Microposts from Twitter on 2008-06-14

  • At the Japanese Gardens with @rachelbancroft, Emma, and Gabe. Family fun day! Tempted to feed the kids to the koi. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Taking the fam downtown for lunch soon. Where should we go? Downtown is a treat and an adventure for us hick suburbanites. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Got some great photos at the Japanese Gardens. Now at La Terrazza downtown for lunch. We’re the only ones here… #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-06-13

  • @blogan is da man. He made a Yahoo Pipe that will scrape a feed of comments on your FriendFeed items: http://tinyurl.com/65b42o #
  • @psteinb brought in the ladies from Backfence PDX to Intel, talking with them about storytelling. Not sure what he/they are after… #
  • IT installed something on my Windows VM, and it’s completely hosed. Trying to recover from a backup now. Grr. πŸ™ #
  • Guess what I did this afternoon? Recorded a show with Brian. That’s right, we’re giving podcasting another whack. New name, too. Stay tuned. #
  • @brampitoyo Re: your Kindle concerns, I’ll give you a personal demo. Find me at Ignite? I’m the one in bright orange Crocs. πŸ™‚ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-06-12

  • @davest It’s the apocalypse. Did you expect anything other than Google being the first to know when it happened? πŸ˜‰ #
  • Headed downtown on MAX for Thai lunch, then to find a spot to read/think/write. #
  • @billpearson you say micromanaging has its place. I’m curious what place that is. So I can make sure to never go there. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @rachelbancroft I totally spaced out the fact that I was coming downtown. We should have made plans. Oh well – next time! πŸ™‚ #
  • @billpearson that makes sense. I’ll try not to have/cause any emergency situations. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @bobduffy Perhaps because you believe that ANY meeting is meant to lift your spirits. I thought meetings were for doing the opposite? πŸ˜‰ #
  • Wait, the new $30 iPhone data plan from AT&T includes ZERO text messages? You pay $.20 each, or buy 200 @ $5. Gyp! http://tinyurl.com/5shzhv #
  • @bobduffy That’s the spirit! πŸ™‚ #
  • @turoczy My GorillaPod works fine with previous generation Flips, should be fine with the Mino. You gotta show me your new toy sometime! πŸ™‚ #
  • Just posted a long essay on how I’ve come to hate the tech industry (it’s not what you might think): http://tinyurl.com/6yhxo4 #
  • Also covered tech as a business vs tech as a culture. Would love your thoughts on the topic – leave a comment, or tweet me! πŸ™‚ #
  • Hey, @twitter. All web systems are NOT ok! You’ve disabled “with friends” pages and feeds. How about include that in your updates? Thanks! #
  • Just now leaving work. Didn’t know they turn the lights off in the JF1 living room after 6:30 or so. Huh. #
  • @dshaw I know when and why @twitter pulled with_friends. I just want them to address when/if it’s coming back along with everything else. #
  • Holy crap! I log into FriendFeed for the first time in weeks, and there are comments all over the place! Feed for those, please! #
  • I’m totally missing out on comments people are leaving for me at FriendFeed, because I can’t find a feed for them. I can has my data, plz? #
  • @turoczy No problem. GorillaPod + Flip Mino is a potent video combination. I’m jealous. πŸ™‚ #

I’ve Come to Hate the Tech Industry (or: Technology as a Lifestyle vs. Technology as a Business)

I’ve been trying to make time, at least once a week, to sit down and write something substantial. Something more than excited gadget/software lust, more than a collection of 140 character microposts. I’m really enjoying it. I’m learning a lot about myself, my goals, and my motivations. I try to go to a place where there’s no internet connectivity to minimize distractions – I’m easily led afield by my feed reader – and do some reading before I write (which always stirs up ideas). So far, so good.

Yesterday, I was in Mountain View, California, at Research@Intel Day. I was there to shoot video and otherwise cover interesting stuff for my group, Intel Software Network, and our developer community. Research@Intel Day is Intel’s annual public science fair, where the researchers and groups in CTG (the Corporate Technology Group) get to show off the stuff they’ve been working on to the press. Most of it is future freaky science fiction-type stuff – a biological microprocessor, dynamic physical rendering, etc. I’ll have some videos, photos, and blog posts up soon about what I saw there this year.

As I was on the plane at the San Jose airport, coming home to Portland, I reflected on the culture of Silicon Valley. It is the heart of the technology industry – hardware and software, startups and ancient tech companies like Intel, side by side. Their names are all over the buildings you pass on the freeways. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a technology company. Usually more than one. There’s Yahoo, next to EMC, next to McAfee, next to Sun, next to Intel. And oh, look – there’s Moffett Field, where the Google guys park their private 767.

The airports, hotels, restaurants, and roads are crammed full of people who obviously work in tech. Tan slacks, polo shirt with a company name or name of some conference they attended on the sleeve, maybe a sport jacket if they’re really important. Bluetooth headset stuck to the side of their head, BlackBerry in hand, or doing that weird walk-around-with-their-open-laptop-perched-on-their-forearm thing. There’s no mistaking them. They’re everywhere. Doing business. Talking about business. Exuding business.

You’d think I’d feel right at home there, among “my people”.

But I don’t. I feel like an alien every time I go there. A vague, uneasy feeling like I don’t really fit in. It’s not just an “Oregonian in California” thing, or because I actively thumb my nose at fashion, walking around in orange Crocs, cargo pants, and a faded black geeky t-shirt from Penny Arcade or O’Reilly or ThinkGeek. I’ve got my uniform just like they have theirs. So what’s the difference? What keeps me from feeling like the Valley is my homeland, and making plans to move there (besides the insane real estate prices)? I’d never really given it much thought before, but sitting in the airplane yesterday, waiting to take off (my eyes being involuntarily drawn to the laptop screen of the Boeing guy in front of me, who was broadcasting how important he was by looking at some obviously confidential spreadsheet long after the crew told us to turn off and stow our electronic devices), I had sort of an epiphany.

I’ve come to hate the technology industry.

Hate is probably too strong a word, and that statement doesn’t mean what you might think it means at first, so let me explain.

I love technology. I was born practically surrounded by it, and grew up as a citizen of that world. It was clear that I am 100% geek by about age 5 (and remember, this was before it was cool to be a geek!). Every job I’ve ever had has been in the technology industry. Web development, support, QA testing, community building, and teaching. It pays my bills, buys me gadgets, and I’m not really suited to do much else. So how can I say that I hate the technology industry?

It’s because I make a distinction between technology as a business, and technology as a lifestyle.

Silicon Valley, and it’s culture, is all about technology as a business – all about the money. And that is what I realized I hate. I don’t think it’s wrong for people to be in the technology business – in fact, I depend on them. I need them, like you do, to keep churning out the improvements, upgrades, and new stuff that makes our lives easier, more efficient, and more fun. And I’m not blind to the fact that this industry pays my paycheck, and always has. In fact, I absolutely love my job. Does that make me a hypocrite?

I don’t think so. And here’s why. I have no problem with the fact that the business-centric tech industry culture exists. It’s a good thing. I wish it huge success, and I’m willing to work to make that happen. It’s just not who I am, or where I’m going. People for whom technology is a business go home after work, and become who they really are. I am a geek 100% of the time. I couldn’t turn it off if I wanted to. And I don’t want to. πŸ˜‰ I choose to find my culture, the things I care about deeply, and obsess over, and do in my free time, elsewhere. I would like to think of myself as “in the tech industry, but not of it”.

So what culture DO I feel like I belong to? The one where technology is a lifestyle, not just a business. The culture of geeks, and people who use technology in new and useful ways because they can, because they see it as a challenge. The culture of makers and hackers and people who read science fiction not just for entertainment and diversion, but for inspiration. The culture of people for whom reputation, and whuffie, and being recognized for contributing something useful or clever is its own reward, and not just a way to make more money. People who learn programming languages for fun, and for what can be learned through the experience. In my culture, technology can be a business, but it’s often SO much more than that.

I devour books by my favorite sci-fi authors – Cory Doctorow, Charlie Stross, Vernor Vinge, etc. – and I yearn for the easy, natural way that people use technology in their stories. Wearable computers, data-enhanced visual overlays, subvocal communication and silent messaging. Direct, fast, effortless connection to information and other people. I look forward to a time when the exponential growth in technology eliminates more and more of the mundane, cruel, painful, tedious problems that affect us as meat creatures. A post-scarcity economy when we’ve finally found way to get rid of poverty, and disease, and death. The natural extensions of our increasingly connected world.

Now, I’m not a Utopian. Or even really a Singulatarian. No matter how often I half-jokingly say I’ll be first in line as soon as they figure out how to do a direct brain-to-Internet connection, there are things outside the world of technology that I care about even more. My relationship with my wife and children. Being a good person and serving others. Right and wrong. You could take away all of my technology and it’s accompanying culture, and as long as I had those things, I would be fulfilled and happy. I recognize and am grateful for the luxury of having time, and money, and access to all of these technological artifacts that I talk so breathlessly about. I recognize that it’s all “extra”.

This was my epiphany – this distinction, in my mind, between technology as a business, and technology as a lifestyle. It helps me make sense of the conflicts and irritation I sometimes feel when I see practically the entire world around me start talking about “social media”, and “Web 2.0”. Things that were once the sole domain of geeks. For a long time now, listening to non-geeks expound upon these topics twisted my stomach – even though it was the stuff I love, and have been promoting and teaching and evangelizing, I felt resentment as more and more people around me (remember, I’m surrounded by the “industry”) started picking up these tools. Until now, I couldn’t put my finger on why, but I think I’ve figured it out. It’s when they’re rooted in the business culture, different from mine, and eyeballing things in my world that they want to use for their own ends, that my hackles go up.

Want to hear something strange? Now that I’ve figured that out, I don’t care any more. It doesn’t bother me, now that I understand my feelings about why it ever did. I can’t explain why, except perhaps to say that now I know better who I am, and how to reconcile the two cultures. Now, when I think of the marketing department (of any company, not just mine) trying to “leverage” some social tool, like Twitter or blogs or podcasting, instead of feeling defensive (“They’re marketers! They don’t really “get” it! They’re going to screw it all up!”), I see it for what it is. And I’m happy to try to help them do it right. To impart cluefulness to anyone willing to listen (those who AREN’T willing to listen still make me mad). Business is important, too, and they’re just trying to do the best they can at fitting in with this rapidly-changing world. That’s a GOOD thing, one that I’m willing to work towards.

Now, instead of wondering if I really am an arrogant hypocrite for getting defensive when marketing catches up to something that was heretofore the realm of geeks, I can accept it, because I understand why they’re doing it. The internet, as a whole, is better off for having been adopted by business. Sure, it has its annoyances: spam, intrusive ads, threats to privacy, etc. But there are ways to deal with them. Would we REALLY prefer to have stayed with a wholly non-commercial internet, a throwback to the days where there was no free webmail with gigabytes of storage, comprehensive lightning fast search engines, and almost-ubiquitous connectivity, because no one could figure out how to pay for it all? I, for one, welcome will tolerate and coexist with the internet’s new corporate overlords.

See? I told you that hate was too strong a word. πŸ™‚


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-06-11

  • At Research@Intel Day. Already met @jschultz in person, chatted with @kenekaplan, and met Herbert from Ubergizmo. #
  • If you want to follow the event today, follow @intelresearch, @jschultz, @kenekaplan, @mediumtall, and me. #
  • Also, @bobduffy and @annierodkins are going to be here at Research@Intel Day. #
  • @kellyrfeller is here, too. It’s an Intel Twitter Patry! πŸ™‚ #
  • Justin Rattner is doing a keynote. Right now, he’s talking about the genesis/history of the Intel Atom processor, which goes back to 1999. #
  • @lyzadanger get Firebug 1.2 beta, works great with Firefox 3z #
  • Now Rattner’s talking about vPro, AMT, SLRP, and TSLRP. I think he just lost 80% of the room. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Now we’re getting the history of WiMAX. Bill Joy quote: “Most of the smart people work at some other company.” πŸ™‚ #
  • @bobduffy yeah, I didn’t even bother bringing my laptop. I’m all iPhone and cameras (I’m carrying 3) today. πŸ™‚ #
  • Ct (C for Throughput) is a high level extension to the C programming language that provides massive parallelism and throughtput w/many cores #
  • Aaand the Computer History Museum just fell over. Oh well. It lasted almost an hour. Back to EDGE for me! #
  • Oops. Meant the CHM wifi fell over. NOT the building! πŸ™‚ #
  • @jmoriarty Well, I think there are some Intel RAM chips in my iPhone somewhere, but yeah, I don’t have any Intel products on me. πŸ™‚ #
  • Justin Rattner is a super smart guy. But he’s so technical, so “Intel”, it’s hard for non-nerds to get excited listening to him. πŸ™‚ #
  • Keynote over, now for the demos! #
  • Filming demos. Its LOUD in here. I don’t know if my shotgun mic is going to cut it. πŸ™ Should have got the wireless lavs from @jerry_makare #
  • Coolest thing I’ve seen so far @intelresearch? The robot arm loading the dishwasher. Second coolest? MashMaker. #
  • I’m better at writing than video. Think I’ll abandon my video plans for @intelresearch, and look for stuff to WRITE about. #
  • Already got video of the big important stuff. Don’t think doing more would be worth it. #
  • @sharong yeah, the mic is very directional. But it’s way crowded here, hard to converse, let alone record. πŸ™ #
  • Just met @jf10 (Juan francisco, Chilehardware). His card has a cool @gapingvoid cartoon on the back. I traded him for a Moo card (my Elvis!) #
  • Hanging out with @mediumtall and Jim Dempsey, one of the most active contributors on Intel Software Network. #
  • Back to the airport. Got some (hopefully) good video of Research@Intel Day. See you next year! πŸ™‚ #
  • Bout to get on the plane back to PDX. Its been 90+ degrees here. Can’t wait to get home to that nice cool Juneuary we’ve been having. πŸ™‚ #
  • On the ground in PDX. #
  • Hey! I can “share with note” from the new iPhone version of Google Reader now! How awesomely useful! Thanks, Google Reader team! πŸ™‚ #
  • I can also email an item from Google Reader on iPhone now, too. Excellent! πŸ™‚ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-06-10

  • Packing up my gear to head to Santa Clara this afternoon. I’m filming at Research@Intel Day tomorrow. I <3 video gear, but it’s heavy! πŸ™‚ #
  • Hey, Twitter? What’s the best inexpensive compact digital camera these days? Canon’s SD line? I love my SD700IS. What’s the one to get? #
  • Camera recomendations are for a friend of a friend looking for a good, cheap, small camera. Thanks for the recommendations! #
  • @metafluence I think Twitter removing the “with friends” page and RSS feed has killed TweetPeek, PulseofPDX, and similar apps. It sucks. πŸ™ #
  • I think I’m going to recommend a Canon SD 850 IS. I love the SD series, and IS is a critical feature, IMO. Thanks, all for the recos! πŸ™‚ #
  • @blogan What kind of video camera? How important is sharing on the web? Need or want HD? I have plenty of recommendations. πŸ™‚ #
  • @blogan In that case, I recommend a Canon ZR950 miniDV tape camcorder. It’s $239 on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/42b3xw #
  • @blogan Yes, as far as I know, pulseofpdx.com is dead in the water until Twitter re-enables the “with friends” pages and feeds. #
  • @blogan And for stuff that’s destined to be shared on the web, you know I love my Aiptek Go-HD. $193 at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/62egzs #
  • Ars gets the scoop on NetNewsWire for iPhone: http://tinyurl.com/4j8eep WTG, @clint! πŸ™‚ #
  • @johnfischer Thanks for the headsup! I’ve entered the @stickergiant contest. Thanks, @laughingsquid for using my pic in your post. πŸ™‚ #
  • At PDX on my way to San Jose. They’ve remodelled the A concourse. Very schwanky! #
  • On the ground in San Jose. Car, hotel, dinner, in that order. #
  • In my hotel, on the free wifi. Deployed my SSH tunnel to home, and routing all traffic through it. Nice to know I can’t be snooped here. #
  • Not that I’m doing anything interesting that merits snooping. But still. You don’t have to have a reason to want/use privacy measures. #
  • Headed out to rustle up some dinner. #
  • @marusin Yeah, I’ve been meaning to do a post on my tunnel setup. It’s not complicated. Been playing with Tor, too, but it’s overkill 4 me. #
  • @verso @blath You’re right. The principle of privacy is reason enough. Forgot myself for a minute. What kind of hacktivist am I? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @IntelResearch you need an avatar. The little brown and blue eyeballs aren’t very flattering. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @IntelResearch How bout a face? Be creative! Aren’t you a robot hand, powered by a terascale manycore processor array? πŸ˜‰ #
  • Just blogged about Intel’s apparent influence in the technology of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: http://tinyurl.com/3ss799 Appreciate any comments #
  • Trying to post something to softwareblogs.intel.com. but it’s not responding. Could be my hotel connection, but other stuff works. Hmm… #
  • Gotta get some sleep to film all the freaky sci-fi cool stuff at @IntelResearch tomrrow. I only have a few hours, gotta make em count! Nite! #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-06-09

  • Getting ready to “watch” the keynote. If you’re at Intel JF, come see me in the JF1 “living room”. I’m plugged in to the 60″ TV. πŸ™‚ #
  • Here’s my post on TinyScreenfuls.com where I’ll be liveblogging my thoughts (for WHEN, not IF Twitter goes down): http://tinyurl.com/6dgt2z #
  • I’m stunned that Twitter is still up. I’m seeing several hundred updates per minute in the Summize search page. Wow. #
  • What I want to know is, will AT&T charge more for 3G iPhone data plans? I sure hope not. Would be a bad move. #
  • So, it looks like @twitterrific will be free from the iPhone App Store: http://tinyurl.com/3rpajw Thanks, @chockenberry! πŸ™‚ #
  • @SarahCofer you can download your Kindle books, but you may not share them with friends. They are locked to your Kindle acct with DRM. πŸ™ #
  • @sarahcofer that is, you can give the .azw file to whoever you want. But they’ll only open on Kindles tied to YOUR account. DRM is eeevil. #
  • @sarahcofer I don’t know of any way to break Amazon’s Kindle DRM. Yet. πŸ˜‰ Bezos said no sharing = lower book prices. For what it’s worth. #
  • @taper I haven’t been bothered with getting my own content onto my Kindle. Most are PDFs that I convert by email. Or dragged text files. #
  • @ahockley I just tried to post first one, then a second comment to your latest blog post, but I think OpenID or something ate them… #
  • Got a lovely invitation today, on nice, heavy duty paper. What’s this? Oh! Jury duty next month, 2 days before iPhone day? Lovely! πŸ˜‰ #
  • @clint Dude, all the Snow Leopard features they announced (OpenCL, GrandCentral, etc) are right up Intel Software Network’s alley. #
  • @clint I need to hook you up with some smart software people at Intel to talk about them. #

Liveblogging the WWDC 2008 Steve Jobs Keynote

I’m pretty much counting on Twitter being down (or rather, turning into a smoking crater where their servers used to be) during this morning’s Steve Job’s keynote at WWDC. So I’ll be liveblogging it here. I’m not at WWDC, but will be following via various online tools, and geeking out with fellow Macheads at Intel while it’s going on. This post is mostly going to be my observations and opinions on the news, rather than actually breaking the news, so if you want to follow along as “live” as you can, check out ArsTechnica’s live coverage, MacRumorsLive’s autoupdating page, and Engadget’s live coverage. Twitter and Summize also have a page set up to track the news, but like I said, my money’s on Twitter getting obliterated (it’s already flaky this morning).

The world is about to change. New iPhone. The iPhone App Store. And then what? New devices? OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” (here’s my prediction on what that one really means). I can’t wait! This is better than Christmas! πŸ™‚

I’m in the new JF1 “living room” area at Intel, where they have a few tables set up under a 65″ plasma TV. I’m hooked up to it, using it as my external monitor, getting ready to scour the interwebs for each new tidbit as it makes its way from the mouth of Steve. I’ve got my Mountain Dew and some Pop Tarts. I’m ready. Let’s do this thing! πŸ™‚

Josh Liveblogging WWDC 2008 Keynote

Steve’s on stage now. We’re getting the best updates from the Ars IRC channel (#wwdc on irc.arstechnica.com). Steve’s talking about the enterprise features of the iPhone 2.0 software – calendar and contact sync, remote wipe, etc. Stuff we already knew. Now he’s bringing suits out on stage, from other companies. Stuff we hadn’t heard already – capability of viewing office documents, SharePoint access, VPN and two factor authentication (as in SecurID/SoftID). Cool…

Now talking about the iPhone SDK and how many similarities it has with the “real” OS X kernel and code. APIs are the same, line for line. Location-based services, 3D positional audio, how easy it is to develop for it and debug it, etc. Showing a new demo app, “Nearby Friends”, which sounds really cool. I’ll have to go back and watch the video of this, showing how easy it is to build an application, live. Talking about how much developers love coding for this platform. Yay, look how awesome we are!

Now comes the game demos. First up, Sega, talking about Super Monkey Ball. I have a love/hate relationship with that game on other platforms. The “party” parts of the games are really fun, but the “roll the monkey in a marble across this platform surrounded by a bottomless abyss on all sides” are freaking FRUSTRATING. In the keynote, they’re saying the demo looks awesome. Full “tilt” control using the accelerometer. Will be available “at the launch of the app store” for $9.99. Not a bad price – people were speculating that iPhone apps would be a lot more expensive – $20 to $40.

Now demoing an eBay app, which sounds technically cool, but honestly isn’t very interesting to me because I don’t use eBay. Now they’re talking about an app called “Loopt” (“connecting people on the go”), which Ars is excited about, but I’ve never heard of. Sounds like “friends on a map, showing you what they’re doing”. I’m not to keen on the idea of these kinds of apps, but I guess I’d have to see a GOOD one in action to really decide.

BTW, thanks to Brent, Matt, Tod, and Jerry, who are sitting around the table, correcting my mistakes and typos as I write this. πŸ™‚ Matt’s trying to listen to a live audio stream, which is sort of working, but it’s more delayed than the Ars IRC feed (which is AWESOME! FAR better than any other way I’ve done this before. Thanks Ars! πŸ™‚ )

Matt listening to a WWDC keynote audio stream. Sort of.

Showing a Typepad blog authoring app, that’s going to be free at the app store launch. Yawn. Show me a generic XML-RPC compatible editor (I can has MarsEdit for iPhone please?) or something that’ll work with WordPress and I’ll be interested. I’m sure that will come soon enough. And an AP “see local news and photos based on your location” app. Sounds kind of dumb – how much news do you know of that has specific location information, more than just “Dateline: this city”? Meh.

Next up a game developer showed off a couple of games that look cool (kind of hard to get a sense of them when I’m reading text descriptions in an IRC channel – I’m sure we’ll see lots about the games soon enough). And an indie dev who works in the insurance industry made a really cool virtual musical instrument app called “Band” that he developed in 8 months in his spare time. And now talking about Major League Baseball. Woo! Not.

Now showing off a bunch of medical reference/learning applications. Talking about med students and K-12 education. I love the idea, but how many K-12 students do you know that have iPhones (or would be allowed to have iPhones by their school’s policies)? Still, very cool ideas, and it’s great that these applications are coming, and relatively easy to develop.

Enough with the 3rd party app demos. I want to know what Apple has to show us today!

OK, now Forstall’s talking about the lack of a good chat platform, and how to receive notifications from your apps while they’re not running. He says the WRONG solution is background processes, because they sap battery life and performance. (And now he’s showing how Windows Mobile does this, and making fun of it! πŸ™‚ ) “We have come up with a far better solution.” A push notification service to all developers. When your app is running, you’re connected to a server. When you quit, the connection dies. Apple maintains a persistent IP connection to the iPhone, and 3rd parties can push notifications through that server to the phone (badges, sounds, alerts, etc.). Alerts can include buttons to automatically launch your app (so it doesn’t have to stay running the background), and the phone only has to maintain one server connection (presumably to Apple) to make this works. Works over wifi and cellular. Coming in September. I have to admit, this seems like a really clever solution to a really tough problem. We’ll see how it works out in real life!

Steve’s back on stage, and talking about new iPhone 2.0 software features. Contact search, iWork (create and edit iWork docs – cool!), bulk delete and move in email, save images from emails, new calculator, explicit content filters, and new language support for Japanese and Chinese character input – draw them with your finger. That’s a welcome feature for a lot of people, I’m sure. The 2.0 software update will come in early July, will be free for iPhones, and $9.95 for iPod Touch owners (gouged again!).

Now on to talking about the app store. Wireless download and install, automatic updates, devs set prices and keep 70% of revenues. “We FairPlay apps” – FairPlay is iTunes’ DRM for music, so that means that apps will be locked (and presumably, cracked shortly thereafter – FairPlay has a reputation of being pretty breakable). If your app is larger than 10MB, you can only install over wifi. Enterprise apps can be deployed on the intranet, downloaded to your computer, then synced and installed via iTunes. Sounds like a good solution for corporate apps.

Now for something completely different: Mobile Me, new mobile service. Worst kept secret in the industry – this is basically .Mac done right – “Exchange for the rest of us”. Works on Mac, PC (woo!), and iPhone (double woo!). Push your contacts, email, calendar, and files into the cloud, and keep them in sync across all devices. But I do this already with Google – Gmail, Reader, Docs, Calendar. Will be interesting to see how this compares. Or maybe MobileMe will just be powered by Google. The site is me.com. Going into a demo now – I’ll check this out myself later, see if it’s worth it. It’s a cool idea, regardless. $99/year, 20GB of storage, and there’s a 60 day free trial. Expensive for what you get. I’ll probably pass. “Available with iPhone 2.0 in early July”. So, does that mean no iPhone until early July?

OK, now he’s talking about the new iPhone. “Next challenges.” 3G, enterprise, 3rd party apps, more countries, more affordable. iPhone 3G introduced today (big surprise!). Even thinner. The back looks plastic, black. Solid metal buttons. Same display and camera. Flush headphone jack (yay – no more adapters!). Improved audio. Feels “even better” in your hand.

3G = faster data downloads. Email attachments and downloads. Doing a video demo speed comparison between EDGE and 3G. 3G is faster. Duh. Comparing to other 3G phones. It’s faster. Of course it is. Tell us something new! Show us pictures! Their claiming “great battery life”, which was one of the big concerns with previous 3G chipsets (which were also too big).

Talking about location services now, and “GPS”. The question is, does it have REAL GPS (satellite-based, not tower based)? From the demos (tracking a drive down Lombard street), it looks to be the real thing. Or at least, good enough to pass for it (smooth tracking, etc.).

More countries – they’re aiming for 12 countries for the 3G launch, with a stretch goal of 25 70 (!) countries over the next several months. Hear that sound? It’s the bottom dropping out of the international iPhone resale grey market. πŸ˜‰

More affordable. It started at $599, sells now for $399. 3G 8GB iPhone is $199. Yow! Nice! 16GB is $299. And “something special” – a white one, 16GB. Same price. Saying launch in 22 countries on July 11. I wonder if the U.S. is one of those countries? Showing a new iPhone commercial. Twice.

Jobs has left the stage. No “one more thing”. Nothing on Snot Snow Leopard OS X 10.6 (though they said there will be a session after lunch to talk about it, that’s under NDA). Bummer! I still held out hope for a new hardware class of device, Atom powered. Oh well – there’s always MacWorld 2009 in Januuary!

This was fun. Ultimately, there’s no real new hardware. We all knew about the new iPhone and its features ahead of time. Kind of bummed that it won’t go on sale for a month, but that gives me more time to save up my pennies. πŸ˜‰


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-06-08

  • @skyler you only get to upload fullsize images if you have a paid Flickr Pro account. #
  • BTW, I’m pretty much counting on Twitter being down on Monday for the WWDC keynote. I’ll be liveblogging it – http://www.tinyscreenfuls.com. #
  • Come by my blog on Monday, and leave a comment. Old school! πŸ™‚ #
  • Um, I’m not actually going to *be at* WWDC liveblogging, but hanging out at Intel with some Mac geek friends, liveblogging from there. #
  • @tokerud yeah, I’ll probably drop into those FriendFeed rooms on Monday. #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-06-07

  • @rachelbancroft is in Boise for the weekend, for our nephew’s wedding. Me and the housebears just trying not to kill each other. #
  • I told Gabe that Mom went on a plane. Now, everytime he sees one (we’re at a park near HIO), he yells “mom!” πŸ™‚ #
  • I still think I might have guess what OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” is for, and why it’s Intel-only. I haven’t seen anyone else guess the same… #
  • So here’s my guess: 10.6 “Snow Leopard” is for upcoming Apple mobile internet devices, with the Intel Atom CPU. #
  • Why do I think that? The Apple tablet has been rumored forever. Doesn’t make sense to do another OS X release for “full” Macs so soon. #
  • Plus, they’ve said it’s not going to have new features, only performance/security improvements. People won’t want to pay for that. #
  • And 10.6 is going to be Intel only, which would piss off PowerPC Mac users, but wouldn’t matter if it’s for an Atom MID device. #
  • So, do you think I’m crazy? Have you heard anyone else guess the same? Or do I get to say “you heard it here first!” πŸ˜‰ #
  • And the name “Snow Leopard” make sense – it’s related to Leopard for Macs, but different. #
  • It also makes sense that they’ve dropped “Mac” from the OS names (now OS X Leopard and OS X iPhone). Maybe the new thing isn’t called a Mac. #
  • I predict that the new Apple device will be announced at WWDC, but not available for several months. But devs will get the new OS to play. #
  • @davechen that Gizmodo article also says the drivers in the build are 32-bit, not 64. That’s consistent with Atom (which I think isn’t 64). #
  • I gotta go write up all this wild speculation in a blog post. BRB! πŸ™‚ #
  • @ahockley I feel silly getting all worked up about this. But WHAT IF I’M RIGHT?!!1 πŸ˜‰ #
  • Post with my reasoning why I think OS X 10.6 will be for a new class of device. Agree? Think I’m full of crap? http://tinyurl.com/5mhady πŸ™‚ #
  • @skyler well, Atom is for tiny, long battery life devices, like the EeePC and Lenovo/Aigo/Gigabyte MIDs (think tiny computers). #
  • @skyler (cont’d) What do YOU think Apple would build on that platform? I don’t know, but I can think of lots of exciting possibilities. πŸ™‚ #