Nov 022012
 

First things first, let me state for the record, I have most assuredly drunk the Kool-Aid, and am that most reviled of things, an Apple Fanboy. I tried to resist, wouldn’t try, touch the water, for so long.

My first foray into Apple-land was my MacBook – oh, it was a strange beast, things didn’t work in that Windows way to which I’d become so accustomed. But I adjusted rapidly and, with only two minor tweaks, am now completely happy with Mac OSX. More than, in fact.

iPhone – oh, pride went before a fall on this one! I had a BlackBerry, then an Android ‘phone, always advocating the open nature of this system compared to Apple. What a mistake!! In a year of owning my Android handset, it wasn’t available to me for over a month, as it was away being repaired, leaving me with as good as nothing!

I love my iPhone. It’s an iPhone 4, and there are some things I’d change, but overall it’s absolutely brilliant. Doesn’t require hacks, or constantly reinstalling the OS just to make the handset work. It’s beautiful, design wise, inside and out. It does, as the saying goes, just work.

So why am I disappointed?

 

Recent history …

 

OSX – Mountain Lion

I was happy to pay for this upgrade, especially given the low price. Some of the features (this also applies to iOS 6) were useful, especially the Facebook integration, made it worth having. Until, that is, the awful problems with Mail. It became almost unusable. It took me, with my not-too-great understanding of the behind the scenes issues, and a very dear friend who can navigate OSX almost blindfold, to make the app useable again. That’s not good. That’s not Apple.

iOS 6

Again, integration with social media FTW, as I believe the kids will have it. Very much to be desired.

However, having updated it, strange thing happened. Like, contact pictures randomly being reassigned to people. None of them is right. I’ve tried everything I can imagine to make it better to no avail. Even *new* contacts added are pulling contact pics from other people . . . I’m not sure how to address this.

Also, text expansion/keyboard shortcuts – I make great use of these. Email addresses, telephone numbers, etc. These are all things I love(d). And it’s not that they don’t work now; neither is it that they do; it’s that you can’t tell from one moment to another whether or not they will. That’s fucking annoying.

So when I saw today’s update to iOS 6.0.1 I thought it might finally address some of these really annoying factors and was happy to sign up. More Kool-Aid? Yes please!!

 

No.

 

The “problems” which it sought to address were to me nonexistent, and even were they to exist, far less problematic than those to which I’ve already referred. Nonetheless, I proceeded.

 

Agony. A – GO – NY!!

 

Over two hours of waiting for the update to install – via iTunes, not OTA – and eventually I had to give up. When restarting it, it failed to restore properly. I’m now trying to get my ‘phone back to where it began 2 hours ago.

 

Apple

I love Apple, and Apple products. I really do. I just feel like recently things have been rushed out too quickly, without being tested sufficiently. They’re starting to make me feel like a Windows/Android user, and if that’s what they want, then they need to charge Windows/Android prices. I’m happy to pay for the premium; provide it!

 

Oct 162012
 

The following was initially written in response to someone’s saying they didn’t know who these two were. Then I thought, actually, it kind of stands on its own as a very brief tribute to them both. So here it is …

Christopher Hitchens was probably the most eloquent, erudite and unapologetic opponent of organised religion ever. He was a genius, a genuine renaissance man and polymath, and your life is immeasurably impoverished by ignorance of him and his work. 

Richard Dawkins is an eminent evolutionary biologist and wildly published in both scientific and more general media. His ‘popular science’ works on evolution as incredibly accessible and information while his diatribe against organised religion “The God Delusion” is a deserved best seller.

Oct 092012
 

I really do not, and cannot at present, understand how anyone can defend or indeed promote the death penalty.

1) The overwhelming evidence is that is doesn’t work and any kind of deterrent.

2) It’s purely retributive, based on revenge.

3) If we make a mistake, we can’t release an innocent person; we’ve killed him.

 

I’m genuinely open to trying to understand more; I’d like to comprehend how anyone can logically or rationally support the death penalty.

 

Can anyone? Please? I’d like a debate ….

Feb 042010
 

Oh dear, I’m so glad I got my latte BEFORE the ruckus kicked off between the love of my life and the ill-equipped barista at Brighton station …. I could see his point, I really and truly could, but he should simply have bowed his head and asked what, if anything, he could do to make things better. I felt sorry for him. But all I did was hide around the corner and sip at my coffee.

Wouter - Persona non grata

Soon to be seen around Brighton