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Someone once said that the biggest problem with cigarettes is that they donít kill quickly enough. Thereís probably some truth to that. After all, if people were shown to develop cancer or some other terminal malady after only a dozen or so puffs, theyíd be immediately outlawed. Since the product takes years or even decades to actually kill someone, it is allowed to thrive and continues to be sold.
The lesson here is that time makes all the difference.
My father served with the United States Navy during the Korean conflict. He was assigned to a Destroyer. Story telling has never been something he shied away from but oddly enough he doesnít tell too many tales about those days. One of the phrases I learned from him, which survives to this day,
Iím not one to concern myself with superstition, but that fabled Chinese curse about living in interesting times is one Iíd prefer to avoid. The past couple of weeks have certainly been interesting. Of course, those IT types who are having to wage war with any of the several viruses...um, virii....er....Iíll have to look that up sometime....know just how interesting such a career can be.
If youíre sick and tired of hearing about the latest spate of sickening violations of Microslothís lame attempt at system security, well, read on anyway.
I rejoiced last week when I read a number of news pieces regarding the seeming defeat of UCITA. Frankly I intended to turn in a very passionate and long-winded oratory on why this is a good thing.
Maybe Iíll do that next week.
So there are a few very lame groups who donít want to sell their music on Appleís iTunes music store. Too bad, so sad, I say. Metallica and the Red Hot Chilé Peppers arenít bucking the evil trend. They ARE the evil trend. I understand true artists wanting to maintain the integrity of the work they turn out. I have no problem with them wanting their audience to experience the whole product in its entirety. And, Iím the first to admit that Iím a fan of neither of those groups so Iím at something of a disadvantage when it comes to critiquing their work.
The current incarnation of the MacOS is far and away the best user experience there is when it comes to desktop computing. At least, thatís my not so humble opinion. Thatís a far cry from saying that its perfect, which it isnít. Its certainly elegant, which has always been my favorite way of describing it. For whatever reason, there have been some oversights which I would never have expected to pass muster in Appleís testing groups.
Sometimes we Mac users are every bit as bad as windows users, in our own way. We donít hesitate to point out that if they only knew better, they would certainly Switch. But they donít know better. Sometimes, we donít either.
I confess, I very often donít speak from experience. Some things Iíve read about, some Iíve heard about second hand, and others Iíve seen. Thatís not to say I donít ever get my hands dirty. I do. In fact I have a peecee that I used on a daily basis. I just donít use it very much.
Who are you friends with? Who do you associate with? What kind of people are they and what would you do for them? In all likelihood they are people who are very much like you. They have the same, or at the very least similar, interests. In all probability they are denizens of the same social class as you are. After all, if youíre rich you probably gravitate toward other well-to-do folks who occupy the same level of the social strata as you do. You donít often have a lot to do with people who are very far beneath your status, any more than folks who are positioned above you in the societal food chain will choose to associate with you.
I do so enjoy an iSteven performance. His keynotes are the stuff on-stage legends are made of. Its clear that he enjoys putting on his dog and pony show just as much as we enjoy taking it in. He is so in his element up there, trotting out the latest and greatest of Appleís offerings.
Of course, one canít comment on the fine job he does without touching on the famed Jobs Reality Distortion Field. Just now I expect a number of telecommunications executives are wishing that the iSteve had kept his new reality to himself.