As far as I can remember, I began following Steve Jobs around 2005, when he announced that Apple would be switching to x86 hardware. He really impressed me in 2006, when he announced the MacBook Pro and iWeb.
I’m doing it wrong.
Today I came to a realization: I’m different.
The difference between me and other programmers cannot be understated.
I used to highly respect Apple. I bought an iBook, a few iPods, an iMac, and an iPhone. I’ve purchased several songs on iTunes, and I’ve used the Safari beta. They’re trying to remove DRM from iTunes music. They were a good company.
But as of today, I’ve lost all respect for them. Let me explain.
Today, Apple realized Microsoft’s success, and decided to follow them as a role model. They forced their Safari web browser on Windows users of iTunes, QuickTime, or Bonjour.
Sneakily, the Apple Software Updater will run and pop-up automatically on the screens of Windows users who have iTunes installed. This is fine. The problem is that it now has Safari, and it’s checked to install by default.
Even if you have never installed Safari before. Continue reading
Signing up for the Payment Protector is very easy. When activating my new card, the phone rep asked if he could sign me up for it, insisting that I’ll be send info in the mail which needs to be signed before it takes effect. I said No. He asked again. I said No. He re-explained the benefits of the plan and emphasized that it could be canceled within 30 days for a full refund, no need to make a decision now, you’ll be sent the agreement in the mail which you’ll need to sign and return. Again, I said No. He re-explained and asked again. Gosh, these people are persistent. I wonder if this is how AOL made all their money. I wonder if Chase could survive without doing this. (I want to hope the answer is yes, and that they would actually be even more successful without these hard selling tactics. But that’s probably not the case.)
I muttered, Uh, okay.
And that was it, I was enrolled. I never saw anything in the mail, I never agreed to anything else. I never said the word “yes” and never gave any other confirmations. Not to mention the confusing fact that it actually charges you based on your statement balance every month, regardless of whether you carry the balance. That means if you use your card at all, you will always be charged the 89 cents per $100. Fortunately, that’s less than the rewards amount, which ranges from 1% to 3%, depending on the purchase. But there are limits and restrictions on the rewards. And 89 cents (0.89%) is not much less than 1%, which is what I get for all payments to USC, such as at the bookstore for textbooks, tuition, etc. Continue reading
Called me just now. Promoting his seminar in Ontario, coming up in a couple weeks. They claim it normally has a $1000 tuition charge, but thanks to my prior participation with them, it’s free.
I just signed up for Ucash.in, created by the folks behind Flixya. The idea is that you can turn links into cash, because they show ads– either with frames or intermissions– and split the revenue with you. I’d often wondered if services like TinyURL could do something like this. Take a look at Ucash.in, and sign up for free. Continue reading