Review: iPhone WordPress app

September 30, 2010By jaytechnology, Writing

I updated to the latest WP app yesterday. Today, I opened it with hopes of shooting off a quick review and it was thoroughly unusable.

As soon as I opened the app: I recieved a “Communication Error” alert immediately followed by a “Bad username or password” prompt. I double/triple/quadruple checked my password and proceeded to create a new post. In rapid succession I receive ten+ alerts and then finally the app froze. I restarted my IP4 and tried again. What followed was another round of rapid fire alert boxes succeeded by a frozen app. I am now hoping that the app will be updated immediately and that the updates will be worth the trouble.

EDIT:
Deleted the WP app, then reinstalled. I no longer have the “bad username” etc.
Instead, now I get a “500 internal server error.”
The App store is filling up with frustrated people… Good to know it’s not me.

Apple reconsiders compilers

September 9, 2010By jaytechnology

Today, Apple changed it’s policy concerning compilers. This reconsideration of their position is definitely a good direction. While I agree that inserting “intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform.” (as Jobs explained in an email shortly after the policy decision was made) I believe it is best left up to the user so long as it doesn’t decrease security.

I am looking forward to seeing where this is going. Enjoy the ride.

Villains

September 4, 2010By jayWriting

Never hastily create a villain. Villains are multidimensional. Develop the dimensions of all characters, then decide their ‘tagonist position.

This is a trouble spot for many writers. Villains become one-dimensional beings. They are evil and only evil. This lowers the villain to a one focus and driven being rather than a rational creature with complex thoughts and ideas.

In much of Christian writers’ fiction this is precisely the case: Villains are black, evil beings that are driven with only one thought—whatever impetus they are given.

A writer must get to know the character, discover why they behave the way they do, and then develop their intent.