Nearly a decade later

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It's nearly a decade later, but I look at these pictures, and I still can't comprehend it.

This crystallized what I had been thinking about the iPad, and now I'm convinced that there's something very big in that little device.

  1. Computers are still too hard for most people to comfortably and enjoyably use
  2. The iPhone is so simple, my three year-old can use it
  3. The iPad is a lot like an iPhone with a computer-sized screen, and powerful software that lets you do stuff

(link via Daring Fireball)

*Apple launched the iMac with a Jeff Goldblum-narrated commercial showing just how easy Apple made getting connected to the internet. After saying "presenting three easy steps to the internet," the commercial shows two, and then..."there's no step three!"

I don’t know that I could do anything that would add to this compendium of craven copyright panic; Big Content takes a mighty length of rope and coils it around its own neck just fine.

Copyright expert William Patry put it strongly at the conclusion of his new book, Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars, writing, "I cannot think of a single significant innovation in either the creation or distribution of works of authorship that owes its origins to the copyright industries."

100 years of Big Content fearing technology—in its own words - Ars Technica

Today’s mind-melting post, wherein the fourth estate bitches about the way readers like to get their news, threatens to make news artificially scarce and expensive, and likens search engines to “plagiarists.”

All from a stage in freed0m-loving Beijing.

BEIJING — The leaders of two of the world's major news organizations said Friday that it is time for search engines and others who use news content for free to pay up.

The comments from Tom Curley of The Associated Press and News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch come as the media industry struggles in the Internet age. Many news companies contend that sites such as Google have reaped a fortune from their articles, photos and video without fairly compensating the news organizations producing the material

The Associated Press: AP, News Corp bosses tell search engines to pay up

I found this story courtesy of an aggregator (Techmeme) and read it hosted on the noted running dog lackey of the plagiarists’ website, Google News.

Or it’s a work of statesman/marketing genius:

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said, should be solved by the creation of a single state, which Mr. Qaddafi called Isratine

Qaddafi’s First U.N. Speech Is a Rambling Diatribe - NYTimes.com

Top of the Techmeme pops, once again, is Google Voice versus Apple's App Store:

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I must be missing something, because I can't bring myself to care less. Arrington invokes nuclear war. Others scream "Liar! You Lie!" Me? I'm unmoved by the prospect of one company telling another company "try again." You'd have to be crazy to think that a Google Voice app is anything other than a Trojan Horse designed to make Google's services central to people using mobile devices. Why do you think Google's licensing fee for Android is $0? Because the services that make Android useful all run through the Googleplex. Any mobile platform into which Google can't embed itself represents users they can't fully monetize.

And Apple's not about to let another company use their end-to-end solution as a way to determine Apple's fate.

Glad I missed the meeting

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I was sort of bummed that, for the third time in a row, circumstances kept me from the company meeting. Now I'm kinda glad:

Ballmer grabbed the Apple device from the employee and made some funny remarks as everyone booed. Then he put it on the ground and pretended to stomp on it, before walking away.

The scene was visible on the big screen, so even people in the upper deck could see what was happening. Later, during his presentation on stage, Ballmer referred to the episode again, teasing the person and making it clear that he hadn't forgotten what happened.

Rule No. 1: Hide the iPhone from Ballmer at the Microsoft meeting

Not sure I would been able to let my boss' boss' boss' boss' boss mime stomping my iPhone—I've only barely let my kids start holding it. Would have been significantly career-limiting to tackle the CEO at the big company hootenanny.

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