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  • Has Apple Started The Mac's Decline? [View article]
    Macs sales are slowing because Apple is not offering products people want to buy. Just look at the last "upgrade" of the Mac-mini line. The new products are much less attractive than the old products.

    We use to buy mini-s regularly since they made nice hosts for running database and application servers for test and development. We don't any more because rather than moving the platform forward in terms of price/performance apple crippled it.

    Now we buy nice Ubuntu Linux boxes from Not as nice of a form factor as the mini, but close. Better configurability, less money and installing the software we use is actually much easier.

    The last apple hardware I bought was one of the new cylinder MacPros. It's a good machine, but Apple has done nothing with that product for 2 years now.
    Nov 10, 2015. 12:09 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Has Tim Cook Lost Focus? [View article]
    I think the author says something key and that is that Apple is not good at application software and it is application software that sells the platform. ITunes is kind of a mess. Mail is a mess, Calendar is weak. So there are many key components of the user experience that are dominated by weak Apple offerings. That dominance means the other more capable developers have a hard time providing improved experiences in these areas to the ultimate effect is a weakening of the platform.
    Nov 10, 2015. 11:41 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Mac Sales To Grow In Enterprise [View article]
    There is no advantage in an A9 based desktop. I would never buy one simply because you loose so much windows compatibility. Why would I want a machine that cuts me off from a huge segment of the computing world to save a very few dollars. Apple could build a reasonable enterprise machine, but it would more likely be in the mac-mini line and they have shown themselves unwilling to allow reasonable configurations at reasonable prices in that form factor. Enterprise will not be buying large numbers of iMacs. They are over priced and mostly unrepairable. Most apple software is also of poor quality. The OS since snow leopard has become less reliable, slower and bloated. An enterprise would be foolish to make themselves dependent on anything apple as Apple has shown a easy willingness to abandon customers and products on a whim. Apple could be successful in Enterprise but it would require a significant change in Apple culture which they have thus far been incapable of making.
    Oct 14, 2015. 12:56 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alcoa Inc. Plans To Split Into 2 Separate Companies [View article]
    Yes, but we are told over and over again that timing is a fools game ?
    Sep 28, 2015. 04:51 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Inventec Confirmed It Is Making The Xiaomi Linux Laptop [View article]
    I dont agree. I'd be interested in a Linux desktop/laptop. With both major OS vendors (Apple/MS) you are increasingly vulnerable to being captive to the direction they want to take their OS. You invest a lot of time and effort getting productive with an OS and it's UI. You come to depend on features and how things operate. Today, each release of OSX and Windows seems to gratuitously change UI, features and processes. With Linux you achieve some independence. The missing element thus far in Linux is a large, deep pocketed vendor who will stand behind and support a particular distribution. I'm not sure is Xiaomi is that vendor. I can't help but wonder what nefarious stuff might be installed by a chinese vendor.
    Sep 27, 2015. 10:59 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • All That Crap About Not Panicking? [View article]
    Sounds like a perpetual motion machine all based on a reasonable faith that nothing ever really changes...until it does change
    Jul 6, 2015. 03:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wind And Solar Will Soon Become The 'Least-Cost Option' [View article]
    The only people I know who installed solar, paid a lot and ended up getting only 50% of the power out of it they were told to expect. The solar cells themselves seem to be getting cheaper, but all of the surrounding electronics still seem expensive. And then there is the question of finding anyone who really understands the overall system at any depth beyond a recipe checklist. I suspect thats why my friends only see 50% of the power they expected. The installers have very little real knowledge.
    Jun 30, 2015. 05:55 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wind And Solar Will Soon Become The 'Least-Cost Option' [View article]
    "called for a tripling of public and private investments in new energy technologies in order to prevent catastrophic warming"

    If there is a climate catastrophe coming, it's already baked in so best get on with ADAPTING...rather than turning the world upside down pushing carbon level up or down by a few 10ths of 1 percent

    It may be a good idea to move to alternative energy sources if it does not make us all poorer. What matters to me is that it's cheap AND reliable.

    Policies based on idea that people in the emerging world will consent to stay poor or that people in the west will consent to become poor for the sake of the climate spring from utopian thinking that is also the wellspring of all sorts of historical justifications for mass murder.
    Jun 30, 2015. 05:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SCOTUS upholds Obamacare subsidies, healthcare stocks rally [View news story]
    If it's not clear already, it should be clear now. It does not matter what comes before the court, they will uphold Obamacare at all costs. Reading the dissent is informative as they explicitly state the ObamaCare at all costs reality. The unintended consequence of this is the growing awareness of the end of the rule of law in america. Since law depends on the meaning of words and word meaning can simply be changed to meet whatever the current circumstance requires. It's one more nail in the coffin of the legitimacy of the supreme court. It's all partisan now and intellectually dead from top to bottom.
    Jun 25, 2015. 02:42 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Friday's Sell-Off: Assessing The Damage And Opportunities [View article]
    Stocks fall...perhaps this suggests there is not much liquidity in the market ?
    Mar 7, 2015. 10:24 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Exxon Mobil: There Will Be Blood [View article]
    I trust XOM to spend their money more wisely and productively than the thief with a gun who proposes to steal it.
    Feb 1, 2015. 11:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Maybe You Should Be In 100% Cash [View article]
    A rational approach may be to increase savings, and reduce expense. If interest rates and ROI are low. If risks are high and unpredictable due to market distortions, it may make a great deal of sense to simply spend less, save more and consistently vote for deflationary policies. The one thing NOBODY can defend against is hyper-inflation. Everyone, except governments and debtors should do all that they can to encourage deflation
    Jan 13, 2015. 10:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Microsoft's Windows 10 Oust Google Or Apple? [View article]
    Maybe true, but Apple application software is truly horrible and the OS is a wasting asset as all the best engineers with any real interest in computing and or UNIX have left
    Dec 31, 2014. 10:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Microsoft's Windows 10 Oust Google Or Apple? [View article]
    Agreed, My hope is that Microsoft will simplify their absurd licensing structure: home, pro, enterprise...who can or wants to figure that out. What I've hear is that core OS is solid. It is definetly faster than Mac OS. What I want to see making the UNIX compatibility layer universal in all additions. But I'll believe it (and maybe try it) when I see it.
    Dec 31, 2014. 10:11 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2015 Will Be Apple's Year: Raising Price Target To $174 [View article]
    I guess the bet is all on iphone. The rest of the product line is suffering. They continue to dumb down Mac OS...remove features, go out of their way to break compatibility with the open source and linux world. They continue to believe that sacrificing a percentage of customers here and a percentage there who are not their "mainstream" customers is clever and somehow leads to growth. I've been an apple customer since 1984, but I rarely if ever visit the apple store anymore. I used to never call support, but now I find with each new purchase and/or OS upgrade Im on the phone with support 3 or 4 times. The last machine I bought was a Ubuntu box from System 76. About the same cost as a mac mini, but 2x the performance. Installation Postgres, Java and other apps much easier than the hoops apple imposes. The facts seem to be that apple is losing engineering talent very quickly. Across the board, apple applications are second rate. The OS is in maintenance mode as it seems that folks with really deep UNIX knowledge and passion have left. Like ever great ship, momentum will carry the profits and cashflow forward. But I limit my bets on apple
    Dec 31, 2014. 10:02 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment