Friday, October 30, 2009

Comics for iPhone!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009 : Mark Steyn: Limbaugh bad, Mao good

Mark Steyn is my favorite Canadian.

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Embrace your Kaizen

This may the best article I've ever read, of any kind, ever.

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Droid is coming, Apple is scared. Not.

So there were some Droid commercials dissing the iPhone last night. I'm sure Steve Jobs is quaking in his New Balances. Look, I love Google, and it's a given that Verizon's network is completely superior to AT&T's, but Google/Verizon/Motorola would have to pay me to use Droid. Break my AT&T contract for $175 (I actually don't have any problems with their coverage), give up all my iPhone apps, convert all my iTunes files because the iPhone doesn't have full multitasking or interchangeable batteries? Verizon, you're going to have to do better then that.

They're simply two years too late. Millions of people have bought into the whole iTunes/App Store ecosphere, and while it's not perfect, most people are extremely satisfied with it. Now if AT&T had crap coverage in my area and I was a Sprint or existing Verizon customer, I might be excited. But I'm not. A bit of friendly advice to Verizon: Stick to attacking AT&T with your clever "There's a map for that ads". There's a legit beef there. But since you're not going to convert many iPhone users who have decent coverage, you might want to drop these "iDon't" ads because all you're doing is making Steve Jobs angry. And you don't want to see Steve when he's angry.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Why the economy nearly collapsed

Lord knows I usually can't stand the New York Times, with it's hideous liberal slant and what not. Which would be fine, except they pretend they are an unbiased paper, mountains of evidence to the contrary (most recent example: denial of the ACORN scandal). But that's another post for another time. Google News dug up this absolutely astounding op-ed piece which basically blames the financial crisis on too many smart people entering finance, inventing derivatives and credit default swaps, when they should have been studying physics or engineering. Part of the rationale was that college has become so expensive that the smartest students started picking finance so they could pay off their gigantic student loans faster. It makes more sense then anything else I've read on this most important subject, and while it's not the only reason we're in the sorry state we're in (mass government intervention in the housing market and good old fashioned greed come to mind) it explains quite a lot.

Where are the new Mac Minis?

I'm seeing in multiple places that people have been turned away from by buying a Mac Mini at Apple Stores because they are sold out. What's the hold up on the new model Steve? Waiting for all the iMacs to run out too? How many MacBook whites are left while you're at it?

I'm tired of waiting. I want a MacBook (preferably at 900 bucks and multitouch trackpad)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

WRT54G died

The old Linksys WRT54G gave up the ghost Sunday, so I had to get another router to replace it (I think this is the third one I've got from Linksys). Sadly, since Linksys was bought by Cisco, it looks like they are giving up on the old purple color scheme I'd grown so fond of. The new WRT54G2 is low profile, black and working now after a mad scramble to find the MAC address I needed to clone to make it work with my cable modem.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Al Gore, Destroyed |

Can't wait to get the new Freakonomics book!

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Apple Analysts are idiots

How does one get these "analyst" jobs anyways? By getting a worthless finance degree? So here's the latest "knowledge" revealed by "analyst" Kathryn Huberty at J.P. Morgan: That Apple's market share of the U.S. mobile phone sector would double if they would just end iPhone exclusivity with AT&T. Gee, really? You don't say!


But what about T-mobile, you may be thinking? T-MOBILE IS EVEN MORE BACK-ASSWARDS WITH 3G DEPLOYMENT THEN AT&T IS. The last thing Apple needs is another underperforming wireless partner.

I'm reminded of the showdown between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men":

Are we clear? Yes, Sir. ARE WE CLEAR? Crystal.

Until there is a 4G iPhone, which won't happen until there is actually a 4G network in the US (Verizon 2011, earliest, AT&T, who knows?), or T-mobile drastically increases 3G coverage in the US (probably not going to happen before Verizon gets 4G up) there will not be an alternative to AT&T in the US for the iPhone. Look, "analysts", wishing for something does not make it so (iPhone nano, iTablets, sub $1000 dollar netbooks, etc.) You'll get what Steve Jobs wants, when he wants you to have it.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Kindle for iPhone good, but not great

As I sit here at the local Jiffy Lube I'm glad that I have the option of perusing the dozen or so titles in Amazon Kindle app library. While I'd prefer that Apple would have just added iBooks to the iTunes store, Kindle's online store is a close second inconvience, with a decent search feature and one-click shopping. So it's good, but not great. Why? In a word, selection.

There are around 250,000+ books in the Kindle store. That may seem like a lot, until you consider the millions of books that are not in the store. Now granted, a lot of those millions are tripe that have sold less then 5,000 copies that the world wouldn't miss. But no Harry Potter? Atlas Shrugged? These are mega best sellers. Why are they not in the store? Is it the publisher? Is it the author?

I mean, isn't the whole publishing industry a bunch of leftist kooks that should be considering the negative effects of cutting down the trees to produce the paper version of these tomes? Hmmm? The book industry needs to go electronic for the enviromental benefits if nothing else. Or they're just hypocrites.

The Weekend Interview with John Mackey: The Conscience of a Capitalist -

Whole Foods gets health care insurance right.

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