mobile256Dear Reader,

Its mind-boggling. Operating systems, devices, apps… all vying for our attention and all declaring their superiority over the competition. So which one is the best? Yes.

I came at this backwards. I never saw the point in apps on my phone and my first-ever app device was my new pc. The touch capability was revolutionary for me more than any perceived advantage to apps.  I purchases a smart phone just to remain current with technology  and I was quickly won over.  The advantages became really apparent. newspapers, email, twitter, LinkedIn, freelance work while commuting for work.  It totally depends on your particular needs / wants for technology.  Competition and customer preference have created a fairly level playing field.  Hopefully this post will give you a starting point.

If you know what your uses and price point are can really help. Do you live more mobile or stationary? Heavy keyboard user or total touch? Cell phones are an awesome device because you have your phone and a lot of interactive capability. However, as large as the Samsung Galaxy gets, you are still looking at a total screen size of approximately 5″ x 2.5″. Text can still become fairly microscopic on a device like a phone — not to mention the restriction of typing.

Next up is a tablet. The downside? No phone calls. The upside, much bigger screen and some have optional keyboards you can buy. They are great for productivity and possibly game play, but they are not a full-fledged laptop. Tablets and some cell phones can cost as much as laptops. Is the lack of functioning worth the portability?

Another factor to consider is the aggravating pre-installed apps that you would prefer to remove from your Android or Apple device and you can’t. You can on a Microsoft device. Also, Windows Phone won Endgadget Reader’s Choice of the Year.

Ease of use? iPad has it, but so does Windows.

As offensive as it is to Apple who innovated the touch interface and apps, currently Windows can do more. I now own an iPad and an Asus tablet. The iPad apps are better developed than Windows. Additionally, the iPad seems to handle open apps and retain state better than Windows 8 or RT. Since its better for the machine to close apps this is a minor inconvenience to me. However, for productivity, I still prefer Windows. I can close any Windows app by the swipe of a finger. On my MAC I have to click buttons and the screen for quite some time. 800px-Cuddling_with_multiple_devices (2)On my Windows tablet I can go to previous internet pages by the swipe of a finger. MAC still relies on back browser buttons. I have both a delete and a backspace key on my PC. Not so on the MAC — and since I am an intensive typist this is not such a minor inconvenience. On my MAC I lack convenient “end” keys to jump around quickly.  And Windows still multitasks better than a MAC. I’m writing this blog post on my iPad in the WordPress app. I am previewing the post and trying to test the links to see if the work. My device is not opening a web browser for me when I tell it to. Not really useful.  I wound up completing this post on my PC.

Regardless of the device, if you are a multi-device user, coordinating over the cloud becomes a factor. Which app to use? Total personal preference. The same apps are available on all devices including DropBox, EverNote, SkyDrive and Google.   I already had a DropBox account from a volunteer event so it was natural to use that for my own needs.

Whether you are a Mac or PC fan, hopefully this will give you enough information to make an informed decision — or point you in the right direction for your personal needs.

 

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imageDear Reader,

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
―     Apple Inc.

Steve Jobs was a visionary.  He resurrected Apple from the dead, he successfully competed against Microsoft, and he innovated culture.  The naysayers could not tarnish Apple’s reputation.   I remember the line outside the retail store on a Friday night waiting for the latest iPhone.   Apple managed to build up a fan following similar to a popular band — that line was reminiscent of people lining up to get tickets to a sold-out show.

2010’s headlines included:

What of Apple today?   Two years into “The Year of Jobs?”

2013’s headlines include:

Additionally, Apple’s stock is not remaining strong and its new product launch at this year’s WWDC met with lukewarm reviews.  I’m left wondering, WWSD (What Would Steve Do)?   We don’t know.   Is this turn of events the beginning of a downward trend for Apple?  Apple users are a tremendously loyal bunch — almost to the point of a cult-like following to an iconic brand.   A good bit of that has to do with the exceptional customer service and support at the retail stores.

However; if Jamie Dihiansan, a self-admitted life-long Apple Guru found reason to switch to PCs, what of less involved individuals?  Apple products have become average among the competitors they inspired.  What is tragic is that Apple would attempt to damage Samsung in a lawsuit rather than raise itself to new excellence on its own merits.  Cruel irony would be that Apple crumbles as Steve Jobs commented on in 2004.

“And how are monopolies lost? Think about it. Some very good product people invent some very good products, and the company achieves a monopoly. But after that, the product people aren’t the ones that drive the company forward anymore. It’s the marketing guys or the ones who expand the business into Latin America or whatever. Because what’s the point of focusing on making the product even better when the only company you can take business from is yourself? So a different group of people start to move up. And who usually ends up running the show? The sales guy. John Akers at IBM is the consummate example. Then one day, the monopoly expires for whatever reason. But by then the best product people have left, or they’re no longer listened to. And so the company goes through this tumultuous time, and it either survives or it doesn’t. Look at Microsoft — who’s running Microsoft? (interviewer: Steve Ballmer.) Right, the sales guy. Case closed. And that’s what happened at Apple, as well.” – Steve Jobs, Business Week.


Dear Reader,

In a 1985 interview Steve Jobs said, “I’ll always stay connected with Apple. I hope that throughout my life I’ll sort
of have the thread of my life and the thread of Apple weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry. There may be a few years when I’m not there, but I’ll always come back.”

I find myself much more moved to tears than usual at the passing of an American Icon because my father also died earlier this year.   Steve Jobs died far too young at the age of 56.  I was angry that the world would go on as usual without much note about the passing of my father.  But I was comforted that he was 83 before he passed.  The world will pause at the passing of Steve Jobs, but his family has lost 30 years that I was lucky to have.  I wonder if the collective memories of this man offer much comfort to his loved ones?

The fabric of my father’s life was woven into the people around him who remembered all the joy he brought them.   We spent time at my father’s service sharing the memories longer than the road that lies ahead.  The fabric of Steve Jobs’ life was woven into his monumental impact on our culture through its technology.

What memories remain?

  • Google’s Dedicated homepage to Steve Jobs.
  • Countless news articles and blog posts and photojournalism memories.
  • You do a Google search today on Bill Gates and an article about Steve Jobs turns up.
  • In 2007, he and Bill Gates shared a stage and talked.
  •  Wikipedia has already been updated.  Steve Jobs.
  • The Wall Street Journal published a statement from Bill Gates on this occassion of his passing:Mr. Gates’s full statement:“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our
    sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched
    through his work.Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues,
    competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had,
    the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely
    great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”

On our way back home
We’re on our way home
We’re on our way home
We’re going home

We’re going home
Better believe it


Dear Reader,

In spite of the drop in Apple’s stocks after Jobs took medical leave, this quarter’s profitss were up 95%.  All the gory details can be found at MercuryNews.

Notes:

Originally found on a Tweet by @bengregg referencing this article: http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_17892866?nclick_check=1


Dear Reader,

What is creativity?   We aspire to it, encourage it, and stand in awe of it.   It is one of our highest-valued intangible qualities.  We can all recognize failed creativity when we see it!   It’s usually posted on the news for humor.

All of this makes me wonder – is there a place for creativity in technology?

Apple computer has turned  “creative” into a profitable job.  Steve Jobs is so profitable at being creative that Apple’s Stock drops when he is on sick leave.  Indeed, Apple’s beauty draws us in — grabs viewer so quickly that they lose their breath — sometimes in an audible gasp.  It’s arresting.  “I just had to have it.”   A price can be set on it.

Computer graphics and animation have revolutionized multimedia.   An entire company, Pixar Animation, has earned twenty-four Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes, and three Grammys, among many other awards and acknowledgments. Its films have made over $6.3 billion worldwide. [1]

So with the weight of the argument in favor of all of this, is it possible to ask the question: have we lost anything?

When I went to my friends’ home and hand-made my homemade bread, they had never tasted anything as good — even the bread machine couldn’t come close.   Science says that the differences between digital and vinyl recordings are not discernible by the human ear yet music lovers swear that the new recordings have lost something.

In the first days of animation, people hand-drew every frame.   Prior to that the limitations of hand-drawing proved no handicap for such artists as M.C. Eshcher and Leonardo DaVinci.  Both of these men utilized “technology” in their art in the form of incorporating mathematics.

Does the phrase, “they don’t make them like that anymore” fit?

Notes:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixar


Dear Reader,

Apple Computer’s shares fall as Steve Jobs is forced to take another medical leave.1

Steve Jobs has driven Apple Computer through its roller-coaster business highs and lows.   When the company was in trouble, Jobs returned in 1996 driving it to the popular technology force that it is today.2 When Steve Jobs had to take a medical leave of absence in 2009, the company’s stock dropped significantly.