Friday, April 20, 2007

Apple's Greatest Marketing Coup for 2007

iPhone? Apple TV? Those wacky TV commercials? 80GB video iPod?
Nope. How about Windows Vista. Now I know I am a bit late to get on the Vista bashing bandwagon but yesterday was the first time I have had a chance to work with Vista.
I was setting up a new notebook system for one of our field reps. Two words come to mind: Slow and annoying. It seems that the folks up in Redmond thought that the best way to plug the gaping security flaws with XP was to prompt the user for confirmation each and every time they actually try to use any application. And plugging in external memory? Fine as long as you can wait 5-6 minutes while Vista figures out what is going on.
Is it prettier than XP? Yes. I think I have finally been pushed to make the permanent move to a Mac.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Next Stop: Tralfamadore

In all of the news reports of the death of Kurt Vonnegut I have not seen his best three novels mentioned: Bluebeard, Galapagos and Breakfast of Champions.

While his writing was vastly different than the usual pantheon of mid 20th century American authors (Hemingway, Miller, Fitzgerald etc.) Vonnegut still conjured the lost, lonely experience of a populace thrust into two World Wars and the Great Depression followed by the giddy post war years.

Monday, April 02, 2007

iTunes and EMI - Downloads without DRM

Rumors had been floating around for the past month or so that EMI would make the move and sell their catalog without any DRM system. As the owner of the Beatles catalog this was especially exciting as to date no Beatles tracks have been legally downloadable.
Apple and EMI announced today that the iTunes music site will now carry the full EMI catalog, with the sad exception of the Beatles, without any DRM attached. This only makes sense as the major labels have no problem selling physical CDs which don't have any DRM!

Additional details are HERE.