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Everyone is wrong about Apple’s Podcasts app

30 Jun

Apple released a podcast app this week that has been met with a fair amount of criticism by the podcast listening community.  Most of these people appear to have already tried many different apps or have been using iTunes podcasting abilities.  I don’t think that this app is targeted toward them.

This app appears to try and turn all of the podcasts that Apple hosts into the content needed for an internet radio.  I have used podcasts in the past, but thought that it was too much effort to keep them all synced when the content quality was just so so for most.  I instead would listen to the radio or listen to an audiobook.  The first was current and the latter was usually great content with very good production.

I believe this app is designed to not focus on individual podcast streams.  It minimizes the “subscription” aspect of a podcast. The main goal I believe is to just pick the topic that interests you, such as history, and then start listening.  After doing this you are presented with the latest podcast in a series that Apple curates for that topic.

This has left me able to pic my genre and start listening to  podcasts with good quality and very little discovery time. If I don’t like it then I skip and go to the most recent episode of the next podcast. It is a much less difficult way to get good content on your phone. I think that is Apple’s biggest goal with this app.  The people that will want to invest a lot of time into maintaining a list of their subscribed podcasts are the minority.  People really just want better radio and this app delivers it in my opinion.


Up Late

05 Nov

I’m up late trying to get a server moved over to using rvm.  Once I have this finished then it should be easy to just choose the version of ruby I would want for a site.  This may be a bit of overkill though as 1.8.7 should be able to run rails 2.3.4 and 3.0 just fine.  I would feel more comfortable about our setup though if this was in place.


Ultra Mobile PC

14 Mar
I think the best thing to happen for computing in a long time is taking place right now.  For a few years now computers have not needed the speed and size of the hardware that is being produced.  This has slowed processor development and driven PC prices down.  Laptops have even followed this same trend and seem to be getting larger and larger with screen sized as large as 17".
Finally though it appears the next evolution of the PC has arrived.  UMPCs will be available in the next month and will completely change how people view their computers. 
I think that most people have been misguided by comparing these to Pocket PCs and other hand held devices.  Where I see this device making the most impact is the notebook and even desktop market.  This device has the opportunity to become a companion that  every person in a family would want.  They will be able to watch their movies, check and send mail, get directions, play games, and browse the internet in a much less confined interface than was provided via the handheld devices.
With solid gaming platforms like the Xbox 360 and PS3 computers will be used less and less to play games.  This has by and large been the ultimate factor in pushing PC development.  With this lessened Vista will be the most intense program that many people will use on their computer.  That means that in 3 years a UMPC under $1000 will be able to do everything that someone’s desktop or notebook could do, but be completely mobile in an instant.  No need to syncronize, no need to get watered down versions of your software. 
I truely think that this is what my children will view as a PC.  I’ve thought for a long time that the future of computers would stop become less how fast they can be and more how useful they will be.  I think this is where UMPCs will lead the way towards computers not being large boxes in our house but small devices that a person could keep with them at all times.