“I pretty much hung up on the rep at that point, since raising my monthly bill is the absolute worst strategy for lowering my monthly bill that I had ever heard of.”


You know how some people you know seem like they’re stuck in the past or otherwise exhibit the emotional maturity of a teenager? It’s sort of like they reached their teens and that was it for their mind. I almost want to believe that it was out of their control, that even if they wanted to be more mature and emotionally intelligent, they couldn’t do it if they tried. But that would be silly.

I’m in my thirties now, and I’m just wondering: what if there are limits to everyone’s maturity? I mean, this is the fodder for so many comedies out there nowadays that focus on man-boys, though I personally hate that term. We should be so thrilled that men seem more and more to be striving to get away from archaic notions of the stereotypical man and are finally being themselves, being individuals.

But is there a point in everyone’s like where no more maturity is needed. Say for example that it got set at your teens. You could see through the bullshit, know maybe that what you were doing was wrong and that you would pay for it, and that at that time it was settled, you’re thirty, emotional maturity speaking, it’s there, you’re just ignoring it cause you’re a teenager. But one you hit forty and people tell you - what are you thirty?

Would it be your fault, though? Isn’t 30 good enough?

Customization is cool, but that’s why Apple wins.

The biggest argument people make to me about not owning an iPhone is that it’s too restrictive and that their number one reason for not having an iPhone is so they can fully customize with widgets and other stuff. Skins, screens, what have you. Rooting your phone, I mean, that just sounds cool, doesn’t it?

First, when I hear someone say the word widget, it makes me think about Inspector Gadget, which then makes me kind of feel a bit lighter. Maybe because the theme song starts playing in my head at that moment, as they then go on about what other platforms (but let’s be honest, it’s only Android) let them do.

Then, I think there are two things they don’t think about. One, if Apple did suddenly become open in their approach, and the iPhone followed suit, would they get an iPhone? Sometimes I ask that question and the response I get is negative. They’re certain there will be some kind of quirk that will piss them off. Two, the fact that, yes, while customization is cool, it doesn’t actually do anything. In other words, if you’re very much into customizing your phone, which is cool, and you really go at it, it’s fully effective for you. But no one else. Copying someone else’s approach to organizing their smart phone means your working against the common goal. There’s a danger in having too many options, and the common body wants a simple set of options. Not zero options, because that’s not what Apple offers you. But full customization to some people makes them feel smart. I would counter that it is smarter to have a clear picture of what something can do, rather than an icon and widget less screen.

Hand someone else your iPhone for a minute and while you have your own apps, that user will know how to use it fairly quickly even if they have never done so before, and they know how to use it instantly if that person you handed your iPhone too also has an iPhone, or had one. That’s not to say that the intent was for people to be able to share smart phones, this is just an observation of mine that points out what Apple got right. Say what you will about what Apple won’t let you do, which I find to be very few things, they did get it down when it comes to ease of use. That is the beautiful thing about iOS and the Apple ecosystem. It’s simple without being simplistic.

I have to finish up by saying that I am not an apple fan boy. It wasn’t until the iPad that I got what Apple was doing. Up until then I had had a Blackberry and an Android, and with respect to my Android, while I used widgets, I don’t miss them.

If you land on a website and it shows you a giant ad before you can see anything, just leave the page without looking at what you were planning to. Once they see the bounce rate, they will end the practice, which is bad internet practice.