Tuesday, 22 January 2013

My wishlist 2013 - from Apple

Please be AMAZING again, that's all I want from you. The price, the millimeters, the gigapixels and the market-share doesn't matter. You became just another '12.4% thinner, 9.1% lighter, 25% more megapixels' mobile-device maker. And in that league you are going to loose, even if we, who (used to?) love your products, have no idea where to turn next. After releasing the same phone three times it's high time to give us something new this year. Something new and amazing.

I don't have a MacBook yet, but after reading that even your ex-employees are 'struggling to accept the junk Apple keeps adding to OS X' and 'trying to keep the faith' I am not sure anymore that I want one. But I also don't think that the gap shrinking between you and your competition is that bad as Cringely says. Those who appreciate the real quality won't buy some plastic replica just because it's cheaper.

My Nexus 4 has been shipped one hour ago. Somewhere deep in my heart mind I still hope that it's going to be just a temporary change for me.


Sunday, 20 January 2013

A must read if you have a gym membership

Thank you Scott for drawing my attention to this. I've been visiting the gym for more than 20 years and that is long enough time to develop the sixth sense to smell when a sport advice stinks. Also enough time to learn that there is something fundamentally wrong with the 'traditional' weight training practices. It's a long article but it spares hundreds of wasted gym hours for the reader. Only one comment from me: do add some cardio. As much as 30 minutes jogging twice a week is enough. And it's fine to do it on the treadmill whilst watching TV - don't push it hard, you are pushing it enough if you do what you learn from the article. Cardio is for you resting days.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Times are changing

Not that long time ago, in the high-school, I used to borrow CDs and copy the tracks I liked the most to audio tapes. Some years later the more wealthy guys had CD writers in their PCs. Some more years passed and this week HMV went into administration. I can't name any other store on the high street you could buy CDs in. But why would you do that anyway? For the price of one CD you can have all the music of the world on all your devices for a month. I opened the CD tray of my Denon only once, just to see if the cup holder is in place.

Some more years ago, in the prep school, I had one of these:

It froze only once; in a very cold Winter in the Ukraine at about -30 degrees Celsius. After warming up it was back to life. Back to the future, and some days ago I updated the software of my watch. Wirelessly!

It's a wonderful watch, I am not complaining. I am not sure if I could remember how to put one leg in front of the other when I run if I didn't have this on my wrist. But since the update it freezes on a daily basis. I'm going to downgrade it. I hope it's doable with no jailbreak or root access to the OS it runs.

Times are changin'.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

My wishlist for 2013 - from Microsoft

First of all sort this mess out please. I am asking you as a developer.

Then this other one: There is no reason to differentiate smartphones from tablets. Especially today when all the high-end phones come with Full HD resolution and ~5" display and the most successful tablets with size ~7". They should run the same OS and the same applications from the same appmarket.

And give me a reason to buy a Windows Phone by the end of this year. Beginning of 2011 I was considering to buy one by the end of that year. But there was no reason to do so. Then I planned it again in 2012 but you decided to purge everything and start again from scratch. If you are lucky and Apple stays hibernated for another year then you can win me and probably some more users. Just give a good reason other than you have phones in magenta and other colors that no man can name. Oh, and leave the league of  "Other" where currently your mobiles are listed in the recent statistics. Chicken and egg problem I know :)

This is a good start. Albeit it's not your merit but the sleeping Apple's fault. I remember there was time when people queued for Windows 95 and I believe some did also for XBox and recently for Surface. But the man-months spent in Microsoft queues is far less than those spent in Apple queues. If you really want to be cool, be determined and try harder.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Best of 2012 - the best talks

Let's start with my personal hero: Scott Hanselman. Scott has many amazing tech presentations. In fact all of his presentations are amazing. But my favorite one in 2012 was not technical.

Nicole Sullivan is also a geek, probably more famous from her CSS presentations. But the 2012 favourite is again a non-techie talk.

By Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life. Catchy voice, and it is just funny what topics he addresses whilst he teaches you how to create balloon animals for children.
Balloon Animals: A Video Tutorial by Ira Glass

And of course can't miss TED from a 'best talks' list. I admit I didn't watch many of them this year, but here is one of my favourites from Seth Goddin.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Best of 2012 - the best adverts

Not many people achieved what he did. I am going to read that book.

I use Chrome exclusively for ages now, but this ad almost made me join twitter to follow Lady Gaga :)

Simply amazing.

Monday, 7 January 2013

My wishlist for 2013 - from Google

Microsoft and Apple are working on platform unification. With more or less success. Google did the job in the mobile-tablet world. But in my opinion Android is the best candidate to become the real three-screen unified platform. Given that a Chrome OS notebook is the best selling laptop on Amazon they might not feel the urgency for this. The problem is that if others do it first that is just not the same. It won't ever meet the popularity and user expectations that a Google release could. So, dear Google, make 2014 the year of desktop Linux please ;)

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

No resolutions

Do not make New Year's resolutions. Resolutions set limits. Resolutions blind you from seeing new opportunities. Resolutions demotivate you when you miss them. Resolutions don't let you evolve. Resolutions don't let you diverge.
Simply get better every day. Just do it.