Not too long after Apple’s post-Jobs CEO, Tim Cook, promised that Apple is tightening security around their product launches, it seems that detailed schematics of the new iPhone5’s front panel have been leaked, and possibly by more than one person. First appearing in a blog by iLab, then arriving at the blog of non-approved iPhone App Store Cydia, and finally hitting MacRumors. And here they are now, in all of their blue-printed glory.
It seems that in the last couple of days/weeks the leaks and rumors have been flying fast, and coming together to form a more complete picture of the new iPhone design and specs. Granted, there is the usual hoopla by true believers who insist that every single one of these leaks are a clever plant by Apple to throw media and competitors off the real trail, but honestly that seems absolutely ludicrous at this point. Why? A couple of reasons: 1) Jobs was the real secrecy buff, and with him gone I imagine we will begin to see a big part of this culture of fear and secrecy fall apart. Without him there to bring down the wrath of god on any leakers, I think we’ll start to see a decades worth of repression bubble up into sloppiness and intentional leaking. 2) Apple is a month to 3 months away from launching this thing. There’s absolutely no point in throwing off competitors at this point, since no one can really do anything about anything at this point. And as far as the media, they get worked up into a frenzy every time an iPhone is launched. No need for PR stunts here. Lastly, over the last 3 or so product launches, we’ve seen that rumors and leaks that came within 1-3 months before the product launch were pretty solid. Continue reading →
Since everyone else was going outside for Memorial Day weekend, we decided we’d make a day of it too. If you hadn’t heard, we’re doing a series of street fair appearances throughout the summer, with the first one being yesterday, Sunday the 27th. Keep an eye here and on our Facebook page for updates on when and where! Meanwhile, here are some pictures from the first one:
Like most New Yorkers, I spend the subway commute in the mornings reading news on my smart phone. This morning, one particular story from a CBS affiliate in Sacramento caught my eye: Fry’s Wouldn’t Replace My Laptop Until I Dropped Complaint. Talk about a mess. I think as New Yorkers, we take for granted how many local computer repair shops we have access to. We still occasionally get people coming in here and saying “Well, Best Buy is charging me [some small, insignificant amount of money] less than you guys, why shouldn’t I just go there?”
Well, for one, 9 times out of 10, we’ll match the quote on the spot. We’re already reasonably certain we have some of the lowest computer repair prices in town, but we’re not above dropping them a little more to get your business. Because really, yes we’re here to pay our bills, but more than that we love what we do and we love providing our level of computer repair service for you guys. We’d probably be doing the exact same thing even if it weren’t our job (though granted, we wouldn’t be working with our awesome customers. We’d just have to go over to Grandma’s house every other week to show her how to open Facebook and reset her router).
Much more importantly, though, being local means we’re integrated with the community. I’ve been getting coffee at the same deli every morning (A shout-out to my friends at the Z+S House of Snacks!) for over a year now, and know everyone there (including most of the morning customers). We see the same people walking through our doors year after year. We say hi to people in the street, and make recommendations about the best place to get lunch (Alpha Fusion has amazing Thai fusion). We’re accountable to our customers and to our community. And really, isn’t that the best way to run a computer repair shop, or any business?
So why should you go local for your computer repair needs? Because if we screw up, you know who we are and where to find us. It keeps us honest, and it keeps us motivated. Plus we’re all much better looking than Best Buy employees.