iPhone update rumors cause conversations…

It’s amazing how fast news passes through the blogosphere. I’ve gotten this emailed to me four times from four different parts of the world. It’s a rumor of whats coming in a future update for the Apple iPhone.

I tell ya, nothing gets people to talk like Apple does. Nothing.

Sounds interesting but most Apple rumors don’t turn out to be true. Just something to keep in mind. I’ve been burned before by rumors, even ones I heard from Apple employees.

UPDATE: if you’re looking for information on the latest updates, I’d look at Apple Rumors site. As of August 2, 2007, this is the newest information on the update.

Reading feeds

I’m going to play the arrogant bbbaaaahhhhssstttaaarrrddd and brag about how many feeds I’m reading and how many items I’m putting on my link blog.

Google Reader says: “From your 739 subscriptions over the last 30 days you read 28,433 items, and shared 979 items.”

Seriously I really appreciate the kind notes you all have been sending me about my link blog. I really love doing it and reading so much helps me keep up with the industry and know what companies are getting hot. Plus you tell me it saves you lots of time. It’s a lot easier to read 1,000 items a month than it is to read 28,000.

If you have a blog or news source you’d like to see me add to my link blog, let me know. UPDATE: I just uploaded my OPML file (a list of all the feeds I read) to share.opml.org. That site lets you see all my feeds and compare how many people are subscribed to each one. It’s even cooler if you upload your own list of feeds (er, OPML file) to that site.

What happened to ICQ?

Danny asks “Why did we all stop using ICQ?”

I’ll tell you why (I was a very early user of ICQ, which was the first instant messaging client that I remembered seeing. It was sold to AOL eventually where it never got best of class status, always remaining spiritually behind AOL’s other IM client, AIM).

For me IM started sucking more and more until it got to the point that today I can’t use it.

Why? Everytime I start it up I get a flurry of messages. Unlike Twitter IM has an expectation that you’ll answer it sometime soon.

But that’s my problem and I’m an outlier. So why did everyone else stop using ICQ?

It got too cluttered and stopped being developed. In 1996 it seemed like there was a new feature every few days. At some point after 2001 it stopped seeing radical improvements.

I think they were scared of taking stuff out which people liked, too, which made it hard to improve.

Today Facebook and Twitter (and Pownce and Jaiku) have totally replaced IM for me.

How about for you?

PS my ICQ number was 165361. That means I was the 65,361’st person to use it. I haven’t turned it on for years, though.

For developers: Joe Hewitt introduces iUI for iPhone

I saw Joe working on this on Saturday. His new iUI library makes developing iPhone web apps easy. Well, easier than before. If Apple really had its act together for developers then it’d have a ton of samples already out and a ton of real APIs, too. But we’ve been through why Apple is fumbling with developers.

Instead Joe Hewitt, who was one of the developers on Firefox, wrote a neat little library that developers will appreciate.