Monthly Archive for June, 2007

Mercury in Retrograde

This week has been pretty crazy.

Our upstairs neighbor had his new-ish Toyota FJ cruiser stolen, right in front of the building.  

I found out a good friend of mine is pregnant. Well, he's not, but his girlfriend is. They're stoked.

Three people got fired from work today. Oddly enough, I started on the exact same day as one of them.

I have a meeting in about an hour during which my level of popularity in this office will go even lower.

And it's only Tuesday. 

The WWDC 2007 Keynote

So, it was kind of underwhelming. Of course, I would guess the biggest news is the announcement of Safari for Windows.

It seemed everything shown about Leopard was sort of a re-hash. We had already seen Time Machine, already seen Spaces. I am a little grossed out by the menu bar transparency – who thought that was a good idea?

Stacks seem like a good idea, but isn't this just a variation on a folder? As it is right now, I can have a folder in the dock, and right-clicking on it will show it's contents in a menu… am I missing something? The grid idea is cool, but again, can't I just have a window set to icon-view such that clicking the folder in the doc opens a window full of icons?

I'm on board with the "new" unified interface. It's about time for some real consistency.

CoverFlow in the Finder is a good idea, but I doubt it'll be too useful. Quickview is slick, but I just can't see myself using it too much. 

The improvements to iCal look good. Long overdue.

I think the thing that is generating the most hate right now is the announcement of the iPhone "SDK" – Apple basically saying you can build robust web apps using AJAX, CSS, HTML/XML and Javascript that would work in Safari. Not exactly what developers were hoping for, but more specifically kind of an insult. Gruber puts it best in terms of a shit sandwich:

"If all you have to offer is a shit sandwich, just say it. Don’t tell us how lucky we are and that it’s going to taste delicious."

Basically, devs are crying foul over the fact that not only did Apple not release an SDK for developing apps that would function the same way Apple's native iPhone apps behave, but that Apple treated the web app method as just as good. Clearly not the case, and anyone that's ever programmed either web apps, or Cocoa knows it.

iPhone Hysteria

Yeah, I'll admit it: I totally want one, and will be in line on the 29th. 

My personal fanboy-ism aside, the hype around this single device is getting a little out of hand.

This is what's going on in the iPhonosphere, as of today:

  • People are crying foul about it's lack of 3G and lack of actual tactile keyboard. See the comments on this post on Slashdot. The 3G stuff is mostly noise from spoiled Europeans, but I have to wonder about the keyboard; that's a lot of virtual keys to fit in a very small space. 
  • Employees of AT&T stores are starting to leak the "sales training manuals" for the device.
  • A few first hand reports are starting to show up in the usual places. See here and here – Note to self, never eat at Balthazar ($400 seeming like a "light" bill? No thanks.)
  • Apple posted the first three TV commercials on their site, and many an eagle eyed viewer found that the order and placement of the icons on the home screen didn't match the rest of the standard marketing materials available thusfar. When Apple posted the fourth TV spot, it was found that all of the other commercials had been edited such that now the icons are in the correct order and with correct placement (whereby "correct," I mean matching the original marketing materials.) See here, and then here. They also removed the small-print tagline mentioning the mandatory 2-year contract.

That last bullet has lead some to believe that there's going to be some kind of mystery iPhone app announcement at WWDC on Monday (or possibly before June 29th) but just as many people are guessing that the misplaced icons were an editing snafu. I, as I'm sure you could guess, am hoping for the former.

I can honestly say that I've never been this excited about an upcoming device. Three weeks from today, I'm sure I'll have a lot more to say about this.