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When capital gains taxes were slashed by Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton in 1997 it unleashed massive bubble speculation that has bedeviled our economy ever since, and Bush aggravated this with his 2003 tax cuts. On the other hand, President Reagan cut taxes on income earned by work but never cut capital gains by farther than that, and we had orderly and steady growth for many years followed by a very mild recession and then more healthy growth. Since 1997 we've been...
I checked out the Macbook Air at the Apple Store yesterday. It's impressive. The 13 inch display has the most legible text of any Apple laptop, better even than the 15 inch MBP hi-res matte, certainly better than the horribly glare-prone glass-fronted displays on most of the other MBP models. And also much better than the 11 inch MBA, which the AI review unfortunately fails to mention. Speed is very good; it handles Aperture well, which was a big surprise to me, and...
This is a very tempting work computer for me, but some questions are unanswered. What will the SSD performance over time be like? Most non-Sandforce implementations lose their oomph due to the lack of over-provisioning and other issues. Is this an SDXC slot? Does the flash device sit on a daughtercard or is it on the main board? Will it overheat? Will Lion see more efficiencies with memory and storage use like Snow Leopard, or will the SSD capacity and RAM...
I'd actually argue that some of Verizon's own recent moves are clear evidence that the customer knows very well what 3G is. For years, they kept droning on about EVDO as if the whole country and not just a slice of VZW and Sprint customers knew what it was (I think most average Americans were more familiar with the term "V-Cast"), when 3G had already made it into the lingua franca of American English as meaning "broadband on a cell phone." It was getting on for three...
If i'm in Last Standing Farmhouse, North Dakota, and I have Verizon, I'm still getting megabit downloads. If I'm in the same place with AT&T, I'm getting EDGE -- if lucky and close to a major highway. There's nothing whatsoever dishonest about the advertising. Almost all the US mobile companies are the ossified descendents of Ma Bell, but none more so than AT&T. They should be embarrassed that Bell Atlantic-GTE-parts-of-Ameritech...
At least here in the Midwest, Verizon is still "the network." Only US Cellular in this part of the world is as well put together. T-Mobile has terrific networks in cities but the only rural areas it covers are in Minnesota and Iowa where the company's different heritage in those states (the former Aerial Communications network in MN, the I-wireless limited partnership in Iowa) means they have a rural PCS network. Sprint is OK, urban and rural, but only OK. AT&T falls...
The smaller screen size is demented. I've tried the new Android phones at Verizon this week. The Motorola Droid's 3.7 inch display is very comfortable. The only things wrong with the phone are that the slider keyboard is a completely unnecessary addition of weight and fragility to the phone, and that it's too angular to hold comfortably for a long call. The HTC Droid Eris, on the other hand, seems like the perfect form factor, except that the 3.2 inch display is...
I do expect to see an iPhone on Verizon. I actually think the biggest sticking point may well be warranty coverage. I suspect Verizon in particular won't be happy about ceding control to AppleCare or about Apple's general control freak approach to repairs and exchanges, you know, all that business-y customer service stuff. I think Verizon would be quite happy to cede to Apple on software management as long as there's some GetItNow gouging built in. But let's think...
If Verizon would simply acknowledge Mac users, it would be nice, whether or not they get the iPhone. So many Verizon phones simply are not supported on the Mac for even basic things like syncing, yet well supported on the PC. How about hiring some software developers to take care of it? iPhone or not, the Mac situation on Verizon is unacceptable. Also, I can't consider AT&T. Their network in Chicago is completely unacceptable -- easily the worst of any of the five...
No, that's not an optical illusion you see. That's just the state of America these days, especially of the Chicago Transit Authority, which US regulators said had the worst conditions they'd seen on any US subway system after they investigated a serious fire during rush hour on the Blue Line a few years ago (only a VERY capable CTA driver prevented fatalities; he led the passengers out of the tunnel in thick smoke through a manhole cover he knew about that the CTA had...
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