My Appleless Future

Last week I brought my broken MacBook Air to a Genius. The hinge had broken, this is a common problem as reported by by engadget. I got a chance to see what Apple's policy really is. They know it is a problem, but will repair it under Apple Care only if the machine looks pristine. A single scratch or a mark may make it impossible for the Genius to help you. End result? I've been traveling all over the US with a broken machine. I've had conversations with at least three people that were thinking of buying a Mac laptop and I've told them don't do it unless you have to.

I've bought 25 Macs in my life. Used to be I bought a Mac pretty much every year for a member of my family. The last Mac I bought was this Air a year and a half ago. My wife got her job to buy her a MacBook Pro 15' and I may get my job to get me a 13'. I will also attempt to hackintosh a Dell. From a loving relation with Apple I am now in a confrontational one. They'll win but they will not get my money as much as they used to. I will still use their products, because I have them, but I will think very hard about alternatives when I need to replace them. The hardest thing to replace is the iPods. I don't know of any other Mp3 player that works like the iPod with podcasts and with Linux. I may end up getting a Pre if they go GSM at some point unless Microsoft, makes the Zune Mac OS X and Linux compatible!).

I will use my broken MacBook Air for traveling a 2000$ machine is now worthless except as advertisement against Apple.


An Epiphany about Piracy

Today I had an epiphany about piracy. I've always said that piracy in the sense of copyright infringement, is always discussed in terms of moral and laws, when it is really an economic issue. Someone asks me why it was discussed in terms of moral and laws and I started thinking: "Who Wins?". Who wins with RIIA lawsuits, who wins with having pirate CDs sell for a pittance in China and all over the third world? It sounded like I was heading to a complicated argument when it hit me: The enternteinment companies win. First, they make money from first world people to maintain their businesses, then they give their product away to the people that have no means and that way they avoid something they are really afraid of: Competition. By giving away their product for free or cheap, they are impeding the creation of companies that do the same for less than they do. If the logical, economics thing, prices would have gone down and competition would have increased. Creating the possibility in the future that foreign enternteinment companies making money in the first world.

Now, before I star to get nonsense comments, let me be clear. No, I do not think this is planned. This is what happens naturally. People do what is better for them, what makes them progress and survive. They do not need to reason it out or understanding. Economic laws work like physical laws, they don't care if the subject understand them, they are just laws. This is also the reason enternteinment companies have gotten in bed with media and news media companies. Because that way they get protection for their stupid racket.


Yep, Nokia is doomed

Yesterday, news circulated that Nokia would make an Android phone, my heart fluttered with excitement. I love my G1, but the hardware is lacking in a way that Nokia has never been, since my accidental falling in love with the N-Gage. I bought that N-Gage in an emergency when my Visor Phone broke entering a mall. The N-Gage was the only GSM phone that was unlocked. I thought I would get another phone and sell the N-Gage, but I liked it way too much for that. Since then I almost owned a 6600 (My wife kept it after using it for a couple of weeks), a 7610, N80, N710, N800, N95, N82, loved them all. Unfortunately, Nokia denied the rumor of Android, and with that Nokia is indeed doomed. They are travelling the road that Motorola traveled. After making a ton of different phones, having smashing success, they no longer have innovation in their blood. Furthermore, they have so many people set in their ways that I see little chance of change until they get to the desperate stage. As Sun and Palm show, at that stage change is very hard to do well. I really think Nokia could have made it and I am really sad they won't.


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