More iPhone features iWant

You heard them here first. Well, maybe not, since I haven’t been an iPhone watcher since forever, but still, I think they’re new ideas.

  • Next/Back songs in iPod by simply quickly shaking the iPhone forward or back (relative to the current screen orientation). This would be a great demo: just tip the iPhone to the right, and get the next song.
  • Better use of the motion sense-y stuff overall. C’mon, why don’t all the native apps support all 4 directions. Upsidedown should be easy too. And hey, the You Tube app really needs to support both right- and left- handed orientation – especially since sound quality varies with the integral bottom speaker, depending on where you’re sitting.
  • Please, please, please, put the Emergency Call button somewhere not immediately next to the PIN entry pad. I know it makes it look pretty and lets your screensaver picture show better, but it leads to endless screwups when you’re doing it without looking.
  • A zoom lens for the camera. Oh, wait, that’s not very realistic.
  • An engineering version of the calculator. I know, adding in the integral and Fourier code actually takes a little bit of space, but what gadget geek wouldn’t want to use RPN to input calculations on such a shiny consumer device?
  • Actually useful stock lookup links. The stock app is fine; just when I click for details on a ticker symbol I want an actually useful iPhone formatted screen about the company instead of the ad-laden and not very useful screen I get from Yahoo now. When I’m looking up stocks, I want to go to a detail page with just links to the core financials and latest finance-related news. Links to everything else can be somewhere else.

Who’s downloaded 1.1.4? How do you like it?
Who’s planning on writing an iPhone app? What is it?

Jon has more iPhone ideas, even if his blog title is somewhat… painful.

iPhone features iWant to see

Well, it’s an eternally in-progress list, so I’ll post it as a separate page and ask for discussion (or ideas) over here as a separate item.

I have kowtowed to the evil Apple conspiracy and bought a “compatible” headset/headphone for my iPhone, which I do like, non-standard thin plastic barrel notwithstanding. Otherwise I’m happily on 1.1.3, still in jail to reduce the worry factor. Still waiting eagerly for the SDK to come out, and for just a few key apps to get built. The default items are all good, but several could really use updates to be great, and there are a host of fairly simple things I’d love to see be native (instead of having to find someone’s website to do the work for you).

Open source user registration/listing software?

I have this grand idea to start a second blog, called simply enough, Questions. It’s where I’d put all those random little questions that I’m curious about, but don’t necessarily have the time or impetus at the moment to track them down.
I’m tempted to keep it in this blog, but I’m not sure I want to bore all my readers with my zillions of little punderings, like why is the sky blue (I know that one, actually), how come my WordPress setup doesn’t quite do X right, and why does Domino insist on doing Y even when you tell it not to. See, most of them are pretty geeky, and not terribly interesting.
They are, however, interesting to me, and I figure I should give technology a chance to help me answer them. Heck, even without trying I have a fair number of readers. And that includes people beyond old friends and PlanetApache feeds – just look at the comments on my Major Mudd post. So why not take the one in a million chance that one of my readers happens to know the answer to my Questions off the top of their head?

Oh, I see you’ve noticed that I haven’t given you any details about the actual Question I’m meaning to ask in this post, haven’t you? Well, here goes:

I need an open source data driven website ‘thing’. Basically, I run, and have long wanted it to serve as a homepage for Curcuru’s worldwide (there aren’t that many of us). I figure the simplest thing is a basic web form where anyone can register themselves as a Curcuru, including their name, a short paragraph about who/where they are, and an optional URL. I should also have a checkbox for business or personal listings.
Obviously, it’ll need a CAPTCHA or similar spam-defeating technology. I’d also love a simple way to plugin the URLs that are submitted to be checked against obvious spam sites, like Akismet does so wonderfully for WordPress.
Then there’d be a simple administrative page that let’s me mark entries as accepted or not. Accepted entries then get displayed in a simple list page, that can serve as a home link page for anyone named Curcuru. Hopefully this might engender a few familial contacts between our far-flung relatives – we’re pretty sure we’re all related through common ancestors in the Mediterranean.
I have MySQL, PHP 4 & 5, Perl, python, and some other basic Unix stuff available on my hosting account. Given all that, do any of my readers have great ideas of some turnkey system I could install to do the above?
Yes, I know, I’m supposed to have a little geek cred, and while I do know how to read PHP (one of the more obvious solutions), I really don’t have the mental energy to go build this myself right now. And I do have this strange need to host the solution myself, so I don’t just want to build a Ning or other insta-social website from any of the many great providers these days.