Monday, March 10, 2008

It. Is. Alive.

I read over on TechNewsWorld (All Tech, All The Time) about the beginning of the iPhone rebirth by none other than Rob Enderle. I thought he had been so utterly discredited by now that he'd faded away forever. I thought maybe he'd found useful employment or something. Not happening. Like a Whack-a-Mole, up pops his head again.

I'm guessing that the Macalope will give this the attention it deserves. And, of course, I don't want to overstep my boundaries there.

One piece of the article that deserves to be ripped ragged, however is this passage comparing the iPhone to the BlackBerry:

"Neither of the products is particularly good at what the other does, which is why both did very well last year."

Wrong, Rob. The iPhone, particularly with the enterprise upgrades, will do everything the BlackBerry does, better than the BlackBerry does. Right now, without any upgrades, people are willing to trade in the stuff the BlackBerry does okay for the stuff the iPhone does great. And the iPhone will do stuff the BlackBerry only wishes it could do. So, only one of the products isn't particularly good at what the other one does – which is everything:

1. The BlackBerry did well because it was the only device that did any of that stuff acceptably until June.

2. The iPhone did well because it rocks. Friggging ROCKS.

Now please go back to whatever it is you actually know how to do. There must be something.

Steven Levy's wife threw away the New York Times. Good for her.

The Beatles are coming to iTunes. Means squat to me. I already have every song they ever distributed on CD. As an AAPL stockholder, though, I have to say it sounds cool. Of course, the Beatles have been coming to iTunes since about 1978, so this isn't exactly news.

On a related note, I just read today that Neil Sedaka, Billy Preston, and Neil Diamond are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Madonna is. Any of those individual reasons invalidate the whole meaning of the tribute. Taken together, they make the HOF a sad, sick joke.

Hillary is all but mathematically eliminated from winning the Democratic Presidential nomination, and has graciously offered to top a Hillary/Barack ticket.

Mme. Clinton apparently is willing, if Barack will stop holding her head underwater, to kill him mercifully. Oddly, Mr. Obama thinks that's fairly stupid. Hard to fault his logic.

I think I'll go get a burger and a brew.