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  • Microsoft's Stranger Things campaign creates a fake legacy for Windows 1.0

    True, I was there.  I was astonished as each phase of outrageous Microsoft behaviour proceeded.  I wasn't a Mac user at the time, they seemed only used by artists home users at that point. 

    I was working at one of the big workstation vendors in 1984. At one point I had a Xerox 1108 on my desk that I think was specced around $100k.  The Mac was very impressive but underpowered compared to our Unix workstations running X windows, but we were impressed that Apple could produce something that seemed to share the DNA of the Xerox machines for such a low price and in such a desirable designed package. 

    I remember the first time I saw Windows 1.0, it seemed a bit of a  joke, one of the other guys had the job of investigating it and building the first apps for it.  He had a merry time, he showed me six or seven pages of C code he'd written that opened a window!  At the time I was writing fully windowing X-windows code with all the bells and whistles, and opening a window took only about 10 lines of C :-)    It turned out not to be a joke by the time Windows 3.1 shipped in I think 1991,  that was the important one. With 3.1 it was a usable OS on PC hardware. I can't remember what was specifically lacking in 3.0, but suffice to say, it wasn't super usable. It was with 3.1 that our office PC's switched over from  DOS to Windows. 

    As the years went by there were several more egregious examples, the way Microsoft essentially ripped off Java from Sun when creating C#, I couldn't believe how all the support API's were almost identical given just a bit of respellings,  and then there was the whole Android rip off.  

    Anyhow, Gates is a very smart guy but read Gladwells "Outliers" and Cringely's "Accidental Empires" and you'll see he had a very privileged leg up, and then started a career of sharp elbowed deal making.  Realistically Microsoft did create the industry as we see it today, and its nice to see what Apple became despite Microsoft, Google and how they benefitted from their sharp practices.  One of the most important developments of my career was the absorption of Nextstep and Unix into the Mac platform, I have a lot to thank Jobs and Ive for. 

  • Jony Ive explains design choices for new iPad Pro and 'magical' elements of the refreshed ...

    Clarke’s third law.

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”
  • How to use Tags in macOS Mojave and Catalina

    I use tags a great deal and find the Yep Mac app invaluable. That permits far better ways of finding and managing tags such as adding sets of tags to multiple files in one go.

    It’s frustrating that tags are missing from Notes, another place I’d like to see them is integrated with bookmarks for web. So lots more to do there in future revisions of Mac OS

  • Apple Park office chairs cost nearly $1,200 apiece, handpicked by designer Jony Ive

    A big success for Barber Osgerby and for British design as a brand. 

    For those not in the world of design it may not be obvious how significant this kind of thing is.  And lets face it for most people a chair is a horizontal buttock support and not a lot more.  

    a) If you design for Vitra you are ALREADY in the company of Charles Eames. 

    b) A big buy like this and the seal of approval from Ive is the next step on the road to design canonisation. 

    c) For a designer,  to have a classic chair in their portfolio is a bit like getting an Oscar.  I've worked with a few really good designers in my day who are at this kind of level and one of them, for a hobby collected miniature models of these chairs and paid a significant portion of the price of an actual chair for the models. 

    Having said all that, my Aeron exec with shiny Chrome beats any other chair I've used and is specced for my just-sub NFL player sized bones, something I can't get with most office chairs. 
  • Apple's T2 chip may be behind small number of crashes in iMac Pro, new MacBook Pro

    Apple support staff suggests iMac Pro users wipe and reinstall MacOS, disable FileVault, and disable Power Nap. For those not willing to perform those, other forum posts suggested crashes could be reduced by not daisy-chaining devices, not using a Thunderbolt 3-to-Thunderbolt 2 adapter, disable Secure Boot, turn off power management options, remove third-party kernel extensions, avoid leaving it to idle overnight, and to not unlock it with an Apple Watch
    Or in other words avoid using functions of the T2 chip as much as possible? 

  • Review: Nomad's titanium Apple Watch band is a more affordable alternative to Apple's meta...

    @melgross Thanks got the info. I was thinking of getting one of these, now I’ll probably get the black for my watch 3 and the stainless when I get a watch 4
  • New iPad and fifth-generation iPad mini on the way according to Russian regulatory filings...

    I'd buy a mini for someone as a gift on release, its just the right size for some ladies handbags. 

    I don't see the need for a pro-spec or a pencil on the mini, just the latest bits and an update screen. All good.