well-placed sarcasm about Jean Lapierre’s resignation from Parliament. On a more serious note, whether or not Martin Cauchon steps up to take back his old seat in Outremont will be an important indicator of the current health of the Liberal Party with respect to the Martin/Chretien (or is that a Trudeau/Turner?) split.
Archives for January 2007
a how-do-you-do during today’s Apple presentation, but the new AirPort Extreme Base Station is probably the thing that I’m most excited about. Put the thing in a closet with my DSL modem, a USB 2 hub, a couple big USB HDs and my printer and suddenly the promise of a truly unwired office is a reality. My desk has no wires except for power, and I don’t have to give up outboard storage or printing to get it. And I can do my daily backup from my couch – I don’t have to go upstairs, plug in to the hub and then start my backup script.
featuring Steve Jobs and a bunch of new Apple stuff is set to go in just under an hour, and for a few weeks now we’ve (we = people who enjoy Apple watching and the company’s products) been besieged by dozens of predictions. Jason Fried’s Apple Phone: My prediction in SvN and of course John Gruber’s predictions at Daring Fireball are pretty much the best of the bunch.
I’m not a professional Apple watcher like the others, but for my part I agree most with Fried’s prediction on the phone – and the iPod announcement is a good precedent to remember. The thing to remember about Apple is that their new products, when announced, often seem anti-climactic. Revisionist history posits that the iPod was a huge announcement, but I remember when it came out people were very underwhelmed – “what, is that it, an MP3 player?”
That’s not to say I don’t wish for, as Gruber puts it, “not an iPod phone, but rather introduces a new mobile device OS.” But that doesn’t seem to be how Apple does things – it may become that eventually, but it will take time for that to become obvious to most.
Update – Nevermind! I have only read about half of the features and it’s already clearly a much bigger deal than I anticipated.
my second time, in 1994, almost immediately I found myself part of a little group of friends centered around two apartments in a house on the next street over from mine. I recently got back in touch with one of those lovely people and she passed along the link to her site: lint museum / museum of little things. Check out all of the lovely illustration and collage work, plus the wonderful little movies as well.