October 21, 2014

Selling Fashion: My Thoughts on the Apple Watch, Part 4

Clearly Apple has already learned many lessons from fashion boutiques, and their Stores are legendary in the retail industry

This is the fourth in my series on the Apple Watch. Read the rest: Transformative Success – My Thoughts on the Apple Watch Hodgepodge: My Thoughts on the Apple Watch, Part 2 The Fashion Function: My Thoughts on the Apple Watch, Part 3 The Apple Watch we saw this week is not a transformative product. [...]

The Fashion Function: My Thoughts on the Apple Watch, Part 3

The physical design of the Apple Watch is disappointing. It's a bland blob relying on straps for "life".

Apple previewed their 2015 Apple Watch this week, and I’m not entirely convinced that they have a hit on their hands. Rather than a transformative punch, Apple showed an unfocused product that can’t figure out just what it’s supposed to be. The software side can improve dramatically before launch, but what about the physical design?

Hodgepodge: My Thoughts on the Apple Watch, Part 2

Just look at this home screen! What exactly is the Apple Watch designed to do? Everything?!?

The current Apple Watch doesn’t look that great. Apple previewed an unfocused product that needs quite a bit more development to be “insanely great.” Perhaps the software situation will improve by launch time, with Apple figuring out just what this thing is supposed to be and focusing on that. But it’s doubtful that the physical design will be altered much.

Transformative Success – My Thoughts on the Apple Watch, Part 1

iPads are everywhere, transforming life for ordinary people

Although it won’t be available for purchase for months, Apple just announced the new standard in smart watches and wearable computers. It’s as far ahead of the status quo as the iPhone was from the “smart” phone pack on its introduction back in 2007. But as it stands, the Apple Watch doesn’t transform the market: Although it will undoubtedly capture most of the smart watch market, this isn’t yet a transformative product for modern society like the iPhone or iPad.

The PNY StorEDGE is a Must-Have MacBook Accessory

PNY StorEDGE and friends

Although I appreciate Apple’s decision to go all-SSD on the MacBook line, it does cause some problems capacity-wise. Even 256 GB is an expensive proposition from Apple, and it’s not easy or cheap to expand storage on these laptops. One option is a fast USB 3 drive like the SanDisk Extreme, and there’s also some external Thunderbolt [...]

Mac OS X Bug: ExFAT Hangs Spotlight and Time Machine

mdworker: (Warning) Import: Bad path:

I’ve had terrible issues with Mac OS X never completing Spotlight indexing and Time Machine backups. I was pulling out my hair until I decided to check the console log. That’s when I saw this: Thousands of mdworker errors, with a dozen appearing every second. What could it mean?

Sony QX100 Lens Camera: Ruined by a Flaky iOS App

You'll see this screen a lot, since the QX100 and iOS PlayMemories app do not get along well: "Search the shooting device from the network setting of the terminal and set it"

I was thrilled by the possibilities of adding a professional-quality camera sensor and lens to my iPhone, so I immediately pre-ordered Sony’s DSC-QX100 “lens camera”. It held so much promise, not just as a real innovation but also as a major productivity tool. That’s why I’m angry to write this, a scathing review of the horrid software that ruins the QX10 and QX100 experience. Do not buy this device.

What To Do When Your Iomega USB 3.0 SSD Fails

When the connector fails, your fancy Iomega SSD becomes an expensive paperweight

Back in 2011, Iomega sent me a fantastic surprise: A blistering fast 256 GB USB 3.0 SSD. My review was extremely positive, since it really was state of the art at the time. However, like most buyers, my experience has since turned sour as the USB connector failed. Here’s how to recover some usability from it.

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Serious Camera (For Real!)

Yes, it's really a complete camera inside that "lens"!

The new Sony “Lens-Style Camera” is a bold move, bringing high-end optics and sensors to smartphones everywhere. The new QX10 and QX100 strip away the camera body, consisting of just a lens, sensor, and rudimentary controls, and rely on an Android or iOS smartphone as a screen and sharing device.

Microsoft’s Big Chance to Change

Steve Ballmer oversaw a decade of "meh" at Microsoft. It's time for new leadership.

It takes a truly-remarkable leader to be willing to kill his old golden geese to make room for a new one; so far, only Apple and Amazon seem willing to forgo continuity in the name of profitable destruction. But new corporate leadership at Microsoft might un-stick the company and awaken the once-innovative Redmond powerhouse. The retirement of Steve Ballmer is welcome news.