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I am currently a software engineer at Google, where as a member of the Android platform team I build frameworks and user interfaces.

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iPod team unhappy about adding contacts feature?

March 21st, 2002

iPod team unhappy about adding contacts feature?

Now that iPod users have figured out how to use the iPod to store contacts, Apple has added the same functionality with updated iPod software.

There’s a clue, however, that the iPod team may not be terribly happy about having to cram this quite tangential feature into their svelte product. Take a look at the name in that screenshot: Alan Smithee. Where have you heard that name before? Yes, it’s the name used by disgruntled film directors to distance themselves from projects over which they have “lost creative control” to the studio.

So if you notice a film directed by Alan Smithee, it is certain it is not what its director intended, and likely that it is not any good.
(from IMDb)
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