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Email of the day

I got the following email this morning:


I really appreciate the fact that you designed and made available an app for the iPhone that shows the ICHC site. I’m not bashing you for that.

However, your unchecked ad campaign is a bit asinine. “Unibrows: since 1969” is not an ad. It’s annoying space taking designed to annoy the user into buying the 99 cent version of the app. I must say that it is effective, since I will be buying it as soon as I can get to my computer.

Anyway, thanks again. Even though you’re an ass.


[name withheld]

Sent from my iPhone

Douchebag teacher of the year

Via Slashdot:

A teacher came upon a student demonstrating Linux to other kids and handing out LiveCDs. The teacher confiscated the CDs and wrote an angry email to HeliOS’s founder, Ken Starks: “Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. … This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older version of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them…” Starks pens an eloquent reply, which contains a factoid I have not seen mentioned before: “The fact that you seem to believe that Microsoft is the end all and be-all is actually funny in a sad sort of way. Then again, being a good NEA member, you would spout the Union line. Microsoft has pumped tens of millions of dollars into your union. Of course you are going to ‘recommend’ Microsoft Windows.”

Update: You can find the original blog entry here.

Should Apple pull the plug on the iPhone?

Last year, John Dvorak said:

These phones go in and out of style so fast that unless Apple has half a dozen variants in the pipeline, its phone, even if immediately successful, will be passé within 3 months.
There is no likelihood that Apple can be successful in a business this competitive. Even in the business where it is a clear pioneer, the personal computer, it had to compete with Microsoft and can only sustain a 5% market share.
And its survival in the computer business relies on good margins. Those margins cannot exist in the mobile handset business for more than 15 minutes.

According to Steve Ballmer:

Now we’ll get a chance to go through this again in phones and music players. There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I’d prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get.

Who’s having the last laugh now?

These people are paying for a car wash

I hate finding flyers stuck under my windshield wipers. Even worse if the flyer is actually stuck to my window. Today I found a card glued to my windshield advertising apartments at 2500 NW 9th Ave in Fort Lauderdale, (954) 234-8581. It was actually glued, probably resulting from rain during the night, so I had to scrape it off, leaving a mess.

This was stuck to my windshield