A Soul Out Of Glass

the jerk

Steve Jobs had the balls to get up on a stage a few years back and declare the PC dead. Long live the post-PC. And what did Jobs replace the PC with? Did you know that if you drop an iPad it will shatter into the most expensive piece of useless industrial art you will ever possess? Unless, of course, in tears you call Apple and talk to them about what you broke. Ironically, and über-profitably, Apple replaces what you broke with a refurbished iPad dropped by someone else and thereby swelling their profit margins. Profitability trickery aside, Mr. Jobs was totally right on one thing in bringing us this delicate post-PC world. Indeed, his glass industrial art objects have outsold PCs and even caused the behomath makers of those PCs to wake up, although they’re still very sleepy. Unfortunatley, for moi, the rigamarole is all for naught. There is one thing that Jobs didn’t do–or should I say didn’t really deliver in his declaration of tech death-renewal. I live with someone that has successfully converted her entire digital world to the iPad, with the exception of her work-PC which she can’t give up because her company hasn’t yet entered the future. But that’s neither here nor there. Without breaking into tears, I can’t tell you how difficult it’s been not getting one of those cute keyboard-less shinny devices. I’m often jealous watching my better-half use her slick iPad while my lap sweats with my MBP on it. But facts and truths are what they are–and sometimes they are painful. The reality for me is that I simply cannot do all my digital work on an iPad. There are two pieces of software that prevent me from moving into Jobs’ false future. One piece should be available soon, but the other doesn’t show any sign of ever being available. What a deal killer. Well. I reckon I’m gonna have to stick it out by continuing to work in the past. With that in mind, let me move on to Google Glass and why I think Jobs’ claim of post-PC was either wrong or premature. BTW, Google and my need for two pieces of software is proving my pseudo-hypothesis correct.

There are two things in my worst-opinion missing from the post-PC era. One, as mentioned above, is software. The other is kind of confusing. It’s confusing because the things that is missing has been missing all along, even going back to the original Mac. The thing that Steve Jobs missed when he gave the world the iPad and the idear of moving beyond outdated and goliath PC hardware, is that what people really want out of technology has nothing to do with the hardware. And hardware is what companies like Apple, Microsoft, Intel, etc., are all about and have brilliantly marketed to us suckers all along. So there is a strange irony to Steve Jobs making such a claim and delivering a device that proves that all people want out of all this krapp is being able to wear their souls on their sleeve.

Enter the likes of social-media born NOT of the PC but of (relatively) cheap digital mobile technology. FaceBook + Twitter + GooglePlus + Etc.=social media to the exponential of human communication. What Jobs and his iPad naively unleashed with his misguided tech idears isn’t the cute, flat, shinny, hardware that makes people go wow. It’s the simple accessibility to what used to be referred to as wearing your soul on your sleeve which is the negative of wearing your heart on your sleeve. Yeah, baby. Wear-able technology for the sole purpose of projecting your psychosis in the digital world. And what the likes of Facebook & Co have already proven is that it doesn’t matter if anyone wants to see your digitised psychosis. The human individual will project it all the same–just like it’s always done but now w/out x86 and other improperly priced CPUs, GPUs, RAMs and skuzzy interfaces. And so. Enter Google Glass and a question: has Google been the first, even before Apple, to see the true needs of potential customers? Indeed. Google must know human neurosis better than any company in history.

I have to worst-admit: I’m impressed with what I’ve read and heard about Google Glass. I’m not impressed for what it does now. But I am extremely impressed for what it looks like it could do twenty years from now. Anyone remember what your first Mac could do? Anywho. For one thing, Glass is proving to me already that I am right putting off getting an iPad. My decision is even beyond the fact that it doesn’t have the software I need. I’ve just always been skeptical if the iPad is really, truly, a post-PC device. Sure. It runs on Apple hardware and software thru and thru, circumventing the traditional PC oligopoly practices perfected by Microsoft and Intel. But Google is proving that the iPad and tablets are at best nothing more than a less expensive and less powerful version of a PC. Which means you don’t need to prefix anything with “post”. It also reminds me of something very similar that has ended up the bin: netbooks. I’m not saying that iPads are gonna end up in the bin. The idear of Netbooks was a disaster and the reason for that is in the oligopoly that gave them to us in the first place. What I’m saying is this: iPads and tablets are not post-PC devices. But Google Glass just might be. Now. I can’t wait to wear my Glass on my wear-able tech sleeve twenty post years from now while working on a proper machine to do this website. Ha. Ha.



Rant on.