Archive for June 14th, 2008

Third party apps for phones

Maybe I am old. Maybe I just don’t get it. But I really don’t need “location based” apps and “social networking” apps on my phones. And I definitely don’t need “social networking location based” apps either.

I am talking about the apps currently available or soon-to-be-available on Google’s Android and iPhone’s Installer.app. Take a look (.pdf) at Android’s top-50 third party apps. I personally need zero of them. And while my iPhone is jailbroken, out of the 150+ binary apps currently available for it (no AppStore yet), I have only installed Terminal.app just in case in the future something shitty happens and I need to fix it manually. In other words, I see nothing that changes the way I do things in my life with these apps. Maybe because I don’t want to change my life. But I definitely need features that I take for granted on the desktop.

What I need is the kind of functionality that can’t be brought by third parties but require strong integration with the system and the hardware. I am not interested for example in a non-integrated random third party IM application, because that lack of integration would be more glaring in the mobile environment than an equivalent third party IM app on a desktop OS. Namely, on my phones I always need these:
* Multi-IM (ICQ/AIM/Jabber/Y!/MSN/GTalk) with full A/V support.
* VoIP SIP with A/V support (not Skype, preferably GizmoProject).
* A2DP/AVRCP/PAN/LAP/Obex Bluetooth support.
* Video recording and more still camera settings.
* Cut/Copy/Paste support and Text Select support.
* Adobe’s Flash Lite 3.0 browser plugin with video support.
* File manager/picker that system apps support automatically, e.g. Mail.
* T6 support like this one.
* UPnP server/client support and internet radio integration.
* Laptop tethering.
* Sound recorder (this can be done by third parties without integration repercussions).

The only third party app I am interested in seeing, and use only a few times a year, is possibly Skype. Nothing else. Ok, and a few games. But the BULK of what I need, they HAVE to be fully integrated with the system so they don’t behave like poor cousins, and therefore, it has to be Apple’s (or Google’s) job to implement and not the developer’s community.

The only phones that do a lot of what I need are Nokia’s Symbian S60 v3.1 phones and some of the newer Windows Mobile ones. Problem is, I am not willing to go back to a non-touchscreen phone environment (and the new touchscreen Nokia phones don’t inspire me at all), while Windows Mobile’s interface is The Suck.

So I am on “the waiting”.

White Red Panic – Teaser

Shot with an HV20, without a 35mm adapter from what I can tell. The director surely uses a lot of other tripod accessories though to pull through such moves with the camera. HD version here.

Best Indie Bands in the Bay Area

Sure, the Bay Area produced bands like the successful Metallica and Green Day, but there are some real gems in the unsigned harsh world of the music scene. These are my favorite bands in my local scene, at least so far, as I have listened to only about 70 of them. 300+ more to go (as you can see, I went as far as the letter “D”). Thankfully they all have mySpace pages to make it easy to preview their music.

#5. Dangermaker
I love their song “Need”. Review soon up at the OWL magazine.

#4. Dolorata
All-female hard rock band. Best song “The Keys”. I’d love to direct an R rated music video for that song.

#3. BellaVista
These are the most well known guys in the list. Good music, they sell well too.

#2. Cold Hot Crash
Great band, easy listening. Funny thing is that my favorite song of theirs is their rock cover for the Christmas song “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”.

#1. Drist
Second most well known band in the list. Each one of their songs are amazing. Very talented, if only they could put it together to release their third album…