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iPhone Disappointments 2007-07-08

Updated on 2007-07-10(I forgot a couple of things, so I'm adding them below as numbers 1 & 2) Part 3 of my iPhone saga (Part 1 and Part 2)After using the iPhone for a little less than a week, I do have a few disappointments. Don't get me wrong, I still think it's an incredibly cool device. Like my wife said, "It's the greatest thing since sliced bread." I share some of my disappointments with Terry White, who gives a fairly objective review of the iPhone in general.So to cut to the chase, here they are:Limited Tilt... I've found that it's easiest to type on the iPhone when I tilt it sideways (in landscape) However, the app that I type most in (Mail) doesn't let you do this!! In fact, only Safari, Photos, and iPod take advantage of the iPhones accelerometer. Mail, SMS, Google Maps, and Notes (all apps that may require extensive "typing") don't! Hopefully a software update will fix this!Where are the games!? I have to admit that I've already had a few neat ideas for games on the iPhone. Surprisingly, it doesn't come with ANY bundled games. The folks who put on the iPhoneDevCamp may have had some interesting browser-based games, but there's still a lot more you could do with a local app. Only time will tell what will happen for those interested in 3rd party development for the iPhone.Fingerprints!: I'll admit, I'm OC when it comes to fingerprints on my monitor/TV/display, so I'm constantly wiping the iPhone on my shirt.EDGE: OK, nothing wrong with the iPhone itself... the EDGE network (AT&T;'s data network) is just too slow.Ringtones: All that music, and you can't use your tunes as a ringtone!No Video! - While most cell phones give you poor quality video, at least they give you the option to capture video! Not so with the iPhone (yet, I hope)Safari/Google Maps Crash!: This one was a big surprise to ...

My wife bought 2 iPhones!!! 2007-07-04

I think I'm still in shock. Yesterday, I got a call from my wife. She simply said, "We both have iPhones! I got you the 8Gb model, and I got the 4Gb model..." Yeah... I'm still in shock.So, over the next few days, I've decided to blog about my iPhone fun. First, I'll start with some pictures!So, here we have the iPhone with it's box, and all of the stuff that was include ...

Using (and Abusing) the iPhone 2007-07-04

OK... so for part 2 of my iPhone saga:We went to visit some family today, and of course I took my iPhone. For the most part, I've really tested out the camera today. I'm no guru, but I'm very happy with how quickly the iPhone takes pictures. Since my girls are now 4 and 2, this is a very important feature!! I've also got an HP Photosmart M527, and my non-scientific opinion is that the ...

Compiling Warzone 2100 on Mac OS X 2007-06-16

I recently ran across The Warzone 2100 Resurrection Project, and I thought to myself,"cool, I wonder if there's an OS X version..." So, I hit their downloads page only to find the message: "(The MacOSX diskimage will follow soon)"So I thought, "oh well, I'll just grab the source code and compile it!" After about two hours of digging, I finally got it compiled, and here's how! (NOTE: I've got quite a bit of Unix ...

Thunder Demons live here! 2007-05-26

While walking across campus, I noticed this particular image attached to a large green box that I knew to contain electrical "stuff". Now, I know the dangers of mixing humans with direct electrical current, but I'm not so sure this image evokes the correct message. I'm not sure that a monstrous blob of electricity has ever actually jumped out of a box in order to heinously inflict harm to humans as they unknowingly walk by... I could be ...

Easy Video Conferencing? 2007-05-22

I just skimmed through the list of PC World's 100 Best Products of 2007, and one of the things that caught my eye was SightSpeed. Apparently it's supposed to be the world's best video conferencing system. What interests me, though is the price (FREE!) and that it works on Mac OS X (and Windows). I'm going to give it a shot and see how it works.

Hello Torque, again. 2007-05-16

Well, I've just begun to dig into the Torque Game Engine again, but this time, I'm building it on a Linux box. Once I downloaded the Linux source, it took me a while to figure out how to get it compiled. TGE's configuration is a little different than the typical "./configure and make" process.First of all, I tried to make sure I had all of the development tools necessary to build TGE, including nasm, libogg, libvorbis ...

MacMathematics 2007-04-23

One of my Favorite Mac Apps is Grapher. It lets you graph everything from simple 2D equations to complex 3D equations. For example, want to see all of the Axes of symmetry for a cube? Just enter the equations x=0, y=0, z=0, x=y, x=-y, x=z, x=-z, y=z, and y=-z, and voila! Pictures make math fun! You can also save these in .gcx files. Download my cube: CubeAxesOfSymmetry.gcx

MacMathematics 2007-04-23

One of my Favorite Mac Apps is Grapher. It lets you graph everything from simple 2D equations to complex 3D equations. For example, want to see all of the Axes of symmetry for a cube? Just enter the equations x=0, y=0, z=0, x=y, x=-y, x=z, x=-z, y=z, and y=-z, and voila!Pictures make math fun! You can also save these in .gcx files. Download my cube: CubeAxesOfSymmetry.gcx

Casual Games 2007-03-09

It seems like I keep running into this term, "casual games." Apparently this is a burgeoning industry with the advent of more advanced handheld devices (like cellphones). There were even two keynotes (Trip Hawkins ofDigital Chocolate, and Robert Tercek of PeopleJam and GDC Mobile) regarding causal games at the recent Game Developers Conference.Basically, any simple (hopefully addictive) game that's quick and easy to learn falls in the category of a casual game. Two of my favorite examples are ...