iPod's success

Some dude goes off about “Why Microsoft can’t compete with iTunes”:http://www.roughlydrafted.com/RD/Q4.06/F6DC3D84-5B4D-43D4-B9ED-1F2033A895DA.html. I think he’s taking something simple and trying to make it into some grandiose statement about Apple vs. MS. The success of the iPod is actually not too difficult to understand. Apple simply had the best software + hardware combo, and the best marketing. […]

That sounds about right

A study says that most iPod users “don’t buy from the iTunes store”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5350258.stm. Surprise surprise. In the 1.5 years of owning an iPod, I’ve bought maybe 20 tracks. Anything I really care about, I buy the CD and rip it. This gives me higher quality rips, and the freedom from DRM, while only paying slightly […]

Apple Announcements

As anyone who cares about Apple stuff probably already knows, Apple “announced some new stuff”:http://www.macworld.com/news/2006/09/12/showtime/index.php today. Lots of “meh” items, but a few noteworthy ones. * iTunes videos are now 640×480. That’s pretty good, almost DVD. Makes the value proposition much better, and the quality will be very comparable with torrent-able HDTV recordings. Where is […]


Sometimes people make really annoying posts “like this”:http://www.tuaw.com/2006/09/08/the-little-things-anti-aliased-fonts-help-mac-os-x-shine/. As the author was clearly corrected, XP does support anti-aliased fonts. And even his screenshot is a poor example, because the title bar of the shown window has anti-aliased text. Without ClearType turned on, XP doesn’t anti-alias your font until it hits a certain size. If he’d […]

The real problem

Here’s the “real problem”:http://www.geekpatrol.ca/blog/138/. I probably would have been a lot happier if the G4 powerbook just had a real CPU. As it is, the G4 is probably slower in some ways than my P4 1.8ghz (which has access to faster memory). I have this bad history of switching from desktops to notebooks of roughly […]

Cost and Worth

When I ask myself, “Is this item worth the price?” how am I supposed to answer that question? An even harder question: “Will this item be worth the price in the future?” or “How will I feel about this purchase after I’ve made it?” I can’t decide on how to decide whether a MacPro is […]