Category Archives: Rants

[Rant] Echoing the thoughts of a giant’s decline

In response to: Is the iPad Mini the Beginning of Apple’s Decline?, I think there are things that I should give prop to Apple for the new device such as:

  • New improved screen (not the extra height)
  • It’s light in weight
  • The new processor is really a great welcome addition

After using the new iPhone 5 for a considerable amount of time, the phone is better off without:

  • The new resolution 1136×640
  • Siri
  • The “new” Maps

and a lot of other new feature that could be passed.

The new resolution
As an app developer, it makes me really wonder the pain to jump into the wagon of a “new resolution” for the app that I’m creating, and also be guilty of the screen size fragmentation. Would the app behave better with the additional screen resolution? Not really, as I noticed a lot of “most used” app has yet to bother update their app to fit on the new screen resolution, which makes 70% of my time, makes the new screen resolution redundant.

Siri
With all the hype surrounding the feature, it is still far from being a practical daily usable tool for the consumers. An extreme scenario: You’re running away for your life from a life-threatening situation and taking up your trusty iPhone and launch up Siri, you’re breathing heavily while trying to think of a “keyword” to find the item/location with the help of Siri, and it doesn’t work most of time due to the incorrect voice interpretation. And you would do better by typing on the search bar and asking uncle Google.

Now, if you ask me, it is still make perfect sense to launch the new iPhone without:

  • the new Maps
  • Siri
  • the 1136×640
And it still knocks perfect sense into people to buy the phone (with just an improved processor and build). Because “it just works…until Apple introduce a phone-breaking feature that frustrates people to doom.”

Disclaimer: The thoughts above are solely my personal opinion and doesn’t represent any third party that I’m associated with.

[Thoughts] Signs of aging?

There is this interesting discussion about if we should use the word “Digital” in marketing whenever we talk between our peers or clients. There has been a divide that we should/shouldn’t talk about it but there isn’t any solid convincing reason to tell the whole group that we shouldn’t even mention about it.

It will embarrassingly  shows that you have aged. Why?

The newer generations (post-Gen Y) came to know the “Digital” camera we use today as just…Camera. Precisely, they have never go through the era where “Analog” gadgets once thrived, such as the cassettes and Film cameras (Though there is still a sizable community in Lomography). So next time, it will look pretty bad on you if you start yanking Digital this Digital that and then still say you’re way about the curve among the rest.

[Rant] How the web has come to be in 2012

I was pretty uninformed in the past few years on the web movement, and the acceleration has been phenomenal on the ability for you to do things with just HTML, CSS and Javascript itself.

Starting with the official iPhone 5 product page, I realized you can now encode (store) images in JSON using base64 encoding to be displayed on your page without even going through downloading an image. I think this tool could make it work.

Sure, I do have a lot of question, i.e. why do that when you can just link a .jpg or .png? But there should be more advantage as it is demonstrates here on the product page, a seamless high quality video (animated frame by frame) playing on an iOS browser.

Another finding would be, a drawing of Monalisa by CSS. It is made possible by manually drawing blurred pixel (CSS’s box-shadow) on the DIV. Great times ahead.

[Rant] Are we screwed by technology?

Or is it…? I heard a lot of complaint from my surroundings where people are so obsessed in the mobile-centric time. Some people call it the “Mobile-Panic-Syndrome”, where one have to pretend there is a new mail or message arrives into their inbox and keeps checking his/her phone every 3 seconds (even if there isn’t any). Even when a group of friend are sitting at a table for a drink, even if they are not talking verbally, I observed they are actually communicating…via their mobile devices…on the internet (checking in, tweeting, liking).

Some say it is the end of the world when people care less about each other because they communicate lesser verbally…But is that a bad thing? And what would than mean to us? Culturally…in the next 10 or 20 years?

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[Thought] What if…

Short version

…we leave our phone at home intentionally for a day?

Long version

I figured compared to almost half a decade ago, our daily lives in the city are preoccupied with phones, apps, advertisements, SMSes from morning to night. Could one person be more productive by removing these distraction?