The Innovation of Loneliness
Everything about this seems true. More, it seems True.
The article itself is fantastic, but the comments from the author are even better.
It has been a long time, but I remember being poor. It’s as different from my current cash-flow issues as night is from day. Right now I might be struggling, but I still have freedom. Being poor meant having no freedom at all.
I can’t blame him. Neither would I.
I can’t predict the future any better than anyone else can, so I have to say it’s possible that one day Google’s operating system may indeed dominate Apple’s operating system in some meaningful way. But it certainly doesn’t do so today.
Alongside those glowing reports of Android’s success are reports less easy to quantify, apparently far less interesting reports, suggesting that Android devices aren’t used the same way, or to the same extent, as iOS devices. But what could that mean? I mean, sure, maybe we all know someone who has a terrible old Android device they don’t use anymore, but surely that percentage must be small, right? I mean, 81%!
As someone who uses a smartphone, I can’t imagine it matters except in the most abstract sense. As someone who develops for smartphones, however, the questions of market share are far more important. So we hear that Android comprises 81% of shipments, but then we also hear that as many as two-thirds of those are not really smartphones at all, or that iOS dominates Android when measuring web-browsing data.
So which is it? In which direction is it heading? How much does it matter? Here’s what I know based on the recent worldwide release of a big-name game.
Google promoted the game heavily. Nearly every Android user got an email promoting the game. It lived on the front page of Google Play store for at least a week. I’m not sure any other game has ever been promoted as heavily. Nobody could possibly ask Google for more. The end result of all of that was roughly one-third as many Android users as iOS users.
We did get some promotion from Apple as well, though not a coveted “Editor’s Pick,” and not nearly at the same level as Google provided. Still, iOS users downloaded and continued to play the game roughly three times as much as Android users.
So I don’t know what that 81% number means. If Android is on more than three-quarters of devices shipped, but only about one-quarter of the people playing my game, which number is more important to me?
My recent experience suggests that my focus as a developer should be on the web-browsing number rather than the units-shipped number.
Sermon for Sunday, November 17, 2013 Last Sunday after Pentecost
Sometimes I have listen to them several times, they’re so good.
And whisky to know the difference.
Back in 2005, the same thing happened when the Bush administration launched the website for Medicare Part D. First, they had to delay the launch. Then, when they finally rolled it out, it didn’t work at all. Then they got it working, but it was too slow and full of inaccuracies.
Every major news outlet carried stories about the failures of Medicare Part D. According to polling data, the program was actually less popular than Obamacare is today.
Within a few months, the glitches were fixed. Medicare Part D now has a 90 percent approval rating. No one remembers the initial bugs in the system. […..]
The biggest success story from Obamacare has been Medicaid, the one part of the law that actually is government-run insurance. To say that the government can’t be trusted is to say that the millions of Americans who benefit from Medicare and Medicaid and CHIP don’t count and don’t matter.
That’s an ugly thing to say, but if you listen closely, you can hear it all around you. Every time the government tries to help the less fortunate, there is always a contingent of Americans who oppose it. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t help them. And it certainly doesn’t mean we can’t.
If we’re going to give up on government programs because of the healthcare.gov rollout, can we also give up on corporations for the iCloud rollout?
This, a thousand times! Google makes this look easy, but the truth is that large online sites are hard. Twitter used to be down more than it was up, but has finally sent the “fail whale” out to the deep sea. Apple may or may not have finally gotten it right with iCloud, but it has been trying since early 2000 with iTools, .Mac, and MobileMe. Ultimately, complaints about the website are short-term and therefore silly.
This might be what killed my attempt to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. Or maybe it was the launch of the game I’ve spent almost the entire year on. Either way, I’m not gonna make it. I’m just over 3000 words in, and it’s the 13th.