1) Interesting to see what a change at Microsoft has bought to their position in the eyes of so many Microsoft fans who were turned off by what was served up in the form of Windows 8. With the release of Windows 8.1, then update 1 along with the sneak peak into the next update it appears that Microsoft is learning something that Apple pointed out earlier on – don’t try to push one interface on multiple devices and expect people to be happy with the end result. Are universal applications the be-all and end-all? no but their movement back to creating a start menu and windowed ModernUI applications go along way to admit that maybe touch isn’t the be-all and end all in every situation – that maybe in some situations that the keyboard and mouse are the best option even if it isn’t ‘trendy’ or ‘hip’ or ‘cool’.
2) WWDC 2014 this year was put into a lottery and those selected were given the ability to purchase a ticket. For me I’m neither here no there (nor do I have enough money anyway) so I’ll be sitting at home in the comfort of my own bed watching the WWDC 2014 keynote via the internet at the low, low price of $0. It’ll be interesting to see what the future holds – I do hope that they spend 10.10 (or what ever they call it) as a time to clean things up especially when it comes to SMB2 which has been troublesome for some many end users.
3) Work has been going great, just received the latest P&L statement through and our GP was good for the month and over all profit was healthy so hopefully if we stayed focused we’ll get a good result for the year this year.
1) Apologies about the lack of a ‘Technology in Review’ video for this week – nothing really much has happened and I’d like to hold off till 10.9.3 is released along with a few other things occurring at least in NZ before making a video. I could have rambled on about the new Office for iPad but I don’t think the video would have been all that interesting so I thought I might as well hold off.
2) Work this week Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday but I’m fearful that I’ll need to work longer on Sunday morning assuming there is no chance to get a manager to do an opening shift (man will I be completed buggered by the end of that shift!).
3) End of the month was good – I don’t think our GP will be as high as February but the waste wasn’t too bad over all so hopefully we’ll be all good for the month.
Just reading through some interesting news and I’ll just throw it out here as a list of things:
1) There has been a return of local synchronisation in reference to contacts, calendaring etc. with the latest beta seed of iTunes and OS X 10.9.3 which have just been released to employees to test themselves – I assume employees able to take it home and test it out on their own computer. I guess that amongst the many 9 to 5’ers that there are some tech enthusiasts who are more than happy to do some testing themselves as well (I know I would).
2) Huawei has corrected, as it should have ages ago, all those idiots who went around claiming that they would release a dual boot phone. Honestly, when are these so-called journalists actually going to quote what representatives say instead of sitting in a press conference whilst second guessing and read into every line said about there being some hidden message behind it all – “oh, he said this but reading between the lines he actually said….” because God help me if I see more of this. Anyone remember the crap put out by one website claiming that Steve Woz said something when in actual fact he never said anything of the sort – you know, the whole ‘Apple will make an Android phone” when what he actually said is that Apple COULD make an Android phone, that is, could meaning ‘they have the potential’, but wouldn’t because there is no need for Apple to embrace Android. Honestly, some of these so-called journalists need to take a class on English and what the words actually mean – btw, tolerance doesn’t equal acceptance.
3) Yet another day and another idiot releases another biography on what is supposedly happening behind the scenes at Apple – honestly, is that the 21st century way of making a quick buck; write a book about a high profile company, fill it with bullshit then get enough stupid websites like Forbes to provide a platform on which the book can be marketed? who would have thought that making a quick buck these days merely requires a good imagination and the willingness to sell ones integrity.
4) I’ve decided to take the train to and from work on Friday/Saturday as to avoid the drunk drivers when going to work and the fact that when I go home from work that I’m incredibly tired and probably not in the best state to actually be driving. $21 gives me three days of unlimited travel on the train but I think it is a small price to pay as to ensure that arrive to work and back home safely without having to dodge the usual nitwits. In the mean time I’m looking at getting myself a hi-viz jacket which will be more visible especially on rainy days. Just having a check there and I can pick one up for $104.95 so I’ll probably wait till next pay day then go off and buy one.
5) Gah, tax returns – lots of fun. Why can’t I just submit it on line :-(
6) Microsoft and FBI have gone after a code leaker but that wasn’t the interesting part – what I find interesting is how when Apple went after Think Secret many years ago we ended up with the dipsticks over at Neowin, Arstechnica whinging, whining and claiming that Steve Jobs was worse than Hitler because he was trying to crush freedom of speech and yet when Microsoft does the same thing we hear nothing but silence from those very people who whined about Apple. Honestly, is it too much to ask for some consistency when it comes to getting outraged?
And just one more addition to that – it appears that Yoobee (the Mac reseller formally known as Magnummac) has been sold off to another reseller for $1 along with around $900,000 worth of inventory. To be honest ever since they became Yoobee their standards have really, really, really dropped – they used to have enthusiastic sales people who were passionate about Mac’s but recently most just seemed to treat it as a job rather than something to be excited about. Then add to that they become more and more difficult to deal with when it came to repairs – always trying to find some way to claim they didn’t find a fault such as when my DVD drive failed intermittently and yet they claimed each time there was nothing wrong. I actually had to force them to see me physically put a disc into the drive and see it fail before they finally did something. Honestly, given that you can purchase a Mac either directly through Apple’s own online store or via Noel Leeming, Dick Smith and Harvey Norman I really have to ask why they even exist in the first place.