In a Nutshell

The iPad was widely criticised at first for its Noddy home screen; there were no software or hardware concessions made regarding multitasking or task-switching. But the result is something my two-year-olds can easily navigate, and which really doesn’t need a manual.

via Samsung’s lovely illegal tablet: Why no one wants to know • The Register.

To which I’d add that most apps I’ve downloaded that have required reference to any sort of instructions have rapidly found themselves in the disused folder.

So there’s the fact that your 2 year old and your Gran can use it. Sure it’s got the grunt of a desktop machine from a decade ago but you can get apps that do more than my first (Pentium 100 Windows 95) PC ever did*, and more intuitively. Without instructions. The software-becomes-the-device.

*I still get the heebees thinking about how I struggled to get Cubase on that old PC to do more than any four-track cassette could have at the time..

On that Retrevo blog

“We’re not positive that some respondents didn’t confuse Amazon the manufacturer (Kindle) and Amazon the reseller ” – Retrevo

And that could just be the edge that Amazon needs. They have the best … what do they call it … vertical integration

You can’t seriously argue that Apple’s design>build>sell>support mobile strategy isn’t working for them so far, but to me the interesting question that’ll be answered when the dust settles, is how “open” or “closed” of an ecosystem would the Amazon offering have to be in order to effectively compete with Apple. Google’s version of Android is .. well it depends who you read but I’m not convinced the entirely ‘open-ish’ way is working yet. But then it’s not Google’s core business, and they’ve shown little interest or ability with hardware so far.

If Amazon took it upon themselves to invest smartly in polishing up the Android ‘experience’ on their own hardware, the fact they already have a large audience of consumers that already trust them and their sales channel (something much closer to a bricks-and-mortar store than the more nebulous Google has ever been) could give them the edge they need. They’d be like budget Apple, without the snazzy shop fronts. It’s not hard – they just have to come up with an ecosystem-in-a-box that works for the user as well as it does for the company.

$5 says this is the thing – the next-iPad-killer – that Apple is most likely to be actually looking over their shoulder at. Interesting Times.

iTunes Ping – First Impressions

So. iTunes 10.3 is out. (Oh look, I blinked and 10.3.1 is out)

About time I take a look at this Ping business, I suppose. Ok. What can I do here that doesn’t involve following Lady GaGa?[1]

I know. Devin Townsend’s got a new album coming out, I’ll follow him. Hmm. No Ping button on his artist page. No Social Media links at all. Ok, fair enough, Devy may well not be into that and I can’t blame him. Who else might be on here[2].

Switch back to store front page. Oh look. Mr Vedder has a thing with a Ukulele? That’ll be .. interesting. Click through. Hmm. Not bad, but not for me. Can I Tell a (uke playing) Friend.. Oh. OK. No Tell A Friend button on this page.

This isn’t boding well. Fortunately, Macosxhints can help.


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  1. Though I’d quite like to follow her with a blunt instrument some time, but that’s another story.
  2. I don’t know because I rarely look at the music section of The Store. I’ve never bought any music from it, mostly because I prefer to own a physical object, and – irrationally I know – I distrust the digital download model. Just call me old fashioned.

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Sometime back in ’84 or ’85 I was rudely awakened from a suburban torpor – the soundtrack of which had been provided by a steady diet of Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre and any other ‘cosmic’ music I could get my hands on. The awakening happened when my best friend returned from his visit to the far away city of Sydney with wild and shocking stories; prostitutes in Kings Cross, squats in Newtown, and a gig he went to that blew his mind so much he went out and bought the record the next day despite already having nothing to eat but slices of white bread for the whole week. Continue reading Severed Heads – My Role In Their Downfall Pt 1