iPhone Sillyness

iPhone applications would be dangerous. At least that it the position of Apple's CEO Steve Jobs when he told Newsweek:

“You don’t want your phone to be an open platform,” meaning that anyone can write applications for it and potentially gum up the provider's network, says Jobs. “You need it to work when you need it to work. Cingular doesn’t want to see their West Coast network go down because some application messed up.”

This could easily have been in competition for silliest statement of the year had Jim Gibbons not already won the award.

On the other hand, maybe it is a sign that everybody should drop Cingular. Their network is already in use by Treo Smart phones, Windows Mobile phones, and PC cards plugged directly into laptops. All of these devices run applications written by third party developers not by Cingular or Apple, yet the network survives. Come on Steve end the Apple Developer Lockout.

iPhone Abstinence

Merlin Mann: "Let OS X developers at the iPhone.

I could not agree more. I'm of a mind that somebody with some time should setup or and publish a list of would-be customers for Apple to see just how many of us who are excited and ready to buy an iPhone are waiting until it can do the one thing our smart phones can do that it can't - work with third party applications.

Keynote too busy

Exceptional Demand PictureFollowing today's keynote by Apple CEO Steve Jobs the the keynote is posted for video download. Or it appears that it is. If one looks at the HTML coding of the page both the "Keynote" and the "iPhone introduction" video point to the same file. That would be the file that says "Due to exceptional demand check back later".

Could this be....

Earlier this month there were some stories about Podshow 's influx of cash. At the time I speculated there might be an Apple link. Today brings news that an Apple patent filing in the last couple of years hints at satellite radio compatibility for the iPod. Could it be that there is something to the idea that Apple and Podshow with their satellite radio ties might be looking to do something in the future?

Bad backlight

From some reading around the web there seems to be two sets of people having problems with backlighting on Powerbook keyboards. One group gets intermitent and inconsistent results. The other gets no results. The group with no results does not have the option to adjust settings in the Keyboard preference pane.

Class Action Madness

The settlement for certain OS X users is the latest in many class action suits that rankle me. I'm not commenting on the merits or not of the suit. But as a user I'd get $25 back while the firms representing me would make $350,000 plus expenses. I understand there are many hours in a case like this. 1000 hours - half a working year - possibly. That would make the rate $350 an hour plus expenses.

Perhaps the people in the class should start a revolt. Excluding ourselves from the class and saying no to extreme fees.


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