Thursday, July 19, 2007

They usually make better proofreaders, too!

I think I can post from my iPhone now.

This was not posted from an iPhone, mostly because my "mail to blogger" was set in drafts modes, rather than publish.

It would be nice if the iPhone had MMS, then one could post WITH IMAGES from the iPhone, from the iPhone.

I suppose it is possible to attach a photo in email, but most email gateways will not be helpful in getting the image to your blogger account automatically. Also, I do not think it helps that the default for the iphone emails is HTML, which will be rejected by blogger.

Have you had better luck, posting from your iPhone? Does your mail gateway make a difference? Can you post an image, directly from your iPhone?

Monday, July 16, 2007

that rumor that iphone data plan includes att wifi and Passwords on the iPhone

I read it a few days ago on Digg, but it wasn't dugg that much. I would love for the rumor to be somewhat true, but I doubt it.

As rumor would have it, and perhaps this is why it was buried on, was that the data plan that ATT had every iPhone user sign for, would include all the wifi hotspots they operate. Which at the moment, include a few less spots at UPS Stores (which I think you would have to be fairly needy to use generally, as there has never been space to set a laptop in those old mailbox etcetera stores), because UPS doesn't do that anymore. Apparently.

But anyway, ideally, you could be in Mickey D's, and the ATT wifi there would let you surf on your iPhone as you wait for your clownburger, or wash it down with fizzy water. Automagically. Because iPhones have the data plan, see? And its just being an iPhone would let it on the wireless broadband without thinking.

But that is not the way those hotspots work. They push a page to you, and ask you to sign in with a user name and password.
Which you can use, if you have such. I have such. I had such before the iPhone was officially announced, for my powerbook.
It is slightly awkward to fill in passwords on iPhones Safari, and you get the feeling your password is being announced to people peeping over your shoulder, as the keypads leap out at you.

Ironically, looking at these whiz bang apps from iPhoneDevCamp, which I think are a good start, to be kind, you notice that almost all of the webapps they are creating require you to Sign IN. With a password.

I sure would like to surf without showing my papers at every border crossing, and it certainly isn't anything I intend to do on my iPhone. Maybe some sort of keychain will come into being. Perhaps there already is a keychain of sort already in the phones... you need it to have your email pushed to you, for example. But logging in to every webpage you want to see is for the birds, besides being unnecessary, and a security risk to boot.

How about it ATT? How about just letting the iphones in on your hotspots without the hurdle of passwords and contractual agreements? Afraid someone would spoof an iPhone and use the sites for free?

In other words, That Data Plan you may be paying for somehow? I think that is merely for the EDGE network.

Create your own abstract iPhone wallpaper

You do not need your computer to create abstract photography for your iPhones start up screen, you just need to keep in mind that the camera built in to the iPhone is fixed aperature so in certain light situations (most) the shutter will stay open. And if you are moving the phone, the camera, at that time, you will get a smeared exposure.

I tried to get some sort of slit shutter stretchiness on some objects, but I liked the pure smears better.

Try it, and blog your own monkeybusiness.

Hey, a finger painting app WOULD be cool. But it ain't happening on an ARM processor.

My roof is on fire!

Well, no it isn't. But I just want to say, the title of this blog reveals an intention to post some marginal doodles, if I ever find them, if I ever scan them.

I will blab on about far more, if I carry this out properly. So far, it appears I cannot get past the tabs in the Blogger interface without losing what I just created. Perhaps I should use Ecto or something. Anyone reading (ha!) use Ecto for their blogspottiness?

The 'far more' I will blab on about, other than art and music and animation and apple and urban planning and whatever bat is in my belfry, will become self apparent.