basic on an Apple ][c, how I never could have imagined what was about to grow out what I was looking at on that little computer, how mind blowing it is for me at times to think that without computers the vast majority of my world, and at the very least, my job wouldn’t exist.

Although I hate quoting myself, what I said on Twitter really explains how I feel about Steve Jobs very well. While I couldn’t imagine my life without my iPod, and would miss my iPad if it disappeared tomorrow, it’s the expansion of my world that I love Steve Jobs for. So for that…

Thank you Steve for giving me a career that didn’t exist when I was a kid.

RIP.

Jan 27 2010

iPad? iDisappointed.

iPadEarlier today, Apple announced the tablet computer the world has been waiting for. And it isn’t quite a tablet or a computer. It’s more of an entertainment device – a “third category” as Steve Jobs put it – and one I don’t really think the world needs.

I’ve never been really excited about the idea of a tablet, so I was biased from the start. A keyboard is pretty essential to me for anything, I type very fast and have no patience for anything that slows me down. That said, I was still curious to see what Apple was going to do beyond making a really big iPod Touch. I mean, this is Steve Jobs, I expect to see a paradigm shift, a massive step forward, a change in the way we do things. That’s where I’m disappointed.

The iPad is a big, expensive ($499 for the cheapest version without 3G), iPod touch.

The positive – there are going to be people who will love this thing (other than the usual Apple fan boys/girls). It’s gorgeous, and if beautiful design is your thing, you’re going to love using this. It’s a nice entertainment device, a decent size to watch television on, iPod, and a good ebook reader. If someone doesn’t have access to a television or other computer, this could fill that gap. Maybe someone with roommates or college students. Business folks will also love whipping this out in a meeting to do a presentation. Assuming, of course, that they don’t mind presenting in Keynote. It’s also going to open up an entirely new world of computer gaming as people innovate with the touch screen interface. Someone who travels a lot would like this as well (battery life is reportedly around 10 hours) – so long as they don’t mind using the screen to type, or carrying another laptop/netbook.

There definitely IS a use for this. I simply don’t think that now is the time for it. It won’t replace a computer – you can’t run Word or PowerPoint on it, you can’t even do something as simple as keep AIM open while surfing the web – and it isn’t a phone either. No camera, no GPS, no keyboard, no Flash. How many programs are you running on the machine you’re reading this post on? You couldn’t do that, it’s clearly not intended for work. This would have to be complimentary, an entertainment-focused device in addition to a computer and phone and a television…and that’s where it loses me. The costs don’t work out.

I’m not the average user, I know that. I have an iPhone, iPod, Netbook, Kindle, and Macbook Pro, and they all have different uses for me. I rarely watch videos online, that’s what the Roku and TiVo are for, and I like being able to curl up in bed with a kindle without having to worry about touching the screen or it rotating. I have absolutely no use for the iPad, it doesn’t offer me anything at all beyond what I already have.

Then there’s a name. Immediately after the presentation was over, the word iTampon was trending on Twitter. The name iPad was not. The jokes are never going to end (in fact, they started years ago), and it gives me crazy giggles to think that there’s an iPeriod app for the iPad.

The bottom line is – there is nothing revolutionary about this. It’s pretty, it’s cool, I’ll absolutely drool over it when I see it, but that’s about it. If any other company had announced this, I would have shrugged. But it’s Apple – I expect innovation, and there’s very little.

Oh well. But hey, it’s first gen. I’ll wait until next year for the brain implant.

Apr 07 2009

Top 5, Well, 6 iPhone Apps I Cannot Live Without

I have written this post a number of times now, but never published it due to my own silliness. See, I’m always discovering new applications, that’s part of the fun of the iPhone, and I never really wanted to put my foot down and say “this is my top list.”

So, this is a list of the 5 iPhone apps I use most often, and can’t imagine my iPhone without them….as of right now.

1) White Noise – I’ve used this app every single night since I got it. It has a bunch of different “white noises” it plays, I think the one I use is technically called ‘brown noise,’ but I love it. I’ve used a white noise machine for years, but have always hated trying to wake up in the morning with the machine still going (and there are studies now saying that any noise – including white noise – effects sleep negatively). With the app, I can set a timer and it’ll turn itself off once I’m asleep. I also have chronic insomnia, so for me, anyway, it’s also useful to tell me if I’ve been awake in bed for far too long. If the noise turns off and I’m still awake, it’s time to get out of bed for half an hour (I think my wacky sleeping habits could probably be a post in and of itself, I know they’re weird).

2) Flashlight (link to itunes) – Really. All this does is make your iPhone light up like a flashlight. For me, it’s handy navigating my apartment in the dark so as to not wake up or step on the cats. If you’re uber l33t, you can find a version of Flashlight embedded within Tweetie. Which takes me to…

3) Tweetie – My favorite twitter client so far. There are many, and which one I like changes regularly, but as of right now, I prefer Tweetie. The fact that it has a flashlight is a silly cute thing too.

4) Evernote – I’ve always been one for simple note taking programs, my main requirement being that it needs to sync between my computer(s) and my phone without me plugging the iPhone into the computer (I rarely do that). I tried a bunch of apps, but Evernote is absolutely the best (toodledoo would be my #2). It does exactly what I want – lets me type something in as a note on my computer, then turn around and see it on my phone (or on another computer). It’s more powerful than that, it does audio, images, to do lists, but all I want are text notes. And it’s fully cross-platform, with apps for both Mac and PC. The PC app also contains a little screen clipper thing that works like Grab does on a mac, I likey.

5) Taxi Magic – this one probably isn’t all that helpful to everyone, but for me, I love. This uses GPS to find taxi companies near your location, and, if it can, will electronically order the cab for you. According to the cab drivers, the call shows up on their end just like a regular dispatch.

6) ZumoDrive – This was supposed to be a top 5 list, but had to include this. ZumoDrive lets you store files on a “z” drive (or just upload to their website), and access them from anywhere. Like Evernote, it is fully cross platform (Mac, PC, iPhone, Web), and syncs without any effort on my part. I use it for basic file storage, but one of the cooler things it will do is play mp3’s stored on ZumoDrive on your iphone…all streaming.

I’m still hunting for a great calendar app and a great poker or hearts game, but these apps have transformed my iPhone from being just a phone to being a real handheld computer. Applications are what the iPhone is all about. If you own an iPhone and haven’t played with any applications, you’re truly missing out.

Nov 08 2008

First post! Well, first iphone post…

I am currently sitting in a hair salon in west Hollywood, writing this on my new iPhone. I figured, what better way to get used to this keyboard than to write a blog entry. And ya know, it isn’t half bad. My salon has open wifi, so I have a nice, solid Internet connection.

I am using the wordpress iPhone app, which has been very simple to use so far. I am definately making tons of typos as I type, but autocorrect seems to be catching most of what I’m trying to say. I also find that I don’t need a tactile response from the keyboards as much as I thought did. My piano teacher would be horrified.

Gotta admit, I love this phone. Cuz it’s not just a phone it is truly a little mini computer, and the power of that is incredible.

It also helps to alleviate the extreme boredom that is waiting for hair color to set. I’m surevim downloading lots of useless apps, but it is wasting time.

So first iPhone impression – amazing, and I am much more in love with this thing than I expected to be. Go fig – and thanks, Steve!

Nov 06 2007

Maybe I Should Install Leopard After All?

Ever have one of those moments where you go through your hard drive, cleaning out old files, deleting “extra junk.” Every time I do this, I think I should not erase my trash for a while – wait to see if I deleted something I needed.

But nooo…it’s not truly gone in my head until the trash is empty so….bye bye trash.

During today’s spring cleaning, I deleted a few gigs of files I needed.

Ohh do I wish I had a time machine…

Jul 10 2007

Obligatory iPhone Post

The iphone is really pretty. As in, so pretty I really, really want one pretty. But I have owned a Treo since they existed, a Palm since the IIc, and have come to depend on a lot of features Palm offers that the iPhone just doesn’t have right now.

My Treo is spontaneously rebooting a few times a week. And unfortunately, my iPod’s apparently getting near the end of its life too�.it keeps freezing up on me. The iPhone isn’t really a proper replacement for my iPhone OR my Treo.

Sooo, if my Treo dies completely before there’s a major iPhone upgrade, I’m gonna have to buy something else. A 700w or something, maybe. Which is depressing, but I have no choice.

Otherwise, it depends what Apple has in store for the iPhone, and if I can live with not having ALL my music with me at ALL times. I think that�s gonna be what stops me from getting an iPhone at the end, but�

�it sure is pretty. :)

May 28 2007

Mac’s are weird.

I haven’t used a Mac for any extended period of time since, hrm, the Apple IIc days, so getting used to this is really, really funny. I’m having very basic problems – like what on earth is “unmounting” a program (sounds very kinky), how do I copy and paste, and what do I do when I can’t right click?

I keep doing random things by accident, like accidently ejecting disks, sending e-mail, opening widgets, closing programs….I totally feel like a newbie with this thing. At least Firefox is still firefox, iTunes is still iTunes, and so on – the buttons may be different, but the basic functionality is the same.

A lot of mac programs are just so cute and pretty. Adium’s adorable (the duckie with the “away” sign makes me giggle constantly). Expose’ is just awesome. Even the new LJ client I got is prettier than Semagic (which I loved), it’s weird what a difference subtle colors and rounded corners make. I’m not sure how much I need my computer to be pretty, but I do understand the appeal. I have yet to install Office, but I’m very curious to see what that ends up looking like on here.

I’m still working on downloading the holy motherload of software updates the computer needs (well, and some season finale’s of tv shows that I missed. The important stuff, ya know.). I move in to my apartment tomorrow, and don’t have internet access set up there yet – Covad hit some problems trying to find room for a new line. I know I’m in a large complex (11,000 or so ppl), but still…it’s taken them three weeks now to find room for a line? I will be very annoyed if they can’t do it and I have to use Time Warner after all. No offense intended to my former employer at all – I’ve actually heard good things about Time Warner’s internet from folks at work – I just loooove Speakeasy. Hopefully I’ll be up and running fairly soon. My complex does have wireless running around the entire place, but I don’t know how good it is, or if I can access it from my apartment…I kinda doubt it. Who knows, I may be posting and downloading from the pool area in another day or two so I can get online. I know, sucks to be me… :D

Okie, off to the new apartment to drop off some stuff, check my mail and get ready to move in tomorrow!

May 27 2007

I’m on a mac!!!

Ok, so one hour after I posted that whiny message about not being able to get online…I’m online. :) I have about 10 hrs of updates to download now, but at least it’s working!

It’s so preeetty. And I’m so happy.

Yay for my mac. :) And yay for the hotel finally getting those tubes working. They may be working slow (hence the 10 hrs of updates, and that’s even before I mess with installing Office), but at least they’re working…

May 26 2007

Hi. I’m a Mac.

well, no, I’m a Treo right now, although I do have my brand new mac sitting next to me. I’ve been playing with it, getting used to osx, but of course, with my fabulous (fuschia?) luck, my hotel’s internet connection is down. so while I do have lots to do to setup my new shiny macbook, anything that requires me to be online (which is pretty much everything) is out.

it’s ok, tho, if nothing else, I now have a very expensive dvd player and can watch some movies tonight (from netflix, of course).

My next update will (hopefully) be from my mac. wish me – and my hotel – luck at getting back online soon! :)

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