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Another Apple Rejection

alien-splat-buttonsLast week I received the dreaded rejection letter from Apple for a new game I created, called Alien Splat. The rejection can be justified and sadly enough, I can agree with it. The rejection letter reads as follows:

Dear Jeff,

Thank you for submitting Alien Splat to the App Store.  We’ve reviewed Alien Splat and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store because it does not adhere to the iPhone Application Programming Guide as
outlined in the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement section 3.3.5; “Applications must comply with the Human Interface Guidelines and other Documentation provided by Apple.”

On iPod touch, it is not possible to make the device vibrate, though your application may feature vibration.  When Alien Splat is installed on an iPod touch, the user can turn the vibration switch on or off on the Setting screen.  Please see the attached screenshot.

Please take a look at the system call “sysctlbyname” and the section on “CTL_HW” from the Apple provided iPhoneOS reference documentation. It is necessary to check the machine class and machine type to determine if the device is capable of supporting vibration.

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Death to The CUBES

thecubesLast Christmas I received four different character sets from The Cubes. These characters are action figures for corporate life and how I spend 8+ hours of my day at work. These toys have been sitting at my desk for about 4+ months and there has only been minor changes to their original scene setup. A few people have played with them and one of the characters is loosing a hand, but other then that, no major issues.

When I came into work today, I noticed a scene of horror. All the cube characters were murdered. I think some one is feeling the pressures of project dead lines (This is what happens when Elliott plays with toys).

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Hi Jinx Pro Rejected Again, But with Details

CensoredWell, we finally got a message back from Apple yesterday (they always seem to send emails after 4PM) and yep, you guessed it, it’s a rejection email. Hi Jinx Pro v 1.2 was rejected a second time because of two sound bytes, “So Faded” and “Get Faded?”. This was the million dollar question we wanted to get answered from the previous rejection email. We finally now know that the Hi Jinx Pro v1.2 was rejected for two sound bytes (ones we did not even think were objectionable).  Thank you to the second App Reviewer for being specific in the rejection email (if I know your name or could inform your managers, I would write a kudos letter for you). Apple sent the following rejection email: Read the rest of this entry »

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Hi Jinx Pro Rejected Again!

CensoredI have to vent again about Apple’s App Approval process. Apple sent another rejection email and I’m feeling a little frustrated. Actually, not a little, a lot. A few weeks ago, I submitted another version of Hi Jinx Pro to the App Store. This version included two new characters and a few other minor features. After a 9 day waiting period, Apple finally reviewed the app and sent the following rejection email along with a screen shot of the objectionable content:

Rejected Hi Jinx AppDear JDMdesign,

Thank you for submitting Hi Jinx Pro to the App Store. We’ve reviewed Hi Jinx Pro and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store because it contains objectionable content and is in violation of Section 3.3.12 from the iPhone SDK Agreement which states:

“Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users.”

If you believe that you can make the necessary changes so that Hi Jinx Pro does not violate the iPhone SDK Agreement we encourage you to do so and resubmit it for review.

iPhone Developer Program

I replied with the following email:

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Managed has been Managed…

Web hosting companies really suck sometimes. Managed has just screwed me up the butt really hard this week. I have about 15 sites that all down because blows goats and can’t migrate worth shit…

When I worked for EarthLink, shit would be hitting the fan if customer’s site were down for more than 4 hours. Hell, my sites have been down for 5 days how… What a joke…

I’m glad a started a new account with DreamHost. Hopefully they will not fuck me like Managed is…

Below is what has to say:

Managed Migration Update

Managed Migration May, 9 2006.

Dear Migrated Customers, As you already know, your machines have been migrated from CA to a state of the art datacenter in NJ. As of tonight we are 90% done with bringing all of the servers online connected to our redundant gigabit network. We know many of you are wondering about your machines which are still not back online; please rest assured, we are in possession of your original HD and ALL of your data is safe. We plan within the next 24 hours to have ALL managed customers online in NJ on faster redundant hardware, as well as network. We understand that there has been mass confusion over the past and we greatly apologize; however, once all machines are online your customer support will resume as normal and you will not be experiencing long wait times for reboots, nor unanswered emails or tickets. Please begin contacting our support team so they can create you a trouble ticket login on our system. Please include your First/Last Name, Server IP, and email address inside of the request so we can promptly create your login. If your machine has already come back online, you need not concern yourself with this email.

Managed Migration May, 5 2006.

As you already know, is being migrated to a new and better datacenter. All of the clients are migrated to new and better hardware. We are switching your existing servers to State of the art SuperMicro Servers that have better and faster performance. The new datacenter will have better Network; you will have our state of the art Trouble ticket system and advanced port monitoring systems.

During the migration you may experience downtime, due to the migration to new hardware. We apologize for any downtime that you are having. Our Techs are working round the clock to migra t e your server to new hardware and confirm that the server is up and running perfectly. Please bear with us during the migration period.

After the migration you will receive an email with new trouble ticket system access. New ticket system provides better and faster response so all of your issues will be solved on the fly.

If you have any questions, please email that our support team can assist you and create you trouble ticket login.

Thank you


Can you just see the BS and feel the ass pounding now…

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Technology Pimp aka PimpStar

I have to admit, I love the next new technology gizmos and gadgets that come out each week, but these PimpStar rims are just too kewl for words… You have to watch the advertisement about them.


I would never get caught riding around town with these on my wipe, but I have to say that they are pretty pimp-o-lishous. If I was still in the a game and on the market, these rims would definitely support the cause. I just want to give a shot-out to Ray-Ray and my cousin Earl, back in the projects… WESTSIDE!!!

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How much bling is too much bling?

Blinging SneakersI’m not even sure what needs to be said here. Is this too much bling, or is there no limit? What we have here is some chromed out “Code M” sneakers from Dada footwear that pump tunes through the included wireless headphones or out of the built-in speakers while you’re busy being that baller you are. They charge via USB, sport built-in controls, and yes, they are actually a pair of shoes, too.

Seriously, what’s not to love? Next up for Dada are more “Code M” devices such as a get-fit program for workout data, get-smart for taking your calls and a whole slew of other devices to keep you in style and feeling great about your 21st Century lifestyle.

Personally, I think these shoe are silly, but they do have a geeky kind of appeal. I’m like most any other guy, and I enjoy any new technology toy. I purchased one of the new iPod videos the day after they were announced. But, there will be one pair of shoes that I won’t be rocking around town.