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September 1st, 2012

Apple v. Samsung: The True Story

Apple v. Samsung. Everyone who thinks Samsung got shafted and/or that the decision was wrong should read this excellent article. It's not an opinion piece, by the way: It's full of actual facts about various patent cases and about the Samsung decisionmaking that the jury was presented with. Clearly, Samsung made a conscious choice to copy the iPhone, and they succeeded. Wildly. Apple was right to take them to court to protect their intellectual property rights, and the jury was right to decide in their favor. If you're on the fence about the decision, this one will definitely tip you over to Apple's side.
    
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April 15th, 2010

The Future for Home Computing

The iPad is the future for home computing - Computerworld. My iPad hasn't arrived yet (I opted for the 3G version, since I don't believe in cellphones and their parasitic subscription fees), but from what I know this Computerworld writer is spot-on. Not only am I a cellphone luddite, but a laptop one as well. I bought a MacBook Pro a couple of years back, but just couldn't make myself need or want it. (Ended up giving it to my wife.) But the iPad sounds like the laptop I've been waiting for! And it also means that, as much as I rely on my iPod Touch for eBook reading now, I'm very much looking forward to getting my mitts on the new iBook store. This is a great summary review of the iPad and captures all the salient reasons why Apple has another (and perhaps its biggest yet) hit on its hands.
    
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November 3rd, 2009

ComputerWorld Pits Snow Leopard Against Windows 7 (Again)

Smackdown: Windows 7 takes on Apples Snow Leopard. Now, this is more like it! Whereas the earlier ComputerWorld reviewer basically called the OS's an even match (while exposing a lot of his own ignorance about Mac OS X), this fellow understands completely. In his closing remarks, he concludes:
As an IT professional, I support both operating systems at work. But I have Macs at home; after all, who wants to troubleshoot computer problems on their own time? My final verdict in this smackdown? It's not even close: Snow Leopard is the better OS.
I couldn't have put it better myself. :-)
    
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January 9th, 2007

iPhone: OK, I’m Impressed… Now Gimme The Goods!

Apple - iPhone Apple iPhoneIn these jaded times, it's hard to impress people. But I sincerely doubt that even the most ardent Apple-haters will be able to look at these demos of the new iPhone by Apple, Inc. (yes, they just dropped "computer" from their name!) without giving in to awe... pure, marvelous awe. If the delivered product is half as good as it looks, I'll be standing in line for one, because it so far exceeds my expectations that I'm really, really... impressed! The iPhone is a misnomer, because this is the "convergent" product the market has been anticipating for years. The iPhone is:
  • A widescreen iPod for video and audio, synked through iTunes
  • A mobile phone (yawn) with integrated camera, voicemail and photo sharing
  • A web browser (Safari), including email, Google maps, search, and widgets
  • A technological marvel, featuring a new "multitouch" touchscreen system (no buttons), an embedded copy of Mac OS X, wireless computing (bluetooth, 802.11b/g, and Cingular's Edge network, and sophisticated new sensors that do a heckuva lotta cool things just by moving the device around.

Did I mention it comes with a Bluetooth headset?

Help! I can't wait until June!

    
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December 26th, 2006

WebKit Team Adds New CSS Methods for Text-Stroke

Surfin’ Safari - Blog Archive » Introducing Text-Stroke Well this is certainly a useful addition to the type designer's bag of tricks when developing a web site design. I'm sure it'll be abused, but only after it's ported to Windows and all the PowerPoint-design hordes get hold of it. :-) Now that the WebKit team's made this code available, it suddenly seems so obvious, I wonder why the designers of CSS 3.0 didn't think of it? Oh well, you can't think of everything, can you?
    
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November 15th, 2006

Zune’s Debut Spoiled by a Brief Shuffle on CNN

CNN.com Video: Microsoft’s New Zune

Zune vs. Shuffle on CNNI saw this on TUAW, and had to share it here as well. This is a hilarious video that all Apple/iPod lovers will get a kick out of. While looking sheepishly like a Microsoft-paid spokesman, the New York Times fellow shows off the new Zune to a somewhat skeptical pair of CNN anchors. Then, at the end, one of the anchors whips out her new iPod shuffle and pins it to her lapel. Everyone agrees it’s much sexier than the Zune, and the other anchor wonders why Microsoft “can’t get some good designers in there” because the Zune is so “clunky” looking. Priceless!

    
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October 4th, 2006

Google Chief Praises Apple’s “Most Remarkable” Resurgence

AppleInsider | Google chief shares kind words on Apple From a new interview in Time magazine, AppleInsider reports that Google CEO Eric Schmidt had some remarkably positive words about Apple Computer, whose board of directors he recently joined.  Saying his commitment to Apple is "personal," he unleashed this most quotable quote in the interview:
Apple is engaged in probably the most remarkable second act ever seen in technology. Its resurgence is simply phenomenal and extremely impressive.

Ain't it the truth?

    
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Posted in:Apple, Innovation, |
September 24th, 2006

Tom Yager in MacWorld: An Apple for the enterprise?

Macworld: Opinion: An Apple for the enterprise? Tom Yager steps out of his comfy InfoWorld role to offer this risky editorial in MacWorld. Of course, I completely agree with him... but the guy has gotten scorched lately with his support for the Mac platform. Scorched from both sides... Linux and Windows. I really hope some people pay attention this time... he's one of the few mainstream IT guys who gets it. Breaking through the wall of fear, suspicion, and loathing regarding Apple in enterprise IT is certainly proving tougher than I'd realized. Yager tackles many of the myths that PC guys simply don't want to see dispelled, including some I've been tackling in this blog:
  1. Macs are so expensive
  2. A PC is a PC; who cares who makes it?
  3. It's a proprietary platform
  4. Why invest in OSX when Vista is going to wipe it off the map?
  5. I can't manage a network of mixed platforms
  6. OS X Server is unproven in critical, high-availability, and large-scale deployments. It's an enterprise wannabe
  7. Apple controls the availability of systems, parts, upgrades, and service
  8. Apple's got a smoke-and-mirrors hack that makes Macs run Windows
  9. Apple's product line is tiny. All other Intel OEMs focus on choice.

Tom, thank you for tackling these myths so publicly. It's time more people in positions of IT influence did the same.

    
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August 7th, 2006

Time Machine Is Leopard’s New Killer App

Time Machine: A giant leap forward for backup Talk about jaw-dropping! If this thing actually works as advertised, it will instantly put the entire consumer backup software industry out of business. And a welcome dismissal it will be! Backup to date has been frustrating, time consuming, and difficult to get right. Time Machine looks like it will make it work intuitively and simply... another possible Apple triumph that will advance computing in a way that totally surprises me. Take a look at the video, either here or at Apple's Leopard site:
    
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July 23rd, 2006

Will iPods Become eBooks, Too?

Engadget: Apple to do eBooks? Here's a very interesting--and, I think, likely--rumor. It would be a logical upgrade from the iPod's current text-only notes capability. And highly welcome, too! There are many things one wants to say that are best said with pictures rather than words, and at the moment, you can't say them on an iPod. This would be great news, but they'd have to once again think about how to fit a larger display onto the iPod's tiny frame.
    
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June 17th, 2006

Apple Uniquely Positioned To Lead Web 2.0 Charge

10 Reasons Why Apple Can Kickstart Web 2.0 Here's an interesting article discussing Apple's .Mac service and why it, along with a number of other unique Apple assets, gives the company a lead in turning Web 2.0 to advantage.
    
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Posted in:Ajax, Apple, Innovation, |
June 2nd, 2006

PC World’s Best 100 An “Apple Lovefest”

Infinite Loop: PC World's Best 100 comes out decidedly Apple-heavy This reader points out that Apple dominates PC World's list of the best 100 products of the year, with a total of five products. No other company got more than 3, and Apple has two in the top 10! (The iPod Nano and Boot Camp) Not only that, PC World named Apple "Hardware Company of the Year!"
    
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May 5th, 2006

Puzzling Out Why Apple Hasn’t Failed

Sci-Tech Today: Learning Lessons from the Mac It's always nice to read an article by someone who's beginning to understand what's been going on and what the real differences are between Apple's approach and Microsoft's.
    
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May 3rd, 2006

Wired News Sees Genius in Apple’s Retail Store Experiment

Wired News: The Genius of Apple's Stores Reporting on some extraordinary numbers, Wired's reporter tries to explain why the stores have been so successful. In other, more ancient news, MacDailyNews pointed to a 2001 Business Week article that's good for a laugh. In a classic fit of anti-Apple FUD, supposed wise guy Cliff Edwards predicted swift failure for the Apple stores. It's amazing to me that this article--a case of really bad prognosticating--remains online at BW.
    
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April 30th, 2006

Excellent Explanation of Why Apple’s Product Approach Is Best

Vertical Quality And McNealy: Why Apple, Sun & Google Have It Right Here's a great analysis of the "closed" versus "open" systems approach that so often defines the reason why people won't buy Apple computers. You know, the argument that Apple should do it like Dell and Microsoft... let everyone else in on the goodness. As this author defines it, we're talking about "vertical" versus "horizontal" markets, and it's been a horizontal world for quite some time now. He argues that the approach taken by Apple, Google, and Sun is ultimately better for consumers, as well as being better for innovation.
    
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April 26th, 2006

Brad Neuberg and Dojo Release Dojo.Storage and Demo Editor Moxie

Brad Neuberg: Now in a Browser Near You: Offline Access and Permanent, Client-Side Storage, Thanks to Dojo.Storage This looks to be a very big deal. As Neuberg says, just imagine if you could store files and other code on the client, which you could then pick up at a later date and continue working on? The vision of client-side storage is a paradigm-shifter for web applications, and Neuberg claims to have got it working! He's also released Moxie, a full-featured web-based editor that you can use to write files and save them in your browser. Moxie and dojo.storage are both open source and work on IE, Firefox, and Safari. Will wonders never cease?
    
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April 20th, 2006

Poor Mr. Thurrott Is Getting Disillusioned with Microsoft Over Vista

MacDailyNews: Thurrott: Microsoft collapsing under its own weight, Gates has driven Windows Vista into the ground Thurrott is just so envious of Apple it's driving him crazy. First he switches to Tiger, then, hoping Vista might be nigh, he switches back to hero Microsoft. Now he's pissed off again and pining for Microsoft to really do things right... as Apple has been doing. Why continue to pine for Microsoft? It's a lost cause and not at all worth the aggravation.
    
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April 5th, 2006

Apple - Boot Camp: Now Macs Do Windows, Too

Apple: Boot Camp Public Beta Released Boot Camp logoApple has let one of Leopard's cats out of the bag a bit early, and I can see why they did! This little kitty has the potential to grow into a monster feline predator. I only wish I had an Intel-based Mac so I could try it for myself. Boot Camp is a new public beta release that lets you run Windows XP natively, side by side with Tiger. Apple hasn't set a release date for Leopard yet, but now that Vista is pushed until 2007, I'll bet they try to get it released this year.
    
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March 28th, 2006

Apple Computer Tops Business Weeks’ 50 Best for 2006

The BusinessWeek 50: Apple Computer Is At #1 Even if it's the iPod and not the Mac that's put Apple on top, it's still Apple engineering and innovative user interface design that's won them the award.
    
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Posted in:Apple, Innovation, iPod & iTunes, |
March 28th, 2006

Harvard Professor Confirms It: Microsoft Windows Is Inferior To Mac OS X

MacDailyNews Reports on a New York Times Interview with Harvard Business School Prof. David Yoffie Yoffie explains why Windows is inferior today, and why Microsoft will have a hard time ever regaining competitiveness in OS functionality. The only thing I disagree with here is that the professor thinks this is "sad." No, there's nothing to mourn in Microsoft's downfall. If it comes, it will be long overdue.
    
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March 25th, 2006

Ars Technica Reviews Mac OS X’s Timeline

Five years of Mac OS X... What's Next? Anotherr fine review in celebration of Mac OS X's 5th birthday. Lot of great reminiscences, and a great discussion afterwards.
    
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Posted in:Apple, Innovation, Mac OS X, |
March 24th, 2006

Associated Press Lights A Birthday Candle for Apple

After 30 Years, It's A Bright, Shiny Apple Here's a very nice, concise tribute to Apple's influence as one of Silicon Valley's longest survivors and to the major innovations they've contributed to personal computing. I suspect we'll see a fair number of these tributes as Apple's 30-year birthday approaches. Of course, this is the 5-year anniversary of the first release of Mac OS X, too.
    
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Posted in:Apple, Innovation, Macs vs. PCs, |
March 14th, 2006

The Plaxo Toolbar for Mac: As Lame As It Sounds?

The Plaxo Toolbar for Mac: Sync Your Address Book and... oh, that's it, I think Now, here's a case where it's clear why they developed the Windows product first. Windows really needs something like Plaxo because there's no other way to sync your address book across multiple applications and computers. But this is a native feature of Mac OS X. Can someone explain to me what value Plaxo Toolbar adds? Mac OS X's sync technology lets you not only sync address book every which way, but also your calendar, bookmarks, FTP favorites, and whatever else developers think you want. Can Plaxo really be this lame?
    
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March 14th, 2006

InfoWorld: Apple Products Go Wild

InfoWorld Columnist Tom Yager Sees Genius in Mac Mini While lesser mortals focus on irrelevancies like the Mini's lack of a TV tuner (?!), folks like Tom Yager see the deep meaning here. Windows users really have no idea how far behind their platform is in information-sharing through a technology like Bonjour. But in the Mac mini, Apple has a class A demonstration of how Bonjour simplifies your home life as you try to build a digital living room.
    
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January 1st, 2006

2006: The Year Apple Gets Respect!

Rejoice, Mac Heads, and Stay Tuned Speculation from Business Week's latest Byte of the Apple columnist about good prospects for Apple in 2006.
    
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December 30th, 2005

2006 Prediction #1: The Year Of The Mac

2006 Prediction #1: The Year Of The Mac. Get Real: Stowe Boyd's Soapbox Ooh... Here's hoping this guy's a serious visionary! I like anyone who understands that Microsoft Windows is a dinosaur (or should be).
    
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December 30th, 2005

Business Week: Intel Cozies Up To Apple

Online Extra: Of Apples and BlackBerrys Intel has nice things to say about Apple.
    
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Posted in:Apple, Innovation, Macs vs. PCs, |
December 28th, 2005

The Revolutionary iPod: From Kiplinger’s

The Revolutionary iPod: From Kiplinger's Good overview of the impact the iPod's having, and how it's only the beginning of the "revolution."
    
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Posted in:Apple, Innovation, iPod & iTunes, |
December 14th, 2005

Thurrott: ‘Mac users have it good’ - Digital photo and video software better on Mac than Windows

Thurrott: 'Mac users have it good' - Digital photo and video software better on Mac than Windows Digital photos are fun and easy to acquire and share, but one thing most people don't realize is that, to be as good looking as possible...
    
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December 13th, 2005

Forrester Magazine: Five Things that Make Apple Great

Posted in:Apple, Innovation, |
December 12th, 2005

MacDailyNews - Apple Gets It Right with iPod/iTunes

MacDailyNews - Apple Gets It Right with iPod/iTunes Links to a UPI article by someone who didn't originally "get" the iPod/iTunes thing but now does, especially with respect to video.
    
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December 9th, 2005

Smartmoney.com: Techsmart: Steve Jobs Controls the Universe

Smartmoney.com: Techsmart: Steve Jobs Controls the Universe Some faint praise with typical Microsoft-centric thinking.
    
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December 9th, 2005

Apple iPod ‘the greatest gift to music lovers since Garth Brooks went into retirement’

Apple iPod 'the greatest gift to music lovers since Garth Brooks went into retirement' If you were one of the hundreds of people who e-mailed me this time last year to tell me how wrong I was about Apple's most fruitful invention...
    
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