Showing posts from June, 2011

Apple products are for people who like to play it safe

  In the tablet/smartphone space I’ve generally been of the opinion that the number of apps is a bogus metric.  I can’t possibly use more than a handful, and generally the most often used ones, email, calendar, etc. they all have.  But I recently I read the post-counter-post by David and Jason of 37Signals which opened my eyes. The following excerpt sums it all up: Now you could argue that they could do all these things if the platform only had 50,000, 10,000, 5,000 apps. And maybe they could. You could do a lot on your Mac in the 90s, but a shitload of people bought Windows machines instead because there was more software available on Windows. They wanted to know that if they walked into the computer store, just about anything they bought would work on their Windows machine. Rational or not, people buy into safety. That’s why 200,000 apps matter. It’s the safety of knowing whatever app you might eventually want will be available to you, even if you never buy it.  That’s what ma

RIF Notes #6

A little lite on links but I make up for it on quotes on this post, a few inspired during my recent vacation. “When we consider a project, we really study it--not just the surface idea, but everything about it. And when we go into that new project, we believe in it all the way. We have confidence in our ability to do it right. And we work hard to do the best possible job” – Walt Disney “We are not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take my chances with the public” – Walt Disney “On the other hand, when you do your work on someone else's schedule, your productivity plummets, because you are responding to the urgent, not the important, and your rhythm is shot.” – Seth Godin Windows 8 Is Gorgeous, But Is It More Than Just A Shell? – For anyone who hasn’t seen windows 8 yet, this is a nice short demo. Shows Windows 8 sporting a Windows Phone like Metro touch interface, as well as the ability to run on tablets. Demystifying Entity Framework Strategies: Loading Related Data

Lack of communication, back off

Over the past couple of years I’ve acquired a number of different devices, each with its strengths and weaknesses. Each of them had or has a certain gadgety coolness factor, but each is more remarkable for its incompleteness and lack of interoperability with the others, which is how I ended up with a so many of them. Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-Ray I forget which device came first but I’ll start with the Blu-Ray player.  I have the Samsung BD-P1500, which was one of the early models that played DVD, Blu-Ray and also offered Netflix and Pandora.  This was a pretty good start on integration, getting Netflix streaming without needing another device is ideal.  The only real complaint is that it doesn’t allow you to search for movies from the Blu-Ray interface, you have to queue them up using the website. Directv HR24 But what about all my music, videos and pictures on my PC can I access those from by TV?  Not with my Blu-Ray player, but the Directv HR24 HD DVR is capable of streaming music, v