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6,000 RIM Jobs!

6,000 RIM jobs!

Apple Store Down

The online Apple store is currently not open for business. My prediction is that they’re about to announce a long-overdue refresh of the Mac Pro line–and/or possibly the Macbook Pros.

History tells us that the site doesn’t go down like this unless some new iteration of an existing product is going to appear imminently. And it won’t be one of their cash-cow products; that kind of unveiling would be reserved for WWDC next week, if not later this fall.

Mark my words: quiet refresh of Mac Pro or Macbook Pro before morning. Maybe iMac or Mac Mini. Maybe.

Update: Um, so nothing seems updated. Words marked or no, I guess I was wrong. Still, it seems weird they’d shut the store down for nothing more than this.

Tim Cook on Focus

Speaking at D10:

I just want to build great products. I think if we do that, that the other things follow. I think companies get confused and think their goal is revenue or a stock price. Those things you can’t focus on and make better. For us that’s all about great products. All of our energies are on that, not the result of that.

The fact that more companies don’t grok this very basic and obvious idea is completely lost on me.

[Source: The Verge]

Samsung Announces New Chromebook, Chromebox

Ars Technica:

A year after unveiling Chromebooks to the world, Google and Samsung today are announcing two new devices, including the first “Chromebox” desktop PC. Google is also rolling out several major software improvements, including a new window manager for Chrome OS, better trackpad support, upgrades to a remote desktop access tool, and offline editing for Google Docs.

Hmm. Something about the Chromebox looks familiar.

I participated in the Chrome OS pilot program, and received a Cr-48. I vastly prefer that hardware to Samsung’s regurgitations.

Internet Explorer Is Slowly Dying

From Lifehacker:

According to digital analytics site StatCounter, Google Chrome has passed Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser with 31.88% of the world’s web traffic.

Good. May it die a fiery death. IE has always been horrible. It doesn’t comply with web standards, so designers have to do all sorts of lame, hacky things to ensure their sites won’t look like ass on IE.

The Leaking Sewage Pipe

Mat Honan on Flickr’s destruction at the hands of Yahoo!:

Flickr is still very valuable. It has a massive database of geotagged, Creative Commons- and Getty-licensed, subject-tagged photos. But sadly, Yahoo’s steady march of incompetence doesn’t bode well for making use of these valuable properties. If the Internet really were a series of tubes, Yahoo would be the leaking sewage pipe, covering everything it comes in contact with in watered-down shit [emphasis mine].

I’d be hard pressed to put it better than that, folks.

Compare Desks 12 Years Apart

The first photo is my desk in 2000, when I lived in France. The second is my desk today. I think much can be seen about the ways in which the world has changed in those 12 years–and I also think much can be seen about how I have changed.

What Eduardo Saverin Owes America (Hint: Nearly Everything)

It’s like a dine-and-dash, only far, far bigger.

Media Executives Are Morons

So “content creators” have their panties all in a wad over Aereo, a service which allows subscribers in New York City to watch live television over the internet. They are dumb, stupid idiots:

Broadcasters also claim that Aereo threatens their license agreements with services like Hulu and would effectively kill advertising revenue — networks say there’s no viable way of tracking online viewership.

Great point, dumbasses. It’s a computer. It can track viewership. A television cannot. So, that was a really effing stupid thing to say, you jackass.

I like Chris Welch’s rebuttal:

These arguments seem rather hard to justify when you consider Aereo is extending the distribution of what’s already offered for free.

Yes, exactly. What are they supposed to be losing, anyway? I’m sick to fucking death of these media companies keeping us in 1957. It’s 2012.

O’Reilly Media on Piracy

Finally, a non-moronic opinion on digital piracy:

I am pretty confident that if you did a demographic study of the people who grab torrents and unauthorized content off the Internet, the majority of them would not be economically able to pay the prices on the products. Another data point to think about is when you were in college, was the money you spent on books a good experience as you saw your beer, food, date, clothes, and incidental money fritter away on books?

Hendrickson sees piracy as a form of marketing. Yup.