Saturday, June 30, 2007

iPhone, Therefore iAm

Well, yesterday was iDay, and to make a long story short, I'm making this post from my shiny new iPhone. I arrived at my local AT&T store at 7:00 AM, and Secret Asian Man joined me about ten minutes later. We were number eight and nine in line, and the first arrivals of the day. The folks in front of us had all been there since the night before, which is a little too hardcore, even for me.

By the time the store was ready to start selling at 6:00 PM, there were about 80-100 people in line. Thanks to Secret Asian Man, it didn't feel like an eleven hour wait. Everyone was really friendly and social. It was like a beach party without the beach.

As for the phone itself, there is nothing I don't love about it. Every feature I've tried so far works as advertised or better. The keyboard is unbelievably good. They say to start off with one finger, and after about a week, you'll graduate to two thumbs. Well, I'm cooking along with two thumbs now, and it's not been 24 hours yet. The predictive correction is sort of like the opposite of early versions of the Newton. You type nonsense, and the word you wanted appears. I'm already way faster than I ever was with years of Graffiti, various tap keyboards or T9.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some phone calls to make.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Fly or Drive?

We're in San Jose, exhibiting at Super-Con this weekend. Air travel is a funny thing sometimes. We left the house at 5:30 on Friday and, after interminable mechanical delays, finally checked in to the hotel at midnight. That's six and a half hours later. Google Maps tells me that driving from our house in San Diego to the hotel in San Jose would have taken seven hours and thirteen minutes. Flying wins, but only just. But enough about my griping. Check out the photo gallery from Super-Con.