commented on Bad News for Microsoft
The local economy will be fine. Microsoft is such an enormous lumbering beast that it will die slowly over the course of decades. And in that time, all the engineering talent will be siphoned off for whatever comes next by the people who desperately need that talent. This process is already in full swing.
commented on My Information's Running Loose!
These emails are intentionally poorly written.
They want ignorant marks to respond, because once someone responds it starts costing them time, and they are interested in maximizing the return on that time. They want people with a clue to laugh and delete and maybe post something snarky on their blog. But they certainly don't want them to respond, so they litter the email with signals that it's scammy.
It's actually depressingly clever.
commented on Ubuntu Arrives at the Future for Tech
@3 is right. Apple proudly has different operating systems across different devices, and it's not at all because of technical limitations of those devices. It's because it makes no sense to try to produce one thing that works in those vastly different environments (either as the platform author or third party app developers). This will not change any time soon.
Microsoft is trying a different strategy, to some degree, and it doesn't look like it will work out to be worthwhile.
commented on Is Cook the Next Ballmer?
When Apple stopped selling DRMed music and upped the bit rate they called it "iTunes Plus." For a time you could pay a small fee to replace your DRMed files with clear files, so you didn't have to repurchase everything. Their answer now is to pay $25 for iTunes Match, if anyone still has old iTunes DRM sitting around. This all went down four years ago, not five.
commented on Some Damn Fool Is Trying to Get a Gremlins Remake Made
You know, I tried to watch Gremlins over Christmas. It would have been totally fucking amazing. But Gremlins is not available digitally, at all. It's not on iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon. I was absolutely ready to send someone money for it but they won't have it. How dumb! And here I am Gremlinsless.
Dec 5, 2012
commented on AT&T + iTunes Match = Bummer
(And a Workaround)
Maybe I don't understand what you're doing, but it works great for me, mostly.
1) Subscribe to Match, and iTunes matches or uploads everything.
2) Now, there is no syncing of music between your iPhone and iTunes. In iTunes, it should say "iTunes Match is on" under the music tab when you look at the iPhone.
3) Simply open the music app on the iPhone, and hit download (the cloud icon with the down arrow) on anything and it'll be downloaded to your phone. Do this before you leave the house; pretend you are syncing with iTunes if you have to.
4) Plugging into iTunes should not delete anything. At least not anything you've downloaded this way. This is the thing I don't understand about your experience. Maybe wipe all the music from the phone and fresh with (1)?
Also, in Settings/Music you can make the phone show you only the music that's actually downloaded to it, so you don't have to see your whole library at once.
There is one, new, minor annoyance. You used to be able to delete shit on the phone too, so you could control what space is used for what and exactly what was on the phone. Now you can't, in iOS 6. It will just delete the things you haven't played in the longest time if you happen to run out of space.