Installed the wordpress for iPhone app. Rocks. Content of this post brief due to obvious reasons. Cheers.
Installed the wordpress for iPhone app. Rocks. Content of this post brief due to obvious reasons. Cheers.
The description of Jott.com from various places sparked my interest, where you call a number and then it uses some fancy speech-to-text technology to email what you said (while in your car for example) to yourself or to other people. From the description on the main site:
Jott converts your voice into emails, text messages, reminders, lists and appointments.
Signed up for Jott.com, called the Jott toll-free number. It asked me to who I wanted my message sent (“Me”), and then if I wanted a reminder at a later time (“No”). In my best chinese accent, I said….
Seriously though, Jott asks you to WHO you want to send the message to, and if you would like a reminder at a later time. Very cool stuff.
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I’ve always been interested in fine eating, and since I moved from Irvine last month, I’ve been looking for a new blog to replace the awesomely consistent Monster Munching.
I did the usual middle click on a bunch of blogs looking for some good ones, when this story caught my eye. I was familiar with the blog before, as it’s quite famous, but didn’t think the last post was gonna be this good.
Especially compared to some of the other games that are currently free in the App store, like TapTap, CubeRunner, and Blip, Aurora feint will initially shock you with its slick graphics and production quality.
The game mechanics are simple– it’s basically a destroy the blocks type strategy game, cleverly using touch to enable you to move blocks with your finger for more than 1 space at a time. Playing for more than 5 minutes or so, one quickly realizes, and as the game’s developers promise, the game mechanics go way deeper. You level up by destroying blocks in order to purchase new abilities, the first of which includes the ability to gain combo-ing ability. In this regard, and taking advantage of the iphone’s internet connection, this game becomes an online strategy game RPG.
Aurora Feint promises to be an MMO (probably with some type of combat mode — I doubt in real time– although you can add your friends to your party) it already seems very interesting and deep. It would be nice for them to add some kind of combat mode.
You can initially only choose between a male and a female character, although it seems likely more enhancements and such will occur as time progresses.
Be sure to try tilting your phone to the right or to the left, if you get stuck. It moves the blocks in that direction!
Initial Impression: 8/10
If you were to ask me 8 years ago, back in 2000, how things would be in 2008, I would probably have had a hard time coming up with anything, let alone have the imagination, nor the maturity and wisdom to even get close.
9/11 hadn’t happened yet, my parents were still married, and I was busy charging money to my credit card. I had just landed my first paid web design and Flash job during the summer and was making an incredible sum of money for the time, and spending it almost as fast by travelling, eating out, bleaching my hair blond, and partying.
I had just purchased an expensive sony digital camera, with an unheard of 64 megabytes of memory and 3x optical zoom, and one of the first cameras to feature carl zeiss lens. Eagerly I stepped out to the wincingly scorching July summer to take what I envisioned would be “real” photos of our black pug puppy Rosie. I often envisioned how Rosie would be the ticket to my becoming the hit with the opposite sex, and I would often take her with me to the mall, fruitlessly wondering when a girl was going to notice the pug, pet her, and then invite me over for some sort of alcoholic beverage and to sleep with her, if she so wanted. I left the older pugs at home, as they weren’t puppies.
My nose crinkling in the dry valley heat, I softly put her down, her legs dangling, slid the plastic switch on the camera on, set it to the black-and-white setting (one of the first built-in digital effects), as that automatically makes photos more “real” and “artistic”.
She, like me, stuck to the grass, as we were both barefeet, and gingerly tippy-toeing on the hot concrete driveway in front of our home. Her figure was lithe and her movements tentative, as she was the runt of the litter– and the only survivor. Her personality would always be tentative, submissive, shy, albeit extremely intelligent and loyal. As a puppy, she was tiny, and is small even today. Her tongue always sticks out slightly in a juvenile way.
This summer, I moved back home with my mother a month ago, a different home, while I prepare to move into my new place in downtown next week.
A few weeks before I moved back, I had slowly started moving small items not in storage to my mother’s home. I welcomed Rosie as she initially barked as me before sniffing at me to reawaken some part of her memory. Her eyes lit up and she promptly had a seizure, urinating on the floor. Horrified, I gasped internally, before my mom gently told me she was prone to having seizures when overly excited. Pet her gently, my mother advised, and she’d be fine. So I did.
It reminded me of an old Winston Churchill poem:
Oh, what is the matter with poor Puggy-wug
Pet him and kiss him and give him a hug.
Run and fetch him a suitable drug,
Wrap him up tenderly all in a rug,
That is the way to cure Puggy-wug.
The first night I slept in my sister’s room, Rosie begged at my bed for me to pick her up (she’s not the most athletic dog anymore) so that she could lie down next to me (as dogs are social creatures, used to sleeping in packs). It was hard to refuse, my memories going back to that summer, and the recent memory of her gasping for breath, her eyes milking over. My mom, a stickler for cleanliness, and a general perfectionist, was apalled at the sight of dog hair on the sheets, but relented. “Sometimes I let her sleep with me when it’s cold”, she conceded.
It was difficult to refuse every other night, her paws scratching at my hand if it peeked into her vision, and her labored breathing and panting reminding me of time past. Then it became to the point if such that I refused, I was afraid she might have another seizure.
What made it worse was when I went home one day, she rushed out of the door barking at a small blue-jay. The blue jay dived at her, a small 3 inch bird, in fury, with her small claws extended (My mother explained to me later that the 2 birds had nested there for years and had altercations with the dog before). Rosie ran all the way back in the house and had another attack.
It was impossible to not immediately pick her up and spoil her after that.
Soon, my mother was complaining that Rosie would not sleep in my mom’s room anymore, on a yellow duck pillow. My mother eventually threw it into my room to encourage the dog to sleep on it. As I left early in the mornings to go to work, my mother told me she’d cry for 30 minutes, and then wait patiently next to my shoes (“her nose is right inside your shoe, smelling your stinky feet, awgh!”), until I went home 10 hours later. “It’s like she’s in love with you or something!”, my mom groused, with more than a hint of envy, as she’d yell at the dog while she fed her. “it’s not even likes he feeds you!”, admonished my mother, “I do!!”
I had opened up some old wounds for my mother, the high-achiever, but never the easy-going one, well-respected, but never well-liked. “How come she likes you so much?”, she complained to me once. “I pet her and I rub her belly and I massage her legs, because she’s old and she seems to have problems with it”, I replied.
My mother just nodded and sighed.
The new software will change your life. I consider this release a bigger step forward than measly GPS or faster internet. The new app store is truly the real killer feature of the iphone– it makes the iphone whole.
What I mean is that by unlocking the means to use the iphone’s killer UI features– multi-touch, accelerometer, and marrying it to a very slick and intuitive, and therefore useful internet connection, and slender enough to bring anywhere (and tying it to the phone, to make it habit forming), this device truly is indispensable.
Sure, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Blackberry, might create better phones in the future, but the saavy riding-of-iphone-hype only 1 year ago into complete and dominant acceptance of the Iphone SDK use by every major website parallels the Microsoft strategy in the mid 90s, with their enterprise and system development tools and community they created which is only recently being compromised.
Haven’t installed the new firmware yet? It should be released tomorrow, but Techcrunch.com has all the details.
Favorite free apps so far– built in Exchange syncing, Yelp, Facebook, Google Mobile, Twitter, AIM. In many ways, the mobile versions of these web sites are better than the actual sites themselves. They make the sites relevant and useful when you need it most– outside and socializing. For example, Yelp is best served when used on the fly. Press the geo-location feature and Yelp will give you the nearest restaurants, gas stations, and entertainment on the fly. With twitter, you can see who is close by and also twittering, and take pictures of your exact location. With other software, you can hold the iphone up to your mouth, hum a tune, and it will determine what song you are humming. Services like Jott, which is a free voice to text service, enable you to talk into the phone (maybe you have an excellent idea for a new business, or a screen play, or need to remind yourself to pick up some milk), and have the contents of your voice transcribed and sent to your email, or igoogle homepage.
It’s this level of integration that makes the iphone that makes me giddy with nerd fervor. It’s literally the last step to bringing the cloud of data and connectivity wherever you are. I’m no longer chained to the front of my computer to have all my data accessible to me. I can use google and facebook to have all my contacts, along with their birthdays, automatically synced. I can have my notes i take on my google homepage auto-update to my phone and vice-versa. I can take pictures all day long, along with geo-coding, and have it update on flickr or photobucket or facebook or wherever I want.
Different versions of the iphone will slowly improve textual input (and whatever the UI people come up with). Can you imagine some kind of future version that projects a keyboard and screen onto a table (multi-touch, no less)? I can.
Check out this article:
Read: Facebook’s iPhone App Almost Replaces My Contacts List
I don’t typically shill for geeky sites I go to but I found this gem of a store in my bookmarks the other day. I must have stumbled onto it during one of my midnight internet sessions. Some things they sell include cool things like this Brillo toothbrush here:
and some extremely expensive but well crafted trinkets like this miniature but fully working piano.
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