AMITIAE - Monday 5 March 2012
Cassandra - Monday Review - It Will Soon be Friday
By Graham K. Rogers
Opening Gambit:Stories surrounding the expected release announcement of the iPad 3 later this week. Dust thrown in the air by Microsoft (you would think they might learn). Other realistic rumours. 25 billion apps: some of the top downloads. App reviews and app problems. Syncing the Mac and the iOS devices: fine in the office; still not working at home. USAF will order 18,000 iPads (with a $40 discount for each). Apple's job creations: not enough transparency for some with a rant on word use from Myslewski. Blackberry success. Ivy Bridge coming sooner than was stated; and so might iOS 6.
eXtensions DelaysI woke early Monday morning to find no email from my usual accounts and thought that Apple's Mail was having a bad start to the day. After a couple of attempts, I tried to access the eXtensions site itself. That was offline. Definitely not a good start to the week. When I found that the hosting service was also offline, I knew there was a problem. If you are reading this, the problem has been solved. . . .
Apple StuffWith the iPad 3 about to be announced, the rumour mill is at work. I wrote something myself at the weekend keeping as close as possible to facts rather than speculating wildly. Of course we will not know until Tim or Phil or Scott (or all three) step on the stage of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and show us the slides.
The site was getting ready at the weekend and some online sources had pics of the graphics put up at the Center. Rene Ritchie had a comment that had a picture of the placing of some of the graphics. More images are shown on an Electronista page. I also found some images in an item by Josh Lowensohn.
I think Apple -- you're right, you can download iOS 5 for iPhone 3G, and it won't be usable, but it's possible to install. . . . It's a great hardware sales tool as far as I can tell. Install this OS which makes your hardware unusably slow, so then you feel compelled to go back to the store and buy a new piece of hardware. . . .
That iteration of iOS was specifically not for the iPhone 3, although did run on the iPhone 3GS and not too badly. MDN's final paragraph is one of their gems: "What we have here is yet a another newly-minted Microsoft dumbass with his foot wedged firmly in his mouth; a standard Microsoft corporate yoga position perfected by their leader, Ballmer T. Clown" Which is where I came in.
On the other hand, Microsoft is not that brilliant. I know we express that in a number of ways on this site, but Andrew Orlowski on The Register in an extensive and lengthy article that is worth taking time over, has a strong article on what may be going on within Microsoft with Metro -- the phone version of Windows 8. It is not just the OS for the phones, but the politics within that are interesting here and may be causing a lot more burnout than is imagined as the Metro team are considered Untouchables. This was a criticism about Scott Forestall and his iOS team within Apple when some of the best OS X talent was redirected to the efforts being made for iPhone and iPad software. Do get on to page 2 of Orlowski's article as it gets rather funny, in a mouth-gaping way. People are expected to pay for being treated like this? Over here, over here: iPhones in this aisle. Sanity an option over here.
Another app I downloaded that linked a voice recording facility on the iPhone directly to the Mac, failed to work. When I investigated, the server software needed for the app was already installed, but the problem was the same that has kept the iPhone and iPad from syncing over wifi since I have been at this condo. When I looked further, a number of other apps that sync data between computer and iOS devices were also affected. It works at the office, but not at home. I phoned True on Sunday and got through quite quickly. Initially, the problem was a little complex for the technical person I spoked to. I made a second run with a slightly different explanation and more information: the penny dropped. However, the operator was not able to answer. He took some details and told me he was passing it up to the technical department. I hope they do not call when I am at work because that will be a waste of time.
Related to the logging is an appearance of references to iPads with High-resolution displays we are told by iPodNN, who also mention the iOS 6 logs.
Rik Myslwewski on the Register is having none of this and implies that perhaps Apple commissioned the research (no one is saying) and writes that "Such job-creation statistics are diaphonous at best." Diaphonous is not your usual everyday type of word that most people would grasp immediately. It was not in the dictionaries that come installed with the Mac, but online sources tell me that it means "such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through" or "delicately hazy". It seems Myslewski in his continuing campaigns against anything that Apple reports that may have a hint of goodness to it, is trying to use the word to imply a lack of clarity and deliberately obfuscating (see, we can all play the game) with such a word choice.
He was obviously having a bad dictionary day as he went off then about Apple using the word "innovation" which may be used a lot, but still carries a clear meaning. This may be why he then drags other companies into his rant -- IBM, HP Labs, Intel and the Consumer Electronics Association. Not done there he goes for Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum as well as a couple of other users. It was hard to remember at the end what he had been writing about. We suggest laying off late night snacks of blue cheese and red wine.
Half and HalfApple had another success in the apparently never ending patent sage with Samsung, we read on Foss Patents ,when the court in Mannheim threw out another Samsung lawsuit abut 3G and two of the slide-to-unlock cases.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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