Stories by Stephen Manes

  • PCs and music: Imperfect together?

    Maybe Bill Gates and Steve Jobs want a computer at the hub of their home entertainment systems. Maybe you do, too. But excuse me for believing that the PC music hub is an idea whose time has not yet come.

  • Microsoft innovation -- an oxymoron

    Saddling the latest version of your company's flagship product with a name that reminds old-timers like me of the Dodge Colt Vista or the even more ancient Oldsmobile Vista-Cruiser? At Microsoft, that's what passes for innovation. In his opening speech at a recent Microsoft analysts meeting, CEO Steve Ballmer uttered the "i" word no less than 24 times.

  • MY SAY: The memory card game: Everyone loses

    Last year I bought a “universal” memory card reader. A month later Sony announced its Memory Stick Pro. All of a sudden my reader wasn’t universal anymore. Pick a stick, any stick: Memory Stick, Memory Stick Select, Memory Stick Duo, MagicGate Memory Stick or Memory Stick Pro Duo. Now tell me whether it works properly with the devices you own or want. Can’t hear you ...