The Mac Effect

 Macs are the coolest computers.  Everyone wants one if they can get one.  Why?  Because they’re exclusive, well designed, and intuitive.  Today is the day after Apple’s Macworld Keynote, and the day before CES starts.  And in today’s calm, I want to look back at why Apple can control the market, and why Microsoft can’t.  Apple has great marketing.  Everyone knows the Get-A-Mac ads, and they are unmistakable.  They make the Mac look good, and the PC look bad.  Apple has succsesfully made their products more expensive then they’re worth, and no one really cares.  OS X is a great operating system, and no one can match some of its intuitive features, like expose and spaces.  Probably the biggest thing is the exclusivity.  If you have a Mac, you’re cool.  You have the best thing every made, and no one can touch you.  That is why they are becoming so popular.  Microsoft is so big, it’s run-of-the-mill.  No one cares.  Yes, it’s the best for gaming and productivity, but if you have a Mac, you are different.  People want to be different.  They are also completely connected.  That is the same for Itunes and Ipods until yesterday.  If you bought a song on Itunes, you needed and Ipod.  Apple cornered the market.  They are successful in making people think they need these things, and that is why Apple is popular.

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Macworld thoughts.

Today was the last Apple Keynote at Macworld, and they went out with a bang. We all knew what was going to happen with the rumors floating around, but they are welcome updates. ILife ’09 brings a much needed update to IMovie, Iwork.com is Google Docs for Apple (and it’s free for now!) and of course, Itunes is now DRM-free. Thank you for that, my friends at Apple. Now I can download my music in peace, even though you could get rid of DRM by burning the songs to a CD and ripping them back as MP3s, that step has now been eliminated. Good by start-up Bopaboo, you are no longer needed, and all songs will be transferring over to DRM free music in the second quarter of 2009. You can transfer most of your protected sond to unprotected songs for $.30 per song and $.60 of a music video. Movies and TV shows are still protected, but that’s OK for now. 17″ Macbook Pro Unibody, with a matte screen option, although it costs $50. It also has 8 hours (!) of battery life, but the battery is not user replaceable. Some Give and Take there. No new Mac Mini, and I am thinking that is a dying product if we see no new update in the next moths until June. If no updates, it is as good as dead. My opinion. What’s yours? comment below!

All About Changes

Hello, to all. This is the first post of 2009 and it is all about changes. What will happen, what will not happen. What we want to happen. To start us off, I’d like to say that Tech Talk With Haub Blog will take off because I know that everyone who reads this will tell everyone to go to this website. Now that that’s over with, here are the top five tech predictions for 2009:

1. The Portable GPS dies. Sorry, but Garmin is the only one of you companies to stay alive because they are making a phone. Smartphones have GPS’s in them, and in most cases they are better because they are updated more often and have cool features, which justifies the monthly cost of their service. So sorry GPS, you have the same fate as HD-DVD–death.

2. Windows 7 will be the perfect Vista. Sorry Mac fans (myself included), but Microsoft is gonna get it right this time, luck number 7 (Actually it’s 9 if you count Windows 3 and 3.1, but whatever). Simple name, same experience as Vista (that’s a good thing, yeah I know) no driver problems, faster bootup and shutdown, better UAC (that’s a biggie), better management of all system components, and an overall better OS. Windows 7 will be then next Windows 95; revolutionary.

3. Google Android will surpass the Apple Iphone’s Slim OS X as the most widely used OS in North America (not the world, which is controlled by Nokia’s Symbian). So many phones are coming out with Android on them in 2009, that there is no way this doesn’t happen. Sorry Apple.

4. Apple is going to make something really………………BAD. I know, I know, you will all scold me in your comments, but the company that can do no wrong has been getting some bad publicity lately, and they will do something stupid, and bring back thoughts of the Newton, and when they had fired Steve Jobs and not brought him back.

5. Palm will go out of business, OR (that’s a big or) hit the big time with Nova. We don’t know too much about it yet, but that is the prediction. Short, simple, and to the point.

Now it’s your turn. come up with some predictions of your own, agree with mine, agree to disagree with mine, or lambaste me for my stupid ideas, and how I don’t deserve to live. It’s up to you.

And the Winner is….

Hello and welcome to Tech Talk, where we have unbiased rants about things we don’t like, and occasionally about things we do like. Right now, this is something of the ladder, and I am about to announce the winner of the Tech Talk Awards. And the winner is…. not the Iphone. Not Google Chrome. Not G1, but it is in the G1. That’s right, the winner is Android. By popular vote, Google Chrome comes in a close second, but the Operating System Android is just too good to pass up. 2009 is going to be a very good year for Google android, with many phones coming out with the new OS. The G1 was a big success, and because of some of it’s hiccups, it was not voted the winner, but just Android is. It is very revolutionary, completely open source, and very intuitive. And because of it’s openness, the possibilities are endless for this. Net book, anyone? Or perhaps the return of the UMPC. The Android Market is completely open, so anyone can make anything for it, so it can make up for the things it lacks. Take for instance: Android does not have support for Outlook Exchange, however, someone made an App that does allow it to integrate with Exchange. Because of all these things, and because of its success in the past and future, Google’s Android has won the Tech Talk gadget of the year.

Macworld (again)

Hey everyone, sorry about the blog going down. I was moving it over to my tech talk google account and I accidentally deleted it. But it’s back now. So again about Macworld, because that was the only blog that wasn’t put back up. It doesn’t make sense for Apple to go to a third party show when they could put their own show on for cheaper. They have been slowly pulling out of third party shows for a while now. As for Steve Jobs, I have know idea. As said last night, Phil whatever-his-name is going to be the new CEO when Jobs leaves. I just feel it. He’s been at a lot of shows lately. As Joey said, they could be pulling Jobs to save the stock prices, but then again, they could short sell and that theory doesn’t hold up. We’ll see what happens. I’m still expecting a big show for Apple at Macworld, but also for Palm at CES.

More About Us….

So here at Tech Talk, we believe that no product should ever be ignored. We have a strict philosophy of boring people out of their minds with boring TV shows. But now that Tech Talk is off the air, I have started a blog (which you would know if you are reading this) to help people with technology questions. If you have a question about anything, or have a comment that doesn’t go with any post, send an e-mail to techtalkwithhaub@gmail.com and we will put up a post or send you a personal e-mail back. Feel free to share anything you have heard about, or anything you want to rant about. If you write anything by yourself, you will receive credit, unless sent anonymously. We’re trying to make this blog as big as it can be, so tell everyone you know to go here. I’m thinking about making a weekly podcast, so if you want a role in it, email me. So tell everyone you know to come here, and send me an email now and then, and I promise this will be better then the TV show.

Tech Talk Awards

So I know that this is a really new blog, and I only have one person I know reading this (hey, Joey) but the year is winding down, and it is time to start choosing the best products of the year. So anyone who reads this, drop a line (or two) about any gadget or tech-related thing, and why you think it should be named the Tech Talk with Haubenstock gadget of the Year. So leave a comment, and a panel of eliete judges, or rather my friends, and I will vote and name the gadget of the year within a few days. The deadline to leave a comment is next Wednesday, December 17, so we can vote and get winner out in time for the holidays. Right now we have the G1, the Iphone, Sprint-Clearwire WiMax, and Windows 7. Remember that the requirements for this contest are that the product has to have come out (or discussed about, in Windows 7’s case) within the year 2008. Snow Leopard cannot be pitted against Windows 7 because Apple has not released enough about it to count in the vote. So get those votes in and check back next Thursday or Friday for the winner.
UPDATE: The Tech Talk Awards deadline for entering in a gadget has just been moved up to Friday night, the same time when the first Tech Talk Podcast comes out, announcing the winner.