Jul 31

Go to iPhone DevCamp So We Can Get Our Butts Off Our Computers

When I was growing up, I took every computer problem to my dad. Why? My dad liked computers to the point where I debating banning him from CompUSA. When I worked at Dell, I put together a $2000 computer for him and he bought a $3000 one. He liked helping me with my problems because my dad is a 72 year old dude who just loves his PC. Me? I just wanted the stupid thing to work.

I still hate computers. People call me a geek, but they are so far from the truth. I like what computers do. I hate computers. I like playing tennis and skiing and enjoying the company of friends. In sum, I love living. I don’t want to be behind a computer if I can help it.

So you can imagine my excitement that people are building iPhone apps and are dedicated towards using the semantic web to solve data portability issues. Why? IMHO, social media is boring. Very boring. I’ve driven Ferraris, skied down black slopes in Colorado, and gone crazy on a jet ski. I’ve built roofs for churches in rural Mexico where the streets were not paved and the children looked like they came from a Diego Rivera painting. Life is beautiful and fun, and we shouldn’t sit behind a computer and miss it all.

I need to read more about social media like I need a hole in the head. I just want the stupid stuff to work on my iPhone so I can move on with my life. I like people–just not in the context of sitting behind a computer.

So, for the love of God, so I can move on with my life, BUILD APPS FOR THE iPHONE. GO TO THIS EVENT AT CONJUNCTURED TO DO IT. AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE SEMANTIC WEB SO I DON’T HAVE TO SPEND ALL DAY UPDATING PROFILES. GEEZ.

Here’s the post I put on Seeismic dedicated to this issue:

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  • http://www.jdh4.com Jim Hillhouse

    Great post, one that most would identify with. The iPhone offers owners a way to stay in touch, chronicle in words, sound and pictures what they are experiencing, and to do more without a bulky laptop. The challenge is for developers to make the apps that make doing all of that on an iPhone drunk-monkey simple. The more people push because “good enough” isn’t, the more amazing the creations developers will come up with. And something with such nice looks and great OS deserves nothing less.

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