Monthly Archives: January 2016

Hard Times for Mini?

Above Avalon: “Apple is still selling too many iPad minis for the product to be mothballed. However, the more likely path will be a slow yet steady slide into irrelevancy. The product will see more sporadic refreshes, which has already happened with the iPad line, while the value proposition continues to become less compelling.”

If true this is a real bummer. I know Apple can’t win with every product, and they’ve had their share of failures, but the iPad Mini is my favorite iPad. I still use a first generation iPad Mini and love it, maybe that makes me part of the problem. I haven’t gone out and bought a nice shiny new iPad Mini 4?

I would imagine a lot of folks have opted for a Plus sized iPhone and skipped purchasing a Mini. I’ve been torn recently between purchasing an iPhone 6s Plus and the rumored iPhone 5se. I still like the smaller phone but the large phone seems reasonable and could definitely fill the role of the two devices I use today.

It will be really interesting to see how Apple shifts their product line in the coming years. The iPhone remains king of the hill but the entire hardware lineup seems to be doing quite well.

Lumia or Surface?

 Eeyore Paul Thurrott: “The long-rumored Surface Phone has triggered a kind of irrational exuberance with Windows phone, a belief that maybe this one new device will somehow, magically, inject a little life in the dying mobile platform. Sorry, everyone. “

I don’t know Paul Thurrott, and I’m sure he’s a great guy, but he reminds me of Eeyore. Windows is a fine platform, it really is, but as a mobile phone platform it has a tiniest share of the market. For now it’s a two horse race between Apple and Android. 

I like the Windows, formerly called Metro, tile UI. It’s unique. I’d love to see more competition for Apple and Android. I have no idea how Microsoft can climb the mountain ahead of them, but at one time everyone had written off Apple and look where they are now. All it takes is one little slip and Apple or Android can be pushed off the mountain.

Wrong footed in Oregon

The Washington Post: “It eeds to be very clear that these buildings will never, ever return to the federal government,” says Finicum, who wears a cowboy hat and a Colt .45 pistol holstered on his hip.

What I hear when in read this is, “We will burn these buildings.” It is only a matter of time before law enforcement, or federal law enforcement, has had enough of this circus.

The thing I do not understand is why it has been allowed to go on this long. This group is no better than the Confedercy was at its time. I don’t want to see a big shootout, which is exactly what I think these folks are look for. Why the want to kill or be killed is beyond me.

I am hoping for a peaceful ending. They should run the terrorists handbook on these folks and isolate them to the point that nothing and no one goes in or comes out. Wait them out. When they get hungry or try to leave the site, arrest them.

It would be horrible to see women and children die because of a paranoid group of men that feel mistreated by the US Government. 

Hopefully it all ends soon and peacefully.

It doesn’t matter

Medium: “It surprised me to find that the vast majority of the apps in the top 100 are still building without any Swift.”

This shouldn’t be a surprise. In the end nobody cares what language you use to build your app, especially if it does what you want, performs well, and has a good design. 

Some may say I’m an old guy, so I shouldn’t be taken seriously. I will tell you this. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the proper attitude to have when developing software. I’m not saying you should never rewrite a section of code. On occasion that’s necessary, but if code works and doesn’t need to be touched as part of a new feature, just let it ride. You’ll be fine. 

In the end it just doesn’t matter.