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Nov 30, 2007, 10:46 AM
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nagromme
Nov 30, 2007, 12:49 PM
I'll save you the trouble. Here's the piece about the iPhone:

"We got a very pricey phone on a lengthy and restrictive contract. We got a phone that makes texting fiddly, and doesn't have the 3G data that would make it easy to use the web somewhere outside a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Those are the obvious and much-rehearsed limitations. But we also got a phone that pushes us towards pricey music downloads, and another incentive to alienate ourselves from the world with earphones."

So, although the iPhone is cheaper (http://www.roughlydrafted.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/wyewyg-ce.004.png) than most smartphones--and was BEFORE the price drop--it's still "pricey."

And although NO phone's tiny keys are great, and the iPhone's keys have some real and unique advantages over other tiny keys, texting is "fiddly."

And although few phones use 3G, and have their battery life ruined by it, and although the 3G iPhone was officially pre-announced by Apple long before the first iPhone shipped, and although EDGE works fine (when you have a clear signal, obviously) and is more ubiquitous in the US, while 3G itself falls short of perfect, and other phones don't even HAVE WiFi, the iPhone's Internet is not "easy to use."

And we're "pushed" toward "pricey" (a.k.a. the same .99 that is standard) music downloads by some magical force that will drain our wallets--all the while cutting ourselves off from the world and becoming psycho killers, by choosing to listen to something OTHER than random strangers! Because before the iPhone, headphones did not exist and people never listened to music.

:D

Fear not. The article bashes everything. (Though they mention that the biggest disappointment of Vista is that people who want to call it a failure can't.)

(I see ZD Net's desire for ad-views has sunk to a new low--making you click to another ad-laden page in THE MIDDLE OF A SENTENCE instead of merely in the middle of an article!)

zombitronic
Nov 30, 2007, 01:05 PM
Sad, pessimistic article. Cheer up, dude. We may not have flying cars or robot maids yet, but when many of these predictions were made, human technology itself was in its infancy. It still is. Future goals are now reassessed in a more realistic and practical sense. Obviously he's not, but I'm very impressed with where we are today. Advances in driverless cars, video displays, CG, and devices such as the iPhone are all strong examples of where we are in terms of technology. While we still have a long way to go, I believe that we've already come very far.

Orng
Nov 30, 2007, 01:52 PM
We may not have flying cars or robot maids yet,

Speak for yourself! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmIf-slNEC8) :)

Woot!

shamino
Nov 30, 2007, 02:18 PM
I gave up partway through the second page, when I read this line of blather:
The IP protocol, which was on version 4 by the start of the 1990s
This clearly shows that the author doesn't have a clue what he's writing about.

The internet has always used IP version 4. Versions 1, 2, and 3 were never used on the internet. I don't think they were ever used beyond the research labs they were developed in. But the author implies that there has been a steady progression of upgrades or something.

No wonder he believes nothing has lived up to expectations. His expectations are mostly based on fantasy and misunderstanding.

zombitronic
Nov 30, 2007, 03:10 PM
Speak for yourself! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmIf-slNEC8) :)

Woot!

The AI features that some of those Japanese robots have are cool, but those types of animatronics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animatronics) have existed within Disney for decades. The closest thing I've seen to a robot maid is my Roomba (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roomba). Make a hybrid of that and ASIMO (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASIMO) and then we're talking.

Bob Knob
Nov 30, 2007, 05:13 PM
Please meet the future x-Mrs. Knob...

Speak for yourself! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmIf-slNEC8) :)

Woot!

winmacguy
Nov 30, 2007, 07:38 PM
I actually thought the whole article was worth a read with the most relevant bit being the iPhone bit ...right that the end..hah hah. That's why I posted it.

jkaz
Dec 1, 2007, 09:04 AM
i've never read an article where the writer went so far out of his way to look non-biased against apple just to attack apple

bigandy
Dec 2, 2007, 04:28 AM
And although few phones use 3G, and have their battery life ruined by it, and although the 3G iPhone was officially pre-announced by Apple long before the first iPhone shipped, and although EDGE works fine (when you have a clear signal, obviously) and is more ubiquitous in the US, while 3G itself falls short of perfect, and other phones don't even HAVE WiFi, the iPhone's Internet is not "easy to use."

However the article does have more of a point about that, as it's focusing on the UK - where 3G penetration is far higher. Many friends and colleagues can't believe how I was so backward as to purchase an iPhone, when 3G and HSDPA is 'just fantastic'. Yeah, I subscribe to the Jobs-view of 3G. Everyone I know who has an N95 carries at least one spare battery and the charger with them wherever they go. How fun. I'd rather just bring the iPhone and it's headphones, cheers.

Plus, mine gets the ladies ;)

SPUY767
Dec 2, 2007, 07:15 PM
Plus, mine gets the ladies ;)

Indeed. At least three times a week, I find myself sat next to some gorgeous lady showing off my phone. Granted, the [unsupported] features are more interesting to show off than the official ones. I especially like the 0-60 timer for my car that I wrote using the iPhone's accelerometer. Anywho, peace out.