What was it you said, Ed?

Palm’s chief Ed Colligan back in November (I wrote about this in my entry from 21 Nov 2007):

“We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone,” he said. “PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”

You can learn a lot about what someone is really thinking by the language they use. Looking at this quote again, I like how he says they’re working to make a decent phone. If you’re mindset is ‘decent’, then don’t expect to produce anything exceptional.
So it has come to be. You were very wrong Ed. As a faithful Treo user for 3 years, I hope you innovate the shit out of the Treo and give Apple some competition, until then, I’ll be enjoying my iPhone – next month, that is, when I actually try to buy it.
I know what some of you are thinking, and it can be summed up in this scene from Clerks:
Audio MP3:

Randal: I hope it feels good.
Customer: You hope what feels good?
Randal: I hope it feels so good to be right. There is nothing more exhilarating than pointing out the shortcomings of others, is there?
Customer: Well this is the last time I ever rent here…
Randal: You’ll be missed.
Customer: Screw you!
[The customer storms out. Randal runs out into the street.]
Randal: Hey you’re not allowed to rent here anymore!
Jay: Yeah!

If you’re wondering, it does feel good to have known that the iPhone was going to be a hit.

This is who I picture on line for the iPhone

from the King of Comedy

You know, someone like Rupert Pupkin, who can live at home with their mother in Jersey, wait on lines for days upon end for things, people, events. Detached from reality. Just replace his autograph book in this scene with an iPhone.
Rupert says it perfectly in the scene above:
“What’s so funny about that? A man can get ANYTHING he wants as long as he’s willing to pay the price! Crazier things HAVE happened…”

Why There’s an iPhone Craze.

This is real simple and doesn’t require a long-winded explanation.
The iPhone is the floating car we imagined we’d be driving in the future.
The Jetsons, Star Wars, Blade Runner, Minority Report …the iPhone is that touchscreen gadget they all used (metaphorically speaking) to communicate with. As John Gruber points out (so obvious we all didn’t catch it), the iPhone is the first mobile device being promoted for its interface, not hardware.
… and like any good science fiction movie – it’s about the theatrics. The experience. The motion. The transitions. The atmosphere. What the iPhone does is as important as how it does it.

Links For Today 6.26.2007

RealPlayer beta released: no Mac, iPod support (yet) – Does anyone still use RealPlayer?
“Maybe” is one option too many – Zeldman’s right about getting rid of Maybe on sites like Evite, but I’m not down with his argument for 4 star ratings being a better alternative to 5-star ratings.
I’m also not buying his argument, E-mail is not a platform for design. What’s smart is using services like (or adopting practices like) Campaign Monitor that allow you to create HTML and plain text versions of your messages.

Anything is Better Than 12-button Texting

I know the tension in the air is so thick you could cut a knife with it regarding the iPhone launch next week (at least it is in Manhattan), but I have one more thing I have to ask:
Is typing on the iPhone’s on-screen QWERTY keyboard going to be THAT much more difficult than what it takes to squeeze out a message on a standard 12-digit cell phone?
iPhone QWERTY keyboard
I don’t know if its because I’ve had a Treo for 3 years, but I just HATE having to type out text messages on a keyboardless mobile phone like Motorola RAZR. The whole process of shuffling through three letters per number digit is torturous.
I bring this topic because of these headlines I’ve seen:
Will the iPhone be undone by its keyboard?
Apple iPhone: All Eyes on the Keyboard (Or Lack Thereof)
Keyboard iPhone not good enough
The iPhone will flop because of the keyboard
Ok I’m done. Enough of this speculation.

The Obvious News 6.21.2007

Touch-Screen Phones Poised for Growth – Wow. Ya think? You figure Apple would have thought of something like that already.
Gates, Pace Say More Casualties Ahead in Iraq – But Bush doesn’t like using stem cells. Let’s em get killed fighting a bullshit war. Makes so much sense.
EMI sales climb on iTunes Plus plan – See you pea-brain, old fart, music execs?
Yang replaces Semel as Yahoo CEO – Bout time.
Microsoft claims faster patches than Apple – I hope so Microsoft, WIndows has more holes than a spaghetti strainer, and more susceptible to viruses than a whore. … You ‘win’, ok?
Since we’re talking about MS, this is great:

To the People of Manhattan

Godzilla foot
Ladies – you’re not allowed to wear sandals or any other fashionable, toe-exposing footwear if you haven’t had a pedicure. If you have nasty feet, keep em covered.
This holds true for the guys too. If your feet look like Godzilla’s … I don’t want to see them.