Monthly Archives: January 2010

★ The iPad is not for the geeks!

If you didn’t already know, the iPad was not designed for all the computer geeks and power users out there. Fact. It was designed for the everyday person who doesn’t care, or probably even know, about multitasking and GTD and all that jazz. 

These people, and I’m rapidly turning into one of them, just want to do single jobs / tasks quickly and simply. The iPad is designed for people like us, and Apple will sell a crap load of them to us regular folk….and be honest, most of you geeks who are bitching and moaning about the lack of this, that, and the other, will end up buying one too. Suckers.

Anyway, watch this video.

 

★ The iPad is not for the geeks!

If you didn’t already know, the iPad was not designed for all the computer geeks and power users out there. Fact. It was designed for the everyday person who doesn’t care, or probably even know, about multitasking and GTD and all that jazz. 

These people, and I’m rapidly turning into one of them, just want to do single jobs / tasks quickly and simply. The iPad is designed for people like us, and Apple will sell a crap load of them to us regular folk….and be honest, most of you geeks who are bitching and moaning about the lack of this, that, and the other, will end up buying one too. Suckers.

Anyway, watch this video.

 

★ Let's get something straight about the iPad

Since this morning’s iPad announcement / reveal by Apple I’ve been seeing all sorts of ‘wah wah wah it’s really not that great a device’ from supposed tech experts. Lots of stupid opinion that the device isn’t really that good, and there’s nothing new, etc. 

Whingers all of them!

Let’s be very clear here, Apple has never built a killer portable device. iPod’s were alright, but there was nothing brilliant and new about the device itself. They came to a market that was already being serviced by numerous other electronics makers that weren’t really having much success.

So what made the iPod so successful, iTunes….it’s that simple.

No other manufacturer out there created such an easy to use application that could handle all your digital music for you. Apple was ahead of the market and hell, the company itself was saved from doom because of the iPod / iTunes combination.

The same thing will be true of the iPad, though Apple is entering the market at a significantly better financial position and reputation so that will also help.

Apple’s iPad success will not come because of the device itself, again like the iPod it’s quite good looking however it’s nothing really that new and revolutionary……but it will be successful because of iTunes, the App Store, and the entire ecosystem that surrounds it.

Apple’s launching the iPad with the experience that the iPod, and to a lesser extent the iPhone, has given them and you watch them dominate this space.

★ Let’s get something straight about the iPad

Since this morning’s iPad announcement / reveal by Apple I’ve been seeing all sorts of ‘wah wah wah it’s really not that great a device’ from supposed tech experts. Lots of stupid opinion that the device isn’t really that good, and there’s nothing new, etc. 

Whingers all of them!

Let’s be very clear here, Apple has never built a killer portable device. iPod’s were alright, but there was nothing brilliant and new about the device itself. They came to a market that was already being serviced by numerous other electronics makers that weren’t really having much success.

So what made the iPod so successful, iTunes….it’s that simple.

No other manufacturer out there created such an easy to use application that could handle all your digital music for you. Apple was ahead of the market and hell, the company itself was saved from doom because of the iPod / iTunes combination.

The same thing will be true of the iPad, though Apple is entering the market at a significantly better financial position and reputation so that will also help.

Apple’s iPad success will not come because of the device itself, again like the iPod it’s quite good looking however it’s nothing really that new and revolutionary……but it will be successful because of iTunes, the App Store, and the entire ecosystem that surrounds it.

Apple’s launching the iPad with the experience that the iPod, and to a lesser extent the iPhone, has given them and you watch them dominate this space.

★ I'm a Calacanis fan, so I really hope this is for real

So tonight I’m on twitter and what do you know, one of my favourite web-celebs starts dropping big big hints on the hopefully, soon-to-be-released Apple iSlate, iTablet, iPad. 

Now I’m a fan of Jason Calacanis, he’s done a lot for the tech industry and is constantly encouraging emerging companies, technologies, ideas, etc. He’s at the forefront of todays tech industry.

Rather than a big repost of his tweets, all of which you can read here, I’m just going to pull out a couple of my favourites…

❝ The price will be 599, 699 and 799 depending on size and memory in apple tablet. Also, wireless keyboard + monitor connection for tv ❞

 

❝ Apple tablet’s 2 cameras is sick feature for video conferencing: u shoot what’s in front of you + yourself. Augmented video conferncing!. ❞

 

❝ Apple tablet games are sick. Basically nintendo wii-level innovation. Custom farmville app is insane. Mark pincus is demoing with steve tmmr ❞

Those are some very big tips / leaks right there, I only hope that this is for real and not a press grab. Well I guess we don’t have too much longer to wait till the big press conference Apple is doing tonight / tomorrow (depending where you live).

Apart from the iTablet I’d also like to see Aperture 3, iLife 10, iPhone OS 4, and something Apple TV related.

★ I’m a Calacanis fan, so I really hope this is for real

So tonight I’m on twitter and what do you know, one of my favourite web-celebs starts dropping big big hints on the hopefully, soon-to-be-released Apple iSlate, iTablet, iPad. 

Now I’m a fan of Jason Calacanis, he’s done a lot for the tech industry and is constantly encouraging emerging companies, technologies, ideas, etc. He’s at the forefront of todays tech industry.

Rather than a big repost of his tweets, all of which you can read here, I’m just going to pull out a couple of my favourites…

❝ The price will be 599, 699 and 799 depending on size and memory in apple tablet. Also, wireless keyboard + monitor connection for tv ❞

 

❝ Apple tablet’s 2 cameras is sick feature for video conferencing: u shoot what’s in front of you + yourself. Augmented video conferncing!. ❞

 

❝ Apple tablet games are sick. Basically nintendo wii-level innovation. Custom farmville app is insane. Mark pincus is demoing with steve tmmr ❞

Those are some very big tips / leaks right there, I only hope that this is for real and not a press grab. Well I guess we don’t have too much longer to wait till the big press conference Apple is doing tonight / tomorrow (depending where you live).

Apart from the iTablet I’d also like to see Aperture 3, iLife 10, iPhone OS 4, and something Apple TV related.

★ Making moves, some time soon

Recently I picked up a Panasonic GF1 as a ‘travel camera’ as I’d had some dramas with my Canon G9 that weren’t going to be cheap to fix. This was my first experience with the micro four thirds format, and also with a Panasonic camera, and I must say I’m completely and utterly besotted with it.

Apart from the size and ease of use, one of the main reasons I’m loving the GF1 is that I have full manual control over it and the ability to switch out lenses without having to lug an SLR around with me. Another thing I like about the camera is that the form factor feels a bit like a rangefinder in your hand, specially if you’re a manual focus fan like me.

Ok, so bearing all that in mind I’ve decided I’m selling off my Canon EOS 7D, all my lenses, flashes, bags, assorted other accessories. Yep, you read that correctly. It’s all going, going, gone!

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★ Making moves, some time soon

Recently I picked up a Panasonic GF1 as a ‘travel camera’ as I’d had some dramas with my Canon G9 that weren’t going to be cheap to fix. This was my first experience with the micro four thirds format, and also with a Panasonic camera, and I must say I’m completely and utterly besotted with it.

Apart from the size and ease of use, one of the main reasons I’m loving the GF1 is that I have full manual control over it and the ability to switch out lenses without having to lug an SLR around with me. Another thing I like about the camera is that the form factor feels a bit like a rangefinder in your hand, specially if you’re a manual focus fan like me.

Ok, so bearing all that in mind I’ve decided I’m selling off my Canon EOS 7D, all my lenses, flashes, bags, assorted other accessories. Yep, you read that correctly. It’s all going, going, gone!

Continue reading

★ Why We Should Boycott ComScore

Comscore is the technology industry’s biggest bully, and today I’m calling for an industry-wide boycott of their services.

I’m asking journalist and bloggers to stop covering their stats, I’m asking advertisers to not use their services, and finally, I’m asking startup companies to not support their new and widely reported on “$10,000 to get your stats correct” extortion ring.

If I was a stock trader I would short the stock–but I’m not–so I won’t (I keep my money in bonds and angel investments for the record). Also, if you own Comscore shares, I’m not going to tell you that you should sell them, but if I were an analyst–and I’m not–I would probably tell folks to sell every share they had, and as quickly as possible.

Additionally, I’m asking Comscore to drop their “pay for correct stats” model in the next ten days.

Let’s get into why.

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★ Why We Should Boycott ComScore

Comscore is the technology industry’s biggest bully, and today I’m calling for an industry-wide boycott of their services.

I’m asking journalist and bloggers to stop covering their stats, I’m asking advertisers to not use their services, and finally, I’m asking startup companies to not support their new and widely reported on “$10,000 to get your stats correct” extortion ring.

If I was a stock trader I would short the stock–but I’m not–so I won’t (I keep my money in bonds and angel investments for the record). Also, if you own Comscore shares, I’m not going to tell you that you should sell them, but if I were an analyst–and I’m not–I would probably tell folks to sell every share they had, and as quickly as possible.

Additionally, I’m asking Comscore to drop their “pay for correct stats” model in the next ten days.

Let’s get into why.

Continue reading

★ Day 34

Project 365, Day 34

34 / 365 – My kids.

Cath’s out tonight for one of her girlfriends ‘Hen’s Show’ so I’m baby sitting. It’s a pretty easy job when Travis is behaving like this..haha

★ Day 34

Project 365, Day 34

34 / 365 – My kids.

Cath’s out tonight for one of her girlfriends ‘Hen’s Show’ so I’m baby sitting. It’s a pretty easy job when Travis is behaving like this..haha