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It isn’t going to be better anytime soon, even though I have some clues about the next-gen earphones: a mix of in-ear and standard earphones.

Hopefully a WAY better sound quality, too! The total lack of feedback from users befuddles me. Are they deaf, or happy with crappy mp3s?

(Google “24/96 recording” and you will understand).

Now…wait for the launch of “The new iPhone”.
(It makes sense to drop the number, as Apple dropped “Computer” from its name the year the iPhone came out.)

Well, back to the white. Back to marketing.

I love black (especially my coffee, and my metal), yet white doesn’t bother me.

It just bothers, then irks, then make me mad when there is too much of it in the ears of full-time bozos (censored version. The original one is too barbaric), barely scratching the surface even with their most impressive efforts.

They’re so superficial it makes me puke!

(Hospital PTSD, perhaps?)

More seriously, what baffles me is that, even though anybody can spot an Apple user a mile away, there is a real failure at going beyond marketing in the mind of those people: Apple users (I plead guilty of being one. Please call me Evangelist, but not “fanboi”).

Just a reminder. An ad is NOT all of the following, namely: spin, buzz, hype, clicks, getting the word out.

It is not, either, community/tribe, story and price. This is where marketers tell a story, and they all do.The WWDC is where communities are built, mostly. Any other Apple Keynote is the same.

NeXT® is another overlooked aspect: usability+support (Apple Stores are great for that, so why the hell do people fail to understand Apple and its targeted marketing?)

And next is the product, and the product alone. That is what I see when I see an Apple product.

Apple products have communication built-in. This is a secret of their success.

“Think different”©. Sure.

If only people could think at all…

The white earphones? Oh, it doesn’t matter that much. People matter… And I have a hard time willingly admitting my human peers’ lack of knowledge and discernment.

Arrogant? Nope. It’s just an Idealist-tempered viewpoint. It is having very high standards of quality regarding oneself. Of course it bleeds off on others.

Sure, you can still bitch about the lack of professionalism in my blog layout and my writing style.

Bitch away. I’m not a blogger for a living.

Well, did you get my point?

Superficiality and hollow minds versus built-in communication and meaning.

September is around the corner. Keep an eye on the product, not the show.

I always hear people complain whine because Apple boasts 200 new features per new iOS update, and they can only find a dozen of them: the most visible ones.

I call this being lazy and not giving a flying fuck about the work behind.

Here’s the reason why people fail to understand and see improvements :

Apple does not only cater to individuals .

I attended a live seminar about mobile device deployment and management in businesses.

I realized that the most significant features are aimed at businesses (which mainly already have a mobile device management [MDM] system and their own business-specific apps)

This is where improvements are to be found. Huge effort has been put there to address businesses’ needs. I applaud Apple’s efforts. It is no easy task!

Next time you watch a keynote, or a WWDC conference, think about the big picture.

There is a position at Apple which is “Expert”. It works both for regular people and for businesses.

One more thing: The Software Development Kit (SDK) is always updated and contains more Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

So… There are really 200, if not more new features for each new iteration.

I hope that you learnt something useful.
Please comment if you feel like it.

Everything that goes through any of our senses is stored in our memory as a mental picture.

It uses our occipital cortex. So, don’t scratch the top of your head if you can’t recall. It happens behind your head!

Just google “visual memory” and countless search pages will show up with miracle recipes on how to improve it.

This is totally uninteresting to me. However, I often take a quick look at all those self-help things, then discard 99% of them.

What is interesting is how our brain works, and thorough studies, serious stuff won’t appear on the first search page. Go further.

I find it fascinating that our memory transforms everything into a mental image. Vivid, exaggerated, lurid, hilarious… Unexpected ways are to be expected!

One of the most important aspects of it, is that if you aren’t actively participating in memorizing, your “file” (memory) will be lost somewhere into some random place you can’t easily recall, or can’t recall at all. Unlike computers, we have no indexing and search option available to find where our file is.

Actively participating means “abstracting” the (usually) boring stuff. You’ll need to find ways to get mnemotechnic in remembering things. It will take some time and practice, but it is worth the sweat!

If you just absorb, you are not memorizing. You are listening, watching, smelling… but not memorizing.

When memorizing, don’t lay on a couch and repeat ad nauseam the same thing, hoping it will get into your memory. You have to add emotion to it to work properly.
Being on a couch is not what I call an emotional trigger (unless you get laid, but that’s another story).

Stand up. Read aloud. Repeat each syllable many times. Let the music come.

Don’t worry, your music will anyway be associated with a mental image. Not a mere image, but a mental one. Those are discrete things!

I hope that by now, you start figuring out why I called this post “our memory is a GUI”. Yes, it is a graphical user interface. Touch this icon / click on it, and it will react.
An icon is an object which has properties. Exactly like our memory.

I am still studying this overlooked aspect of our memorizing process, so expect an update or another post as soon as I have new and relevant content.

Meanwhile, know that nobody has a bad memory. If you want to have a really hard time remembering faces, events, sounds, etc, keep saying to yourself that your memory is poor, or bad, or that you suck.

I encourage you to do your own search. I want us to discuss and debate around this topic.

Well. I’m going to find ways to memorize five high-level programming languages. I’ll focus primarily on Objective-C.

The meaning, the syntax, the words or signs used all have some potential for visual memorizing. What can I do with @synthesize ? Split it into syllables and repeat them until I find a way to relate what is on my screen to what it means. Make music out of it (“synth” could already be “synthesizer”. Or maybe should I try to merge “sin”, “in”, “the”, “size and visualize a huge cock)?

I told you that the more exaggerated, gory or porn, the better and easier to remember. Summarize it into a vivid mental image (not an image like a photo) and link it to its meaning (meanings aren’t obvious in programming). That is why Stanford has a “programming abstractions” course, in my opinion.

Again, don’t merely absorb, but stand up (to stay alert) and actively participate in memorizing.

In those big “memory contests”, they give you energizing beverages. It is not a coincidence, is it?

 

The Dreaded End Of The Year

It’s that time of the year again, when people get together to celebrate spend tons on useless commodities (weird dichotomy) with money they borrowed.

I really don’t get the point of all this “noise”. I live in my hometown’s main street, which is full of über-excessive luxury shops… And full of morons keeping emptying them.

Anyone here to remind me what Christmas is really about? Do you remember what it means?

I’m no bigot, I am even rather mystical and Buddhist in a “Steve Job’s way” (not writing that I’m of the same caliber as him. Don’t get me wrong.)

If you do remember, that’s great.

Well, it has been a good bunch of days that I had not blogged, and now I rant.

I could be constructive, instructive…
If you want to be instructed, set up a LinkedIn profile and browse the news.

Meaty Greasemas and Heavy New Gear!

Read you next year…if so.

[Edit: if you fear disappointing your children because you can’t buy them this mega-hype toy, don’t worry. Rather, worry about how you behaved with your offspring the whole year. You perhaps blamed them because they got an F instead of the A+ you expected, and you berated them… Missing the point that they had a blatant A in another area. If you did so, you perhaps killed a vocation.]

The post-internet era is near.

I know that it may sound like a vague prediction, but it is coming, no matter if you want it or not.

Seth Godin deals with it for a while now. Check out his TED talks and his blog!

The industrial era came to an end, the post-industrial era is coming to an end, and with her, the Internet, which is in shambles.

I do not want to go back to a pre-industrial era, but to think of how the Internet will be replaced, and how it will affect our lives (especially for employees, employers, entrepreneurs and the like).

The future is in our hands. What are we gonna do with it?

If we have no clue what to do with the present, the “now”, it is likely that we’ll be lost.

I haven’t got miracle recipes. Just keep in mind that even if you don’t feel any threat right now, you must be prepared for what’s next, no matter what it is.

Your best defense is action. Now.

Update (June 8th,2011):

The threat I was dealing with when this blog was published was the shortage of IP adresses. If people are smart enough to use IPv6 instead of the actual IPv4, everything should be fine.

More cowbell.

-What is my quest?
-Do I even have one?
-Who reaps its benefits?

-Why this shift between euphoria and deep indifference?

-Why do I abhor money?
-Is it a vice I need to survive, not to live?
-Why do I refuse to (grunt) work for someone else than me?
-Why am I madly obstinate about reaching something I’m not sure I do even need?

-Why this rejection, this hatred towards the human race, vain and cocky, superficial and useless?

-What’s the point to mention what’s not within me?
-Can I learn it?
-Achieve it?
-How long does it take?

-Why don’t I necessarily agree with what I think?