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3.10.2003

FeiertagsMacorama

Die große 'Gold-Master' Diskussion scheint ausgebrochen. Ist Panther nun zum Greifen nah, oder doch noch nicht? Mehr dazu bei macrumors (alle Informationen wie gewohnt bestens zusammengefasst) und The Register, die allerdings auch nicht gerade über eigene Quellen dazu verfügen.

Bei Daring Fireball nimmt John Gruber in gewohnt außerordentlich lesenswerter Weise Dells Versuch in den klar iPod-dominierten Music-Player-Markt vorzustoßen: "Apple missed this, and marketed the Macintosh to individuals and small groups (and schools). The Wintel PC industry, in the large, took the opposite route, and marketed toward large corporations. Apple succeeded in terms of making the Mac successful in the markets they targeted; they failed in terms of seeing how big the corporate market really was. Dell, as much as any PC maker, exemplified this corporate focus. The Dell brand stands for computers that are just like the other guys’, except a little cheaper. This brand message was and is hugely popular with corporate bean counters. But this doesn’t do Dell a bit of good in the consumer electronics market. Corporations buy computers for their employees, but they don’t buy MP3 players. The iPod’s brand — and Apple’s — is strongest with individuals. Which is exactly the sort of brand that’s needed to sell portable music players."

Steve Jobs schafft es bei silicon.com auf Platz 1 Agenda Setters 2003 Liste und das nicht ohne Grund: "Our panel was impressed by his decision to turn to the open source community to develop the core of the company's next generation operating system, OS X, and a dedication to produce quality hardware such as the iPod music player," reports Silicon.com. "However, it was the recent launch of the successful iTunes Music Store that many considered a key achievement, with one panellist claiming Jobs had "lit a fire" under the industry and proved that online music works." (via macdailynews)

John Scully (Ex-Apple-CEO) über verpasste Chancen im Interview mit CNET.com: "We weren't insightful enough to recognize that what we had inside of Hypercard, essentially, was everything that later was developed so successfully by Tim Berners-Lee with HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) and HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). We didn't call it that. But essentially, we had all that hypertext, radio buttons and linking capability architected in the original Hypercard. In hindsight, I wish Apple had recognized that we had a huge opportunity to go take our user interface culture, and our know-how, and applied it to the Internet. I think we would have had a very different story for Apple during the 1990s. But that, of course, is hindsight." Mehr über Tim Berners-Lee übrigens hier bei mir verlinkt.

Interessante Bemerkungen zum neuen 15" PowerBook finden sich schon seit einigen Tagen auch bei ~stevenf: "The new hinge design is also both a blessing and a curse. Overall, I think it's a better design, and no doubt it's much more durable. But I quickly discovered that it doesn't tilt back nearly as far. I never realized how far back I tilt my laptop screen when it's actually in my lap, until I discovered I couldn't do it with this one."

Von Stuffit Expander 8 kann man derweil wohl nur abraten.

Außerdem wird MS wegen mangelnder Sicherheit verklagt: "Microsoft's eclipsing dominance in desktop software has created a global security risk," the lawsuit says. "As a result of Microsoft's concerted effort to strengthen and expand its monopolies by tightly integrating applications with its operating system ... the world's computer networks are now susceptible to massive, cascading failure."

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