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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

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May1

my buddy (actually, he is a friend; there is probably a difference that could make for its own blog post) Victor shared the following story with me. he has a great many interests, and likely qualifies as something of an, “everyman”. read the article, here: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eejk45ejjid/cityspire-penthouse-new-york-ny/

$100M homesso… the house I just moved my family into MIGHT be worth $700k. But, I would never pay that much, for anything.

I can’t even get my head around $100M and the sort of person that might care about such things. if I had that much spare cash there would not be a kid in school without reading glasses or shoes.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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Macbook Pro with Life-like Hair (and Kung Fu Grip)

June18
just so we are collectively (in a manner of speaking) clear, I never understood, or liked G.I. Joe with Life-Like Hair. Kung Fu Grip was pretty cool. but, the whole beard thing left me aghast. that may have been due to my military upbringing. but, I’m sure that at the age ten, my sense of utilitarian-propriety-application were simply and instinctively offended.

so… late last week on Linkedin, I posted a version of the following message:

Brian Patrick Cork ”Five days into the life-cycle of Apple’s new Macbook Pro – with Retina Display, the product is hard to find. Apple’s own website has a three-to-four week delivery date. From a consumer standpoint that’s frustrating. But, from a shareholder standpoint it’s potentially brilliant. This should make for an interesting story by the end of the quarter.”

Jo DeLapp, father of Organic Food Guru JK DeLapp, reared his head with (we did make some grammar revisions):

Joseph K. DeLapp “B – Reviews of new MacBook Pro with retina are skewed negative vs mixed. Do you have one and are the reviews that are less than positive deserved or not? I am ready to update my MacBook which is about 4 years old but have put acquisition on hold until I learn more. Other than that, how goes it for you in General? Joe DeLapp.”

I felt my response was rather creative and relevant (culturally speaking), so I’m making it a point to share all of it with you.

Brian Patrick Cork “Hey Joe. Life is running on all twelve cylinders. In terms of reviews of the new Macbook Pro with Retina Display (its like GI Joe with Life-Like Hair). The old GI Joe was great. The Life-Like Hair was kind of cool but not necessary for performance. The new Macbook Pros are very thin and light. They also don’t come with a hard drive. So, the sense is they feel like a larger Macbook Air. But, they are FAST and powerful machines. And, they will likely be as reliable as may other Apple product on the market. All that said, if you want my opinion, unless money is no object I’d recommend that you go with a new Macbook Pro (without the Retina Display). Thats $1700 with all the upgrades.”

this may be a good example of how the latest gadget is genuinely unnecessary. I’m convinced the Retina Display is really cool. however, it adds a whopping $1000 to  the price tag. so, you can get a great Macbook Pro with about the same level of performance if you don’t mind it being just a bit (negligible) thicker, like a hard drive (I don’t care either way because almost all of my files are on DropBox) and keep your wits about yourself.

Apple shareholders win, either way. and, going back to my original point on Linkedin, the Apple faithful, and newly realized, are snapping-up the new MacBooks in record numbers.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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it’s okay for Apple to make great products and Profits

October20

thanks for reading my blog post today.

to keep things interesting I’m sharing a recent exchange I’ve had with an “Google evangelist” that tends to resent Apple.

Nicholas sometimes comes across like he viewed Steve Jobs as “the man” in a seemingly counter-cultural sort of way. if Nicholas actually understood Jobs and his views around innovation and choice that creates, for us all, you’ll appreciate this irony-drenched exchange all the more.

under any circumstances it certainly makes for good sport.

NOTE: I think Nicholas is a good bloke.

read the entire exchange beginning with Nicholas’s email to me (at the bottom), first. do it!

“Hey Nicholas.

The iPhone 4S is, in fact a very much upgraded device from the iPhone 4. The processing chip, camera, and general interface driven by the iOS5 track to the Apple Product Road Map (i.e. iPhone, iPhone 3, iPhone 3S, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S – and, before too long, the iPhone 5) that most outsiders have a difficult time grasping. Its not really a debatable matter. anyone can make it subjective. but, why bother? And, there is a reason why more iPhone 4S’s were sold in record time (for Apple) than the prior versions of the device.

Google’s Android driven voice service is well established. Its just not as robust, today, or in terms of it’s potential as [Apple's] Siri. Google had an opportunity to acquire the [Siri] software but missed it. The Android effort is admirable. But, it’s not on-par with Google’s own search capability. The great thing about Siri (certainly it’s awesome potential), for example, is that is, in fact, comparable to Google’s search prowess in scope and scale. Google may have been first with the voice service, but Apple out-paced and has surpassed with it’s Siri. Until you actually use it you can’t comprehend what a game-changer it is.

I appreciate your reading my prior posts. But, I believe you were doing so using a lens looking for something that I was not doing. My own objectives have been very consistent. I use Google as a comparison to Apple using wealth-building and industry innovation as particular credibility markers. You generally are not a stock buyer (yet), or have access to multiple technology platforms. So, your perspective is limited. I don’t see an “end of an era” for Apple. If you understand what is happening in China, for example, you must needs comprehend that the bigger market, or “unreached”, remains untapped. And, Sprint’s recent commitment to purchase over thirty million (30m) iPhones is only a sliver of what Apple is forecasting in terms of growing their market, as opposed to everyone else’s mere perspective of a market. There is nuance at work here, Nicholas, that you might consider being open-minded to.

Referring to me as an “Apple fanboy” is not playful or in-line with teasing. It’s disrespectful. I am an Apple shareholder, and I firmly believe in the companies operating philosophy and the worthiness of it’s products, which happen to reflect positively in it’s growing value by share price.

I don’t use “hate speech”. I relay facts, and information a I see it. I offer insight and perspective most people don’t have, or have access to. This unique ability is why blogging, for example, is interesting to, and for, me.

You can say things like Apples mobile device “…market growth is anemic”. But, you can’t say that for it’s share price, nor it’s profound innovation. And, for discerning people that make more world-changing decisions, that remains a vital baring-point. And, the bottom-line remains that Apple has never tried to serve “everyone” like Google might desire. Apple only wants to serve a very sophisticated market. That has long been part of it’s appeal and why the wealthy and influential choose Apple products over what everyone else can afford. If, as you state, Apple products are “stale, even passe”, why is there such an insatiable demand for them globally and outside of the markets (again Sprint and China as a small example) that your information tables are cherry-picked around. Oh… I do my research. But, I have to question whether you actually understand the information you have. The sophomore only see’s what he is looking for, eh. I’ve tried to teach you to look beyond what you read on the internet. But, only you can decide if you choose to follow that guidance, or not.

Yes… Your Nexus One had “Siri-like” capabilities. But, a dumb phone can make calls just like a Nexus One, right? Being “Siri-like” is not the same as being on-par with Siri, eh.

You say Apple will “…have to figure out some way of making their smartphone device sexy again”. But, I question your qualifications as a marketing thought leader.

I think it’s great that you would choose to use a Mac to run Windows. It’s no surprise that an Apple product makes a poor Operating System like Windows that was forged in piracy, run better. I both love and value irony.

You say: 

“It always will, and as we both know, it is hard to compete with 125+ bad ass devices, when you only have 5 of your own to offer.”

I love that! It puts all of my thinking and efforts around blogging about apple and Google right into context and perspective. Under your logic it takes 125+ Google(y) products to compete with five of Apple’s. And yet, even with all that effort, Google, as large a company as it is as defined by head-count, capital expenditure, etc., can’t match Apple’s value by share or brand (I know you read the news and stories about Apple now being the most valuable brand on the planet). I think that says a lot about market-share, or what might be vitally important under best-practices, Nicholas. There is nothing “silly” about any of that.

brian patrick cork

- sent from my iPhone 4.8″

this began (well… this most recent exchange, any way) with:

On Oct 5, 2011, at 4:48 PM, nicholas taylor johnson wrote:

Hey Brian – Hope all is well.

I was emailed your blog post today by a former friend of ours, and I must say, I couldn’t help but chuckle and reminisce about the old days debating Apple v Google.  Did you forget to do your research again??  That next to the last paragraph – “almost entirely new and very much upgraded”?!?!?!?  No reputable hardware review, other than Apple’s own review of their hardware, would classify this as “almost entirely new and very much upgraded”!  That’s silly!  (SIRI – similar service on Android for over a year [and the AppStore for over year, as well], 8MP – multiple Android devices have had this for a while, dual core processor – several Android devices have this, as well).  Oh, okay, I see the “upgraded” point – you mean over the iPhone 4, which is 12 months behind Android devices in terms of functionality, whereas the 4S is only about 6 months behind Android.  Got it!  lol

And, I see you’ve resorted to name calling us Android-toters as “losers”.  I remember the days when you used logic instead of rhetoric!!

I’m only teasing, but it is funny to see how your posts regarding Apple v Google have changed over time.  I went back and read some of the old ones, and your tone is totally different.  Like a lot of Apple fanboys, I’m sure you’re seeing the end of an era on the horizon, so I don’t blame you for pulling out the hate speech.  With such anemic (nearly non-existent, really) market share growth in a year and half, you have to wonder how soon it will be before Android starts taking bigger and bigger bites out of Apple’s market share, as they’ve done to RIM, Microsoft, Palm and Symbian.  Here are a couple tables that show what I mean – from March 2010: http://goo.gl/fVbT and from October 2011: http://goo.gl/SLpPx.  A 36% increase for Android and a 2% increase for Apple.  The numbers don’t lie.  Apple is stale, passe even.  And, why not?, when you consistently release smartphone technology that Androids have already had for six months or more, eventually the sheeple will revolt.  Hell, my Nexus ONE had Siri-like capabilities.

That said, I continue to love my iMac and my MacBook (despite the fact that all I do is run Windows inside of my Mac, it does look pretty), but in order for their smartphone to stay near the top, they’ll have to figure out some way of making their smartphone device sexy again.  In the end, though, freedom of choice wins.  It always will, and as we both know, it is hard to compete with 125+ bad ass devices, when you only have 5 of your own to offer.  Oh, sorry for using the number 5 there, I know that is a touchy subject with the Apple evangelists – that number probably evokes thoughts of disappointment.

And, DON’T come back saying, “well, look at Apple stock, they’re obviously doing something right”, or some such nonsense.  lol  My beef isn’t with their other devices – I love their computers and tablets.  I’m only talking about smartphones here.  They’re fading, and fast.

Cheers,

nicholas taylor johnson

gPhone – ###.###.###

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life and Stuff with perspective

October7

today marks an interesting perspective driven milestone for myself and role on this planet.

I’m forty nine years away from being one hundred years old.

yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of my earthly Father’s suicide, whom I idolized because he was a great Dad, loving husband, by example, and leader of men (I’m still left with the question: “why didn’t he call me?”).

two days ago I lost a pretty good friend that helped me form a view of life, and philosophy in business. I fielded phone calls from local papers for “unique quotes”. in a way, that helped make feel a little better, about Steve.

my business is solid; and, I make a positive difference in people’s lives, and daily. I know it; so do they. that feels good. relevant.

so… today I’m hanging out with Joanne thinking, if I died today do I want to be in business meetings or be with her? Happy Friday everyone. I love you all. Lift me up.

with all that, I’m listening to: All I Do Is Win, by T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dog and Rick Ross (never mind the bits about making money – that just comes with using my Super Powers for good). also, Dear Mr. President by 4 Non Blondes, just because it’s completely different from All I Do Is Win – and, that is it’s own perspective. and, Knockin’ on Heavens Door, the Bob Dylan version, mind you. it’s not commonly known that Dylan was a favorite of Steve’s (and, my Dad).go find it on iTunes. you’ll be better for the effort. Do it!

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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