Microsoft Has a Death Wish

5:30 PM, Jul. 27th, 2012 · · Particle Debris

Steve Ballmer's isions

Microsoft seems to be making the same mistakes that other companies left behind long ago. Now, the new obsession with Apple will be the end of Microsoft.

The Mac No Longer Competes Against the PC

4:30 PM, Jul. 20th, 2012 · · Particle Debris

PC vs. Mac

For more than two decades, the Mac fought tooth and nail against the classic PC. And lost. Nowadays, it’s not Mac vs. PC, but it’s iPad vs. PC, and the Mac simply fills in the gap in a Post-PC era. John Martellaro believes that tech CEOs who believe otherwise are doomed.

TV Stations: Get a Clue About Adobe Flash

5:30 PM, Jul. 13th, 2012 · · Particle Debris

Adobe Flash: not for emegencies

The technical community been through the fives stages of grief with Adobe’s Flash. Now, it’s time for TV stations, specifically licensed to serve the public interest, to get a clue about mobility and dump Adobe Flash on their websites. It’s critical during natural disasters.

The Apps That Came in From the Cold

6:05 PM, Jun. 22nd, 2012 · · Particle Debris

A new Mac App Store

The operation of the Mac App Store is fairly well understood. Apps found there are especially trustworthy because of Apple’s imposed security requirements. But there is a wealth of apps that are great and yet cannot be in the MAS. Maybe it’s time for a new store. Or new nomenclature. Or new marketing.

Post WWDC: Flying Supersonic with the Gear Down

5:51 PM, Jun. 15th, 2012 · · Particle Debris


WWDC propels us forward and reminds us what Apple and the developers will be up to for the next year. But it’s not as easy as simply embracing everything in a relentless surge forward. Sometimes, like a sailplane pilot, you have to continuously monitor a possible landing spot.

A New Mac Pro Design Could be Very Cool

4:35 PM, Jun. 8th, 2012 · · Particle Debris

Updating the Mac Pro design

What do we want in a new Mac Pro?  A new design, after nine years, could be the biggest talk of the town next week. That is, if Apple thinks the developers would be excited and customers would take a fresh look.

The Unintended Consequences of a Post-PC Era

6:30 PM, Jun. 1st, 2012 · · Particle Debris

Unintended Consequences

Recently, there has been some discussion about how the tablet phenomena has altered the ideal mix of computing equipment for the home user. The classic notebook computer, while not highly cannibalized yet, may be gone in the future. What would the technical consequences of a Post-PC era be? Perhaps more PCs.

The TV Industry’s Dreadful Little Secret

3:40 PM, May. 25th, 2012 · · Particle Debris

A dirty secret

We all knew the business model, commercial breaks, for the TV industry is a mess. But now the foolishness has been taken to new heights. Fox has filed a lawsuit against Dish Network for taking care of its customers. The whole industry is ripe for disruption and may not even see it coming. Perhaps Apple does.

Yes, But Will Anyone Actually BUY an Apple HDTV?

5:25 PM, May. 18th, 2012 · · Particle Debris

Apple HDTV

When Apple decides to build and market a new product, it has to be a quality product that stands on its own and has value.  However, Apple may have moved to a new place in the minds of customers, and that would weigh considerably on the success of the rumored Apple HDTV. Also, of course, there’s this week’s Tech News Debris.