Time for a rant

I thought I'd have a rant about a few things before I go away. I will be away for a few days but will set up a few pics to post whilst I'm busy. I'll be back next week though.  

Firstly, I thought I would make mention of WWDC which was this week. Just briefly I will say I am not sold on the new Mac Pro cylinder shape but hey from what I have established there is actually a lot of good reasons for it. Plus I suspect their will eventually be add on's. That's all I'm saying about that at the moment. I was diappointed but not surprised to see no iWatch. I actually want to see this sooner rather than later but only time will tell. I'll do an Apple post over the next couple of weeks. I've been using iOS7 for a few days now and quite like it. I find it is functional and looks great with some much needed improvements. But stay tuned and I'll update you with my experiences soon. 

Now turning to politics, and you all instantly switched off lol. I have never in my life seen things in such a bad way. Julia Gillard is hated by so many people. I can see that she has implemented a lot of great policies, albeit a lot of them weren't hers to begin with. Labor has actually done a good job of things in many ways and many will admit to that. But it simply doesn't matter. People don't like her. She can come out with the greatest position or policy and people would still not like her. Julia Gillard is just not a likeable character. Whether or not we agree, politics is just as much a popularity contest as a policy one and she just doesn't have it. Unfortunately the Labor party haven't worked that out. Actually either have the Coalition. If the party leaders aren't loved they won't survive. People when it comes time for the eection will not be voting for Tony Abbott but against Julia. It just so happens people just dislike Tony Abbott a little less than Julia.  

I'm not sure why people don't like her. Maybe it's her personality, maybe it's her inability to listen to the people which shows arrogance. We see it in things like the Marriage Equality position. The majority of Australian's are in support but she has dug her heals in and refuses to listen. Maybe people are sick of that. Maybe they just dwell on the mistakes and not the achievements. Maybe people haven't forgotten her beheading of Kevin Rudd which was a low act. I really don't know, but either way she is just becoming more and more disliked every day. Wake up politicians and do something. 

I have a few notes I have written down about things I want to talk about both with everyday events and relationships etc. So I will get back to it soon. I will enjoy my few days away and will get back to writing on my return. Hope you are all well and I look forward to hearing from you. 


WWDC - Inner Nerd

Anyone who knows me knows what a Apple Fanboy I am so I am eagerly awaiting 3am Tuesday morning for the start of WWDC 2013.  

As a fan you can imagine my shock horror this week when someone turned up to my office with a Macbook Air only to discover they had converted it to a Windows machine. I couldn't contain my horror lol. Anyway on to business.  

This year's WWDC will be no different to any other. They do tend to be a little underwhelming at times because Apple who has also been known as the innovator tends to often be a follower these days. They have always been big on getting something right before releasing it with a few exceptions like Apple Maps but unfortunately this often puts them behind the eight ball.  

I suspect there will be a lot of good things with probably new Mac Air, iOS7, iPad and some new nifty things with Lion and some cool apps. I'm not sure the new look iOS7 will be that great. Yes there's likely to be a flattened look due to the work being done by Jony Ive and to be honest, design these days is much flatter, just look at Windows. But again they would certainly need a major design shift to make it a game changer. 

Game Changers is what Apple became famous for with the introduction of the iPod and iPhone many years ago and more recently the iPad. But I don't see any major shifts. Apple will launch their iRadio service, their streaming music service but with so many players out there I will wait and see if it's anything special. I suspect my greatest disappointment of WWDC will be the lack of an iWatch. We know Apple is working on this and this has huge potential to be a game changer. If they were to launch this at WWDC I would be excited. However I'm not confident that will happen. Unfortunately if they leave it another year it's likely to be left behind again. With Android and Windows gaining ground in smart phones, the sooner Apple release something like the iWatch the sooner they will hold onto their loyal customers.  

I may sound pessimistic but with all the disappointments around innovative ideas lately they still have a beautifully integrated system and that's what keeps me loyal. All my devices work beautifully together. No one else has been able to do that. I think there are a couple of things still to go. I would like to see my iWork editable online and I would love to see iTunes once and for all made more efficient including the option to have iTunes online. After all with everything now in the cloud, there is no reason they can't do this.   

I look forward to Tuesday morning and to see which way things go. With developer access to iOS7 most likely available at the same time, I will be using it straight away and will see how things go.  

Tim Cook, I hope you have something up your sleeve and I can't wait to see.  

iMourn - The Loss of a Visionary

I know there will be countless posts out there about the loss of Steve Jobs, so I thought I would just say my piece.

Many of you may not understand why this is such a big deal but whether you are a fanboy or not you may understand that we have lost probably the greatest genius of our time.

Steve was not only the leader of one of the greatest companies in the world but when you look closer he was a true genius of many fields. He was a great leader as we have heard from many over the years. He not only knew how to make money but he knew how to inspire the people he worked with and anyone who had the pleasure of his company.

He was a visionary, bringing the most innovative products to the market of our time. As many suggest he had many more visions that are ahead of there time but he knows when and where to launch the products. This also makes him an inspiring marketer.

I really can’t express how I feel about this loss, so I’ll leave it to the news stories. However Steve you inspired many as a businessman and a man. You will be missed.


APPLE today said founder Steve Jobs has died, aged 56.
Mr Jobs co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 and, with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, marketed what was considered the world's first personal computer, the Apple II.
His family said he died "peacefully", as they thanked those who have supported them through the past year of his battle with cancer.
"Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family," his relatives said today.
"In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family."
"We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve's illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories."
Mr Jobs had taken three medical leaves of absence in the last seven years. The first came in 2004 when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a usually fatal form, but he managed to recover with treatment.
He also underwent a liver transplant in 2009.
In January 2011 he announced he was going on medical leave and hoped "to be back as soon as I can."
But his return never came. On August 24 he resigned as chief executive of the technology giant, saying "the day has come" for him to step down.
"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," he said in his resignation letter. "Unfortunately, that day has come."
His cause of death is not yet known.
Apple released a statement saying: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today."
"Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."
"His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts."
Apple's new chief executive Tim Cook Cook paid tribute to Mr Jobs in an email to staff today, announcing his predecessor's death.
"No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him," he wrote.
"We will honour his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much."
Industry watchers called him a master innovator - changing the worlds of computing, recorded music and communications, ABC News in the US reported.
Brilliant and demanding, charismatic and prickly, Mr Jobs was the visionary behind the Macintosh computer, iPhone, iPod and iPad, raising all to the status of universal must-haves.
Their innovative sleek designs and intuitive systems reflect the singular background of the man who created them - not a buttoned-down businessman but a college dropout, vegetarian, Buddhist, black turtleneck and blue jeans guy.
One of his many gifts was the ability to anticipate what kind of information technology consumers were going to want.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates also expressed his condolences, saying that it had "been an insanely great honour" to work with his long-time rival.
"I'm truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs' death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work," he said , referring to his wife.
"Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
"The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
"For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely."
Mr Jobs is survived by his wife, Laurene Powell, and four children.
His life was as unconventional as the man himself. He was born February 24, 1955 in San Francisco to Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian graduate student who later taught political science, and Joanne Schieble, an American graduate student.
The unmarried couple gave him up for adoption and he was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View, California.
Later, Mr Jobs' birth parents married and in 1957 had a daughter, his biological sister, who is the novelist Mona Simpson. The siblings first met as adults.
After attending high school in Cupertino, California, Mr Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, but dropped out after one semester. However, he continued auditing classes, including one in calligraphy that he later said inspired the Mac's multiple typefaces.
At 20, he made a spiritual pilgrimage to India and at 21, he and Steve Wozniak, a friend and fellow college dropout, founded Apple Computer in the Jobs family's garage.
Under his direction, Apple introduced the first Macintosh computer in 1984.
But just a year later, following an internal power struggle, Mr Jobs left Apple and started NeXT computer company and then co-founded what became computer animation giant Pixar, which went on to produce such box office bonanzas as Toy Story and Finding Nemo.
In 1996, Apple bought NeXT for $US429 million and Mr Jobs returned, serving as CEO since 1997. In 2006, Walt Disney bought Pixar in a $US7.4 billion deal.
After the Macintosh, Mr Jobs' subsequent Apple launches included the iPod in 2001, iTunes in 2003, iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010.
In 1991, Mr Jobs - who reportedly once dated singer Joan Baez - married Ms Powell in a ceremony conducted by a Zen Buddhist monk. They have three children together and Mr Jobs also has a daughter, born in 1978, from another relationship.
According to his biography on the Apple website - a sparse document that runs all of three paragraphs and refers to the Apple CEO by his first name - "Steve grew up in the apricot orchards which later became known as Silicon Valley, and still lives there with his family".
But if he did not stray far from home, Mr Jobs still achieved one of his reported goals, "I want to put a ding in the universe".
His death comes the day after Apple unveiled the new iPhone 4S at its headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Apple unveiled the new smartphone without Mr Jobs, with the company's new chief executive, Tim Cook, taking the reins for the announcement.

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- Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955. His biological parents were unmarried college graduates  Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah Jandali.

- His biological parents had another child, Mona Simpson, in 1957. She grew up to become a critically acclaimed author whose novels include Anywhere But Here, The Lost Father and Off Keck Road. She never knew her famous brother existed until she was an adult.

- Jobs saw his first computer when he was 12, at an electronics club sponsored by the Hewlett-Packard Company.

- He went to lectures at the Hewlett-Packard plant while he was at high school. He once asked the president of the company, William Hewlett, for parts needed for a frequency counter he was building for a school  project. Hewlett gave Jobs the parts, and later a summer internship at Hewlett-Packard, where he met technical whiz Steve Wozniak.

- He visited India and studied eastern religions in the summer of 1974.

- Jobs and Steve Wozniak (pictured) started the Apple Computer Company in 1975. They raised $1300 to start up by selling Jobs's Volkswagen microbus and Wozniak's Hewlett-Packard scientific calculator.

- Apples are reportedly Steve Jobs’ favourite fruit. According to, the logo was chosen to play on both the company name and the word byte.

- The Apple I computer was released on April Fool's Day, 1976.

- The Apple II notched up first year sales of $2.7 million after it went to market in 1977. The company's sales grew to $200 million within three years.
- Jobs has a daughter, Lisa, who was born out of wedlock when he was 23. He denied paternity, and declared in a court document that he was "sterile and infertile”. He went on to have three other children, and accept Lisa as his child.

- Apple went public in 1980, and the value of its stocks increased 1700 per cent within 12 months. Steve Jobs was 25 with a net worth of more than $200 million.

- A Zen Buddhist monk conducted the marriage of Jobs to Laurene Powell, on March 18, 1991.

- In 1986 Jobs bought a company called Pixar from filmmaker George Lucas (of Star Wars fame). Toy Story was released by Pixar in 1995, with Jobs credited as an executive producer.

- Joan Baez (pictured) and Diane Keaton were rumoured romantic interests of Steve Jobs.

- Jobs tracked down Joanne Simpson, his biological mother, with the help of a private detective.

- Descriptions of Jobs, according to high-strung workaholic, motivates others with his enthusiasm, has a "reality distortion field," passionate about technology, a micromanager, arrogant and intolerant; can exude a Zen-like calm.

- Jobs was awarded the National Technology Medal by President Ronald Reagan (pictured) in 1985 and the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 1987. In 1989, he was named Entrepreneur of the Decade by Inc. magazine.

- Ella Fitzgerald sang at his 30th birthday party.


Well today they announced the iPhone4S which is pretty much what I expected. There’s been a lot of rumours around for some time around the new iPhone, including everything from a different shape, screen size to the possibility of it being 4G. As an Apple fan-boy I really didn’t expect any of these things. I had some small level of excitement in some ways hoping I may have been wrong but in the end we got pretty much what I expected.

After last years lost iPhone frenzy I have suspected that Apple may have been behind many of the rumours that have been out there, but knowing some points about Apple made me think that this iPhone wouldn’t be much different to the original iPhone4. You don’t get rid of a design one year (or 18 months) after it comes out so the fact that it’s the same shape doesn’t surprise me at all. The new processor just makes sense based on the latest iPad2.

I have been running iOS5 for sometime now so I knew about most of the features talked about today and the code didn’t hide any secrets about new sizes and designs to the screen. This potentially would have caused developers a lot of problems. The new apps are nothing special but are ok.

As far as the Siri voice recognition assistant I am hopeful that this could be a great feature and something that I have been looking for. However only time will tell how well this feature integrates into the real world and it’s only available on the 4S. I am not sure I will rush into a new iPhone at this stage. My partner is in desperate need of a new iPhone so I will see what his is like before investing in one myself.

My theory on the evolution is that Apple may now bring out the next generation iPhone, maybe earlier than we expect. This years launch was delayed from the usual mid year launch unril October. They may want to bring it back into line next year and we may see the next iPhone back around mid year. This would make sense because most people who bought the iPhone4 would have entered into 2 year contracts which will come due next year around July/August, so it would make sense that they (Apple) will want to grab these people before they look at an alternative.

I for one am still a fan of the iPhone and even with alternatives out there like Android and Windows7 mobile I like the Apple ecosystem and will at this stage continue to support it. Only time will tell with the 4S, how it will go and even though there are no real surprises or ground breaking elements to it I am pleased with the launch.

After I have an opportunity to play with the 4S I will report back and let you know if I was wrong about any of my thoughts. 

OSX Lion

It seems just about everyone I know is talking about Lion at the moment so I thought I would make an early post. I’ll admit I was an early downloader of the software so I’ve had it for almost two days now and have had a chance to play around a little. So here is what I have found so far.
  • Multi-Touch Gestures - I love these so far. I am a desktop user so am using a trackpad. But so far the gestures work really well. I love Mission Control which allows me to bring up all my open windows. This is not new as a feature but the ease of access using gestures has made this an awesome feature. The one thing that made me blink was Natural Scrolling which reversed the scrolling direction. I may consider playing with this but for now I just turned off the feature so I could scroll the way I am used to. It was easy to turn off in the trackpad settings.

  • Full Screen apps. I don’t mind this feature but it doesn’t really add much to my user experience. Going back to gestures, you can use a sideways gesture to move between full screen apps which in itself is a really cool feature. The downside is that it made me disappointed that I can’t use this slide feature to move between my normal screens.

  • Mission Control - As I said before, I like this more for the gestures than the feature.

  • Launchpad - This is an ok feature. It brings into line the navigation you get on an iOS device including folders. It’s cute. The only problem I have had with launchpad is that you can’t remove anything, very similar to iOS. The only thing you can do is start a folder like I have done called ‘crap’.

  • Resume - This feature apparently reopens all apps at the point where you closed them. So in theory this should be a great featire but as of yet I haven’t had a chance to fully play with this.

Other - There are a lot of other features. I like the Contacts app and iCal but don’t use mail. Air-Drop I haven’t used yet because I’m the only Mac user in the house at the moment. There are a number of features that I haven’t tried yet but will hopefully get a chance soon.

Overall, the changes that have come with Lion are great. I don’t think they are groundbreaking but I like what I see. I can also see how some of the features will be far better once full access is given to iCloud and it’s features. I want to play around more with some of the newer more obscure features of Lion and will do so in due course.

Again I don’t see Lion as life changing but still think is far better than Windows 7. From what I hear with the next Windows OS maybe it’s time Apple starting looking for some features which completely shake up the way we do things. The user experience which has always been far superior in Mac is now sliding closer and closer to the Microsoft experience. With the gap shrinking Apple need to get back to being revolutionary.