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(Business Insider)   Steve Wozniak isn't going to buy a new iPad because he doesn't have broadband at home and wants more storage to carry all his media at once. In other news, Steve Wozniak doesn't have a broadband Internet connection at home?   (businessinsider.com) divider line 59
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2013-10-23 05:22:59 PM
Actually he explained why he doesn't have broadband in his home in a May, 2012 interview.
 
2013-10-23 05:35:00 PM
I want local storage, too. I don't trust the cloud. They could be looking at my files, or could delete them. Their promise that they won't and $1.19 will get me a cup of gas station coffee.
 
2013-10-23 05:40:00 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Actually he explained why he doesn't have broadband in his home in a May, 2012 interview.


Parts of San Jose are rural - multi-million dollar houses perched on top of ridges with mile-long driveways.  Not terribly surprising.
 
2013-10-23 05:40:29 PM
Maybe nobody has run cable/fiber to his area. I know the only broad band I can get is shiatty cable.
 
2013-10-23 05:41:51 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Actually he explained why he doesn't have broadband in his home in a May, 2012 interview.


So his local phone co is dicking around with DSL, which is easy to believe.  There's no cable?  Seriously?  In Los Gatos?  No way.  I don't buy that.  He just doesn't want it and is being famously quirky.  Maybe it's a privacy thing, or he travels a lot.
 
2013-10-23 05:42:50 PM
I've bought three tablets so far, all of them Android. One of the biggest factors when deciding between an Android tablet and an iPad has been a removable memory card. Not having one is a huge negative to me.

If Apple wasn't so adamantly opposed to them in their devices I can guarantee at least one (possibly 2) of the three tablets I've bought would have been an ipad.
 
2013-10-23 05:48:31 PM
He won't get it because it can't store enough Big Bang episodes. That sounds almost like an endorsement to me.
 
2013-10-23 05:52:10 PM
I want to know more about the naked model kite surfing on the back of Richard Branson on that page.
 
2013-10-23 05:53:44 PM
If I could afford high-end tail I wouldn't need broadband either.

/j/k
//sorta
 
2013-10-23 05:54:12 PM
Wait... He has to BUY apple products?
 
2013-10-23 05:55:06 PM
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2013-10-23 05:58:22 PM
I bet it's actually because he gets "Free Unlimited" data for life from AT&T.
 
2013-10-23 06:00:42 PM

bopis: Wait... He has to BUY apple products?


Where ya been?  He famously stands in line at product launch opening days.  Endears him to the nerds.
 
2013-10-23 06:06:08 PM

uncoveror: I want local storage, too. I don't trust the cloud. They could be looking at my files, or could delete them. Their promise that they won't and $1.19 will get me a cup of gas station coffee.


It's why have an issue with the cloud, I do use it for some backup, but I'm going to avoid using it as a primary
 
2013-10-23 06:06:10 PM
Sorry, but if you're worth $100 million and in no small part responsible for the personal computer age the phone company should be a little more receptive to your needs.
 
2013-10-23 06:09:47 PM
 
2013-10-23 06:11:27 PM

mongbiohazard: I've bought three tablets so far, all of them Android. One of the biggest factors when deciding between an Android tablet and an iPad has been a removable memory card. Not having one is a huge negative to me.

If Apple wasn't so adamantly opposed to them in their devices I can guarantee at least one (possibly 2) of the three tablets I've bought would have been an ipad.


You can always get one of those wireless flash drive.

You can be the cool guy at Starbucks sharing his MP3 collection.
 
2013-10-23 06:18:39 PM
Wozniak probably has the entire Internet downloaded and delivered to his house daily.
 
2013-10-23 06:20:59 PM
All six seasons of The Big Bang Theory could easily fit on an iPad. Even 720p mkv files would only add up to about 60 GB for 6 seasons. And there are apps that happily play mkv files on an iPad.
 
2013-10-23 06:31:40 PM

NathanAllen: Sorry, but if you're worth $100 million and in no small part responsible for the personal computer age the phone company should be a little more receptive to your needs.


Blue box boycott

/telcos *never* forget
 
2013-10-23 06:38:13 PM

b0rscht: And there are apps that happily play mkv files on an iPad.


Yeah, but fark you in your stupid ass if you think you're going to just download a .mkv from the web, or from an FTP site, or from a local file server and on to an un-rooted iOS device. Because why in the holy fark would anyone want to do THAT?
 
2013-10-23 06:39:58 PM
neither dom i, just crappy ATT;

can you get JUST fast internet from someone without a bundle of other stuff?
Help me Farkers, you're my only hope
 
2013-10-23 06:42:00 PM

GRCooper: NathanAllen: Sorry, but if you're worth $100 million and in no small part responsible for the personal computer age the phone company should be a little more receptive to your needs.

Blue box boycott

/telcos *never* forget


Was going to say that Woz just screeches to the phone at 56kb and thus doesn't need broadband.
 
2013-10-23 06:42:21 PM
The 128 GB model isn't enough?
 
2013-10-23 06:44:13 PM
He probably just surfs at "work," has an actual life at home.
 
2013-10-23 06:46:34 PM

NathanAllen: Sorry, but if you're worth $100 million and in no small part responsible for the personal computer age the phone company should be a little more receptive to your needs.



photos1.blogger.com

We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company
 
2013-10-23 06:52:35 PM
He could probably pay to have a better line, but I think it's probably that he can go home at the end of the day and be offline.
 
2013-10-23 07:18:21 PM

loonatic112358: uncoveror: I want local storage, too. I don't trust the cloud. They could be looking at my files, or could delete them. Their promise that they won't and $1.19 will get me a cup of gas station coffee.

It's why have an issue with the cloud, I do use it for some backup, but I'm going to avoid using it as a primary


I prefer local storage as well...No wasted power pulling things from the cloud, instant access, going through signal poor areas doesn't mean my stream gets interrupted. I prefer to have control over how and where my media gets stored. I like the cloud for syncing different things between devices, but not as a primary storage device.
 
2013-10-23 07:20:36 PM

NathanAllen: Sorry, but if you're worth $100 million and in no small part responsible for the personal computer age the phone company should be a little more receptive to your needs.


Why? Businesses are motivated by the potential for profit. If there's no money in it why would they care?
 
2013-10-23 07:26:15 PM

enry: GRCooper: NathanAllen: Sorry, but if you're worth $100 million and in no small part responsible for the personal computer age the phone company should be a little more receptive to your needs.

Blue box boycott

/telcos *never* forget

Was going to say that Woz just screeches to the phone at 56kb and thus doesn't need broadband.


Your comment is funnier

/I bow
 
2013-10-23 07:34:02 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Actually he explained why he doesn't have broadband in his home in a May, 2012 interview.


The guy is rich enough to easily afford a dedicated line into his house, and he blames it on the phone company???
 
2013-10-23 07:46:00 PM

tgambitg: loonatic112358: uncoveror: I want local storage, too. I don't trust the cloud. They could be looking at my files, or could delete them. Their promise that they won't and $1.19 will get me a cup of gas station coffee.

It's why have an issue with the cloud, I do use it for some backup, but I'm going to avoid using it as a primary

I prefer local storage as well...No wasted power pulling things from the cloud, instant access, going through signal poor areas doesn't mean my stream gets interrupted. I prefer to have control over how and where my media gets stored. I like the cloud for syncing different things between devices, but not as a primary storage device.


I use dropbox as an extended version of robocopy, that's all I trust it to do.
 
2013-10-23 07:50:56 PM

Ambivalence: Bathia_Mapes: Actually he explained why he doesn't have broadband in his home in a May, 2012 interview.

The guy is rich enough to easily afford a dedicated line into his house, and he blames it on the phone company???


He's not that rich.

He blew his Apple money looong ago throwing huge freaking outdoor concerts. Pretty much a high budget early 80's version of Woodstock.
 
2013-10-23 07:51:31 PM
I love the big teddy bear but he hasn't been right about one thing in his entire life.  Ever.  He would be a jr. high school shop teacher if it wasn't for Jobs.

/and he hasn't done anything notable since the Apple II
//so why do you we care anything he says again?
 
2013-10-23 07:57:19 PM
"I don't have broadband at home, and you can't get great broadband connections in hotels,"

He means that they don't offer broadband at the types of hotels he stays at, meaning expensive.

The "cheap" hotels offer free wi-fi in room.
 
2013-10-23 07:58:39 PM

gingerjet: I love the big teddy bear but he hasn't been right about one thing in his entire life.  Ever.  He would be a jr. high school shop teacher if it wasn't for Jobs.

/and he hasn't done anything notable since the Apple II
//so why do you we care anything he says again?


He was entirely correct that expansion slots were a thing. Jobs always opposed those.
 
2013-10-23 08:15:31 PM

ThisIsntMe: I bet it's actually because he gets "Free Unlimited" data for life from AT&T.


I do. Signed with them the day before they took it away. Their LTE is faster than wifi.
 
2013-10-23 08:27:14 PM

Bacontastesgood: Bathia_Mapes: Actually he explained why he doesn't have broadband in his home in a May, 2012 interview.

So his local phone co is dicking around with DSL, which is easy to believe.  There's no cable?  Seriously?  In Los Gatos?  No way.  I don't buy that.  He just doesn't want it and is being famously quirky.  Maybe it's a privacy thing, or he travels a lot.


Looks like Clearwire's LTE connection is pretty strong in the hilltops of Log Gatos. There's no reason he can't have wireless broadband. That stuff is faster than my DSL in everyway but latency, and even then, it isn't that bad now.
 
2013-10-23 08:37:19 PM

mcreadyblue: mongbiohazard: I've bought three tablets so far, all of them Android. One of the biggest factors when deciding between an Android tablet and an iPad has been a removable memory card. Not having one is a huge negative to me.

If Apple wasn't so adamantly opposed to them in their devices I can guarantee at least one (possibly 2) of the three tablets I've bought would have been an ipad.

You can always get one of those wireless flash drive.

You can be the cool guy at Starbucks sharing his MP3 collection.


That would be one more thing for me to have to keep charged and carry around. Instead, I have a little holder that holds like 10 microSD cards in my wallet and an Android tablet. And buying the extra memory that way is a HELL of a lot cheaper than ponying up the cash for Apple's iPad with the most storage.

Also I guess I'm just not that cool enough to want to share out my MP3 collection in Starbucks. Or to go to Starbucks. I do share my MP3's and other media with my friends though... that's what an FTP server is for. Assuming your friends are nerds.
 
2013-10-23 08:54:39 PM
 
2013-10-23 08:58:46 PM
I personally recommend everyone setup your own "cloud" called Subsonic.
http://www.subsonic.org/pages/index.jsp

I did that a few years ago and I never have to sync my iphone/ipad/android device it just works. I can cache songs before I board a plane locally so I never have to worry about not having content. I would highly recommend it.
 
2013-10-23 09:27:47 PM
Americans are famous worldwide for their crappy Paleolithic low-speed internet connections. I always find my fastest p2p downloads come from Europe.

The only time an American impressed me was when WREK Atlanta seemed to have put their entire music collection on Soulseek on a big pipe.
 
2013-10-23 09:30:53 PM
Who?
 
2013-10-23 09:36:35 PM

loonatic112358: tgambitg: loonatic112358: uncoveror: I want local storage, too. I don't trust the cloud. They could be looking at my files, or could delete them. Their promise that they won't and $1.19 will get me a cup of gas station coffee.

It's why have an issue with the cloud, I do use it for some backup, but I'm going to avoid using it as a primary

I prefer local storage as well...No wasted power pulling things from the cloud, instant access, going through signal poor areas doesn't mean my stream gets interrupted. I prefer to have control over how and where my media gets stored. I like the cloud for syncing different things between devices, but not as a primary storage device.

I use dropbox as an extended version of robocopy, that's all I trust it to do.


Yeah... that's pretty much what I use it for... Keep specific folders synced across multiple devices.
 
2013-10-23 09:45:15 PM

BullBearMS: Ambivalence: Bathia_Mapes: Actually he explained why he doesn't have broadband in his home in a May, 2012 interview.

The guy is rich enough to easily afford a dedicated line into his house, and he blames it on the phone company???

He's not that rich.

He blew his Apple money looong ago throwing huge freaking outdoor concerts. Pretty much a high budget early 80's version of Woodstock.


His estimated net worth is $100M.  I'm pretty sure he could arrange for some sort of broadband in Los Gatos, CA if he wanted to.  Or to wire the whole town with fiber.  The guy is in no danger of missing a meal.

The US festivals were pretty epic though, I'll give you that.  Between the two they supposedly cost him $20M.  I went and it was awesome.  He could afford to do this again too.
 
2013-10-23 10:04:16 PM

bopis: Wait... He has to BUY apple products?


Truth is he really just needs to make a phone call and someone will deliver a unit to him, he's actually still an Apple employee.
 
2013-10-23 10:55:42 PM

StrikitRich: The 128 GB model isn't enough?


You may not have noticed but flash memory has become ridiculously cheap over the last thousand days. This 32, 64, 128 chintziness is becoming a bit boorish. Judging by the lackluster reception I'd say people are beginning to notice.

Oh, and it's not what woz days that should make apple worry, it's my sister. Seriously. She's got the bumper sticker, the phone, the tablet, the pro, the mini AND the air... and she says 'meh'. That's a problem.
 
2013-10-23 10:56:05 PM

uncoveror: I want local storage, too. I don't trust the cloud. They could be looking at my files, or could delete them. Their promise that they won't and $1.19 will get me a cup of gas station coffee.


Hate to break it to you, but no one really cares about your Ewok cosplay midget porn collection.
 
2013-10-23 10:59:40 PM

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: can you get JUST fast internet from someone without a bundle of other stuff?
Help me Farkers, you're my only hope


I had no problem doing that with Comcast.  They do try to get you to buy the package with voice and TV, but say no and they'll move on.  They want your money.  Oh, demand no contract.  It shouldn't cost any more.  Then if you get shiatty service, which could be because of one screwball installer or bad line near you, you have leverage to get them to fix it.

I eventually did move voice over, because AT&T is the Britta of companies.

MrSteve007: Looks like Clearwire's LTE connection is pretty strong in the hilltops of Log Gatos. There's no reason he can't have wireless broadband. That stuff is faster than my DSL in everyway but latency, and even then, it isn't that bad now.


There are two cable companies that claim to cover all of Los Gatos with broadband service, so he's just being weird for some reason.
 
2013-10-23 11:03:32 PM
Computers used to be for the elite, now they're for the masses. Naturally he wants nothing to do with them anymore. The usual symbols of the elite like expensive houses and toys will suffice now.
 
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