Photics.com is an international website. For much of the world, November 28, 2013 is just another Thursday. My friends in Canada, they celebrated their Thanksgiving Day over a month ago. So normally, I don’t write about issues that are exclusive to the United States. I also avoid topics like religion or politics. But after seeing lots of negative press about Black Friday shopping. I felt motivated to post up.
Earlier this week, I was a bit grumpy with Apple. I was beginning to wonder if the best days for the company were behind it. But wow, Apple had an impressive week. In my mind, it was a total turnaround for Apple. With the free upgrade to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and a free upgrade to iWorks, Apple dealt a serious blow to Microsoft. This shows that Apple is still competitive and forward thinking. Meanwhile, I’m glad that I’ve been choosing Apple products over Google. That’s because Apple actually understands customer service.
Last August, when the flash drive died in a 2012 MacBook Air, I figured that I should replace it myself. Unfortunately, the Apple warranty had just expired — but this was a chance to expand the flash drive from 64 GB to 128 GB. The repair / upgrade set me back about $200 for parts. I did it myself. I considered the issue resolved, but then I read about Apple’s MacBook Air Flash Storage Drive Replacement Program. Apparently, this wasn’t just some random issue. It also looked like Apple was giving refunds. Would I be getting cash back from Apple?
With OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) just around the corner, today I fixed a problem that originated with an earlier version of the Mac operating system. There’s a cool RSS screensaver by Apple — the RSS Visualizer — but it wasn’t included with the latest version of OS X. I like RSS. Unlike Facebook, Twitter or other social networking websites, RSS doesn’t [usually] require logging in. RSS is less invasive. Apple’s RSS Visualizer was one of the more sexy ways to view an RSS feed, so I reinstalled it. The process was bit involved.
Google recently turned 15 years old. In that short time, the company has grown to become ubiquitous with Internet search. Because Google is so beneficial to so many lives, the milestone event could be celebrated with joy and happiness. A recent Google Doodle illustrates that. But me, I’m still apprehensive towards Google. Is this feeling unwarranted? If so, can I actually forgive Google? If not, what am I going to do about it?