Protected: Macworld 2007 Eats

January 21, 2007 at 11:57 am | Posted in Food and Drink | Leave a comment

Below is a list of restaurants I visited during Macworld. I’ve included a rating on a scale of 1-5. Of course, I did not count some overpriced/low-quality tourist food places around Moscone. Thanks to Sylvester, Kevin, Rod, Mike (and ASACMUG), Ellen, and Edmo.

And a special mention to the best fuckin’ cup of coffee I’ve ever had – Philz Coffee, SF (Castro and Mission districts)

Rediscovering The Passion

January 18, 2007 at 4:49 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Rants | 1 Comment

A couple of times per year, someone would write an essay about Apple as more than just another greedy corporation. It would give the company a special mission to change the world beyond enriching its executives and shareholders. A company willing to bypass corporate doublespeak and political correctness to tell the world where it truly stands on issues beyond consumer electronics and computers.

This weeks Wired article by iMomus is one such opinion piece reflecting on this year’s Macworld Expo. I urge other Mac users to watch the Expo keynote and read the article – it will warm your heart on a cold winter day.

Pismo Prius

January 16, 2007 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Fun Outdoors | Leave a comment

The Prius is a great car for road trips. Here she is in sunny Pismo Beach.

Protected: Rice Family Values

January 13, 2007 at 9:28 am | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

The controversy regarding Secretary of State Condolezza Rice’s lack of a stake in the future of America is not political posturing but a valid question. It reflects the common wisdom that Americans prefer to elect married Presidents because they would think of children before going to war (the current President being an exception).

Ms. Rice asked the question “Are you making good decisions because you have kids?”

The Republican party answer is “YES”. They are the “family values” party and propose laws that limit adult freedoms for the “sake of the children”.

Post-Macworld Thoughts

January 13, 2007 at 9:00 am | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

All in all, it was a pretty good Macworld. Not good from a Mac-centric point of view, but good in the sense that we know where Apple is headed, and it’s a good direction – away from Microsoft. Apple’s diversification and innovation has assured its survival without relying on Windows-infested corporate America.

MacOS has tried for 20+ years to get into business, and Apple has given up on that goal (notwithstanding niches like graphic arts and science). Why not be like Sony? They seem to have done well w/o having a significant presence in corporations. Sony’s stumbles last year gives Apple an opportunity to replace them as the “Premier Consumer Electronics Company”.

Enjoy your iPhones!

iPhone Disclaimer

January 12, 2007 at 4:22 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Apple has hit a home run with the iPhone announced at the just-concluded 2007 Macworld Expo. However, the lack of Mac-specific announcements has left many Mac veterans disappointed; one can hope that the next couple of months brings out products that Apple should have introduced this week.

Apple had two iPhones under glass at the show. Below is proof that these products are not production units, not having been certified by the FCC. At least we’ll be having fun speculating the technical details (not to mention seeing if Linux can run on it), since I probably won’t be getting one. Cingular will be charging a lot for their services; can you say $100 a month or more?

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