Saturday, January 27, 2007

Power desktop

People are complaining about information overload and the amount of electronic content they are starting to accumulate.

I often think how user-interfaces are going to be like 5 or even 10 years from now. The last 10 years have been remarkable. I remember using Microsoft Windows 2 and thinking it was cool. Well I was using MSDOS at the time.

Using macosx now, its soo far ahead of what I thought would happen.

10 years from now, could we have something like this virtual desk?

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Cocoa development

I've been toying with cocoa on and off for ages but couldn't find anything that I really needed to implement. (Necessity is the best learning tool they say.)

This has got been intrigued. Every week an application is posted. You have to figure out the functionality and implement it. Source code follows a week later.

Maybe this will provide me the motivation to keep going.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Not putting up with crap tech

I have to admit I mostly think like this recent blog posting about steve jobs.

That extra bit that you do really-really does make a difference.

Maybe technology is a zen experience for me..


You've probably already heard about the iPhone. Gizmodo created a nice specs page. Time also is worth readling.

IMHO it truely is a fine piece of technology. At the moment I have a crappy phone (pay as you go virgin mobile) as the technology out there is just crap. The treos are reasonably, but the technology is ancient. I have the Palm Tungsten-C with wifi and it crashes 80% of the time when connecting. I've been looking at the Palm Lifedrive to organize my life but everyone complains how terrible it is.

Palm keeps promising the new version of their opsys based on linux. I'm excited about it but I've been waiting for this for the last 3 years.

My Mrs has the Samsung i730 which is a fairly advanced Windows phone. It has bluetooth *and* wifi yet the Windows UI is a joke that I can't tolerate using.

I'm an apple fanboy.. I admit it.. but you can't say that this isn't a phone done right? Virtual interfaces are where things are going.

Thinking back.. I bought the 2nd generaion iPod. This was a time when only apple folk knew what it was all about. It cost a fair bit but I loved it. The standard video iPod is soo far ahead of my old one its not funny anymore.

I look forward to how this will progress and how it will cause telecom and phone makers to shape up.

A lot of people have complained about it being tied to Cingular. What do you expect them to do? Verizon and the other telecoms routinely disable advanced hardware features so they can knicke-and-dime you. WTF?? You want to charge me $2 for what?? Paying for wallpaper and ringtones are a joke. Apple will not let itself be blackmailed like this.

I'm also excited about it running OSX. Yes.. they haven't said whether you can create applications for it.. but common.. do you really think that Apple won't let people improve the whole experience?

Think small steps..

Silicon Valley Tech Meetup presentation

We did a presentation at the Silicon Valley Tech Meetup last Tuesday and to the people I talked to, it was quite positive.

Rafe Needleman mentions us on his blog with the very nice title 'PowerReviews: Cleverest user reviews site so far'.

The Beta is open. Please go check it out.