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Apple and HTC settle

Yay! See the press release here.

The suits are silly.

Review of Microsoft’s Surface

I played with a Surface on Wednesday. Conceptually interesting, the hardware was nice…but it felt ‘sluggish’.

Here’s a review that states the same…but he’s returning the device to the store.

What I would like to do is have more time with the device. In particular with the Office apps.

That said I rarely use Word or PowerPoint anymore and have pretty much switched to Numbers for spreadsheets.

Adobe application shortcuts

Scott Kelby’s got a huge list. Check ‘em out here:

Spotlight and my Mac

My Mac was taking quite some time to do some tasks. I dug around and found that Spotlight was indexing the drive.

The time estimate was 12 months. Nice.

The check-in from Mars

See here.

Going where no mobile app has gone before, the Mars Curiosity rover Wednesday “checked in” with earthlings linked to foursquare, an interplanetary first, NASA says. “One check-in closer to being Mayor of Mars!” the braggadocio robot declared from Gale Crater, offering up a shadowy Red Planet portrait. On Twitter, too.

If you have to apologize for your product here’s a way to do it.

An apology from Apple regarding Apple Maps.

See here.

Uh oh. Hard reset a Samsung Galaxy device by visiting a web site?


Don’t worry..this web site isn’t set up to do that.

The National Football League and the refs

Someone posted this quote from ‘The Dark Knight’ in reference to the strike that is going on with the NFL’s referee’s.

Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

I laughed as it does put a bit of perspective on the things.

However, I do think the situation is serious. Yes, the Green Bay Packers should have won the game last night. What is more troubling is the other actions happening during play like chop blocks, head-hunting, etc.

Someone is going to get seriously injured or even killed.

The NFL needs to get this resolved now.

iOS6 Maps and China

Lots of hubbub over the Maps application in iOS6.

I found this, from a person living in China, to be pretty interesting. The take-away is that he thinks the Maps app is better than the old application.

My take is that Apple had to make this move for a variety of business reasons.

The loss of iOS devices is a pretty big blow to Google’s data collection efforts and therefore revenue from Maps.

The thing here is that mapping is pretty hard. I believe that Apple’s Maps app will get better quickly and if not it provides a series of Apps in the App Store an opportunity.

Bought a truck to help haul things to and from the new house

1988 F250 4×4.

I call it ‘Hulk’. The wife called it ‘Cookie Monster’. Might be more appropriate.

Price was right.