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Jaywalking

Need some graphics to explain things to the judge, after your next brush with the law? No worries, Patrick Crowley has you covered.

(Mac People: out solving real-world problems, and looking stylish while they do it.)

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Why I’m not worried about Apple’s Succession plans

No one disputes Steve Jobs’ talent for conveying information to an audience. His understanding/prediction of Apple’s customer base and business environment is legendary.

He’s a public relations wizard. He communicates brilliantly with his audience. (and please note that Pundits are just not his audience.)

Consider: The next person to lead Apple will be Steve Jobs’ final product rollout.

Steve Jobs’ Final Product Rollout.

Do people really think he hasn’t thought about that? Do people really think he would be ok with, “Yes, Steve was great, but he really borked that succession thing.”

Be serious now.

I hope Steve Jobs has a chance to relax and recover on his sabbatical, and comes back healthy, happy, and brimming with new energy and new ideas. But when he is ready to retire, or is hit by a truck, I fully expect that a detailed set of plans, scripts, and storyboards will magically appear on the iPhones of Apple Board Members. I expect his final show for Apple to be expertly produced.

“Go Thee Forth and Spread The Word.”

(Use Thee Only Fonts From The List On Page 57)

Mobile Me

I have had a .Mac/Mobile Me account since early…I don’t use all of the features (Busy, ok?), but it has saved my ass a couple of times. (On a “raw” machine, I was able to get out to .Mac, get my Yojimbo license key, then download and install the app itself. Then I sync the empty database with the version synched to .Mac. Now I had lots of useful things, including the license keys to my other mainstay tools, like the OmniGroup’s many fine toys. Useful.

I’m hardly pushing the envelope, but I’m a happy customer. And I haven’t suffered in any significant way during the recent troubles, although friends of mine have had some real pain during all this.

Apple has mostly kept its promises to me. Whenever there’s been a problem, they have made it right, even if I had to complain loudly once or twice. But mostly, when there is a problem, they own up to it, and make an attempt to do the right thing:

We have already made many improvements to MobileMe, but we still have many more to make. To recognize our users’ patience, we are giving every MobileMe subscriber as of today a free 60 day extension. This is in addition to the one month extension most subscribers have already received. We are working very hard to make MobileMe a great service we can all be proud of.
We know that MobileMe’s launch has not been our finest hour, and we truly appreciate your patience as we turn this around. Read this article for more details.

Microsoft, on the other hand, owes me some apologies. Grande, chocolate-covered, multi-apologies, along with some sort of Coupon. (wait for it…)

Bupkis. No chocolate, nothing. Not even a lump of coal.

Apple isn’t perfect, for sure… but I’m only rarely enraged by their behavior, which is nice, karma-wise.