Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The tyranny of the mean

Today I needed to set a calendar reminder of a morning appointment.

I needed a 14 hour interval. That’s easy in Outlook or in long lost PalmClassic DateBk app.

Alas, it can’t be done on an iPhone, where calendar alerts are very limited.

It’s only one rather painful example of the curse of Apple’s much praised software design – the tyranny of the mean. Apple’s products aim for simplicity and the features that Apple’s designers believe most people want.

Like all seemingly good things, it has its dark side.

1 comment:

YP said...

Let's hope that iPhone lets Agendus [Iambic] or DateBook share their data with the local resident calendar so we can finaly have a decent PIM [calendar/todo/contact ].