05 Oct

Apple – Remembering Steve Jobs

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

via Apple – Remembering Steve Jobs. An amazing person who built some amazing companies.

24 Aug

Apple – Letter from Steve Jobs

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

via Apple – Letter from Steve Jobs. It’s a day everyone knew was coming but that doesn’t make it any less shocking or a little sad. Steve Jobs has created the modern Apple, which created the iPod, iPhone and iPad. That same Apple is still around and will be around for many years to come.

08 Oct

Call Me Fishmeal – Adobe & Microsoft, Sitting in a Tree. W-T-F-I-N-G?

I… I can’t think of a joke here. I mean, besides “Adobe teaming with Microsoft to fight Apple.” I can’t think of an additional joke that’s funnier.

via Call Me Fishmeal – Adobe & Microsoft, Sitting in a Tree. W-T-F-I-N-G?. Got to agree not a whole lot is funnier than that alone.

01 Aug

Ars Technica – Ballmer (and Microsoft) still doesn’t get the iPad

The message was clear: Microsoft still doesn’t understand why its Tablet PC concept has repeatedly bombed over the best part of a decade. Apple sold more iPads in its first three months of availability than PC vendors sold Tablet PCs in the whole of last year; in fact, the number of iPads sold in that period is likely to eclipse the number of Tablet PCs sold both last year and this. But still the company is persevering: stick a regular PC operating system on a laptop, give it a touchscreen, and then take away the keyboard and pixel-perfect pointing device. Ballmer even reiterated the company’s position: slates are just another PC form factor.

via Ars Technica – Ballmer (and Microsoft) still doesn’t get the iPad. Yet another in the long story of why Apple wins in this market and Microsoft fails. The iPad isn’t just a computer scaled down. It’s not a scaled down version of Mac OSX either. The iPhone runs a flavor of Mac OSX that has been customized to fit the hardware. The iPad is more of a scaled up version of this rather than a scaled down version of the full Snow Leopard. This lends two things:

  1. Touch works beautifully since touch is a first class interface on the iPhone.
  2. Doing one thing at a time is already perfected, great for an overall slower and smaller machine than a normal laptop (ie. closer to a netbook or slate as Steve Ballmer calls them).