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On iPhone Apps and Data Rates


I took a look over my last several months’ data usage.   Here’s the run-down:

Nov 07 – 126MB (new user’s enthusiasm…)

Dec 07 – 109MB

Jan 08 – 102MB

Feb 08 – 57MB (got really busy with travel, also decided no more YouTube videos, which I continue to avoid to this day)

Mar 08 – 64MB

Apr08 – 35MB

May08 – 71MB


Totals:  sent-85.7MB, received-550MB (over the course of 8 months or so)

Usage pattern: on WiFi at home, home office, and some hotels.  Use Edge heavily at airports and some hotels, lightly while out about town.   Mostly heavy web-browsing, email syncing, some use of the other data apps (weather, stocks).


There are already some card games, but here’s a unique and fun idea: a “Deck” app.  Now you’ll need some friends with the same app (preferably in the same area?).  You can then hold your deck, and essentially see your cards in your hand (fanning through them or switching through them with either a coverflow type action or just the accelerometer and a quick shake).

Just above the cards is the table, which you can tap to temporarily “shrink” your hand and zoom in.  Here’s the key: everyone uses the draw pile and discard pile on the center of the table, so you see what the other person lays down.

Benefits of this over a deck of cards?

  • Multiple, customizable, perhaps unlockable playing decks
  • No bent or mutilated cards, easy to shuffle for next game
  • Game rules / logic built in
  • Possibly play remotely

I see a lot of possibilities for this gameplay idea.


  1. NMM2 wrote:

    Is whistler being developed anymore?
    It’s really a great idea, it’s a shame for it to just disappear…Is it still only a concept?

    Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 6:31 pm | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    Whistler is not being actively developed right now. It is not “dead” though, but unfortunately there is not enough progress or regular activity for me to call Whistler in development. I do continue to work on both concepts and code as possible, and I do still hope to resurrect Whistler at some point. I have to say, though, that the remarkable lack of interest and contact I have had from interested parties does not bode well for Whistler’s future.

    Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

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