Particle Debris (wk. ending 11/19) Boxes with a Clue

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If you’re up to date on your Apple history, you’ll recognize the name Jean-Louis Gassée. He was an Apple executive from 1981 to 1990. Recently, he’s written a pair of thought provoking articles about how OSes evolve, how they don’t age well, and how companies that sell OSes need to think. Check out: “Apple’s Next Macintosh OS” (which is really part I, but not so labelled) and “The iPadification of OS X – Part II” He argues that Mac OS X will not, in fact, morph into iOS.

One security researcher thinks that when Java is turned over to Oracle, the Mac could become less secure. Perhaps, like Flash, updates won’t be included in the Mac’s Software Update, and we all know how lax people have been in keeping their Flash player updated. Read more in: “Does Apple’s Java move mean a less secure Mac?

We’re all familiar with photos, from the ground, of Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York. But here’s a great shot, taken from right over the top. It’s kind of eerie, and the view is almost art itself.

Apple 5th Ave

Source: ifoAppleStore

Here’s an article that’ll get some discussion going: A test involving more that 2 million computer users found that Apple users have a higher IQ than PC users. Intrigued? Here’s the story: “It is finally proven: “Apple users are more intelligent than PC users.

You knew that games are popular on iOS. How popular? TUAW looks at the real extent of iOS game popularity. The article is full of interesting numbers and will raise your eyebrows. “The staggering size of iOS’s game collection.”

I’ve reviewed and compared the Apple TV to the Roku system. If you’re still undecided, take a look at this detailed review of the Boxee box built by D-Link. The bad news? Netflix, Vudu and Hulu Plus are all not available (yet) and streaming from a PC is “a chore.”


Source: D-Link

If the Boxee box doesn’t turn you on, check out this snarky but right on review of the Google TV as implemented on the Logitech Revue ($300). Google may be in worse shape than the Boxee system, and it’s clear now that both Apple and Roku definitely have a clue. Here’s David Pogue’s “Google TV, Usability Not Included.

Logitech Revue
Source: Logitech

There’s something to be said for scoring first, whether it’s in sports like football or the tablet market. Once companies start to buy thousands of iPads, it’s hard to get them turned around (as Apple knows all to well.) For some background on the extent of Apple’s success, read: “iPad’s business use soars as HP backpedals on Slate’s fit.

Technical Word of the Week

Applification (noun.) As in “The iPhone has resulted in the applification of the Internet.”



Interesting article about user intelligence, but not really surprising.

Consider that a substantial fraction of PCs, perhaps the majority, and therefore users, are in workstations for mid-level employees (clerical and other support staff in industry and government offices). These are solid and capable people, but they are not the key decision makers or leaders.

On the other hand, in a PC-dominated world, who uses a Mac in the workplace? Someone who has bucked the trend and had to resourceful in doing so. Likely, someone with some decision making capacity, and has the resourcefulness to be self-supporting technologically. In the consumer space, it is someone with sufficient disposable income to buy a Mac. In either case, this is someone with relatively higher education and/or income. By definition, this is a self-selected sub-group characterised by curiosity, means and a certain amount of risk taking behaviour; an intelligent subset.

I think that this is reflected in the general calibre of discussion, and mastery of subject matter, by Mac users on this and other forums.

Computers aside, smarter and more resourceful people will think independently, and successfully buck the trend.

What is clear from Jean-Louis Gass?e’s piece is just how carefully Apple has thought through its strategy, and how much thought is likely going into, at this moment, its next transitional phase, which is inevitable if Apple is to remain a dominant force in the consumer electronic world.

All the evidence supports that Apple remains committed to dictating both the pace and terms of that transition, not only for itself, but the industry as a whole.


The irony of the whole intelligence issue is that Mac users will immediately understand how and why and PC users will never understand. wink (and if and when they do, they will likely cease to be PC users)

Now. Here’s the 1,000 dollar question. Are Linux users even smarter?



Now. Here?s the 1,000 dollar question. Are Linux users even smarter?


No, they just think they are.


Particle Debris presents,
Another pilgrimage luminous
Through forests fraught with night,
O fill the eye with sight.

One more weekend shot,
The torrid jungle beckons not,
To fleeting pleasures put aside
The itchy joint be stayed,
Until this game is played.

What goodies bear these mystic hands
To gratify the Applefan.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

And then there are boxes with a market… Looks like two more of the top TV brands will be including Google TV next year. Apple fans, ask yourselves, why if Apple stuff is so much better do these big TV brands want to bake a more expensive Google TV inside? Why does Apple have hobbies and Google have partners?

John Martellaro

Brad: Oh, that’s so easy.  I love softball questions.  Partners have squabbles, compromises, and interests.  Partners are never of one mind. A prime example is a tablet mfgr partnering with Google to put the (ill-advised) Android OS on it. Who makes the required, challenging changes? Who has ultimate responsibility to the customer?

Apple has a hobby searching for a uniform vision. As that vision matures, as it has for the iPad, then Apple is able to deliver a quality product. And take responsibility for it.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

But John, here you extoll Apple TV because Apple has ultimate responsibility to the customer, and in another column, you absolve Apple of responsibility for egregious errors of fact in apps that it sells through the exclusive legitimate sales channel for iOS software.

Here is the disservice that Apple does to its customers by maintaining strict control. It applies to iOS phones vs. Android and Apple TV vs. Google TV as much as it has applied to Mac vs. Windows. By maintaining control and playing in a small niche, it concedes the bulk of the market to a more open player who thrives on connectedness and familiarity. So when Apple customers venture out into the real world, they are unfamiliar with what everyone else is using (mostly effortlessly) and retreat to bitching about Winblows or Android fragmentation or whatever other bogeyman Apple supposedly protects them from. Again, while everyone else is doing well enough with the standard that emerged through cooperation and competition.

Apple TV take 1 was a pretty nifty little device with nice media streaming capabilities. I bought one the first month it was out and enjoyed it for a couple of years. I even ported digital signage software to it and could have deployed a few hundred units, were it not for screwy verbiage in the EULA. That control is why Apple TV was a hobby and will remain a hobby, while Google TV goes out and becomes living room convergence. My digital signage app? I can rewrite it for Android and it will play great on Google TV 1.1.

Doesn’t Apple’s complete lack of will to actually win in a market with what it thinks is a better product discourage you?

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