Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
cpratt

Cranky.

To no one in particular:

When the US bombs Al-Qaeda, please refrain from conspiracy theories ("they only did it because the current administration wants more troops in Iraq") or open-ended statements of sympathy ("what about all of the innocent victims who may have died?") without at least considering that sometimes it might be a good thing to bomb terrorists before they cause greater numbers of innocent death, that you probably didn't speak up with Clinton bombed Al-Qaeda in East Africa (probably only because you, as do I, sympathize with him more than with Bush), or that Al-Qaeda is far from a humanitarian organization (they've been known to kill a couple of thousand innocent victims from time to time).

When Apple announces the iPhone, please don't jizz all over it immediately declaring it to be the most awesome gadget ever. Please don't start whining about how you have eight months left on your contract and how you MUST HAVE IT IMMEDIATELY. If you can afford a $599 phone (because you WILL want the 8GB model, won't you?), then you can afford a contract termination fee. Please don't talk to me about AWESOME NEW FEATURES like the ability to listen to music on your phone - my phone's done that since 2003, thank you. Please do start asking questions about battery life, talk time, call quality, ringing reliability, compatibility with the E-mail provider of your choice, durability, and pricing. If you really wanted to do what the iPhone does, you'd be using a $100 phone now, not waiting six months for a $599 phone.

When Apple announces the new AirPort Extreme Base Station, please don't assume that it's revolutionary (it's not; other hardware has done the same thing for months now, albeit without the Bonjour printer networking). Additionally, please do remember that if you're using it at home, it's not going to speed up your wireless Internet access (assuming you're on DSL, cable, dial-up, or some other common home networking technology). If you already have a wireless 802.11b/g router, this ain't gonna improve anything. If you need a hard drive on your network, there are cheaper options. If you need to share a printer, well, then, this might be good for you.
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  • It's July 2013.

    Remember when I wrote a lot on LiveJournal? Yeah, me neither.

  • Steve

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