Today is the greatest day…

Our Smashing Pumpkins tickets came in the mail today! In just about two weeks, I will get to go to a show that I have wanted to see for at least 10 years. AWESOME!

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TechCrunch is becoming more and more worthless…

For a while there, I was really starting to like TechCrunch. Something about their design, most of their stories, and even their ads (most of them relate to something I would ACTUALLY be interested in, like hosting). But recently, instead of a lot of their breaking news and/or very original content, they have been having to create a LOT of blog spam (very short articles on one site to link to another, mainly for only the purpose of gathering one of those all important page views), and really thinning down some of their content.

Case in point, their ‘story’ today about the Push Services API thats in the new Beta build of iPhone software 2.1. Its a VERY short paragraph that actually say much of anything other than try to explain what ‘Push’ means, complains about the iPhone 3G, then links to CrunchGear, another site in the TC network. If you go to the story on CrunchGear, you get an extra sentence or two, then it takes you to the REAL story, and full page on Apple Insider, a GREAT site.

I decided to make a pretty simple, yet blunt Tweet about the issue. Funny enough, a few minutes later, Michael Arrington himself (the ________ that runs the Tech Crunch network) replied. I then got a whole bunch of tweets from random people that follow him, mentioning that all of them had the SAME idea, but didnt speak up. I of course then cried for hours and hours that this random __________ blocked me.

So not only is the site becoming less credible, but seriously? If someone spoke out about a site I work on (which they do plenty of), I only use it as a boost to want to do something good about it. But to publicly proclaim that you BLOCK and don’t want to listen to your users? Now thats just stupid. Visitors come to your website (especially a tech site) because they want information. Not because they think a ________ like him is cooler than baby Jesus. Locking yourself up in a room and thinking this is going to make your website fail, and honestly right now…I hope one day it does!

Update: I just wanted to share this link about the NYT wanting to censor bloggers. Thanks Tripp!

Listening To: ‘ We’ll Meet Again’ by Johnny Cash (how ironic)

One Week with the iPhone 3G

Announced a few months ago, the newest version of the iPhone was a great update. I am a HUGE apple fan, and always wanted an iPhone, but couldn’t justify the $400 price tag or leaving Verizon for AT&T service. After the announcement of a $199 iPhone with more features, Debs and I decided to make the switch. The new iPhone was finally released 2 weeks ago, and has been in high demand (and pretty much sold out) since. Once Debs and I were sure we wanted to make the switch (after playing with demo units at the Apple Store), she started calling local AT&T stores and the Apple Store daily. Saturday morning around 10AM we found out that not only did they have a ‘untold amount of 8GB units’, but that there was NO LINE!

We got to the Store and immediately started the process. Debs phone took only 5 minutes to activate, but due to my account being part of a family plan with her, I had to leave the store with a different phone number, and wait 24-72 hours for it to activate. On Sunday around 4:30am I received a text welcoming me to the network, and after switching off my Blackberry Pearl, my iPhone worked great!

Ive already started loading it up with music and applications, including:

  • Facebook – great little app that lets you work on facebook, as well as chat
  • Twitterific and Twinkle (Twinkle crashes every time now though) – twitter clients
  • Ebay – search ebay, as well as track items in ‘My Ebay’
  • Google – Phone and Web search tool, as well as easy links to Google Products
  • Remote – Apple’s remote program to let you control iTunes Libraries, well, remotely!
  • Last.fm – Stream and tag music from your last.fm account
  • Shazam – Cool way to tag and discover music. Hear a song that you dont know? Hold iPhone to audio source, and it will figure it out for you!
  • Yelp – Find local Bars/Restaturants/etc
  • WeatherBug – Another weather app, mainly got this for great Radar images
  • WordPress – Lets me post to my blog from the phone.

With the new iPhone 2.0 software, these apps work great. And having the iPhone 3G, its great for some of these apps to tie into Location Services. And while yes, its just a cell phone, its really more than that now – its practically a mobile Mac that I get to carry with me!

To not make this somewhat review too long, Ill just list out some of the pros and cons.

PROS:

  • Its an internet tablet. I can just surf the web, check mail, check twitter, and more without having to go to the office or get out my laptop. Since I first played with the Nokia 700’s, i have always wanted something like this.
  • The Apple Remote app is awesome, great to be getting ready in the bedroom with the music cranked up in the office, and just change the song.
  • The camera on here is amazing, as long as you have light.
  • I usually waste time online when waiting in lines, shopping, etc. Now I can do it much easier, and have specific apps that do their tasks.
  • I LOVE having everything (music, tasks, email, calendar, etc) in one place. Blackberry came close, but never just right
  • Its own social network -I know quite a few iPhone users now, and its almost like its own social network. I can’t wait to see more apps that may come out that could use something like Location Services (I know there is loopt, but come on brightkite!)

CONS:

  • The battery sucks. I don’t turn on 3G now unless I need it, and going to start turning off location services and wifi as well. Its just absurd that even without ‘using’ it I still have to plug in every day.
  • It crashes more than a PC. Some of these are apps, but iPhone software 2.0 is just crap. SLOWWWW at times (especially in SMS). Luckily Apple fixes these issues QUICK and 2.0.1 has already been seeded, and should be out in a week or two.
  • Location Services fails a lot – often times I have to restart my phone to get the GPS to work. It sucks when im trying to show someone the cool feature and it doesnt work.
  • AT&T – more bars in more places? Yeah, if your outside standing under a cell tower.
  • AppStore delays – its Apples fault, and they need to do something about it. I would be TICKED if I actually paid for an app, and it crashed. Apple is taking too long to review apps.

I plan to write more on the iPhone again, eventually on more specific topics. Some examples may be specific applications, what Im using the phone for, and more.

Listening To: ‘Latin Simone’ by the Gorillaz

George Washington, Steve Jobs, and the Pumpkins

Just some quick notes for now, and funny links that I actually want to share!

  • Debs and I got iPhones. I am working on a review now. Short review – we love them.
  • George Washington came and met us at The Boarder yesterday. Im dead serious.
  • Im selling our somewhat new Verizon phones, a camera, and Sirius.
  • I gave blood last Saturday at our Lodge. While nice, VA Blood service has some new technology that they just cant figure out how to use.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins are coming to C-ville in August. We are going.
  • XKCD this morning is awesome
  • The Font Conference – funny video on CH that is worth checking out.
  • A great blog post on DNJournal.com about our recent conference in Chicago. It was great to meet the writer of this fine blog, but also a great experience in general. You can see us with our award on the second page.

Thats about it for now. I will have an iPhone post up hopefully this weekend. And as from last nights post – expect more ‘mobile blogging’ soon, maybe even starting tonight 🙂

Listening To: KEXP in Seattle on iTunes

WordPress for iphone!

Over the weekend deborah and I picked up new iPhones (more on that later). Well today, wordpress released their new mobile app that works on wordpress.com and hosted blogs running 2.5.1 and up. I’m actually writing this post from the phone. I don’t feel that I will use this app all that much but it has given me a new idea for this blog. Due to the great integration between the phone, camera, and web, I may try some more mobile blogging, mainly photos while on the go!