Scripting News for 9/6/07

How about a T-shirt?? 

Apple is offering a $100 store credit to early iPhone purchasers. Good idea, glad they’re responding.

Even better would be to give us something unique, to commemorate the “early days” of the product. A T-shirt maybe, a poster, an iPhone mug from Starbucks? Give people something to feel a part of the team, family, clan, cause. Apple has at times been really good at tuning into this, at other times, not so good.

PS: Scoble wants an SDK so developers can create cool iPhone apps. Of course I do too. But I doubt it’s going to happen anytime soon. Look at all the deals they can do if they don’t. Starbucks wouldn’t need them if there was an SDK. And Tulley’s could do their own, as could Peet’s, and Whole Foods, etc etc. Apple wants all that business, I’m sure. And they want to be able to sell Starbucks an exclusive. They couldn’t if there was an SDK. So I bet we’ll have to settle for the T-shirt or coffee mug, until someone routes around them. 🙂

From the Mind of Twitter 

From Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter at 10:35AM: “We had some unforeseen traffic bite us during our scheduled downtime this morning. Working hard to resolve it now.”

12:25PM: It’s back up.

Apple announcements, Day 2 

Apple and Nokia fighting over customers in Google ads. Love to see this. Customers rule!

About the $200, not a big deal. If you buy Apple products and you’re worried about a small piece of change like that, you should buy a Toshiba or Acer or Compaq. Even Dell is cheap compared to Apple.

However this Q&A with Jobs is a bit much. Not quite sure why I don’t like it so much. Maybe because I don’t think his competitors are quite as ruthless as he is. Maybe what he really means is this is how Apple works, not how technology works.

Wired’s blog nails it with four ways Apple blew it yesterday.

One more thing. Jim Forbes says that the cheers and applause at Apple announcements come from Apple people sitting in the first rows, not from reporters. I didn’t know that. Seems that reporters should include that in every press report until Apple stops doing it. It’s really tacky, like a laugh-track on an old 60s television comedy. To be clear, the people who are cheering are paid to cheer. Maybe others disagree with Jim??

Today’s links 

Yes Twitter, we’re hanging tight. Meanwhile suspension of disbelief is suspended.

Feeling much better 

Yesterday was the first feel-good day after a horrible bout with whatever it was that hit me and dragged me under.

But Naked Jen, who said she had the same disease, warned against believing you’re better when you start feeling better. She fell for it, and ended up being sick for two weeks. I’ve had that happen too.

So I spent yesterday bumming around, sleeping a lot, reading, did a little writing, etc. And today I feel even better. But I’m still going to ease out of the disease, not try to make up for lost time. I’ll go to breakfast with the crew in a few, and then do some food shopping. Maybe a short walk, and more of the routine of the last week. Fluids, rest, nothing too heavy.

The goal is to feel even better tomorrow, and do a little more tomorrow.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Nick on September 6, 2007 at 7:10 am

    Feel better.


  2. Last night Twitter said they would be off at midnight for 2.5 hours. 2.5 hours! This morning I woke up to find that I had to actually do things without telling others about them. The mundane seems that much more mundane when you can’t force an account of it on those who don’t really care. They should build a second Twitter just for all the times Twitter goes down because some of us are loosing our ability to cope without!


  3. Seth: It’s called Jaiku, and it’s seen a lot of activity today of the sort “thank God Jaiku is here, Twitter is down” etc.


  4. Posted by James on September 6, 2007 at 9:53 am

    I feel its wrong to insinuate that they are paid to cheer. they might be Apple employees but shit, I was cheering when they announced the iPhone price cut too.


  5. The iPod Touch is still the slickest “wifi device” seen yet….not sure why theres such minimal competition in this market for Apple. I know _I_ am thinking of buying a Touch just to have in my pocket so I can use wifi anywhere without having to lug my laptop around. The lack of SDK sucks but OTOH as long as the web browser works well enough that means theres a ton of apps I can use…

    Previously I have had a Sidekick 2 and a Zaurus for more or less the same function (I kept my cell phone and used Sickick as web terminal only). Its worth it to have me to have google, wikipedia, email, kinja etc. at my fingertips all the time. Sidekick 2 had some cool apps but web access is more important (to me).


  6. Let me see if I have this right.

    OwnerId is the HTTP address for a human reader to contact the doc owner.

    Before the spec is frozen, is there a way to allow for an HTTP address for a Web Service like an OpenId or iName service to gather and process social information?

    It doesn’t have to be tightly coupled with anything. Something like,

    ownerID type=”theservice”

    where type attribute might be something like “iName” or “human”

    The default could be a Human page as you state in the spec, but it leaves open the possibility for other types of ID.

    What does anyone think?


  7. It’s not an official Apple SDK, but this might interest you and a few others who want to develop for the iPhone. It still has a ways to go but it’s a start


  8. Posted by Will Cate on September 7, 2007 at 2:53 am

    Naked Jen is right – I had the double-whammy virus for about two weeks much earlier this year. NO fun. My sympathies…. get well soon.

    Cringely says Jobs had the throw-em-a-bone $100 credit ready in the wings all along; all part of the master plan. I must say, makes sense to me…


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