this is funny. I can’t believe that he was able to make it look this good this quickly.
Engadget always has my favorite Apple keynote coverage.
So, Apple TV has a hard drive. Ok, cool. $299, decent
So the iPhone is official! widescreen, touchscreen, 4 or 8GB of RAM, runs OS X, lives on Cingular. Do I want one? Absolutely. At $499 will I buy one? extremely doubtful
Where is the new iPod and new iLife? Where is the One more thing? Don’t hold out on us now!
CES, Mac Expo and NAMM. A tech and gear geek’s favorite month of the year!
Guess what? I’m not going to any of them (got some big deadlines coming up), but I am following all the action, ya know, remotely.
So here’s what I’ve found so far:
- MacWorld: The expectations game – MacWorld talks about how the expectations for Steve Jobs’ keynote have gotten so high that they is no way it won’t be a major disappointment. Which is possibly a problem for Apple stockholders.
- Belkin introduces and iPod based recording studio – Well, the iPod is a hard drive, so why not build a 4-track mixer with hard disk recorder around it. Kind of unnecesary, but cool. They don’t say if it is battery powered, in fact they only mention USB power (which is REALLY unnecesary).
- Intel unveils new quad-core processors at CES
- Toast 8 – new version has TivoToGo, BluRay recording and (finally!) spanning burns across multiple discs and cataloging.
- Ultra-Mobile PCs from Oqo and Sony. and a prototype from Fujitsu
- JVC HD Everio – Full HD at a prosumer price. Less than 2K for 1920x1080i recording to a 60 GB harddrive!
this is pretty funny.
Here is episode 1 for your enjoyment.
To have a business owner be this open and honest (in web 2.0 language transparent), is so insanely refreshing.
Despite George Bush’s desire to be compared favorably to Harry Truman, he is acting a lot more like Joseph Stalin.
(man, I gotta move all those posts over here)
David Sobotta writes a blog that is about as close to mini-MSFT for apple that I’ve seen. He doesn’t dish the dirt the way that Mini does, but he does shed light into the murky corridors of power on the infinite loop. Of course, I know from my Apple buddies that it is crazier there than you could possibly know, especially around secrecy. I think that secrecy is probably the reason why we don’t see a mini-APPL. No one who works there has any idea about what is going on…
interesting article on companies adopting Google apps for their needs. One quote did stand out however:
“I have a staff of about 30 people dedicated to security,” says Mr Sannier. “Google has an army; all of their business fails if they are unable to preserve security and privacy.” Google’s Mr Girouard says a similar evolution in trust occurred when people reluctantly accepted that their money was safer in a bank than under a mattress.
There is a fundamental thing wrong with this argument. As Google aggregates more and more user data, it become more of a target for hackers. And as we’ve already seen, Google may have an army, but they aren’t perfect.
Part of the reason that people started to trust banks was that the FDIC insured their accounts. If your bank was robbed or it went under, you’d still have your money. If someone steals your identity (or any digital part thereof), Google can’t (and won’t) help you.
Hey remember in the early days of the internet when people figured out that Netscape and IE would let you play a background MIDI or audio file? Remember clicking on a link to open a page and then getting up to get a cup of coffee (’cause we were all on 28.8k modems back then) only to have to sprint back to your computer and turn off the speakers so that you didn’t have Ode To Joy or something like that blasting out, waking your family? Well, it pissed so many people off that eventually everyone stopped doing it and then the tags got lost to history (except on Ebay, where it still pops up sometimes).
Welcome to the aughts, where we all browse with 20 tabs open all the time. And then one of those tabs has some shitty Microsoft video ad or something and all of the sudden we’re back to the old days, trying to figure out which fucking window is blowing out our speakers and ruining our day.
I don’t doubt Mr. Gutmann’s scholarship, nor his motives. The scenario he paints seems extreme. Extremely stupid. Now, I worked on Windows Media many years ago, and I can totally see a document like this coming out of that group. There were many good and smart people on that team, but they didn’t always have the best interests of the users at heart. Not on purpose, of course. They just didn’t understand users; at all.
Anyway, I decided to find Microsoft’s take on this message, and I was blown away by the fact that there wasn’t any. none. I mean, something like this surfaces and a week goes by with no response from Microsoft at all? I mean, a PM should be running around with his hair on fire, giving up his New Year’s Eve, putting together a coherent response for a press release or at least a blog post. The silence is as damning as the original article in my mind.