My iPhone feature wishlist

All apps: landscape mode keyboarding. It's great in Safari; I want it in email at the very least All apps: Cut-and-paste (yes, I can see it's probably tricky) SMS: Send-to-many (this, on the other hand, is simple) SMS: Send again (no, seriously, why would you leave that out?) SMS: character count on the send screen (or some other way to auto-limit my SMS so they don't overflow on twitter) An iPhone-compatible calendar app for Windows (calling Yahoo! Calendar... you can do the contacts but not the calendar?)
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iPhone typing review

People keep asking about the keyboard, so here's my thoughts. Bottom line (conveniently at the top): it’s really very good. I’ve been using all weekend and I am much faster with it than I ever was with T9, and I was really good at T9. It’s deceptive, because the interface encourages you to type a lot more, so it feels like it’s the same speed, but you’re actually typing a lot more in the same time. I have entered flickr comments and blog edits, which are unbelievably painful on any other device. There’s no tactile feedback when you hit a key; it will click if you like but I find that distracting so it’s usually off. In the browser, when you switch to landscape mode (i.e. put the phone on its side), the keyboard shifts too. This makes it go from a little uncomfortable to totally excellent -- the extra 3cm makes the difference. Unfortunately this great keyboard is not available in other apps; I want it in mail. The keyboard only has letters most of the time - to get numbers or punctuation, you...
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Years

/* */ 1981: I arrived in the world 2 weeks late, in the middle of September. By the miracle of caesarean technology, I did not kill my mother in the process. She said when she woke up I was already awake and looking at her, smugly. Thus the tone was set for the rest of my life. 1982 (zero): Since I was the third baby, my parents had got bored of taking pictures. There's not a lot of record of this period. 1983 (one): Learned to walk, I guess. My parents do not remember my first words. Third baby. 1984 (two): Learned to swim. I remember having inflatable armbands, and not needing them. 1985 (three): A blue cookie monster birthday cake would have been the best cake ever had the icing not been made of coconut shavings, which I hated. My dear aunt who made it for me wasn't to know. 1986 (four): A red tricycle featured heavily in my existence. It was the "fastest bike in the world". 1987 (five): I fell in love with a girl. She left at the end of the school year, and I still...
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BubbleWatch Alert #005

When your business model involves a young lady wearing mostly pink driving around the country telling kids how cool your product is, you know: the bubble is ON. Not that I'm complaining, mind.
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American Family Association only in favour of Christian families

So, a few months back, the hilarious right-wing pressure group the American Family Association had a poll about boycotting companies which supported gay marriage. I voted in the poll, which turned out to be completely faked -- the numbers didn't change no matter which way you voted. A week later, I discovered that the (multiple, fake) email addresses I had used to register for the poll had been signed up to receive the AFA's weekly newsletter. Since then, it has been a regular source of entertainment to me, as well as an eye-opening look at the crazy workings of the far right. Today, the organization excelled itself with an article, partially reproduced online, title Hindu to open senate in prayer. Needless to say the AFA, which features that silly Jesus-fish design in its logo, is horrified: WallBuilders president David Barton is questioning why the U.S. government is seeking the invocation of a non-monotheistic god. Barton points out that since Hindus worship multiple gods, the prayer will be...
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A squishy machine

Every morning, I brush my teeth to discourage bacteria from growing in my mouth, and eat a yoghurt to encourage them to grow in my gut. I spray anti-perspirant to prevent my armpits getting too wet and eyedrops to prevent my eyes getting too dry. I shampoo my hair to prevent it getting greasy and then apply hair gel. It seems like there should be an easy way to get these conflicting tendencies to cancel each other out so I don't have to do so much work. Short of periodically sticking my eyes into my armpits.
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Harry Potter: the story so far

Book one Harry: :D Book two Harry: :) Book three Harry: :| Book four Harry: :/ Book five Harry: :( Book six Harry: :' Via the jolly old beeb. Vote now to pick your favourite summary! (They all spoil all six books so far, so for the love of god don't click the link if you've not read them). The new book arrives tomorrow, whee!
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Yowza!

Surprise, it's the new Seldo.Com! Currently in alpha -- there's quite a few things hanging around unfinished. But the key stuff is here! What's new Everything! The Seldo.Com backend, written over Easter vacation of 2002, has served 5 long years faithfully -- the longest continuous period I've ever used a single piece of software. However, for the last 3 or so years it had become more and more embarrassing as web standards moved on and left it behind. So the new system is built fresh, from nothing, using the rather nifty Code Igniter MVC framework. Tags! They're a bit useless at the moment since everything's been auto-tagged according to what section of the old site it was in, and 90% of stuff was in "blog". But as I go I will be modifying tags on the old content and the tags should begin to reflect my actual posting patterns. I may also let you lot start tagging, though I need to do a bit more work before that's possible. Commenting on the scratchpad and last.fm songs. People have been attempting to...
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Ow

Hey, this text isn't very readable is it? And there are no bullet points! Or gaps between paragraphs! What kind of a shoddy release candidate is this? There isn't even a big BETA sign in the logo! Will fix soon. Sleep now. Update: fixed the most important of those problems.
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Simplify, simplify

After much feedback I've simplified and compressed the look so that the layout works on laptop screens. Still looks like death on a stick in IE6, but only a few bugs on IE7, and perfect in Safari and Firefox 2. The typography is also finally getting somewhere. We'll get there eventually, folks... but that's enough for tonight; I have Harry Potter to be reading, after accidentally getting it delivered to the office instead of home...
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The Final Harry Potter

Deeply satisfying, although you rather got the impression that she was writing for the screenplay rather than a book. That is all. Anything else is a spoiler.
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BubbleWatch Alert #006

Really, a direct quote is the only real way to get across the craziness of Paul Kedrovsky's take on Twitter's latest round of funding: spotting the associated incredulity about Evan's company not having a business plan, reminded me of something: Whatever your feelings about Twitter, business plans are overrated, and profits perhaps even more so. So a few weeks ago we heard "it's all about eyeballs" again, and this week business plans and profitability are no longer necessary. It's like we're perpetrating a deliberate parody of the dot-com boom, except nobody's laughing and VCs are once again blowing tens of millions of other people's money on laughably poor business ideas. To be clear: I have nothing against Twitter. It's an intrinsic part of this blog and my everyday life, and I think it would be relatively easy for them to flick the switch that turns on advertising and start turning a profit. However, the bubbliness of the market as a whole scares me.
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Pownce

Apparently it's pronounced like "pounce". It must be an American thing, it looks like "poents" to me. And it doesn't have mobile alerts, so it seems pretty pointless in comparison to twitter. But I have six invites, so if for some reason you'd like one get in touch via email or the comments.
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The joy of California

"Oh, it's another beautiful, cloudless, sunny day? I guess I'll just stay in and code."
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