I ain't going anywhere. iOS is now less than 50% of installs for my app, yet is still well over 80% of the revenue is iOS users. Until that changes I'll be continuing to develop iOS first, Android second.
Apple's been pretty clear that iOS has a 3year backwards compatibility window. And the iPad 1 was released in 2010 we we're coming up on year 4. That is the nature of the beast. It's planned obsolesces, but it's another reason why you never buy an Apple product with a 1 in it. The next generation is going to stay around longer.
And in this house hold I'm on mac, she has the windows and android devices. I have my iPad 2 I bought in 2011. She has a Galaxy Tab 10" she bought last year. We both play a game called Minion Rush. My older iPad blows her Android tablet out of the picture when it comes to side by side performance. In fact it better in terms of just about all the side by side metrics we can compare other than I'm limited to my 32GB of storage space and she can save to an SD card.
The last 3 GM Vehicles I've purchased have all been great cars. The current one in the drive way is a 2004 Impala. 140,000 miles and all I've done is routine maintenance. Before that I had a 96 Saturn that got 120,000 miles on it before I bought a Malibu. Unfortunately the Malibu got totaled when a sheet of ice fell on it off the roof of a building. So I didn't own that one long enough to really say much. I guess my dad's Astro van did need a new fuel pump after 15 years and 180,000 miles. In fact it's going on 20 years old now and over 200,000 miles and we still have it. Doesn't get driven as much but extremely handy to borrow when I need to get plywood or haul something. I guess we're lucky on getting the non-shitty GM ones.
I plan on keeping the Impala around at least another year, maybe two and let the wife finish paying off her Nissan Altima. It's paid for, insurance and personal property taxes are affordable on it.
Am I going to be as brand loyal due to the bailout? No. But last time I looked at Ford I about got sticker shock. The cars I was looking at were priced nearly the same as an entry level BMW. I know that's before doing the sales shtick. And my wife loathes Subaru for some reason.
Next month the contract with the cable company expires. We're discussing because work has offered to pay for a business class internet connection into our house as I work from home most days. Between Netflix and Hulu Plus we're seriously considering cutting the cord. We rarely watch anything live anyway and usually do watch the DVRed episodes within a week.
I deal on the side in vintage & antique furniture I buy from estate sales. Probably 80% of my transitions are straight cash or checks for some of the larger items. I had square for my phone, but then I got the paypal reader for credit card transactions. When I ask customers what they'd prefer if paying by Debit/credit card they'll choose Paypal 70% of the time because they know all about it. Although that is changing as many coffeeshops in the area have started using Square.
Frankly it's a little better for me as well. I have a Paypal debit card. They can pay me and I can go 15 minutes later and get cash out or buy something with that debit card. With square I have to wait a day or two.
As much as I may dislike certain parts of Paypal, I've yet to find a total replacement for it.
The record labels want online streaming to die. I've not followed the pricing too closely, but the cost per stream is something like 10x the price of a terrestrial radio station. That is why Pandora I believe was trying to purchase an FM station somewhere. The rates are lower if you have a terrestrial radio signal that then also streams IIRC.
This. It's been noted that desktop PC sales have been slipping yet component sales have been increasing. For instance we have a 3 year old AlthonIIx4 in the house that runs at 3ghz a core, has 12GB of Ram (Upgraded a year ago) and I wanted to run some newer games. So I bought a beefier PSU and a new Graphics card. Should last another 18 - 24 months before it will be time to buy a new machine. I know a lot of people doing the same.
Kids these days are getting tablets. Most adults are replacing their home desktop with laptops. I have to say that the desktop wasn't mine. It is my wife's and she bought it before we were together. I've not purchased a desktop in a decade.
People seem to miss that there are employees, in particular field service employees, at all the major vendors who earn a nice second pay check from 3 letter agencies and their employer is none the wiser.
My dad spent a 30 year career in the finance and accounting area of one of the big defense contractors. His areas dealt with a lot of high security clearance stuff and there were always FBI and spooks in their office. They knew they were there, but they had no idea who the spook or agent was. They paid the people a salary just like anyone else. Was it the computer geek? The Janitor? The Facilities guy? One of the engineers? An office cleft? Or the guy/gal standing next to them? They never knew.
There are contributors to open source projects who work for these agencies either directly or as assets paid or otherwise.
It's more like 8M by the time you figure in law enforcement at all levels. And then there is the fact that there are over 100M households with firearms in the United States.
I have a 3 year old desktop, quad core 3Ghz machine with 12GB of ram, but the video card was too weak to run the modern games. Well the new R7 series actually uses less power than the one in there. So for $100 for a R7 250 I find the old machine keeps going. Granted it as PCIE 2.1 where the newer ones are 3.0, but I plan on getting a new computer in 2015. Considering it's $20 to go see a movie at the theater I'll get my $100 out of it in the next year to 18 months.
I have to speak up here on the agriculture thing. I own about 500 acres of row crops raising wheat, soybeans, and rice primarily. Every now and then there is 20 acres of corn on one field. At any rate I monitor global agriculture trends pretty closes. For instance the growing seasons in S. America are the single biggest factor these days on what the price of Soybeans will be come harvest time in the US.
I'm not sure where this 1.2% GDP comes from exactly. Because right now food and food stuffs are one of our largest exports. Now I do believe that we don't have nearly as many people involved in that sector because we are highly mechanized. The framer who rents my 500 acres farms 4500 acres with himself, his father, an uncle, and two hired hands. I imagine the Chinese use quite a bit more labor and as a result has a larger percentage of GDP involved in that sector than we do. Now we are approaching a crisis in farming because the average age of a farmer, at least a couple years ago, was something like 58 years old. Young people have not replaced the aging workforce.
However take a look at this: http://www.pecad.fas.usda.gov/ogamaps/Default.aspx?cmdty=Corn&attribute=Production
When it comes to global trade, it's an extremely powerful weapon, especially against China. One of China's main imports is food other than rice. Even in the world, while we don't have the dominance we once did, if the US withheld it's grains from the global markets just watch as the prices jump and parts of the world literally erupt into flames.
Just had this debate with a current project with some wanting to use a NoSQL solution for the whole thing. Problem is most of the data is relational and I stuck my foot down and said we're using PostgreSQL for anything that needs to be retained. That mean users accounts & transaction records, and really all the data is relational.
Now there are other elements, like the chat system and distributing JSON strings to large numbers of persistent clients that seem a perfect fit for a NoSQL database. Since the JSON strings are basically information caches from the backend database to be widely distributed so what if the NoSQL db crashes. Spin up a new instance and reload the data from the main DB and start distributing again. Chat messages only need to persist for a few minutes at most. So honestly a crash or glitch and frankly very little of value would be lost.
Which is about to reach $30M in crowd funding...although hurry as the ability to get life time insurance for your ships will be ending next week. Then LTI will only be on the grey market...
Apple and MS have been at a patent truce for more than a decade, since the late 1990's. And continue to offer each other a very broad cross patent license agreement.
Remember the jog dial control on the iPod. Turns out MS held the patent on it. And it was covered under their cross patent licenses agreement.
MS offered the truce because they desperately needed Apple to avoid DOJ break up. But over the past decade it's proven to be useful for both sides. Largely the two companies don't directly compete with each other. Apple is a consumer electronics company. Microsoft is an enterprise software provider. There isn't a lot of overlap. At least not as much as people on
And strangely enough, the both need each other at this point to stem Google.
This. I went to law school, but am one of those has a JD but never sat for the Bar. Instead I was part of a start up we eventually sold. Frankly I made more money that I would have becoming an attorney. Plus my wife is an attorney. So having two in the house would probably be a disaster...
At any rate, I've started working for another start up. They got their first large customer wanting a Value Added Resellers contract to bundle our software with theirs. The VAR agreement I supplied was 47 pages. And the founders of the company about went googlie eyed when I presented it to them. I had enough contracts experience that I knew what to look over plus the wife read through it to make sure there was nothing I missed before handing it off to outside counsel to review.