Why you should be an Apple Fan/Hater: Part 1, the Walled Garden [Gamer by Design]...

In the nerd and tech communities, we pretty much argue every day about why Apple is horrible or perfect. The one thing we all agree upon is that, just like politics, Apple is polarizing. Let’s gab about the very high level concepts of the debate. Walled Garden A few of the practices of Apple are referred to as the “walled garden.” I like the term ’cause the Secret Garden is one of my favorite musicals (Mandy Patinkin, he’s like butter!). But I digress. What the term means is that a lot of the elements are controlled tightly. For example, to publish an app on an iPhone, you must go through the Apple app approval process. On the contrary, Android has several app stores, and some of them have no strict approval process at all. In short: No apps (unless you have a hacked phone) run on iPhones unless Apple approves them. Hater: You are a tech guy and think that the “walled garden,” un-customizable vault of the app store hinders the ability of developers and individuals to write programs, install custom programs, and use the device for other purposes like teathering to laptops (giving a laptop internet through the phones connection) and shopping on other app stores. Also, if you have your music and other content on an Apple device, it can be hard to move it somewhere else, so you kind of become stuck. This is especially true of less tech savvy peeps. Most of these people have chosen Android for that reason. Android allows your phone to be your phone. If you are a rookie, you can follow the rules and keep it in somewhat factory condition. If you are super tech in nature, you can hack the crap out of it...

Technically Geeking: There’s An App For That.

. a blogumn by Justin Time No doubt you have seen the Apple commercials for the iPhone and its apps: “Say you’re a coal miner. Your canary dies and the entrance to your mining shaft collapses. There’s an app for that.” My wife joked last week that it should become the new catchphrase to replace “That’s what she said.” It has not caught on yet. So to promote it, and because this is an easy topic for me, I am giving you some App Store recommendations. I make software for iPhones and other less successful mobile devices (ever heard of BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile?), so I routinely download apps to research for my job. I am constantly adding and removing apps but here are some that I like having in my pocket right now. I won’t shamelessly promote any of my company’s stuff, as much as my boss would like that. Productivity — iTranslate – Free – Easy to use pocket translator with 42 languages — Memory Info – 99 Cents – Frees up 40mb of RAM when your device gets slow or crashy — ConvertBot – Free – Beautifully designed unit and currency converter Lifestyle — Guitar Toolkit – $9.99 – Worth it. Tuner, Chord Charts, Metronome, Fret Board — Seafood Watch – Free – Monterrey Bay Aquarium lets you know which fish are OK to eat — Kindle – Free – Why buy another device for hundreds of dollars when this is free? — Drinks – $1.99 – Because researching through 35,000 apps is more fun with a buzz on Games — Lux Touch – Free – Classic Risk game. Great way to kill 10 minutes — Field Runners– $2.99 – The best tower-defense game for iPhone. — Flight Control – 99...

The Borg Collective Embraces Bill Gates

. A Proof of Nerd ID by Brian Viehland Apple is the Borg…  and I’m OK with my assimilation so far. Although I have not switched to a Mac due to the limited availability of some of the software I must use for my business, I have dumped my Windows Mobile smart phone, gone through a short stint with a Palm device, and have landed on the new 3G i-Phone by Apple. This is by far the coolest portable device I have ever had. Although there are a few obviously missing functions for those of us who are business users (tasks don’t sync, and you can’t accept appointments), the best argument of why Apple isn’t ready for business users comes from the Apple store itself. The Apple store, if you haven’t been in one, is far from a standard shopping environment – it is a retail experience.  Not only is it hands-on and over-staffed with hand-picked nerdy youth, but it also has this great checkout system: most of the employees carry a small hand held device that can scan your items, swipe your credit card, and email you the receipt! How awesome is that?! No waiting in long lines – no idiot writing checks in front of you or counting out change – just swipe and go! Awesome, right?   This is obviously the future of shopping and Apple was so on top of their game when they developed this business model. As I checked out, thinking how awesome this whole experience was and how Apple was clearly advancing in the business world and how this was the example I needed to convince me that Apple was really ready to fight the big fight against Microsoft, I noticed it: The Mark Of The Devil.  It...