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Personal: Going iPhone and the Amazing Development Going On Today 
10th-Jun-2008 02:53 pm
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I just watched the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address by Steve Jobs, from the ad I got for the new (and mercifully cheaper) iPhone coming out next month. Watching this detailed conversation and demonstration between application developers just mercilessly reinforced for me just how comfortably medieval the art of teaching is compared to the details of such coding and innovation, and the turnover rate in such programming from one stage of capability to another. A far cry from the basic building of a computer that I learned in high school.

Oi.

On the flipside, given the decline in prices, I'll probably finally pick up an iPhone and go mobile, while trying to make a point of staying medieval in my capacities for ignoring the device and actually talk to human beings, and even using complex non-technology thoughts.
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10th-Jun-2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
The decline in base price is offset by a $10 uptick in the monthly rates for the AT&T service -- and now you have to sign a 2-year contract to get out the door with a new iPhone, no ifs ands or buts.

Besides, you with a cell of any kind is a sign of the apocalypse, non?
10th-Jun-2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Seeing the way these folks were talking about the iPhone as the third major computing platform (after Windows and Mac OS X) and putting together apps like this amazing thing I saw for medical imaging in the hand-held device was mind-blowing.

Oh, I've always been partial to computers and such, but not at the neglect of everything else. I'm slightly freaked by the way students don't get to know classmates now, but immediately pull out their phones at the end of class. That's okay, I suppose, for maintaining old friendships, but I certainly met a lot of people outside my dorm floor during undergrad through my courses....
10th-Jun-2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've always been partial to computers and such, but not at the neglect of everything else.

Very true -- I mean, I'm of the generation that is very tethered to tech (and me more than most in my generation), but I like to think even I know when to close the screen and pay attention. I joke about "surviving" without email for most of my trip, but it's quite true -- I almost forgot about digital doodah entirely during Reunion (aside from the rampant discussion of facebook-imparted info and the usual "composing thoughts to talk about with absent friends" part, which happens regardless of tech)

I'm slightly freaked by the way students don't get to know classmates now, but immediately pull out their phones at the end of class.

Yeah, I worry about it too. I think I'm the last class that graduated before cell phones took over -- at least at BMC.

That's okay, I suppose, for maintaining old friendships, but I certainly met a lot of people outside my dorm floor during undergrad through my courses....

I agree -- and the "maintaining old friendships" part is particularly fraught -- after all, one theoretically "goes off" to college to embrace the new and scary larger world, and while it's important to keep old friends, there's the danger of being crippled by them.

Random: I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about what the rising price of fuel will do to all these relationships that can be easily maintained through IM/email/etc, but will now run up against ever-increasing transportation costs, which will make the visiting side of the equation more and more difficult.

As for the iPhone -- I was talking to Jenni about this, and she has similar reservations about the whole "always available" issue. I told her to get an iPod touch -- more or less the same applications (with some exceptions), WiFi capability, but no pesky phone.
10th-Jun-2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
I also just have a substantial beef with the way tech is generally taught in the schools, as far as I've seen. I was horrified to find that at Saint Joe's when I was teaching there that "computer" classes were simply classes in how to use applications: Word, Excel, whathaveyou. To my mind, that's "out of class" knowledge to pick up, or simply in-class "instructions" to be done as briefly as possible, especially given the way programs evolve. I only slowly came to realize that my high school, pre-internet computer classes were the exception: learning how computers actually work, binary, machine language, putting code together in assembler and then moving up to BASIC just so that we would get the logic of it all, and even building a computer from raw components. That's knowledge I can re-apply across specifics, particularly in that that was where I learned logic, as part of programming.

The thing with the phone is that I would really like to have mobile capability when I'm traveling, both for safety and convenience. But yes, outside of the "I'm expecting a [truly] important call," I want to model a new phone etiquette: not pulling out a phone at every ring or buzz just to see who it is, interrupting the current conversation for that, etc. Or not talking on my phone loudly in public spaces. So rude. Especially when I do "tours," combining visits to different friends and/or family, so that I'm away from my apartment for a few weeks – then the mobile capability would be really welcome.

But I didn't know that the iPhone price cut was combined with an AT&T hike. That gives me more pause (until I have a real job, perhaps). The exclusive AT&T contract is such a wretched-looking affair, even for the world of cellphones. Making it worse rather than better seems counter-intuitive for Apple, but then I know nothing of what demands iPhones make on networks, technically-speaking, so maybe it's all very clever.
10th-Jun-2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
I also just have a substantial beef with the way tech is generally taught in the schools

Amen, brother.

The thing with the phone is that I would really like to have mobile capability when I'm traveling, both for safety and convenience.

Yep -- which is why my sister and I were added to the family mobile plan as soon as Jenni started driving. My parents loathed the idea of us being stranded somewhere, and to this day I can freak my mother out by having my cell battery die (or connection cut-out) in mid-conversation.

And personally, I think that to a certain extent text messaging is a blessing -- being able to reach someone where they are for a short burst of information in a less-intrusive way than a call can.

I want to model a new phone etiquette: not pulling out a phone at every ring or buzz just to see who it is

Or -- still more radical to a great many -- putting the thing on silent. (which I do and then am guilty of the opposite faux pas -- not checking for messages for days)

Making it worse rather than better seems counter-intuitive for Apple

Yes, but that's the way it is -- the monopoly the old Bells had is reemerging thanks to the iPhone, especially with this latest development (which makes it all-but-impossible to "jailbreak" iPhones to work on other networks). The reason I've shied away from getting an iPod touch (and I would dearly love to have a PDA that was seamlessly connected to my laptop, as I did in college) is because Apple has largely crippled it in comparison to the iPhone to make it the phone that much more lucrative. Sigh.
10th-Jun-2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was going to ask if that's what you had meant earlier: that the new iPhone wasn't so able to be unlocked to work on other networks, as I've seen amply made available on eBay.

I've heard, though, that enterprising young so-and-sos have made the iPod touch into a phone by using the capacity to add a microphone (I assume the Bluetooth possibilities) and then using some of the internet phone services through the web browser....
10th-Jun-2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Impossible -- one of the downgrades of the touch is that it doesn't have bluetooth -- or integrated audio input.
10th-Jun-2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Eh, you can google the idea to see the stuff that comes up. It sounds awkward, but apparently has been done.
10th-Jun-2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I keep up with jailbreak developments through Lifehacker and Engadget through Google Reader.
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