Posted: under Found Genius Artifacts, Google Android, Home Office Technology, iPhone - Hype and Reality, Mac v. PC, Mobile marketing, New Media Strategery, Online (Multi)Media, Web/Tech.
It's going to be interesting to see if the upcoming mobile phone platform/application war & shakeout will be a repeat of the Apple vs. IBM, or Mac OS vs. Windows wars of the early 80s and early 90s … ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny and all that, you know…
Apple has done a tremendous job breaking ground in this area, popularizing the technology with great hardware that works … well mostly works … they have put tons of effort into conceptualizing and designing the interface, and creating the paradigm that people actually want to use.
…and now that they've done the heavy lifting, along comes the more open-source competitor, flinging open the doors of innovation and competition to take the tidy Apple walled garden and turn it into, well, pretty much what the landscape of PC-based applications has looked like for the past 28 years or so. A loud, rude, complicated, chaotic landscape where everything is much cheaper, does kewl new things that businesses/people need to have in their lives, and that you have to be half-systems engineer yourself to keep all your various hardware & software all playing nicely together.
To stretch the "walled garden" metaphor a little, the IBM-PC space, rather than a tidy garden, more resembles a giant sandbox full of toddlers on meth. Only they're NFL lineman-size. With power tools.
If the past is to be our guide, the Android and Blueprint somewhat open-source projects are going to start off behind Apple, biting off what Apple does. And the developers will be relentless. And the hardware manufacturers will churn out warehouses full of cheap, buggy handsets to run all this on.
And they will gradually erode Apple's lead in the smartphone/app space.
Anyway, here's some interesting quotes from MSNBC:
While Android is an operating system, it is
also an open-source system similar to Linux, upon which it is based.
That’s creating a lot of excitement and interest in the kind of
programs that will be available for users, including one that can track
family members’ whereabouts in an emergency to another that offers a
short cooking video, followed by information on nearby grocery stores
that carry the ingredients needed for the recipe.
its inception, Android has been tweaked and built upon freely by
developers, device designers and wireless carriers who have had
complete access to Android’s Software Developer Kit. Basically, Android
is whatever users and developers want it to be.
in contrast to Apple’s approach with the iPhone. Nine months ago, Apple
created a Software Developer Kit offering application makers the same
interface and tools Apple uses to develop iPhone software.
But Apple has closely regulated and monitored every program that is being offered through the company’s online App Store.
will “create a new, attractive environment to foster innovation and
make it easier to bring new ideas to market, ultimately ensuring
consumers a richer, more personalized mobile experience,”
Posted: under Found Genius Artifacts, Mac v. PC, Macintosh Madness, Vaio=Garbage, Web/Tech.
OK, someone up in Computer Heaven HATES me.
I managed to completely crash the Mac. as in, "The little pinwheel just spins on the screen, and none of the buttons, clicks to key-combos does the least little thing."
Happened when I tried to close out of Firefox. The whole system just hung. Had to do a "Hard Quit" of holding down the power button until the machine went dead. And now that I’ve been trying to work with Premiere Pro to import footage from the NAS, the Mac has gotten downright cranky.
I did, however, manage to install 4 extra Gigs of RAM from Crucial - for those of you shambling around wearing Apple t-shirts and mumbling "braiiiinnnssss …. brrrraaaaiiinnnssss " – a much better option than buying memory from the gottverdammt total rip-off Apple stores.
Not that all that extra mem seems to have pepped the system up much. (sigh)
I guess this is a case of the "grass = greener over in the Mac pasture." FAIL.
Posted: under Home Office Technology, Mac v. PC, Macintosh Madness, Web/Tech.
I have bowed to the inevitable, and bought a Great Big Expensive Mac Pro. This is a dual quad-core machine, and I just got an extra 4 gigs of RAM from Crucial (NOT the Mac store – their prices are nothing short of absurd) so that I can really work on post-production on my short film.
It struck me that every computer I’ve bought has been about 10x as fast as the previous machine. My first computer was the old TRS-80, with 4K (later 16k) of RAM. Programs were loaded in via a cassette tape drive, and later we all freaked out when there were actual floppy disks. Which, back then, were really floppy – the 5 1/4 size, and the big TRS disks were about 8 inches across.
Yes, children, you’re reading that right. Shut up and go play with your terabyte iTouches.
Next, was a PC-AT that sped along at 4.77 mHz. This had dual disk drives, and a sickly green monochrome display. My sister Sara and I played some kind of lame "Adventure" game on it for hours and hours, wandering around in a lame dungeon and shooting arrows into green slimy blobs.
In the early 90s, I made the decision to go whole hog to the PC platform – at the time, a Mac SE30 was about the size of a boom box, a monochrome screen the size of my hand, and a tiny 30 meg hard disk. By comparison, my old Zeos desktop had 4 megs of RAM, a 120 meg hard drive and a 14" color display. Whee!
I still remember the cover of the old PC Magazine, back when the mag was fat as a phone book with all the clone makers who had been unleashed on the landscape, packing the mag with ads … the big splash headline said: "25 Megahertz Screamers Unleashed."
Yeah, a lot of things are quaint in retrospect.
Next, in ’98, I got a Dell laptop that ran at 233 mHz. This had a 3 gig hard drive and could actually connect to the internet.
In ’02, I got the Fry’s Electronics desktop – 2.53 gHz, 120 gig hard drive, dual DVD drives.
This Octocore has 8 cores, all running at 3 gHz, which specs out to 32 gHz. The hard drive is a puny 250 gigs, but I have a gigabit connection to my NAS (which has decided this week to play nice with the rest of the network), and a Superdrive. I’m still trying to reconcile myself to the change in the way that I navigate around from program to program, and I am really hating not being able to use my keyboard (typing on a regular keyboard hurts like a bitch after about 5 minutes – I need the split keyboard because of my 2XL hand size).
Still, Vista had made my life into such a living hell for the last year that I could not in good conscience keep banging my head against the wall. The crashes, the constant updates, the security holes, the unexplained way that multimedia content JUST WOULDN’T WORK no matter what I did …
If I am going to actually produce video content for the web, I need something that actually works. Vista did not. It just didn’t. I spent hours and hours on the phone with customer service reps who painfully tried to walk me through all the steps to troubleshoot Vista, and on more than one occasion, they just threw up their hands and said, "Well, we don’t know."
That can’t happen.
Or, when I was doing a presentation in Cucuta, I arrived in front of a room full of expectant journalists, tried to fire up my machine … only to stand there, sweating, in dismay, as the computer took more than 25 minutes to install what Microsoft called "Critical updates." For 25 minutes, the screen was blank as the disk light just lit up and kept on, and I head the clicking and grinding from inside the Vaio (and don’t get me started about the for-shit quality of the hard disks in the Vaio).
You try standing in front of a room that’s expecting to see demonstrations of how multimedia can change their lives when your computer won’t even wake up and there is no way to make it work.
So I have embarked on this adventure with the Mac. It is my hope that I can learn how to deal with all the quirks and differences with the Mac fast enough so that my productivity doesn’t take a massive hit. So far, I am not encouraged. Despite the promises of how the Mac makes things so easy, it is impossible to add a printer in any way that makes the slightest bit of sense to me.