By marfdrat on May 28, 2013
Of course he is. Hell, he’s probably befuddled as to why all of us who work hard to make a living don’t want to pay more to support the nearly 50% of the population that don’t pay any income taxes. A progressive Democrat that has only ever worked as a lawyer or a legislator probably wouldn’t understand a corporation following the letter of the tax law to pay as few taxes as possible to maximize the value of his company for the shareholders. Yeah, that’s just crazy talk.
By marfdrat on January 2, 2013
So, Apple products are still pretty popular, I guess?
The spokesman said that one man had been ‘lightly injured’ in the raid. He was helping police with their enquiries.
Christophe Crepin, an Unsa police union official, told Le Parisien newspaper that ‘the four hooded and heavily armed criminals made their move very quickly. Most of the police forces were being mobilised to monitor the Champs Elysees, so the robbers have clearly benefitted from this opportunity to strike.’
By marfdrat on October 9, 2012
When the Apple iPhone 5 was released last month, Farhad Manjoo didn’t think it was the best phone ever, or even Apple’s best phone. After owning one for a couple of weeks, he’s changed his mind. Is it the greatest phone ever? Maybe. I’ve had one since the first day it was available, and it’s a very good device. It’s certainly the best phone I’ve owned, and I’ve owned a bunch: Audiovox, Motorola, Palm, Samsung, and Apple.
By marfdrat on September 21, 2012
With enough cash, you can have just about anything.
In the days of the Soviet Union a tourist in Moscow could pay for his or her entire trip by selling a suitcase full of smuggled Levi’s jeans. Now, one could make substantially more sneaking a handbag full of the latest Apple products into Russia.
By marfdrat on September 20, 2012
My son and I didn’t pre-order the iPhone 5, because there was some indication that we might risk losing our grandfathered unlimited data plans. So, tomorrow morning, we’re planning to arrive at the local Apple Store (or at least the mall that houses it) at 6:00 AM to grab a spot in line. Josh asked the mall cop when we could enter the premises to stand on line, because the last time we went to get the iPhone 4 (we skipped the 4S), the security guards started hassling the people standing in line, saying that we were trespassing. No one moved, though, and the guards didn’t push it, because they’d have started a riot.
By marfdrat on June 26, 2012
A Wall Street Journal report shows that the online travel site Orbitz presents different hotel booking options to Mac and PC users. Orbitz research showed that Mac users spend up to 30 percent more on travel bookings than PC users, so the online travel agency began presenting different, typically costlier, options to Mac users. The new sales technique does not mean that Orbitz is showing the same room to different users at different prices, but that Mac users are likely to see higher priced options when they search. Users can still sort results based on price.
By marfdrat on May 1, 2012
Not sure what possessed him to do such a thing, but it’s interesting that a dousing of urine rendered the machines completely un-salvageable. Apparently, Apple considers the peed-upon machines a biohazard.
By marfdrat on March 12, 2012
A skit from Knaller Frauen in Germany (via Fox News)
By marfdrat on February 14, 2012
Saw this at PCMag.com. Would they be considering this if Steve Jobs was still around? Would you consider buying a smaller iPad?
By marfdrat on October 6, 2011
I don’t think I can contribute much beyond what has already been written about the life and career of Steve Jobs. I was always a little dismissive of Apple and their obsessive fan-boy culture. That was until, based on my son’s experience with his first MacBook, I bought my own Mac. Then, I bought the first iPhone (and every successive one), and an iPad. If I had more disposable income, I’d probably buy more of their products, because they are outstanding. Oh, and based on my experience with Apple products, I bought the stock at $89.
By marfdrat on October 2, 2011
I’ve been reading a little about Amazon’s new tablet, the Kindle Fire. It looks like an interesting competitor to the iPad; folks have called a “content consumption” platform, as opposed to content creation, like with the iPad. I have to admit, I probably spend much more time “consuming” than “creating” on my iPad. Here’s some specs from Engadget:
By marfdrat on July 1, 2011
This is older, but I just stumbled across it at All Things D, the Wall Street Journal’s technology site. Check out how the iPad 2 does with, and without the Smart Cover.
By marfdrat on April 7, 2011
Instagram is a great iPhone app. It makes it easy to actually take a picture in all those situations where you say “I wish I had a camera to shoot that.” Since the general rule is “if I’m awake, I have my iPhone,” I can always get that shot. The effects give you lots of options to get creative. Here’s my growing collection:
By marfdrat on March 22, 2011
By marfdrat on March 11, 2011
Hazem Sayed, an app developer, paid a 20 year-old college student $900 to hold the first spot in line at Apple’s
5th Ave. Manhattan store for 41 hours, Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports.