Wednesday, February 20, 2008

iPhone advertising is stupid.

I recently blogged about the people who maintain the iPhone Ste repository and their addition of advertisements to the descriptions of the ads. Unfortunately, this seemed to attract some fairly obtuse and inane attention of one of the people responsible for the ads. According to him, boycotting the companies responsible for paying for the bandwidth is a bad thing. My response to that is that they should find someone else to pay for the bandwidth or find a better way to add advertisements than ruining the functionality of Installer.app. You can read the full comments in the posting for a better idea of what is going on there. I've taken my side of the story.

Needless to say, this got me thinking. What if I wanted a quick solution to removing the ads? So, I created a project on Google Code's excellent project hosting, took a copy of the Ste xml file, removed the ads and checked it into svn. No more ads! If you would like to also take advantage of no more ads, you can add this repository to your iPhone and remove the lame ass full of ads Ste one. I'll try to update it every few days or so.

Enjoy.

Instructions and documentation is here: http://code.google.com/p/stenoads/