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Comment Re:Whither 9%? (Score 1) 866

While watching Fox News the other week while waiting for a doctors visit (I wouldn't ordinarily choose it) an insight struck me. Fox News (and conservative media in general) plays the patriot card both ways. When Repubs are in power - they're portrayed as valiantly trying to help the little guy while un-american agitators (i.e. democrats) try to undermine them. When Dems are in power - they're portrayed as out of touch elitists with too much sympathy for foreign ideas while right-minded partriots (i.e. repubs - though nowadays tea baggers) try to take back America.

That's all it seems to be. Perhaps obvious but it was a revelation to me at the time.

Comment Re:Windows [mobile]/[phone] (Score 1) 140

Hmm - but I would argue that Office has been able to phone it in for the past 15 years - and so where has Elop learned to handle to difficulties of a real market place? And even though we know Microsoft is rife with infighting I doubt anyone messes much with the Office division - so he wouldn't have got many hard knocks there either.

Still seems like an odd choice.

Comment Re:Something deeper (Score 2, Insightful) 497

I don't think so. I think Apple (and Steve Jobs) are ruthless about killing what they see as legacy tech. And they're pissed at Adobe for dragging their heels in adopting the new Cocoa APIs for UI development.

I think Apple (rightly or wrongly) have decided their mission is to drag the tech world kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Comment Re:Why does your kid have an iPhone? (Score 1) 909

I guess you've not heard of the iPod Touch? And Apple is just practicing the Serenity Prayer:

"God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things that I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference."

App Store - something it can change. The Web - something it can't. It knows the difference.


Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 338

PCs and laptops are personal - it would be nice to have a "general use" computer for people who want to look stuff up on the web etc. Basically a computer that is open to anyone in the house without fear of losing ones privacy. And to have something freely portable - excellent. I would buy two - one for the living room and one for the family room.

Comment Re:Microsoft has an "Australia" problem (Score 1) 393

This is only interesting if we could get some citation for these claims. First I've heard of a "brain/brawn drain" from Britain to Oz... certainly have been plenty of inventing and building going on in Britain since the deportations stopped (radar, jet engine etc) not sure what high tech advance Oz can lay claim to? You make it sound like Britain turned into the future portrayed in the Time Machine! :)

Comment Re:Bars are a business and a meeting place (Score 1) 393

There's a bar/restaurant effectively on the Apple Campus (it's outside the building but I bet someone with a decent arm could hit it from the main entrance - it's a stroll across the parking lot - interesting stop on the walk is the "Steve Jobs parking spot"). While visiting the campus for some dev tech support about a year ago we were invited to have lunch there by a senior Apple engineer specifically because we could get beer (rather than at Cafe Macs which is dry).

So Apple at least is a bit more relaxed about this it seems.

Comment Re:Sorry this is just not true (Score 1) 858

This whole debate is so tedious.

A laptop computer has 3 main areas for comparison:

  1. Power (the computer hardware itself - cpu, ram, drive, screen)
  2. Hardware Ergonomics (the portability of the package - weight, form, battery life)
  3. Software Ergnomics (the usability of the OS/software)

When doing price comparisons we only seem to focus on 1/3 of the total package - are the other 2 thirds worthless or worth a lot less than the power alone?

These days I don't think so.

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