OK…So I’m importing a lot of old video onto my computer so I can re-encode some of out older movies and I ran across this funny little bit of Matthew on his 4th birthday. He was a riot and did this for every single present. I think it captures his spirit pretty well.
I thought the furor around the iPhone update that either locked your iPhone so that it only runs the base software, or bricked your iPhone if it was hacked to run on networks besides ATT, was dying down. But then I read this blog from Leo Laporte, an Apple Fan and host or podcasts, radio shows and a TV show in Canada.
I’m hoping that this spurs Apple into doing the right thing and giving us our third party apps back. I’ve heard rumors that Apple might start selling apps through the iTunes store and that would be fine for me if anyone could submit apps and if authors had the ability to make free apps if they wanted.
I still have not updated my iPhone to the latest software and won’t until I can install and run my own apps. I’ll let you know if/when it’s ever safe to buy an iPhone again.
UPDATE: Business Week columnist Arik Hesseldahl agrees here.
You might see that there are is a new Blogs menu on the right-hand side of the page. We are trying something new here at doerrstop.com in an attempt to get the kids more involved in the content on the site. Over the next few weeks my hope is that you will begin to see more weekly blogs from the kids on pretty much any topic they want to talk about.
It’s an experiment that has a bit of monetary enticement for them, and hopefully some good content and insight into their world for the rest of us.
So stay tuned to doerrstop.com and once they start posting, send them some feedback so they know you are out there.
As many of you already know I am a self-confessed Apple fanboy. It’s mostly because I have used their products since I was a child and their ease of use has always allowed me to spend more time using the machines and less time fixing them. I was recently given an iPhone as a gift from a friend and have been loving it. Of course once I had it up and running for a few days, I had to jump in and start hacking on it. It’s an amazing little piece of hardware.
The first thing I did was jailbreak it and change the ATT logo to a MSU Spartan logo. Oh yeah! Then I added custom ringtones and a bunch of custom apps like a NES emulator, IM client (catch me on AOL IM as doerrstop), drawing programs, text editor, voice recorder, and dictionary. This made the iPhone almost everything it should have been coming out of the box (except for GPS and video capture) When I was done I had a nearly perfect phone.
Then this morning I read about the new "update" for my iPhone from Apple…
The new firmware update adds a few new features like buying itunes music on your phone and a few minor tweaks to the interface that make it easier to get around. It doesn’t add video capture to the camera or any of teh things that I had hacked it to do…and it wipes out all the cool software hacks and then encrypts the filesystem, making it very difficult to rehack into.
Let’s just say that I was lucky enough to read up on the impact of the "update" before I clicked the install button and I won’t be upgrading anytime soon. (Unless someone cracks the encryption) I’m also a bit miffed that Apple is locking the phone down so hard and not giving users a way to make their iPhone experience customized. Without all the cool little apps I installed, the iPhone is nice (and still the best smartphone out there) but its no where near as powerful as what it with them.
I’m reading a lot of similar feelings on the web and if apple keeps this up, they may find that their biggest fans become their biggest critics. Next time you see me, let’s play a game of Zelda on my phone…it’s awesome.
Scott and I were talking about life after Triad a few weeks ago and he was mentioning that a lot of the Triad execs were looking for a good way to keep in touch with each other, Triad corporate employees, and facility management after the sale to CHS goes through. "Hmm…", I said. "A community website might just do the trick!"
I went home that night , bought a domain name, spoke with Gobie at Kolusu.net, (have I ever mentioned that his hosting is the best and I can get you a good deal?) and spent the next 5 nights up late at my computer.
The next Saturday I called Scott and told him to check out www.TriadFamilyReunion.com. There I had created a little community complete with registration, user profiles, user lists, and forums. We discussed his idea to add a job listings app and I jammed on that for another day or two. I also added some code in the background fro a few secret features coming out a couple weeks after it launches like chat, IM and a google maps mashup.
Some 80 hours later the site was ready and launched to 30 Triad execs. Within 5 days we had 20 registrations a lot of compliments but not a lot of activity. Next week we'll be launching to the rest of corporate and after that, the field. I'm hoping to have a few hundred users on the site in the next few weeks and hopefully a lot of interaction.
When you have a moment, stop by and check it out. you can't register unless you work at Triad, but you can take a peek at the look at feel of the site.
It's been a while since I posted my poll asking for comments on the photo gallery and when I was taking a look at the poll results I decided to look around and see what has happened in the photo gallery landscape. I looked at all the galleries I could find like:
Yikes! There were a lot of choices but after careful consideration finally picked RSGallery2. It seemed easy to install, modify and had the flexibility I needed, not to mention the cool scrolling image tool on the right. Many grandparents will be happy to know that you can download high-res versions (as available) from the gallery.
So to quench everyone's thirst for photos, I loaded up some 1000 of the most recent and am migrating all the photos from the variaous different systems I've tried over the years to this system. Once complete, it will become the mother of all online family photo albums. Bet you can't wait.
To take a look just click on the Photos button up top and be sure to vote on your favorite shots and leave comments.