Things ›

Things is deemed as wanting to be one of the easiest and most fun personal To-Do applications. It also looks like it’s going to be one of the best looking To-Do applications. Can it cope with the force of Omnifocus though? (via)

Steve’s response to early adopters. ›

Steve Jobs has just published a letter to all early iPhone adopters. He comments on the state of the technology industry and it’s effects, but then says:

We want to do the right thing for our valued iPhone customers. We apologize for disappointing some of you, and we are doing our best to live up to your high expectations of Apple.

Everyone gets a $100 credit note for anything sold in Apple stores. Not too bad, better than a poke in the eye.

Steve Jobs Q&A ›

USA Today has a Q&A with Apple CEO Steve Jobs covering the iPhone price drop and the iPod Touch.

If anybody is going to cannibalize us, I want it to be us. I don’t want it to be a competitor.

His response to the notion that the iPod Touch will cannibalise iPhone sales. That’s why Apple continually pumps out top product after top product.

New Typography.com ›

A new Typography.com has arrived from Hoefler & Frere-Jones. Complete with a new blog which they’ve started.

Because so many of the topics we’ve explored with our clients are of value to everyone, we’ve decided to gather this experience into a new column called Ask H&FJ.

So it looks like 19 years worth of wisdom will be creeping out for us regular folk to learn from. (via)

Touch the beat

Well it finally landed. The iPod everyone has been anticipating for the last 2 years has finally landed, along with three younger (older?) brothers. It was a pretty action packed hour, and to be honest it was quite exciting. I’ve never really tried to get things minute by minute for an Apple announcement, but this time I was fairly free at the right time to be able to follow the fun, and it made it much more interesting and exciting.

iPod touch

The iPod touch, which many have been wanting for a while is officially my iPhone! ha! That is until the actual iPhone comes out over here and when I get a job to buy either of them! It looks sweet, that’s the only word for it. It’s very iPhone like and very thin, and well I guess you all know about it, but I know it would complement my new N73 until my contract runs out in 18 months time.

For me though, the iPod touch looks to be much more than an iPod, it almost seems to be verging on PDA territory, what with internet capabilities, contacts, calendars etc. That’s what I’m most interested in it for, but that all depends on whether this thing is two way sync-able. Obviously we can sync iTunes with it and any purchased music while on the go, but can we alter calendars and add contacts whilst out and about? The other thing that I’m intrigued about, and which I don’t think it is capable of, is the ability to use it as a remote for my AirTunes. It’d be great to be able to stream music to my speakers over the wireless network from my iPod rather than by lugging around my iBook. How nice would it be to have the music I want to listen to in the lounge in the palm of my hand rather than my lap? The other thing I would like, is some kind of IM program, to use MSN with my friends. I’d rather have it on the touch than the iBook any day.

So my initial response is WOW! My second response is can I do this with it and can I do that with it and I guess only time will tell. I suspect, like the iPhone, it won’t be too long before people are hacking it and making it do the kinds of things I want it to do. This iPod touch could be more than just an iPod, but a great method of bringing content from my Mac upstairs to my living room speakers in a small and familiar manner and without needing a posh TV and set tip box.

Blogging conflict

There seems to be quite a bit of this going around at the moment. I myself feel a little bit caught in one for many reasons, and a couple of other people also seem to be in similar situations.

So why this conflict? Well my personal conflict seems to be developing from a couple of things. One being that I feel Electric Weekend seems to have lost it’s way a little bit, lacking a little bit of focus. The second is developing from a recent article I read about freelancers blogging. Two quite big issues, that whilst unrelated also seem to be related.

The second issue, which was prompted by the Freelance Switch article, has generated a very important question. Should my portfolio, which is currently separate (although I’m aware there is a glimmer on my blog) to my portfolio be located in the same place? Whilst I’m not touting myself as a freelancer purely, but as a graduate looking for a job, I would like to pick up some work in order to keep my “designers eye” in. I feel that integrating my portfolio with my blog would help with this, add that to the fact my ultimate aim is to work for myself, then maybe starting now with a portfolio on my already “established” web presence would be beneficial. But this little thought then leads itself to my very first thought which I have been struggling on for a while. The direction of my blog.

I have always touted my blog as a personal blog. I blog for me, which of course I want to continue. However, it leaves me with a bit of an issue. I find it hard to write longer considered posts. I don’t want to write about myself, and so I don’t, but the lack of a particular subject seems to be causing me some difficulty in writing my thoughts down. So the question comes. How do I focus my blog? I have three main areas of interest. One I definitely want my blog to be about, and that’s my faith and beliefs, but then the thought comes into my head is it possible to add that to the two other interests? The answer I’m leaning towards is not both, but certainly one. Design, lends itself to the other subject in one particular manner, that being how it can help make the gospel accessible. Which I think is something I want to look at. The other subject, Apple, really doesn’t lend itself, but I enjoy it. Argh, I can feel the circle starting, because I want to include them all.

So I thought I would ask you guys what you think. Do you think it’s possible to have a blog that talks about all three of my main interests? God and my faith, design and Apple? It’s an interesting question, and I’d appreciate your thoughts.