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Feb 9, 09 - 8:28 am
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A Silicon Valley icon, Steve Wozniak, a.k.a. “The Woz,” helped shape the computer industry with his design of Apple’s first line of computer products.
Will Woz revolutionize ‘Dancing with the Stars’ as a cast member of Season 8? Only time will tell, however I’m hoping he does well.
Photo source: Yahoo! – Dancing with the Stars Season 8
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Jan 5, 09 - 1:43 pm
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Today, Google announced that the enterprise version of its Google Earth product is available in mobile form “immediately.” What does this mean? You can look at your enterprise’s own Google Earth data out in the field when not connected to the enterprise network.
I’ve never used this product, but the idea is great. According to Google:
Google Earth Enterprise lets customers build globes with their own data that can be accessed with the same fast, easy-to-use technology as Google Earth. Previously, Google Earth Enterprise customers could only access their private Google Earth globes when connected to the network. Sometimes, when working in the field, limited or no network connectivity prevented our customers from accessing the full potential of the geospatial data.
The portable version of Google Earth Enterprise allows organizations to distribute geospatial data to their employees where bandwidth is limited or unavailable — such as emergency workers responding to a disaster. Customers can deploy the portable solution for a single individual, or for a multiperson team.
This version is also appropriate for situations when users are away from their desks and need to access an organization’s geospatial data. Data collected in the field can also be transferred to the primary system when network connectivity is available.
I can imagine many uses of this product on the enterprise level. Think about your field force workers, or emergency response teams. For those who travel regular routes, or need to take down survey data or need access to other geospecific information, having remote access to this tool can be highly beneficial.
Google says that the software is loaded on a customer-supplied USB drive or a large partition on a user’s laptop using VMware. In this case, mobile means accessible via a laptop, and not a mobile phone. Google didn’t say that Google Earth Enterprise will be available on any mobile platforms, but that would be the pinnacle of mobility.
The consumer version of Google Earth is available for the Apple iPhone.
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Dec 9, 08 - 11:46 am
Thanks to my friend David for pointing out this video to me. I can always use a good laugh. Bill Gates of Microsoft and Steve Jobs of Apple square off in the clean-white virtual world of the iconic Mac ads:
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Dec 2, 08 - 4:48 pm
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Homer, Marge, and the kids visit the Mapple Store at the mall and admire the MyPods and MyPhones. The segment includes a parody-in-a-parody of the famous 1984 Apple “Big Brother” commercial, featuring Comic Book Guy instead of an athletic woman with Eurythmics hair.
For those who haven’t seen it, here is Apple’s 1984 “Big Brother” Macintosh Commercial:
Enjoy while you can as I’m sure YouTube will pull down the parody video any day now.
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Sep 19, 08 - 6:42 am
Comments Off on Apple Patent Shows ‘Today’ Screen For iPhone
The basic home screen of a Windows Mobile 6.1 device gives you a nice overview of your recent missed calls, messages, calendar appointments and other items.
Looking at a recently-granted patent, looks like Apple may be taking a page from Microsoft’s playbook.
The “today” screen in Windows Mobile is one of the better features of the OS, especially in the 6.1 version of Windows Mobile.
At a glance, you can see what you’ve missed while you weren’t minding your phone, and what you might still have to accomplish in a given day.
MacRumors saw a patent that was granted to Apple, and the drawings accompanying the patent clearly show an “at a glance” style screen on the iPhone. MacRumors reports:
“The proposed screen would allow users to quickly jump to the desired notification simply by pressing on the corresponding notification. At present, the iPhone’s notification lists is a list that disappears when the phone is unlocked. This sort of notification system may become more important once 3rd party ‘push’ notifications are activated, as the number and variety of these notifications will likely increase significantly.”
The idea of being able to see a list of all your missed calls and messages is not privy to just Windows Mobile. Nokia’s S60 platform can be set up to provide a similar display of notifications.
I think this would be a welcome addition to the iPhone’s software. If and when it will ever be included in a future firmware update is unknown.
Today is an auspicious day in the history of Steve Jobs. It’s the day he quit Apple and also the day he returned.
Jobs resigned as chairman of Apple Computer on September 16, 1985, after losing a boardroom battle for control of the company with then-CEO John Sculley.
Jobs had co-founded Apple about eight years earlier with his hacker friend Steve Wozniak.
A pair of teenagers, the two Steves had little idea how to grow the hot company at the dawn of the soon-to-be-giant PC industry.
Jobs helped recruit Sculley from Pepsi-Cola, where Sculley had shown a genius for lifestyle advertising. The pair ran Apple as co-CEOs but fell out and took their differences to the board. Though a visionary, the board decided Jobs was too volatile for the lead role. So he quit.
On the same day he resigned, Jobs submitted incorporation papers to the California secretary of state for the name of his new company, NeXT Computer.
NeXT was Jobs’ revenge. Jobs founded NeXT with the express purpose of running Apple into the ground. NeXT would develop computers that were far better than anything Apple could offer, and Apple would soon be out of business.
NeXT never did put Apple out of business, and for the next 10 years just barely survived itself. It did, however, produce a fantastic operating system, NeXTStep, which many praised as ahead of its time.
In December 1996, Apple bought NeXT for $400 million. It wanted NeXTStep to form the basis of a new, modern operating system, one that didn’t crash every time Netscape Navigator was launched.
Jobs came on board as an informal adviser to then-CEO Gil Amelio. But within months, the board fired Amelio after Apple suffered one of the biggest quarterly losses in Silicon Valley history.
Jobs was initially reluctant to take a role at Apple. His other company, Pixar, had just released its first movie, Toy Story, to great acclaim. But he soon found himself putting in more time at Apple, working hard to whip it into shape.
On September 16, 1997, Apple announced that Jobs had officially been named interim CEO, or — as the company cleverly put it — iCEO.