Apple TV failure predicted

I’ve never seen this site before but found it while searching for a bit of news about the newly announced Apple TV talked about at CES. That means I have no idea how good or bad the predictions are here, but with a site named TV Predictions, hopefully there is some decent insight which would lead them to say Apple TV will be another ‘Steve Jobs Folly’ regardless of the name.

In 2005, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gushed that the 2.5-inch screen video iPod would revolutionize the TV industry.

Today, according to Nielsen Media Research, only two percent of all media used on the video device are actually videos. Consumers have decided that the device’s small screen isn’t suitable to watch TV, whether it’s primetime episodes or user videos.

However, Jobs has not satisfied his thirst to conquer the television world. The tech guru today unveiled Apple’s new iTV,

Jobs said the device will be renamed Apple TV. However, it will be another ‘Steve Jobs Folly’ regardless of the name.

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Americans are tired of buying set-tops for TV-based purposes. They already have a DVD player; a cable and/or satellite set-top; possibly a standalone TiVo DVR and/or DVD recorder; and in some cases, a Audio/Video receiver connected to their TVs.

We shall see. I’m not all the hyped about Apple TV, but maybe I’m not seeing the market Jobs is seeing.

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Scooby-Doo creator dead

Such sad news for cartoon fans – the creator of the Scooby-Doo cartoons has passed away.

Iwao Takamoto, the man who created the cartoon dog Scooby-Doo, has died of heart failure at 81. Takamoto also directed an animated version of Charlotte’s Web and worked on Disney features including Peter Pan and Cinderella. But he will likely be remembered most for his cowardly, goofy, mystery-solving dog.

The original radio article I heard on this mentioned how Takamoto created the animated Scooby-Doo to have an appearance opposite the natural Great Danes’ features such as a rigidly straight back and recessed chin. No mention was made what, exactly, Takamoto was smoking which inspired him to make the dog talk.

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Apple renames itself

Today, Apple Computer, Inc. officially became Apple, Inc. Hard to believe with all the CES news I’m covering this instead. And I can’t even tell you why, but there it is.

Apple Computer, Inc. is no more. After introducing the new Apple TV digital media hub and iPhone at the Macworld Conference on Tuesday, CEO Steve Jobs declared that his company was dropping the word “Computer” from its name and henceforth would be known as Apple Inc.

I understand this change is meant to emphasize the fact that Apple now does more than just computers, but really, I think more people know Apple and “That iPod/iTunes company” than as “That computer company” anyway. So for most of us, it doesn’t mean anything. Just be aware of the change, so when you meet Steve Jobs face to face to discuss your newest technology brilliance that you want the company to license and sell so you can become obnoxiously wealthy, you need to refer to the company by the new “Apple, Inc.” and not accidentally use the old name.

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Pat Robertson says “God told me US go Booooom!”

Well, Robertson didn’t quite say that, but he did want the world to know that God says the US will be attacked in the 2nd half of 2007. I actually heard this on the radio a few days back and forgot to report it. I would like to point out that Robertson has, in the past, made just a few inaccurate predictions, so this prediction should be considered with just a taste or 1,532,150,235 grains of salt.

“I’m not saying necessarily nuclear, the Lord didn’t say nuclear,” Mr Robertson said on his television show The 700 Club. “It’ll be mass killing, possibly millions of people, major cities.

“The evil people will come after this country and there’s a possibility, not a possibility, a definite certainty, that chaos is going to rule.”

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He said God conveyed this message to him during an annual prayer retreat. He said he has received other messages during past retreats.

Oh, and remember what the Bible says about false prophets: “But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.” I’m absolutely not advocating anyone go and kill Robertson (much like lawyer Jack Thompson, I think Robertson does enough to prove himself irrelevant enough that killing him is absolutely unnecessary), but I wonder if Robertson will recommend to his own “flock” that they kill him when yet another prophecy of his turns out false. After all, he’ll just be telling them to do what the Good Book requires.

This story makes me realize yet again that I don’t have a “Stupid” category, and really need to add one. I wonder if the evil will come to this country because the Democrats get us out of Iraq before the end of the year (my prediction – we’ll not be out of Iraq before the end of the year – hell this prediction stuff is easy to nail) and therefore have no American targets to attack there, or if it will come over because of (or in spite of) our occupying Iraq. I predict neither – there will be no evil attacking and killing millions in major cities in the US. Check back next year to see if Robertson is correct or if I am (prediction – I am).

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