Opinions and Editorials
I am looking forward to this summer’s release of Godzilla the way some people look forward to their wedding, retirement, or being released from a Turkish prison. The first time I watched the trailer, I only then fully understood why men have sons. But I’m not looking forward to the inevitable movie tie-in app. This is because it will not be good. At all. Here’s why.
I’m sad to see the old unibody machine go; I’d prefer to have an on-board optical drive, and I’m not convinced that the speedier access, silence, and shockproofness of solid state data storage are worth the trade-off in drive capacity one has to give up, but I didn’t put my money where my mouth is when I upgraded to a 13-inch MacBook Air last fall.
It’s no secret that Macworld / iWorld has grown considerably more “intimate” since Apple made its last appearance back in 2009. Since then it, it has shifted dates, locations, and focus. But is it still relevant? Around 175 vendors say yes, even if many who assured me last year that they’d return, aren’t.
If my guess about app code bloat is correct, it’s pretty hard to any longer recommend 16GB iPads as a good value, since unlike many Android and Windows tablets, iPads have no option of removable media expansion for data overflow. Yes, there’s the Cloud, and I love Dropbox, but I prefer to have anything worth saving stored on local media, with Cloud storage for synchronization and backup only.
I think Amazon is on serious grounds to compete with the Apple TV in a way that no other company can compete. An Amazon TV box would be as close to an Apple TV alternative as possible, especially because Amazon has been build an ecosystem with, until now, nothing to tie it all together. This device would be it.
I’ve made a fair proportion of my living over the past two decades writing about technology, but when it comes to technology in cars I’m unapologetically more than a bit of a luddite. I’m an old-school car aficionado, and regard the incursion of technology in cars mostly with dismay and loathing.
Zal Bilimoria blogged recently that he’s fallen out of love with tablets, observing they couldn’t possibly shoulder all the expectations people had for it. Well, speak for yourself, Mr. Bilimoria. You must travel in different circles than I do. I’m not hotly in love with my iPad, but I’ve developed a strong respect for it within its manifold limitations, and am seriously addicted.
I have great respect for my iPad 2, but I’m surprised Apple kept it in production this long. Price-wise, selling for $399, it hasn’t been much of a bargain. Still, I’ve been very satisfied by the value received with my 16 GB Wifi iPad 2, and if my next tablet serves me as well, I’ll be delighted, so here’s a parting salute to a faithful tool.
I had been wondering which PC maker would be first to abandon the sinking Windows PC ship, as PC sales continue to tank. I suppose it’s not surprising that it might turn out to be Sony, given the Vaio’s dismal sales performance of late, but I’m pretty confident that with Mac OS X Sony PCs, it would have been a different story.
Over the holiday season, I thought I had my hardware upgrade roadmap plotted for the foreseeable future. With a 13-inch MacBook Air serving as my anchor Mac for the next few years, my intent was to an iPad Air in 2014. But now it’s rumored that a 13-inch panel iPad Pro is on the way, most likely for release in the fall, muddying the upgrade waters again.
My first Mac was a Mac mini, but the first one I ever used was the translucent, candy-colored iMac that was available in nearly every elementary and junior high school in New York City. As a matter of fact, the first computer I ever touched was a Mac, and I’ve never gone back. The fact that Apple made Macs available in schools helped me decide whether I was going to be a Mac or PC user, and I guess my choice is obvious.
Now, when I say I’m partly to blame, I’m not serious. Let’s get that settled before I also get sued, because parents do love to sue people. We’ve got day care to pay for and Furby Booms to buy, and that crap ain’t cheap. But when Apple has to pay penalties like this, it’s because of people like me: the smart consumer. Now, when I say “smart consumer,” I’m not implying everyone else is dumb. Let’s get that settled before I get sued.