iPhone OS 4.0: Results

  • Posted on: April 8, 2010
  • By: Keiya
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Q: Are there any plans for you to run unsigned applications, like on Android?
A: There is a porn store for Android to go to. You can download them, your kids can download them. That's a place we don't want to go. We're not going to go there.

You know, I laughed at loud when I read that question off of Engadget today, causing a coworker to look at me inquisitively. But really, if you want porn on your iPhone there's really nothing stopping you from acquiring it some other way. Seriously, who goes to the app store to find porn?

I am actually fairly satisfied with the 4.0 announcement. Multitasking was announce as predicted; From what I under stand, instead of being a battery raping free-for-all, it works by pausing the app completely except for specific services like say, the ability to play music. No home screen widgets though is sort of a bummer. I was kind of hoping for that one, but whatever.

I still cann't remove first party apps but honestly, the only reason why I ever wanted to do that was to reduce home screen clutter. The folders are a more elegant solution for people who have massive amounts of applications. Just because I don't use the stock app or the compass doesn't mean that it should just vanish I guess. Stashing it away is more than sufficient.

Oh, forgot to list these on the other post. I whinge about the iPhone platform not having them from time to time in WoW, over Gtalk or whatever. I didn't really expect Apple to implement them, yay!

  • Game Center: It's a petty wish I know, given that it's mostly for epeening achievements ala XBox Live. There are several existing services that do something similar with achievements, friend matching for mutiplayer, profiles and what not such as Open Feint, but there really isn't any unified place to do that sort of thing and it feels silly.
  • Bluetooth keyboard support: I've gotten used to the touch screen keyboard, but it's still not nearly as fast as just typing on a normal keyboard. Also, a keyboard would allow me to edit blog posts and lengthy documents on the go.
  • Playlist creation within the iPhone OS: Oh snap I didn't think that they would ever add this feature in reasonable time. I like creating playlists of songs that I like, select songs from certain genres and whatever. It's irritating not being able to do that on my phone and having to wait until I get home so that I can play with iTunes.

...I have to wait until this summer though. Ignore the shittacular editing, it's late.

iPhone OS 4.0 Predictions and Wishes

  • Posted on: April 7, 2010
  • By: Keiya
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I totally caved into a huge itch and switched over to AT&T recently for the sake of getting an iPhone. It has since been the object of my tech obsession. My predictions and wishes for tomorrow's iPhone OS 4.0 announcement.

  1. Multitasking for non Apple produced applications. I want to be able to text AND still listen to Pandora.
  2. A new UI doodad: Hopefully in the form of a homescreen enhancement. I keep my phone sync'd with my Google calendar. I would love a summary of the day's appointments on the homescreen along with any mail and message notifications.
  3. Pseudo file management through iTunes (like how the iPad does it)
  4. The ability to change the background. iPad does it right? It's my God given right to have the ability to use my own ugly ass background without having to jailbreak my phone :P
  5. (Maybe) The ability to remove certain first party applications so that I don't have to shove them all onto the last app page and pretend that they don't exist when in reality it bothers me that they are there.
  6. (Maybe) Software rotation lock....at least in Safari so that I can surf in bed in a non-awkward manner.
  7. (Probably not) Some form of over the air syncing
  8. (Probably not) A unified native chat client for both text messaging and services like GTalk and AIM.
  9. A pony?

If Apple doesn't at least announce multi-tasking the entire internet is going to cry foul. It has been the number one speculation on every single tech site and blog for months on end. Actually to be honest, I can't think of too many things that I really would want to multi-task with other than services like Pandora. Please can we have some sort of rotation lock in Safari? I surf and read things in bed; Playing the tilting game is fucking annoying.

Oh also: I don't know/think that any phone actually does this, but I have always wanted the ability to customize the phone vibration. For example, 1 short pulse for text messages and 2 short pulses for something else.

Smiling Jim

  • Posted on: April 7, 2010
  • By: Keiya
  • Category:
    WoW

I will finish Final Fantasy XIII....eventually but it's not really a gaming priority at the moment to say the least. A have a semi-review post circling around in my half-complete pile, but my priorities are elsewhere.

Anyway, I spent a huge chunk of Sunday getting back into the Loremaster grind because I kind of want to complete that achievement before uuuh the next expansion pack lol. EveryQuest + Quest Helper + Tom Tom = cheap, but fast as hell questing. I ground out around a hundred or so; So that leaves me at around 40 to 50 away from completing Kalimdor. After I complete Kalimdor, all I need to do is polish off a handful of things from the Outlands, which should be cake.

The majority of my questing was done in Dustwallow Marsh, a zone that I apparently skipped (could have sworn that I had completed most of it; Must have been on my hunter). I recall passing by Smiling Jim quite often before Vanilla WoW Onyxia raids. I just figured that he was some random NPC, placed in Theramore for comedic value, never realizing that he actually had a back story and a pretty well done quest chain. The poor guy :(

Star Trek Online

  • Posted on: March 22, 2010
  • By: Keiya
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Oh hey it's been exactly one month since my last posting! Bah so much weekly postings. Oh well.

So a small part of me party always has an always will love Star Trek no matter how over-franchised and cheesy it may become. I have been cautiously intrigued in STO, but not intrigued/too cautious to actually buy the game or brave Del Taco to get a demo code (I'm sorry, I have standards for Mexican food).

Luckily, a friend sent me a 5-day demo code for Star Trek online the other week. Unfortunately, I didn't have too much time to trial it (a couple of hours total probably) as it was kind of a bad week to start a new game. I think I got just enough of a taste of it though to sample a few flavors. It's an interesting game that I probably should have given more time, but it just seems so half-assed in many ways.

Video: Boom De Yada WoW

  • Posted on: February 22, 2010
  • By: Keiya
  • Category:
    WoW

Courtesy of you-know-who-you-are. Hah, I like this one; It's funny/cute, though the song was stuck in my head for a good day or so. I don't go out of my way to watch too many WoW music videos, but this one was pretty well done and well produced.