October 7th, 2007
All the apple zealots go gaga over ithis ithat. When you read their blogs, they explain quite avuncularly that anyone who does not recognize in the beauty of apple does not have taste. This lack of reasoning is the true definition of fanaticism.
It seems that sometimes even seasoned bloggers lose the plot.
(i) For example, in this post, Joel Spolsky writes: “Ah, the way these five words (Designed by Apple in California) evoke a flurry of happy memories.” He proceeds to bash Microsoft’s line “Hello from Seattle”, likening it to Cobain. That is the best he has against Zune? I can see Joel filling out a music player survey, where on all the objective front he admits the iPod problems, but in the remarks section he writes “The iPod line evokes a flurry of happy memories.”
When Joel talks about happy apple memories, he certainly is not thinking about your cousin who got a shiny iMac, only to donate to the library 3 months later. (Except, that the library wouldn’t take any more macs.) He is also certainly not thinking about other iPod owners who can’t stand its strict police controls (or see my top 3 reasons why iPod sucks.)
(ii) Or as Carl Howe writes here: Why zune wont sell. He writes at the end “Full disclosure: the author owns Apple stock”. Since Carl has already confided that he stands to benefit if Zune fails, shouldn’t he also write in the “full disclosure” that: “Author has never seen or used a Zune”?
I am still waiting to meet an iMac/iPod owner who does not start his day with one hour of SeattleBashingYoga. There is a genocide in Sudan, a tropical storm over China (today), HIV is still growing, Iraq is still burning, and iPod owners are still going gaga over the fact that the iPod is sooo smooth that the fingers leave the prints the first time you use it. In turn, they prompt users who are OS neutral (like me) to respond to that.
August 3rd, 2007
It seems that it has become fashionable to call iPod fashionable.
Put another way:
It is cool to say iPod is cool.
I have had an iPod nano for almost a year now. The list of pains that I have suffered with it is long. Following 3 points stand out:
- It doesn’t have (or I have not figured out) the capability to delete songs. Dumb. Real, real dumb. If I put a bad song on my iPod, it stays on, until I venture into the basement, connect the iPod, start iTunes (I do NOT like doing this) and figure out iTunes. What really ends up happening is that I end up not using the iPod as much as I would like.
- It creates a fuss when I connect it to a different iTunes. I have upgraded my PC a couple of times. Each time, it creates a fuss, that now iPod is connected to a “different” iTunes. Who the banana cares? (It would be fine even if it wiped everything that came from old iTunes and loaded from new, as long as it does that automatically.)
- iTunes is really lousy software. It is a case in point on how to write non-responsive software. I am a software developer, and I like showing this to new guys in the team on what we do not want to write. (It is helpful in that aspect, so it is not like it doesn’t serve any purpose.) iPod only works with iTunes (Maybe not, but estoy no hacker.)
- I can’t charge it with a regular USB charger. I need to connect it to computer or to cradle (which I don’t have).
Ok, so I have 4 main gripes, not 3. Whatever.