xkcd: Writing Skills -
Further truth deployed by xkcd. And this isn’t just my guilty conscience saying that. It’s completely fine that my child is being raised by an iPhone. It is.
This might have happened. (Yoda ears: Disney store. Dried on lolly and snot: Model’s own.)
It seems that Apple have
temporarily gone mad and actually approved the little Twitter/RSS client iOS app that I’ve been hacking together during my lunchbreaks for deployment via the App Store. If you’re an iPhone or iPad wrangler and a Twitter user and you find using your thumb to actually scroll down the screen tedious (what is this, the f**king Dark Ages?) I give you:
Striped [iTunes store link]
This is with the caveat that we’re still strictly in “beta” here, because there are things that you just can’t wire up until it’s been in the store for a while (like the ads that should live in that banner space at the bottom). I’m also sure there are a few things that might need, you know, fixing. And it doesn’t quite work in iOS 8 yet. And the support website is a currently a blank page. BUT NEVER MIND ALL THAT I HAVE AN APP IN THE APP STORE SO SHUT UP.
The plan (ha ha) is to chuck Facebook, Google+, Feedly integration, OPML import and a stack of other little features in as (lunch)time goes by, plus some filtering and sorting options so that you can just have your interweb scrolling by on your conveniently docked phone while you tap listlessly at your keyboard, pretending to work. (Or something.) (I find positioning said device just below your main screen is ideal for maintaining the illusion of professional engagement.)
So there you have it. Share and enjoy. If you find anything that needs, uh, adjustment or have any questions, comments, requests or what have you ping me @looptron.
Startups Battle to Make Star Trek’s Comms Badge a Reality | Enterprise | WIRED -
So… someone’s finally making the comms badge. It was 16 years between Star Trek airing and the first commercially available cellular telephones. But it’s taken 27 years from TNG airing to get to this point. I thought the pace of technological advance was supposed to increase…
Ha ha ha. (via OboeCop - Boing Boing)
Filth. Just… filth.
Marking the date for posterity, I is officially an app developerist. (Subject to approval.) I expect I now just wait a few days until Apple post me the cheque millions of pounds. Right?
Cleaning out the junk mail and found this. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a 419 this bad. The all caps and terrible spelling are a nice touch, but the sheer length is…. impressive.
(There’s also stuff in the spam folder to help with that, as it goes.)
MY DEAR FRIEND .
I AM MRS.REEM JONES A SENIOR STAFF WITH THE ECO-BANK OF COTONOU-BENIN REPUBLIC (EBCBR) I AM WRITING YOU THIS LETTER BECAUSE COOL PENNY IS BETTER THAN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
IT IS BETTER FOR ONE TO LIVE AND DIE A POOR HONEST MAN THAN A RICH DISHONEST ONE,I AND THE CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER (CSO) OF OUR BANK HAVE ARRANGED WITH AN OFFICER IN THE COMPUTER SECTION, ENGINEER JUSTIN TO BRING OUT A PART OF YOUR TOTAL CONTRACT SUM AMOUNTING TO TEN MILLION US DOLLARS.
THE REASON WE ACTED THIS WAY, IS THAT, DUE TO THE INFORMATION GATHERED FROM THE BANKS COMPUTER NETWORK SYSTEM, YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A LONG TIME TO RECEIVE YOUR FUND WITHOUT SUCCESS,I ALSO DISCOVERED THAT YOU HAVE MET ALL THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS OF THE ECO-BANK IN RESPECT OF YOUR CONTRACT PAYMENT, YOUR PROBLEM IS COMING FROM THE INTEREST GROUPS.
A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR PAYMENT AND THOSE PEOPLE ARE MERELY DOING PAPER WORKS WITH YOU AND THAT EXPLAINS WHY YOU RECEIVE EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS FROM DIFFERENT PEOPLE EVERYDAY.ALSO WE FOUND OUT THAT SOME OF THE OFFICIALS OF THE PARASTATALS THAT EXTORTED A LOT OF MONEY FROM YOU, WITH THE PRETEXT OF HELPING YOU.
I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THIS MAY LAST FOR YEARS YET NOTHING HAPPENS IF, YOU DO NOT GO AWAY WITHTHOSE OFFICERS ,AND FOR SECURITY REASONS, DO NOT TELL ANYONE THAT YOU HAVE YOUR MONEY, UNTIL YOU RECEIVE CASH AT YOUR DOORSTEP.
THE MONEY IS IN ONE SECURITY-FUNDPORTFOLIO YESTERDAY WE WENT FOUR COURIER COMPANIES TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS ON HOW TO SHIP THE FUNDPORTFOLIO BY COURIER TO YOU.
DHL, EMS, FEDEX, ISA ALL SAID THAT THEY MUST OPEN THE BOX FOR INSPECTION WITH THE COOPERATION OF THE CUSTOMS BEFORE SHIPMENT THIS IS SOMETHING WE WANT TO AVOID BECAUSE THE BOX WERE PADDED WITH MACHINE,WE TOLD THE COURIER COMPANY THAT THE BOX CONTAINS PHOTOGRAPHIC AND FILM MATERIALS AND WHEN OPEN WILL LOOSE ITS EFICACY.
WE DID NOT DECLARE MONEY BECAUSE COURIER DOES NOT CARRY MONEY.TODAY A FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS A DIPLOMAT DISCLOSED TO ME THAT THERE SOME DIPLOMATIC EXPERT THAT ALWAYS LIFT FUNDS FROM ONE COUNTRY TO ANOTHER,IT HAS DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY AND CANNOT BE INSPECTED BY ANY CUSTOMS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, I WILL MEET WITH THEM AS SOON AS I GET YOUR PERMITION.
THE DIPLOMAT WILL HELP US SO WE DO NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEM, WE HAVE CONCLUDED THAT YOU MUST COMPENSATE US WITH FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR MONEY.
TO THIS EFFECT, YOU WILL SEND US A PROMISSORY NOTE FOR FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLAR ALONG WITH YOUR MAILING ADDRESS FOR SENDING THE BOX BY DIPLOMATIC,PLEASE I URGE YOU TO MAINTAIN TOPMOST SECRECY TO AVOID PROBLEMS,DO NOT DISCLOSE THIS TRANSACTION TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU HAVE YOUR FUNDPORTFOLIO.
I WANT TO HELP YOU BECAUSE SOMETHING IN ME IS TELLING ME THAT, YOU ARE AN HONEST PERSON,WE SINCERELY HOPE THAT YOU WILL FULFIL YOUR PROMISE AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THIS TRANSACTION.
WE SHALL THEN HELP YOU TO SHIP THE FINAL PART OF YOUR FUND TO YOU,GOD IS WITH US AS WE WAIT FOR YOUR REPLY THROUGH THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS: [redacted]
Here is my dirty number: [redacted]
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