Earth To Palm: Change The Foleo’s Browser To Safari

June 12, 2007

It’s clear now, given that Apple has offered Safari for Windows, that Opera on the recently-announced Palm Foleo is looking like an even bigger mistake than I originally thought.

Imagine if Palm had had the imagination to go to Apple and license Safari.

The Foleo a mobile companion to the iPhone? Not with Opera!


iPhone Apps: The Beginning Of The Beginning

June 12, 2007

I can’t say I’m happy about iPhone apps really being fake apps, boxed into Safari and accessed via the Net…

Safari development for the iPhone

Suppose that Apple had gone the other way and delivered an SDK. Apple doesn’t see the iPhone as a Mac-only kind of product. They’d want to enable Windows shops to develop applications for the iPhone as well. That’s a daunting proposition and one that would be sure to leave out large populations of programmers who don’t want to learn the intricacies of programming on OS X. How many people do you know who figured out how to write applications for the Palm? Exactly.

Why did Apple CEO Steve Jobs release Safari for Windows?

Steve Jobs, by releasing Safari to Windows, has laid the foundation for the next major computing platform which will be Web-based, built for Safari, mobile, and Apple’s.

Ajax on the iPhone

Hello, people! This is HUGE! I mean, when I first heard about the iPhone’s browser I assumed it would be hobbled somehow, with limited JavaScript and probably no XMLHttpRequest. The demos on Apple’s site always showed the New York Times, which is a static website if ever there was one. To hear that Apple is positioning the iPhone browser not just as a web reader, but as a platform for applications, means that the mobile web can finally start to come to life.

iPhone Development – Innovative, or a Cop-Out?

This web based concept, at least in its current form, is also very anti-Apple from a simplicity standpoint. Instead of pressing a button to launch the application you need, you’re going to have to open a web browser, open your bookmarks, then click on the application you want – then (in most cases I would assume) you’re going to have to log in to said application.

The only “web app” I use is the WordPress Dashboard, where 90% of the time I do blog entries directly into it. Do you know how many fekkin times this thing has burped and I’ve lost text? Too many times! The text doesn’t reside locally on my PC. It is passed — or is supposed to be passed — to a WordPress server. There is also a timed autosave — but sometimes that has gone south too, and I’ve wound up losing entire posts. Some of which were quite involved with links and the like!

Now the iPhone is telling me that that is the way to have apps?

I don’t think so.

I think Jobs is doing this to get at least some apps going for the iPhone, even if they’re all fake. By the end of this year — or at next year’s January MacWorld Expo — I expect a full-blown SDK to be released which will permit devs acess to OS X. By then even diehard Windows devs will see what the potential market is to create native iPhone apps.

And, even before then, I’m expecting Apple to release some iPhone native OS X apps. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some announcements about Apple acquiring apps from other companies — that they’ll then port to the iPhone.

Apple won’t be satisfied with revenue from iPhone hardware sales and iTunes Store sales. There’s much to be made being the first to offer native iPhone OS X apps. I think this is a hint of that:

To set up your iPhone, you’ll need an account with Apple’s iTunes Store. If you already have an iTunes account, make sure you know your account name and password. If you don’t have an account, you should set one up now to save time later. To set up an account, launch iTunes, select the iTunes Store, and click the Sign In button in the upper right corner of iTunes. Sign in and you’re ready to go.

Let me get my requests in: I want blogging software and some sort of text editor. And a Bluetooth keyboard connection!

Previously in this blog:
Apple Safari Browser For Win XP: Super Fast And Super Sick
Three Weeks To iPhone Intro!
HTC’s TouchFLO Interface: Paging Apple Legal!
If FSJ Says It, Then It Is So!
LifeDrive Notes: Video Flood!
Another Prediction Comes True: Mac Widgets To iPhone [update: No. Wrong.]
New York City: The iPhone Queue Club?
Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds
Oh. My. God. It’s June!!!
On A Day When Palm Gets Everything Wrong, Apple Gets It Right
AppleTV Gets Trashed, iPhone Next?
Now I Know Why Analyst Starts With Those Four Letters
I Put A Hate On Email Like This
Reference: Converting Video For Apple TV
iPhone: Battery Life Is Good
Beemageddon: OK, Launch The iPhone. The Bees Won’t Mind.
I Have One, But I Hate It. I Hate Them All!
iPhone Delay? Yeah? So?
Apple Does The Right Thing: Delays Leopard OS Release
iPhone: The First Game?
It’s Time To Stop Looking At Cheap Devices!
Photo Album: Prada Cellphone Poster
I Call This Bullshit
Bill Gates Praises Macintosh, Then Plots To Kill It
Does Apple Hold The Key To Breaking Open Computing Everywhere?
iPhone: The Next Generation?!!?
He Phone On His iPhone
Steve Jobs Kept Saying “Unbelievable”
The iPhone Oscar Ad: Hello!
I Said There Would Be An Apple Ad During The Oscars
Will iPhone Games Work Like This?
Another Jackass Quote For All History — No, TWO Of Them!
A Variety Of Writings About The iPhone
Compaq Had An Accelerometer Before Both Apple And Palm!
The iPhone Is A First-Generation Pocket Mac
Palm Had The Accelerometer Before iPhone — Almost!
Palm Continues To Create Future iPhone Buyers
A Pocket Keyboard Fit For The iPhone?
A Funny Feeling About The iPhone
Video: iPhone Vs. WinMob
Samsung Ultra Smart F700: Oh Puhleeze!
Welcome, Apple. Seriously. (Not!)
iPhone: Three — Count ‘Em — Three Cores
That Z Word
What About The Aptly Abbreviated WinCE, BillG?
OS X Widgetry And iPhone Possibilities
Future 2.0
Accelerating My iPhone Lust
iPhone Blog Worth A Look
More iPhone Absolute Must-Reads
A Jackass Quote For All Of History
Errrr… Because Palm Be Eejits And Palm Desktop Ain’t No iTunes Store Neither!
iPhone: The Must Read
Widescreen iPod: Multi-Touch Need Not Apply
Apple’s Future Anti-Competitive Court Date Looms…
Let’s Do The Moebius Strip!
Another Paper iPhone
As I Said: iPhone Vs. Universal Music
Is iPhony Illegal?
iTube
Applenomics, Or Why Steve Jobs Will Now Hate Me For Ever And Ever
Alan Pritt Sees Far
Have an iPhone NOW!
Steven Levy Nails It Again
Whoa! A Newton Cellphone?
An iPhone WTF?
New iPhone Site
Bravo Nicholas Carr!
iPhone Size
Michael Mace Does Comedy Now
Some Questions About the Apple iPhone
Why Hasn’t Anyone Noticed The iPod Is Dead?
iPhone Is LifeDrive II?


Download Helper Just Updated

June 12, 2007

DownloadHelper

I’ll give it a whirl during the course of the day…

And they’ve got this now too:

Video monitor demo — embedded YouTube video of a tool called Video Monitor.

I’m going to snag and try that too!


That Last Post: Back To Firefox For Me!

June 12, 2007

See?  Even though my Preview of the prior post showed blank lines where I intended them to be, once I hit Publish, it went onto my blog with all blank lines gone!


Apple Safari Browser For Win XP: Super Fast And Super Sick

June 12, 2007

So my jaw is dropping and bouncing on the floor trying out Safari. The speed of page builds is just incredible. I’ve never had page builds this fast. It really is like having a whole new Net connection!  (Yes, even on the rotten Time Warner Roadrunner!)On the other hand, in the first ten minutes of using it, I’ve already had two crashes!The first time I had three tabs open. I wanted to save the third one as a Bookmark. I right-clicked on the tab. But the only option I was given was to make a Bookmark for all three tabs! I hit Cancel on the dialog for that and CRASH!The second time I was looking to see if I could get floating info boxes for the icons to the left of the Address bar (a standard Windows feature; just hover the pointer over something). I couldn’t figure out what the asterisk-like icon was for. No floating info, so I just clicked on it. It seemed to be a problem-reporting feature. When I clicked Cancel on that dialog, CRASH!I’m not sure if I’ll make Safari my primary browser even though it kicks Firefox’s ass for speed. The thing is, I’m dependent on too many Firefox extensions. Plus, as I’m seeing right now, Safari lacks the built-in spellcheck Fox offers! (Boy, I hope I’ve caught the typos in this post. I am the Wurld’s Wurst Prufreeder!)Testing will continue.One thing though: Oh my god, the iPhone with Safari must really be something!Pre-post update: OK, this is Not Good. Safari just lost all the blank lines in this post during one Save and Continue Editing moment. Yecch.Back to the drawing board, Apple! I’m going back to Firefox for now.


Raon Digital Announces Vega Successor

May 31, 2007

It’s got a lot of buttons. I’ll say that for it.

JK on the Run coverage
Uber Tablet coverage
Raon Digital website

Previously in this blog:
Cheap Is As Cheap Does, So Don’t Buy Cheap!
Lust Lust Lust Device!
It’s Time To Stop Looking At Cheap Devices!
I Blame Him For The Lack Of An Updated Vega
Tech prOn: Digital Cube’s i-Station G43 UMPC
I Ask Myself: Why Not Get A Frikkin Mac?
Vega Gets Another Review
Tech Lust Pains
Vega Gets A Shrug
Hey Microsoft! “Bribe” ME! Puhleeze!! (Those pussies never replied! Pussies!)
TV Is So Dead, Really!
Lusty Vega Gets Anti-Lusted
Finally! Lusty Vega Gets A Blog!
Lust object


Spam King Busted: Just Give Him To Me!

May 31, 2007

‘Spam King’ suspect seized

[...] if he’s found guilty of the fraud, money laundering and identity theft charges in the 35-count indictment, he could spend decades behind bars.

Not good enough.

If this is the guy whose shit was responsible for hijacking this desktop PC, causing me to have to spend a straight week of 12-hour days regaining control from its covert spamming activities, just give him to me.

I will save our government a lot of money.


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