I’m outing myself: The Top Ten Things from Apple I Love
Yesterday was an epic event for anyone who has lived through the personal computer revolution - Steve Jobs and Bill Gates did a joint live interview with Walt Mossberg and Kate Swisher at D. There is no full video archive (ironically, the subtitle of the conference is "All things Digital" - all things but the full interview! (updated 6/1 - they did later post it in 8 segments), but I found the first 15 minutes and an edited down summary. Engadget had a nice play-by-play and I liked the Seattle Times piece. The full transcript was published by the D folks.
Watching the video and reading the transcripts inspired me to out myself - so here we go, here are the top ten things from Apple I love:
#10) I loved my Powermac G4 (RIP). I bought it in 2000 when my first son was born to do video editing.
#9 ) I love my Mac Cube - in all its hugeness compared the Mini. Over the years, I have upgraded it with OS X, 1.25 GB of RAM and 125 GB of hard disk (I tried a 250GB drive in it about 2 1/2 months ago right before I moved but something went horribly, horribly wrong). I will never get rid of it, ever.
#8) I love my Mac Mini. Even though I bought a PPC one right before Apple announced Intel based solutions. Like my Cube, it is with me to stay. I may even buy an Intel based one (before they go away) and put Vista Media Center on it.
#7) I love my iMacs (all 3!) Beautiful. Elegant. Why can't PC makers take a page from Apple's book - design MATTERS.
#6) I love OS X on my iMacs. It is very pretty. I wish more of the software I use ran there.
#5) I love that my iMacs dual boot between OS X and Windows. That's why we now have 3 in the Eisler house - I can have my cake and eat it, too.
#4) I love my 80gb video iPod. Its battery life for watching shows on cross country flights kicks ass. It got me through a lot of DC/Seattle commutes back when I was at AOL.
#3) I love the Mac/PC ads. I know I shouldn't. They hit us where it hurts. But they make me laugh. Every time.
#2) I love, LOVE My AppleTVs. All 5. Plus one at my office. All but the one in my office manually upgraded to 160gb - just in time for Apple to announce a 160gb SKU. DOH!
#1) I love, LOVE, LOVE iTunes + iPod + AppleTV. I buy a season's pass through iTunes and then it is magic - my new shows show up on my PC, my iPod, my AppleTVs. What's on my AppleTV? 24, Battlestar Galactica (no new episodes until October, dammit), CSI Miami, The Dresden Files, Heroes, House (at LONG LAST!), Jericho (canceled after a cliffhanger season closer - sometimes I hate networks), Law & Order: SUV, the Mac/PC ads (yes, I edited all the metadata to make them into a TV show), Monk, My Friends Tigger & Pooh (my kids love it), The Riches (Eddie Izzard ROCKS), Southpark, and Spin City (okay, not on iTunes, but I ripped my 2 "best of DVDs", made h264's out of them, and then mucked with the metadata so they looked like TV shows - I'll stipulate it's not a consumer scenario).
I work for Microsoft and love the company and our products- so don't get me wrong, I will take all that I love about Apple's approach and strongly encourage my colleagues around the company to learn from it and do it better. And for the record, I should mention that I am also living the Vista Media Center Dream: I have as many Xboxes as AppleTVs connected to 2 Vista based media center PCs (each w/ 2TB of storage) because iTunes doesn't have nearly everything we watch as a family - and I don't want to pay $1.99 for every episode of something I watch. Oh, and Xboxes are DVD players, too (and for $199, they can be HD-DVD players). Oh, and my Xboxes play games. And they cost the same as an AppleTV - $299. And they are only... ummm... a TEENY bit bigger than an AppleTV.
Truth is, both companies are great companies in their own right. Mr. Jobs and Mr. Gates both can be proud of what they have built - they both already have amazing legacies. Look at me - I'm trying to have my cake, and eat it too!