Tim Cook announced, today, that he’s gay. Several people have applauded his courage.
We’ve had a mediocre football player kiss his boyfriend on national TV to celebrate being selected in the NFL draft. We have openly gay talk show hosts, senators, congressmen, governors, and mayors. The performing arts are awash in openly gay performers. I personally know and am friends with several people who are openly gay.
What the hell is so courageous about coming out in today’s culture? Courage is joining the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps. Courage is putting on a badge and a gun. Courage is running into a burning building to save the lives inside. Courage is putting sliced jalapeños on your peanut butter and cheddar cheese sandwich.
The public announcement of sexual preferences may be uncomfortable, but next to the mountain range of bravery it’s a low foothill. Now, if he moved to Iran, and then publicly announced it, that would be brave. Dumb, but brave.
I still think Tim Cook is an awesome CEO who’s making me money and providing me with cool toys. What he does in his free time has no effect on my life.
I didn’t want to know, and now that I do know I don’t care. Moving right along.
I have heard from DC and Baxtrice that they think iOS7 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite Sam suck.
I respectfully disagree. The interface looks different, but it still does all the same stuff. Some of it has a learning curve to it. I’m thinking some of it had to change a little to accommodate some of the newer stuff like Continuity and Handoff and the Stockmarket Trend algorithm that guarantees 20%/year returns. You just can’t squeeze all that into an OS without making some adjustments along the way.
The Aqua interface has been dying a slow death for quite a while, and it’s finally gone completely. I never really wanted to lick my computer, anyway, but that temptation has been almost completely done away with in the new, flatter interface. Photos of Megan Fox in a bikini or Chrissie Hynde performing Brass in Pocket are rare exceptions, but they don’t have much to do with the function of the OS.
CurrentC is all over the internet. It’s a big threat to Pay. Lots of big retailers are going to turn off their NFC doohickeys to block Pay because they have their own system, CurrentC. They have all sworn to the Holy Committee that they will only worship at the shrine of CurrentC.
CurrentC is going to be the first Something killer. We’ve had iPod killers (remember the Zune?), iPhone killers, iPad killers. But now Apple is ditching the “i” in favor of “.” Why? Well that’s easy. There’s an “i” in front of so much stuff these days that it no longer means a dogdamn thing – not that it ever did.
The CurrentC Cartel has a lot of big companies. Walmart, CVS, Rite-Aid, and a bunch of other big retail companies. They’ve all signed in blood that they will not accept other e-payment schemes like Google Wallet, and Pay. I just read that one member of the cartel, Meijer grocery stores, is going to accept Pay. The Cartel has said there won’t be any penalty against them for that. This bears watching. If Pay users start to leave these retailers in large numbers, and there’s no penalty for defecting, I suspect CurrentC to be to killing what the Zune was to the demise of “i,” an early, expensive, humorous flop.
The most important aspect of CurrentC that makes it an Pay killer is the most obvious one: it doesn’t exist. It’s supposed to appear in 2015. So, Pay has at least a three month head start, and early reports say it already works pretty well.
Another fatal flaw is that it’s being designed by a committee, and the committee is composed of people from companies who compete with each other. Each member has only the profit of one company as a motivator. I’ve been to committee meetings of people who all shared, at least officially, the same goals for the same company. The very best ones do no measurable harm.
I suspect the motto of the CurrentC committee is something like, “We’re all pulling the same oar.”
I’ll bet my whole collection of silk neckties CurrentC isn’t even in the news this time next year.