Office spaced

Hemingway sent cables; I just hook 'em up.

Hemingway sent cables; I just hook ’em up.

Now and again I am reminded that shit doesn’t just happen.

I was grumbling the other day that the iCrap-crazed Cloudniks at Apple no longer give a damn about modular, upgradeable desktop systems and the power users who love them, probably because I have spent far too much time staring at a desk that is topped by a veritable clusterfuck of computer hardware — a 15-inch mid-2014 MacBook Pro cabled to an OWC Thunderbolt 2 dock and thence to a Dell 27-inch monitor, a RAID array plus a couple other storage drives, an Apple SuperDrive and a cheap set of Logitech speakers that really need to go because they have all the sonic excellence of a 1965 GE P-1810A transistor radio.

Then I read this, and this, and I think I’m finally starting to get a feel for why Tim Cook is all like: “Fuck those bitches and their desktops. Whatsisname down in the basement is tasked with that project and if we have to we’ll trot him out and show the world what people who give a shit about desktop computers look like. Dude makes the stapler guy from ‘Office Space’ look like Michael Fassbender.”


13 Responses to “Office spaced”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    My view FWIW: It’s all economic/market strategy and demographics (demographics: aka the future that happened yesterday).

    China and India have the two largest populations in the world (those populations represent both workers and consumers). One, China, is viewed by many as expansionist and a threat to America; the other, India, has been cultivated by America as a strategic counterbalance to China since the end of the Cold War. India’s birthrate means it will surpass China in the 2028 timeframe as the most populous country in the world. Both are growing, but China’s population will peak out in 2030 at about 1.4 billion, while India’s will continue to grow and peak out at about 1.65 billion in the 2060 timeframe according to current projections. And both countries’ citizens crave modern consumer goods. Where better to foster “business relations” than both of them if you intend to be a viable (read profitable) company in the 2030-2060 timeframe?

    They’re both economic self-licking ice cream cones. 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Good thoughts, JD. Apple gets to play China and India against each other just like the United States does, too. “We’d love to keep making the stuff here, but. …”

      Plus, really, who uses desktops anymore? Everybody “needs” a smartphone or tablet, and that’s where the attention gets directed. Even laptops are starting to look disposable. Dell’s $430 Chromebook 13 has been getting killer reviews and you could get three of ’em for the cost of a basic MacBook.

      Apples and oranges, true, but for how much longer? Most of us — those of us who don’t have to edit audio, photos or video, anyway — would get along just fine with a $299 Acer Chromebook 14.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Cheap Dell laptops have been the go-to for us since the Toshiba Porteges got ditched with the switch to Windows 10. I plug mine into a big monitor and use a full-size keyboard in the office, but it’s nice to be able to unplug that stuff and take the laptop on the road, where I’m typing this. Since laptops are on their way out, the prices have gotten pretty low these days.

  2. veloben Says:

    The Chrome Books are nice. The file system is a bit odd and what’s with having to go through a Google server to print something? Scary.

    Got one of the Accer CB13-131 for under $200. The MAC Book is too valuable and heavy for cyclotouring. Surprise surprise shipped the CB-13 home after a month cause the iPhone could do all the internet posting that needed doing. iPhone, Garmin 1000 Explore and some back up USB batteries were all that was needed. Given the controlled chaos that is 16 riders looking to plug in multiple devices at a campsite a small electronic foot print is good. One guy had four or five screens on his handlebars and the Garmin radar light/alert system. Why?

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Maybe a Chris Froome wannabee? 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Haw. When I did the Southern Arizona Road Adventure back in 2010 I updated the blog from my tent with an iPhone. Or an iPod Touch; can’t recall for certain. One thing’s for sure: The WordPress app back then sucked with malice aforethought.

      For old fellers with bad eyes the iPad Mini makes a nice upgrade. Doesn’t weigh a ton (10.4 ounces vs. 4.9 ounces for the iPhone 7) and has more screen real estate.

      But then you have a phone and a tablet and before you know it you’re looking longingly at the 11-inch MacBook Air. At some point you have to holler “¡Basta ya!”

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Gee, governments paying companies with taxpayer money to locate in their city, county, or state? Say it ain’t so. Kinda like the $1.3B Nevada gave to fucking Tesla. At least you can still breathe outdoors most days in Las Vegas or Dallas. Try that in Beijing or Dehli.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    By the way, I have been using these speakers for 2 years now with no trouble and better sound than the price would indicate.

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