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Truth will triumph in the end... after everybody has left



Published: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:20:07 +0000

 



Steve and I

Wed, 05 Oct 2011 21:13:17 +0000

Let me start by setting the record straight: I don't know Steve Jobs, never met him, I never went to one of his keynotes, I was never even near the guy! So, what I am writing is clearly not about him, but about me and the way I, subjectively, perceive Steve Jobs changed my life and is a huge part of my weltanschauung.

Despite that, my relation with Steve is real, my son just called me to give condolences on his passing, and, since I found out, my ex wife called me, I've been crying and thinking whether or not I should write this post. This Blog started pretty much with the release of the first iPod, a few months later but with a post about how my now ex wife had given me the first iPod as a Christmas present. That iPod is here beside me, it still works. That was the start of my blog and this post may be the end of it. Let's face it, I haven't written much in the past couple of years and Steve Jobs has just died.

My relation with Steve started as for millions of people with his products. The Original Macintosh, the Next Cube are indeleble pieces of my nerdiness. But I also loved Apple after Steve left, the Mac Classic is still one of my favorite machines, still around, still works, and I was the one who bought the Newton, still with me, still works, I still use it and find it more advance than my iPhone in some respects. I still regret selling the Powerbook 1400c to a friend in need. When Steve returned to Apple I thought it was a mistake... But when I saw the iMac I fell in love not only with the machine but with the way Steve did certain things. That iMac is still here, still works, still beautiful. I bought the Cube, the Titanium Powerbook and countless of machines, recently, like, in the past month! I have bought an iPhone 4, an iPad 2, and got a Macbook Air as a present from my beautiful girlfriend. All those products are remarkable, not only for the products, but for the way the mind that made them works.

Yes, yes, I hated the m ..



Definition of Bothavior

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 11:28:32 +0000

Bothavior: The behavior of a bot. From Neal Stephenson Novel Reamde.



Does HP stands for Hudsucker Proxy?

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 14:58:31 +0000

With all the mismanagement at HP during the last year, The Wall Street Journal has sort of wondered if HP is just committing sepuku, but lately after my experience ordering a rebated Touchpad, I have to wonder if this isn't just an imitation of the Movie The Hudsucker Proxy. In that movie a great owner CEO is substituted with a presumed incompetent fool in order to drive the price of the stock down and be able to buy the company. In the case of the movie the fool has a great idea "you know, for kids" which is the Hula Hoop (Touchpad). It doesn't sell well until they sell it a rock bottom prices and they raise the price and have a hit on their hands and everything is peachy.

Of course, with HP we have not seen the second part of the Movie, but I have to wonder, are they trying to destroy the company in order to buy it cheap? Case in point, I ordered my HP Touchpad on August 21st, my card was authorized, I received an email on August 23d saying that my order was from that day (false) and that I would get a shipment notification in 3 days (also false). They also say they have had so manuy orders they were swamp, etc, etc. On Monday 29th I received an email saying that if my order was placed before Monday 22nd at 4am (CT) I would get my Touchpad but my order would be canceled if it was placed after that date. You know my problem, I certainly ordered before that day (and my card was authorized), but the order has a later date. Trying to call HP has proven useless, email only gets a canned response talking about the deluge of orders. Ok, assume a deluge... Fine, but it's been 10 days already! I sort of thought I wasn't getting it, and that was confirmed with the disappearance of the authorization on my credit card. But then yesterday I get an email that my card declined the charges, to fix ..



Windows Phone 7 marketplace sucks or Why Microsoft will never get it

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 18:50:56 +0000

If you have read this blog in the past year you know I've been a supporter of Microsoft's effort with Windows Phone 7, if you've read longer you know I can hold a grudge against a company for a long time and the company in question normally suffers. I thought, wrongly, that because Microsoft could do an impressive UI, they could do the normal services and support that an ecosystem modernly requires. It seems I was wrong. Yesterday I bought an app and I found it was unusable. I won't mention the app or the specific problem, suffices to say that I have encountered exactly the same problem with an iTunes purchase previously, sent a message to support and a refund in less than 24 hours. I thought the experience with Microsoft (should I go back to calling it Micro$ucks? ) would be similar. First surprise is that they do not have any online support, but for a twitter account (@ZuneSupport ) that pretends to answer questions. It shames me to read that page (go ahead, read it, I'll wait), it is complain and difficulty one after another, rarely a satisfying resolution. Powerless and useless. So, no online support, so I have to call. I do, and was informed that they would call me in 3 to 5 days with an answer, to their credit it took them less than 24 hours, but the answer was "you're not getting a refund, talk to the developer of the app".

I bought the app for MICROSOFT*ZUNE not from the developer, I wanted a refund minutes after downloading it! Why does Microsoft wants to change the rules of commerce? (Card Not Present Transactions? Anyone? Anyone? ) Why, are they looking to upset a fervent supporter? In a world where Apple is given outstanding service and support this type of attitude will not fly. I have been recommending Windows Phone 7 and thinking it has a chance. But no more. iPhone and Android are the only choices thatI can recommend. Because Microsoft does not get it. And they won't ge ..



Google Gives Microsoft a Boost in race to Bottom Price

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 18:32:37 +0000

Google buying Motorola could be a big boost for the Microsoft/Nokia alliance hopes to make Windows Phone 7 a viable candidate as a mobile OS. The race to the bottom is on, and any of the three can win it.

Android is winning

The first thing you have to understand is that Android is winning. Not by having the best handsets, though they are close, or the best OS, not that close, but by having the best prices and options. The talk about fragmentation is a red herring, choice is good, except for the geeks. The point is not whether the Galaxy S is as good as the iPhone 4, or if the Galaxy S II is even better, the question is whether the LG Optimus One is an Ok phone for a normal person. The LG costs about 99$, less with carrier subsidies. For 50$ or less it is very difficult to find fault with this phone. Yes, it is not fast, the camera is crappy, the screen small and not great. But, guess what? it doesn't matter! for 50$ or less, you can run pretty much any app you may want from the Android market and have a phone that doesn't look half bad and works ok. For a common person.

It seems pretty obvious that that's the ticket. Who can get acceptable phones cheap enough so that its inadequacies to not matter. That's the race to the bottom and it is important, but there is more than one way to win it.

Apple's way to the bottom

Apple makes well designed cheap computers and sells them for a very high price, but that's not the (new) Apple way. Apple sells iPods, Phones, tablets, and Airs which are very well designed, top of the line products less expensive than any competitor. Yes, the Air is not a computer, not in the traditional sense. It is a new kind of device, that has little internal storage, and everything else a computer has. It depends on the cloud and it is very small. Other computer manufacturers have nothing of the kind and in the past they have not been able to make similar stuff cheaper than Apple c ..



Amazon Cloud Player vs. Google Music Beta

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:25:38 +0000

When Amazon release its Cloud Player, I immediately tried to subscribe, I had an issue because amazon insisted I was outside the US, but once I signed in, everything seemed to work as fine as it would. At first, I uploaded the 5GB limit, it took a while and the process was a little unseemly. Starting the upload and restarting it when the connection broke or my machine had to restarted for some reason, was a pain. It is worth remarking here that I am using a laptop for this, a laptop that I move about. Then I bought an album, the latest by R.E.M. I think, and I got 20GB for free. Restarted that process was hell on slow wheels. I decided that my problem was that everytime I had to restart the process I had to select which music I needed to upload, since my 40GB of music didn't fit in 20GB. So, I paid some 30$ for the rest and started uploading all my music. After that painful process was finished, I found the service work well on computers, Ok on Android phones (currently my Galaxy Tab and my LG Optimus One), and not at all in my iPod touch. It started sort of working later on, but it is still not as useful as I need.

Even asking an invite for Google Music Beta required me to use a VPN so that they interpret my IP to be in the US and allow me to see it (my login/password and its associated address seem to be worthless to everyone, except Apple). I thought, as usual with Google, I would get an invite last, but to my surprised last week I got an invite. At first I was impressed, the upload process seem less traumatic than with amazon, it restarted on its own and seem to be slightly faster. Still it was painfully slow and more pain was going to come. The Android player only works in phones they interpreted to be US, they have not heard of worldwide phones or changing SIMs. So my only option was my semi broken Nexus One. I didn't bud ..



Playing Outside

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 08:04:34 +0000

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I am spending a lot of time on my job playing outside



Thoughts on Nokia

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:28:12 +0000

This blog started at the same time as my affair with the Palm Treo precursor. I bought a Nokia N-Gage in an emergency and thought I wasn't going to keep it, but I fell in love with it, despite all the serious problems with it. Since then I was a Nokia fan and bought a lot of phones including N-Series phones. All those phones were Symbian, there was a small Windows Phone interlude (first phone that could Skype), then I went back to the N-series until the touch crazed started. I've known that Nokia was toast for a while.




Best Ferrari ever?

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:43:52 +0000

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The Ferrari FF 2012 is the most beautiful and practical Ferrari ever. I'll take mine in yellow.



One More Trip Around the Sun

Fri, 07 Jan 2011 02:01:01 +0000

Hear 'em singing Happy Birthday
I better think about the wish I'll make
This year gone by t's been no piece of cake
It's just another revolution
Pull it together and it comes undone
Just one more candle and a trip around the sun

But I'm just hanging on while this old world keeps spinning
And it's good to know it's out of my control
'Cause if there's one thing that I've learned from all this living
Is that it wouldn't change a thing if I let go

You know, you never see it coming
Always wind up wondering where it went
And only time will tell if it was time well spent
Just another revelation
Celebrating what I should have done
With these souvenirs from my trip around the sun

And I'm just hanging on while this old world keeps spinning
And it's good to know it's out of my control
'Cause if there's one thing that I've learned from all this living
Is that it wouldn't change a thing if I let go

I think I'll make a resolution
That I'll never make another one
Just enjoy my ride on this trip around the sun
Just enjoy my ride ...
'Til it's done
- Jimmy Buffett