June 29th, 2007


The Getaway Car.

While it's been interesting / amusing / a trainwreck seeing everyone work up a good bicker and froth in this post, and kind of fun at times to chime in, I have places to go and promises to keep, running headlong, gobsmacked, into the weekend and a nice long vacation up the coast of the Great Western Ocean that I have rather (intentionally?) underplanned.

You can all just picture me driving north along the coast, Blade Runner ending credits style, escaping this pre-apocalyptic dystopia if only for a little while... Rampaging llamas, yurts, tall trees, winding roads, and the final destination, a little island off the coast of the continent, there to celebrate their Independence (from the mainland) Festivities. A place to just be. 

As I've said before, the best independence is always at the fringes of how far you can reasonably go. Let's hope my theory holds up. Stopping by for awhile at a place between here and there. Sounds like fun. 

On the iPhone.

So, the iPhone is out today. I think it's brilliant and totally groundbreaking. I look forward to it setting a whole new usability standard for mobile devices. And yes, I would *love* to have the power of a truely working mobile web browser with me at all times.

That said, before you all rush out and get one, consider how much it will cost you with its service plan. Is it really a better deal than, say, using VOIP from a laptop, connected to the internet via a Wi-Fi hotspot?

Really, I'm not sure what excites me the most about iPhone. Seeing what it can be made to do, or seeing what open source gadget geeks, reverse-engineerers, software designers, etc. make in response to it. 

For now, I can wait.