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No Time For Logic

Sean Hollister has a great rant over at The Verge on the subject of how easy it would be for Verizon and AT&T to make all our lives simpler by simply providing us with a single bucket of bits to be shared among all of our devices–instead of the current maddening practice of selling us different plans for our phones, mifis, and tablets. One of Sean’s really great points is that these carriers sell us all kinds of hype about how great ubiquitous data is, but seem to go out of their way to keep us from downloading anything.

The problem I have with articles like this one (despite the fact that they’re completely in the right) is the notion that somehow large corporations will change their behavior in the face of rightness. Corporations don’t care about logic and common sense; they care about money, and that’s all they care about. And they have no incentive to make things better for consumers when there are no competitive pressures around to make them worry about the bottom line. Verizon and AT&T compete with each other, practically speaking, about as much as these guys do.

iCloud Sucks at Email

iCloud sucks at mail

I see this fifty times a day. Do you?

Reverse Nostalgia

<p>Do you remember when you'd want to burn a DVD and listen to music simultaneously, and would have to kill the music so your system would have enough RAM and CPU cycles to burn the disc? That doesn't happen anymore, and it's not just because our computers are faster and/or more well-endowed. You can burn a DVD from an "old" netbook and play the music from your iPhone.</p>

Now we farm out our tasks to multiple CPU’s. And all on the same desktop. Just wait until we all run multiple CPU’s in the cloud, across multiple clients.

I am a nerd.

Good news, QWERTY fans!

The price of the Droid 3 has been dropped to $99 in anticipation of the Droid 4! In related news, the Droid 5 will be released on February 9. The Droid 6 will be released on February 10. The Droids 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 will be released, progressively throughout the day, on February 11.

On Sheer, Utter Garbage

Facebook’s iOS app is perhaps the greatest sin ever committed unto mankind. It’s quite certainly the shittiest, slowest, shittiest software ever written. It makes me want to throw Zuckerberg’s dog into the sea. And I love dogs.

Ugh, Adobe.


Same old HP

According to Michael Moritz’s Return to the Little Kingdom, while working at HP in the mid-Seventies, Steve Wozniak and some of his colleages attempted to convince the company to get into the production of microcomputers. They were told, “HP doesn’t want to be in that kind of a market.”

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Are tablets PC’s?

Any device which is A) personal and B) computes is a PC, to my mind. The argument that phones and tablets aren’t PC’s because they’re less capable than desktops is more than a little specious. Our phones and tablets are arguably more powerful and capable than our desktops and laptops were ten years ago–with a few exceptions given for things like video editing, but even that task was pretty primitive back then compared to now. If tablets aren’t PC’s because they’re less capable than a full-blown modern Mac Pro, should we also retroactively decide that 1995’s computers aren’t PC’s?

The idea of “what a computer is” isn’t changing, per se, it’s just that we have this arbitrary distinction between mobile and not-so-mobile. That distinction will continue to erode. I have no doubt about it. We’re talking about form factor here less than we’re talking about essential functionality.

Back to the oft-repeated notion that one “can’t get anything done” on these mobile devices: I personally own a Windows desktop, a Windows netbook, a CR-48 (chromebook), an iPad and an iPhone. Any computing task I undertake–anything, except for video editing–can be done on any of these devices (nota bene: I’m a professional filmmaker, so the editing I do is of a different sort than that which Joe Blow is going to do…and that can be done on an iPad, pretty much). The idea that “real work” can only be done on a desktop or a laptop is incredibly fallacious, and I think the people who say that sort of thing are probably most often people who don’t (yet) own tablets.

Riding the Tech Train With the Brakes On

<p><span style="color: #666666;font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;line-height: 18px">I remember a (resistive) touchscreen interface in an Alabama Welcome Center along I-59 back in the late &lsquo;80&rsquo;s. It was a sort of proto-Google on a local level, with info about tourist attractions and the like. My sister and I would always make our mother stop there so we could play with it. It seemed so futuristic and sophisticated. And now I&rsquo;m typing these words on a more advanced (capacitive) touchscreen. Did it really need to take so long to get this tech in everyone&rsquo;s hands? Is the lightning-quick tech dev cycle a myth? What&rsquo;s holding us back, if so?</span></p>