I crapped a brick the first time I saw the iPhone, and another when I heard that it wasn’t going to be open to third party developers or applications.  I understand their reluctance to let other people’s software near their proprietary media platform, but come on — for the iPhone to be a “revolution,” they need the support of the businesses and individuals who are chomping at the bit to write widgets that solve problems Apple hasn’t even dreamed of.

Anyhow, I guess the clamor over the last few months has been loud enough to be heard at Apple:

For Jobs, the question of third-party software was now a question of “when” rather than “if:” the main issues now were to protect the phone against crashes and security holes, which he said have frequently ruined the experience for smartphones in the past. Pressure on the firm to change its current, closed-off approach was evident in Jobs’ reactionary tone.

“We would like to solve this problem,” he said. “And if you could just be a little more patient with us, we’ll do it.”

(via AppleInsider.com)

Yay!

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Kozmo Rises Again?

May 23, 2007

I don’t know how I missed this, but the CTO of Kozmo.com started MaxDelivery … which is like Kozmo, but with a limited number of products, and a less ambitious distribution scheme.

I still think the basic premise of Kozmo is valid — satisfying the instant gratification urge by delivering stuff to you in under an hour.  It’s just finding the right group of people who are willing and able to pay a premium for commodity items, and who reflexively turn to their computer when they want something.

Hmm.  Sound like anyone you know?

Non-Assertion Covenant

May 22, 2007

This is the first time I’ve run across something like this — Sun has stated in legalese that it will not to use any of it’s patents against OpenID. It’s an interesting idea, but how binding is such a statement? Is this a common occurrence?

Guitar Heroine

May 20, 2007

Bring it.

Office Decoration

May 20, 2007

So, we moved into a new house, and a significantly awesome part of the move is that I finally have my own office/study/hideaway. This isn’t just a room we call an “office” because it’s where we keep a cat box and a couple of filing cabinets. This is mine, mine, mine. And right now, it’s empty. So, I’m trying to fix that.

My first thoughts went straight to a villain’s lair. But, it’s too small for an intimidatingly large mahogany desk and moody lighting. Indeed, there’s nothing remotely intimidating about the space, nor do I have an empire to lord over, so there’s no practical use in pursuing a proper villain’s lair. Besides, I typically opt for good over evil, and a villain’s lair would be terribly expensive to build (volcanos and missile silos don’t come cheap, and the maintenance … phew).

Then I immediately flashed back to my childhood — I still like Star Wars, cartoons, and construction equipment, but I’d rather not come off as vaguely creepy when I explain to guests that we don’t have children. Plus, the real kids in the family might want to play with my toys. I don’t want to share, and kids fight dirty anyway. Especially girls. What’s up with the hair pulling?

Then there’s the “traditional guy” approach. I actually have a lot of old baseball cards and caps I could put up, but I’m not so good with the follow through discussions (“uhh, yeah, so how about that local sports team … ?”). I’m more “nerd” than “traditional guy” and I wouldn’t want to give people the wrong impression. Then again, I don’t like it when people ask me to fix their computers.

I do have a lot of cool old cameras and photos to put up. My collection of old paper money is kinda neat. I sense potential there.

Anyhow, I’m terrible at this interior decoration thing, but I’m determined to do it myself.

Anyone else have an office/study/hideaway they’re proud of? I’m lookin’ for inspiration, so it would be cool to see what other people have done.

Update: James pointed me towards Blik.  Neat big wall decals for grown up people.  Thanks.

The Wii Hours

May 20, 2007

Good times were had on Saturday — I stuffed my Wii in my bag and took it to the RailsConf parties.  We hit Joyent‘s APPyhour first, but the Doubletree‘s hotel TVs didn’t have external inputs.  WTF is up with that?  When someone’s staying in a “presidential” suite, there better be an opportunity to plug in a game console.  Regardless, I did connect with three guys I’ve been talking with for a long time, but hadn’t met in person — Chris Abad and Matt Browne (Integral Impressions), and Tim Trautman (Foorama).

Rails Machine threw down at the Red Lion, giving out heaps of t-shirts and prizes (including some sweet Rails Pimp Cups).  They also had really good meatballs.  But alas, no access to plug in the Wii.

Finally, the Pivotal Labs party at the Rock Bottom proved fruitful — our kind hosts even went as far as to get us an extension cord for the big screen.  Four person drunken bowling and tennis worked out pretty well until 1:00, when everything wrapped up.

Anyhoo.  Good times.  If you’re throwing a party at a nerd conference in Portland, drop me a line and I’ll bring over some hot Wii action.

Wanna Buy a House?

May 20, 2007

7047365-1.jpgWe’re selling our old house — if you’re looking for an opportunity to move to Portland and you’re looking for a cozy house in a friendly neighborhood, check it out.

What the listing doesn’t mention is that it takes 5 minutes to get downtown, has great public transportation (4 bus lines and the Max nearby), is within walking distance to good Mexican, Thai, pizza, cafes, and generally kicks ass. I guess “ass kicking” isn’t something realtors typically like to promote, but this house has it in buckets.