OMG the iPhone sucks already

I don't know what's wrong with analysts and media alike... what are they trying to do? Make grown Mac Marines cry? If so, it's working, courtesy of a massive pre-launch iPhone backlash. From what I can tell, nobody's tried it yet, but even so, nobody likes it

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OMG the iPhone sucks already

I don’t know what’s wrong with analysts and media alike... what are they trying to do? Make grown Mac Marines cry? If so, it’s working, courtesy of a massive pre-launch iPhone backlash. From what I can tell, nobody’s tried it yet, but even so, nobody likes it.

The iPhone sucks because:

  • It’s too expensive
  • It’s tied up with a single provider
  • It has no 3G, only lame GPRS/EDGE
  • Steve Jobs doesn’t want third party developers for it
  • The touchscreen is nasty
  • The Wifi radio will eat battery
  • It’s no good for business users
  • It’s tied up with iTunes
  • It doesn’t do PXTs/MMS
  • It doesn’t have Instant Messaging support
  • Apple didn’t include GPS
  • It’s from Apple

Thing is though, the iPhone doesn’t suck because:

  • It’s from Apple

Basically, Jobs could’ve glued a handle and walkie-talkie onto old iMacs and called them iPhones, and they’d still sell in droves. The most important things for any Apple users are that their gear is Anti-Microsoft (i.e. Apple) and that they’re “compatible” (i.e. Work with Apple only). Seriously, I’m not making this up. I should set up a business recycling old Macs for that purpose, actually.

Mobile devices are over-hyped anyway. Apart from being expensive, they have small screens, cost a lot to use and most apart from the iPhone use 3G cellular broadband, which will never be anywhere near good as an average-quality fixed connection. It’s not that 3G couldn’t be, but it’s actually too expensive for mobile providers to make it any better than it is currently, so it’ll remain a jazzed-up dial-up modem until something drastic happens technology-wise.

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GeekMeetsGood

If you’re a tech journo, you need to go to conferences and events, as that’s where many stories come from. You meet the people behind the products, and sometimes actually see the products too, which is nice.

However, I’m always struck by the difference between meets organised professionally and the ones held by those who work with the stuff and know about it. In the former case, you need to approach with bullshit filters turned up to eleven as you’re assailed by PR trolls and salesdroids straight off the bat. These highly media-trained people fill their trousers in fear if you approach a techie to get a better understanding of whatever it is you need to write about. In other words, it can be quite difficult to come out of such events with anything useful to write about.

This contrasts with geek organised meetings where you’re expected to take part and share information with others — the latter part can be daunting as you will be challenged, and expected to contribute. You can probably guess which type of events I find the most inspiring and fruitful.

Anyway, this is a small plug for SuperHappyDevHouse in Wellington, brainchild of Brenda Wallace of CatalystIT, and with the help of Penny Leach (also Catalyst) and Darryl Burling (Microsoft) plus Geekzone’s Mauricio Freitas.

Here’s what Brenda says about it:

“I wanted an event that would get people who don't currently work on open source, but want to, to come along and just do it.

After talking to Darryl I realised this goes the other way too. Those working on proprietary technologies (such as the various Microsoft platforms) can show us what they do too.

And parties are fun. I wish this wasn't invite-only, because i can think of another 200 hackers I want to be there.”

Sounds good...

- SuperHappyDevHouse

Long light

Cartoon by www.xkcd.com

Robert X Cringely

Yahoo's your daddy?

Score it Geeks 1, Hollywood 0. After six years at the helm, 'Tinsel Town' Terry Semel has left Yahoo to be replaced by the former Chief Yahoo, Jerry Yang. (No tears for Terry, though -- he leaves at least $450 million richer.) So the grand experiment of bringing experienced Hollywood management to babysit those cranky Yahooligans draws to a close. The reason? The geeks at Google kicked Yahoo's collective assets. They won on the merits, by being smarter, by understanding that what people really want isn't flashy new Web content but simplicity and speed -- which Google delivers in spades. Of course, the game isn't over yet. And now Yahoo has its own geek running the show. But all is far from calm in Y-land. New CEO Jerry says his first priority is to stop the outflow of talent and recruit hungry new hotshots. Good luck. The menu at the Google HQ will have to get pretty lean before Yahoo stands a shot of luring the best and the brightest. Yahoo also has a new ad serving technologythe much-delayed 'Panama' — that's supposed to generate more revenue per ad. So far, Yahoo says ad revenue is up by around 10 percent — good news by most companies' standards, grounds for dismissal at the Googleplex. But the talk around the water cooler is that Yahoo has a big red "Acquire Me" sign on its back. Look for Microsoft, Google, News Corp., or some other corporate monolith to line up with their knives and forks, ready to carve out a slice. Heck, maybe even Time Warner would be willing to give it a shot, now that it's finally got the taste of AOL out of its mouth. Ought to be an interesting year for the Y-ners. But not necessarily a good one.

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