this is kind of weird and awkward for me, but i have to tell you that i've been having the biggest crush on you for awhile now. i don't know how else to tell you, only this way. i don't go on here a lot, this isn't even my account, but if you ever want to talk i'm always on www.dateapply.com under the username "wishfulthinker" and please when you do see me next time, please don't act weird =/
I’m assuming you’re spam. Therefor, lol.
If you’re seriously a real person though, I apologize. I’m engaged, though, and not interested in anyone else.
- One of the things I love about Android is its openness. Apps are allowed to actually change things about the software itself, making each person’s phone sort of unique. As an open-source software fan, I love this, but I don’t like Google – I’ll explore that in another post one day – so I won’t get an Android phone. Still, when I saw Lifehacker’s initial post about Tasker and a follow-up on it, I nearly had a tech-induced orgasm. Sadly, Apple will never allow such levels of automation by a third-party app. It’s all about security, which makes sense on the surface. That said, I wanna be able have Wi-Fi turn off (and stop draining my battery looking for a signal) when I leave home, and I want it to automatically turn back on when I get back. I wanna automate my phone to turn off data and Wi-Fi throughout the night to save the battery but also have it turn those things back on periodically in order to check for new messages. I can’t even fathom the things that would be possible with this. I just really want it to happen and to be really usable. (Likelihood of this actually happening: nearly zero)
2.) Messaging improvements
- My specific complaint is with text messages, but other iOS apps use similar features. As it is, there is no way at all to use custom text message alert tones. We’re all stuck with the ones Apple gives us. Of these, just about all iPhone owners are agreed that ONE (“tri-tone”) is actually good; the others are either really freakin’ annoying or just way too long (roughly 30 seconds for the “new” ones). In addition, Twitter and Facebook both use “tri-tone” for their push notifications. This is confusing. Apple needs to get with the rest of the cell phone world and allow custom tones to be set for texts, not just calls. This was possible on cell phones from the ‘90s, but not on the phone that “changes everything” or whatever. Along with this, Apple should take cues from Android and allow us to reply to texts without leaving the app we’re using in order to do so. This is just painfully obvious, particularly to anyone that’s ever played an iOS game that doesn’t allow for fast app switching. (Likelihood of this happening: pretty good if Apple listens to every consumer out there)
EDIT: I’d also really like for group text messages to not send as MMS messages, and I’d like to be able to tell who I’m receiving them from. As it is, I see everyone involved in the group message, but the sender is not signified at all. This actually led to a rather explosive argument between me and my aunt. Fix that!
1.) Notification improvements
- Oh my god. This is basically everyone’s number one desire for the iPhone. I’ve only had mine for two months and I already fully understand the complaints that I’ve been hearing for years.
Here’s the scenario: you’re sitting in class, just about to doze off because the teacher is just that boring, when suddenly the fire alarm right next to your head starts going BEEEHHHNNNGGG! You awake now?
That’s how iOS notifications work. You’re doing something – checking a favorite website, playing a game, reading a tumblr post – when all of a sudden, this big obtrusive window pops up telling you that there’s a new text message, IM message, sports update, etc. The only thing you can do is immediately go to the app that just alerted you or ignore it entirely. Until you pick one of these two, that big obtrusive box will just stay right there, keeping you from doing what you were just doing in your game or website or tumblr post. Apps that don’t have (or don’t have to use) pop-up alerts, such as the Mail app or Twitter, do an alert noise of some sort without popping a box in your way, but you still have to leave the app you’re in in order to tell what made the noise.
Android has fixed this problem entirely with a sort of “all notifications in one spot” sort of thing. On those devices, you can pull down from the top of the screen (like where the clock/cell signal/battery icon is) and see a window with all your notifications right there. You even have icons on that top menu bar that tell you of notifications like texts and e-mail, and they aren’t in any way obtrusive. No such luck with iOS. To the best of my knowledge, Apple hasn’t changed its notification system since the iPhone debuted, and it’s been getting complaints the entire time. Rumor has it that this may be changing, FINALLY, in iOS 5. I really like this concept, and it seems like something Apple would actually do rather than other concepts I’ve seen which change everything about iOS. If Apple does do something in this vein with its notification system, I’d like it to be this. Given, it’s a bit odd to have to open another app to check my other apps’ notifications¸ and I’m sure Apple would think of that. Chances are, though, they’ll come out of left field with something really impressive. Apple tends to make things that “just work.”
Previous items on the list found here. Continuing on:
6.) “Close All” button for multitasking
- Have you ever scrolled through your multitasking menu from first four “recently opened” apps all the way to the end? You suddenly realize just how many apps you have on your device. It’s insane. In fact, I just scrolled through mine and found sixty-seven “recently” opened apps. I only have, according to iTunes, 55 third-party apps on my device, so I’ve apparently actually used 12 of the apps I didn’t think I would (or at least I opened them). There’s no real need to keep all that info there. I mean, I can understand not doing an auto-purge of them; you could be listening to Pandora and just cycling absentmindedly through your other apps for all I know. But if you *do* want to purge them, the only way to do this is manually and doing so one app at a time. Holy crap. A simple “close all” button right up front would be fantastic. Barring that (or in addition to it)…
5.) Golden Rings – kidding! Actually, I want an option to completely close an app in one click
- This is fairly self-explanatory. As multitasking works right now, when you close out of an app via the home button, it stays partially running (in many cases) or at least in your “recently opened” apps (in all cases) until you open up that multitasking tray and close it out again. If Apple doesn’t add a “close all” button, they should come up with a way of being able to completely close an app in one click instead of the tedious twice-closing process. Sometimes I just want Pandora to shut up when I exit it. I know Pandora is easy to stop, but I’m just using it as an example. I don’t have any idea how much “juice” the multitasking or “recently opened” apps might hog, but it’s probably enough that I’d notice a difference if they weren’t there all the time.
(Likelihood of 5 or 6 happening: Pretty good; there’s little doubt something will happen with multitasking, but whether it’s one of these options is debatable.)
4.) Improvements to the Mail app
- The Mail app is really good as it is, and the unified inbox was a great improvement. It’s so handy for me to be able to check my mail and reply to it all on the go, and I can even move mail into synced folders. But, it has its limitations. I can’t make new folders from my device; even in Apple’s dream “post-PC era,” a computer is necessary for this (or at least using a web browser instead of the Mail app). I also have no way to save attachments (other than photos) without a third-party app, and I can only send one attachment per e-mail (including photos). What gives, Apple? Fix this! (Likelihood of this actually happening: not great, but possible)
As of late March, I’m an iPhone owner. Before that, I was an iPod touch owner. I’ve been dealing with iOS for about 3 years now, and I’ve been pretty happy with every iOS update so far. That said, Apple certainly hasn’t fixed everything, and I have a list of things I’d like for them to address in iOS 5 (no word yet on any official release or announcement of the iOS update, but it’s expected to be shown at their conference in June). In ascending order of desire (9 is least important, 1 is most), here is that list:
9.) Ability to remove the default apps
- Seriously, these things are useless. Very few of them are actually used by people (raise your hand if you frequently use the default Stocks or Compass), and they really just take up room that could be used for other things. Giving us the option to remove them from the device would be beyond helpful. It saves me some screen real estate as well when I don’t have to create a “Won’t Use” folder filled with these apps. (Likelihood of actually happening: very low)
8.) Better lock screen
- This would be great as well. One of the things I like about Android phones is their use of widgets. Apple isn’t going to give us widgets. They “hog system memory” or whatever, so we’re not going to have true widgets. That said, if the lock screen could be a little more than just the date, time, and a picture, it’d be wonderful. How about e-mail notifications? Better text message and missed call notifications? The standard “Text (2)/Missed Call” doesn’t really do it for me, and any lock screen e-mail notification is totally absent. Notifications would be wonderful. A task list would be nice as well, but I doubt Apple will make a good to-do app themselves, and I doubt further that they’d give third-party apps access to the lock screen. I just want something different here. This date/time screen is looking quite dated, even before the iPhone 1 came out. (Likelihood of actually happening: low)
7.) Quick access to settings
- I saw another blogger suggest adding another screen you can get to by swiping left, a la the Universal Search screen, that contains various settings. I really like the idea of this, but I’d be just as happy with having something like this in the multitasking bar. As it is, if you open up the multitasking bar (pro tip: do this by double-clicking the home button), you can swipe left and get to music controls. Swipe left again and you get a volume bar. This volume bar is entirely unnecessary since there are physical volume buttons (which I much prefer to a touchscreen-only option). If Apple could get rid of that volume bar and replace it with some commonly-used settings – perhaps Wi-Fi toggle, Network data toggle, Bluetooth toggle, and the Settings app itself – it would be a huge improvement. (Likelihood of actually happening: Not likely, but don’t rule it out.)
Alright, I know I just made a long-ish post last night, so I apologize for doing them back-to-back. However, I just found out that the US Constitution apparently doesn’t apply to Indiana.
Remember that Bill of Rights? Specifically, remember the Fourth Amendment, the one that says that it is “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects” and protects us against unlawful search and seizure? Yeah, that doesn’t matter anymore according to the Indiana Supreme Court.
According to this ruling, with or without a warrant (or even probable cause), an officer can enter your home and you have no right whatsoever to try to stop him. You can’t stop a person trying to enter your home ILLEGALLY.
Seriously, Indiana Supreme Court. What in God’s name are you doing? This sets a precedent that can be used in courts all over the place now. You just stripped Indiana citizens of a RIGHT that is given to us in the Constitution, the document that serves as the Supreme Law of the land.
I’m so ticked off about this that I can’t think straight. I really want to just flip out and start breaking things that aren’t mine, set small woodland creatures alight, and create a violent mob. I won’t do any of those things though. You know why?
I follow the laws, and I hold the Constitution especially dear. Isn’t the Supreme Court supposed to be interpreting laws? It’s really not that hard to do in this case. The wording is awfully clear that it’s my right to be “secure” in my home.
Oh, and what really gets me is their reasoning for it:
"We believe…a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence," wrote Justice Steven David. "We also find that allowing resistance unnecessarily escalates the level of violence and therefore the risk of injuries to all parties involved without preventing the arrest."
You see what they’re doing there? They’re trying to craft law and legislate from the bench. The role of the judicial branch is to INTERPRET law, not dictate it.
Apparently this stems from the case of a domestic argument that resulted in a husband shoving an officer against a wall when the officer entered his home illegally. While it wasn’t right for the man to beat the officer, that’s not what this ruling is about. The implications of this go well beyond protecting an officer who was, in turn, trying to protect a potentially-battered wife. The wording of this makes it so that I can’t even lock my door and demand the officer comes back when he has a warrant, which is my right. No, I just have to let him in.
This is the most ridiculous ruling in recent memory in Indiana. Throw this on top of the whole “De-Fund Planned Parenthood” thing (which Indiana actually did — that’s an entirely different issue and not the purpose of this post) and it’s no wonder people want to leave the place.
It’s going to be hard to overturn something like this, and the precedent is set now. This is worrisome, but something better be done about it.
Know that whole “Can’t get pregnant if you swallow!” thing that all men — especially between the ages of 14 and death — tout? Turns out it’s crap.
While on Twitter today, I came across a tweet by the account @OMGFactsSex (don’t ask). While browsing for fun sex facts, I stumbled upon this story of a girl getting pregnant after performing fellatio and swallowing her lover’s semen. This girl was caught in the act and stabbed in the stomach by her former lover who apparently had a wee bit of a jealous streak.
The girl got pregnant.
No, really. Click the title/link at the top and read the story from ABC News.
As it turns out, the girl had an empty stomach (her boyfriend’s man-love aside), meaning she had very low levels of stomach acid. Being the total bad ass that it is, the sperm was all like “Oh, look, a jacuzzi” instead of “OMG ACID.” It didn’t care that there was any stomach acid there at all because there wasn’t enough to kill it.
Somehow, the stab wound opened enough of her up that the semen got from her stomach to her reproductive organs and about 280 days later, girl comes back into the hospital in labor — sans vagina.
Moral of the story, kids: before you let your dynamite go boom, be sure there’s food in that girl’s belly. Better yet, have food in both your bellies. EDIT: Avoid getting stabbed.
“You can be great and popular. But popularity itself is not the test of greatness. Don’t believe me? Well, let me prove it to you. The year is 1969 and, speaking of the Beatles, the Fab Four release Abbey Road, arguably their best album. And even if you forget about the Beatles, in 1969 you had Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin. A cultural revolution. And do you know what the number one song of 1969 was? The song that the most people bought and wanted to listen to? Sugar Sugar by The Archies. Yeah, explain that one away.”—http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-popular-phrases-that-make-you-look-like-idiot_p1/
I made a private post tonight after a random, extremely heated argument. This is the most important part for me to take away from it, so I’m posting it publicly in an attempt to make it more visible to myself (and, basically, to make myself accountable by putting it out there):
I still have a long way to go, but it’s not an overnight process, and I shouldn’t expect it to be. It’s steadily getting better, and I have a goal of making it noticeable by Welcome Week. It’s obviously a lifelong effort to improve oneself; no one is perfect, nor should they expect to be, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep aiming for it. People will notice it next year, I guarantee. Some will never get the chance to see what I was before. I can do this.