Friday, November 9, 2012

Few Thoughts (Obama, i***, MS, and NBA)

I've not blogged for a while. Busy at work is one thing, but it has more to do with that fact that I've not felt like I've one particular topic that I really can spend time to think and write, so I just stay put.

Well, today finally I got few minutes, so why don't I just write something, it's not gonna be very organized, just some random thoughts on few topics that came to my mind....

Obama is re-elected
I don't have much affection on him as a leader. I think he is good communicator, not as good as Bill Clinton, but surely better than George W. Bush. He also has a more convincing persona than Mitt Romney. Four more years for him to cover the eight-years old dug by Bush. I wish Obama the best. Hopefully he can get something done.

To be honest, I don't really see a whole lot of deep-down differences of either person won in the presidential election. Yes, there are superficial differences, but those are not big enough to swing the future of the country. For example, accept gay marriage or abortion are matters that matter to individuals, it is not gonna turn the country's strength or fate one way or the other. Cuz, what really matter is the fact that either Democrats or Republicans are supported by the same group of people from behind. They support both and just manipulate the results from behind. Who are they? Just follow the money!

iPad Mini, iPad 4 and iPhone 5
I own iPad 3, so it sucked to learn that a new one came out merely 7 months after mine was released. However, come to think of it, the difference is kinda incremental and I'm so far still happy with mine. So, just beat it.

iPad Mini is tempting, the weight itself is unbeatable! However, since I don't really have the use of carrying a tablet around on the go all the time. I will stay put for now. The weight is nice, but the size of a bigger screen is more important. Even if the next gen of iPad Mini has retina display, it still may not be able to make me shelf out $ to get one. I guess I won't get one until I see the need.

I was pretty sure I would get one to replace my 3years old 3GS. However, come to think of my needs vs cost vs my desire. I decide to stay put as well, given the fact that iOS6 still support 3GS. Also, I don't think iPhone 5 is 'buff - up' enough to make me wanna have it at the current price. So, iPhone 6 for me then.

Window 8 and MS Surface
As a PC owner whose PC has no touchscreen function, I don't see the point of getting Win8. Why pick up the hazzle of finding the 'Start' button? I can imagine that my wife will freak out if I upgrade to Win8. Also, I opine that the tiles on the Metro interface may be nice on mobile, but will be kinda useless on PC. So, it doesn't appeal to me. If Win8 came after Vista, I think many people would be tempted to jump on the Win8 bandwagon, but Win7 has been good enough to right the Vista deeds, and Win8 is just not much better than Win7, given the experience of WinXP to Vista fiasco, I would think many consumers would probably stay put for the time being, unless they are going after MS Surface or have to buy a new PC.

Speaking of Surface, I think its thunder was kinda partially stolen by iPad Mini, but the real problem is the price, it is not cheap. I still haven't been convinced why any existing tablet users would buy a Surface. If it came out 3 years ago, it would be great, and it would win both IT people in corporate sector as well as consumers. But, given iPad's foothold in corporate sector has been well-established in last 2 years, and consumers including me just find iPad's appealing usage as a entertainment gadget, I doubt Surface will be a great hit with the current selling price.

NBA 2012-13
New season has just begun. I still root for Celtics. But I can't help but paying attention to few other teams: Lakers with 4 all stars, Heat with Ray Allen, Houston with Hardy & Lin, and Knicks with bunch of old talents that try to mash up to win. I want Celtics to win, but I also want Steve Nash to have a ring before he retires. It would be an interesting season to watch and follow.

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