I’m sorry about Apple hype

Yesterday’s announcements by Apple went over like a lead balloon here at Off the Grid Camp (Patrick was totally not excited and even this morning after he got to hear all the news was not as Apple frenzied as usual).

I was lead to believe (by multiple sources that I can’t name for obvious reasons) that there’d be a lot more interesting stuff released yesterday than there actually was. I can’t go into why I was lead to believe that, but I had my reasons and I screwed up by getting overly excited. As Nick Douglas at Valleywag says, I was blabbing. And I got burned.

That said, I still believe the folks who got my excitement levels to rise. As Michael Markman reports Steve Jobs says there’s still a lot of stuff coming. Hinting that they didn’t announce some stuff that they were planning on putting on stage yesterday.

The stock market reacted much like those here at Off the Grid did. Yawn.

My speculation? Apple didn’t pull the trigger because they didn’t want to screw up their back-to-school sales. Let’s say they announced a new portable device or new iPod right now but wouldn’t be able to ship in quantity for, say, four weeks, they would totally freeze out the market for back to school (Patrick, for instance, goes back to school in three weeks). That would be stupid to do, so it’s probably smart to wait a few more weeks until kids are back in school before announcing cool new stuff.

Update: Wired’s Leander Kahney asks “Has Steve Jobs Lost His Magic?”

Update 2: TechMeme has a lot more reaction to the keynote.

125 thoughts on “I’m sorry about Apple hype

  1. Cuckoo, got me thinking of the ‘The Midwich Cuckoos’, per John Carpenter’s (and David Himmelstein’s) ‘Village of the Damned’ remake. Appleites meet the Scobleizer Griswalds.

    The Appleites in their trademarked white hair and cobalt eyes, are using their supernatural and telepathic powers to draw energy away from the post-Microsoft lifeforces. They have internal-visionary located the lifeforces in a remote Montana town.

    Meanwhile, the Scobleizer limo-sized station-wagon criss-crosses the country, video cameras in tow, searching for the perfect internet Wally World, amusement, and away from civilization, just not too far. Clark Scoble, eternal optimist, yet hopelessly bumbling, stops in Montana for a rest (reboot), before romping onto the next tourist stop, world’s largest ball of Cat5 cable twine. But they won’t make it…

    “If we coexist, we shall dominate you. That is inevitable. Eventually you will try to eliminate us. We are all creatures of the life force. Now it was set us at one another to see who will survive.”

    PS – Ok ok ok, lame, but playing Karim’s game. ;)

  2. Cuckoo, got me thinking of the ‘The Midwich Cuckoos’, per John Carpenter’s (and David Himmelstein’s) ‘Village of the Damned’ remake. Appleites meet the Scobleizer Griswalds.

    The Appleites in their trademarked white hair and cobalt eyes, are using their supernatural and telepathic powers to draw energy away from the post-Microsoft lifeforces. They have internal-visionary located the lifeforces in a remote Montana town.

    Meanwhile, the Scobleizer limo-sized station-wagon criss-crosses the country, video cameras in tow, searching for the perfect internet Wally World, amusement, and away from civilization, just not too far. Clark Scoble, eternal optimist, yet hopelessly bumbling, stops in Montana for a rest (reboot), before romping onto the next tourist stop, world’s largest ball of Cat5 cable twine. But they won’t make it…

    “If we coexist, we shall dominate you. That is inevitable. Eventually you will try to eliminate us. We are all creatures of the life force. Now it was set us at one another to see who will survive.”

    PS – Ok ok ok, lame, but playing Karim’s game. ;)

  3. Right. Because ACL support is “just panther with spotlight, konfabulator, and Automator”.

    Maybe you don’t know all the differences betwen 10.3 and 10.4

  4. “Your first two examples are XP plus a couple of apps. Not major OS releases.”

    Uh, you mean like, Apple’s “major os releases”? Some enhancements to Mail, Safari, iChat, stuff like that? Tiger is just Panther with Spotlight (Freeware on Windows), Konfabulator (Shareware) and Automator (an app). I bought Tiger, and I still wonder why I did that. Feels like Panther to me. Looking at Leopard, I think I’ll pass.

  5. “Your first two examples are XP plus a couple of apps. Not major OS releases.”

    Uh, you mean like, Apple’s “major os releases”? Some enhancements to Mail, Safari, iChat, stuff like that? Tiger is just Panther with Spotlight (Freeware on Windows), Konfabulator (Shareware) and Automator (an app). I bought Tiger, and I still wonder why I did that. Feels like Panther to me. Looking at Leopard, I think I’ll pass.

  6. Which should lead you into channeling “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Karim.
    :-) No, I was channeling another Nicholson film (Easy Rider) in another thread, so I think I’ve hit my monthly quota…

    I always wanted to write a sequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, though, about how Nicholson’s character leaves the hospital post-lobotomy and goes on to have an extraordinarily successful career in politics.

    Seems to be a recurring theme: Cuckoo’s Nest was written by Ken Kesey, as in “Ken Kesey’s Magic Bus” and its LSD-fueled cross-country adventures; the movie Easy Rider which featured a cross-country trip and LSD; and Scoble’s Magic Geek Bus trip to Montana, which probably didn’t involve any drugs harder than Claritin but did have passengers who were broadband addicts in withdrawal looking to score a little WiFi. “You’re either ON the minivan or you’re OFF the minivan.” “Turn on, tune in, log out.”

    I think I’m going to put on some Grateful Dead and stare at iTunes visualizations for a while… :-)

  7. Which should lead you into channeling “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Karim.
    :-) No, I was channeling another Nicholson film (Easy Rider) in another thread, so I think I’ve hit my monthly quota…

    I always wanted to write a sequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, though, about how Nicholson’s character leaves the hospital post-lobotomy and goes on to have an extraordinarily successful career in politics.

    Seems to be a recurring theme: Cuckoo’s Nest was written by Ken Kesey, as in “Ken Kesey’s Magic Bus” and its LSD-fueled cross-country adventures; the movie Easy Rider which featured a cross-country trip and LSD; and Scoble’s Magic Geek Bus trip to Montana, which probably didn’t involve any drugs harder than Claritin but did have passengers who were broadband addicts in withdrawal looking to score a little WiFi. “You’re either ON the minivan or you’re OFF the minivan.” “Turn on, tune in, log out.”

    I think I’m going to put on some Grateful Dead and stare at iTunes visualizations for a while… :-)

  8. I must admit, as a first-year college student, I wasn’t expecting anything from Apple. I remember when I bought my present iBook back in July 2004, they waited until after the college promotions to update the model. I don’t remember what the update was, but it stung to think I should have waited two extra months. In any event, I’m going to wait until 10.5 comes out to buy my next iboo- er, MacBook.

    With that in mind, what did Jobs have anything to act impressed with? Not to dismiss the Wired article, but I think we’ll see a much more revitalized pagentry when there’s something to celebrate.

  9. I must admit, as a first-year college student, I wasn’t expecting anything from Apple. I remember when I bought my present iBook back in July 2004, they waited until after the college promotions to update the model. I don’t remember what the update was, but it stung to think I should have waited two extra months. In any event, I’m going to wait until 10.5 comes out to buy my next iboo- er, MacBook.

    With that in mind, what did Jobs have anything to act impressed with? Not to dismiss the Wired article, but I think we’ll see a much more revitalized pagentry when there’s something to celebrate.

  10. Which should lead you into channeling “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Karim.

    “If Karim doesn’t want to take his medication orally, I’m sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way. But I don’t think that he would like it.”

  11. Which should lead you into channeling “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Karim.

    “If Karim doesn’t want to take his medication orally, I’m sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way. But I don’t think that he would like it.”

  12. I had the same feelings and thoughts reading your last post as I have when I watch Robin Williams get interviewed on the Tonight Show.

    “Man, Karim’s last three films all sucked!

    I simultaneously feel like laughing and recommending professional help. Probably the latter is the best thing for you (and Robin).

    LOL I’ll take that as a compliment, thanks… now if you’ll excuse me, the nurse is coming down the hall with a tray of meds… ;-)

  13. I had the same feelings and thoughts reading your last post as I have when I watch Robin Williams get interviewed on the Tonight Show.

    “Man, Karim’s last three films all sucked!

    I simultaneously feel like laughing and recommending professional help. Probably the latter is the best thing for you (and Robin).

    LOL I’ll take that as a compliment, thanks… now if you’ll excuse me, the nurse is coming down the hall with a tray of meds… ;-)

  14. Karim, you remind me a lot of Robin Williams. I had the same feelings and thoughts reading your last post as I have when I watch Robin Williams get interviewed on the Tonight Show. I simultaneously feel like laughing and recommending professional help. Probably the latter is the best thing for you (and Robin).

  15. Karim, you remind me a lot of Robin Williams. I had the same feelings and thoughts reading your last post as I have when I watch Robin Williams get interviewed on the Tonight Show. I simultaneously feel like laughing and recommending professional help. Probably the latter is the best thing for you (and Robin).

  16. Yesterday’s announcements by Apple went over like a lead balloon here at Off the Grid Camp (Patrick was totally not excited and even this morning after he got to hear all the news was not as Apple frenzied as usual).

  17. Yesterday’s announcements by Apple went over like a lead balloon here at Off the Grid Camp (Patrick was totally not excited and even this morning after he got to hear all the news was not as Apple frenzied as usual).

  18. Apple is a cult.

    [author switches to rapid-fire Robin Williams voice]

    Ohmygod you’re right. How do you leave the cult, anyway? Turn in your black turtleneck? Go to a software developer and ask him to deprogram you? You have to see sharp in order to de-program. [mimes being a robot] Does. not. compute. Oh look that geek in the front row got it. Yes you the one with the Blackberry holster. I do these jokes for myself you know. Keeps me from drinkin’. [mimes downing a shot glass of alcohol, wipes back of hand across mouth] AHHHHhhhh, Mammy! I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a copy of Windows in front of me. [knees on floor, praying] Take me back, Jobs, for I have sinned and seen a Vista! [switches to effeminate voice] And it wasn’t of Cupertino! [switches to serious voice] But enough about me and my cult, let’s talk about you and the Boy Scouts of America.

  19. Apple is a cult.

    [author switches to rapid-fire Robin Williams voice]

    Ohmygod you’re right. How do you leave the cult, anyway? Turn in your black turtleneck? Go to a software developer and ask him to deprogram you? You have to see sharp in order to de-program. [mimes being a robot] Does. not. compute. Oh look that geek in the front row got it. Yes you the one with the Blackberry holster. I do these jokes for myself you know. Keeps me from drinkin’. [mimes downing a shot glass of alcohol, wipes back of hand across mouth] AHHHHhhhh, Mammy! I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a copy of Windows in front of me. [knees on floor, praying] Take me back, Jobs, for I have sinned and seen a Vista! [switches to effeminate voice] And it wasn’t of Cupertino! [switches to serious voice] But enough about me and my cult, let’s talk about you and the Boy Scouts of America.

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