I’m often accused of being an Apple fanboy. While it’s true that I love my vast selection of fruity products from Cupertino, I’m not blind when the company makes mistakes. In fact, I think Apple’s mistakes are as enlightening as their successes: They reveal a company that is fallible, sometimes learning but often allowing the junk to rot far longer than other companies would.
I would like to challenge everyone who reads my blog. Are you adding to the conversation? Are you discussing the merits of a product or technology? Or are you trying to disrupt that conversation and turn attention to your own offerings? I’d like to thank the former and warn the latter: People are smart, and they’ll spot a phony.
I’ve never been a fan of the junky, wasteful side of conference attendance. I railed about “booth babes and chotchkies” last year, and tried to make my presentations qualitatively different. But there is another class of giveaway at conferences: Solid, pricey loot.
Apple may think that the iPhone and iPod Touch are the “funnest” ever, but I’d like to give the “touch” iPod implementation in these devices a new name: When it comes to controls, it is the frustratingest iPod ever! (Ok, maybe the Shuffle is slightly worse…) Seriously, the simplicity of control was one of the prime factors […]
As impressed as I am with Apple’s iPhone App Store, with its simple purchasing and automated installs and upgrades, it would be better if the thing actually worked reliably. Along with sometimes forgetting song purchases, there seems to be some gremlin that causes the App Store to forget that certain apps are installed and not […]