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It's this sort of thing that puts Steve Bong into perspective.
SJ already has an icon
Susan Kare, the icon designer on the original mac team, has already designed an icon of Steve Jobs. It is 32x32 pixels.
The link is here (warning painful-looking tattoo): http://www.bytecellar.com/2012/09/11/susan-kares-32x32-pixels-of-steve-jobs-on-my-flesh-and-forever/
p.s. I think that this should be one of the standard El Reg icons, given that Steve Jobs appears so often as a subject in articles. There may be copyright problems with it, alas.
Does anyone know to whom is attributed the saying that there aren't more orgies in Canada because it would take too long to write the thank-you notes afterwards?
... while the other half is so old and pointless that they could be sold as collectors’ items.
Thank God, there is eBay and an outlet to buy and sell said obsolescent crap.
There is still a market for, say, graphics cards that allows your monochrome compact mac to display greyscale, and in this case, a very healthy market. One might even get half the original starting price.
I empathize with the box of cables and gadgets. Mine are filled with SCSI drives, MO-disks and drives, NuBus cards as well as many other things I could never afford back in 1990.
Re: This is why you have transactional systems.
AC» I own real physical money
Do you mean Krugerrands and Swiss Vrenelis?
Conspiracy Theory Time
It seems to me that bringing now down the various Bitcoin institutions is self-defeating, unless one wanted to destroy Bitcoin altogether (and who would want to do that?). It does look at the moment as if a war is being waged against Bitcoin as a whole.
Currencies survive on trust. Why would one steal something and then actively move to devalue what one has stolen? Or am I missing something fundamental, such as an inherent instability of non-governmental currencies? I am not an economist.
And, just for the record, I have no bitcoins and am merely an amused bystander.
Invasive, pervasive, intrusive
We're not as pervasive as we'd like to be nor as intrusive as we could be and we want to show the NSA how Total Knowledge really works.
If the experiment works well in Africa, and let's face it, no one there is really going to complain, then we can move to Europe, Japan and the States.
Hontou ni gomen nasai
Said over and over and over again.
Or maybe play one of those dreadful Japanese dirges that are ever so popular in karaoke bars — the ones which feature middle-aged Japanese women in kimonos watching ships depart for Hokkaidou or some such distant place.
Actually, the CEO should go on TV and publicly cry like the fellow who oversaw the bankruptcy of an old, established insurance company back in the 1990s or so.
Is Microsofft ready for competition, let alone be competitive?
In some fields, it's doing rather well: xbox, SQL Server, C# and .Net come to mind offhand. Bing managed to gouge 10-15% marketshare away from Google. Not superb, but not bad either.
In other fields, it's pretty much the only game in town: Windows and Office come to mind here as well. Here Microsoft seems hell-bent on irritating the fuck out of its loyal customer base. Despite themselves, they are still dominant.
And then there are fields where they've lost the plot, like SharePoint, WindowsPhone or Surface. I'm told that they are most usable, I just haven't met anyone yet who likes them to recommend it.
With xbox and bing MS must be competitive. they want the attention of us little people.
With products like Server and SQL Server, I really wonder how competitive they are. These products are sold to senior executives and MS competes well among the users of PowerPoint and Excel.
The Board decides that the company will be a Microsoft house, rather than a LAMP house or a Java-Oracle house. The majority of sysadmins I've met who run their own servers choose UNIX and Linux variants. Maybe it's the cost.
Microsoft makes and sells office software. This is their strong point (although I did like their keyboards and mice).
Google and the Cloud would have been making strong headway into this space had one E. Snowden not made some very interesting revelations. Apple has already shown that Microsoft is not always the obvious choice for the client.
If it were Apple, it would be called iSpy, regardless of whether Apple named it such.
The offering from Bird's Eye is salted and hashed, well mashed.
Just as well they ddin't include a mashkey with it.
The first kana of Nintendo is
Esteemed Author» The Big N – or should that be the petite N these days?
Hiragana Ni perhaps or, better still, the relevant kanji Nin (whichever one that happens to be. There are a lot of kanji with the reading Nin).
Re: Google worse than NSA
Unfortunately it's not illegal.
And your government is probably complicit in the capturing and sharing of personal data as well.
Re: Concentrating on things
Not at all. In the mid-1990s Apple had a smaller marketshare than they could have had. When Microsoft released Windows 95, this marketshare was slashed and did terrible things to their bottom line. The success of the iMac in 1998 that saved them from financial ruin and that was, by no means, a high-end computer for the well-heeled.
Apple have now reasonably priced macs in the form of the mac mini as well as powerful workstations in the form of the dustbin.
Re: Concentrating on things
What is true now is not necessarily what was true 20-30 years ago and most of this article deals with products and events that were around then. One of my main points was that Apple should have striven for marketshare at the beginning (and with it medium-term to long-term profits) rather than short-term profit. Sales of the Apple II were healthy and the success of the Macintosh was not a make or break situation for the company at the time.
It was the route that Bill Gates steered Microsoft towards — get your software on the most machines possible. Apple has followed this strategy with the iPhone and iPad with much success..
Apple does charge what the market will bear and my point was that lower prices would have meant a bigger market. And this would have been a benefit to them.
And as for dip-shits like me, I bought (and still buy) my macs second- and thirdhand because they certainly were well built and are in rude health after 20 years. And I couldn't give a toss about the PC market. Only old macintoshes.
Concentrating on things
I would concentrate less on concrete things and instead include a few policy decisions:
1. Upper-Right — the decision by upper management to fleece customers for as much as possible started early on. Rather than trying to build marketshare, Apple management went for short-term profit. Andy Hertzfeld outlines this from the very beginning in his Folklore.org website. The original Macintosh was to be billed at $1500 and that became $2500 after Sculley became involved.
The likes of Jean-Louis Gassée then promoted the idea that because Macs were desirable that they should be milked for all they were worth. The apogée of this was the Mac IIfx which went for $10K in 1990. Despite the high prices, Macs had a 12% marketshare in 1992. Just think what it could have been if Macs had been more reasonably priced.
The pricing in Europe was also much, much higher than in the US and this hurt marketshare as well.
2. Lack of Direction in Models
Steve Jobs highlighted this in 1998. There were 40 or so different models marketed between 1994 and 1997, many of which were the same. The crassest example of which was the LC475 | Performa 475 | Quadra 605. Each was aimed at a different market and each was priced differently despite being the same machine. Then there was the awful Performa name.
Games, especially 3-D shooters, became the killer app in the mid-1990s for PCs. Apple were already on the road to nowhere, did little to make the mac more gamer-friendly and game-developer friendly. I myself migrated from the mac in 1998 for this very reason. Half Life never came out on the Mac and I was not happy to wait for 6 months while other games on the PC were already available.
It is a mindset within Apple, I think, that goes way back to the early 1980s. A developer had written a lovely little game (Through the Looking Glass) for the nascent Mac and Apple were reluctant to market it because they din't want the Mac to be seen as a games machine.
4. Symmetric Multi-Processing
I often wonder why Apple didn't go down the road of SMP with the early Mac IIs. Steve Jobs had purchased 1 million 68000 processors from Motorola and it took Apple 6 years to use these up. The last mac to use one was the Classic in 1990. I would have required rewriting the System and Finder as well obliging companies like Microsoft and Adobe to rewrite their software to take advantage of it, but it would have made already powerful (for the day) computers more so. It would have given Apple a great technological advantage and more firmly established the Mac as a powerful computer. The nearest mac users got to this was the Radius Rocket form ex-Mac Developers Andy Hertzfeld and Burrell Smith
That SMS has without doubt just put her on the GCHQ watchlist. Thankfully she's a teenager and will probably be excused.
Like other U.S. military agencies, they are probably evil, but it's hard not to have a soft spot for DARPA. I suspect that for many (if not most) of us, DARPA represents the dream place to work.
Apple ADB Extended Keyboard
I still have an Apple ADB Extended Keyboard keyboard and I find it a joy to type on. I had to get a USB-ADB adapter for it. The ALPS keys on it have a lovely spring.
It seems to me that IBM is selling itself to Lenovo bit by bit (pun intended).
How long before IBM simply disappears? 20 years? 30 years?
Re: Nobody remembers Bill Gates saved Apple
No. Bill Gates was a part of their success.
The revenues from the fruity iMacs pulled them out of the financial abyss.
Bill Gates saved Apple by publicly supporting them at a low ebb  and, more importantly, by pledging the continuation of MS Office for the Mac for the next 5 years. I'm not sure how much Apple really needed $150m at the time.
 The adjective for Apple at this time was 'beleaguered'.
Esteemed Author» Politicians have to be creative and accountable...
Some politicians are creative about their accounting. Will that do?
Re: No idea
Did you ever get that diploma in telephone sanitation? There could be good news coming your way soon.
Not really. You would be apprehended by persons unknown and flown to Guantanamo Bay, having first been tortured to within an inch of your life. You would be an unperson.
This message has been scanned by the «spying agency of your government» and has been determined to be 43% Terror-Free™.
Well. Yahoo is still around after a decade of irrelevance.
I'm sure that Facebook will still be with us in 2025.
Microsoft too, for that matter, because PCs will be probably be back in fashion and people will be complaining that they don't want to give Vista II as their desktop OS.
Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...
Jemma» The name Penrose does actually ring a bell somewhere but I'm not sure where and in what context I heard it.
Hint: He's the greatest | he's fantastic | wherever there is danger he'll be theeeere | dangermouse | de dum de dum | daaaangermouuuuse | de dum de dum de dum | daaaaaaangermouuuuuuusssse....
Oh bugger, I've just it wrong, haven't I? Oh well, my memory for early 1980's cartoons is not what it was.
el Reg» el Reg has around a third as much clout as The Sun
Maybe a few more salacious pictures of motherboards and daughterboards as well as their silicon enhancements and some pin-outs to boot and we'll catch up with el Sol.
Oooh, just thinking about transistor layouts on ARM chips makes me weak at the knees.
Esteemed Author» It's fair to say that if the British had the capabilities of the NSA today, there wouldn’t have been an American revolution and the citizens of the North American continent would be sipping warm beer and spelling color with a 'u' along with the rest of British society.
It is fair to say that George Washington et al. were terrorists and that the government of the United Kingdom of England & Scotland should have sent them to the Britsih equivalent of Guantanamo Bay (Australia maybe?) had they been able to catch them.
Every couple of months an article will mention 'peak Apple'. It rather devalues the phrase if it needs to be re-hashed so often.
It rather reminds me of a broken clock — it will be right twice a day.
Eventually you will be right with 'peak Apple' and even then, you won't know until much later afterwards.
In the meantime it's getting very tedious.
Bosch are doing it wrong. Instead of making it compulsory, Bosch should offer the ability for your drill to automatically post to Facebook et al. to say how great your drill and your drilling is — along with all of the relevant data. The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation does come to mind here.
With this new feature, people will want to use their drill all of the time.
Re: Proof by assertion
Steve Todd» wholesale stealing of European patents
Wholesale copying of European patents, I think you mean. Theft involves the removal of one thing from someone and depriving them of it. The Europeans were not deprived of their patents.
worth of a decent OS
Probably nothing, if the success of the various UNIX flavours is anything to go by.
That's a great handle.
Get it before it's gone, folks!
The size of the fine
The size of the fine, btw, was picked because Steve Wozniak liked the look of all of the 6's together.
Rebelle» So this is how our government is repaying google to sell us out
Who exactly is selling us out: our government or google?
It seems to me that Google is on no-one's side but her own and her use of the data we give her (a.k.a. her product) is a part of her business model. As for the Governments, are they on our side? I doubt it. We are there to give them want they want.
The inter-governmental level seems to be like a kindergarten playground: those who can bully, do bully and take want they want; those who want protection, give up their lunch money to the bigger kids.
Re: Will They Ever Learn?
The problem is that Samsung have taken Apple on in the smartphone arena and done very well indeed. If they are a match for Apple in this arena and they have desirable products, why shouldn't they follow on with their own stores? The path has been laid out for them.
My concern is that, although they make many things, how many are sold on account of the brand and how many that are sold are essentially commodity items?
Would you buy a Samsung camera because it is made by Samsung? Would you pay extra for one because it is made by Samsung?
People do so for their smartphones at the moment, but for the rest of the very extensive range? I'm not so sure. The big retailers will be less than happy about it and may demand a premium to stock Samsung products.
Re: "Value-add is why people will pay you"
ledswinger» low value services fit only to be performed by Indians
You may want to re-phrase this. It comes across as a tad racist.
covet is the right word
Much as I wanted many of the items mentioned here (especially the Atari), I realised that I hadn't a hope in hell of ever getting it.
What I really wanted in my later primary school years was technical lego and the 4.5V battery motor (which my mother hated on account of the cost of the batteries). I had just discovered how gears worked and too much technical lego was not enough.
I still have it and much as I enjoy tinkering with it, I'm waiting for my not-yet-old-enough children to grow into it.
Re: He had to loop LotR to fall asleep??
Oh, the eagles led by Gwaithir attack Mordor and take the One Ring for themselves.
A new era of the Menace from the Sky starts.
Dear 8 Heavyweights
If you are honestly so concerned about the privacy of your users (which I don't think you are), why don't you all just not comply with the demands from the NSA and be public about calling the bluff of the US government.
For many people, you *are* the Internet. If needs be, withdraw your services and see how people react, especially when you directly blame the US Government.
Or is this Socialism?
Well, I, for one, am proud of my obsolete tech. Civ I runs like the bees knees on my IIfx.
It runs well, does what it has to do and I see no reason to give up its obsolete status.
All I need now is 1600x1200 on my LCD monitor and I'm sorted.
Personally, I prefer the Majestic 12 logo from 'Deus Ex'.
Discussion point: Art imitating life or vice versa?
Do any of the astronomers / planetary specialists know if the pole has anything to do with the location of the storm? If so, would that indicate magnetic particles in the atmosphere?
I somehow can't imagine that Saturn's poles are much colder that it's equator.
Re: RBS et al didn't need to invest that much in tech ....
Nor will they.
The problem was that they dffshore enough of their legacy systems. That would have produced instant results.
Now, what they need to do is to migrate everything to the Cloud. The bankers get their bonuses for being positive and active in times of a crisis (well, actually, just for being bankers), the IT-staff get fired (thus generating more savings and showing how active the bankers have been) and everyone (i.e. the bankers) wins.
One final point, just to keep it topical, they had better do it quick, because the NSA don't like not knowing what people are doing with their money, although, in the case of RBS, the answer is nothing.
or lying back on the beach earning 20%...
Tinfoil is Al rather than Sn, alas.
Re: Have we learned nothing....
It's all right. Friends don't spy on friends. The UK parlamentarians will have nothing to worry about in regards to security.
I bet that they are already looking forward to the five nines of access that they were surely promised.
I thought that there was only one Mall in England that goes by the name of 'The Mall'. Indeed, shopping centres in the States were named after the aforementioned thoroughfare.
I am open to correction on their being other thoroughfares by the name of The Mall in places like Bath and Bristol.
Why not get him an old 800MHz Ti Powerbook and put a PPC Linux distro on it?
The husband of one of my cousins runs this and finds it most satisfactory for everyday tasks.
Or, if the boy is a mac fan and you are not ready for Apple prices, would a hackintosh do?
Re: "Ninety per cent of people surf porn, ten per cent are liars"
Surely this is should be 45% porn-surfers and 5% liars. Do women surf for porn? Surely not.
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