Fri 01 Oct 2004
Macs vs PCs, again
Category : Technology/LinuxInsiderMacsAreBetter.txt
Another Macs-are-better-than-PC argument. It will be good to bookmark this article - from LinuxInsider. May come in handy one day. Macs are better, faster, cooler, yet cost less - a geek's perspective.
Category : Commentary/hughTrain.txt
Mervin Chan wrote in, after reading my post about The Cluetrain Manifesto, and pointed me to the site gapingvoid.com, home of Hugh "cartoons drawn on the back of business cards" MacLeod.
There you can find The HughTrain Manifesto, and other excellent reading (and viewing), including a post on how to be creative.
But I especially like the discussion following "The Sex and Cash Theory" - "The creative person basically has two kinds of jobs: One is the sexy, creative kind. Second is the kind that pays the bills. Sometimes the task in hand covers both bases, but not often. This tense duality will always play center stage. It will never be transcended."
I can see people approaching their jobs this way everywhere. But I have an employer's view of things and I'm too busy figuring out how to pay my own bills (till the day I die) to have much inclination for funding other people's alternative lifestyles. I keep thinking, when I was reading The Cluetrain Manifesto, where's the point of view of the people who're figuring out how to pay the salaries, who have slogged to build the companies in the first place.
There ought to be a balance. But there's no denying that people are tuning out their day-jobs (and who's to say I won't do that myself if I were to go back and get a day job). It's great to be able to read, on gapingvoid, the (considered) opinions of so many people, and try to work out your own approach. In this, I think, the authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto are right. The web is about conversations. And there's value in tuning in. Thanks, Mervin.
Category : Commentary/applecare.txt
Great, I've got my iBook back. The logic board's been replaced - I think this is the third or even fourth time. I've got one of those problematic dual-USB iBooks, but I love it. I still prefer using it to my wife's Titanium. And it's nice to get everything back. It feels like a well-worn shoe, and looks just as ragged. But it performs well, and can run pretty long on the battery, and that's the main thing.
Must commend the AppleCare people at Apple-Ang Mo Kio. I was pleasantly surprised it was ready even on Tuesday. I thought it would take three days (as was promised) but they only took one. Under-promise and over-deliver. As I remember, AppleCare used to be a wreck. But Teng Yoke Chou (I think her name was) and her crew have done an excellent job turning it around. (And the girl at the counter has a great smile.)
Phoning in to get a queue number is still a pain, though. Sometimes you get patched to India (I'm sure) and sometimes Melbourne (I think). But I guess the folks at the Singapore centre can't do too much about it. They do what they can. Thanks!