Woman scammed by wooden iPad salesmen

Via The Smoking Gun:

Ashley McDowell, 22, told deputies that she was approached by two black males who claimed to have purchased iPads in bulk and were selling them for $300 apiece. After McDowell explained that she only had $180, the duo agreed to sell her the device at a cut rate. But when McDowell drove home and opened the FedEx box containing the iPad, she instead discovered the wood with the Apple logo. The “screen”–which was framed with black tape–included replicas of iPad icons for Safari, mail, photos, and an iPod.

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Siracusa’s excellent Lion review

Nailed it.

In the same way that Mac OS X so clearly showed the rest of the industry what user interfaces would look like in the years to come, Apple’s own iOS has now done the same for its decade-old desktop operating system. iOS was less shocking to users because it appeared to come from nothing, and the mobile operating system conventions it defied were ones that nobody liked anyway. The same is not true on the desktop, where users cling like victims of Stockholm syndrome to mechanics that have hurt them time and again.

It may be many years before even half of the applications on a typical Mac behave according to the design principles introduced in Lion. The transition period could be ugly, especially compared to the effortless uniformity of iOS. In the meantime, let Apple’s younger platform serve as a lighthouse in the storm. The Mac will always be more capable than its mobile brethren, but that doesn’t mean that simple tasks must also be harder on the Mac. Imagine being able to stick a computer neophyte in front of an iMac with the same confidence that you might hand that neophyte an iPad today.

  

The Guardian: 10 years of the iPod

Great retrospective piece on the iPod from inception to date. This raises the question of whether the iPod it set to be retired this year:.

Steve Jobs, a Bob Dylan fan who once dated the singer’s ex, Joan Baez, insisted that people wanted to own their music, not rent it. They had collected vinyl, cassettes and CDs in the past and they would collect digital music in the future. One by one, Jobs managed to talk the big five major labels into signing up to his vision. “Jobs’s stock went from $8bn to $80bn,” recalls one music executive. “Ours went in reverse.” Sony, in particular, was hamstrung. On the one hand its hardware division wanted to push a Walkman that would compete with the iPod. On the other, its record label, Sony Music, accounted for the majority of its revenues and was unwilling to push forward with something they thought would be filled with illegally downloaded music. Paralysed, Sony allowed Apple to clean up on both the digital device and the songs to play on it.

2011 MacBook Pro upgrade

I’ve written before about customer service at the Apple Store here in Austin. Here’s another experience worth sharing.

On Jan. 22 I bought a 13″ 2010 MacBook Pro at The Domain. Earlier this week, the new MacBook Pro models were announced. I was impressed enought with the new models — especially the Thunderbolt i/o and i5 processor contained in the 13″ model — to take a chance and call the Apple Store about an exchange.

Without any hesitation, they agreed to exchange my 2010 Pro for the newer 2011 model. No questions, no fees, just an even swap. I was out of the store in 10 minutes, which was an added bonus as I’m currently fighting a virus.

The new machine is a nice step up for the MacBook Pro line. Big thanks to the managers and staff at The Domain’s Apple Store for always being of assistance.