Too often I open the App Catalog on my Palm Pre and check out the “What’s New” section only to see it clogged with useless apps by Brighthouse Labs and public domain ebooks repackaged and sold as apps by AppBookShop. When these two app vendors post dozens of apps at once, it becomes hard to find more interesting apps. While you can always look through the Categories or do a search if you know what you’re looking for; sometimes you want to just see what’s out there and if there are two dozen spam apps, you are a lot less likely to notice the half dozen interesting apps sandwiched in between the spam apps.
Palm doesn’t want to restrict their App Catalog since it is still quite small (2950 apps when I checked tonight and began writing this post). And indeed, I’d hate for the webOS App Catalog to become a clone of the Apple App Store where apps can be rejected for any reason at all. What I would rather see is better organization, so users can separate the wheat from the chaff more easily. It should be possible to sort apps by vendor. And it should be possible to hide vendors which you don’t like. It is already possible to sort of hide app vendors using a patch which is available through Preware which makes apps from vendors you don’t like fade enough to make them much easier to ignore. But scrolling through a lot of faded out apps is only slightly better than having to scroll through a lot of distracting useless apps.
Another organizational improvement would be to give vendors who post more than one pageful of apps (which on my Pre is about four or five apps) their own category their own category within the “What’s New” list. In other words if X App Vendor posts eight apps today, instead of listing them all one after the other, the App Catalog should simply have a link saying, “X App Vendor posted 8 apps today” which takes you to their apps. This would also be a nice feature for app vendors which produce useful apps, giving them a chance to build a mini-catalog within the main App Catalog.
I’m not really sure. I remember standing next to the washer asking someone, I think it was my mother, a question. I don’t remember what I asked or how she answered but I do remember that I was wearing some very 70’s style shirt for kids.
A few years ago, I noticed that there was a picture of me in the family photo album that looks just like the scene I described above. So I have no idea if this memory is “real” or just something that I saw in the photo album.