To Apple: iPhone Feedback

iPhoneAfter 3 months with my iPhone, I felt it was time to give Apple my feedback. I sent the following through their iPhone Feedback System:

First, I love the iPhone and it’s capabilities. But, I have a few issues.

  1. Native Chat Program. Why is this application not on the phone. You are constantly connected to the web via Edge or Wi-fi. This seems like a no-brainer. Yes, I can go through a 3rd party website (meebo), but for security and ease of use this should be native to the device.
  2. 3rd Party Apps. Please don’t feel threatened by these. This will only enhance my iPhone experience. You are running a version of OSX on the device and people have already “hacked” their way into installing apps. You should be encouraging this. Bottom line, if this is to be considered a “Smartphone” and you wish to compete in that market, this is a necessity. Windows and Palm based phones already allow this. What is the holdout?
  3. MMS. Even the most basic camera phones have this ability to some degree. Again, why would this not be included in such a “revolutionary” phone?
  4. Multiple Calendar syncing. I can not sync multiple/selected calendars in Outlook 2007, despite the appearance of the option in iTunes.
  5. Flash. 95% market saturation on computers and this excluded from the first “true” web browser on a phone? This has discouraged several people I know from pulling the trigger on purchasing the iPhone. Personally, it is baffling…
  6. Safari Tweaking. Including addons/plugins would be nice and it would be nice to have little more control of the browsing experience (ie. Firefox).
  7. Ringtones. I understand Apple wants to make money, but why can we not put our own ringtones on the devise without going through iTunes. This feature exists in a majority of phones with custom ringtones. It is often just a drag-and-drop process. Is the extra money really worth the hassle to your other customers?

I could go on, but these are the most important to me. Let me reiterate, I love the iPhone and it’s current functionality. Most of my problems are with features that should have been included initially in a smart/media phone. All of these can be resolved with software/firmware updates. I encourage you to do so and this will truly be the best phone on the market.

Albert

WordPress Netflix Plugin 3.0

WordPressLess than a week after the release of version 2.2, I have completed a major upgrade to the Netflix plugin for WordPress.

Based on requests from users for greater flexibility, I implemented a movie class. This new class along with the new netflix_movies() function, movies can be displayed in nearly any format in a page or in the sidebar. You can display covers horizontally or list them out with their description (also new to this version). The possibilities are only limited by your willingness to engage.

Live Examples: http://www.albertbanks.com/movies/

Dinner in L.A.

Recently, the Myjive crew headed out West on business – specifically Los Angeles. It was a great time as we met with a ton of clients and friends. While there we stayed in Hollywood, but traveled all over the city. After business hours we did some sightseeing including the Walk of Fame, Mann’s Chinese Theater, etc. When we returned to the East Coast, I kept getting the half-sarcastic question, “Did you see any celebrities?” Well, actually…

Steven WeberOne night we went to dinner at Genghis Cohen a fantastic hybrid-Chinese restaurant. After we were seated, I looked to the table next to me into the face of Steven Weber (Studio 60, Wings). It was a pretty surreal moment as I had never really seen a non-athlete celebrity. Throughout the meal I begin to recognize his dinning companions were Richard Kind and Michael Boatman from Spin City. Later, they were chatting with a table across from them where Jeffrey Ross (stand-up comedian) was sitting.

Let me answer all your questions. No, I didn’t get autographs. No, I didn’t say hello. No, I didn’t take a picture. A long time ago I told myself if I ever saw a celeb, I’d let them be. I mean, who wants their dinner interrupted by some stranger. Anyway, it was an excellent dinner with good company and yes, we saw some celebrities.

Respect: The Honker

This morning I awoke early to an annoying noise. It wasn’t my incessant buzzing alarm – I still had 20 minutes to sleep. This was a car horn. I ignored it, but it happened again and again and again, for 10 minutes damn minutes! Finally, I got up to see what the hell was going on.

Low and behold, here is a lady sitting in her car on the cell phone, honking at the building next door. Apparently, she was picking someone up who was not ready yet. So did she call the person? No. Did she walk 10 fucking steps up to their apartment and knock. No, she honked every minute for 10 minutes. Great idea… Did she ever consider at an APARTMENT COMPLEX there might be other people living there ASLEEP? No, because she has no respect.

I mean, who honks like that for 10 minutes? She must have been friends with whoever she was picking up. What a dick! The person she was waiting for should have popped her in the face when they finally got out there. But, oh no, that would be disrespectful…

You know that commercial where the guy picks up the kid’s toy on the street and some other guy notices and the kindness cascades through people until someone is nice to the original helper. I hope that shit goes the other way. I hope by this lady being rude, somehow karma tags her good!

Non-Nerd: PS3 vs. 360 vs. Wii

Whew, I’m glad you’re actually reading this… I know if I saw another one of these I was going to scream. So, I decided to break it down for everyone who is not a big nerd.

  PS3 360 Wii
Color black white white
Weight your dad can carry your mom can carry your little brother can carry
Technology advanced advanced yes
Online Gaming uh huh if you pay of course
Cost rob a bank rob a credit union rob a 7-11
NCAA 07 in HD in HD in your dreams
Availability yeah, right yup nope
If you buy… you might go broke you might be supporting the devil you might be a japanese schoolgirl

MSU Radio Host Goes Off On Air

Last Saturday night, leading 31-14 at halftime, Michigan State allowed 19 Notre Dame points in the last 8:18 of the fourth quarter in which quarterback Drew Stanton turned the ball over 3 straight times including a go-ahead pick-six. After the remarkable “choke job”, a MSU Radio Host, Mike Valenti, of The Sports Inferno goes off for nearly 16 minutes. Take a listen, It’s priceless.

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