The iPhone is boring only to the rumor mongers who published every blurry picture of a motherboard they could get their hands on and the simps who think a feature checklist determines a gadget’s merit.
In many ways this is a dream that’s been turned into a terrible, unresponsive nightmare.
If I watched the first season of Community via Netflix streaming and now want to rewatch it on my TV as fed from an Apple TV? Make it work. I don’t care how. If you want to pop up a dialog thats asks if you’ll charge me $4.99 to $9.99 for the privilege, I’d pay. Let me pick what I want to watch, regardless of the source, and let me watch it. I have very little allegiance to the network that funded the show — I want the content. Figure out how to make that work.
Fans want to watch their shows. They’ll pay to make that happen. Everything else is mired in entrenched interests. Find a way to make that happen and we’ll all agree that Firefly jumped the shark during its seventh season.
Unless you kept posters of 1980s-era minivans on your wall as a kid instead of a Porsche or Corvette, you are not going to find the U2412M to be an attractive display.
Drew Magary for GQ (December 2011):
15. Léo Apotheker:
Quick, everyone! Who’s the exact opposite of Steve Jobs? It’s gotta be the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, a company whose new tablet computer was so shitty that it was considering getting out of making PCs entirely. HP’s TouchPad was just like the iPad, if the iPad has been designed to obliterate entire sectors of the digital economy. Two thousand years from now, anthropologists will dig up a TouchPad and marvel, “Jesus, this thing looks like a piece of crap. Put it back in the hole.”
Lately, I’ve been spending more time on my Stellar and Twitter accounts than on Tumblr. Both services offer more frictionless content consumption than Tumblr, and I don’t have too much time these days to write anything insightful anyway.
Now if Stellar adds support for Tumblr likes, it would truly be a good overview of my favorite things from around the Internet.