John Gruber’s 1st Impressions of the iPhone
Overall day one impression: the iPhone is 95 percent amazing, 5 percent maddening. I’m just blown away by how nice it is — very thoughtful UI design and outstanding engineering. It is very fun.
This is why people read Daring Fireball — John stayed up all night putting together that article so it’d be fresh off the press for everyone.
TUAW’s First Impressions of the iPhone
After 15 minutes of hands-on ‘research’ in the Apple store these are my sentiments exactly.
iPhone on ebay is currently at $960.00. That is a lot of money – reminds me of the Beanie Babies. [link]
More and more folks are getting the mullet. Is it an attempt to push away from the norm and tread their own path? Thus, going in a direction other’s are not? But as it always happens, the rest will follow. And as they follow, those who were previously trend-setters now blend in.
In another attempt to stand out and push away from the norm they go back to a path that is empty. Thinking they are treading a new one. But they are not. It’s been done before. The mullet has been done before. For 15 years people made fun of it, and now they’re asking for it at their local salon.
What most people want is to simply stand out. Even if it means getting a haircut that is “business in the front and party in the back”.
Most people don’t like change. Even if it’s going to be good for them.
Tonight I’m helping a band set up their equipment and monitors. They travel with some relatively dated equipment, that used to be state of the art two years ago. They system we have set up at our facility is better, easier, and faster. But it’s new to the band. It would require a change of what their familiar with. They would have to try something new.
Instead of trying it out, they assume it won’t be what they want and they spend an extra hour to get their dated equipment plugged in instead of using the newer, nicer equipment that was ready and waiting.
If they had gone with our gear it would have saved them time setting up and time sound checking. Also, they would have had a better mix in their earphones than they have probably ever had, and they would leave here asking “how do we get ourselves that setup?”
Our traveling conference team was in this same situation last year. We could have saved ourselves the hassle of figuring out a new system, saved the money it cost to buy the new system and simply kept on doing what we had been doing.
Instead, we did the research, spent the money and now – 14 months later – we are spending one-third less time on setups and sound-checks when we’re on the road. We have more time to get coffee and read our Bibles.
Change is very rarely embraced. But it’s the big changes that are often the best for us.
Anna and I recently painted our house. I spent 65 hours on an extension ladder operating a power washer and paint sprayer – though not at the same time. It was a lot of work, and cost a very pretty penny. But we’re done now and it looks much better than before.
A guy down the street recently painted his house also. He probably spent 150 hours on an extension ladder though because he scraped and rolled. Yet the color he chose someone else is going to have to paint over as soon as they move in: Neon Lime Green.
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