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QualtyNerpFowndThis is actually the first time in a long time I am not taking an iTunes update, given that it doesn’t fix the graphic artifact during scrolling issue, and other users are reporting worse things happening. In retrospect, I should have stuck with 11.x . iTunes 12.x is looking more like Windows Millennium everyday.

Sad.

This was once SoundJam, an app so good that Apple bought it. But this is now another example of an app in the care of a company too big to care to give it the attention to detail, and true UI/UX modernizations and feature enhancements an indie would have. A third party company would have listened to their customers or face declining sales. Apple is too big to truly care about the declining quality of iTunes. Whomever is sitting in charge of shipping product quality control is obviously not paying attention, and this toxic style of management is what can and has brought once great companies down.

Since v4 the only “improvements” have been cosmetic and the addition of the various stores. Apple has never addressed iTunes key failings and has instead focused on bloating it u to the point where once loyal users are looking elsewhere for leading edge features.

But this isn’t really about Apple. Apple is really an example. This is about a mentality epidemic in proportion of people who think that marketing, money or someone else can make up (or take the blame) for subpar products. The logic is as follows:

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Last week my Sister,  a very capable Systems Admin, called me to ask my advice. She hadn’t owned a Mac in a very long time, and wanted to know whether she should buy a Mac Mini and an iPad or an iMac?

If your Mac is still stock, you might want to read this…

(Since Advertising is visually detracting from the content by cluttering the formerly clean UI, and the price to remove them is significantly higher than other site’s yearly full featured offerings [themes and full customization is extra here whereas other hosts include them in one price scheme, which is usually much lower], most new content will be on 10Centuries.)

I get into conversations about technology all the time, even when I’m not expecting to. But these days everyone has some sort of computer disguised as a mobile device. I’m a staunch advocate of full disclosure, so I’ll prefix this by saying I’m not getting compensated in any way to say anything pro or con about any company mentioned here. This was the conversation that broke out with someone who has no horses in the race as well. The person on the other end chose a Blackberry over Android and iOS.  The only alterations to the following screen shots is the removal of any names. The new Amazon Kindle Fire is out now and it’s getting pretty decent reviews. But when you talk frankly with people they tend to give their real opinion. Read on to see what the real reaction is and what everyone is too polite to say:

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