Archive for March, 2012

Somewhere Near Fremont Older

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Drove yesterday to Fremont Older. First time in this Open Space Preserve and it was right away a memorable run. It was pretty muddy after several days of rain. Saw the first snake of the season near Hunter’s point. Then jogged Coyote Ridge Trail to Steven’s Creek County Park and Reservoir — I had first checked parking there and after finding out it costs $6 all over and the rangers drive their pick-ups back and forth the empty parking lots thought that’s not for me.

Okay, my idea was to get back to Fremont Older and Prospect Rd’s parking lot from the west end. But I didn’t have the map with me… ended up on Steven’s Canyon Road without finding the path back up. So I continued on Mt. Eden road running faster and faster because I was getting late … I didn’t find or know of any shortcuts and ended getting all the way through Pierce Rd to Saratoga — Sunnyvale Rd and from there back up to Prospect Rd parking. Looking at the map now I must have run like 7-8 miles extra there. An easy 1hr run thus became a major 1.45 race prep… At least now I have a better idea of the area including the archery range and many wineries.

Published in: Sports | on March 29th, 2012 | Comments Off

Why I am Switching from iPhone

I’ve owned an iPhone since October 2007 when it was far ahead of the competition. I posted enthusiastically about my phone in 2007-2008, thumb getting kicks from hacking and finding something new and playing retro stuff. I even went to one launch event once when it was a new concept and there was’t any queue. Then came the stores — both physical and online — everything went closed, commercial, queues grew up, and I had less time to hack. My previous iPhone post is indeed from 2008. Since then I’ve been running it in stock mode with just a couple apps. Issues I have with iPhone today include:

  1. Look and feel is the same as when it launched five years ago. Yes. Where’s the innovation? On the left you have the original 2007 model, on the right hand side the latest model selling five years after in 2012. I want and expect change.

  2. Crashes more and more often, and compared to competition it is getting worse. Here’s one related study although I’m talking about the operating system crashing, not an individual app. I’m experiencing at least once a week complete system hang which needs hard reboot. It can come any time during any operation of any app, like with the built-in map application. Apple is hacking an ever complex, closed system in-house. Some would say this is the expected outcome.
  3. Hardware is closed and has no open connectors anybody could freely build accessories for. There’s less third party stuff in general. No peripheral ecosystem. Again, less innovation.
  4. Apple is sold out like a girl or boy band at the peak of their career. Anything Apple is no longer cool. It gives me no kicks. Why would I devote any time to hack or talk about Apple’s devices because everybody is doing it. Having too many fans can makes you look dumb with those white earphones. I so much like this ad:

  5. Overpriced and will remain so, despite all of the above. While this may not be the really limiting factor to get one, it will hit me that I don’t want to spend anybody’s money for technology that just isn’t worth it anymore. I think it is morally wrong and detrimental to innovation if people are spending money into that stuff and let them put out more crap.

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On the positive side iOS devices are still easy to use and fast, very good (when it doesn’t crash) for basic email, navigation and surfing. There are apps for everything. Yes, like Windows 95 or 98 for basic desktop use. That comparison should tell enough why I’m switching …

Overall, Apple is today like Microsoft in the mid or late 1990s. It is hard to see right now how they can ever fail. They have obviously many great years ahead but, at the same time, the other guys are creating a more interesting future.

Published in: Economy, Tech | on March 25th, 2012 | Comments Off

Trading places in professional sports

This time last week the biggest Bay Area sports news was Monta Ellis trade. I was lucky to see Monta’s last home game as a Warrior with my son. It was one of the good games where Monta produced and Warriors took it home agains Mavericks. The previous game I saw with my daughter they handed out Monta Ellis signs for everyone to cheer with. Now the number one guy is gone, patient traded away. How can a franchise do that? Obviously the fans are still angry about the trade.

Today we got the more positive news Alex Smith has finally signed with the 49ers. After the playoffs I think his star started to really shine here. I remember listening to the feed from the Bone of the game where he made it:

Alex Smith in the play of his life..!!

A couple nights ago I was at our kids’ school fundraising event where they sold framed and signed 49ers pics featuring Smith’s run and Vernon Davis’s catch at the final moments of the game against Saints. Having another QB after that game just wouldn’t have made any sense, no matter how the team will perform next year and no matter if it’s all just business like they say.

Published in: Economy, Sports | on March 21st, 2012 | Comments Off

Punished at Black Mountain

Had maybe the hardest Black Mountain climb yesterday. Ten minutes and 200m vertical behind and the sky is clearing, treatment sun is shining all across the mountain range. I make the decision to jog back down to have sun screen.

Another start and up we go. Feeling good in sunshine after the rainy weeks. But today I’m not flying, and I really hit the limit towards the mountain top. The previous day ‘s 1.01 effort around PG&E trail along with being a few days out due to flu in the preceding week must have contributed. Total climb in 56.30. During ascent leg muscles just wear our.

Total time 1.40, like 5 mins from the best times. I simply couldn’t run a meter last night after this… today I can hope to run max a few easy miles.

Published in: Sports | on March 21st, 2012 | Comments Off