Windows Phone 7

Benjamin W.

October 11, 2010

So, I really want Windows Phone 7 to be awesome. I feel bad even saying that out loud but it’s the best looking, non-iPhone OS I’ve seen. And it may be awesome but…

How can I trust a company to make an amazing, polished, fresh approach to a mobile OS when they put this video in their presskit.

I don’t even know where to begin. This is their big unveiling? There is just nothing sexy or clear about the points Ballmer makes. I have no idea after watching this why I should care about Windows Phone 7. Here are some choice samples:

So the range of things that people will do with these devices… And they are beautiful. Each in it’s own way, exceptionally beautiful. The hardware and the way the software is always delightful across each and everyone of these experiences.

Give me a break. You really think the integration of hardware and software is a battle you should bother fighting at all? And beautiful? I can barely tell the difference between any of these and the only reason I can at all, is that they have the manufacturers logo on the face of every single one. And here’s another classic:

We wanted the Windows Phone to be always delightful for you. Whether you were looking for a place to eat, reading mail, catching up with friends or making a phone call for example.

I think that last one was a jab at the iPhone 4 but I couldn’t tell in the way Ballmer was reading the teleprompter. I just want to feel like Windows Phone 7 stands for something. And right now, I’m feeling really let down.

I wasn’t going to make the switch from my iPhone 4 but then I saw this video and realized, Microsoft does get me. 326 pixels per inch, who fucking cares? Emoticons baby!

via Daring Fireball and Engadget

Violation Report.

Benjamin W.

May 7, 2010

So designworklife posted about Violation Report. It’s a site where you can post pictures of people being discourteous in public. A way to humiliate them. Shame by fame, if you will.

I didn’t find the site very funny. It’s a great idea that should have remained a funny forum thread on some site I never visit. Okay, that was harsh.

But seriously, it’s like flirting with a girl you don’t care about so the one you do care about will care about you. Could we get any further removed from actually getting what we want?

Aside from Violation Report being rude, it’s indirect. It’s a way for us to feel better about our shit day by being completely un-courteous , behind someone’s backs for the entire world to see.

Here’s an idea. The next time someone’s doing an “Alpha-male Stretch”, politely ask them to move! If this person doesn’t immediately say “Sure” and scoot over, you have my blessing to post pictures of him and his kids on whatever public shaming site you want. But if you just sit there stewing in your own self-pity and hating this person for sitting comfortably, you’ve got some serious seat entitlement issues.

You spam too.

Benjamin W.

March 27, 2010

I along with pretty much everyone on earth, I hate spam. I don’t know why it exists. The only explanation that I can come up with is that 1 out of 1,000,000 people responds. And that is a good enough excuse to hit the send button since it costs you nearly nothing to do so. But all this has been said.

I was reading a recent post on the 37signals blog, Spam is a way of thinking. And I think Jason touched on the exact thing that I hate about it. There’s no effort. It’s impersonal. It’s easy. It requires no thought. And we do it too.

There is the really spammy spam. The emails about getting better in bed or medical marijuana. The kind pretty much anyone can rally against. But then there’s the less obvious stuff. The “I’ve met you in person so It’s ok that I’m sending you and everyone else I know the same facebook message in hopes of getting something out of it” spam. This is the type we sweep under the rug and ignore and yet it clutters up my inbox and creates more anxiety than any of that other crap.

I’m not saying this because I hate it and it’s wrong and you people should be punished. I’m guilty of the same thing. What I want to say is that it is actually a no-win game for everyone involved.

I truly believe that you get out of the universe what you put in. So if you are cutting corners, writing boring shit and blasting everyone you know with the generic “hello my friend” greeting, you are pissing people off and more importantly, you’re not making them feel good, important or special and they won’t feel compelled to respond.

If you think I can help you, ask me. Call me up. Write me an email. Explain what you need and how you think I can help and I’m telling you, I will respond with enthusiasm and be so much more helpful than the fast, unthoughtful, response I would contemplate but never send after getting your spam.

Don’t see Valentine’s Day!

Benjamin W.

February 17, 2010

If you’ve been fortunate enough to miss the movie Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day weekend, Fuck! that makes me hate it even more. Sorry. If you’ve somehow managed to skip this joke of a film, good for you. Clear your mind of any idea that it might be good for you or your loved one. Let it go.

I know all about the chick flick thing. I was made fun of in school for the chick flick thing. The crying. The true love. Hey, I still get teary eyed when the little boy is running through the airport in Love Actually. So, I’ll say it again.

Skip Valentine’s Day. It left me wondering, as I watched it, how this movie was ever made at all. It’s not romantic. It’s not endearing. And you’re lady will hate it too.

My power mac and kernal panic are having a picnic

Benjamin W.

October 22, 2009

Well, I’m sad to say that my mac has been having some serious issues. It’s at the apple store for 48 hours and hopefully it’s just some faulty RAM because I can’t afford much more for repairs. So thanks to the other apple product I can’t live without and the wordpress app, I’m still able to blog.

This brings me to my list of tips for anyone experiencing kernal panic on your mac:

  1. Do a hardware test. Find your original OSX install disc and pop it in. Then restart the computer and hold down the option key as it is booting up. You’ll see the hardware test as an option. Do it. The mac genius at the northridge Apple store said I should do an erase and install first as it’s usually software related. Sure but the hardware test takes 30 min and I don’t have to erase anything or reinstall a bunch of software and I’ll know if there’s something wrong with the hardware. And that’s way Bette than the guessing game I’ve been playing for the last 4 days.

  2. The mac genius first line of defense is: erase and install first, ask questions later. So if your hardware test came out ok, you should just back up everything and do an erase and install of OSX. The Apple Store charges $99 to do it and there’s no point in bringing in if you’re not ready to erase the drive.

And 3. After all this, if it is still kernal panicing and your hair is as white as mine, the apple genius will run a diagnostic that can last three days. And you should hope to god that your warranty is still good. Because if it’s anything but faulty RAM, you could be looking at a good $600 at least to fix it. If you’re still protected with AppleCare than everything should work out okay.

Really, I just want a one of those beautiful new 27.5 inch iMacs and a magic mouse. It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.

Letter Case

Graphic Design & Web Design

Letter Case was my one-man design shop based in Los Angeles, CA.
I ran it for 2 years until I joined Typekit in January 2011.

In my spare time I've been learning to program by building my first web application.
A simple tool called Talkative to help people publish their talks on the web.

My current project is The Briefcase. A blog and podcast.
It's a place for me to create and publish stuff.

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