iPhone… what’s that?

I just love this little bit from an article over at TUAW…

“I called AT&T to ask about their new on-the-go data plans. I was transferred to a data plan “expert”. (I believe that is something like an Apple “genius”.) She asked me which phone I’d be using and I said the iPhone. She asked me what that was and who sold that.”

Bring Star Trek to your Desktop

Star Trek TNG Screensaver

I’m a huge Star Trek fan, and I enjoy a good screensaver when I see one, so I couldn’t resist this Star Trek TNG screensaver when I saw it. It brings the Enterprise bridge displays to your desktop, so you’ll always know what’s going on in the Alpha quadrant… damn that sounded dorky.

The screensaver is free, made for Mac and Windows, and works with multi-monitor setups too… displaying something different on each monitor.

Do you want bridge displays on your desktop even when your screensaver isn’t running? The developers have you covered with these matching Desktop Pictures (wallpapers) too.

via gedblog

iPhone Stuff


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably already aware of the fact the Apple’s iPhone will be released on June 29th, 2007, at 6:00pm (local time). And, even though it’s only two weeks away I did go ahead and make an updated version of my iPhone countdown widget. It counts down to 4:00pm on the 29th, giving you an alert 2 hours before the sale so you can drop what you’re doing and run down to your nearest Apple or AT&T Store. Download it here.

So, what did you think of Apple’s solution for third parties to develop apps for the iPhone? If you haven’t heard about this, they basically told developers to build their “application” as a webpage, and users would access it via Safari. How generous of them. Can everyone say… lame!

I was kind of surprised that they even bothered to make that announcement at this years WWDC. After all, this wasn’t new information. Since the day iPhone was announced, we knew it had a browser (Safari), and internet access. It’s kind of obvious that it could access a web application. They made a point to say that your “application” could interact with the phone… like making calls, and linking to google maps. This isn’t new either. The version of Safari running on the iPhone can do that with any webpage. Apple didn’t build something new for developers. The whole thing was just insulting. I’m very disappointed that iPhone is still a closed platform.

Also, according to this article on TUAW, there is no support for Flash on the iPhone. This makes no sense to me. Apple has maintained that the iPhone runs a real copy of both OS X and Safari. If that were true, we should be able to install the same Flash plugin that you can use on your Mac. What’s up with that?

Where have I been?

So, why haven’t I posted anything here in a month? Well, there are actually a few reasons. But before I get into it, let me say thanks to all those who commented or emailed asking if I was OK. There’s no need to worry, I’m fine.

Several months ago I noticed that the frequency of my posts were starting to slow down. For whatever reason I just didn’t feel as compelled to post as much as I use to. This actually seems to be a relatively common occurrence amongst bloggers right around the three year mark. At least, I’ve noticed it with several blogs that I’ve watched over the years.

I can’t say exactly why I wasn’t as interested in blogging… maybe I was just feeling a little burnt out. But, the result was blogging became more of a chore than a pleasure. I wasn’t really enjoying it as much as I use to.

Another factor in nothing new being posted here was my little incident with the pit-bull back in March. I was already posting relatively few entries, but during that time I got totally out of the habit of blogging. Even though I’m fine now, I never really seemed to get back into blogging mode after that.

The final reason would be Photography. I’ve gotten heavily into it again… almost to the point of obsession. All I think about is shooting, and I’ve been spending quite a bit of time re-doing my photoblog (still in-progress). I’ve been spending enough time in photography-related activities that it hasn’t left time for much else. In fact, I’ve recently noticed that in addition to my blogging habits, my reading habits have changed as well. It use to be that most of the print magazines, websites, and rss feeds that I read were primarily Mac related. Now, I’ve found that they’ve gradually shifted over to photography related sources. Now, I don’t want to give anyone the idea that I have lost interest in Apple, because that is definitely NOT the case. I think it’s a combination of my new enthusiasm for photography, and a relative lul in anything exciting going on in the Mac world recently. The Mac is still a big part of my life, and I image the two interests will equalize at some point.

So, what does all this mean for the future of One Digital Life? Don’t worry… it’s not going away. I actually have some plans for it, if I can ever find the time to do them. I’ll write more about that later. In the mean time, my posting will probably continue to be somewhat erratic, but I will be trying to do more than I have been lately. I can tell you one thing now… anything photography related will now be posted on my photblog, Highly Subjective, instead of here. Right now it’s pretty much just my photographs in that site, but my plan is to add more general photography-related content as well. So, if you like any of the photography-related content that I post here, you may want to start keeping an eye on that site too.