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He's not that old. The older I get, the older old gets. I hope he has a quick recovery. His resume is quite impressive. Best wishes to his family.
Capnbob, absolutely. Point well taken. That's what makes this exercise so fun and unpredictable. Given Apple's DNA, they don't have it in them to engage in a race to the bottom. Given the world-class products Apple likes to turn out - with breathtaking design and fine engineering with attention paid to so many details, including the packaging and experience of tearing into any Apple product - is their room to clamp down on prices and move more volume? Given what a...
One of my clients is a switcher, after having his PC infected with a virus that destroyed his data. He's simultaneously trying to recover said data while setting up his new Mac system. You can imagine our support calls. The MS Pro is quite defensive and clearly thinks Macs are fun toys, but not good for anything else. "They don't run Exchange." "They don't have serious programs to do the stuff the client needs to do." "Why can't they just run windows." Syncing mail and...
Tangents make life interesting. Skip over the posts that you don't like and devour the ones you do. Life is good. The most interesting discussions often occur on the periphery of a given topic or headline. Apple's bonus system and the magnitude of the options and who they go to and for what are all interesting. The huge numbers that are thrown around elicit strong emotional reactions that are just as interesting. For what it's worth, Cook's going to pay a lot of...
It takes a lot of education, effort, and risk taking to get to the point where you're making the big bucks. Or reaching the point where you can live handsomely off of passive income. Many people fail, often many times, trying to attain this lofty perch. When they finally get there, there's a huge mass of people who were unwilling to do what they did to succeed, standing at the sidelines, bitching about their success. Time and time again, when tax rates are cut,...
Apple has been incredibly successful by controlling the entire widget. Many customers have been complaining loudly about their experiences with AT&T. You can't buy an iPhone without it. Mobile seems to be the word of the day. You can't be mobile without access to the internet somehow. We might see a big move before Jobs departs. I don't think he'd want to leave one of the largest piggy banks ever created at the hands of lesser mortals.
Movies handle this issue just fine. And I hope we've come to realize that kids who see women in bikinis do not spontaneously combust. Let's hope some intelligent ratings system is in place and utilized effectively. Things should be in the proper category and perhaps the categories expanded. The way Apple has handled this is puzzling and opens them up to ridicule and hypocrisy.
I am still amazed at the NeXT OS. I have a still-running NeXT Cube with the '040 CPU and it's really a marvel of engineering. I still like tear-away menus and NeXT's version of 'publish and subscribe' which works beautifully even across networks. It was so far ahead during its era. The optical drive was not reliable and I lost a good portion of my college career when that thing failed to mount discs. Even with that, I still love that thing like a first crush.
I've seen the mighty Atom processor at work in a netbook. I was prepared to be underwhelmed, but what I saw was shocking. So incredibly slow as to be nearly useless. My father in law actually gave it away, which is what I would have done. I'm glad Apple didn't move in that direction for the iPad. 10+ hours is impressive. We haven't seen numbers like that announced for tablets, let alone tablets with beautiful, vibrant screens and functioning GUIs. R&D being what it is, I...
Well just look at what's coming right around the corner: iPad. Over 10 hours of battery life. Not much blew me away in SJ's presentation, but the half-day battery life sure did. This is what's known as 'competitive advantage.' It's part of what is going to make the iPad special and different from the competition.
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