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What Happened at Apple? Where did the Quality Control go?

One thing I have never minded was paying more for my Apple gear. Why? Because at the end of the day, I got a lot done with it and it nearly always did it with ease and a level of being trouble-free that our PCs rarely matched.

But something's changed over the years and when my 15" MacBook Pro with its gorgeous Retina screen died an ugly death, I bought a MacBook Air because we were moving and cash was tight because of it. Bad decision. This thing has been a pain in the arse since I first got it, with its trackpad not working much of the time. Thank goodness for those up and down arrow keys or I'd really be hosed right about now.

This is proving to be my first real throwaway Mac since Apple first introduced the graphite G4s back around the turn of the millennium and the first shipments had bad logic boards. We were in those first shipments to early adopters and it took nearly half a year for Apple to take responsibility and replace the machines.

I won't bother Apple with this one. But it has left such a bad taste in my mouth that I seriously doubt that I will buy another Apple laptop.

I have been using Android phones for years now, jumping to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from my old iPhone 4 -- having been on the iPhone since v1.0. Now, I've had a Note 4 and from there moved on to the LG V10 phone. I loved my iPads and my Mini-iPad but today I use an LG VK410 Tablet with more features than I could find on an iPad and for a lot less money.

I have loved the Apple OS for decades and still do. But I am not an Apple fanboy who thinks that Apple alone is doing great stuff.

With Apple gear, Android gear, Windows gear, and an entire network based in Linux, you learn that no one system is perfect and that each flavor has its own strengths and advantages.

Apple really surprised me when they announced their new laptops and there was not a touchscreen to be found among any of their models. Apple alone seems to have no shipping touchscreen. That baffles me because Apple's rollout of the iPhone was all about touchscreen and tactile controls. Ditto for the iPad. They even admitted this kind of thinking in the iPod Touch -- remember that one? But Apple, whose vision changed smartphones forever, seems oblivious to the very advantages that they helped introduce. Go figure...

So, when this MacBook Air finally dies an ugly death -- which I expect will be sooner than later because it really is poorly made/assembled -- I will likely be adding yet another part of my toolkit that has been Apple for decades but no longer is.

That will leave Apple on my desktop but not anywhere else. That is a strange thought because I have been on Apple gear since I bought my first Apple computer, an Apple ][e, back in the early 1980s.

Things change and not always for the better. This struggling MacBook Air is evidence of that fact.

Posted by: Ronald Lindeboom on Jan 12, 2017 at 9:21:56 am Apple, MacBook Air, Android, Windows, Linux

My excuses for not buying a drone are disappearing. Here's why...

I have to be honest, I'm a guy who loves the idea of drone technology but, like many, I have been reluctant to buy a drone because I've watched one after another of my friends crash their drones into trees, buildings, rocks and just about anything else that happened to be around. Crashing a drone has never bothered me when I was testing my flying skills on those cheap toy drones that you can pick up for $25 to $50. But crashing a pro-level drone that costs $1,000 or more? -- well, let's just say that I have not wanted to test my skill level with a price tag like that. So I've continued to see my friends fly their drones and sometimes lament their skills when they are not enough to avoid the trees, buildings, rocks -- and even people -- that sometimes get in the way. Throw in the drones I've watched flown into lakes and seas and my sense of economy winces at the thought of throwing away money like that.

Enter the Yuneec Typhoon H: Drones Smart Enough To Avoid Obstacles
CES 2017 showed off many incredible devices and technologies. One of the ones that I found very compelling was the Yuneec Typhoon H, a drone that uses the latest Intel Smart technology to internally map and track its 3D surroundings and avoid obstacles. How cool is that? I doubt that it is going to save you from a powerful gust of wind that throws your drone into an obstacle that is simply too close to avoid, but short of that I think my reasons for delaying my own entry into the world of drone cinematography are disappearing.

Intel's RealSenseā„¢ Technology is quite remarkable and is sure to silence some of us who have chosen to wait in our timidity, as we watch our friends wonder how to pull their drone down from a tall tree or rock ledge that only birds should visit.

Check out this video from Yuneec and Intel and see what you think...

Typhoon H PRO with Intel RealSense Technology from YUNEEC on Vimeo.

CES 2017 was quite an event this year and the Yuneec Typhoon H is one of the tools that I took notice of that have elevated drones to a level that the excuses for not using one, are quickly disappearing.

What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them.

Posted by: Ronald Lindeboom on Jan 8, 2017 at 1:43:21 pmComments (5) Drones, Yuneec, Cinematography


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