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July 10, 2007

The iPhone Death Star Upgrade post has hit valleywag and Techmeme.


Just keep this in mind and all will go well during your visit: This Is Not A Tech Blog.

Second Quote Of The Day: Walter Jon Williams

July 10, 2007

Dude. Where’s My Tail?

Full-time advertising professionals assure us that an advertising campaign along the lines of, “This is a new Walter Jon Williams work, wholly original and unlike any previous Walter Jon Williams work” is doomed to failure. According to these highly-qualified professionals, people only respond to things that look like other things that they already like. That’s why, whenever I write a book like Days of Atonement, which was the world’s first (and, so far as I know, only) Gothic Western science fiction police procedural, a book which I fondly assumed might appeal to readers outside the normal SF audience, the publisher made sure to put Death Rays on the cover, to assure genre readers that this was a thing that looked like other things that they already liked, and to make sure that all potential new readers were discouraged from so much as glancing at the book.

Oh man, do I feel for you. I used to be a big SF reader. Then I made the mistake of reading outside the genre. Nothing like better writing to turn you away from a childhood love. (This is not to be construed as a slap at Williams’ work, which I have never read.) Now whenever I look at the SF racks — in stores or at the NYPL — I can’t even bring myself to touch a book because of the very thing Williams highlights: Those idiotic covers. There might be some very fine writing underneath those hideous dressings but I’m immediately dissuaded from even sampling the lead paragraph. Even the back cover blurb. (I don’t know why, but several years ago I got past the truly awful cover of K.A. Bedford‘s first novel — Orbital Burn — and was delighted it was so damned good. I guess his book had some special juju sprinkled on it.)

Barry Malzberg used to complain about being stuck in the genre. His was never what was considered mainstream genre writing. But he used to make these complaints during his heyday in the 1960s and especially 1970s. It’s sad to see that the marketing of that genre has not grown up along with the audience it fostered.

How many SF writers are out there writing the kind of serious fiction Malzberg did? Due to those atrocious covers, I’ll probably never know. And if you’re an adult who’s fled your childhood love of SF, you’ll probably never know, either.

— linkswipe via Whatever (John Scalzi; who also penned this)

Overlay (Barry N. Malzberg tribute site)
Barry (Strange Words)
Barry Malzberg: Dismantling SF (Locus Online)
Breakfast in the Ruins (Simon & Schuster)
Breakfast in the Ruins (Baen Books) (look at the contrast to the S&S link!)
Breakfast in the Ruins sample chapters (Baen Books) (God Bless Baen Books)

Quote Of The Day: The Rude Pundit

July 10, 2007

Dear Religious Right: Give It Up

When do we get to act like a nation of grown-ups where we can say, “You know, I don’t give a fuck if my candidate likes to have his nutsack stomped by a cross-dressed male hooker in stiletto heels as long as he supports my issues”? And where those issues can be shit like war and education and health care and not bullshit like who’s fucking who and for what reasons?

Do New Apple Keyboards Hint At An iPhone Keyboard?

July 10, 2007

AppleInsider reports Next-gen iMacs to bundle new Apple keyboard.

The streamlining, however, won’t stop with the iMac enclosure. Each new model will come dressed to impress, bundling a snazzy new Apple keyboard of similarly slender proportions, people familiar with the project say.

Tapping the wizardry of industrial design chief Jonathan Ive and his team, the Cupertino-based Mac maker has reportedly crafted a super-slim external keyboard for the new Macs. It’s said to draw upon the aesthetic and feel of the low-profile keyboard which was first integrated with the company’s 13-inch MacBook portables in May of 2006.

On its website, Apple explains that MacBooks “features a unique keyboard design that sits flush against the bed for a sleeker, lower profile.”

“You’ll also find a firm touch when typing,” the company adds. “That ought to make your fingers happy.”

As I posted earlier, I’d like a Bluetooth keyboard to use with an iPhone for typing (I specifically mentioned a word processor, but I’m desperate and would settle for basic text file editing!). If Apple will indeed be doing these new keyboards, one of them has to be a Bluetooth version.

The question is, will it work with an iPhone? Will the Death Star upgrade also add keyboard pairing functionality to the iPhone?

Please, Apple, save us from fugly useless keyboards!

Sinfest Documents My Love Life

July 10, 2007

Ishida, you genius spying bastard!

Come On 2

Hit Previous there for the beginning.

I can’t stand it. Will I score in tomorrow’s installment?

Reference: iPhoneDevCamp-Created Applications List

July 10, 2007

iPhoneDevCamp-Created Applications List

iPhone Death Star Upgrade Coming

July 10, 2007

Oh. My. God.

I hope all of this is true. It would just slaughter every other phone that’s out there (well, except for you directionless people who need GPS in your frikkin phone!).

I’m clipping the entire Hackint0sh post. I’m not sure if that forum wants direct links (even though I did one in my previous post). (I’m sure I’ll get slapped down if I’ve accidentally and unintentionally breached some hacker protocol!)

*Copied From HowardForums*


Everyone Who’s Disappointed, I Have Good News!

I met with my buddy from Apple for Coffee today, I told him I loved the interface, and all the great subtle little features it has that makes it so easy to use. I then told him I really, wanted a File System Access so I could store files, download images from the web, and generally carry around data, not just load it up from iTunes..

He said Apple IS absolutely BUILDING this, and it will come in a software update no later than when Leopard ships in two months (there will be updates before this)

Here is what he said:

* There will be a build in file browser like the new finder in leopard for sorting through files

* There will be a disk mode

* The reason that there currently isn’t a file browser + way to save files from web is because there isn’t a file browser on the phone, and they wanted to release the same one that’s gonna be in the upcoming leopard OS, complete with coverflow.

* There will even be a special version of “iWork” so you can show your keynote presentations

* So anyway a FULL file browser is coming so you can browse just like windows mobile explorer only in the cool way leopard’s file browser is

* Full spotlight like search is coming too

* Widescreen keyboard support will be coming in every app, not just safari

* Copy & Paste, Select Text is coming too (clipboard)

* Also mail will see an upgrade so you can add accounts without doing so through itunes.

* Most of the delays in this is because iTunes is the App Windows & Mac users are familar with for iTunes, so Apple didn’t want to do a bad interface that had a file browser hacked into iTunes.

* When Leopard FINAL release comes out, plugging in the iPhone will pop open a special window in the finder that has areas for dragging all your files like a file explorer only more advanced and designed specifically for the iPhone, it will make sure that it works so iTunes knows how much space is for data, and how much is for “iTunes” stuff.

* Apple will be putting iChat on the phone, very, very soon, before Leopard.

* Real Applications are coming to the phone shortly.

* These are all updates that will be software based for the iPhone you already have, so give it a little bit of time. In the meantime enjoy the features it already has.

* Oh and also there will be Photo Sharing, just like in iPhoto how you can check an option to let other people on the network view your photos.

* He said .Mac account would eventually sync your accounts to the .Mac server as well from the phone, and so forth.

* Simplified File sharing when on WIFI networks through bonjour (auto ip discovery) is coming, so once the file system software is up, your buddy in the same room will be able to navigate to his file browser > Network, and grab a file off your phone that you are sharing.

* Ringtones will be coming very, very soon.

* The Camera Software will get upgraded soon to have stabilization (software based)

* Flash is coming eventually, it’s just a matter of handling it in a way so when i page has dozens of flash apps running at the same time the page doesn’t slow to a crawl, so they have to take the Adobe flash and make some customizations, including for security.

* Anyway, enjoy the great mobile phone for now, and look forward to all the great stuff coming really, really soon. I can’t WAIT for the new file browser so I can store stuff on this device!!

* Just remember Windows Mobile has been out or a long time, even everytime a new WM phone comes out all the apps that are supposed to work, have to be tweaked or don’t fit on the screen or some bullcrap, so realize this is just Apple’s very first OS release for mobile Phone. Apple has lots of treats instore for all of you.

I probably missed a few things, so if you have questions about features that will be software updated, ask because I only typed what I could remember right now, and we talked about quite a bit of stuff!!!!

My advice to everyone who has a current phone that will be killed by this upgrade: Put it on ebay now. Get a good price for it while you still can. Go get an el cheapo junko phone to use in the meantime. Once this upgrade hits, your phone’s value on ebay will drop to just about pennies.

Buh-bye Palm!

NOTE: There seems to be a lack of reading comprehension skills out there. Nowhere in this post do I say you should sell your iPhone. I said get rid of your non-iPhone before it has zero value. I hope that clears up this rampant confusion I’m seeing out there. Careful reading is your friend. Ask any lawyer!

Source: Hackint0sh forums

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Splaying The Code Guts Of The iPhone: TV-Out & Filesystem

July 10, 2007

This Hackint0sh thread provides interesting reading, some highlights are:

Also, from the device tree, this was interesting:
name: tv-out

It will be interesting to see if this ability will be exploited by Apple. Will they release the necessary cable?

These guys aren’t kidding:

Just ran through a dictionary of about 3.2 million possibilities with vfcrack, also no love.

And look at this:

The people at the iPhone Dev wiki have successfully mounted the ramdisk and lo and behold, it is an actual Mac OS X file system. Take that people-who-don’t-believe-the-iPhone-runs-Mac-OS-X! :)

It’s thrilling to see these people with Monster Hacker Brains go at the software. Witnessing clear, clean expertise is always inspiring.

The thread also pointed out some interesting software I have to put on my Must Buy list: IsoBuster.