Friday, November 24, 2006

Being Thankful

This post is nontech, but in  the spirit of today's US Holiday, Thanksgiving. I want to give thanks to my wife for bringing into the world our first child last Saturday - a beautiful 'hapa' girl. If you've ever been with a woman giving birth, you'll appreciate the sacrifice they make during labor. I'm also thankful for the fantastic doctor and hospital where our baby was born - for their competence and excellent care given to both my wife and child. I also want to thank my wife's family for helping us with the little and big things for baby and everything else. I'm also grateful to my own family for their advice and support, and sharing of our joy. And my students and our many friends whose enthusiasm pumps us up. Thank you all!

I also want to thank Google for being a better internet company than all others, continually improving their services (even for Macs), and not selling people out for the dollar or to corrupt governments. Blogger is one of the many things they do right. I also thank any readers, though there may be few, for taking a look at my ramblings.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that in its inception isn't particularly religious, patriotic, or commercial. That's what I like about it. You get together with friends/relatives, think about what you have to be thankful for, then eat, drink and relax. Giving thanks for something helps us avoid taking things and people for granted. We should do it everyday, but the holiday helps remind us to do so - or at least reflect on our fortunes.

In closing, I leave you with a photo of my daughter, whose face reminds me of the many things I'm thankful for.

Monday, November 13, 2006

MacHeist no MacParty

You might have heard of the MacHeist thing - follow clues to some info and get a reward (i.e.: free software).

Well, after the first week's job - I give up. Either I don't get it, or I have to keep emailing some supposed person (Billy Hull) repeatedly until he gives me the correct 'secret info' about Apple's new iPhone. I keep getting the same response after trying to use different words to ask him. After the 20th, "Hmmm.... I don't know", I've had it. I give up.

Maybe I'm missing something here, but this has become ridiculous. MacZot's scavenger hunt, as flawed as it was, had a point or goal to its missions. MacHeist seems pointLESS, from my perspective. And I'm not goiing to waste any more time trying to rephrase a question so some Auto-Email Bot can send me the code word.

Phil Ryu - Mac Marketing Guru? My ass!

Oh, and if you want my MacHeist invites - post a comment here and I'll send it to the email you use. Hopefully someone can enjoy this.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

MacBricks 25% Faster, but not any lighter

Apple has ramped up the speed of consumer MacBooks, supposedly 25%, and added a couple of other doodads. Yeah, still relatively cheap.

I'm still sticking with my old 12" G4 until Apple decides to make some laptops that are 20% LIGHTER, like PC vendors.

Let's hope these are also made better than the last crop of Mac Books, or even the 2G Shuffle.


Thursday, November 02, 2006

THIS is a laptop

Yo Apple! Pay attention.

In Japan, Sony has announced the Vaio G laptop, with a 12" screen and weighing LESS THAN ONE KG, even with the optical drive in. That's about 2lbs - 2/5 the weight of the MacBrick. Yeah, small screen, and a Core Solo 1.2Ghz processor. And runs the evil empire OS... But still - you'd think Apple could release something similar with a Core Duo that weighs a bit more.

This is one reason why Apple isn't having the success in the Japan market that it enjoys elsewhere...