The world of technology has given me a lot to be thankful for this year. Here’s a sample.
- Cable competition. I have never hated a company like I hated my cable company (before I bought a dish). So I’m overjoyed that cable companies are finally getting the message. After years of a customer relations policy that basically amounted to “eff you,” customers are switching to Fios, satellite or cutting the cord. Finally, cable is starting to catch the drift and adding features like remote DVR control and the ability to watch content online.
- Android. It’s far from perfect, but holy schmoley has Google given Apple a run for its money. What a fun story. Also, my Droid is still my favorite toy ever, even after Froyo nearly destroyed it.
- Mark Hurd. Tech writers rarely get to write about sex scandals. Thank you, Mark Hurd. Thank you!
- The iPad. I still don’t get why anyone would want one, but it’s been a great source of debate. 50 million next year, Gartner? Seriously? Well, Flipboard is extremely cool. And all the magazine apps are beautiful. Having a multi-function e-reader and the full Web on the go is pretty sweet. …okay, maybe I do kinda want one.
- Angry Birds. What did you say? Oh, sorry, I’ve been trying to get 3 stars on level 11 for the last 17 hours, and I think I almost have it.
And some turkeys:
- 3Par. Most boring bidding war ever. I was close to buying an HP laptop last week, but ultimately decided to hold off. I think their involvement in the bidding process subconsciously factored into the decision.
- Rapleaf and Facebook. If you’re going to track / sell information about me, that makes me nervous enough, okay? You don’t also have to lie about it.
- 4G. It’s a big lie and confuses consumers. Let’s stop this nonsense and get a government-regulated third-party to test network speeds and give consumers real, meaningful data about their choice in wireless carriers.
- Antennagate. I get that Apple’s secretiveness is part of its success, but a lack of transparency made antennagate into one of the most overblown stories ever.
- Stock investors. Seriously? Microsoft needs to be down 15% this year? Netflix is really worth $200? Cisco had to get crushed the other day? Like Stacy, I don’t get the stock market.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! -David