The biggest thing I’ve seen people talk about is how this is a Dropbox replacement. And it is not bad as a Dropbox replacement. Except, Dropbox is integrated into so many things. 1Password, FileThisFetch, etc. Transporter, not so much … yet. Who knows what the future will bring.
I got a Transporter this week and set it up this morning. I’ve been playing with it all day and I’m trying to really like it, but it just isn’t quite there for me … YET. But, this is pre-release, so I’m hopeful that they can address some of the concerns I am outlining here. In my conclusion, I point out that I believe most of the issues can be addressed with software updates and I outline some of the things I think they need to address.
The Transporter is a device that you can put on your network (or the network at your office or a friend or relative’s house) and basically create your own cloud.
We backed a two-pack of Transporters and they arrived this week.
Today, I’m going to share pictures of the unboxing. Over the next few days, I’ll talk more about how the devices and the software that goes with them work.
We all know Steve Jobs saved Apple. How did he do it? Well, it was a lot of things, actually. But the one I think was the biggest can be seen by looking at the number of different computer models Apple was releasing.
Apple started with one product. The Apple I. Steve Wozniak built this computer and was basically giving the plans away at the home-brew computer club meetings. Steve Jobs saw that people didn’t have the time or patience to build them and proposed that they sell the boards to make it easier. They started Apple Computer and started selling bare boards that could be combined with a keyboard and a TV and turned into a computer.
I know from past experience, that Apple really is not interested in pretty much anything their users have to say. They dictate, and we meekly accept whatever they deign to allow us to do.
But at least for the short term, there is a huge problem (from a consumer standpoint, not so much for Apple) with the way they are making video available.
Video on the iTunes store is HUGE!
I was in Vegas on a business trip. The hotel I stayed at had pay per day Internet, and it was per device and was not WiFi. I brought my Verizon MiFi with me, so opted not to pay the $14 per day for in-room Internet. This was fine for everything except getting a new movie on my iPad for my trip home. My trip home was going to take 10+ hours, and I would have actually preferred 2 movies, but there was a problem with that.
Video on the iTunes store is HUGE!
Using your phone to control your home computer seems like it would be terribly useful. Recently, the place I worked started allowing the iOS and Android Citrix clients for remote access to work. The Citrix client displays the screen of the application you are interacting with, and you tap where you would normally click the mouse. As you can imagine, this works pretty poorly on a small phone screen. It was usable in a (very desperate) pinch, but it really pretty much sucked.
Like most technically savvy people, I have a number of computers that I have adopted tech support duties for. (Yeah, that sounds better than saying support of these computers was forced on me…)
No matter how much I wear this, no one takes the hint
Steve Jobs was at least mostly, if not completely wrong about Flash on mobile devices. There. I said it.
Let me start by saying that I don’t care about Flash. I am completely indifferent about Adobe and anything they do or have done. I feel the same way about flash as I feel about HTML, High Def TV, 3D movies or speed limits on highways. They exist, they serve their purpose, and we have to live with them. Does Flash cause problems? Sure. Would the world be better off if Flash had never existed? It’s a moot point, because it does exist. Does ignoring flash make it go away? This is a resounding “no”!