I had a completely different post written this morning but it’s off in the digital ether.
It’s gone as a result of a misbehaving computer. Yes, I save as I go but in a burst of prolific writing I got a lot text on the page in between autosaves and when what I’m about to describe happened, the brilliance I spewed was lost. The topic was the balance between large audiences as measured by TV ratings vs. buzz as measured by Facebook. As it turns out, they’re not one and the same. According to a list published by Facebook the other day, most of the widely discussed shows on their platform don’t have large ratings. Maybe I’ll come back to that another time.
Instead, I want to spent today dispelling what I’m suddenly finding to be a myth – that Apple stuff “just works.” Ever since I installed Mountain Lion, my MacBook Air has something called kernel panics every day. Chrome and the OS aren’t playing nicely, and I’m not the only one having this issue. In fact, enough people are having it that when you search for “chrome and mountain lion crashing” you get nearly a million search results. Yes, I’ve tried nearly all of the suggested fixes (as have many others on the product support forums I read) but none of them seem to solve the issue. Honestly, I (and many others) am not even sure where the issue is. Apple says it’s Chrome and we should switch to Safari, but other browsers seem to cause crashes including Safari. Google says it might be Flash or an extension or Apple. The only thing different is the new OS (which has all the updates installed as well). Putting aside the walled garden ecosystem discussion for a minute, what I think of a lot is kindergarten.
We all learn very early on in our lives to socialize. For me it was really around the time I began school (no pre-school 50 years ago!) and the message to “play nice with the other kids” was reinforced by my parents and teachers all the time. Why the hell can’t that lesson get through the skulls of hardware and software folks? It’s a good one for the rest of us as well – very few businesses exist on their own. We process payments, we deal with suppliers, we (hopefully) have customers. Play nice with the other kids if you want to succeed!