Scribing and Imbibing

July 22, 2008

A Post from Aleph, My New iPhone 3G

Filed under: Blogging,Frustration,Writing — Rich @ 1:33 pm

Well, WordPress has released their blogging application for the iPhone. So far I’m liking it! (For the record, this entire blog post was composed in iPhone WordPress.)

My attempts at typing with the few iPhones I’ve had the privilege to handle in be past were disastrous, but after a week with Aleph, I’m becoming quite comfortable. What they say about just forging on despite the most horrible apparent typos is true: Apple’s “all the keys pressed in the process of producing ‘rgisw’ are QWERTY-keyboard-close to the letters of the word ‘those’ in my dictionary and nothing else makes sense, so ‘those’ it is” algorithm is impressive indeed. There have been moments where typing on this device has been faster than other portable devices I’ve used–even the Cingular 8125, my previous favorite. It’s certainly less fatiguing, since there aren’t any physical keys to press, and I can just bounce my fingertips off the glass in the general region of the keys I intended to press. Very nice indeed, and available to all applications the iPhone offers.

Text editing, on the other hand, could use some work. There’s no copy, cut or paste, so that’s out, and cursor placement is accomplished by a “magnifying loupe” that shows up when a finger is held on top of text for a second or so. Rudimentary, but functional–if not really suitable for heavy use. Again, a limitation of the unit more than a criticism of WordPress itself, but relevant for the aspiring blogger.

Will I be using Aleph for lengthy posts on a regular basis? Probably not. Still, it’s nice to know that it’s a real possibility should it be necessary.

-Rich

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2 Comments »

  1. Aleph?

    Comment by Tripp — July 24, 2008 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

  2. Yup. 🙂

    Wikipedia explanation

    Awesome story.

    -Rich

    Comment by Rich — July 24, 2008 @ 1:38 pm | Reply


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