As promised, Apple dropped iOS 5 to everyone this morning. This new update to the iPhone, iPod, and iPad brings a lot of new features to Apple’s mobile devices, some which were sorely needed.
I have to admit that I’m not a Firefox user on my Mac, but on Windows I use IE for one thing: to download Firefox. However, last night when Apple had a link on their site to the new iTunes 10.3 download which brought you to a page which actually linked to 10.2.2, I was frustrated. The only way to prevent myself from obsessive compulsively refreshing my screen was to get a Firefox plugin that automatically checked for a change in the download page.
When HD-DVD and Blu-Ray were announced, I was all over those technologies like emulsion on film. I’ve always been a movie fan, even collecting 35mm prints back in the laserdisc days because I wanted the best possible presentation of my favorite films that I could get. Fast forward more than a decade later and we now have Blu-Ray as the standard for HD movies, but if you’re like me and still have a few HD-DVD movies around that haven’t been released on Blu-Ray yet, what do you do? Warner Brothers has their Red2Blu offer where you can trade in your HD-DVD movies for Blu-Ray, but other studios don’t have that offer. Not only that, but I don’t want to drop $20+ on another copy of the same movie from studios that don’t offer trade-ins. When technology literally dies, consumers should have the right to find a way to watch those discs. Nobody’s supporting HD-DVD anymore and these movies weren’t cheap when they were released. I wanted to ditch my HD-DVD player since it was taking up space and every time I wanted to watch one of the films that hadn’t been released on Blu-Ray yet, I had to swap cables which wound up being more trouble than it was worth. I needed to be free of the old technology, but I didn’t want to lose the HD movies.
A while back when I first got my Verizon FiOS hooked up, I was thrilled to death. The connection was blazing fast and had a rather fat pipe of 35/35 to go with it. One day, my Mac OS 10.5 system started acting strange. If I’d use any app to go to any site on the internet, the connection wouldn’t respond for about 15 seconds. It was driving me crazy because everything took so much longer, and if you were on a web page that pulled in a large number of ads, those would take 15 seconds each to start loading.