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Apple’s Most Clever Feature

Since the death of Steve Jobs, Apple hasn’t actually done a lot to wow me. It’s like after the death of Walt Disney. The company carried out the known visions of the founder, but they seemed unable to innovate. But…

Cisco’s iPhone Moment

The iPhone changed the world, and every company wants its products to be the next iPhone. Unfortunately, products with the disruptive force of the iPhone are inherently rare in part because there are few products with such mass, global appeal….

The Fast Lane for iOS

Last August Cisco and Apple announced a partnership to improve the usability of Apple iOS devices in enterprises. A partnership to create a fast lane for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with…

Don’t Pay $150 to Fix Apple Touch Disease

Every Apple user that I know of has their screen become unresponsive. You go to answer your phone and you just cannot slide the control to answer it. Or, you try to touch an icon on your home screen and…

The Frickn’ TouchBar

I’m using one of the new MacBook Pro computers with the TouchBar. Apple missed the one thing that I would most like: To have a custom global TouchBar with these functions: Cut Copy Paste Paste Without Formatting Capture Area Capture…

MBA Apple Edition

I am an unfortunate owner of a new Apple MacBook Pro. I have been a huge fan of Apple. I have carried a MacBook Pro laptop for many years. I can even run Windows on it. I have loved Apple…

Why I Gripe Yet Still Buy Apple

A little over five years ago I switched from Windows to Apple products in my personal life and at work. I did it because I was just exhausted by Windows being so “needy” and buggy. I was traveling more and…

Surface Pro Winning Mac Fans?

There’s a very popular news story this week about the Surface Pro computers winning over Macbook Pro customers. From The Verge Microsoft has been targeting Mac users with its Surface commercials recently, and it appears they might be paying off….

My New MBP Touch-Bar

One of the nice things about my job is that I get to have new things whenever I want them. Despite having pretty much an unlimited budget, I don’t actually tend to upgrade all that much. My old laptop was…

USB-C and the New MacBook Pro

It’s time to start thinking about USB-C. A couple of years ago I wrote about USB-C and I predicted that it would take over and become a major new standard. Its taken a lot longer than I would have guessed,…

Apple and WeChat

I keep getting asked what I think of the new “consumer” messaging services like Apple’s text messaging where you can draw and send emojis. Worldwide, WeChat and WhatsApp lead the way. I hear that WeChat has over half a billion…

Sad that Apple Intentionally Cripples its Products

There have been quite a few articles talking about how Apple has been crippling their Verizon/Sprint iPhone 7 phones to force them to go slower than the hardware allows. The story you will hear is a bit different from the…

The Problem with Operations People

It’s hard to understand something you don’t understand. When I watch Cirque du Soleil live it looks so effortless. I have had the opportunity to talk with Cirque performers and have come to realize how much work and talent it…

iSchadenfreude

Finally – Apple is falling. I take a little joy in this post because it’s been hard being a PC type during the rise of Apple. I will be the first to admit that Apple devices have offered a superior…

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Apple has Evidently Lost It

I’m not alone in starting to be consistently disappointed by Apple. Look what happened to their stock price after the most recent round of product announcements. Disappointment. I think that is the word. Apple’s laptop lineup was 3~4 years old,…

Can’t Answer Your iPhone? You Aren’t Alone!

I can’t answer incoming calls on my iPhone 7 plus about 10% of the time. The call appears on the screen, but the slider just won’t slide. The call comes in and keeps ringing. But when I put my finger…

Dump Tim

My iPhone 7 plus doesn’t work. My MacOS Sierra doesn’t work. I have gone from apple products “Just Work” to a living technology hell. All of this happened in the past month with Apple’s latest bug releases. My Mac crashes…

Apple Frustrations

I cannot express how frustrated I am with lousy quality Apple products. Apple’s slogan used to be “It just works”. Well, Apple with the latest release reliability is worse than Windows. My iMac running MacOS crashes ten times a day….

Apple is Like Disney Was

When Walt Disney Died there was a 5 year backlog of ideas on the shelf. It took Disney 7 years to move all of those into production products. They included Disney World, The Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean….

Transitions Suck

Most of us love new tech. There’s nothing better than the faster, better, and cheaper mantra of technology. We forget sometimes how unusual this is. The hammer remains largely unchanged. Most equipment is relatively flat – tractors don’t get twice…