The iPhone 5

So I’ve pre-ordered an iPhone 5. It’s an upgrade for me from the 4 (not the 4s). Having Siri will be a big plus, but I’m really excited about the taller screen, and thinner, lighter design. For me the iPhone is simply the best mobile device available. Yes I know “Android is just as good”, but that’s simply not true. The specifications for those devices might be better, and yes, Android is more customization, but the iPhone just “works”. Don’t get me wrong, the Android OS phones are great, and for some people its the best choice. But even as technical as I am, I love the simplicity and elegance of the iPhone and the iOS system. I suppose in some ways I “drink the cool-aid” a bit, but generally I think the iPhone is perfect for 90% of the users out there. But to each their own. I’m no […]

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Mobile Phone of Choice vs Cost

I’ve said for a long time, people buy the iPhone because they want too, not because they have too. People buy an Android phone because they have too, its usually because of price, or network availability. Although this is changing as the iPhone is now available on the Sprint network and Verizon, its still a remarkable distinction. Don’t get me wrong, Android phones are good. They work well, and are a big leap above previous phones, but lack the elegance and simplicity of the iPhone, something Apple has also mastered on the MAC. I think there is an interesting parallel to Microsoft Windows, such that people use Windows because its “what’s installed” or its “what’s at work”. But true PC enthusiasts are looking now at the MAC, in the same way mobile phone users look at the iPhone. The iPad is no different either, people choose other tablet platforms for […]

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V2 underway

I’ve got a version 2 of iPlant, will be for the iPad too and Android. Coming soon, will be the ability to upload photos, rate photos, submit new plans, edit existing plants. It should be a pretty big upgrade for everybody, and will contribute to a much larger community of participants and information. Should be out and ready by the end of August. Update Aug 11, both the new iPlant and Android version are about 80% completed. Update May 12: Clearly I’ve missed this deliverable. I outsourced some of it, and wasn’t able to get that finished, so its back to the drawing board, but it won’t take as long. I really do want to get this updated, and have had many requests to do so, it will happen.

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iPlant 1.9

iPlant 1.9 is out. I’ve removed the syncing ability in previous versions, it was just too buggy and unreliable. This makes the latest version a bit large, but at least the available content is now there. I’ve added a few more images and updated the data a bit with feedback and other research. In 2.0, I hope to get many more photos. An Android version will be forthcoming, and also an iPad version. Ideally I’d like to get a large database to upload into this, but that’s rather expensive, so still looking for a new source.

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iPlant 1.8

I’ve submitted an update to iPlant, its version 1.8. This version has the entire database updates an more photos concurrent with the latest sync. Its over the iTunes 10 meg limit, so you’ll need a wifi connection to download, or download via iTunes and sync. I’ve added icon badges when you launch the app, so you’ll know if there are updates to sync. Please submit questions or problems any feedback is appreciated.

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