Sean Luke is a nutter.

Well, perhaps not. I need to have a ramble though. Unlike my last post, this one is completely one-sided. I’m still rambling about Sean’s rant though.

Things Nokia could steal from Apple today:

Windows taking up the full screen: Of course they do! Sure it’s 800*480, but the screen is mere inches across! The Newton screen was physically much larger, thus having much more space to play with. The N800 screen already has, as Sean well knows and has ranted about, problems because of the small screen. You really want to be messing around resizing windows using tiny-tiny borders you can barely tap?

Stability: Because, of course, “stability” is just a toggle in the development environment that Nokia forget to set to “true” – it’s that easy.

Changeable bar icons: Okay, fine. I agree with this point. Wholeheartedly agree. Damn, I can’t rant.

Well, not about changing the three big icons, I can’t. Complaining that the the small applications icons aren’t useful because they “they replicate the functionality of an existing icon” though? Seriously! If Sean followed his own suggestion, he’d find himself having to tap at least twice (once on the >>, once more on the application) to switch apps. At least this way the most recently used apps are switcheable with just one click – and when my IM icon is flashing at me, I know I have messages to read.

Screen rotation: Dammit. I want to rant about this. The screenshot Sean has there is a really, really bad example: he’s only demonstrating how crappy most websites would look in portrait.

However, I spent most of Monday reading PDFs on my N800. It’s incredibly painful: I can see the full width of the page, and wear my thumb out scrolling downwards[1] to see the whole page; or I can view the whole page, and have 60% of the screen wasted as whitespace off the side of the page. Even if the OS as a whole doesn’t rotate it’s screen, the PDF viewe really, really should

[1] Incredibly, once one has scrolled to the bottom of the page, one then has to press a different button in order to jump to the next page. What? Why? I’m scrolling through my document, I’m at the bottom of a page, I’m pressing down – how do you not understand that that means I want to go to the next page?

Move In Addition to Save: What on earth are you thinking? Aside from the Newton, have you ever seen this as a bug^H^H^Hfeature anywhere?

Grr. It’s time for me to do some real work now, so I’m going to leave this here.

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