Originally posted by Eschermavster: We've had many suspicions about Kormac's identity over the years. But this is certainly a new and original one.
However, my conclusion is that Kormac's real identity is irrelevant. He makes us think about new ideas, revisit old ones, and question preconceived notions. Kormac fosters the kind of thought provoking discussion that characterized the AppleInsider of old. I'm delighted that Kormac is back, along with the vigorous and creative debate that I love.
We all followed Mac the Knife until his premature passing. Many of us enjoy(ed) reading the Naked Mole Rat. We all enjoy reading Nick de Plume's stories on Think Secret. Kasper Jade and his new friend Katie Marsal are back with a vengeance. Does it really matter whether they are real people or not? That we don't know their real identities? No. That would ruin the whole fun.
Let's continue the discussion! We still have a solid 85 hours to go until Steve's WWDC keynote.
I absolutely agree with you right there.. I have enjoyed his and the others speculative postings/articles for years now and can't wait (as many others) for what's next.. In my mind, something big is brewing and has been for a few years.. and it's not the iPod which I truly think took surprised even Apple at its success. Maybe that's why they made it its own devision, as perhaps it was getting too much of Apple's attention.
Steve's egomaniacal side wants to be the best and win.. How do you win in business?? It's not only making great products.... it's making money.. Sure, Apple has been making some millions per quarter, but it's nowhere near the kind of $$$ that SOFTWARE and SERVICE companies make... That's where we've been slowly seeing the transformation of Apple, the computer company..
fred_lj .... pervasive computing as quoted from an old IBM presentation which I snatched off RFI's site a way back when:
Some people call it "the third wave of computing." Some call it "the post-PC era." Some call it "revolutionary." Whatever it's called, the fact is that there is a new equation:
Prevalence of computers + Access to information over the Internet + Smaller, affordable, interconnected devices =
New lifestyle capabilities and possibilities.
The name of this equation is pervasive computing.
What do we mean when we use the term "pervasive computing"? Our definition is "Convenient access through a new class of appliances to relevant information with the ability to easily take action on it, when and where you need to." Let me focus on the key words in that definition. "Convenient" means you're not tied to a desk. Instead, you have devices that you carry with you, such as a cell phone, a PDA, or a smart card. Or you have a larger appliance, like a refrigerator, a washing machine or an automobile, that is connected through the Internet to a desktop hardfile somewhere. "Relevant" means that you are accessing necessary and critical information that you need to make your life easier, whether it's your business or personal life. "Easily" means that you don't have to go through a lot of steps to get the information nor to do something with it.
Let me give you a real example. If I'm traveling and I want to check my email, first I have to open my laptop, then boot up, then connect to the server, then go into Lotus Notes, then go into my email, then look through...And of course there's all the waiting time between each of these steps. In a pervasive world, however, I open my WorkPad, one click, and I'm there.
So what we're talking about is a whole different paradigm than what we have today in the PC world. Convenience, relevance, and ease of use.