* Posts by nphsmith

3 posts • joined 4 Oct 2010

The Cube: Apple's daftest, strangest romance


Start of my hate-hate relationship with Apple

It was the first Apple I ever owned. Everyone was telling me about how reliable, easy to use these things were (And no BSOD), and it was surely beautiful. I bought it along with a set of futuristic transparent speakers. I got it out of the box, and I loved it.

Then I made the mistake of switching the damn thing on. Vibrating desk, check. Stupid power-switch, check. No BSOD, check. It just froze solid after about 15 minutes use. I took it out of the case, and that improved things to the point it would manage 30 minutes.

I think it's still in the attic - I couldn't bring myself to throw this beautiful, useless, piece of junk away.

The cube had the advantage of revealing it's inadequacies more or less straight away.Every 3 or 4 years I fall again for the "Apple is reliable, easy" line, and buy something physically beautiful but useless for my needs, and throw it in the attic after a few months.

Apple iPhone 4 vs... the rest


No Windows Phone?

And Windows Phone simply doesn't exist? It may not have sold huge amounts, but to ignore it completely in a year-end roundup is perverse...

Reseller touts cheap-as-chips 7in Android tablet


This is where Android Slates will win

Ultimately, tablets at the Apple/Samsung price range are going to be for wealthy fanbois/wannabees only, doing nothing a £200 netbook does. I have £125 7" slate from an Amazon seller. It browses the web, lets me read books, runs the few apps I would want inside the home, and does fit nicely in a pocket. Only 1.6 so no Exchange support but can live with IMAP. These things are real, work, and may not be sexy but do what people actually want.


Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022