A recent BBC piece makes some factually incorrect and outlandish claims about the history of the smartphone. It boggles the mind that an otherwise excellent news organization gets this so wrong. It’s the sort of thing you get when a lazy (or stupid?) journalist appears to us a bad Motorola commercial as their source.
So far, I’ve “defended” the new MacBook Pro on the whole dongle non-issue, and the limitations imposed by the hardware Apple selected. Do I like this machine or not? Do I want one or not? Part of me wants one, but part of me wants to wait. There are plenty of shortcomings on this machine to give cause for concern.
Continuing on the theme of the new MacBook Pro, let’s explore the whole “it uses old hardware” and “it’s limited memory” issues. The hypocrisy of some people on this topic is astounding, to say the least.
Okay, I’m going to go over this again: of all the flaws in the new MacBook Pro, going all Thunderbolt 3/USB-C wasn’t one of them. The overreaction to “all those dongles”, or “living in dongle hell” has gone beyond stupid. There is plenty to complain about in the new machine. The whole “all those dongles” thing isn’t one of them. The cost? Well, I can get behind that. The number of parts? Sorry, total crap.
The last few months have seen a bit of an uproar around Airmiles, a rewards program that is used by several retailers to try to retain customer loyalty. The company had decided to start expiring the points/miles collected, effecting giving them an “expiration date”. They backed off, but not after some considerable damage to their image, and new legislation in one province banning the practice. Basically, Airmiles may have overlooked who all their customers are.
Recently, Microsoft announced that is has joined the Linux foundation, that SQL Server is now ready for testing on Linux and a preview for Visual Studio on Mac is available. This is a transformation that cannot be underestimated. They reinforce the direction that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella started a couple of years ago. And they are the right things for the company to do.
My most recent post discusses the real story behind the disruption of the music business. In it, I assert that the iPod and the iTunes Music Store were instrumental in putting Apple on the path they are on today. Are they really that important? Are the iPod and iTunes really central to Apple’s eventual success?