Apple iPhone 5 rains on Intel’s IDF parade

So I am in a taxi proceeding in a westerly direction and I notice that the driver’s smartphone is an hour out.  “Hey mate,” I say, your clock is out by an hour. He says time must have changed.  I say yeah. He says: “They usually announce the clocks have changed on the radio.” I say: “That’s a smartphone, it should have automatically changed last Saturday/Sunday. Don’t you have a watch?”  He says: “Nah, I am from Atlanta and I find watches restricting.”  

Well, yeah, so do I but I’d rather relay on analogue rather than digital any day.  Intel, of course, is telling us that everything will be digital real soon now. And, anyway, I like watches and I’m beginning to think what with all these horrendous pictures on cigarette boxes, it’s time to buy myself a nice antique cigarette case.  In the wonderful book, Time changes in the USA, the Oklahoma legislature in 1860 decided to adopt four for the value of Pi, the logic being that nice numbers without fancy decimal points was neater.

I got my press pass changed from “attendee” to “media”.  I should have liked to have kept both – the “attendee” one would let me get into sessions barred to the press but on the other hand without the media badge I wouldn’t have been able to go to the Intel Las Vegas party complete with fake cash, chips and free drinks at the Intercontinental last night.

The crowds are milling just down the road for the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5, with all the major networks complete with giant satellite dishes ready to proclaim to the world what we’ve already known for weeks. Intel is a bit cheesed off by this gig, which is raining on its parade. Still, they don’t need to worry too much – Apple bars journalists who dare to ask awkward questions or in other ways point out deficiencies.  I’ve been barred since the early days of The Register – Apple hates the Awkward Squad.

At the St Regis, just a caber toss away from where the Apple gig is being held, AMD is hosting a microIDF –with multiple rooms devoted to its different business lines.  There we bumped into the CEO of Sea Micro, who turns out to be a Nick Farrell fanboy.  He said that Nick’s Bible piece, Ye Booke of SeaMicro, is so popular that there are eight framed copies of the article on various walls at AMD.