A Plague of Words
To wit, I’m simply blinded by choice. I can’t make up my mind what to read because there’s so fucking MUCH to read and I want to read ALL of it…
From writer Alan Glynn, whose excellent novel The Dark Fields was transformed into the rather shallow movie, Limitless.
He has a full-blown blog too, with several short stories. All this time I didn’t know — because he sucks at promoting himself.
Anyway, what Alan says is what most readers can identify with. And what’s weird is that while I sit here typing this, I realize I don’t have the same impulse towards TV and movies. I haven’t yet seen all of Breaking Bad, but I’m not in any panic to do so — as I am to get to all the books I have waiting to be read.
Previously here and at my other blogs:
Crime Always Pays: Origins: Alan Glynn
Limitless, The Movie
Lose Your Mind
Go Buy Winterland By Alan Glynn!
Writer Alan Glynn Speaks!
Calling Alan Glynn!
An IMP3Net forum thread points out the hazards of buying an early production run of a Chinese tablet [Google Translate].
In the short time it’s been out, Onda has apparently cranked out three iterations of the Retina-class 9.7-inch Onda V975M tablet.
And that’s angered early buyers because their version lacks something important.
The first Youku video I could find of the Retina-class iFive Mini 3.
French review site Cowcotland does a video tour of a Retina-class iFive Mini 3 provided by French retailer LDLC (which doesn’t yet list it on their site).
History-making tweet — 2,519,715 Retweets at the time of this post being written
Ellen’s Oscars selfie now the most retweeted post ever — a huge win for Samsung
Ellen Was On Stage At Oscars With Samsung, Backstage With iPhone
Ellen and a damned Galaxy Note phone. Another member of the League of Note Women!
Same-day update: And this is what happens when your products all look alike. That wasn’t a Galaxy Note as everyone thought. In a tweet, Samsung says it was the new Galaxy S5!
Don’t hang me for the post title. I’m riffing on the classic line from Cool Hand Luke.
But look (click to enlarge):
There are only two I can identify. An iPad (3 or 4) is in the center. To the right of it with narrow borders is the
Onda V975M (same day update: Nope. It’s the iPad Air. I think…). The rest… I don’t know.
IMP3Net has an advertorial post that over one thousand people pre-ordered the Retina-class iFive Mini 3 [Google Translate] and a second advertorial post that’s recruiting astroturfers to buy it for half price through March 9th [Google Translate].
What does this mean for you, if you’re interested in buying it?
Wait for the astroturf reports.
When going to HP’s site now, instead of the Slate 8 Pro is a listing for the “HP 8 1401 Tablet.”
I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Fucking Ecosystem
Imagine, just for a moment, that your Sony DVD player would only play Sony Movies’ films. When you decided to buy a new DVD player from Samsung, none of those media files would work on your new kit without some serious fiddling.
That’s the walled garden that so many companies are now trying to drag us into. And I think it stinks.
I Still Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Fucking Ecosystem
Openness and network effects are the biggest drivers of usage – an MP3 bought from Amazon works on an iPod bought from Apple, and an MP3 bought from iTunes works perfectly on a Kindle Fire bought from Amazon. Customers and businesses both win when open standards are embraced and lock-in is eschewed.
Samsung, you simply cannot think of everything. Harness the billions of brain out there in the world. Let the Gear Fit connect to everything. Produce an SDK. You will own our wrists.
Same-day update: Samsung’s new Gear watches are now open to third-party support Obviously I hadn’t seen this before I did the post. Thanks to Pavels in Comments for pointing it out.
The Samsung Gear Fit: This Is It
This video, after break, is worth seeing because it shows the UI doesn’t stutter. That was a bit of a concern given it’s still using the Rockchip 3188.
Also on view here is the Gallery/Photos app. That seems a wee bit laggy.
Two videos and a game are also shown.