Overdue Thoughts on Apple

It’s been a long time comin’. Apple has engaged in plenty of really lame behaviors lately, and it’s time I sound off on them. Let’s take it section by section, shall we? I’ll break this down into the following parts: OS X, iPhone, App Store. OS X Apple’s operating system,

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American Idol: Worst Season Ever

Must the judges continue to lick David Archuleta’s balls after every single song this “Aw shucks!” nerd delivers? His silky smooth voice hasn’t found its niche, except perhaps as a second rate Michael Buble/Josh Groban. Archie never met a run he didn’t like, I can’t remember the last time I

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Slashdot: Slowing Rotting from the Inside Out

Sometime ago, say, 1999, Slashdot was the king of the online tech world. In fact, from a “hits” standpoint, they may still be, if not second to Digg. Slashdot has always been the first big blog-style tech site, long before the word “blog” meant anything to anyone, and somehow, Rob

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The Pain of Vista

Yesterday, I began building my new work laptop. It’s a Dell XPS M1530, a nice 15″ widescreen screamer with a dual core Centrino, 2GB RAM, a 256MB video card, embedded Bluetooth, 802.11n, and, for the first time in my company, Windows Vista. It’s typical for me to buy/install new software

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F YOU, APPLE AND AT&T

So, my wife just sent me a text message with a picture of my baby. Unfortunately, Apple and AT&T still make us use the incredibly stupid “viewmymessage.com” to see our MMS messages. They text you a URL, a username, and a password, but not a link, for reasons I can’t

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The Fifteen Percent Rule

As a general rule, 15% of any online community is comprised of ninnies, fools, and jerks. On some sites, this percentage is much higher, and for others, it’s slightly lower. But every community has them and too often, they are impossibly loud and attention seeking. On the whole, I find

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Bye bye Reddit

Some time ago, I told my collegues, “Forget Digg, you need to start using Reddit.” Reddit was much more fun then, even only about a year ago. Since then, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend – massive brainwashing groupthink overtaking rational discussion and interesting links. Reddit really let me down. These

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