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RIP Steve Jobs 1955-2011

October 7, 2011 •

After writing that last post, I knew it was only a matter of time until the day came. I didn’t expect it to come this quickly though.

Sadly, the day has come. Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56. Too young. Way too young.

It’s hard to actually fathom how much of an impact Steve actually had on the technology world. It probably wouldn’t be a far stretch saying that damn near everything we take for granted in personal computing could be attributed to him in some shape or form. He is truly one of the few people who actually managed to drastically shape the world.

I hold Steve as one of my main role models in pretty much everything that I do. He started Apple in his garage, and managed to take it all the way to being one of the most (if not THE) successful companies in history. He’s shown countless times that nothing is impossible. All you need do is believe in your endeavours and persevere them with a fiery passion.

There’s going to be a pretty sad air around our house for a little while. My family’s been devout Apple users since the very beginning (I’m the black sheep for owning a Windows PC), and it’s probably going to take a little while for it to sink in. At the moment, I’m regretting never going to a MacWorld or WWDC conference and seeing the man in person.

As far as Apple is concerned, I think they’re going to be alright. If there’s one thing product Steve managed to create over the past decade, it’s a company that is able to continue on, up to his level of expectations, even when the time came for him to leave. I still expect great things from Apple.

In the meantime, I’m very much looking forward to the release of his biography on the 24th. It’s going to be very interesting to read about what he was up to in these final years.

Thanks for everything Steve. There’ll never be another one like  you.

iQuit: Thanks for everything Steve!

August 25, 2011 •

Steve Jobs, looking like a boss.

Wow. Now I know this was probably to be expected, but now that it’s come, it feels pretty sudden. Today Steve Jobs stepped down as the CEO of Apple for the second time, and most likely, for the last time. :( It’s probably safe to say that the whole internet (more or less XD) is abuzz with the news and most people aren’t taking it too well (eg Wall Street lol).

I dunno if I’ve said it much before, but we are complete Apple nuts in my household. My father has been with Apple since the beginning; since the original Macintosh computer and has NEVER deviated since then (currently rocking a MacBook Air XD). When I bought a Windows PC for my university studies, I almost got evicted from the family. ^_^;

It’s really hard to put in perspective how much Steve has personally contributed to the sheer ‘concept’ of personal computing (and by extension now, the concept of post-PC computing), but it’s probably safe to say that he is without a doubt one of the pioneers and forefathers of most of the technological customs we take for granted today.

Now, it’s been said he’s not leaving entirely and he will be remaining as Chairman of the Board, so it’s quite possible that this isn’t going to be as bad as everyone is making out. Odds are he’ll still be making sure all of the products leaving Apple are still up to his level of standards, and that the rest of the responsibilities of managing the company will now rely on Tim Cook. So all in all, I really don’t think Apple is going to rapidly change much at all now, or in the perceivable future.

In any case, since now is as good a time as any, I would personally like to thank Steve for everything he’s done, and I wish him the very best from here on. :)

So. WTF exactly is ‘fair use’?

August 22, 2011 •

Objection! (Usage of this image is done under 'fair use'. I'm just saying.)

Well now. Given recent events, I think it’s fair to say that I feel like I understand the intricacies of international copyright law a little more than I did a couple of months ago. ^_^; After my communications with the TPCI lawyer, coupled with some readings from some other sites concerning similar copyright cases, I thought I’d write up a bit of a clarification of how this stuff appears to work.

MANDATORY DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer, and the following text is my own supposition. It shouldn’t be taken as absolute truth, and if you see something you know is incorrect, please let me know.

So, the crux of the matter is that ‘fair use’ is a rather convoluted and complicated ‘convienience’ clause added to copyright law, with the original goal of (subjectively) ‘limited’ re-use of copyrighted material without needing to get the original holder’s permission primarily for purposes of  things like critical commentary or research. With the existence of the fair use clause, this basically means that most forms of unauthorized copyright usage go from ‘blatently’ illegal to ‘potentially’ illegal. ^_^;

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iPokédex is out!

April 4, 2011 •

iPokédex on the iTunes Store. Wooo!Yaaaay! ^_^

So yeah, Apple approved iPokédex midday Sunday, and I got it all set up Sunday evening.

I kinda failed epically with the icon there. I thought Apple would add the gloss effect like they did in the app, but apparently not. And you can’t change it until another release update.

Anyway. If you have an iPod touch or an iPhone, go grab it now! :D

Tell me what you think!


iPad 2 and my iPad reflection

March 4, 2011 •

The iPad 2. ShinySo. The iPad 2. Looks shiny. I can’t believe it’s been a year already since the last iPad was announced. XD

I really love my iPad. I’ve had such a great time with it over the past year. ^_^
I was initially skeptical if getting another iOS device that simply had a bigger screen than my iPhone was actually worth it or not, but it turns out it was. The extra screen realestate can be used very effectively and it’s simply a lot easier and quicker to be able to look at more content at once than the iPhone.

One thing that stood out on the iPad over a laptop that I noticed was the sheer portability of the thing. With a laptop, you can’t really carry it when it’s on. You have to either set it down, or really awkwardly hold it, usually balanced on one arm. XD With the iPad, I could quickly load stuff up, rotate the screen as needed, and if there are friends present, you’re not tied down to the ‘crowd around the screen’ mentality.

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A first look at iPokédex

February 5, 2011 •

When you boot it up, this is the first thing you'll see. ^_^I just realized. I put up a post introducing iPokédex, but I only stuck up a temp pic of its logo. ^_^;
In this post, I’ll start to put up some of the features in it that are completed. In a later post, I might do a bit a bit of a rant on why I did that, but for now, just sit back and look at the purdy pictures. XD

So the picture on the right is the first thing the user will see when they boot up the app. The main set of navigation for this app is provided in the tab bar that runs along the bottom of the screen. Each tab bar button relates to a different set of information (eg, items, moves, types, egg groups etc) which can subsequently be drilled down to get even more information. The order of the tab items can be customized (ala the iPod app), so you can pick and choose what goes down there to your own liking. ^_^

Since none of the standard code in the Apple iOS SDK can handle this normally, I ended up writing all of the tab control code myself (Approx 800 LOC ^_^; ). Once iPokédex is done and out, I’ll see about posting it online somewhere. :)

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