Dear Steve Jobs:

Please, please, for the love of god, stop having the iphone autocorrect “its” to “it’s.” Please! I know when I’m using the possessive and when I’m using the contraction. You do not. Your software does not. And I hate sending emails and text messages that make me look stupid and illiterate to, among others, friends, important bureaucratic officials, senior professors, women in whom I’m interested and bloggers who have a proclivity to republish my e-mails without editing.

Pretty please?

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5 Responses to “Dear Steve Jobs:”

  1. bbot Says:

    I do the exact same goddamn thing, with the Pre!

    Except, it doesn’t autocorrect “its”, but my hind-brain is used to it automagically expanding contractions that I get mad when it refuses to realize that I meant it’s, when I typed its!

    I mean, jeez, phone, just parse the natural language sentence! My meaning is perfectly clear, in context, if you understood English!

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    Heh. Failing strong AI, it would at least be nice if they’d let you manually edit the autocorrect dictionary like regular word processing programs do. Then we could choose!

  3. ben Says:

    Alternately, they could just assume that you know how to type.

  4. Constant Says:

    Amen. I’ve gradually got better at catching it. Once I went so far as to send a follow-up explaining that I was not the illiterate that I appeared to be.

  5. Paul Gowder Says:

    Heh, I find myself doing that at least once a week.

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