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What’s your killer iPhone Idea?

Posted on 27 August 2008 by Demian Turner

Been so busy lately I haven’t had much time to think about the wonderful new 3g iPhone, however reading the comments on Dave Troy’s blog got the ball rolling again 😉

I’m quite happy with the latest iPhone, but it certainly has quite a few problems.  Most of the complaints I’ve bumped into on the web has been overhyped, but what I would consider real issues are as follows:

  • poor 3g reception
  • inability to recognise that a trusted wifi network won’t authenticate, and the need to manually “forget the network” in order to connect
  • instability of even core software: what’s up with address book, even after firmware update 2.0.2 it constantly freezes … am restarting the phone a lot to try and get around it
  • what’s up with the New York Times? I love this app but it’s a frequent crasher and mostly can’t retrieve data, even on wifi I get endless spinning wheels
  • inability to run programs in the background: if you can run music behind any program, why not any other program?  I recently tried out http://www.instamapper.com and it’s great, but totally impractical as you can’t use the phone for anything else while it’s tracking ..

Two apps I’d love to see asap, not listed in aforementioned comments:

  • ability to use the iPhone as a 3g wifi router: free wifi connectivity outside your home/office in the UK is absolutely horrendous and I often find myself stuck because either Starbucks data rates are unreasonable or more likely because Joe Bloggs wifi service is out of order
  • verbose feedback for network activity: like the verbose output on an ssh connection.  There’s so much wheel-spinning I think it would greatly relieve frustration to know what exact problem the iPhone is having connecting
  • loopt: I wrote those guys to see when their app would be released in the UK, no answer …

So what’s your great iPhone idea?  Any interesting experiences to relate using PHP as a backend?

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Seagull 0.6.5 Released

Posted on 08 August 2008 by Demian Turner

I’m happy to announce 0.6.5 was released last week, the code is available in the usual place:

http://seagullproject.org/download/

According to Trac this release contains 13 enhancements and fixes for  
26 defects, although there was also a lot of internal cleanup and small  
features added.

The wysiwg library has been updated from tinyFCK to FCKeditor  
following the security alert discussed here:

http://groups.google.com/group/seagull_general/browse_thread/thread/534ae6d5ccca995a?hl=en

I’ve had one developer contact me reporting a security compromise to  
one of his servers following the publication of the tinyFCK exploit,  
so please take care and upgrade to 0.6.5 or at least remove tinyfck to  
be on the safe side.  As mentioned before, being vulnerable to the  
exploit depends on a number of conditions existing however you are  
advised to update in all cases.

The main new features and improvements in this release are:

  • Added ability to rebuild single modules
  • New modules: comment2, emailqueue, simplesite, siteexporter
  • New/improved libs: SGL_Emailer2, SGL_AjaxProvider2,
  • Added ability to synchonise prefs for all members
  • Improved preference handling
  • CSS handling more flexible

Or for a detailed list see the changelog:
http://trac.seagullproject.org/browser/tags/0.6.5/CHANGELOG.txt

Work has also started on trunk again which is now 0.9, it will be a  
greatly slimmed down version of 0.6.x with no modules required by  
default, php5 only, and no libs bundled in the distro.

Thanks as always to everyone who sent in comments and helped us fix  
problems with their patches and/or feedback.

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