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Posted on 2008.07.24 at 10:17
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Morricone - Cinema Paradiso
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They had an iPhone on display at the AT&T store. I bemusingly picked it up...and wanted one. Well, almost. When I carted around the Vaio life was good - it was almost perfect excepting three very key points of contention:

  • The miniature keyboard was maddeningly microscopic

  • It was $2000

  • It ran the Windows operating system



The iPhone's interface is a millennium ahead of both the Vaio and the WOEFULLY MISNAMED new Samsung "Instinct" as it is anything but instinctual. But the iPhone has two drawbacks - One, its a phone. And two, it doesn't *actually* run OSX. I don't want another phone. I haven't paid a cell phone bill in eight years, and my company is not going to let me transfer my plan to an iPhone. I want a computer - like the Vaio, on an iPhone platform, with the iPhone interface, running OSX.

I WANT A LITTLE OSX HANDHELD COMPUTER.

After explaining this to several helpful people who want to sell me things, they brought me to the iTouch. Which is an mp3 player. Also not running OSX, but a stripped down version of the iPhone software. Another step down from the object I desire - an object which perplexedly doesn't exist yet. I want built-in broadband access like the iPhone, or at least a USB PORT that I could plug my AirCard into like the Vaio allowed. The iTouch has only wifi access.

APPLE - HEAR ME NOW! MOAR HANDHELDS! Give me OSX in the palm of my hand (for approximately the price of an iPhone) or give me death!




Comments:


Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-07-24 15:19 (UTC) (Link)
I have nothing meaningful to contribute to this post, but I just wanted you to know that I'm SO HAPPY that someone posted something! I need entertainment, goddammit.

Out of sheer gratitude, I have to use my cleavage icon.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 15:24 (UTC) (Link)

BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL!

Gratuitous use of this avatar alone will likely drive comments to my site from all four corners of the globe. May you indeed be entertained.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-07-24 15:28 (UTC) (Link)

Re: BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL!

Ah, how I long for true appreciation of my gratuitous cleavage displays!
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 16:06 (UTC) (Link)

Re: BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL!

Its mere presence sways foreign national policy. Like a U.S. Naval Carrier Group!
JaceMan
jaceman at 2008-07-24 18:03 (UTC) (Link)

Re: BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL!

Looks like gratuitous use of the icon caused Doc to respond. Consider yourself psychic!

-INTENSErat
JaceMan
jaceman at 2008-07-24 18:02 (UTC) (Link)
I prefer your other set of contacts!

-DocJollyWood
galinda822 at 2008-07-24 15:21 (UTC) (Link)
I'll make sure to put a bug in Chrissy's ear to keep me posted on any "rumors" he hears. You never know what's right around the corner.

ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 15:26 (UTC) (Link)

MONKEY-SPANK!

Now that's the most brilliant idea I've heard from any one, ever! You are a true vessel of encouragement. Thank you, ma'am.
galinda822 at 2008-07-24 16:46 (UTC) (Link)

Re: MONKEY-SPANK!

I will keep you posted!
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 18:30 (UTC) (Link)

Re: MONKEY-SPANK!

Please wear clown-shoes when you do? Thank you!
galinda822 at 2008-07-25 16:14 (UTC) (Link)

Re: MONKEY-SPANK!

What?
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2008-07-24 16:06 (UTC) (Link)
Rumors are flying about a MacBook Touch (like the MacBook Air, but a little different... get it?) this fall, actually.

EDIT: I submitted too quickly. First, I wanted to point out that the iPhone does run OS X - if you jailbreak an iPhone, you can get a precious command line, ssh, etc.

Second, link pr0n: http://www.tuaw.com/2008/07/23/a-mac-tablet-not-just-yes-but-heck-yes/

Edited at 2008-07-24 04:08 pm (UTC)
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 16:50 (UTC) (Link)

HOLY CLI, BATMAN!

Well shoot. That sounds exactly like what I want. Only problem is I'd want a data-only plan and I bet they only have rake-you-over-the-coal plans.

My company also pays for my Air Card so I don't have a single recurring bill outside my home DSL. Of course with an iPhone I could spend more time sitting adjacent my wife while I surfed & worked...

Thanks dude.
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2008-07-24 17:24 (UTC) (Link)

Re: HOLY CLI, BATMAN!

Oh, using the iPhone that way is still a massive pain. You're better off waiting for the MacBook Touch. :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 18:24 (UTC) (Link)

Re: HOLY CLI, BATMAN!

Do you think it will be priced closer to an iPhone or to a MacBook Air? This will basically be a tool of convenience. A "toy" if you must.
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2008-07-24 20:14 (UTC) (Link)

Re: HOLY CLI, BATMAN!

Probably smack-dab in the middle.
JaceMan
jaceman at 2008-07-24 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
I know that you're familiar with OSx86, so why not visit a page made specifically for using that project with ultra portables?
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 18:22 (UTC) (Link)

FIRST ATTEMPT


  • The miniature keyboard was maddeningly microscopic
  • It was $2000


JaceMan
jaceman at 2008-07-24 18:26 (UTC) (Link)

Re: FIRST ATTEMPT

not all of these ultra portables have keyboards like that one. Nobody told you to install it on the mini-Vaio.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 18:33 (UTC) (Link)

Re: FIRST ATTEMPT

I don't think OSXx86 hack has the iPhone interface I so adore. *single tear*
JaceMan
jaceman at 2008-07-24 18:36 (UTC) (Link)

Re: FIRST ATTEMPT

I'd be willing to bet a dollar that someone, somewhere has themed OS X to have an iPhone like interface. Want me to research it for you?
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 18:47 (UTC) (Link)

Re: FIRST ATTEMPT

That's very kind, but its not the direction I'm trying to go. Its not just the 'theme' but the ease of use - easy to navigate and manipulate keyboards which pop up right when you need them to, auto-orientation adjust, flawless touch-screen interface. Its a work of art!
JaceMan
jaceman at 2008-07-24 18:50 (UTC) (Link)

Re: FIRST ATTEMPT

Having personally used the iPhone and iPod Touch and not caring for either, I say -- to each his own!
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 18:55 (UTC) (Link)

Re: FIRST ATTEMPT

Perhaps. I'm quite dexterous. I know people with fat-little sausage-fingers who cannot as adeptly navigate the iPhone.
JaceMan
jaceman at 2008-07-24 19:28 (UTC) (Link)

Re: FIRST ATTEMPT

As an accomplished musician, I simultaneously resent that accusation and wish to poke you in the eye with my little pork fingers.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 19:52 (UTC) (Link)

Re: FIRST ATTEMPT

While I wasn't referring specifically to you, touché sir!

Edited at 2008-07-24 08:20 pm (UTC)
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 18:25 (UTC) (Link)
Also - those are Jayson's nails. My nails are exceptionally well groomed.
galinda822 at 2008-07-24 22:39 (UTC) (Link)
I'd recognize those hands any where and they're not Jayson's!
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-07-24 22:40 (UTC) (Link)
Das Cluckster?
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