Macworld speculation

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Did anyone catch the memo?  The one that said Apple is done with Macworld after this year because they want to announce products on their own timeline?  Yeah that one.  I thought you saw that one.

People seem to have forgotten it already.  There’s rampant speculation all over the net about products that Phil Schiller will be announcing during the keynote next week.  Hey, I’ll be there (I’ve got a guaranteed seat for the keynote, yay!) but I’m not expecting anything Earth-shattering.  I’m actually expecting not much of anything except some horn tooting and market share numbers.

But should they choose to introduce new products, I won’t complain.

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A Visit to Mission Control

If you were subscribed to my Twitter feed, you would have known in near real time that today I had one seriously exciting treat. I managed to squeeze my way into a tour group being led by the incredible Jack Garman here at Johnson Space Center. Think I would turn down such a chance? Absolutely not. Not only is Jack Garman a wonderful friend and professional mentor to me… today I learned much, much more about him… and I’m in simple awe. (Read the Wikipedia entry).

Even juicier, STS-126 is going on right now. While we were going through the MCC, we could see that the astronauts were in the middle of a spacewalk. They had been at it for about three hours when we walked around and examined all the folks at work.

It was just an incredible experience. The geek in me has truly been touched. We were allowed to take non-flash photos. All I had on me was my iPhone and never have I felt like I wanted to beg Steve Jobs for a better camera. Argh!

Anyway… cell phones aren’t allowed, so I put the iPhone in airplane mode and started taking pics. These aren’t all of the pics, but some of the better ones. Most of them are blurry (THANKS STEVE) and off-color, but salvageable with some work I GUESS… STEVE.

Here’s some of them. I’ll post a full album when I get home and have access to MobileMe. I only have iLife ’06 on this Macbook.

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60 more days of MobileMe for free

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The net is abuzz tonight as MobileMe users recieve more notices that MobileMe still isn’t what Apple had hoped it would be, so it’s offering 60 days more for free.

Paul Thurrott has already played the part of the cynic and provided a rather insightful metaphor, but I’m going to come down on the positive side and say that MobileMe has been a wonderful experience for me.  Not only has it been wonderful, it’s turned my iPhone into something I can only describe as a thing of glory.

Combining home data sync over MobileMe with work data sync over ActiveSync, all on the same device, has been absolutely wonderful.  I realize, however, that the experience on Windows just isn’t that fab.  That’s okie with me though, Windows users need to be using Apple products on Apple products anyway.

Kinda like Microsoft products work best on Microsoft products.  It’s just common sense.

At least I think it is.

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The threat of the iBrick

I’m reading a lot of backlash today regarding Apple’s announcement that an upcoming firmware update may turn the iPhone into an iBrick.

Most of reactions can be filed under kneejerk, but since that will be the smallest word on the tag cloud (cough cough), let’s analyze this a little bit.

Apple is preemptively warning consumers that some of the publicly available hacks for the iPhone may have caused “damage” of some kind that will either be repaired or turned into an open bleeding wound. The point is not so much that Apple is warning that you may have an iBrick, which is what most people are sticking with. Rather, people feel the point is that Apple is announcing they “intend” to brick you.

Look – the mere fact that Apple is speaking up about this and warning of possible dire consequences proves two things at the very minimum: 1) They have been testing a few of the unlock methods and know there are consequences to the next firmware update and 2) They understand the consumer’s desire to unlock the iPhone and hack away at it, which is why they’re warning you.

Based on this warning, I think many people are getting the mistaken impression that Apple intends to whack your iPhone. I believe this to be false. I would maintain that if Apple was going to intentionally disable this functionality, they would stay quiet about the aftereffects and merely issue the update – then let the customers know how screwed they are when they bring the iPhone in to the shop. Instead, Apple is preemptively warning consumers because they seem to GiveADamn.

Would you rather they just update your firmware and you find out the hard way?

I just don’t understand the mindset of people who call this a customer-unfriendly attitude. Well, actually, I do, but the reason I understand that isn’t kind and… well… I’m going to take someone else’s mother’s advice and not say anything since it’s nothin’ good to say.