I’m not quite ready to proclaim a full-blown news crisis — but there’s a serious lack of stories begging for commentary today. I suspect a conspiracy.
Lost iPhone 5? Feels familiar. Carol Bartz getting canned by Yahoo? Boring. Carol Bartz saying naughty words on video? Only slightly less boring.
No, I’m afraid I’ll have to break format today. Some assorted items from the grab bag:
Bad design from Apple?
It’s always fun to point out that Apple isn’t perfect. Dr. Macenstein offers up Apple’s worst icons, a quick tour of some bad Apple art. My personal least-favorite has always been the icon for iWeb. The doctor is right.
The lost art of code names
Apparently, all the good ones were taken. The next update to Android is code named Ice Cream Sandwich. Further proof that code names are not created in the creative department.
New PCs for HP to dump
It was big news when HP announced they’d be getting rid of their PC group. What better way to celebrate than to announce eight new PC models coming in the next two months. Maybe they’ll dump those for $99 too?
What Apple ads would look like without Apple
It takes some kind of talent to distill something as cool as iPad into a commercial as mediocre as this. But Verizon was up to the task. Stunning. In the old days, Apple had to approve ads from its partners-in-crime. I suspect that rule has been eased.
The Steve Jobs biography meets its match
Ron Wayne, the long-forgotten “third partner” at Apple back at the dawn of time, sold his 10% of the company back to those two other guys for $800. This secures his place in history as the Pete Best of the computer industry. Now Ron has published his own biography called Adventures of an Apple founder. This one doesn’t even bother to start off as a hardcover.
Have a good weekend, all.