What Hardware Limitations?

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.

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What Dongle Hell?

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.

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Who Is Your Customer?

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.

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A Sign Of Transformation?

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.

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Is The iPod/iTunes Really That Critical?

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?

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Who Really Disrupted Music?

A common narrative about the music business is that Apple single-handled disrupted it. It was Apple, and in particular Steve Jobs, that used iTunes to “break the back … of music majors” (see JLG’s Monday Note). My problem? It isn’t actually true, at least not in the form the myth has taken. It’s close, but it isn’t the whole picture.

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Lots Of Adapters?

The newest MacBook Pro has radically changed the available ports on a laptop. Is it good? Is it bad? Some think it is good, that Apple is moving forward. Others think it is bad, claiming that you’ll need “so many adapters” (and ignoring the other Windows and Linux machines that offer Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C only). Frankly, I don’t buy the “need lots of adapters” argument.

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