Time for a change…

I was watching a 5 minute video clip that made me smile. It was the highlights of the 1989 classic football match between Arsenal and Liverpool. For those who don’t know, Arsenal needed to win the game by two goals to win the championship of the year. Liverpool, having endured the FA Cup disaster at Hillsborough only a few months before, was desperate to win a game for the ones who died in that tragedy.

The game was absolutely amazing, and since most of you probably don’t know the results you can watch this video.

But that’s just an aside. The real thing that happened during this video was that I was smiling and quite happy, removed from the day-to-day grind which has been hanging over me for most of the year. I really didn’t care about the ‘task list’ that’s before me, and I think I’m coming to a decision that will change a few things.

More soon.

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The Missing Cocoa Touch Templates in the iPhone SDK

Now that you have your new iPhone and you want to start writing applications, you’ll probably find one of the dozen or so ‘how to’ videos from Apple a great place to start. Unfortunately, while they updated the SDK and the Xcode application, they forgot to upgrade the tutorials.

So I, like a bunch of others folks, have been busy scrambling to follow ‘line 1′ of the instructional video and start the cocoa touch templates only to discover they don’t exist.

Never fear though–you can simply use the ‘View Based Application’ templates as a substitute.

Now to get on to the rest of the 19:45 minutes of the 20 minute video tutorial.

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iPhone sales top 1 million in 3 days

The 3G iPhone has sold 1 million units in 3 days, despite the hassles and pain of the registration process. There have also been 10 million downloads from the application store.

The previous phone sold 6 million units and Apple wants 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008.

I wonder how many 2G iphones were replaced by 3G models. I’m sure that accounts for some of the 1 million, but we’ll see the overall numbers in a few months. The lines were still pretty long at the local Apple stores.

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Yahoo board tells Carl Ichan to get stuffed

The BBC and other sources are reporting on the ‘angry rejection’ of the most recent Microsoft / Carl Ichan takeover bid.

“It is ludicrous to think that our board would accept such a proposal,”

Yahoo said in a statement.

“This odd and opportunistic alliance of Microsoft and Carl Icahn has anything but the interests of Yahoo!’s stockholders in mind,” Roy Bostock, chairman of Yahoo, said.

It has been a long drawn out affair, but the idea that you ‘MUST’ sell your company simply because it’s Microsoft offering the money has never quite resonated with me. I don’t get it.

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How the iPhone will kill XM and Sirius

It’s over.

I’ve just spent about 30 minutes in my car and the very thought of buying XM or Sirius satellite radio has been purged from my mind forever.

Internet radio on your iPhone will doom XM and Sirius. It will get to the point that the only saving grace they will have is the fact they have long term contracts with Howard Stern and some sports programming, but in a matter of years, when they lose the exclusivity to their audio content and the iPhone will drop even further in price, there will no longer be any reason for either, unless you are a long-haul trucker plying those bits of the Interstate that still do not have cell phone coverage.

I’ve downloaded all of the Internet radio applications from the iPhone application store. I have the version one iPhone which works on Edge, but pretty much any stream under 32k will come in just fine at that speed. Still, even with reduced speeds, the offerings are extensive.

I drove to the store listening to Virgin Radio out of London. I heard ads for ‘insurance cover’ for your auto from AA of England (maybe I should buy as I almost hit someone). I switched over to di.fm, the best Electronica station out of New York to hear the content you won’t hear on American radio stations. I then flipped to AOL’s radio plug-in and heard 1010WINS traffic (sorry for those in the Holland tunnel stuck in traffic right now).

I predicted this long ago (yes, I own the domain name ‘phoneradio.com’). But with iPhone’s ease of use, mass marketing power, and legion of adoring fans, I foresee the demise of the big satellite radio companies in just a few years. Radio is just a ‘free’ ad-on to the other services you get with the iPhone. There are very few business models that can compete with ‘free’, and XM and Sirius’ limited offerings are not one of them. There are a few out there who can’t see the forest for the trees, (’the iPhone is too expensive’, ‘the monthly service plan too costly’), but these same people did not foresee the iPod either.

Satellite radio is not network radio. It requires massive expenditures of cash to basically recreate ‘towers in space’. It’s not about getting your connectivity wherever you can (i.e. edge, 3g, wifi, dsl, cable). It’s a massive infrastructure and canned content deliver via satellite in much the same manner as radio has been done for 100 years. It’s an expensive and fancy recreation of existing broadcasting, not the future of broadcasting.

Sorry about the billions you spent throwing your birds in orbit.

UPDATE: More here on the future of radio with the iPhone, not just from me but also from Doc Searls of Linux Journal

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iTunes error 9838 and the iPhone update

Macintouch reader reports are filled with others getting the same messages. And now with Itunes being overloaded with new subscribers and updates, the process is quite annoying. Some suggestions include removing any applications you downloaded prior and resetting the iPhone to the factory default. Perhaps I can do the manual update that was in the Macrumors.com site yesterday (I have the software somewhere). UPDATE: It’s due to massive overload of the activation servers (thanks ATT for your stupid requirement that phones be activated day one). UPDATE: Here is a thread about it on the Apple site. UPDATE: The Washington Post chimes in. UPDATE: The 9838 error is a problem connecting to the iTunes server. I was able to connect and reactivate and complete the upgrade at 12:53 EDT. Your mileage may vary. I should note that the v.2.0 upgrade which was ‘stalled’ mid-upgrade ‘took’ and when the phone got back online it was running 2.0 (you’ll see an icon for the App Store and a new icon for Contacts). More updates as the day goes on…]]>

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The pre-1994 Internet

Just posted this on Doc Searls blog. This is a complaint of many, the pre-1994 dearth of materials on the web. It’s such a shame because so much of that information is already out there, just locked behind stupid walls and not properly indexed.

Another growing problem is the reordering of Google to reflect ‘new content first’. For example, I was doing some research on President Clinton’s attacks on the privacy of Americans. I specifically recall when I worked on Capitol Hill saying to myself when one of these bills passed ‘if the US ever goes Orwellian it will be these bills people look back on as laying the groundwork’. Unfortunately, as we have moved more and more toward the always observed society, I wanted to do some research back to that anecdote from pre-1994 and did some Google searching. Not only was there a lack of information about the bill that passed, but new stories about Hillary Clinton and her views on the Patriot Act / privacy / security etc. took the first 10 pages or so of Google more or less. You know one place to start in cataloging the old stuff would be the ‘morgues’ of dead newspapers. For example, the ‘morgue’ of the Washington Star newspaper sits in dusty file cabinet after file cabinet in the MLK Public Library in downtown DC.
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