Fighting bad design in Apple products one thing at a time.
The blog went down with a Posterous boat and all the recent posts are lost. I am looking into switching to a self-hosted solutions meanwhile. Sorry for the inconvenience.
The iPhone 4, by most accounts, is absolutely excellent. I love mine. It’s a huge step forward, and all previous iPhones look dated and primitive by comparison.
But there’s a giant asterisk. It has two major flaws, both of which appear to be physical and unsolvable by software updates.
Don’t get me wrong I love Apple products, and iPhone 4 looks just fine, but really this site would not exist if there wasn’t dark spots on the sun.
You can pretend they not exists only this long.
Now the best video encoder in the world — the undisputed winner of the 2010 MSU encoder comparison and the magic behind video systems by Google, Facebook, Avail Media, Vudu, Hulu, and many more — is available for everyone to use, even commercial software vendors. No longer do commercial application developers need to rely on overpriced and inferior competitors. This is intended to give an option to companies who are unable to use the GPL version, either due to patent concerns or issues with linking their proprietary applications to GPL code.
Dear Apple, please take note. You might want to replace your slow Quick Time X encoder.
iTunes re-launches itself over and over.
Dear Apple, do something with iTunes, it’s impossible to restart the computer or eject drive because it won’t let you to.
I tried to follow your instructions and eject external hard drive gently, but damn iTunes just keeps relaunching itself over and over. I’ve unplugged iPhone first, but it didn’t help. So I’ve just yanked the usb cable in the end.
You gotta to fix that, it’s getting annoying. If I quit something - I want it to stay that way.
Apple consiracy uncovered:
- Glass panel connects with drop surface on falls. The guys at iFix Your i claimed this design flaw when they noted the steel frame offers no protection to the glass panel when dropped face flat. Apple’s iPhone 4 Bumper has a raised rubber edge to prevent this.
- Square steel edges are uncomfortable in hand. I noted this when I first got my iPhone 4, mentioned it a few weeks ago, and even a genius at the Apple store brought it up without prompting. The 4 is just uncomfortable to hold. Oh, but the Bumper has nice, soft, rounded rubber edges.
- The back is too darn slick. That oleophobic coating makes it wonderfully easy to wipe away fingerprints, but it also makes the 4 a frictionless wonder. Hard to pluck from my pocket, impossible to rest on a slightly rounded surface. That grippy rubber Bumper sure fixes that problem though.
- And finally, there’s that magic spot on the lower left that kills wireless signals on contact, like a can of Raid smashing a cockroach. Can’t touch that spot if there’s a Bumper in the way, can you?
So if Apple knew about the problems and designed the Bumper to address them, why didn’t they include Bumpers with the 4? Short answer: money. If people buy cases anyway, why give them away?
Actually yes, they knew about issues, and they want you to buy a Bumper case along with your iPhone 4. But this time Apple’s habit to put less and less into product boxes finally backfired.
Dear Apple, why didn’t you just include a bumer case with each iPhone 4? If you did, now you wouldn’t have to read all those articles everywhere.
Human should be more important and technology should modify its shape and fit into the human world, rather than vice versa. Make sure everyone who uses your device loves it actually. If you develop that love relationship, they will buy your products next time, no matter what.
When you write an app for Android phones, there are so many platforms to consider. That’s the problem Microsoft was facing with its Windows years ago. People like Apple products because they are always predictable and work
Didn’t try an Android phone myself and, frankly, I don’t want to. But iPhone can be improved of course.
Anyway, some nice quotes from Steve Wozniak: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2010/07/123_69075.html
Should you have a Time Capsule with a serial number in the range XX807XXXXXX – XX814XXXXXX that’s experiencing the dreaded “shutdown and never power up” problem, the company will either repair or replace it to get it back up and running.
Gotta say that I don’t own a Time Capsule myself, but a mate of mine experienced this a while ago and got his Time Capsule fixed. He had the lucky number XX810XXXXXX.
Actually when repair started to take a while, he got himself another one, so how he’s a proud owner of 2 Time Capsules. Guess that’s twice the backup reliability.