Thoughts About GT Advanced Technologies

In November of 2013 azcentral.com reported “Apple to buy vacant Mesa building, bring 2,000 jobs to Valley

The deal, which was announced by GT in a regulatory filing Monday afternoon, is seen as a coup for Arizona, drawing excitement and praise from Gov. Jan Brewer, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and a variety of economic-development officials.

Not even a year later the whole thing has fallen apart with GT Advanced Technologies filing for bankruptcy and laying off 727 people from the plant. I can’t help think about those people and how excited they must have been when the plant first opened and how shitty they feel today. I wonder if Tim Cook and the other managers at Apple are also thinking about these people loosing their jobs.

GT called it’s contract with Apple “oppressive and burdensome”. It makes me think that Apple is used to making whatever demands they want of Chinese companies and the Chinese companies get as much slave labor as needed to get done what ever Apple requests. GT was unable to respond like a Chinese company.. This could be bad for American manufacturing. Apple should be making their parts in America, but will they even try to work with another American company? Will another American company want to work with Apple? Will anyone learn anything from this?

I interviewed to work at GT in February of this year. I was not offered a job because I was unable pick up and move to Arizona immediately. I suspect I would have been offered a job as I think I was well qualified. I guess I could say that I was lucky I didn’t get laid off twice in one year. I don’t feel lucky, I just feel bad about the whole situation and everyone that is loosing their job.

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Monsoon

First real monsoon rain of 2011 in the Albuquerque & Rio Rancho area, and first real rain in about 6 months. Captured on a Fuji Finepix F550EXR, edited in Apple FinalCut Pro X and uploaded to YouTube.

Intel May Or May Not Make Not Intel Chips, But May

An article on Reuters titled “Intel might make chips based on non-Intel cores” says.

“There are certain customers that would be interesting to us and certain customers that wouldn’t,” Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith told journalists after an investor event in London on Thursday.

He said Intel would be happy to produce chip cores based on its own architecture for other companies but that allowing rival architectures to be manufactured in its plants would be a tough decision.

“If Apple or Sony came to us and said ‘I want to do a product that involves your IA (Intel architecture) core and put some of my IP around it’, I wouldn’t blink. That would be fantastic business for us.”

How about Apple or Apple?

Greg In The Desert Review At The Kindle Blog Report

I want to thank Ann Currie at The Kindle Blog Report for reviewing Greg In The Desert. Not only do I like the attention, but the review was positive.

It is well written. It does not rant. You can follow it…well once you get to know (and love) Greg, you can follow his ramblings. Usually, if you have read my past reviews, I am not a fan of “rambling” blogs, but this one is a little different. In the description of his blog, Greg says it is about “Technology, Apple, New Mexico, Rio Rancho, Home Improvement, and Automation among other things.” And, he sticks to that (those) theme(s). And, he does a good job while he is at it.

I put a lot of effort into making a readable, well written blog . This sort of feedback is encouraging considering I failed 8th grade english. Hopefully I can get real life out of the way and get more posts up.

The Cocoa Conspiracy: Albuquerque's iPhone Developers

KOB recently did an interesting article on a group of independent iPhone developers in Albuquerque who work at a coffee shop and call themselves the Cocoa Conspiracy. The group includes Andrew Stone of Stone Design who has a number of both Mac and iPhone applications.

Apparently Stone Design’s Twittelator Proicon is doing well. The article also talks about a very cool sounding hot air balloon and chase crew app.

“It can actually overlay the chase group’s position and the balloon’s location and speed over a map live. That way people can plan their routes to get to the balloon and where it’s going to land,”

That’s an awesome idea, I wish I would have thought of it. Albuquerque has “Largest balloon convention in the world” according to Wikipedia so it’s fitting that a app like this should be developed in Albuquerque.

I want to hook up with these guys perhaps they can give me some help in developing my own apps. The article fails to mention what coffee shop the “The Cocoa Conspiracy” hang out at.

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Update: The group has a website at cocoaconspiracy.com and apparently meet at the RB Winnings Coffee Thursdays at 9:30 am.

No iPhones For Residents Of Mardid

People living in Madrid, NM have prevented AT&T (formerly Cingular) from building a cell tower on a ridge overlooking the town. AT&T is, of course, the provider of the Apple iPhone. Personally i’d rather see Madrid get some public toilets before they worry about the cell towers.

They don’t seem like the iPhone types anyhow.

Safari Bugs

There appears to be a bug in Safari that cause the heading titles of the various entries to position themselves, well, not in the right place. I have found that if I refresh the page they will be where they are suppose to be on the reload. If you see this strange behavior and your running Safari please press the the little bug button and send a bug report to Apple. Be sure to check the “screen capture” option so they can see what the problem is. Camino seems to do really strange things too but just scrolling past and back to the strange rendering will usually fix it.

[Update:] Ah ha, I think I know what’s going on. Seems that Safari will sometimes load the page without the images first. Then when it loads the images it adjusts all the elements on the page except for the heading portion. I think that when you reload the page the images are already in the cache so it doesn’t have to load them and can render the page appropriately.