Saturday, June 30, 2007

The iPhone: Revolutionizing Frustration

So the long awaited iPhone is here, and of course a product this hyped would have to have major technical difficulties at launch. While Apple was able to make enough of these things for someone to go to their Apple store and pick one up on release day + 1, they were not strong enough to overcome the ineptitude at the new AT&T.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of customers who bought their iPhones wanting to quickly activate them and call their friends to brag have become bogged down in the activation process. While plenty of thought went into the design and function of the iPhone, it appears almost no forethought was given to the incredible rush of people wanting to activate their iPhones as soon as they got them.

While entering your information through iTunes is relatively simple, some people are waiting up to 24 hours or more for AT&T's servers to activate their iPhone accounts. And, if you are already a Cingular/AT&T customer wishing to simply upgrade your account, your current cell phone will be disabled until your iPhone is activated. That's right, the cell service you pay so much for will be totally disabled for up to a day (maybe more), and all AT&T can say is "Please be patient." Well, some people can't afford to be patient. Some people may not have landlines to fall back on, or perhaps they need their cell phone to work for business.

AT&T really dropped the ball here. Anyone who isn't living in a cave knew that this thing would sell at a ridiculous rate, and AT&T did not do anything to prepare for it. I also place the blame on Apple for not making sure this would work smoothly. People pay big money to Apple expecting a certain level of quality and out of the box function.

To top it all off, while you are waiting for AT&T to get its shit together, your iPhone won't do a damn thing except call 911. That's it. No music, no WiFi, no videos, no pictures, NOTHING. And you can thank AT&T for ruining the launch of perhaps the best phone/media device/pda in history.


To get a sense of the problem, check out this thread one Apple's Support Forums. The last time I checked it, it had 596 posts and 23,413 views.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Blind? Just Use Echo Location



This is just incredible. It is a testament to what incredible things the human brain is capable of.

The 300 + The Office = The 305

Friday, June 22, 2007

No wonder Muslims are so pissed at the West


I must say this surprised me. It turns out Britons are quite offended by the niqab, the full face veil worn by Muslim women. I thought Britain was a fairly progressive place, but here we have some blatant, widespread discrimination. This discrimination may soon become institutionalized as British authorities are considering a ban on the niqab in schools.

It's tough for a Muslim in parts of Europe. In France, students at state schools and civil servants are prohibited from wearing the niqab, suggesting an underlying racism (or religionism, whatever). It's needless discrimination, and surely would not fly here in the United States, even with Bush as president.

The World is already having to deal with enough violent extremists, why exacerbate the problem with narrow-minded bigotry against the peaceful members of Islam. You cannot teach tolerance with intolerance.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Gary Coleman Hits Rock Bottom... Again



That poor manchild, he's so pitiful that it makes me feel bad for laughing so hard when I saw this commercial. Check out the APR on that cash: 99.25%. Surely that's not legal. No one is dumb enough to actually do this, right? I wish.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: Best Movie Ever?

In 2005, one film stormed the nation--and defined a generation. With brilliant writing, deft acting, and mind blowing action sequences, Fantastic Four earned $155 million at the box office. Sporting the tagline, "4 times the action. 4 times the adventure. 4 times the fantastic," Fantastic Four was a powerhouse of superhero action, and left us begging for a sequel.



Now add this guy. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is easily the most anticipated movie of the summer, which is no small feat if you consider the other outstanding sequels from Spiderman, Pirates, Shrek, and Ocean's.

The Silver Surfer, or Norrin Radd, comes from the planet comes from the planet Zenn-la, which came under attack from the powerful space entity Galactus. Norrin made a deal with Galactus to save himself and his wife from destruction. As part of the agreement Norrin was to work for Galactus as his Herald, finding worlds for Galactus to devour.

If all this sounds amazing, it is. Get ready for one hell of a ride. And hey 20th Century Fox, keep 'em coming.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I have something good to tell you about.

The internet is a marketplace of Ideas, some good, some not so good. But I can tell you of a place that is filled with inspiring ideas, where people like Bill Clinton, Francis Crick, Richard Dawkins and many others give inspired talks on a wide range of subjects. I quickly added this site to my bookmarks toolbar because it is simply fascinating. I must recommend this site to you: TED.com. The first one I watched was this one, and I was hooked.


peace.

Robbie is a sick fuck

If you want to read some sick stuff, read Robbie's blog. It's a pit of torrid sex and racism.

It's what he does when he's not fantasizing about things up John's butt.

Nena's blog is under construction but I guarantee it will be incredible. As good as Ninja Warrior...no, better. She's gonna talk about sex.

tune in to all of us for never ending excitement. John really is going to stick things up his butt--like this Jenga knockoff called Timber Tumble. I didn't think there was room in the market for a Jenga imitator, but here we are. And Phil bought it.

ok i'm tired.