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Careful reading of Apple press announcements October 19, 2010

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I just have to vent a little. The media is either not reporting all the facts or is just getting things wrong. I am just going to list my two pet peeves of the moment.

It’s 275,000 iOS devices per day. Not iPhones. Apple is lumping iPad and iPod sales (and anything that runs that OS) together with the iPhone in their numbers. Read the actual transcripts. (And CNN, get it right for crying out loud. You’re supposed to be impartial journalists with fact-checking and stuff.)

The “Verizon iPad” is just a WiFi iPad with Verizon’s MiFi access point thrown in to the deal. The iPad itself does not include anything that can connect directly to Verizon’s network. No chipset modifications people. This does not prove there is a Verizon iPhone just because they can make the iPad “work” with Verizon. You can do the same freakin’ thing now by signing up with Verizon for their little MiFi and then taking your current WiFi enabled iPad (or laptop or anything with a freakin’ WiFi radio) and connecting it to this portable hotspot. That’s all there is, folks. No magic. No completely new product. No sign of an impending Verizon Jesus phone. You have to carry the MiFi product with you everywhere you want to use it. And wait for the freakin’ official announcement before asking me if you can put the Verizon iPhone on your work account. (Never mind that I have no say in that anyway.)

Ok, venting complete. That’s all I have for now.

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Pay the piper April 21, 2010

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So we’ve all been using these free social networking sites for quite a while now. Most of us never really thought about the economics behind this new found interconnectedness. But the times they are a changing. Turns out, these sites and services cannot survive by losing money forever. They need to actually make money in order to remain operational. So, Twitter has started using the concept of “sponsored tweets” in its search results. I personally don’t feel it’s that big of a deal. It’s only in search, and I rarely utilize the search function. Facebook might be taking a more invasive approach. The f8 conference (whatever the heck that is) will start soon, and apparently, Facebook is hellbent on some sort of new feature where privacy flags are being sent up like crazy. I haven’t read too much about this new service, but if past behavior is any indication, I think everyone should be checking their privacy settings religiously. The thing that really pisses me off about how all these social networking changes are rolled out is that they always set the default settings to be the least private and most revealing. Doesn’t matter to what we’ve always set things in the past. Screw that. They seem to feel that you _want_ your information made more public.

So once again, I’m left to think about all this social networking junk and how it relates to my privacy and such. Maybe I shouldn’t use Twitter as a sounding board to get things off my chest. Maybe I shouldn’t even post anything to Facebook at all. (It’s not like I have a plethora of friends on there that I can only communicate via Facebook.) Should we as a society be so quick to adopt such an open social medium? Or should we take a more cautious approach to these things? Will anyone be second guessing their Facebook accounts because of these proposed changes? Thoughts?

Why is Apple upset with Google? March 17, 2010

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Just a quick thought/post. Why is Apple upset with Google/Android/whoever? Is it really because Apple feels that Android is infringing on patents? Maybe partially, but I think it’s mainly because this addition to the smartphone realm is pushing Apple to roll out features, etc., that they wanted to space out over time (and over several “upgrades”). Think about it. Apple has all these great ideas for their platform. MMS. Video. Multitasking. Background images. But they want to add them slowly over time, to draw out as much money from the masses as possible. Add just enough features to entice someone to upgrade/buy, but still wanting a little more so when the next edition comes out, they’ll be eager to lay down their dollar bills for the new toy. The story of capitalism.

Full Circle February 16, 2010

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Funny how when GMail first arrived, I was very skeptical because it “read” your email for ads. Then I used it just as a secondary email account you gave out to annoying cashiers wanting your email to bombard you with more ads. Then I used it almost exclusively. And I signed up for google apps. Then they let Eric Schmidt talk about privacy. And then the Buzz happened. And I started to think about all the data google was collecting and how they “read” pretty much everything I did (gmail, google reader, gtalk, google voice). And then I moved away from google apps. And started using a different primary email setup. And now google is a dumping ground again. Full circle.

Here we go again February 16, 2010

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OK, let’s see how this works out. I’ve been developing somewhat of a distaste for a lot of online resources lately. Twitter fails, Facebook breaks and changes policies all the time, and Google seems to think they know best what information of mine to share. (Plus, is it me, or do they seem to be amassing just a truckload of data.)

So maybe I should take a little more of a conservative angle on this. I think I’m going to see if this medium provides a better way to communicate. Maybe I will tie it in to Facebook and Twitter (but screw the Buzz). Maybe I’ll forget about this in two days. Who knows. I think the old Blogger blog will be going away soon, though. Neve really used it, and again, Google. I want to make it as difficult as possible for Big Brother I guess. 🙂 Later…