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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

typhoonius Re:I hate electronics consumer culture (269 comments)

I bought my 160 GB iPod Classic six years ago, and yes, I'm quite pleased it's still going strong, despite being dropped who-knows-how-many times and spending most of its life in my cars (often in somewhat extreme temperatures for a consumer electronics device).

I much prefer it to an iPod Touch or iPhone for playing music because of the much larger capacity, the simple interface, great battery life (even after all this time), and the physical buttons that are easy to use while driving (I can skip, pause, or replay a song without taking my eyes off the road). I much prefer it to offerings from other manufacturers because it has a cleaner interface, syncs automatically with iTunes (all I have to do is plug it in every few weeks when it needs a charge), and use databases and metadata in an intelligent way. All the other players I've seen have busy, garish interfaces, have controls that may approach but can't match the elegance of the click wheel, and use the file system for both adding music from the computer and playing it from the device, which is far from ideal, even with a well organized collection.

Really, the only substantial ways Apple could have improved it would be to switch to flash memory (say 256 GB, for even better battery life, reliability, thinness, and probably most importantly, parts availability) and switch out the old dock connector for Lightning. It's remarkable that the iPod has fallen so far from prominence since the iPhone that it isn't worth updating it at all anymore.

Unfortunately, my iPod won't last forever; the hard drive or the battery will eventually give out. I'll do my best to find parts and keep it going, but it would be nice if there were something on the market I would consider for a replacement. From my perspective, there isn't; everything else falls short.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

typhoonius Re:Bad idea (252 comments)

I could see that. What I can't see in a million years is an OS X tablet, which is what an Apple version of the Surface Pro would be. It just doesn't make any sense with Apple's platform strategy.

Frankly, the only reason Microsoft takes this approach is because of the massive disparity between regular Windows apps and Metro apps. Being able to run the massive library of Windows applications is the primary thing that makes the devices useful. Apple has no such problem with iOS.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

typhoonius Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

I wear a watch every day as well, partly because it's a more convenient and graceful way to tell the time than pulling out my phone and partly, I suppose, as a bit of a quaint affectation.

However, a big part of it is also that a good-looking watch is fashionable and attractive. None of the current crop of smart watches are anything close to fashionable, and I was convinced Apple would be the company to bridge that crucial gap and create a smartwatch that people would wear even if it didn't do anything cool (something like this mock-up). I don't see the Apple Watch as being such a device. Maybe the whole concept is stillborn. Maybe it'll be an awkward stepping stone on the path to more wearable and increasingly intimate tech (like the Newton and Palm Pilot were indirect antecedents of the iPhone). Maybe this thing will defy my expectations and sell like crazy. Who knows? But I don't see myself wearing one (or any of its competitors).

about 4 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

typhoonius Re:iPod Classic (730 comments)

Just caught this bit on their Apple Watch overview page:

It's as integral to Apple Watch as the Click Wheel is to iPod. Or the mouse is to Mac.

Pretty funny when the majority of Macs are sold with trackpads and now all iPods are sold with touchscreens.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

typhoonius iPod Classic (730 comments)

One bum note is that they are no longer selling the iPod Classic as of today, quietly ending thirteen years of scroll-wheel iPods.

That's too bad, as it's a much better music player than the iTouch and the iPhone, with its larger storage capacity and controls with tactile feedback.

about 4 months ago
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

typhoonius Re:Form factor (97 comments)

I wear a wrist watch most of the time. I wear a belt loop watch when I think I might bang up a wrist watch.

Not that I think that form factor is going to light the world on fire, but I find them as convenient and accessible as a wrist watch, and they're not as unabashedly quaint as a pocket watch.

about 9 months ago
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MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

typhoonius Re:Improved tablets (643 comments)

Tablets existed LONG before Apple. They even ran Windows. Post-iPAD tablets are released all the time. You want rugged? Its there. You want built-in bar code scanners? There. Digitizers instead of touch? Yup, you can get them. Digitizers AND touch? EEE has one coming.

Win7 runs like a champ on them, especially if they are pen and not touch based. Touch works, but nevermind that touch-based PCs have been around for ages (HP sells a lot of them), not many app vendors actually try their apps on them. Complain to your app vendors if you don't like how their apps behave on them.

Problem: people didn't know how they wanted apps to behave on tablet form factors until Apple showed them.

And it's not that there's anything magical about Apple, it's that that they did the work of figuring out the best approaches for the form factor and working out all the details--work that anyone else could have done but that no one else actually did. Microsoft tried--admirably!--but stopped short, putting crutches on an interface designed for keyboards and traditional pointing devices.

Look, there's presumably some reason people want iPads but didn't want Windows XP Tablet Edition. It's not users' faults for failing to unlock the potential of the tablet form factor. It wasn't our job! Apple pulled some M. Night Shyamalan shit with the iPad; nobody thought of it themselves, but after it was revealed, it was obvious. Now everybody takes it for granted how obvious it is and comes up with really cynical reasons why nobody saw it before.

more than 3 years ago
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100% Libre, Trisquel 4.5 STS 'Slaine' Released

typhoonius Re:noun noun libre release noun (207 comments)

Aljaeguhn Tyabha is junk, it won't even play back my multiplexed Ogg Rectum streams.

more than 3 years ago
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A Virtualized Linux System For Windows

typhoonius Linux on Windows (280 comments)

Finally, the stability and security of Windows with the application availability of Linux.

more than 6 years ago

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