Well it’s been a busy week. Last week we had Apple’s WWDC keynote. Tim Cook kicked ass, and I’m really impressed with how Apple keeps raising the bar. Not so much on the iPhone this time, but on the MacOS with Mountain Lion, and the new geekgasm-producing 15″ Macbook Pro with Retina Display. I gotta get me one of those. Except I was really planning on the 27″ iMac instead. But now the 15″ MBP has higher resolution than the grand daddy of all iMacs. So what’s a guy to do?
I’ll wait a bit. I can’t imagine Apple NOT having at least the same resolution on its iMacs going forward. I really want the extra real estate on my screen. And I don’t just mean pixels. I mean inches. I don’t have 20/20 vision, and honestly I don’t care about DPI as much as I care about the overall size of my display.
As an Apple shareholder I love what I see from the company. Click here to read what I wrote at iMore. The short version is I’m loving how Apple is leveraging its 385 million iOS users and making the Mac platform so much more compelling by gluing everything together using iCloud. Smart.
I bought Apple stock for something like $166 back when the first iPhone launched. I think I’ve said this before, but it was the 2nd time I purchased Apple stock. The first time, during the iPod revolution, I took my profits. That was dumb. It reinforced my belief in how investing should work. That is, buy something because you believe in its future and growth. Sell it when your reason for buying is no longer true.
This week RIM and Celestica decided to part ways. I wrote a summary of my view over on CrackBerry, and you can click here to read it. I find it hilariously crazy that so many journalists are writing about this as if Celestica pulled the plug on RIM. Yeah, right. RIM was 19% of Celestica’s revenue. They were not 19% of profit, but they were a positive contributor to Celestica’s bottom line and it’s highly doubtful that Celestica fired its customer. No way. I think RIM is re-evaluating its supply chain and doesn’t need 4 or 5 contract manufacturers.
Last night Microsoft announced its “surface” tablet. Oh, wait … didn’t they have a “surface” touch screen coffee table type of product that never went to market? And they recycled the name. Bad idea. When a product flops, there is a negative anchor now attached to the name. Don’t launch the next product with one foot in the grave already … come on. This is psychology 101 here …
I have yet to do any reading / video watching on the new MSFT product. If you have thoughts I’d love to hear them in the comments section.
Later this week I’m attending BlackBerry Jam in Toronto. No, I don’t expect RIM to give me a dev alpha device. I’m not a dev. Well, I guess I am registered as a developer but I’ve never published an app, so it doesn’t really count. I’ll be really interested to see what the mood is like. I’ve noticed a change in media sentiment lately. It seems like not everything being written about RIM is doom and gloom anymore. Lots of people are coming away from the BB Jam sessions and blogging about their positive experiences. I find that encouraging. But still … we’re waiting for a launch.
On a personal note, I’m really enjoying the start to the summer we’ve had so far. I have started to naturally awaken around 6am (no alarm), and I’m getting up and knocking an item off my to do list before going for a 6:45 run / workout. I’m back at the house before 7:30 when the kids tend to wake up. It feels really nice to be already “into gear” at that hour, and enjoy breakfast with my family. I absolutely LOVE working from home.
17 months ago I left the corporate life behind. It has been 3 years (at least?) in the planning. 12 months ago I took my family to Marseillan, France for a 10 week mini-retirement. We had the times of our lives. I’m sure that some of you reading this are thinking you’d like to do the same. Just go for it. If you’re not happy with whatever office you arrive at in the morning, do something else.