Christmas is Interesting







You have put on your feety pajamas
It's time for a long winter's nap
There's a knock on the door and a stranger is there
He wants you to sit on his lap
He takes your watch and he gives you a hairbrush
Your wife gets a wig on a chain
He says he can't stay
Cause he's got a long way to go
And it's starting to rain

Christmas is interesting
Like a knife in your heart
Christmas is interesting
How it tears you apart
Christmas is interesting
Like a stick in your eye
It's so freaking interesting
That it might make you cry

So you're an elf, but you'd rather be a dentist
Maybe you're a train with square wheels
Maybe you're a squirt gun that only shoots jam
Now you know how Jesus feels
He is riding a sleigh he calls Rosebud
His mansion is lonely and cold
He can't remember a pleasant December
When he wasn't tired and old

Christmas is interesting
Like a knife in your heart
Christmas is interesting
How it tears you apart
Christmas is interesting
Like a stick in your eye
It's so freaking interesting
That it might make you cry

So you're drunk and your name is Jimmy Stewart
You once had a wonderful life
Then you lost all your money, you cracked up your car
You yelled at your favorite wife
You go to bed and you wait for Jacob Marley
He comes to make you feel brave
But under his cloak he is nothing but smoke
And a finger that points at your grave

Christmas is interesting
Like a knife in your heart
Christmas is interesting
How it tears you apart
Christmas is interesting
Like a stick in your eye
It's so freaking interesting
That it might make you cry

Jonathan Coulton


On Netbooks and New Categories

Dave Winer, John Gruber and others are talking about Netbooks: Are they just cheap laptops or a new category of machine? I think what Dave is saying, what follow is my comment in his post, is that Netbooks are a Category, but is not a "new" one (just the name and the Net are). When I was a Math researcher my goal was to have one personal computer that I could transport from my home to my office with all my papers, emails, and so on, and I could connect to a Sun machine to do "serious" work. At that time serious work was something as simple as typesetting a paper, using TeX, that would take hours in a personal machine and minutes in the Sun (now, it takes seconds on a Netbook! ) I tried to do it with the Apple Duo 210 and 230 (sacrificing performance), but it really wasn't great until I got a Powerbook Titanium and Mac OS X (sacrificing size! ). Now, that goal is easy, and with the so called "cloud" computing I jump from machine to machine with ease, so I don't want one machine anymore. I use Linux (Ubuntu) on my office (is a laptop (a Dell XPS m1330, but I only move it during the weekends), a netbook for travel (an eee PC 901 with a 20GB SSD, also with Ubuntu), an old Tablet PC (a Gateway m250) with Vista as my media machine (hey, Media Center is great), and a MacBook Air... I don't know why I have the Air, lets call it a legacy computer in case I need Mac OS X for something, I do use it as my main podcasting machine, but I could use the Windows machine just the same I have not gotten around to do that yet. Was the Duo 210 a "netbook"? well, certainly not in price or in features (even the Net was a limited concept back then), but it can be called a precursor, together with the Vaio and similar machines (remember the Libreto? ). I think the category is not new, but it is a category and two things have happen lately: It has become accessible to a large number of people and we have a name that describes what we want it to do: Netbooks.


Beat it with a Sting!

Man, Guitar Hero: World Tour sucks ass on a stick! Not only the very first song you play is Living on a Prayer, but can anyone explain why we have to play Beat it? With Sting???????? This is NONSENSE!


The French act logically again

As usual, France is the first country to take the logical position that the exclusivity deal between Apple and Phone operators hurts the Mobile Market and the consumer. The French Competition Council has declared the deal against the rules saying that the deal "by nature introduces a new factor of rigidity in a sector that already lacks competition." That's exactly what I don't like about the iPhone, that and that Apple leaves money on the table by not selling an unlocked version and is not punished by it by the markets.


Apple Macworld Last Stand

In another move that shows how little Apple cares for the traditional Apple fan, Apple has announced that it will no longer participate in Macworld, even the next Macworld, Apple's last, will not count with Steve Jobs presence. Even Apple announcement makes it very clear. They do not need Macworld, they used it while they needed it, but for now on, they do not care about it anymore, you see, they are reaching people in different ways, the same ways Microsoft uses...


If Apple becomes Microsoft, is because how Apple users behave.

For many years I fought against Microsoft domination. A big part of that fight was calling incompetent any company that claimed that doing a software or a web page that work for the Macintosh was too much work. Now, I am finding more and more often the same attitude among Mac users. I still think it is wrong. Microsoft users are not guilty of Microsoft sins, in this case making a non standar complaint browsers. They are not dumb, because they don't know about Firefox. They are users, if they want to read your website, they deserve your best effort as a developer. If you can't do it, as, for example, I can't, then fine, but saying you won't do it... is just mediocrity. Beware the lollipop of mediocrity, lick it once and you'll suck forever.


Somebody is Lying

A few months ago we all heard Steve Jobs say that Apple had sold more phones than Blackberry. Of course, when you check the phrase you notice it lacks context, which type of phone?, which geography? The markets number are being manipulated left and right. The first clue of these manipulation is that they are now talking about "Smartphones". This is a no no when one talks about market share. You do not make artificial divisions of a market. People are not buying Smartphones, they are buying phones and some have more features than others. There isn't even a clear definition of Smartphones. The manipulation is made to be able to claim whatever you want: Apple is beating RIM, Apple has 16.6% of the "Smartphone" market, and Apple has 12.9% of the "Smartphone" market, behind RIM which we ignore how much it has, but it has grown tremendously. Sounds fishy? Welcome to the Smartphoney market. All those numbers are baloney and the presentation is designed to push Apple stock up and push RIM stock down. The reality is clear, Apple has almost no presence in the real market of Cell Phones. It has less than 0.04% of the real market, while RIM is the number 5 manufacturer with 2.01% and is poised to surpass Motorola. Look at that chart and ask yourself: Which stock should be increasing in price? The FTC should investigate this clear manipulation of the markets. (Read comments by Martin Hill).


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