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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

typhoonius Re:Bad idea (250 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.

4 days 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 7 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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