Gmail is Seriously Borked

For the second time in as many months, I am having serious Gmail problems.

  1. People are telling me that gmail is replying to them that “your message may not have been delivered”. I know for fact that not all messages are being delivered because I sent one to myself that never got there.
  2. Performance is shitty.
  3. I managed to catch an error code #102 during one hiccup.

As is the case with free services, help is limited to what the community is capable of providing… no one to call at Google for help.

Update: Told ya…

Competition is a Good Thing

Somewhat ironic to think that the biggest threat to the economics of music sales isn’t coming from illegal downloading but rather from the dominance of iTunes and inevitable commoditization of pricing that comes from competitors who have to resort to scorched earth pricing in order to establish a market position in the absence of compelling download services and portable players.

Imagine where the music business would be if they had embraced digital music and portable players early on with the goal of making them cheap, convenient and ubiquitous.

iTunes will do to online video downloads what they did to music and as a result consumers will benefit from lower prices across the board. Personally, I am enjoying watching this happen and have no sympathy for an industry that thought they could roll back the clock to a time when distribution control gave them punitive pricing power.

BTW, that I am posting this during Macworld is only a coincidence.

Yet Apple has so far found it easy to dismiss the music companies – sometimes rather rudely – because Microsoft, Sony and other competitors have failed to cut into iTunes’ roughly 80 per cent share of the market. Some download stores have been plagued by clumsy user-interfaces. Monthly subscription services win praise from executives but have had a hard time convincing all but a small core of die-hard music fans to sign up.

[From FT.com / Comment & analysis / Analysis - Bruised music majors back iTunes rival]

MacBook Air and Target Markets

Devin makes a number of entirely logical and valid points in his post while at the same time completely missing the point that sub-portable laptops ARE for people who want basic functions.

I looked at the demo on Apple’s site today and found myself lusting for one but then saying “well it doesn’t have an optical drive and the processor doesn’t have the horsepower that my MacBook Pro has”. But when I think about it, I rarely pop a CD or DVD into the drive I currently have and writing this blog post or running a web browser or editing a powerpoint file really doesn’t take a lot of processor power.

I only plug in and sync my iPhone and iPod so one USB is not a problem and I don’t use an external monitor and rarely a projector so what’s the big deal with the mini-DVI. Wireless internet only… not a problem, I can’t remember the last time I actually plugged in an ethernet cable. EVDO would be awesome but I don’t know if there is an ExpressCard slot, probably not.

I think the one thing that would frustrate me is that running Photoshop (and I just use Elements) might be a challenge on an Air and a Windows virtual machine is going to be out of the question. But having said that, to be out and about and have that instead of my 15″ MBP would be a real treat.

Yeah I want one but will probably wait until rev 2 of this model.

First, let me just say that the Air is an extremely impressive piece of technology. The miniaturization, the optimization of space, the blatant disregard for current standards — it’s everything a revolutionary machine should be. Except it isn’t one. It’s a flight of Apple vanity that is completely impractical for anyone who needs to do more than the most basic functions with their computer. Find out why inside.

[From CrunchGear » Archive » MacBook AirHead: why Apple’s new laptop is basically useless]