Archive for January 15, 2008

The Pursuit Of Things

January 15, 2008

Rust Belt cities see rise in drugs

“People were not going to accept not having a good lifestyle, so if they had to sell drugs, they sell drugs, if they have to sell their bodies, they sell their bodies, yes,” said Timothy Hollins, who was one of the first to be laid off from the steel mill and has spent much of the past 25 years drunk or high on crack.

Emphasis added by me.

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The only thing in this picture of any value is the human being.

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my labor,
and this was the reward for all my toil.

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 2:10-11; Today’s NIV

Steve Jobs Will Be Paying Many Assassins

January 15, 2008

I’m not the only one not swayed by the Macbook Air.

CrunchGear — which I once went aftergets it in one:

There’s no doubt in my mind that a lot of people will buy this laptop, but its capabilities are really more in line with the Eee PC than a MacBook, and the Eee costs thousands less and actually is ultraportable.

Sorry, Apple. But I still have my heart set on this:

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Yeah, it’s not pretty or sexy or metal. But it has more ports, less weight, and that price can’t be beat (at least not by you!).

Does Borders Know The Sony Reader Exists?

January 15, 2008

Borders readies to take over Web site

For instance, on the beta, or test version of the site that Borders launched late last year, it has developed a “magic shelf,” which is a virtual bookcase that displays recommended books, movies and music.

While shoppers cannot yet buy items on the beta site, Ertell said one function that was very popular with users this past holiday season was the ability to check to see if an item shown online was in stock at a local store.

If it was, customers could then reserve the item online and pick it up at their nearest store.

Ertell said Borders hopes customers will then spend more money in stores when they pick their reserved books.

Emphasis added by me.

No mention of ebooks or the Sony Reader in this story. Given the strategy summarized in the last line above, it sounds like they’d hate ebooks.

But they’re thinking about offering MP3 downloads!

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Does this object look at all familiar, Borders? Hello, McFly?!!?

Subprime Nation

January 15, 2008

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I wish I had coined that. Pat Buchanan did:

Subprime Nation

We borrow from the nations we defend so that we may continue to defend them. To question this is an unpardonable heresy called “isolationism.”

And the chickens of globalism are coming home to roost.

We let Europe to get away with imposing value-added taxes averaging 15 percent on our exports to them, while they rebate that value-added tax on their exports to us. Thus, the euro has almost doubled in value against the dollar in the Bush years, as NATO Europe begins to bail out on Iraq and Afghanistan.

We sat still as Japan protected her markets and dumped high quality goods into ours and China undervalued its currency to suck jobs, technology and factories out of the United States. Now, China and Japan have $2 trillion in cash reserves. The Arabs have an equal amount of petrodollars. Both are headed here to spend their depreciating dollars snapping up U.S. assets – banks, ports, highways, defense contractors.

America, to pay her bills, has begun to sell herself to the world.

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If I ever hear that Buchanan is permanently leaving the country, then I know C.O.A.T. is impending — if not already happening.

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Let’s See How MacWorld Went, Shall We?

January 15, 2008

Going over what I wrote before:

“No, no, no,” Steve Jobs said as he looked at his marketing team. “I’m not having these … boat anchors … distracting from the point of the show! They’re ready, so announce them now. Get them out of my way!”

The dialog is imaginary. But I don’t think the point can be missed.

Apple is clearing the decks to focus on portability.

2008 will be The Year Of Apple Everywhere.

This is what I expect, some of which has already been rumored:

1) Major iPhone OS Upgrade, constituting most, if not all, of the long-rumored Death Star Upgrade

2) iPhone storage capacity bump, possibly including a CPU speed bump


3) iPhone for 3G networks

4) The iPhone SDK — with demonstrations of finished applications that can be bought now

5) A portable wirelesss keyboard

6) The slim MacBook we’ve already seen in a leaked photo

7) Movie studios sign onto The iTunes Store for both rental and purchase, giving AppleTV a new push

And that very special One More Thing…

8) The death of the Mac Mini and in its place…

9) An Apple tablet, the Mac Mini II — but it will only be as a technology demonstration, with shipping still months away. Just like the original iPhone. And that wireless keyboard I expect will work with both the iPhone and Mac Mini II (and, if you must, any Mac).

Ah, well. Maybe there will be several Press Events later this year…

Steve Jobs Has An Assassin En Route To Me

January 15, 2008

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I might as well post it here too. A comment I made at JK on the Run about the new Macbook Air:

Sorry, I know this is heresy and I will hanged in effigy in Frisco tonight (they’ll also set the effigy on fire for some warmth!), but the Air doesn’t excite me like the Everex Cloudbook or even Asus EeePC do. Three frikkin pounds is NOT light to me!

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Snap! Jobs has sent Desi Arnaz Jr to kill me! Ne needs the money!