June 13, 2007

“I’m waiting to see what happens to the others before I drink the Cool-Aid.” – Me on the iPhone

I have a feeling the iPhone will crash and burn, and here’s why…

  1. Nobody has been able to demo the keyboard without making mistakes.

    I’ve done a little bit of sales work myself, that guy must have practiced using the keyboard A LOT before the show. Previous mistakes had already caused many people to question the keyboard.  “…it works great if you trust the keyboard…” – Jobs.

  2. People won’t want to surf the Internet using their phone instead of their laptop.

    Holding up a phone and squinting to see the LCD isn’t fun, and data plans are expensive.

  3. Gesturing is cool, but after the thrill wears off it might become a chore.

    Honestly, why hasn’t anyone mentioned this? There’s a reason we use keyboards instead of touch-screens. …The keyboard is faster.

  4. The fancy graphics are nice at first, but after the thrill wears off the animations might seem time-consuming.

    What I liked about the iPod was that navigation was REALLY-FREAKIN-SIMPLE. All those other media players had more complicated, better looking GUIs. And I think iPod’s ugly little scrolling UI won for a reason.

Well we’ll see. I wanted to get these predictions blogged before the iPhone is released so I can revisit this when/if it flops.

….And if the iPhone isn’t a flop I’ll buy at least two.


Ok, so Apple just had their little developers conference and Steve Jobs talked up the new version of Apple’s OS, Leopard. Jobs also was trying to sell Safari hard and fast. He mentioned this tool called, “i-Bench”. Jobs had called it the premier browser benchmark tool, but I can’t find it anywhere online.

…Yeah, I’m more than a little suspicious.

This software Steve Jobs has supposedly shows Safari running under Windows faster than IE or FireGerbil. It’s possible, since Apple’s Safari implements less layout commands it should be faster, but I doubt it.

I don’t think most people know which browser is technically superior, and that’s typically not how the winner in software sales is decided. Most people think FireGerbil is much smaller (in memory) then IE. …Actually, IE’s memory footprint is almost half of what FireGerbil 2.0 consumes. FireGerbil is a 200MB browser in RAM. See…

Don’t believe me? Check this guy’s blog out… LifeHacker IE7 vs Firefox 2: The Memory Showdown

…I wish Lynx was more popular these days. Now that was a browser you could really sink your teeth into!!! Lynx was the first browser I ever used, it consumed such a small amount of memory it isn’t even worth mentioning how much it was. Oh yeah, and it is immune to viruses and pop-up ads, etc. And wow, I almost laughed when I discovered this, the Lynx project is still up!!! Here’s the site.

Reuben’s Visit

June 9, 2007

So the other day my little brother Reuben came back to town to visit over his birthday. Reuben is currently being held in what I describe as a Christian concentration camp near Spokane. …Actually, I only call it that in jest.   Reuben has always had difficulty concentrating, so I joke that this is at least half justified. In reality the facility is a place for guys fighting addictions. Reuben, being my brother, has online addictions he’s been battling with. 

Most the people Reuben lives with are struggling with more stigmatic addictions (like drugs). IMHO it’s good that he has a chance to see how low people can get when they give up on life or get hung-up on a thrill (I think all young people should understand this).

He’s been away for almost six-months now and he’ll be free in another six. If you’ve been following my blog, he is the guy I drove out to Spokane to visit about fix-six weeks ago. 

Anywyz, Reuben turned 18 while he was here, so naturally we had a little party for him…

This is Reuben opening my gift; the electric razor he’d asked for last Christmas. …I’ve been trying to talk him into crème but he won’t listen.

Anywayz, it was sad saying goodbye again but I’m looking forward to his return.  

So I’ve been trying to think of something we (normal Americans) can do to scare-the-crap out of terrorists…

Every person in America needs to take up recreational shooting and buy a few guns.

If the headlines read, “Sharp-shooting becomes American’s #1 sport as fans toss Nascar and Football to the wayside!” I think terrorists would think twice before moving here.  We’d be increasing our self-defense image while playing down our frivolous sports-fan image.  How could that be a bad thing?

Maybe instead of a $500 iPhone people should pickup a $499 Mini-14.  …Just a thought.  And it’s not like quality guns lose their value over time, they can be a good investment.  How much will that iPhone be worth in 10+ years?  …Yeah, exactly.

America, please start playing with guns more often!!!

Disclaimer: I was going to say that you should always play with guns responsibly, and obey all laws regarding firearms…But if you’re stupid enough not to do that you probably don’t read disclaimers. All the same, if this is you, go jump in a lake.

See the large faded rectangle in the picture above?  That’s the wall of the Great Aten Temple as seen from high resolution satellite imagery.

Sarah Parcak of the University of Alabama at Birmingham uses satellite imagery to search Egypt for ancient cities.  She claims the amount of sites discovered in Egypt is something like 0.01 percent. That’s amazing if it’s true.

It seems the site above was about 200 miles south of Cairo. I also read the settlement dates back to about 600BC.  According to Sarah, “Based on the coins and pottery we found, it appears to be a massive regional center that traded with Greece, Turkey and Libya.”

It blows my mind that a little dust pile like that would be so well connected with the outside work.  It seems more likely to me that those foreign coins probably were acquired through a local exchange. …Who knows though, it’s cool either way.

Sarah didn’t say what technology she used, but who knows, maybe it was Google Earth.  This “high resolution” shot doesn’t look like anything special. Sarah says she finds cities all the time…Maybe you should give it a try!

Gay Spiders

June 6, 2007

…A father watched his young daughter playing in the garden. He smiled as he reflected on how sweet and pure his little girl was. Tears formed in his eyes as he thought about her seeing the wonders of nature through such innocent eyes. Suddenly she just stopped and stared at the ground. He went over to her to see what work of God had captured her attention, where he noticed she was looking at two spiders mating.

“Daddy, what are those two spiders doing?” she asked.

“They’re mating,” her father replied.

“What do you call the spider on top?” she asked.

“That’s a Daddy Longlegs,” her father answered.

“So, the other one is a Mommy Longlegs?” the little girl asked.

As his heart soared with the joy of such a cute and innocent question he replied “No dear, both of them are Daddy Longlegs.”

The little girl, looking a little puzzled, thought for a moment, then took her foot and stomped them flat.

“Well, we’re not having any of that gay shit in our garden.” she said.

I know it’s just a joke, but I could totally see this happening. Maybe that’s why this joke reminded me why cheap humor is so harmful.

Part of why I think these jokes are so damaging is that they are funny. IMHO, all too often the comedic quality of the joke gives life to a little piece of hate.

This joke also goes right along with my theory that bigotry/hate starts at a young age, and at home. …And more and more often, online.

To summarize my thoughts; I think jokes at someone else’s expense are cheap…Cheap, but also funny…And something we should all discourage for both those reasons.

Mischievous Cats

June 6, 2007

Never trust cats.