I struck a nerve earlier this week with a comment I made about the iPod user interface being tired. The problem I have is that while the hardware has evolved, the iPod's UI hasn't changed much in five years.
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I was digging through some old crates in my garage last night and stumbled across some of my old college notebooks. While flipping through them I happened across a couple of computer price lists for students. I graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, one of the first Universities in the United States that required you to purchase a Macintosh to attend (I believe that Darmouth may have been the first).I had my own Mac when I enrolled (a Mac II with 13-inch color monitor) and didn't need to buy one, but the price lists are extraordinary to look back at.
I've been complaining about one of the biggest deficiencies in the iPod for a while now - audio recording.
Two weeks ago I reported on an issue where some MacBooks were coming from the factory with a piece of clear plastic film covering the rear exit vent - which made the machine run (understandably) hot. Apple has released a note addressing the issue...
As you can probably guess I use my MacBook all the time. It's my primary machine and blogging for ZDNet, editing the PowerPage, email and IM keep me pretty busy. A couple of weeks back my MBP keyboard started acting a little wonky.
Something weird has been happening with the battery in my MacBook Pro 2.0 GHz for the past two or three weeks. Several times after carrying my MBP in a bag to or from work it would arrive completely shut down - which is weird because I never shut my machine down, I just put it to sleep. Then that problem morphed into something a little moe serious.
There's a shift in Europe to a more homogenous, centrally-managed Apple - much like it is in the U.S., but I'm not sure that it will work. Europe is a loosely associated collection of neighboring countries with starkly different cultures. The United States, on the other hand, are closely knit units with similar cultures.
Last week I reported that there was a movement afoot in Amsterdam forcing Apple authorized resellers to change their names from "Apple Centre" to "Apple Premium Reseller" and how it may be a sign that Apple is planning to open their own line of Apple Stores in the area and essentially compete with their own channel. It appears that Apple's global assault on retail is larger than just the Netherlands.
The PowerPage and I got a big win today in the Apple vs. Does case.
Last week all 18 Apple Centres in Amsterdam were notified that they have to change their names to 'Apple Premium Reseller' for legal reasons. Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, does it?