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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

evidently God was the first Blackberry user

January21

Why Alan Missroon Still Uses a BlackBerry

Bible writers Mark and Luke each refer to the historical account when God spoke to Moses through the burning bush.

in each instance, both Mark and Luke use the Greek word for blackberry when referring to the burning bush.

the inference is that God was the first Blackberry user.

and, since some have speculated that the Devil used an Apple; and everyone knows Android was created by man, Alan Missroon is sticking with the BlackBerry.

while out’s interesting and fun to me, it may not equal any of that with you. however, Thursday I wrote a post titled, Did God give us English or does the language help us define Him. here is a excerpt.

that said, one of my favorite example might end-up “being” the evolution of Artificial Intelligence” (“AI”). at what point will the mote in Gods eye transect with other creation? will AI (or androids, for example) develop independent or unique thought? can you imagine one day a robot writing poetry? would you listen to a robot serve-up a sermon from the pulpit?

so, when I met Alan Friday, and he told me the story I felt providence was once again playing it’s impish role in my life. And, God.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

the best Story is always between the lines

May25

I’m a bit skeptical over Salvatore’s article, here (well… below).

as most of you know I’ve been sporting Android devices myself of late (Nexus 7 over my iPad, the Nexus 4, and now the HTC One). Its fun. but, I remain a serious Apple shareholder. I’m thinking long-term.

I’ve pondered Salvatore’s article and found myself asking a fundamental question:

“If he is correct, then why is it every kid in North American schools from College down to the 3rd grade want iPhones? Most of their parents as well.”

If you disagree tell me why. do it!

“Salvatore “Sam” is a member of The Motley Fool Blog Network – entries represent the personal opinion of the blogger and are not formally edited. Although Apple’s iPhone 5 sold more impressively than the Gal … Robert is a…”

that’s it. just that. but, Sal’s position is weak without much relative research. for example he fails to mention that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is subsidized for carriers much differently than Apple’s practice. for example, at AT&T you can pick up the Samsung device for $199. this is why Apple’s margins are better and another reason the stock is underpriced.

ironically:

The S4 figures in context

“Although Apple’s iPhone 5 sold more impressively than the Galaxy S4, the smartphone market appears to be rapidly moving against Apple. To be completely fair, the iPhone 5 did sell better than Samsung’s S4. There’s no question about that. Apple sold 5 million of its latest iPhone in just the first weekend. AppleInsider has pointed out the apparent media bias when it comes to coverage of Apple: many articles characterized the iPhone 5’s launch as a failure, while Samsung’s S4 has received praise.”

this means Samsung is selling under margin. not a great long-term strategy where you get your customers accustomed to cheap prices. comparatively, Apple has us willing to pay a lot of money for great products.

go play.

peace to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

fooling smartphones

May4

Hearty and ferocious readers of this Blog know that I use (certainly experiment with) a lot of new technology.

As changes become more permanent, startups and ministries benefit by the transition as we gift them the hardly used equipment. This is a good opportunity to remind readers that we have a philanthropic organization – brian cork Philanthropic, with approximately $500,000 set aside for educational and social improvement initiatives. Contact me at: brian@unsinkablebriancork.com to nominate organizations and students.

In any event, most of you know that I’ve approved our organizational use of the Google Nexus One (Android platform). This will supplant, short or long-term our use of the Apple iPhone. NOTE: The Nexus One is a GSM device and is not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint. We’ve used AT&T for years. T-Mobile thought they had an exclusive for the Nexus One. But… We cheated. We picked up several of the unlocked handsets, dropped-in our AT&T SIMs cards, and we are in-motion and waxing productive. I can’t come up with anything positive to offer around T-Mobile other than thanking them for making it so easy to get what I want – elsewhere.

In any event…

There are two versions of the current Nexus One device. Both versions support four GSM radio frequencies (850/900/1800/1900), but the supported 3G/UMTS bands will differ depending on the version selected. When ordering (you can try that, here), you’ll be able to select either of the following devices:

  • 3G coverage on networks that use the 850 MHz, 1900 MHz, and 2100 MHz frequency bands (recommended for use on AT&T in the US); and/ or,
  • 3G coverage on networks that use the 900 MHz, AWS, and 2100 MHz frequency bands (recommended for use on T-Mobile in the US)

In addition, it should be noted that the Nexus One will deliver 2G/EDGE speeds on GSM networks and also supports WiFi. The latter being critical if you’ve picked up Apple iPad and like the idea of the Mobile Hot-Spot capability (we do).

These cover most major GSM mobile providers worldwide; however, if you’re unsure of the bands supported by your mobile service provider, please contact your provider directly prior to purchase.

Also remember that voice and data coverage, including both 2G/EDGE and 3G coverage, are dependent on your specific mobile carrier’s network and coverage areas. For example, it’s almost impossible to even make a cellular telephone call in the San Francisco Bay area. So, having access to WiFi (think SKYPE) is an emerging requirement to engage in meaningful business. Check with your mobile carrier about the availability of voice and data services in your area.

See? I helped you – all of you, again.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

the scales of justice don't, often enough, balance out against evil

April30

As my scandalized practical loyal,  readers know, I’ve recently approved yet another experiment involving an exercise in self-gratification cellular handsets and related technology for our business empire. You can read more about that here: selfless acts of Commerce. Do it!

With the above accomplished, be advised that my immediate impression of the Nexus One is that, like all other challengers to Apple, it ably proves the nimble genius of Steve Jobs, his ferocious development teams, and all things Apple-oriented.

The Nexus One certainly has great promise. Although I will tip my ball cap to the “Car Home” application with it’s nifty suite of features that include: Navigation, View Map and Voice Search. Google has also included a very powerful Maps application that is both free and superior to anything Garvin or NAVIGON has produced.

However, the iPhone has the market share and established credibility. We, that collective we, mind you, trust Apple, in that we understand the technology works because it’s best-of-class.

So, I am reasonably certain that we don’t yet trust Google, ironically, because of it’s open-source and open-community mind-set. The open-source crowd is a squirrelly and high-browed bunch. And, Google neophites are self-focused, self-entitled birkenstock wearing Apple wanna-be’s. That has to make for an uncertain formula. In other words, Apple products do precisely what you expect them to do; while Google products (this includes the “cloud”- driven Google Apps) require having to, as Nicholas Johnson says: “work with it”, to get what you need.

…what ever…

Meanwhile… As we approach my point and a thing on my mind, and in my heart, some of you might be aware of the fact that an Apple iPhone team developer recently lost a prototype of the 3rd generation handset at a bar. It was apparently found by some mercenary rascal that sold it to an editor at Gizmodo. That made for an interesting story, while giving people (not us; we’ve already had seen the prototype) a glimpse of things to come. You can read the details, here: How Apple Lost the iPhone.

A point here is that I’ve been an Apple evangelist since 1985. I’ve been a share holder for almost as long. I’ve done business with those guys longer than most of their most senior employees have walked the halls. But, the emerging story driven by the finding of that iPhone is requiring that I begin to open my heart and mind – elsewhere.

To wit, a recent headline:

SEATTLE (AP) – Authorities seized computers, digital cameras, a cell phone and other items from a technology blog editor who posted pictures and details of a lost iPhone prototype.

“A computer-crime task force (called: Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team) made up of multiple law enforcement agencies searched Gizmodo editor and blogger Jason Chen’s house and car in Fremont, Calif., on Friday, according to a statement and search warrant documents provided by Gizmodo.

[we’re advised that the task force is underwritten, in part, by Apple]

The warrant, issued by a Superior Court judge in San Mateo County, said the computers and other devices may have been used to commit a felony. Steve Wagstaffe, spokesman for the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office, confirmed the warrant’s authenticity.

Members of the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team took several computers, hard drives, digital cameras, cell phones and other gadgets, plus Chen’s American Express bill and copies of his checks.

Last week Gizmodo had one of the Web’s hottest scoops when it posted photos of an Apple device that appeared to be a next-generation iPhone. It had been found in a bar in Redwood City, which is in San Mateo County, and [allegedly] sold for $5,000 by an unknown person to Gizmodo, a gadget blog owned by Gawker Media Inc.

After Chen posted photos and details about the phone, Apple acknowledged the device belonged to the company, and Gizmodo returned it.

Gawker Media said California’s shield law, which protects journalists from having to turn over anonymous sources or unpublished material to law enforcement during a search, should apply to Chen’s property.

Wagstaffe said the district attorney’s office is examining that issue.

[this means you have a media hungry DA, once again, deciding if he can interpret the law his way. the scales of justice don’t, often enough, balance out against evil]

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling declined to comment.”

[meanwhile, you have Jobs and his lawyers shredding documents that tie them to the task-force]

Journalists tell stories. And the best of them do so within the parameters of truth and light.

This is a potential example of where Apple is a bully and using the judicial system as a blunt-edged weapon. And, I feel certain that fair-minded Americans (those that care about social history, anyway) will likely take umbrage against Apple. This means they now feel like Microsoft, and just became “the man”, and enemy.

Thomas Jefferson, likely, would not approve. And, my own heart tells me I can’t either.

My thinking the last two days has been: why can’t Jobs throw out the word and confirm that he, indeed, has a bad-ass upgrade on the way – and, all the other sissy competitors should buy his stock to subsidize their pathetic efforts to emulate his success.

But no… He had to get all frothy; and, now he’s not just that stubborn genius; he’s an ass-hole.

So, for the moment, our experiment with the Nexus One, and other technologies will continue.

More later – oh hell yes.

Meanwhile, and, on the other hand karma, again, proves to be a bitch…

Pirates rewrite script for Apple’s China iPad launch

Just three weeks after the global launch, bootleg versions of Apple Inc’s hot-selling iPad’s have begun showing up on the shelves of online and real-world shops in piracy-prone China.

Go China!

Apple recently delayed the iPad’s international launch after huge demand in the United States caught them off guard.

[actually, that’s bull-shit. Apple reduces inventory to keep demand honed like a razor. it’s true and I can prove it]

But Chinese consumers looking for knock-offs of the company’s latest must-have product need look no further than this teeming electronics mall in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boomtown near the border with Hong Kong.

Maybe this justifies Apple’s judicial sledge-hammer. Maybe not. Probably not. But, what do you think?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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