Tag Archives: problem

Mitchell’s Law of Committee

Any simple problem can be made insoluble if enough meetings are held to discuss it.


Small problems hiding

Inside every large problem, there is a small problem trying to get out.


Problems and easy solutions

For every problem there is one solution which is simple, neat, and wrong.

(H. L. Mencken)

Problems and solutions

I don’t have any solution but I certainly admire the problem.

Ashleigh Brilliant

Apple drives some market growth, despite antenna gate

The New York Times reports that Apple better than estimated results are driving a little growth of stock markets (full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/22/business/22markets.html?_r=1).

This is syntomatic of how much an imagine problem is sometime over estimated, at least in the short term.

I wonder how much has been acrrued by Apple to face next quarter(s) expenses for cases and reimbursements for Antennagate.

Antennagate solved

Kit Eaton at Fast Company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/148610), writes a couple of good articles on Apple announcement of giving refunds or cases to iPhone 4G buyers in order to solve antenna problem and on Apple $100 Million sound testing facility (full articles at http://www.fastcompany.com/1670989/antennagate-apple-explains-all-at-its-iphone-4-press-event and at http://www.fastcompany.com/1671022/apple-anechoic-chamber-science-rf-testing).

Se my comments on what Kit reports:

  • Smartphones aren’t perfect, and neither is Apple. True, but this problem is a macroscopic one, because phones are made for calling.
  • AppleCare hasn’t been as slammed with complaint calls. Could be, but is mainly because users are not, generally speaking, using the phone so much and for mission critical things (i.e. if you loose a call, you make it another time and say bad words to carriers, not to phone makers…)
  • There was an algorithmic error in the iPhone software […]. Again is not the problem it self, is how much it is big 
  • The antenna isn’t perfect, and it actually does drop slightly more calls than the 3GS does, on average. Yes, but is not a justification, otherwise Mr. Job’s would not have made this press conference.
  • Because some users have reported bumper cases help, Apple is giving them away for free. Helps in not getting the calls dropped, but is not enough, since when you spend all that money for a phone you don’t want to use a work around.
  • Apple’s also offering a full refund to unsatisfied customers who return undamaged iPhone 4s.  That’s better 🙂

This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1670989/antennagate-apple-explains-all-at-its-iphone-4-press-event

IPhone 4G antenna matters

Chris Foresman at Ars technica (http://arstechnica.com/author/chris-foresman/) and Jason Chen at Gizmodo (http://gizmodo.com/people/diskopo/posts/), reports a formal communication by Apple guru Steve Jobs on problems with reception and antenna. In extreme synthesis, the position is: holding the phone in that way could lead to signal attenuation, so to avoid the problem….just don’t hold it that way! (full articles at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/06/jobs-on-iphone-4-antenna-avoid-holding-it-in-this-way.ars and at http://gizmodo.com/5572279/apples-acknowledges-iphone-4-reception-issues-says-dont-hold-it-like-that. Steve Jobs letter at http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/4/2010/06/jobsmeail2.jpg).

Matt Hartley at Lockergnome adds that one solution, sponsored also by Steve Jobs BTW, is to have a case in order not to touch antenna (this article at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2010/06/25/first-iphone-requiring-a-case/).

On one side I can understand that some problems may arise in any technological object, IPhone included.

On the other side I ask a couple of questions:

  • When you buy every object (either phisical or “logical”) you want a functioning one. At most reason if you spend so much money (and time) on a gadget
  • Do words like “testing” and “non regeression” make sense at Cupertino 🙂 ? Come on! Despite the appearance is a phone. The antenna and software related is worth a little bit intensive testing (which have been done for sure), also holding it in the left hand…

This post as a comment also at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/06/jobs-on-iphone-4-antenna-avoid-holding-it-in-this-way.ars?comments=1&p=20551714#comment-20551714 , at http://gizmodo.com/5572279/apples-acknowledges-iphone-4-reception-issues-says-dont-hold-it-like-that and at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2010/06/25/first-iphone-requiring-a-case/comment-page-1/#comment-212751

Problem solving axiom

The solving of a problem lies in finding the solvers.


BP responsabilities for oil spill

Jason Leopold at Alternet (http://www.alternet.org/authors/6730/) writes an article asking why BP isn’t under Criminal Investigation for oil spill, while Tyler Gray at fast company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/188041) informs us that BP “top kill approach” did not work, while Jack Loftus (http://gizmodo.com/people/J%20B%20Cougar/posts/)at Gizmodo reports that BP knew of a potential problem a year ago  (full article at http://www.alternet.org/story/147045/why_isn’t_bp_under_criminal_investigation and at http://www.fastcompany.com/top-kill-fail and at http://gizmodo.com/5551175/bp-knew-of-deepwater-horizon-safety-risks-almost-a-year-ago).

Those following me from a while know that I usually don’t talk on other countries problems, just because on the other side, I don’t like when people talk on my countries things.

But I feel that gulf oil spill is a problem also of mine.

Maybe is the first case of a local problem so big to become of worldwide breadth.

What I feel is that we are facing something apocalyptic that should be prosecuted at full extent not only in the US, but on a transnational basis.

Either if this is my first feeling, I think that there’s a moment for reaction (closing the hole and stop oil spill) and a moment for putting BP under criminal investigation.

Now we are in first phase and energies should be adressed to this.

After I think BP should be judged, fairly but at full extent.

And at the end we should learn something from what happened.

This post as a comment also at http://www.alternet.org/story/147045/why_isn’t_bp_under_criminal_investigation , at http://www.fastcompany.com/top-kill-fail and at http://gizmodo.com/5551175/bp-knew-of-deepwater-horizon-safety-risks-almost-a-year-ago

Repairing Internet Explorer

ghacks writes a detailed “how to” on how to repair Internet explorer if it has problems (full story at http://www.ghacks.net/2010/05/23/how-to-repair-internet-explorer/).

Those who in some time experienced a IE problem, know how annoying can be a problem with your browser.

The tutorial is only a reference and a starting point, but when you don’t know where to go…

%d bloggers like this: