Archive for December, 2009

The User Should Control the Focus

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Launching Word… hmm, that’s gonna take a minute. Well, I’ll just pop back into Safari and check Gmail. Username, check. Password, ch… what the?… Why is my password showing up in Word? Oh, I guess my computer finally finished loading the app. It must not have realized (or cared?) that I was still in Safari, even though I was loading pages and typing. But, shouldn’t it continue to do the last thing I asked it to do? I mean, I shifted focus away from Word and towards Safari. Why should the computer forcibly change my focus. I’m the user, the commander, the “One Who Controls the Mouse”.

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iPhone iDroid App Rejected

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

TechCrunch reports that developer Swavv has created an iPhone app called iDroid. Problem is, Apple didn’t like it. The app was apparently rejected by Apple and will not be coming to an App Store near you anytime soon. I can see Apple’s point, since it was basically just an ad for the Verizon Droid. Still, I have been trying to come up with real world, smart ass, analogies and I can’t. I was going to use “That’s like Windows shipping with a Mac OS X Snow Leopard wallpaper”. Problem is, the iPhone wouldn’t ship with iDroid. The consumer would install it, just like a consumer can put a Mac theme over Windows. Then I considered “That’s like buying a Toyota with Porsche emblems”, but again, a consumer can install any emblem they want on their car. Wow, this is hard. I know, “It’s Apple’s store and they can do whatever they want”. I really do want that Google Voice App, but then again I don’t want the Rick Astley virus one. So, I guess Apple can block whatever it wants.