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Steve Jobs passed away 1955-2011


Steve Jobs

1955-2011

I’m at a loss for words, actually that’s not true, I have too many words and thoughts flying around about the death of Steve Jobs on Wednesday Oct 5, 2011.  I was on my way to Taco Bell for dinner, and for some reason I decided to check how Apple stock did for the day with the iPhone Stocks App and there it was at the bottom in the news section.  I did some quick checking to see if it really was true as I was in shock.  What’s strange is that I have never have checked Apple stocks in the evening.  So I’m one of many, many people that found out about his passing on one of his devices.

I couldn’t do anything other than watch the news about his passing.  It was over an hour before I could even text some people that might not know about it.  It’s now the next night and I’ve been looking at all the videos, blogs, pictures and news where people are morning and crying, it is so moving and shows how much what he did effected so many lives.  I have my feet up and the MacBook Air on my lap writing this about my thoughts and feelings and to post it.

First and foremost, my condolences to Steve’s Family and friends.  To Steve, thank you very much for your vision and drive to bring us great products.

I had an Ohio Scientific Challenger 1P and my friend bought himself a PET.  We realized I bought the wrong computer and went out and got a Apple ][.  At the time it was a wonderful computer and somewhere I still have an Apple ][e.  That was the last time I had an Apple product until the Newton which I still have too.  Somewhere along the line I went to PC’s.  I knew that is what I needed to deal with since most businesses used PC’s.

Steve showed off the iPad and I fell in love in with it and had to have it and I ran out and bought it when it was available.  I spent all day playing with it until the battery ran out and being disappointed that I had to wait for it to charge before I could use it again. Obviously it was so wonderful to use and play with.  I then ended up getting a used white MacBook.  What I couldn’t believe is that I waited so long to switch back to Mac.

A little background for you.  Besides using a Windows PC at home, I’m the IT guy at work and I also write programs for them, deal with networks, databases, websites, mail, servers and help desk.  I’m also the person that gets called when a coworker, friend or family member has a problem with their Windows PC.  In other words I deal with Windows PC a LOT.  I’ve built them from scratch, troubleshoot and repaired them and I have configured thousands of them.

Then I sold my white MacBook laptop and bought the MacBook Air.  Oh what a dream it was.  Sleek, Elegant, Beautiful and quick.  I tell you it is so much nicer using a Mac then a Windows machine.  It works!  No more blue screen of death, long wait times for boot, having to reboot in the first place, a program locking up the whole computer, dealing with viruses, doing constant updates and just a slow machine.  I had a video DVD the other day and it wouldn’t play in 4 different Windows PC and that included being 2 different manufacturers with both Vista and Windows 7.  I popped the disc into the Mac and boom it started to play with no problems.  What I’m trying to say is that Mac just works.  I haven’t ever had a problem, if I did, I could just take it to the Apple Store and they know what they are doing.  So now when someone calls for tech support, except at work of course, and they tell me what the problem is, I always say get a Mac and you wouldn’t have that problem or you should have gotten a Mac and then I help them out.  They don’t get it and you probably don’t either unless you use a Mac.

I was about to literally smash my Android phone with a hammer, the only thing that saved it from that fate was a friend needed a Verizon phone.  Then Verizon came out with the iPhone.  It was so sweet not to have to reboot the phone every week or all of a sudden see my battery is almost dead when it was at 60% a little while ago and I wasn’t using it or it locking up and having to pull the battery.  Now you need virus protection on Android.  Does all this sound familiar?  It’s Windows PC all over again on an Android phone.

I’m telling this because it’s Steve’s vision of the future and relentlessness of wanting things done right.  Devil’s in the details.  I still don’t understand that saying, maybe because it’s hell working on the details, but I do know that it’s the details that makes a huge difference and so did Steve.

Steve, didn’t care about fame, being number one, collecting your data, being first or money.  Most CEO’s, hell even regular people, that have millions or billions of dollars and being sick or sickly, would have left the company long ago but not Steve. He saw the future in a way that benefit every one with products that everyone could use.  It’s about the people and how he could empower them to do things they couldn’t do before and do it with elegance, style and simplicity.  He pushed people hard to bring out the best in them and strive for the best.

I know that Steve has his vision for the next 5 years in place at Apple.  I fear that the computer and technology industry, after those 5 years, is going to mostly stall and move at a snails pace.  I say this because Microsoft, Android and others copy Apple and without Steve leading the way others will go off in wrong directions.  Steve was about the people and his vision.  The others, it’s about money and your personal data so they can make more money.

I also want to also thank all the hard working people at Apple that helped make his vision a reality!  Oh how I know about putting in those long hours to solve a problem or complete a project.  You make awesome products, make Steve proud.

Steve, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you for giving me time to enjoy your products and more of life and for showing me there still are people who are not money grubbers.

Mitch

Why the hatred for Apple?


I see around the web all the debates apple vs xxx.  Debating is good but when it comes to Apple people starts getting emotional, i.e. angry, when that happens others don’t listen or don’t hear.  What I see is people jumping on the bandwagon or the mob mentality.  The biggest one, when dealing with iOS like iPhone or iPad, is Choice.  This one is big especially when people think their choices are being taken away, limited or made for them and they have the right to be.  What bothers me is they really don’t understand and I’m not talking just about Apple, I’m talking about their misconception about choices.  I’m for choices, we need choices.  But, first off, with too many choices makes the probability is that you will make the wrong choice and this has been proven in scientific studies.  The second one is a big one and that is you have choices taken away from you or made for you all the time.  What happened to the shampoo you bought all the time and you can’t get it, or a store that stopped stocking a brand you like.  Those were choices made by someone else and not you.  How about the car you just bought, did you have a choice to get a stick or automatic?  Why not?  A choice has been taken away from you.  I don’t hear the hordes complaining about that.

Lets take the iPad and Android tablets.  No SD slot for use as extra storage, another choice gone.  Here’s the problem with Android’s tablet and using SD slot for extra storage.  First and for most, you’re not extending your main storage area of the tablet, its external and has to be treated as another drive.  What does this mean, if a program isn’t designed to be located on external drive and keep its data there then it has to be kept in the internal storage.  If you ran out of space on the internal storage it doesn’t matter how big the SD card is it isn’t going to help.  Second, SD’s are way slower than the internal storage, like 5 to 10 times slower!  Here’s a kicker for you, lets say you stored a program on the SD and needed to use it for something else, guess what, all those programs and data is not available anymore to the tablet until you plug it back in and there is a possibility that you didn’t unmount, or tell the OS to eject it, you could end up with missing or corrupted data.  Think about those that aren’t technical, they don’t know to unmount the drive.  Also I wouldn’t trust my valuable data on a SD card.  I’ve seen too many of them crap out, one day working fine and the next, nothing, totally useless, then what?  Do you have your data backed up, what programs do you have to re-install that was on the card, how much time is it going to take you to put everything back?  Lets see the benefits of the iPad not having SD slot.  Everything is in one place so you don’t have to worry about not having data or programs because you removed a card.  The card going bad or getting corrupted because it was removed improperly and yes, I trust SSD way more than SD cards.  Program and data will run/accessed way faster.  I think Apple’s choice is a far better one.  Faster, easier and more reliable and Apple does give you choices of storage size.

Now if your still with me and didn’t get made and went on or hit the comment button, I’ll tell you more and let you calm down 😉  Apple’s iPad is all about the experience.  Example, I have a friend at work that is all Android and been using it for a while.  He tried the iPad and he was like wow.  It was  responsiveness and the smooth scrolling that got his attention and get this, it was a 1st Generation iPad a single core processor.  Apple doesn’t just through things to gather and sell it like most of the other companies.  They pay attention to details and if it doesn’t work right or add to the user positive experience it doesn’t get done.  Other companies are happy to toss together some hardware and put Android on it and maybe do a little tweaking and sell it to the suckers.  I had an Android phone for a while, and I wanted to smash the thing and still do but someone needed a phone and they saved it from that fate, for now.  It was frustrating to use, I’m very tolerant but this thing pushed me over the edge and that’s very hard to do.  Find a program you want only to find out it doesn’t run on your particular Android phone.  I’ve seen and used several Android tablets, they are heavy, fat , the displays look crappy or faded, don’t last very long, slow or sluggish and not very responsive.  This is were Apples attention to details pays off and making the experience  the number one concern.  So yes, Apple makes some choices for you but they don’t make them lightly and take it very seriously.  Other companies are making choices for you too but they are more concerned about their bottom line then your experience.

Here’s an example for you.  Apple doesn’t go out of their way to say it’s a dual core processor just that it’s faster than before or just fast, while other companies are it’s 1.2Ghz dual core or quad core.  Actually they need the speed just to make it half way decent in the responsiveness department.  Besides what good is the latest wiz bang hardware if it’s still not that responsive or apps keeps crashing.  Oh, I can run into the wall twice as fast as before.

Back to choices.  Here’s what Android and the manufactures have done, giving you ton of choices.  Which one do choose, it’s hard isn’t it?  How much time are you spending comparing specifications, wow all the internal turmoil that creates trying to compromise your choices, hey you wanted the choices.  Now you bought one, was it the right one, the best one or meet your needs?  Oh look 2 months later and someone else came out with one you like better.  Google just released the latest Android software with cool new features, damn it’s not available for my tablet/phone and it may never be.  You don’t have those problems with Apple, again it’s the experience.  When Apple releases the latest iOS it’s available right then and there for you, no waiting on a manufacture to maybe release the update.  And it will usually be available for older hardware.  Motorola Xoom doesn’t even have the SD card slot working yet, wtf?

Now you have trouble with your phone/tablet, it’s not working or something is going wrong with it, now what?  Take it back to the store and watch them scratch their heads?  Oh, you’ll have to send it back to the manufacturer, how long is that going to take, are you going to get a replacement now or have to wait?  How about if you just have a question about how to do something?  With Apple, just go to the store and a Genius will help you out, answer questions, fix it or replace it, Done and a pleasant experience to boot.

Off topic, Apple Stores.  It is a real pleasure shopping/browsing at an Apple store, like no other I’ve been too.  They don’t hassle you, they don’t even ask if they can help you unless you look like you are looking for someone to help you, or you go up and ask for it.  If you need help they are right there to answer any questions you have or help you in any way they can and no sales pressure to buy anything.  You can try out any Apple product and just be left alone.  iJustine even records video of her dancing in a store, try that in another store.  You want to buy something, stay right where you’re at and keep playing with the display until they bring it to you and ring you up right there, no standing in line (except launch day of a product).  Again, it’s the experience.  Have you ever been to a Radio Shack?  Ambushed before you finish walking through the door, OMG let me look around first before you do that at the very least.  I hate shopping there.

Not having choices isn’t what you should be getting mad about when it comes to Apple stuff.  It’s about having smart choices and the right choices available.  With the iPad, it’s how much storage do I need and if I need 3G or not, oh and what color the smart cover should be 🙂  Smart Covers is great.  Not having to figure out of the 20 different ones out there will fit my needs and trying to find who has the best price, or if it will be discontinued and not support soon or or or.  Not to include the hours and hours I would spending do the research about the specs and the opinions, time I could be spending enjoying the park with my dogs and not regretting my choice 2 months down the road.  I think you get the idea.

Oh, I’m not buying any Apple product because Apple makes the choices for me or Steve Jobs determines what Apps I can have.  Give me a break.  First off, they are not telling you what Apps you can and can’t install!  They deny apps on the app store because they didn’t follow the guide lines and rules or doesn’t do what it says it’s suppose to.  There are hundreds of thousand of Apps to choose from and it’s the attention to detail and being a stickler that makes the great experience you have using the product.  It’s consistency in the way they look and feel.  I know tapping the top bar of a list will take me to the top of the list.  What do you get when you don’t make rules for people to follow?  Take a look at Android apps and the market place.

Did you know Google didn’t create Android OS?  They bought the company that created it.  I also don’t trust Google’s motives, they are in the advertising business, they want all the information on you as possible.  They also don’t have focus, they are all over the place with what they are interested in.  They just came out with an app called PhotoVine and they killed it off in a couple of weeks, how many other projects have been killed off?  How about some focus Google, he who chases 2 rabbits catches none.  Do you think a company in the Ads business is conceded about your experience with their product or just sell you something so they can collect more data on you?  Sure Apple wants to make a profit and charges a good price for it but they are concerned about you and your experience with their product, they have focus, vision and attention to details.  Apple isn’t in the advertising business, so they don’t need to collect data on or about you, even if they did it would be to increase your experience not to sell you more stuff or sell/use the information.  I see Apple being way more honorable and moral than Google.

Go try an Apple product before you bash it or jump on the bandwagon.  I don’t know about you but it’s time to demand stuff that just works.  I’m tired of having to put up with half-baked ideas, software and hardware and giving them money to keep doing it.  You would put up with a car that just stalls because it was rushed to market or they just don’t care about the buyer?

 

If I was RIM I would be embarrassed with PlayBook


First off, I don’t have and never used the RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook. I’ve followed on twitter and different news sources, from what I have seen I would be embarrassed to release this product in this condition.

One person got home and went to turn it on and nada, it needed to be charged first. Then after that had to create login and it wanted to do an update. Total time to get to use it, 2 hours. OK, maybe it’s just me, but after spending $500+ on a new toy I don’t want to wait 2 hours to get to use it. When I bought the first iPad I only made it to the car before I opened it up. That be like, here’s the keys to your new electric car, oh by the way you need to charge it up before you can drive it.

One app developer had to pull her app because it wasn’t working right until she can fix it. It worked perfectly in the simulator but not on the real device.

One person had 2 updates within 24 hours at about 250MB each.

AT&T is blocking the update. Don’t know why but I think it’s because they are tethering with the blackberry and not paying extra for it, or at 250MB, don’t want all that extra traffic at one time.

It doesn’t come with Email, Contacts or Calendar apps. You have to use the bridge app tied to your blackberry phone. Also you will find it doesn’t have very many apps. Some are loving the Flash player although some sites thinks it’s an old version. With all the security holes in Flash, I wonder how RIM is going to keep the playbook secure? It will be a while before you can run Android software.

This person here is already finding it hard to find a reason to keep it. He can’t even get it to tether to the iPhone and it took him an hour just to type up the short message. Another one found it sluggish didn’t respond quickly to gestures. Twitter client works only over wifi and not bb bridge, so no tweeting on the go. The list goes on and on.

Saw this joke. What is the difference between the playbook and a flat tire….nothing.

One of the largest electronic stores in Toronto had 2 people waiting this morning for it. They were expecting lines, they even had catering and cupcakes. People that had pre-ordered wasn’t even there to pick it up first thing in the morning. Some are selling at other stores. One went to a Best Buy to take a look at the display one and couldn’t because it was being updated. People are already saying DOA.

Like I said, if I was RIM I would be embarrassed all to hell. It’s almost worst then a beta product. You can tell that by how quickly the updates are coming and lack of main apps. They would have been much better off waiting another 2 months and got their act together. You don’t want to keep working on a product to perfection before you take it to market because it will never get there, on the other hand, too early and you’ll fall flat on your face. I’d say they are heading for a big face plant and I bet their stock is going to drop in the next couple of days. Motorola Zoom came out too early too but not nearly as bad as the playbook. I really feel sorry for the programmers at RIM, they are probably working to death trying to get everything working correctly because some Manager/VP wanted it out now.

Spring time, finally


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It’s finally warm enough to sit outside in the morning and have my cup of coffee and use my iPad. This winter seem to last forever and wasn’t letting go. I’ve been dying to get outside and enjoy my my mornings outside when it’s not raining. Just in a the short time typing this it’s already time to refill my cup :-).

Of course I’ve done is in previous years but last year is when the iPad came out and allowed me to stay outside for most of the early morning before heading to work. Hardly even remember what it was like before the iPad came out last April. I have a vague recollection of being outside for a short time then going in to use my laptop. I know, I could have used my laptop outside but it’s too much of a hassle. I would have to unplug 3 cables and tote the 7 lbs beast, then when I’m done I would have to hook it back up. I like to kick my feet up and that laptop just isn’t fun using it on my lap. Think I’ll call it notebook from now one. Remember school days when you were carting that thick heavy notebook in school and the heavy backpack? I even have a backpack for it and almost weights in at 30 lbs with all the extra stuff, just like back in school. Now school kids get an iPad, saving a lot of backs. Kids these days have it too easy lol.

Although I do now have a MacBook Air that is light and do use it on my lap, even with my feet up, most of the time and no wires connected to it. I still prefer to use the iPad outside. It is much more enjoyable to use. I have several apps that I use to get the news and social sites that’s more of a pain to do on a laptop.

I’ve forgotten how uncomfortable these chairs are, need to get a pad for the chair lol.

Time to get another cup of coffee. Enjoy spring!

Consumer Reports Agrees with me about iPad 2


In Consumer Reports, it picks iPad 2 above all other tablets.  The only other tablet that came close was the Xoom and it tied for second with the first generation iPad and personally I wouldn’t have given Xoom second place as Honeycomb is still buggy causing crashes and feels more like a beta equipment.  Even Google said it rushed Honeycomb.  They also reported that the iPad 2 lasted 12.2 hours playing a looped video.  Does anyone know how long the Xoom lasted, as I don’t have a subscription to the consumer reports?

It all comes down to the experience and the iPad is just wonderful to use and yes I would call it magical.  Magical, not in you don’t know how it works but in the way you feel when using it.  You can read the CNN report here or here for 9 to 5 Mac.

Apple iPad summed up


I was thinking about the iPad the other day about how it has effected my life, trying to put my finger on what it was.  It couldn’t be only the touching, although it’s a huge part, there had to be something more.  Then Apple released its new commercial “We Believe” and it struck a chord with me.  It’s a direct and elegant way to put it.  Gotta love those Apple commercials 🙂

It’s hard for me to put down in words what’s it like, it’s something that really needs to be experienced.  It has effected and changed so many lives.  From children to the 100-year-old woman with impaired vision and everyone in between.

Here is Apples video of the 1st year of the iPad.

 

Truth about choices, open and Dell


It has been scientifically proven that too many choices are worse than not having enough.  There is a TED talk about it if you want to know more.  Choices are good to keep companies on their toes to innovate and keep prices down.

Dell your opinions are full of crap.  iPad will not make it in the Enterprise space because it’s not open, doesn’t give you choices and is expensive.  That’s generally what they have said, lets look at this.  Expensive, the iPad is cost less than most tablets.  Choices, there are many choices for amount of memory, wi-fi only or 3G and 2 different 3G carriers.  Open, most Enterprises use Microsoft and that’s not open.  I’m not sure if the iPad will make it in the Enterprise space but they are currently doing pretty good.  Now lets translate this.  Dell is upset because they can’t make and sell iPads, it’s not open to them to make it so customers can’t choose Dell iPads.  They were trying to say how expensive it was, something like $1600, WTF.  I could buy almost 3 iPads for that price, I wonder if they do their accounting the same way.

Dell also mention they will be coming out with another Android tablet (see the Dell Streak, didn’t do so well) and a windows 7 tablet.  Oh, yes please, give me a windows tablet where I have to spend another $200+ to add office, oh and don’t forget to install anti-virus program and make sure you keep up with your adobe reader and flash updates because of all the security issues.  Lets bring an OS to tablet that has tens of thousands of viruses and spyware and malware out there for it.  And after a while where I have to spend hours reinstalling the OS because of it slowing to a crawl and other crap.  Windows 7 wasn’t even designed for tablets.

Microsoft has made tablets for about 10 years and it hasn’t caught on.  Apple comes along with one and sells more iPads in the first 9 months then 10 years of all tablets combined.

Open.  Enough with this open crap.  MS Windows isn’t open, Windows phone 7 isn’t open, black berry isn’t open.  Android really isn’t truly open, might be open for the carriers but that’s about it.  So why is it that the only company they complain about not being open is Apple?  Because they don’t have a product that can compete decently and they use it to create fear in people.  Oh, it’s not open, you can’t do what you want with it, better not buy it.  They use the fear and the mob mentality to sway people away.  If you don’t have a product that can stand on its own then all you can do is attack the competitor.

Android Honeycomb is not open and might not be, also Google now wants to keep it from fragmenting and is saying that any changes that a company or carrier makes needs to get approval.  Something that Apple doesn’t have to worry or deal with.  I like writing programs and then spending my time making adjustments to it to make it work on all the different phones and tablets instead of adding features or writing other programs.  I’ve had first hand experience of this fragmenting, it sucks and is a pain in the ass!  Something is not a joy to use if you want to smash it most of the time.  Open is not all that it’s cracked up to be.  How come open office hasn’t won over MS office?

Apple iPad 2 finally


 

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I finally managed to get my hands on an iPad 2, insert excitement here.  I heard that Apple stores received a good size shipment on Monday, in my area, so on Tuesday stood in line.  Actually stood in 2 lines, first one didn’t have the one I wanted, should have skipped that one and gone to the second one at WoodField mall.  I ended up with the 64G one since they were out of the 32G AT&T one, at least I’ll have more space and not worry about watching the amount of data I have on it.  At one time I had my 32G almost full, and that was with watching what I was doing.  Now I just have to not get in the mindset that I have all this extra room and end up filling that up LOL.

I’m not the typical user, so don’t worry if you bought one and start thinking that you should have bought the larger one.  Also, you can always take it back within 2 weeks and get a larger one.  Gotta love the Apple stores.  If you’re wondering what I’m doing that uses up so much space is that I did have a lot of video’s from iTunes U.  So much so that I had to make room on my main machine.  Music was taking up a good chunk as well but I spent a day going through and deleting all the ones I didn’t like anymore or didn’t want and cut the size down to about 40%.

I LOVE it.  The thickness is just about perfect and I really like the smart cover beats the original one hands down.  Photo booth is great to show off the iPad with the 9 live video feeds, 8 of them with effects being applied real-time, and people love seeing themselves with the funny effects applied.  Of course you also have to show off Garageband.  Even if you’re not musically inclined, even in the slightest, it’s worth the $5 to play with it and also to show it off.

Anyway, I’m off to go and enjoy my iPad.

iPad 2 Grrrrr


I’ve been trying now for over a week to obtain the new iPad 2 without success.  I need the AT&T version and it seems to be hard to get even more than the Wi-Fi only version.  I live in Chicagoland and there are many people that wants the iPad.  I was at an Apple store, in the suburbs, at 7Am on Saturday morning and there was already about 60 people in front of me.  Then about 7:30 an employee came out and said they only had 15 units, none of them AT&T.

I read someone’s post that they are upset because the store refused to sell them more iPads and was warned ahead of time that he reached his limit.  He wouldn’t say how many he has bought already but I suspect at least 4.  I’m trying to buy my first one and he’s upset that he can’t buy more when he has several already.  Anyway, it’s people like him and ones that are buying to sell overseas that piss me off making less available for everyone else to buy.  I also wonder how many first time tablet and Apple owners are put off because they are unable to buy one and end up getting some other product.

I was enthusiastic about the iPad 2, now after several failed attempts to obtain one I’m a little frustrated and disappointed.  This is not a good sign and wonder how many others feel that way.  I probably would still be enthusiastic about if I didn’t already own an original iPad.  I didn’t order mine online because my Birthday was a few days after the launch date and it wouldn’t arrive until after that.  So I thought I could get inline on Friday to get one and have it in time.  My mistake.  Trips and calls to all other stores that was selling them were sold out, and still continues to this day.  Best Buy changed their auto attendant message to say they are sold out, mostly because they have taken so many orders that they can’t even fill those.

I’m usually fairly patient but when it comes to this, I have a weakness for it and makes it frustrating.  If you don’t have the fever, then you don’t understand.

Apple store in Japan helping out


Someone that works at an Apple store in Japan sent Kevin Rose an email saying how the Apple store was helping out during this time of crisis, it’s pretty awesome.  You can find it on Kevin’s blog here:

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