Competing with Apple

From Mark Damon Hughes:

Competing with the iPhone: It’s got to be so annoying to compete with Apple, at anything really, because it’s not like they’re doing something fucking crazy. Everybody’s had these ideas before. The difference, and this is grim if you are a competitor, but the difference is that everyone else spends a lot of time (and often, money) determining why those things aren’t possible. And then it comes out, for real, only you didn’t make it. Some other guys did. And when you come out with what is (on paper) a better version of the same thing, maybe even multiple times over, it’s too late.

You made a “product” to compete with their “product,” tastefully arranging your regiment, only to discover that they hadn’t made a product at all – they made a narrative. A statement about how technology should interface with a life.

I’m not saying this to be mean, or get my kicks, or to engage in psychic vampirism. Competing with these fucking people must be a genuinely harrowing state of affairs.

That’s the thing. It’s not that Apple always creates better stuff by all definitions of “better”, is just that they seem to get the whole picture better.

Obama Keeps His Blackberry

From Slashdot:

Obama Keeps His Blackberry (And Gets a Sectera): InternetVoting writes “After all the controversy surrounding Obama’s Blackberry, word has come that he will get to keep it. Few details are available and neither the National Security Agency nor the White House are talking. The current rumor is that the Blackberry will be used exclusively for personal use and a Sectera Edge will be used for official communications.”

Of course he will. If the most powerful man on the planet can’t get his tech crew to figure out how to secure his phone, then we have some truly serious technological problems!

Now, if we could just get him an iPhone… he’d be truly happy!

What’s Up at MacWorld?

The clock is counting down to the keynote at [MacWorld Expo](, the last to be attended by [Apple]( The [Apple Store]( is offline and getting updated with new products. I wonder what’s going to end up there.

Personally, I’m hoping that there’s an iPhone software update to deal with a couple of the little problems that bug me.

Waiting with baited breath 🙂

Plans for 2009

It’s been an interesting couple of years for me. Starting 2 1/2 years ago, I decided that it was time for me to get in shape again. I started going to the gym at work, and have been going ever since. I’m actually in the best shape I’ve been in since probably high school, and weigh about what I did when I graduated from college.

Also, about 2 years ago, I took a big step towards living with less pain by having one of my knees replaced. That’s turned out beautifully, and far more mobile that I was and pain free. Before the surgery, I was having difficulty walking. Now I can comfortable walk 18 holes of golf without issue.

A year ago now I decided to make a fairly big change: I stopped drinking alcoholic beverages. I decided that I just really didn’t want that for myself anymore, and I didn’t have a drop for about 8 months, but over the holiday season, I partook of some while at parties or visiting people, what have you. I’ve come to a similar conclusion now after the holidays: alcohol doesn’t do anything for me anymore, so I’m done with it, hopefully for good.

So, what to do now to improve my general health and life that I’ve gotten in shape and given up on alcohol? Well, I think I’m going to make a concerted effort to get off the remaining medications that I’m on, and to no longer use any other supplements that aren’t directly related to good health. The only medication that I currently take is for gastro-esophogeal reflux disease, and I think I can get off that completely this year. The key, I think, will be to watch what I eat. Certain foods just don’t agree with my stomach, and although I like them, it’s really not worth it anymore (kind of like alcohol isn’t worth it for me either).

Also, I’d like to write more in here in my blog. I took the time over the holiday break to convert it to the [Typo]( engine, and I’m really happy with that decision. I can now edit the blog and make new entries from my [iPhone]( (the coolest gadget I’ve ever owned. So, given that I can now literally blog from anywhere, I’d like to do more to keep this site current.

In any case, those are my resolutions, or personal goals for the coming year. Wish me luck!