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Diversification And Legacy Data

May 23, 2014

I’m told that I’m a very loyal customer. That I’m loyal to Apple, Starbucks, Portland Fruit West, etc. — very few companies receive my business, and those who do receive my business receive a lot of it. Instead of making things complicated by buying from a diverse array of companies I keep things very simple by only buying from a handful.

There are many benefits to not diversifying yourself in computing platforms, and probably the most clear example of why it’s good to stick with one company is legacy data. Apple is what I know, so I’m going to try to stick to it for this blog post, though most of what follows can be said about other large companies which provide a wide array of services.

TL;DR: Through backups, my iPhone 5s and iPad Air have a data trail that dates back to 2006 with my MacBook Pro.

In 2007 I synced my brand new iPod touch with my MacBook Pro, and moved over .Mac mail, Calendar Events, Contacts, and Music/Movies. Every iOS device I’ve purchased since my iPod touch has been set up using backup data from the iOS device preceding it. I’ve actually gone through four generations of backups setting up new devices.

  1. 1. My iPhone 3G was just my iPod touch in a new shell.
  2. 2. My iPad and iPhone 4 were copies of my iPhone 3G in different shells.
  3. 3. My iPad 3 was a copy of my iPad.
  4. 4. My iPhone 5s, iPad mini and iPad Air are really just copies of my iPhone 4 and iPad 3, but they can also be considered simply grown up versions of my 2007 iPod touch.

(In addition, my iPhone 5s and iPad Air seamlessly share a remarkable amount of data with each other through iCloud.)

If I mixed things up with an Android device now and then, and if I used a different Mail service, 3rd party Contacts, Calendar, Notes, web browsers, office suites, photo management apps, etc., I could have moved over everything from device to device regardless of platform. The problem is it would require more work than I’d like! There’s beauty in simplicity.

Diversification is an important part of our development as humans. It’s great to travel and be around people who aren’t like you, who take you out of your comfort zone and force you to develop new ideas of culture and humanity. What I’ve learned traveling is that people are at a base level the same everywhere, although there are differences which have been imposed through the arc of time. When you immerse yourself in a culture other than your own, you can learn those impositions and adopt the ideas that you like, making yourself a truly unique individual.

Where diversification falls short of being important for development, is in our product purchases. You see people who have an iPhone, a Samsung Android tablet, and a Dell Windows PC, and use Yahoo! e-mail. This can be in the name of diversification, that different platforms have different benefits, and that it’s generally a bad idea to put all your faith in a single company in case it goes out of business.

As far as Apple goes, however, it’s very far from shutting down with its $151 billion in the bank and all. And the more companies you tie yourself to, the greater the chance you’ll find some services you rely on disappearing. It’s important to measure everything such as functionality, profitability, and how the company has handled product/service transitions in the past. From what I’ve measured Apple is the company I feel safe relying on.

12: Go Science!

January 8, 2013

1. Giant Squid Filmed Alive

The video kind of stinks, but this is pretty cool. Japanese scientists filmed a live giant squid, which is the first time that one has been captured on camera alive! This is exciting because it means now we can look for other camera shy sea creatures.

Despite my outright fear of the ocean, the idea that there are so many creatures we probably can’t even fathom living on the same planet as us is fascinating, and while we already knew that giant squids existed, seeing a live one on film that isn’t CG is fascinating.

via @geekCouch on Twitter

2. Dreamies

If you’re like me and miss Twinkies, you can thank Mrs. Freshley’s for filling the void with a little snack called “Dreamies“. After I get settled into my new home this weekend, I’m going to give Dreamiest a test drive. Here’s hoping that it can live up to Twinkies at least a little bit.

3. The New Way Teens Shame

The next big thing in cyber bullying is teens dissecting other teen’s pictures.

I wasn’t ever bullied — let alone cyber bullied — so I have a difficult time empathizing with these bullied teens. But it’s clear that a few parents need to take a course in parenting.

4. iOS Users Have Downloaded 40 Billion Apps

The best part about this story is the comments section; Engadget’s commenter base is so anti-Apple despite the publication being fairly neutral that it’s scary.

Aside from that, it’s pretty impressive that iOS users have downloaded 40 billion apps in less than five years — half if that in just 2012. Consider that the 40 billion number doesn’t include pirated apps, and it’s clear why iOS is a highly desirable platform for developers despite the elephant in the room Android’s presence.

5. Beat Underestimation

Christa Campbell, one of Texas Chainsaw 3D‘s producers, is proving people wrong with the success of her film. “I love that people underestimate me”, Campbell says, and while I’m not aware of how often she is underestimated, it’s a great sentiment.

When someone tells you that you can’t do something, take it as a challenge to prove them wrong. You’ll probably fail a lot, but there are few things as rewarding as beating expectations. Live for that and you’ll live happily.

via @scottEweinberg on Twitter

6. News: Justin Bieber Might Be Crazy

If rumors are to be believed, Justin Bieber calls his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez approximately 100 times per day.

I don’t buy this story, honestly, for a few reasons. Namely I’m not sure that Bieber has enough spare time to call an individual 100 times per day, and that Gomez is smart enough that she would seek a restraining order. Nonetheless, it’s fun to fan the “Bieber sucks!!!” fire among my peers.

via @cambio on Twitter

7. Huawei To Samsung: Top This

At CES yesterday, Huawei announced a 6.1″ smartphone which it calls Ascend Mate. I’m not aware of anyone with jeans that justify a 6.1″ phone, and what’s frightening is that this probably won’t be the only 6″+ smartphone released this year or next — infact 6.1″ might be viewed as small in a few years.

Please Apple, ignore this “trend”.

8. Goodbye, David R. Ellis

David R. Ellis, the director of Snakes on a Plane (which you may be aware is one of my favorite B-movies) passed away yesterday. He will be missed.

Not to be a shill for Netflix, but if you have an account, you can stream Ellis’s recent movie Shark Night. It’s a fun throwaway flick if you’re a B-movie fan.

via @scottEweinberg on Twitter

9. Huh

The designers of Microsoft’s Windows 8 logo, Pentagram Design, have redesigned NYC parking signs. I have little more to say than “huh”.

10. Being Wrong Redux

Part of the reason today’s post (Issue? Edition?) is a few hours late is that I spent more time talking with my associates than researching/writing. Probably the largest topic that we covered is pride; being immovable, right until proven wrong, creating straw men, etc. These types of discussions are healthy because they help to point out personality flaws that I choose to pretend don’t exist.

Yours truly, two months ago:

I make a whole lot of statements every day — it’s like an Olympic sport for me. Be it here, in person among physical people, or on Twitter or Skype, I talk a lot about things I know a lot about and things I know little about. Unfortunately I’m not right 100% of the time which is probably something to be expected. The most important thing is how I handle being wrong — I’d argue that it’s more important than being right.

Pride itself isn’t a bad thing, in fact I’m proud of a lot of things — but it’s when pride supersedes judgement that things take a turn from okay to not. I was very recently wrong in a very big way. Personally, I’m happy I was wrong, because it’s led to sometching so much better than the results that sticking to my guns would have yielded.

I decided to revisit this after a session of meditating followed by Screeching Weasel’s cover of I Can See Clearly Now, because I forgot what I myself wrote just two months ago. It’s true that I’m highly opinionated and have been for as long as I can remember, but my attachment to pride changed for the worse in a very short amount of time.

I’m at a point where I can say that my behavior is healthy — that drawing lines in the sand and alienating myself from others makes me an easy person to identify — or admit that I’m wrong and need to change. I believe that the latter is probably the healthiest thing to do. And if you find yourself in a similar slump, I hope that you have friends as good as mine who can call you out without judging you.

This is one situation where I really hope that I’m not wrong.

9.4: Samsung’s New Chromebox

January 2, 2013

According to Engadget, Samsung announced an update to its Mac mini Series 3 Chromebox which, surprisingly, doesn’t look like Apple’s Mac mini like it used to.

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