Recently, a few of my friends have made comments to me about how I “hate Apple”. I just wanted to take a moment here and clear the air on the subject.
I do not, in fact, hate Apple.
Am I critical of some of the stupid things they do? Sure. But I am that way for many things, including things that I really enjoy using / being a part of.
So the other day I was playing Team Fortress 2, and someone accused me of being a “free-to-play noob”. I was chided as being one of the newbie players who only recently got into the game because it became free-to-play, despite my owning and playing the game since 2007.
But let me back up a little bit. I was playing Team Fortress 2 the other day, and having a less than stellar round. Some people on my team, who had been playing on the server before I got there, were using their microphones to play the game. These players were being too vocal, to the point that I couldn’t concentrate on the game because of all the “mic spam”. Being annoyed at my repeated effort and lack of results, coupled with the inane chirps and squeals of the mic spam, I did what any right-minded online gamer would do: I told them to “shut the fuck up”.
Yesterday was one of the most media-hyped tech days in recent memory. Apple, makers of the ubiquitous iPod and popular iPhone, promised to unveil its newest creation yet.
For years, analysts had predicted that the company was working on a tablet computer, and it finally seemed that they would realize this dream. In the weeks and days prior to this event, the media hit a frenzy as rumor after rumor leaked out about the nature of the tablet computer. Every day, websites like Digg were inundated with submissions containing fan renderings of the product, musings on the functionality of the device, and rampant speculation of cost.
The endless hype turned out to be a double-edged sword for Apple however; it raised expectations too high. When the curtains were pulled off the new iPad yesterday at Apple’s keynote, it was immediately (and largely) criticized by many.
And in my opinion, rightfully so. The device isn’t ambitious enough, the cost is too high, and in the end, it just doesn’t fit in well with all the other gadgets people already enjoy using. Here’s everything that I think is wrong with the iPad, and why it is already destined for failure.
I haven’t been able to update the blog as much as I’d like over the last few weeks, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about things to write about. Instead of letting all of my random thoughts go to waste, I thought I’d present them here as a collection. If you’re just looking for a few moments of entertainment, you like reading the musings of the slightly insane, or you’re looking for something to spark your pent-up rage, the following list is probably for you!
Never Too Zune
Each time I plug my iPod (5th generation) into my computer and it freezes up, I secretly hope that it won’t come back on, so I have an excuse to buy a Zune HD. From everything I’ve seen online, these things look pretty nice, and I’d like to try something different than iPod for a while. I have absolutely no interest in the iPod Touch or an iPhone; the 32gb Touch is $110 more than the 32gb Zune HD, and being tethered to AT&T again just makes me feel sick.
But I digress; the Zune HD looks slick in its own right. Wireless streaming capabilities and built-in HD radio are great, and I also like the idea of being able to output HD video and, of course, web browsing. If Microsoft opens up the Zune to user-created applications, it would become an even great alternative to the iPod. They seem to be making an effort to get developers to consider their other mobile devices, so I don’t think this is too far-fetched. So far, however, they’ve been pretty tight-lipped about it. Continue reading
Though I am not a die hard Google fan, I usually use Google whenever I need to search for something, and I take advantage of a few of the services they offer like Gmail and their online calendar. Lately though, I’ve been a bit intrigued with Microsoft’s revamped Live Search, Bing. I’ve been frequently jumping back and forth between Google and Bing to compare search results, especially when I have trouble finding something.
So far, I’ve been pretty impressed with Bing – it almost always returns just about everything I would find on Google, and the image and video search function on Bing is actually a cut above those found on Google. And though I do enjoy the simplicity of the Google landing page, which is one of the reasons why I think it became so popular in the first place, I do find myself drawn to the Bing landing as well; they almost always have a beautiful image on display, and the fact boxes you can mouse over are usually interesting.
Bing has been running a contest over the last few weeks, in order to help them find a jingle for the site. The contest simply asked people to record their idea for a jingle, and then submit it to the Bing YouTube page, where the winner would be chosen based on number of views and quality of rating. The winner was crowned yesterday, and while the video is odd and slightly disturbing, I have to admit – the song is kind of catchy. Catchy in the way that the simple tune gets stuck in your head for about an hour after viewing. Behold the winning video (after the break):