When the very first very Palm Pilot came out, I bought one. I’m a big believer in ubiquitous, easily portable computing.
So it’s probably no surprise that I have an iPhone. Not the new, gee-whizzy iPhone 3G, at least not yet. Just a plain old iPhone, which suits me fine. It’s a nice, convenient portable computer, especially since I upgraded the software to version 2.0. I got a lot of free software for it from the iTunes store. I bought some software for it from the iTunes store, too, including a clever app that turns the iPhone into a guitar tuner. Who’d have thunk it?
So, just in case someone is sitting around and asking herself “I wonder what software I should write for the iPhone. I wish I knew what that clever Butzi fellow was wanting, because if I knew, I’d write that!” I’ll list my desires.
First, I’d like a solar calculator. No, not solar-powered calculator. I want one that will tell me where, on any given date and at any given time, the sun will appear in the sky. Or, conversely, if I ask it “On what days will the Sun be near this position in the sky?” it would give me dates and times. Same thing, perhaps, for the moon.
Second, I’d like a tide calculator – just a version of the tide software I’ve used in the past. On Windows, I used “Tides and Currents”, which was expensive and slow but pretty much worked. I have a similar app for the Mac, the name of which I don’t recall, which doesn’t do the current calculations. I’m not a sailor so I don’t care about currents, but for photography on the beach, it’s important to know where the tides will be at any given time.