Thu Oct 26 2017 17:53:33 EDT from wizard of aahz @ UncensoredI have a Lenovo laptop that I think is great. It's a Yoga. Has been a win for me for the last year.
I too have a Lenovo Yoga. The Yoga 14 has been great for me. Even done some light gaming, but is now my field laptop because i can go to tablet mode.
Oh look! Siri in a box!
So it looks like Apple has designed a "meee tooo" product instead of inventing a new category, brought it to market late in the game, and even failed to bring it to market in time for Christmas 2017.
The Steve would never have executed this badly, or this blandly. Amazon got this one right, and got it right first. I still won't buy one, but they executed and succeeded here where Apple is demonstrating that they'll only make money on this piece of marshmallow-like crap because the $350 price tag multiplied by the number of Apple cult members will push it over the profitability line.
Where's the wow factor? Where's the "one more thing"? Where's the game-changer that makes everyone else scramble to catch up?
[ https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/18/apple_homepod_christmas/ if you're interested in reading more, but the above basically covers it. ]
I think I just heard a Foobar put in writing that he actually misses Steve Jobs. I now fear that the apocalypse must be around the corner!
That being said, they've also had a series of missteps. The touch bar on the laptop? Gimmick. Abandoning video and image pros? Huge mistake (although it looks like they're starting to correct that one.)
HomePod is a decent idea - as the Echo sucks to play music through - but Amazon was smart and teamed up with Sonos to make it better.
Anyway - AAPL is near their all-time high. They're doing something right.
They haven't released a product in years that was anything other than incremental.
Even the Fanboi Faithful agree with that statement, as they continue to shell out megabucks for meh.
I just want someone to build an operating system with visuals that are neither "flat" nor "skeumorphic."
Blockchain. The blockchain will change everything. Or so I'm told.
Our fruity friends in Cupertino have decided to copy A Very Shitty Feature from the Beast of Redmond.
They're going to roll out the Apple equivalent of "Universal Apps" that run poorly on both iOS and MacOS, just like Windows Store apps.
This ought to be ... predictably bad. Microsoft proved that it's bad. I wonder if Google will do it next (Android apps running in Chrome?).
If it's some sort of containerized abstraction? It could be ok.
Here's a photo of Crapple's new headquarters:
Apparently they've designed the interior like an Apple product, and a lot of people are getting injured (bruises, lacerations, etc) from walking into unadorned glass walls and doors.
I also have to call into question why Apple, as a supposedly socially-conscious company, would produce the significant environmental impact of such a large building instead of moving into existing vacant office space.
I just got a new Macbook Pro. It's hands down one of the fastest machines I've ever used.
However, contemporary MacOS X is a dog, because screw the customer, it has got to be skeumorphic up the analytica, and all that graphics data has to traverse the bus, and that all takes time. Not only that, but their attention to UI standards has fallen prey to Microsoft-style "gamification," where they leave it to the user to poke and prod a program to discover what is and isn't a control, and even then, to determine the exact purpose of that control.
I just got a new Macbook Pro. It's hands down one of the fastest
machines I've ever used.
Has the keyboard jammed up yet, or are you using it in an ISO 14644-1 cleanroom?
What I liked about Classic was that it wasn't bogged down with overly shiny and skeumorphic anything. Everything just snapped across the screen, maybe it blinked the selected element once or twice to let you know that it was selected. Apple isn't the only one guilty of this, not by far. Our beloved KDE has taken a turn for the worse; their "Plasma" desktop is just as bad.
The effect is more pronounced in Mac OS because it went from the best-of-the-best to just another "look what I can render" abomination.
And don't get me started on the "flat" design trend, pioneered by Microsoft and then aped by Apple, Google, and others. Remember when a button actually looked like a button and you didn't have to guess? (what kc5tja is calling "gamification") Arrgh.
All I want is a desktop that looks like Mac OS 9 or Windows 95 but with a good Unix kernel underneath it.
I am going to start making a list of all the items when IGnat says "all I want", it is a long list.
I agree about the "flat" design. While it looks modern.[Cn I don't care for it.
And Windows 95? Really?