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  Yes, Raskin went first to Xerox Parc but his intention was much different than what the Mac ended up being.  Raskin lost the leadership position on the Mac and the machine followed Job's vision and not his.  Meh, as much as I like some of Raskin's concepts (I worked on ZUIs for a while) he was NOT the father of the Macintosh.  He started the project and then it became something else.   As far as Mike Scott not wanting Steve for Lisa, well so what?  The Lisa failed under...
  Steve's original vision was a computer that would change the way people used computers and never lead the Lisa team.  He took over the Macintosh team and it was a competing product.   I used the Lisa extensively at NASA as an intern developing structure charts for our segment of the science processing pipeline.  While it was nice and the UI and apps were great it was the Mac that ended up being the computer that changed the computing experience.  The Lisa was designed...
    Perhaps.  I still remember some great software on the mac in the 90s.     In any case, the installed base of iOS is measured in the hundreds of millions.  Something not true of the Mac in the 90s.  By the time iOS is at saturation it wont be low hundreds of millions but high hundreds of millions and to the most lucrative demographic segment.     Steve was always a charismatic visionary.  See the 1984 Mac keynote.  Larry is 39.  Steve was 29....
  Steve Jobs worked hard to make Apple's DNA what it is today and hand picked the leadership team.   The probability that Apple will flounder at all much less flounder badly under Cook's leadership is very slim.  Execution, not the lack of new products, was killing apple in the Sculley era (85-93).   What new products?     LaserWriter (1985) PowerBooks (1991) Newton (1993)   Under Spindler (93-96)   PowerMac w/PPC CPUs (1994) - In 1995 Apple had $1B in PowerMac...
  If proTA is Java they did some heavy skinning.  I code in Java and it doesn't have that look and I do custom UIs.  Java applications can work very well on the mac.   It's true that the Mac has fewer options than the PC but often the few that do exist tend to be geared toward a better UX.   /shrug   You can run Tradestation under Parallels or Fusion.  That you never bought a mac for such a trivial reason if you prefer the os is silly.  Personally I find Win7 just fine...
  I found this:   http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-08-02/news/33001399_1_blackberry-enterprise-encryption-keys-corporate-emails   Which was later denied by RIM.   "RIM has been fighting with the Indian government for years, and has denied that it can provide access to its enterprise email and messaging services. This is because the company itself does not possess the encryption keys for the same and these remain in the control of its corporate...
  Because it is...
  Well, if they are hitting the Baidu store they probably don't have access to GooglePlay.
  A realist.  App devs, except the big boys, only have so much bandwidth for internationalization.  For the east asian market Chinese, Japanese and Korean are the only ones worth investing any effort in.  Even then the local app devs have a huge advantage unless you really are one of the big boys.   Likewise for the European market French, Spanish and German are the prime targets.   I would guess that most small indie app devs only do their own native language anyway.
  In this sense Apple is more easily compatible with the Chinese market.  The parts that China cares about Apple doesn't care about that much (backend services) since that's primarily used to sell hardware whereas Google depends on that to make money.   Making the default search provider Baidu is no big deal.   Having a local app store where the government has a say in app approval is not a big deal. Funneling social media to chinese internet companies instead of Twitter,...
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