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March 30, 2011

Who gave you permission to do this?

Filed under: Photoshop Woes — admin @ 2:52 pm

A dialog box telling me Photoshop is using my external HD. Without asking. Tsk tsk, Photoshop.

Dear Photoshop,

When I plug in an external hard drive — one with lots of precious data & backups – please do not assume you can just use it for your own purposes. Ask me first.


What do you expect from a ‘head of marketing’?

Filed under: Android,Apple,Microsoft — admin @ 9:28 am

Andy Lark, Dell’s global head of marketing, gives his interesting — if predictable — take on the iPad & the tablet landscape. There’s lots to enjoy here.

“I couldn’t be happier that Apple has created a market and built up enthusiasm but longer term, open, capable and affordable will win, not closed, high price and proprietary.”

Open, capable & affordable will win, you say?

Open: as in Honeycomb? The OS that Google have admitted they rushed to market, making design tradeoffs along the way? The one that’s definitely not ‘open’?

Capable, as in ‘includes Flash’? Yeah. That sounds like an awesome experience.

Affordable — as in the Motorola Xoom? The cheapest Xoom costs $599. The cheapest iPad costs $499.

“An iPad with a keyboard, a mouse and a case [means] you’ll be at $1500 or $1600; that’s double of what you’re paying […] That’s not feasible.”

Someone get Mr Lark a new calculator. And, whilst you’re at it, tell him that you can’t use a mouse with an iPad. Aside from it adding to the cost, it, uh, won’t work.

“…Our strategy is multi-OS […] We will do Windows 7 coupled with Android Honeycomb, and we’re really excited. We think that giving people that choice is very important.”

“We don’t really know which will sell more — Windows or Android. So we’re offering both. The more OS variations you offer consumers, the better. Look at Windows 7!”

Time to shut Apple down and give the money back to the shareholders. Definitely.

March 29, 2011

IDC predicts Windows Phone will top Apple’s iOS in market share by 2015

Filed under: Android,Apple,Microsoft,Mobile — admin @ 3:17 pm


A new forecast of the global smartphone platform market from research firm IDC has predicted that Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform will see a resurgence in the next four years, overtaking Apple’s iOS platform which powers the iPhone.

And the iPad. And iPod Touch.

Operating systems are not a good metric by which to measure smartphone marketshare.


Filed under: Design,Mobile — admin @ 12:50 pm

Josh Clark, on mobile apps vs HTML5 web apps:

Fact is, we all use both. According to Comscore, 37 percent of mobile users browse the web, and 35 percent use downloaded apps. Presumably those are basically the same people, since about 35 percent of mobile users have smartphones. So it’s not that one is winning over the other in terms of usage; we use both.

This is basically what I’ve been meaning to write for weeks (lesson learned; get off one’s arse sooner). There’s been too much hyperbole recently about native vs web and precious little about appropriate, technology-agnostic solutions.

March 10, 2011

Attention to Detail

Filed under: Apple,Design,Experiential — admin @ 9:35 am

The iPad guided tour videos on Apple’s website are great. Notice that the clock on the iPad shows 9.41am in every single video.

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