Not only that, but that is why there is a dedicated YouTube app for the iPhone and now the iPad… which circumvents the need for flash to watch YouTube videos. And now? this article details that Hulu is looking to come up with a way to enable watching their videos on the iPad (albeit via paid subscription, but still… flashless).
Apple’s track record shows that they will leave seemingly important features off of the iPhone if they feel it’s going to hurt the overall experience (read: copy/paste) and that’s what I believe they’ve done with Flash. They know people would like it, but adding it would hurt the experience of the people who can get along without it. And if YouTube and Hulu are going to be offering their videos in non-flash form, not only does that cover the majority of people’s needs for flash, but you can expect more companies to follow suit.
So I use iChat for all of my instant messaging needs… it supports AIM and Google the only two major IM programs that I use, and of course it’s simple and easy to use. The one recent annoyance though is Facebook chat… I hate using the website interface to chat with people on facebook, but there were not other options. As of last week, facebook opened up it’s chat system to outside programs, so now you can use things like iChat to chat with friends that are using the facebook chat system. Want to know how? Here’s the instructions.
Step 1 - In iChat, go to “iChat > Preferences”
Step 2 - Select the accounts tab
Step 3 - Click on the “+” button in the bottom left of the window to add a new account
Step 4 - Select “Jabber” from the Account Type dropdown menu
Step 5 - enter your username ([your facebook username]@chat.facebook.com - so for me it was “email@example.com”)
Step 6 - Enter your facebook login password
Step 7 - Open up the server options section, and for server enter “chat.facebook.com”
Step 8 - Port # 5222
Step 9 - Make sure Use SSL is NOT checked
Step 10 - Click Done
And that’s it! You can now chat with everyone from one place again.
I’m pretty competitive, even with just myself (just ask my sports team the Dizzy Llamas!). The biggest piece of the RunKeeper Pro app that keeps me going? The pace audio cue. It’s nice to hear how far I’ve gone and how much time has elapsed (I keep mine set to update me every 5 minutes btw), but every time those audio cues come through my headphones, I am EAGERLY awaiting what that pace number is. Secretly, I always want that to keep going down no matter what, even though I know that won’t always be the case, but I still try hard for it every time anyway.
Last night’s run was a great example of just how powerful that number is though… I started off hot but quickly had a really tough time breathing (I’ve been battling a pretty bad cough for about a week). I had to stop and walk for a couple blocks which hasn’t happened in quite some time. Quickly my pace went from around 8:30/mile to 9:30/mile.
I was not happy.
From that point forward I wouldn’t let myself stop and kept doing everything I could to keep making sure that number got smaller. So much so that I knew that when the 40 minute audio cue came on, I knew I had to be in front of my building, .7 miles away, by the time the 45 minute audio cue came on if I wanted to hit my 9 min/mile goal pace. (I’m good at math. :) )
I picked things up.
Man did it burn, but I was hauling ass until I rounded the last corner and my building was in sight. I REALLY didn’t want to miss that pace so I started an all out sprint to make it, when about 50 feet away from my door the audio cue started and on came the sweetest words I’d heard all run:
"Average Pace: 9:00 min./mile"
I actually pumped my fist and shouted “YES!” when I heard it as I pressed stop and began a cool down walk. What a great feeling! If I didn’t have someone telling me what to shoot for during my run, I never would’ve been able to keep myself motivated to come anywhere near that.
I guess it also helps when you’ve known the person behind the audio cues for 4 years… (*cough* @HMXKatAttack *cough*) ;)