April 2009 Archives

Obama 100 Days Press Statement

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Faux News

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Media Matters - Goler reverses meaning of Obama quote to falsely suggest he supports European-style health care:

(Via Media Matters.)

Now they are just straight lying. How can this network have any credibility?

Enterprise Halo Effect

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Apple Moves Closer to Snow Leopard Release:

"If Apple can pull off this effort, the company will be able to further capitalize on its hot iPhone mobile platform to make inroads against  Research In Motion's BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows Mobile in enterprise environments."

(Via eWeek.)

Apple might actually have an executable enterprise strategy here instead of trying to boil the ocean by offering me-too software to established enterprise competitors.

Mobile Access Server an important sign of where Apple might be going with the iPhone platform. Apple is incrementally trying to attack large enterprise akin to the so-called halo effect of the iPhone on Mac sales in the consumer market. Is this Apple setting the stage for Apple to back the iPhone platform in the enterprise? It sounds interesting since they would be replicating Microsoft's success against mainframe/Unix. Microsoft used Office to weaponize Windows against Unix environments. I think the hardware analog here is Office/iPhone Windows/Xserve.

Full Metal Budget


Party of the Divorceé

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The GOP: divorced from reality - Los Angeles Times:

"And here's the list of Republican obsessions since President Obama took office: that his birth certificate is supposedly fake, he uses a teleprompter too much, he bowed to a Saudi guy, Europeans like him, he gives inappropriate gifts, his wife shamelessly flaunts her upper arms, and he shook hands with Hugo Chavez and slipped him the nuclear launch codes.

Do these sound like the concerns of a healthy, vibrant political party?

It's sad what's happened to the Republicans. They used to be the party of the big tent; now they're the party of the sideshow attraction, a socially awkward group of mostly white people who speak a language only they understand. Like Trekkies, but paranoid.

The GOP base is convinced that Obama is going to raise their taxes, which he just lowered. But, you say, 'Bill, that's just the fringe of the Republican Party.' No, it's not. The governor of Texas, Rick Perry, is not afraid to say publicly that thinking out loud about Texas seceding from the Union is appropriate considering that ... Obama wants to raise taxes 3% on 5% of the people?...

And if today's conservatives are insulted by this, because they feel they're better than the people who have the microphone in their party, then I say to them what I would say to moderate Muslims: Denounce your radicals. To paraphrase George W. Bush, either you're with them or you're embarrassed by them."

(Via LA Times.)

Great piece by Maher.

Worth Every Penny

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Mac vs. PC: What You Don't Get for $699 - BusinessWeek:

"PC makers in the Windows camp have done everything possible to make their products progressively worse by cutting corners to save pennies per unit and boost sales volume. There's good reason Apple is seeing healthy profits while grabbing market share. It refuses to budge on quality and so charges a higher price. Rather than running ads that seem clever at first but really aren't, the Windows guys ought to take the hint and just build better computers."

(Via BusinessWeek.)

How a $699 really costs $1500 but all you really get is $699 worth of computer.


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YouTube - If You're Gonna Have Tea Bagging All Over the Country, You're Gonna Need A Dick Armey!:

(Via YouTube.)


UPDATE: This is a perfect example of when ideology trumps thinking. These folk are protesting, sometimes with amazing vitriol, that a Democratic president did not change a tax law written by a Republican controlled Congress and signed by a Republican president. Absolutely perfect.

UPDATE #2: With Faux News unable to report real news, it simply makes it (up).

Jon Stewart, as usual, nails it.

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UPDATE 3: It only gets better.

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Macalope on the Apple Tax "Battle"

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The Macalope » Blog Archive » No, no, no:

"Just to be clear, this is not a rational argument they’re trying to make, so don’t treat it like one. Don’t waste your time refuting horse shit. When someone calls you a name, you don’t say ‘Am not!’ You say ‘Yeah? That’s not what your mother said while I was…’ Etc.

Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight."

(Via The Macalope.)

Why I am a Mac user


Microsoft's 'Apple tax' needs a refund | Mac | MacUser | Macworld:

"Kay would have you believe that everything can be reduced to quantitative measurements, and that’s emblematic of the way Microsoft operates. But there are plenty of important qualitative differences as well. The report bandies about the term ‘cool’ like a four-letter word, but it mistakes the trappings of 'cool' for its substance. True coolness is never really about appearance and only those who just don't get it claim that it is. Apple’s computers are fantastically designed and aesthetically attractive, but that's not what makes them cool—what makes them cool is what they allow their users to do. And for many, that's worth a few extra bucks."

(Via Macworld.)

On the White House - With ‘Annapolis,’ a Warning to Israel - NYTimes.com:

"By bringing up the word, Mr. Obama was sending a warning to the government of new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that reneging on the goals outlined during the Annapolis Middle East peace conference in 2007 would put Mr. Netanyahu on the wrong foot with the Obama administration."

(Via NY Times.)

Sometimes you have to be a hard ass with your friends, not just your enemies.


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Why Are Army Recruiters Killing Themselves? - TIME:

"Last year alone, the number of recruiters who killed themselves was triple the overall Army rate. Like posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, recruiter suicides are a hidden cost of the nation's wars."

(Via Time Magazine.)

This is just wrong.

Troop Support

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msnbc.com video: President Obama greets troops in Iraq:

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(Via MSNBC.)

Sorry, Palin. Looks like the troops support Obama!

UPDATE: I think that's because as the old addage goes: No cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

What The Geese Are All Roaring About - Ta-Nehisi Coates:

"It's true hip-hop has a problem respecting women, but this is a symptom of deeper truth--the music doesn't respect men. It doesn't respect that essentially male moment, when standing at the bus stop, when sitting in English class, when in that sales meeting, a dime-piece floats past, and cognition stops. It doesn't respect the exhilarating terror of being attracted to a woman. To cop to that violates the pimp ethos. One can't be out of control, and be the player president."

(Via Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

This is real.

Getting Our Priorities Straight

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Defense chief proposes weapons cuts:

"'It is important to remember that every defense dollar spent to over-ensure against a remote or diminishing risk — or in effect to run up the score in a capability where the United States is already dominant — is a dollar not available to take care of our people, reset the force, win the wars we are in and improve capabilities in areas where we are underinvested and potentially vulnerable,' Gates said."

(Via Yahoo! News.)

I've been saying this for years. I can't wait to see how those "small government" conservatives react to this.

UPDATE: Good analysis on his speech.

The Ever Spending Story

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Paying for the Name

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Microsoft’s latest ad attacks Mac aesthetics, computing power — RoughlyDrafted Magazine:

"The strangest point of this ad is that Giampaolo didn’t get the portability, battery life, and power he was looking for, he just ended up with a cheap-appearing machine that obscured its real technical limitations under a flashy layer of misleading, specification-oriented marketing, the very thing he thought he was avoiding with HP: buying a brand rather than a computer. And that’s exactly what Microsoft wants people to do: buy its brand rather than a computer that does what they want it to do."

(Via Roughly Drafted.)

Great summary on why Microsoft can't even sell itself. It has to sell others. I wonder how Dell or Lenovo feel about this ad.