When I was working in the yard digging those trenches, I had my iPhone in my back pocket. I always have it with me. I check it now and then, and I usually turn it off before replacing it to avoid butt-calls. You know, when your movement causes your phone to dial someone and then you start recording your life into their voice mail. This would happen to me if I were ever dumb enough to have an affair.
The longest butt-call I received was from my wife’s phone when she and my daughter were shopping. I listened for a bit. I didn’t hear anything like “you won’t believe what your idiot father did…” so I figured all was right with the world.
Anyway, back in the yard, I must have placed my phone in my pocket without turning it off, because the next time I looked at it, it was different. I hadn’t called anyone, but somehow my butt rearranged my phone. Icons were missing. Icons had been moved on the screen. Icons had been moved in and out of folders.
My phone should know better. Seriously, my phone knew that it was upside down. Who rearranges their Apps when the phone is upside down? Also, Apple, you should add a list of recently deleted Apps to the phone somewhere – just sayin’.
Among a bunch of annoying changes that I know only because key icons are out of place, there were three curious changes that made me wonder what my butt knows that I don’t:
The flashlight app had been moved out of the Utilities folder onto the main screen, like I was going to need it soon.
The Flickr App had been moved to the second page of my “Photography” folder, and
The WordPress App had been deleted.
My daughter is talking about the new X-Files mini-series, maybe my butt and I are going on an adventure with Mulder and Scully. No, the flashlight on my phone is way brighter than the ones they carry into dark basements. Unless I use the flashlight in an attempt to follow a creepy path out of the woods, only to have it drain the battery to zero just as I reach a point where I get a cell signal. I see the bars populate, I hear strange noises behind me and the light fades slowly to black. Yeah, that could be a scene in an X-Files episode.
The Flickr App is awful. Flickr, the Yahoo-owned-photo-service-website is gradually climbing out of the pit of awful it fell into after someone got the idea that users wanted Flickr to be more like Instagram. Their first attempt to get out was to start digging deeper, and to pull the App into the pit with them. The website has improved, but the App is still digging. If I upload three photos from my phone, they all still get one title and I can’t seem to describe them until after they are posted. That’s just dumb.
WordPress, as many of you know, went into an awful state several months ago. I think it is gradually making some progress. People are still complaining, but I can tell you that the Automattic Folks (no, not misspelled robots, that’s the name of the company that owns WordPress) are listening. I know because I complained and they responded. I complained about the fact that I could ‘Like a post I in my browser, but the Reader would make it appear that I hadn’t liked it. If I liked it in the Reader, it would unlike the post on my behalf. Sad faces all around.
I complained that the Reader crashed a lot on my iPad. I complained that the iPhone App no longer had spell-check. I complained that I wasn’t seeing posts from people that I follow and I know had published something, and I complained that the Reader kept scrolling me around, causing me to lose my place. I also complained that if I posted a draft, but published the post a day later, the published post had the date of the first draft.
Lots of those things got fixed. WordPress isn’t perfect, but it is better than it was in March. The recent changes to the Reader aren’t getting a lot of positive comments, but I actually think they are moving in the right direction. The Reader has a nice responsive layout. It looks a little weird on a large monitor, but it looks good on my phone and my iPad and if I scrunch the window down (which I always do because I like to have lots of windows open on my laptop), I can still see most everything I want to see.
My iPad isn’t crashing and they added Spell-check back to the iPhone app. You all should know that because I write a lot of comments from that App, and now, at least some of the words are spelled correctly.
If you have a serious complaint, submit it to WordPress. Be prepared to respond to questions, to generate logs and to work with them to help them figure out what is wrong. Be specific. Tell them why you don’t like what you don’t like, especially if it impacts your ability to write or read. They may not consider every random tweet to be an official complaint, but they seem to handle official complaints pretty well. At least that’s my experience. Your mileage may vary.