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Jean-Louis Gassée

Roasting Toaster Fridges

hardware By February 8, 2016 Tags: , , 16 Comments

A longish exploration of two hybrid devices, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 and Apple’s iPad Pro.

The short version: The Microsoft product is a decent laptop but it’s better as a tablet. The iPad Pro is also not a laptop replacement, but it’s a substantial enhancement of the tablet genre, thanks to a better/bigger screen, a very good stylus, and plenty of processing power. This leads to a brief speculation on the future of OS X and iOS.


“Open That Set-Top Box“

hardware By January 31, 2016 Tags: , , 13 Comments


Later this month, the FCC will hear a proposal that would put an end to your cable carrier’s costly and regressive monopoly on the set-top boxes that you’re allowed to use. Following their well-known modus operandi, Comcast and other carriers contend that granting this freedom to their customers would stifle innovation. They continue to think we’re idiots, that they can raid our wallets with impunity.


2016: Just One Thing

Uncategorized By January 4, 2016 Tags: 16 Comments

Today’s shortest-ever Monday Note was written under the hallucinatory effects of a lingering flu and various other abuses and delights: Traversing France on the magical TGV; wandering through the Left Bank’s mind-altering bookstores, restaurants, pastry shops, and other purveyors of Good Sin; and, to top it off, the summoning of an SOS Médecins at 10pm to staunch a stubborn nosebleed, for 60€. Read at your own risk.