If you think President Bush's speech last night shows that he understands the intricacies and implications of the financial crisis, then ask yourself this: if he knew what was happening, why didn't he do something about it sooner? Like, say, BEFORE it became a crisis?
The federal bailout of financial institutions should include a requirement that said institutions rescind all golden parachutes for their executives as a precondition for receiving any taxpayer money. If they truly need the help, that shouldn't be too much to ask in return.
Production photos of the Chevy Volt are out. And it's boring. I don't know why I'm surprised.
I was actually considering a Volt based on the concept. It would have been the first American car I'd purchased in more than 20 years. Not any more. Regardless of what's under the hood, this is a clear illustration of why GM is dying. Boring, boring, boring, lowest common denominator styling. When will GM learn that people actually care about form as well as function?
A couple of weeks ago, when my work MacBook died for the second time in less than six months I brought it to the Apple Store at UVillage. While the machine was still under warranty, my apologetic Apple Genius couldn't repair it until I produced some documentation. My previous failure had required a hard-drive replacement, during which the techs had failed to put the machine's serial number on the new drive. As a result, Apple couldn't track the repair or even find my machine in their system. After a drive home and then to the office in an annoying but ultimately successful search for the old repair order, Apple agreed to replace my machine with a brand new one and even copied all of my data from the old machine to the new. They've even called me to follow up and make sure the new MacBook is working properly. That's pretty good customer service and it turned me from a grumpy customer to a happy one.
Now that he's gone after McMansions, Greg Nickels is taking on the real development problem in Seattle, Craptastic Condos. But, while his proposed reforms seem to address some of the design issues that make these condos a blight, he doesn't address my biggest concern: low quality materials and shoddy construction. You don't have to look far to find a new condo with substandard, misaligned siding or cheap windows. In fact, it's hard to find one without them.
Now that Virgin Galactic is about roll out its new spaceliners, it's time to consider the more important aspects of the civilian space tourism industry. What, for example, will the stewardesses wear? And will Virgin's spaceships have the same groovy mood lighting as planes in the Virgin America fleet?
One of the hazards of being an Apple aficionado is that, because of the overwhelming hype, it's almost impossible to keep your expectations in check regarding new products. That's the case with the new 3G iPhone. Don't get me wrong, it's a better device than the original iPhone and cheaper, too. That's no small feat. But the sum total of new features is two: 3G networking and GPS. Those are both important, but not enough for me to shell out $200 or $300 (plus pay a higher monthly charge for data) to replace my original gen 1 iPhone, at least not right now.
On other hand, I might have ordered a new one today if Apple had added a couple of additional features. In particular, I was hoping for video recording, MMS capability and a camera flash (and/or a better camera). It's possible the first two might get addressed by third party developers (though I doubt it).
Still, I'm feeling pretty good about what I already have. The iPhone 2.0 software update will make the original iPhone do some new tricks. So I'll wait til Apple ships a 32GB model, at which point it'll be able to hold my entire music collection plus some video.