13 August 2010

App Folder Purchases

I'm noticing some tech sites putting together lists of essential iPhone apps, some categorized (travel, shopping games, etc.), some are lists of "must have" apps.
Since iOS now has folders, it'd be nice if we had to option to purchase an entire folder of related / essential apps, for less than you'd pay for them all separately.  It's like buying the album rather than all the tracks separately in iTunes.  There are already recommended apps, and with Genius for Apps a folder could be recommended for you.
New to iOS?  Grab the "essential Apps" folder.  Addicted to Tower Defense?  There's a folder for that.
You see where I'm going with this, probably came to the same conclusion after the first sentence.

Dear Mr. Jobs,

Please consider selling entire folders of apps.



04 August 2010

Vacation Observation: What the aliens must think.

If there's intelligent life observing us, and if they are paying attention to those of us relaxing along the shore line of tis fine planet, they must think we have some very interesting bathing rituals.
First, we begin our cleansing rite by dallying along the sandy shore, splashing, swimming, riding the waves, and invariably excoriating our skin on the aforementioned sand.  That same sand sticks to our skin and becomes helpfully lodged in all the important places that need a good cleaning: armpits, knees, toes, etc.
Secondly, we rinse from the ocean and often undergo a chemical dip in the pool, like so many bar glasses getting their trip through the sanitizer.  The behavior here may also involve some intermediate drying time in the sun.
Finally, we remove ourselves to our private quarters wherein we peel off our bathing costumes, shake out the excess sand, and proceed to scrub all our toes and knees and et cetera clean of dirt, sweat, chlorine, sand, and any small shells mixed in with the sand.
I had this thought after clumps of sand came falling out of my suit as I made for the shower, making sure all the sand was well out of my et cetera, remnants of my victorious shell hunting excursion in the surf.  Though buffeted and tossed by the unusually strong wave action I came away with some really neat shells.  Here's hoping my nephews like them.

01 August 2010

On OS X keyboard stuff

In compiling my inaugural Florida vacation post, I realized something really cool about the macbook's (OS X, really) keyboard:  when you press alt+[1-0] you receive a series of useful characters: ¡ ™ £ ¢ ∞ § ¶ • ª º

How cool is that?  I've been a mac user at home for about 6 years now, and I'm just discovering this.  I that about this OS, there's always something new and useful to discover.

Surprisingly useful also is the virtual keyboard in iOS.  I thought, when I first tried an iPhone on display that there was no way my fat fingers would ever be able to use that keyboard, but it's incredibly intelligent, that keyboard of air and light.

My favorite feature of the iOS keyboard is the auto-correction and the auto punctuation, largely adding the apostrophe so "Im" is automatically "I'm" without my having to manually add it.  It's useful more often than it's not, so I'm wondering:  When will we get this in OS X?   NeoOffice/OpenOffice.org have a word auto-complete option that is a poorer implementation of the word-replacement in iOS.  I want to be a lazy typist.  I want to get more WPM and OS X filling in the apostrophes for me (never mind hitting space twice to add the period and auto-capitalize the next letter)  will make me a faster typist.  If nothing else, making iOS style typing a keyboard option in Settings on OS X would be a very welcome addition.
I just checked and I didn't see it as an option, but if it's buried somewhere, I'd love a revelatory comment.  I'd love any comments that aren't spammers.  I'm interested in your opinion.

Vacating, Random thoughts

It's vacation week; I didn't so much need the vacation from work; to the contrary I love my job and enjoy spending the day with my co-workers.  I don't think any of them read this blog, so I'm not just saying that to suck up, either.  I need the vacation from driving down I-270 every morning.  Mind you, plans are in place to remove that portion of my commute, but for the present I'm forced to join the masses as we press our way to our jobs in and ner our Nation's Capital.  There's a lot to read by a lot of smart people on the topic of congestion on 270, so I won't bother with my driver's-side analysis.  I state the previous to impress upon you the one dark spot of my current daily existence.
But not this week!  Nay, friends, I am in sunny sub-tropical Jensen Beach, Florida.  I turn my head 60º to the right and peering through patio furniture I see shell-strewn beach and a wind-blown Atlantic caressing America's shore.  It's more like a lake than the ocean (as I know it) own here.  Most of my ocean experience is Ocean City, MD.  Way fewer shells, way more waves (but no waves good for real surfing as I understand it).
So I'm here on vacation with the Mrs. and some good friends.  I left my laptop and my DSLR at home.  We have the Mrs.'s macbook (until recently mine) with us.  I'm using my iPhone for almost everything, as I'm currently in my "year of iPhone photography" (unless someone wants to pay me to take pictures, in which case I do have the DSLR ready to go).  Yes, I'm typing this on the macbook because log entries from the iPhone are painful (because of the interface, not because of the virtual keyboard).  I'm partially unplugged for the week, but not entirely.  There's a path-style construct down here that resembles the USB icon from this vantage point.  I'll tweet an image later (unless I did that last night).  So I might be doing my best Pennsic impression trying to step away from the tech for the week, I still have tech on the brain.  I'm such a nerd.
So far so good.  I'll try to remember to share some thoughts and impressions over the week, since this is my first time in Florida.  For more in-the-moment commentary, keep a weather eye on my Twitter feed (recent tweets appear on the home page of this blog for your convenience).
I'd say "aloha" for now, but I think "later ya'll" or "hasta luego" is more appropriate here.

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