Stephen Fry is gadget blogging
September 20, 2007
Stephen Fry has an iPhone?
(and apparently everything else Apple has ever produced)
Yep, and yep.
What’s more he’s doing a damn fine and well informed job of it:
Server side apps only. No, no, no, no, no. This is NOT good. Itâ€™s one thing to want to keep the proprietary system closed, but to present a device sealed in digital Araldite is a Bad Idea. An Ubuntu flavoured Linux for mobiles is in the works, and you donâ€™t get more open source than that. Damn it, thereâ€™s Linux for the Palm available these days. Even Microsoft are making gestures towards client-side open source apps. Only amateurs are going to want to create server side apps for the iPhone. In case you donâ€™t know what I mean, I should explain that the only third party programs available for the iPhone are run out of Safari (the resident browser) pages. You canâ€™t download squat. Enthusiastic individuals will come up with WorldMate or Splash Photo or other top ten smartphone app lookie-likies but until Apple introduces a Java implementation or allows the bonnet to be unwelded and lifted up, the device will remain a fraction of what it should be.
Not that that’s a terrible surprise — I think at this point I’d be more surprised to find Fry holding forth on a topic he wasn’t well informed about (I’d be nearly as surprised to find out a topic he’s not well informed about exists).
If he keeps this up (and if they can keep the server up; it’s been down most of the day since everyone started posting about it), this is going to be a joy to read.
(Speaking of Stephen Fry — apparently a new season of QI starts tomorrow, too!)
(Umm… That’s on the “bittorrent” channel for those of us outside the UK — I suspect hell would freeze over before QI ever aired on US TV.)