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New Twitter for iPhone

I agree completely with what @gruber wrote: the new Twitter app (and to a lesser extent, the new Twitter website) flat out stinks. I guess Tweetbot is the way I'll go for now.

Sprint has been running commercials lately about their unlimited data plans for the iPhone. The tag line has been something about "bet you don't realize how much data you actually use." Guess what? I bet most people don't realize how little data they use. Since I reset my phone on October 14, I've sent 76.4 […]

Scientific Discovery

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka' but 'That's funny…'" - Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)

So the word lately among the long-time Mac folk is that the Steve Jobs biography - a book I'll get to in a few weeks if I'm lucky - isn't great. It's simply not written for me, it's intended for others, I'm hearing. If you've read it, what do you think? Is this assessment accurate? […]

iOS 5.0.1 Update

The update took about three minutes on my phone. I still downloaded the full 700 MB update within iTunes. I'm looking forward to some better battery life.

iPhone 4S Rattle

I'm a bit surprised by Apple at this. It's a "problem" on every (three) iPhone 4S I've tried. I can try it on a friend's iPhone 4, as well, but I suspect I'll see the same thing there. The "problem" is this: Grab your iPhone 4S near the home button (bottom). Tap the back of […]

iPhone 4S Battery Life

After reading this article, I made a few changes. The first few days my battery life was really bad. I first did a deep drain. The phone sat at 1% of moderate usage for 45 minutes, despite going from 3 to 1 in about ten minutes. That seemed to help. Then I did some things […]

Celebrating Steve

Well worth the 80 minutes. Or, really, 60 minutes since you can turn it off when you hear the word "Coldplay." http://www.apple.com/celebrating-steve/ I loved Jonathan Ive's speech.

Steve Jobs on Design

In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. Steve […]

Carey and I were grandfathered in to AT&T's unlimited data plan. At $30 a month, it was a steal, particularly since we'd "only" get 2 GB of data if we downgraded to the $25/month plan. And yet, I've done just that, saving us all of $10/month. Why? The answer is in the extended entry:

Facebook’s New Profile Page

When is this "timeline" going to debut? I heard it was being held up a bit in the courts, perhaps voluntarily, but I like it and I'd like to see it for all people, not just the 10 of my friends that have "switched" via the back-channel way of "pretending to be a developer."

I saw something written somewhere I've long since forgotten, and I'm certain someone can clean this thought up quite a bit, but here it is: Apple is arguably the pioneer in: The mouse-driven UI The touch-driven UI The voice-driven UI Siri, of course, is the last of those. One could make the case that every […]

Siri Dictation Commands

CrushApps has a nice list of dictation commands. I am glad that a few of the smiley faces and things are on there. I wish I knew how to get one more - the smiley (colon-dash-D). But anyway. I will point out that I don't think the speech recognition stuff should really be called "Siri." […]

Dave loaned me a Speck case (the Candyshell, I think, in black) to see if I wanted to get that kind. When he bought his iPhone 4, the AT&T guy told him it was the "best" case out there. He uses it sometimes, but more often than not uses his black Apple Bumper. Carey, the […]

iPhone -> Kid’s iPod Touch

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3406 That's the plan. The kiddo has already bought her case - an Otterbox one. But the question remains: how do I "best" do this? Ideally I'd like to preserve the games that we've already purchased (my wife and I have separate iTunes accounts, of course), but if that can't be done, we'll just have […]

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