The iPhone is without a doubt the way of the future for blogging. It still won’t be the same as writing your post on the full fledged keyboard of your mac, but if you want to blog whenever from wherever, apple’s hot gadget is a good option.
Until now, however, writing a post in the web-interface on the iPhone was anything but easy. That’s why wordpress has come up with a nice little app to edit several wordpress blogs on the go (be it personally hosted or on wordpress.com)
The app is available for free in the app store.
Ps: this post was written on my iPhone.
I got to thinking which features I would still like to be added to the iPhone.
- Stereo bluetooth headphones with a built-in mic: being able to wirelessly listen to your music and answer calls without losing a beat is a must ! That way you would be able to control your phone while making a call without the clutter of dangling cables.
- Video recording: 3rd party software has proven that it’s possible
- Bluetooth data transfer: the ability to send pictures and movie clips to other people’s cell phone. It’s a basic function that is standard to all bluetooth-equipped phones.
- SMS on your mac: a great fuction in Tiger’s adress book was the ability to send text messages from your mac’s screen over bluetooth. This has been removed from Leopard’s version of the application. Why not have to the ability to have SMS texts pop up like iChat conversations when your iPhone is docked.
- Wifi sync: have your podcasts automatically updated from the second you connect to your home network.
My question to you = which functions do you think the iPhone is still lacking ?
Now that I have a data plan for my iPhone I set it up so that I can moblog from it. Here’s how I set it up.
What you need
How to set it up
- After creating a new blog and having it look just the way you want head over to flickr.
- Go into your accout setting and set up the blog under the blogging options.
- Now go into the e-mail settings of your flickr account.
- There should be a standard e-mail adress listed for uploading, however you want to avtivate the “post to blog” option, which, after selecting which of your registered blogs you want to post to and what the size of the picture in the post should be, will generate a second mail adress with “mail2blog” in it. You also have the option to have the body of your mail used as the body of your post and you can set some default tags like “moblog” for example.
- Now add this mail adress to your iPhone’s adress book (I simply called it moblog).
Moblogging with the iPhone in practice
- Take a picture
- Select “mail picture”
- Adress it to your flickr mail2blog adress
- Type the title you want in your subject line
- If you want to add tags type tags:yourtaghere anothertag “tag with spaces” into the body of the message.
- Hit send and you’re done
It looks complicated but once it’s set up it’s a very easy and fast way to moblog from your iPhone.
Check out my moblog over at “From my iPhone onto your screen“
The 3G iPhone was finally launched at WWDC yesterday. Just some quick thoughts.
- design: I think the plastic backplate will be way better than the metal one of the first generation. I think it will feel “sturdier” or should I say “less likely to fall”. Adding the white version is a good move knowing there’s a demand for it … mostly by women.
- data: 3G is, of course, the way of the future. It will allow us to acces all the data/media we want wherever we want it. I like how the speeds are close to those of wifi, but I’ll have to see that in practice before I believe it, I don’t have that experience when using my 3G USB modem.
- battery: the battery has gotten a nice boost, which is always welcome. I have to recharge my 1st generation iPhone approximately every 2 days, which is pretty ok knowing that I use EDGE, listen to a lot of music and podcasts, am constantly twittering or poking the misses and enable wifi when I’m home.
- GPS: love it ! Great way to find your way around town on foot.
- Mobile Me: PUSH for the rest of us, who doesn’t like that. It all sounds promising and the web application looks great, but again, I need to see it in action before I make my final judgement.
As I said, these are just some quick thoughts, I will probably get into more detail if I’m able to obtain one while I’m in NYC. I’m definitely upgrading though, due to the fact that I will be able to buy a new iPhone for the price of a new LCD+digitizer.
BTW check out this fun ad apple has to promote the iPhone 3G.
Based on the fact that I am pratically obsessed with macs, a lot of people think that I’ve never used anything but a mac. That is, however, not true at all and today I would like to tell you about the first mac I ever bought: the 17″ iMac 1,8 ghz G5.
shot back in 2006 having my macbook, I eventually didn’t see any more for my iMac, but I’m proud to say he’ll be brought back soon
A definitive design
Ever since the launch of the G5 iMac in 2005, little has changed in it’s appearance. Ok, they did become a bit thinner, gain a camera (although there was a G5 with iSight, it lasted a little over 3 months) and has gone from white to black and silver, but the basis is the same. The concept of the design was to have an iMac that went nicely with your 3rd generation iPod, I kid you not. I remember seeing this ad that featured the Black Eyed Peyes in which you, when iPod and iMac were in a shot together, could definitely see the similarities in their design.
Another great design by Jonathan Ive.
Your digital life
The main focus with the iMac was iLife ’05, the second version of Apple’ s consumer digital media suite. It was the first time that such a complete suite for handling your digital media was shipped with a mac, let alone a computer.
It was on this iMac for example that I imported and edited all the video for my high school 100 days show, a professional 4 hour show with movies, music and performance I worked on in my last year of high school.
The long road there
Now this was back in 2006, when I bought it, and macs were a bit pricier than they are now. I remember payin 1470 euro for a 17″ 1.8gh with the RAM upgraded from 512mb to 1 gig. It took me a while to collect the money, but when I did, I as the happiest dude in town.
The end of a generation
The imac G5 was one of the last macs that used the PowerPC processors that were manufactured by IBM/Motorola. Apple used thesed chips from 1994 till 2006.
For the moment, I haven’t got my iMac G5 set up anymore but I’m planning to get it back out again, put leopard on it and used for those times that I don’t feel like working on my macbook’s teeny 13″ screen. It’s not a screamer like the latest intel models, but it sure get’s the job done.