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Apple Wins Again

May 19, 2010

So my beautiful bride and I were enjoying a refreshing beverage at Starbucks last night and I chanced to see someone using a tablet computer as we were leaving. I asked him if it was an iPad and he replied that it was. He’s a handyman by trade and isn’t comfortable using Windows netbooks, but the iPad is perfect for him and he is using it in his business now with hopes to see better software offerings for the construction industry soon. My thought is that if it’s useful to Joe Sixpack now, these things are going to be flying off the shelves when second wave apps start showing up in force. Win. Big win. Huge win.

In a related note, I saw that the most recent sales figures seem to indicate to some analysts that the iPad demand is affecting sales of iPods. Soooo, you’re selling a $500 device instead of a $200 device and the iPad has secondary sales potential of not only music but also applications? Another win. The hits just keep comin’ in Cupertino.

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TSA – Terminally Sh!++y Attitude?

January 6, 2009

Michael Yon, author of Moment of Truth in Iraq among other works, reports a disgusting story of the mistreatment of a friend from overseas at the hand of the security forces in the Minneapolis airport.  I’ll have more to say on this later, but suffice it to say that with one stellar exception my experiences with airport ‘security’ have been mostly negative.  Be sure to read the comments.

I can’t believe he said that

July 18, 2006

So our company has a service recognition event today. My boss, the IT director, is called upon first to present the award for one of his staff. He spends several moments talking about the growth of the services that she has been responsible for handling, and relating that success directly to her efforts. Run time: perhaps 3 minutes

The next recipient is commended by his boss for meeting profitability targets in a trying environment. Short, but absolutely on target. Run time: 30 seconds, tops.

The third recipient is commended for her excellence in dealing with pricing issues with our customers. The term ‘thankless task’ is repeated at least four times, but it is sincere and she is obviously well respected by her peers. Run time: perhaps 2 minutes.

The final recipient is an executive secretary. She is being recognized for ten years of service to the company. Her boss introduces her with the following line, “She’s been here for ten years, which is longer than my second wife”. Run time: 10 seconds.

Half the room laughed, and half of us stood there in stunned silence. I’m no prude, but this strikes me as being one of the most crass comments I’ve ever heard under these circumstances. The HR director felt called upon to speak on her behalf in an attempt to add some sincerity to the proceedings at this point. Unfortunately, no recovery was really possible.

Welcome to the crib

October 22, 2005

Despite the fact that I’m studying to be an engineer, this is not rocket science.  It’s a collection of my thoughts on a variety of subjects including Christianity, US federal, state, and local politics, sailing, electronics, computers, music, popular culture, history, baseball,  and food.  There are others, and we’ll get to them eventually.  In the meantime, welcome aboard.  Get in, sit down, shut up, and hang on.