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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

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

candid colored Apple

June12

As readers of this Blog know, I am currently engaged in a titanic struggle betwixt loyalty and practicality with regards to my utilization of not necessarily Smart Phone technology.

I recently abandoned my 2nd generation iPhone for a Blackberry Curve 8900 because the iPhone kept dropping calls, and reception within my offices was abysmal.

The Blackberry is now actually a “Macberry” – however, that is a completely different story.

The ugly truth of the matter is that the iPhone has arguably the worst radio of all the Smart Phones, and AT&T (currently the sole-provider of the iPhone) has demonstrably the worst cellular coverage of all the major providers (I just don’t know if it’s due to over subscription or just lousy decision-making). But the combination can make for a horrific (okay at least exasperating) experience.

I am making this case because A LOT of people read this Blog. Also because readers understand what an otherwise passionate Apple evangelist I am (so, this is clearly a big deal); and, the people at Apple read this Blog and listen to me (Apple closed down about 4 points Wednesday after I spoke with an analyst about my concerns).

Fix the problem please.

By the way… The Palm Pre is a nifty device. But, as I have already stated on this Blog, it’s not an “iPhone killer” (the considered act of throwing your iPhone against a wall because you dropped yet another important call with a client half way around the globe is certainly an iPhone Killer). The essential reason for this is that it’s not (ironically) an iPhone – and, therefore, not cool enough.

NOTE:  a Macberry is obviously cool – but mostly because it represents resourcefulness. It’s still a work-around – from my unique perspective, anyway.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

that loyalty thingy

June5

So…

My readers, and most people around me, know I am a table-thumping Apple evangelist. I have stubbornly used Apple technology (I prefer that term as opposed to computers because Steve Jobs and company bring something more elegant than “computers” to the world) and related products and peripherals since 1984.

apple iphoneI did not have to wait in line to purchase my first iPhone. Apple made sure I had one before most everyone else. I won’t waste time here offering a review of that brilliant device. Many others are obviously better qualified to do so. But, for the record, I have used two iPhones – both the first and second generation units.

My concern this morning is that I have, once again, set aside my Apple iPhone and started using a Blackberry Curve 8900.

I understand that this announcement will drive consternation throughout both corporate America and Wall Street.

This is a big deal.

blackberry curve 8900The driving reason for this is that the radio in the iPhone is awful.  I could not make many calls from my offices. I had calls dropped constantly. That had become a forgone conclusion and something that caused consternation amongst my global clients. I speak and work with business leaders that change the world daily. So, having unreliable technology defines the very meaning of the word awkward. AT&T’s 3G is certainly suspect. So, I turn that off most of the time, and this reduces the iPhones competitive advantage. On the other hand, the Curve, and most Blackberry products, have arguably the best radio available in commercial handsets.

The thing (or ability) that I like best about the iPhone (other than it being a flagship Apple product that is clearly changing the world and represents yet another reason why I am right when I foist Apple on everyone) is simply visual voicemail. And, Apple products, in general, are considered hip (not sure if I consider myself hip). To be candid, using my finger to make things magically happen on the iPhone is cool. But, fingerprints and smudges are not. So, my Curve always looks shiny, clean and new. I don’t use any handset to access the internet, and I refuse to use email on one as well. I use a Smartphone mostly for talking and limited texting. This is actually annoying to many of my friends and associates that understand the access I have to wicked-cool technology and stuff. So, that best-of-class radio feature is, in the end, most important to me. And, I am advised (breaking news hint #1), by insiders, that AT&T should have a feature rich visual voicemail application available in the third quarter. Finally, the Curve is smaller and lighter than the iPhone.

Okay… This might be a bit of a review, or comparison, after all.

In any event, this is also me venting and adding my voice to the masses concerned about the Apple and AT&T connection. But, I am very loyal, and having to set aside Apple technology for any reason will always trouble me. By the way, there are rumors. But, I can confirm that the next generation iPhone is very close (breaking news hint #2).

plam preBy the way… The Palm Pre (Verizon) will be cool. I learned today it’s already at Best Buy stores (ahead of the publicized delivery day of tomorrow/ Saturday). Just so you know, Jonathan Ive, the fellow that essentially designed the iPhone for Apple, had a vision conflict with Steve Jobs. Mr. Ive felt the iPhone should have a keyboard. The Palm Pre realizes this vision for a keyboard that slides out from the back of the handset. However, that keyboard won’t represent an iPhone killer. It really won’t.

Feel free to weigh in. Call me on my Curve if you must. Just know that every time I pick it up I look forward to a better iPhone – but, might also be sportin’ a Pre.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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

Lots of stuff.

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