(mis-oh-KY-nee-uh, mi-soh-)

noun: A hatred of new ideas.

From Greek miso- (hate) + -cainea (new). Earliest documented use: 1938.

“A crucial objective of our program is to remove any innate misocainea ‘hatred of new ideas’, and replace it with the entrepreneurial principle of ‘change is an opportunity to create competitive advantage’.”
Bill Weaver; Change for the Better; Scientific Computing & Instrumentation (Morris Plains, New Jersey); Jan 2005.

The tragedy in the lives of most of us is that we go through life walking down a high-walled lane with people of our own kind, the same economic situation, the same national background and education and religious outlook. And beyond those walls, all humanity lies, unknown and unseen, and untouched by our restricted and impoverished lives. -Florence Luscomb, architect and suffragist (1887-1985)


President-elect Biden’s COVID checklist: Get Americans to wear masks as a patriotic duty, vaccinate 50 million people and reopen the majority of schools by the end of April.

Why it matters: The remote learning adopted by many of America’s biggest school districts has been a disaster for students and parents alike.

  • Other countries have prioritized keeping schools and child care open, but not the U.S.

  • As of October, “74% of the 100 largest school districts … chose remote learning only as their back-to-school instructional model, affecting over 9 million students,” per EdWeek.

  • This put unprecedented stress on working parents, particularly working moms.

Via Axios

Keep reading the breakdown. There is little to nothing there that a functional adult couldn’t have figured out back in March or earlier.

Apple’s One Last Thing for 2020: AirPods Max – TidBITS

Apple’s One Last Thing for 2020: AirPods Max – TidBITS:

The AirPods Max certainly seem impressive, but the $549 price tag makes them more expensive than a pair of HomePods (which regularly sell for $250) or four HomePod minis (which are a mere $99). While serious audiophiles may spend thousands of dollars on headphones, they have exacting standards that Apple may be hard-pressed to meet. Who will shell out $549 for Bluetooth headphones? But as is often the case with Apple products, the answer may be: more people than you might imagine.

Here’s the thing about this Apple release that coalesces Apple’s product launches in general: Apple is solving a problem that doesn’t exist for a consumer base that also doesn’t exist. Will some people buy them at their absurd launch price? Absolutely. Will they become a fashion accessory? No doubt.

Apple used to solve problems, often in ways that were unexpected and sometimes unwilling. Take the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone that was abandoned … an interface is supported in these headphones.

The update to the Apple TV that would actually solve problems in a semi-affordable way for the average Apple acolyte? Stay tuned, I guess.

Before anyone get’s twisted around the axel on this one: yes, the M1 chip is neat tech that addresses some issues for some people. But it is not fully baked yet.

Where would I like to see Apple focus?

  • iCloud stability
  • iOS/iPadOS/WatchOS/MacOS stability
  • Fingerprint sensor on the external Magic Keyboard
  • USB3+TB3 power/reboot issues on existing MacBooks
  • Updated Apple TV hardware

Mostly, I would love for Apple to take a year off of hardware development (except for the Apple TV) and focus on software improvements. Unlikely, but it’s what I want.