Monday, 19 March 2007

Microsoft - necks like a jockey's bollocks

So Microsoft accuses Google of plagiarism. Ballmer and Gates have necks like the proverbial jockey’s bollocks. Microsoft have built their whole evil empire on ripping off others’ products and ideas. From the very original DOS operating system which Gates was supposed to have designed (he didn’t – he bought it and added a few tweaks), through to Windows, ripped off from Xerox, Apple and IBM, the evil ones have robbed and pillaged their way to success. Never an original idea, they foisted lousy, unstable, insecure, bug-ridden software onto their trapped customers who had to act as unpaid testers.

Even now Google have better search, Firefox a better browser, Adobe a better development environment, Amazon better application hosting, I could go on. Why are their products so bad? Well trying to consolidate a load of code developed by others is never easy, and that’s why each version of Windows gets more unwieldy. Consider that it takes a 3GHz PC 15,000,000,000 – that’s right, 15 billion - clock cycles to open a 1kb text file. If Microsoft designed airplanes they’d all be in jail by now - what a lovely thought. And don’t forget that the ‘genius’ Gates totally misread the internet’s impact.

If they’re that bad, how come they’ve been so successful? A fair question. Well, first they got lucky by being selected by IBM to ‘develop’ DOS, the operating system (OS) for the first PCs. As your Savant has shown above, they did not of course design DOS, but bought it for a nominal figure. Then, to compound their original error, IBM commissioned the brigands to develop the follow-up operating system OS2. Microsoft then ripped off OS2 and renamed it Windows. Although a better OS (that's like saying someone is the tallest dwarf), OS2 failed largely because it needed powerful hardware to run – and hardware was very expensive then. Microsoft also profited from the decision of Apple to confine their vastly superior OS to their own hardware.

So the PC revolution took off with Microsoft riding the tiger. Over the years they bought, robbed or ripped off competitive software. The main device was to including it in Windows ‘free’, killing off the competition who had to charge for theirs. They also put in a variety of technical impediments to impede these products integrating with Windows. Thus countless competitors, most notably Netscape, were ground into oblivion, on the basis of control of the desktop interface, not product quality. Even today Vista - their latest 'innovation' - has ripped off many components of the Mac OS Tiger.

All this ripping off came at a price, and the company has been fined billions over the years for its predatory activities, although sadly, nobody has seen the inside of the slammer. Your Savant has no illusions regarding business practices in general (virtually every highly successful business has engaged in criminal activities along the way) but where Microsoft are beneath contempt is the way they ripped off small, vulnerable companies. One approach was to take an interest in some new technology, then appear to lose interest, only for the developers to see the concept appear in the next version of Windows. Another approach was to drag out negotiations with a small company, during which time the innovators were distracted, suffered a cash flow crisis, and were then picked off for pennies. The Evil Empire wouldn’t even have noticed it if they had paid a fair price, but it was, and is, such an ugly, predatory company that this was never on. And now Gates swans around the world playing the philanthropist. I suppose having to put up with Bono represents some form of cosmic justice. In closing, a special word of thanks to the Belgian gentleman who flattened a pie in Gates' face.

69 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bravo! I had a small software company and your description brough back unhappy memories. The bastards kept stringing us out till the company was only a shell, then they bought us for a pittance. I'm restricted in what i can say or to even identify myself.

Kevin said...

I work indirectly for MS in Dublin. Great employers, great for the Irish economy. If people buy their products, who cares?

Anonymous said...

Where did all this technology bullshit come from? I read your blog for laughs and bigotry

Anonymous said...

Apple vastly superior OS.Best joke ever!

Anonymous said...

OS/2 is interesting in that IBM said that they were a business os dealer because International Business Machines meant something to the head honchos.

It was teested against various games and it was found with 1 change to I believe VMM.SYS which I believe IBM called their version of EMM.SYS DOOM would run on their machines no problem.

Head honchos listened to the guy who had been set the task of how to integrate gamers and decided that id Software would have to change the game to get it to run natively(?) on OS/2 and sacked the guy who told them how to sell to gamers.

Later IBM went with a blue and red version of OS/2 with one having Microsoft Windows code which they had licensed in it one which had not and on which they were not paying Microsoft royalties on which were referred to as the business and home editions which is what they were told to do to appeal to the gaming market.

IBM had the desktop won but through Carly Fioriniesque, and anyone who has found a decline in HP printers knows what I mean by that,stupidity, vanity, misunderstanding, pigheadedness, wrecklessness, recklessness decided to lose it in a political battle on their own turf.

OS/2 is the OS for ATMs of many banks including oops forgot who they are at least one in the UK and one in Canada and quite a few in the US.

Anonymous said...

Computer legend and gaming pioneer Jack Tramiel dies aged 83. Do not read about it in the Irsh times

Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore Business Machines and later, the owner of Atari, died Easter Sunday. He was 83. He undoubtedly changed the computing landscape by bringing low cost computers to millions of people, and he started a price war that saw dozens of large companies leave the market. He also took a bankrupt Atari and managed to wring almost another decade out of it. The 6502 microprocessor would have withered on the vine if it weren't for Tramiel's support. Could anyone else have done all of that?

There was a programme done on A history of computers and it only mentioned Apple v PC as nobody wants to know about the guys who built $400 computers when the two behemoths were selling for $2000+.

Did I ever mention that I think the media sucks?

It is not so much the winners writing history it is the clueless narrative merchants.

For example Forbes where the link comes from really declined since the death of the last Forbes now it is just a rehasher of OMG like Appple like OMG iNtroduced like a new like OMG iDevice.

What does it do?

OMG like who like cares it is like an iDevice.

(The man was pioneer in the computing industry and brought home computing to the masses with his low priced computer systems at a time when computing was mainly for the rich few who could afford an IBM or Apple machine that at twice the price had only half the memory & computing power…


Whether you liked or disliked some of his business decisions, one things for sure without Jack Tramiel none of us would be using our old C64s or Amiga today if it weren’t for Jack Tramiel & Commodore…

R.I.P. Jack Tramiel 13/12/1928 – 08/04/2012

The Man Who Made Home Computing For The Masses A Reality…

) OK they might have been $1 000 not $400 but this guy's point which I have Treyvonned for you is valid.

I forget which computer introduced MIDI which was invented by Hitachi and someone else but The Irish Times said Apple invented it in their Apple shilling nonsense section which they spell as Technology and which is staffed by people with Arts degrees.
Jobs on the other hand is lauded over despite the fact that he nearly bankrupted Apple a couple of times and had to be removed to save the company. At NEXT he spunked away millions because he was not living in the real world and he only arrived back at Apple because they were nearly going bankrupt again and he was the cheapest option of trying to save them.

Did I ever mention that the media sucks?


Wozniak Patent wars could stifle startups!

“Apple is the good guy on the block of all of them,” he says. “It is creating so much and is so successful and it is not just following the formulas of other companies – [Apple is] totally establishing new markets that didn’t exist.”

He, the guy that buys 5 iPhones when new models come out despite there being a 2 per customer limit, never got his memory back after the plane crash did he?

Have I ever posted that I think the media sucks?

Anonymous said...

I cannot give the day but the 25th anniversary of the launch of OS/2 will be coming out soon. TThat of the PS/2 was a month or so ago.

The PS/2 launched many revolutionary features with Micro Channel Arhitecture being the stand out.

IBM wanted a royalty on every bit of hardware sold which is why everyone but Cupertino iDiots (who went with something not as good) went the open VLB? route.

IBM reminds me of ordinary people get up in the morning go to work do the best of their ability and are led by leaders who lead because they are leaders and not because they are any good the proverbial donkey if you will.

Apple on the other hand remind me of the mailiciousness of liebrals and their sticking a knife in ordinary people, as mentioned abvvoe, because they can get away with it. Vassalsled by an uber-assal if you like.

SAVANT said...

Those analogies to Apple and IBM are very apposite. Especially Apple. Typically 'liberal' as you say. Jobs was into all the 'good stuff' - tolerance, mother earth, equality of all peoples, openness and fraternity blal bla. Yet they were among the most viscious and predatory companies I ever came accross.

Don't be too hard on IBM. They were always very good to their employees.

SAVANT said...

"Have I ever posted that I think the media sucks?"

Especially the business media when they talk technology. They are so useless that it defies belief. I've been on the inside of many technology companies and the stuff you read about them in the press is just laughable. Especially when they talk about things like 'dynamic leaders' or the 'man who turned xxxx around'. Don't believe one work they write.

Anonymous said...

Don't be too hard on IBM. They were always very good to their employees.

It was never meant to come across like that. At board room level there was a complete failure that gave the desktop to Microsoft.

The upper echelons faled us .

Anonymous said...

Stardock made programs for OS/2 and some of their features were later created by Apple which were ripped off by Microsoft and by created I mean the term used in decribing what Microsoft did.

Apple is not the creative hub that creative people tell us it is.

Digby said...

IMHO nearly all the real innovation came from small companies like Stardock. The big ones like apple and Microsoft in particular simply ripped them off or else bought out the technology and gave no credit to the innovators.

Anonymous said...

Next did some creative things bacause they had that few of staff that Jobs could not fire anyone and have the company survive (though if he fired jobs it might have had a better chance of survival)MACH kernel first computer with CD ROM drive? but it was seriously hampered by price most of which was taken up by some design guy's insistence that it should be a perfect cube whereas people who live in the Real World know that you should not make a perfect cube as a perfect cube is too damned hard to take out of the mould.

Ding it! I just cannot come up with a name for the guy who insisted on the wasting of money on building the perfect cube. Can you?

Anonymous said...

How Apple created OS X

Did Jobs go back to Apple, which he had been kicked out of because they were going to go bankrupt, in 1998 and not 1996 as the article says?

But but if OS 8 and 9 were no good weren't they released under Jobs supervision as he was CEO at the time?

The article gives both 2000 and 2001 as the year OS X was introduced proving again the innate progessionalism of the media.

I came across this because I was searching for a site which had a list of the "inventions" of Apple which came from elsewhere.

For example Long Filenames up to 255 characters came via Windows which had 4DOS and a few other programs which had them. I do not know whether OS/2 did but I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

Mouse? Xerox Star and certain computers which had them for use with Microsoft Word. What Microsoft beat Apple with the introduction of the mouse?

Apparently so.

Anonymous said...

The Commodore 64 followed in 1982. With more memory than the competition, colour graphics and a characteristically aggressive price, it was an instant hit and went on to sell an estimated 17 million units worldwide.

Unlike the Apple II and other PC rivals, it came with an RF modulator that allowed it to be plugged into a television, making it a viable alternative to a video games console for many. Classic titles such as International Karate, Ghosts n’ Goblins and Commando ensured the Commodore 64’s place in gaming legend.

http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/tributes-for-commodore-64-creator-who-could-have-bought-apple-for-100000-3079791.html

I am trying to recall the name of the machine that was used by Babylonian Productions to do the effects for Babylon 5. You could go straight to television with this machine which at this kicked everyone's butt but because it was not an Apple it never featured on technology writer's radar.

As was written above never believe a word a technology journalist writes!

Anonymous said...

OS 9 is given as the first premeptive multitasking consumer os.

Seriously. I think the guy means the Apple version and not the one made by Microwave.


The Apple II is also given as the most important computer ever made.

Anonymous said...

Apple arrogance prat two.

I wrote this post in December of 2005 on another forum site I belong to. This experience completely soured me on any interaction with Apple. itunes is useless and has been at least going back that far. In the years since I've run across several other machines with mysterious and intractable itunes problems. I'm told it's not uncommon for people to reinstall Windows to fix itunes issues.

Anyway
--

My boss brings me her notebook this morning.

She says "I can't get itunes to work"

I try to run itunes. Version 6, the one that came out maybe a month ago with the video support.

I double-click on iTunes. The computer goes "ding". itunes does not start.
I think "Oh well, I will uninstall and reinstall it."

Except it's not in Add/Remove programs.
Hit the program files folder. Yup. It's there.

Try to start from the .exe instead of a shortcut. Nope. Computer goes "ding". What does "ding" mean?

Download an updated installer, fresh from the web site.
The installer gives me the option to remove itunes or repair it. I try both. In either case I get "error 1605", which a quick google tells me is an InstallShield error. I'm told to upgrade my installshield engine and use a "Windows Installer Cleanup Tool". itunes doesn't show on the list of things I can clean up. Quicktime and the ipod service do. I go ahead and remove those.

OK. Fine. Done.

The computer goes "ding" and I *still* get error 1605 when I try to reinstall.

So I hit Apple's support pages for itunes. There are eight or nine suggestions there that seem like they might be related, but most of them lead back to the Installshield support site.

I try all those things. The computer still goes "ding" and I *still* get error 1605.

I run an SFC on the machine. The computer goes "ding" the next time I try to start itunes.

Finally, against all hope, I call Apple. Maybe there's something they haven't published, or maybe this is a new issue.

Apple won't talk to me until I find the serial number for a new ipod or I cough up $50. What the ipod has to do with an itunes problem, I don't know.

Fortunately, one of the women I work with has a new ipod. Good thing. Apple won't talk to you unless you've purchased their hardware.

I calmly explain to the apple tech (LeeAnn, if anyone wants to know), what I have done prior to my call. LeeAnn identifies herself as a *windows support specialist*.

I ask her if she knows what "ding" means, or if there's some support information other than that available on Apple's web site for this problem.

LeeAnn asks me to repeat the things I did. This takes me about five minutes. I reference Apple's support pages, as I can read them off the firefox tabs in front of me. At the end of everything, LeeAnn says "I need to check on this. Can you hold?"

LeeAnn is gone just under five minutes. When she picks back up, she starts reading verbatim off one of those support web pages. I say "I have already done the the steps on that page." She starts in on another page, that I have also read. This time, I just start reading ahead of her, for she is pissing me off. I say "Is there any additional support information that you can provide me, other than the information that I already got off your web site?"

She says "Not for this issue. Have you contacted your computer manufacturer?"
I say "This is not an issue for my computer manufacturer, this is an issue with Apple's software on a Windows computer."
She says "Well have you contacted Microsoft?"

I think this very well might've been the point where I snapped.

Anonymous said...

Apple arrogance prat 2 part 2.

I say "No. This is a problem with the functionality of *APPLE'S* software. Windows is otherwise behaving normally. I ran a program to verify that." (Furthermore, I know Windows installer was working, as I installed my bundle o' antispyware apps from an .msi file earlier that morning while I was troubleshooting).
She says "What program is that?"
I say "SFC"
She says "I thought that sounded funny. It might've messed up our software."
I said "Do you know what it is?"
She said "No."
I said "Can you do anything but read off your support web pages?"
She said "I am not trained to support beyond what's on our support site." In other words, Apple's PAID SUPPORT REPS do NOTHING but read off their web site.
I say "Is there someone else to whom this problem can be escalated?"
She says "I guess you could contact the Music Store Support." To my knowledge, no one has used the music store on the computer in quesiton, and the support THERE seems to deal with download and credit card issues.
I say "But there's no tier 2?"
She says "No."
I say "What if I just want to remove itunes? Can you help with that?"
She starts telling me how to get to control panel, to Add/Remove programs.
I say "No. We've talked about that already. That doesn't work. Are there manual removal instructions?"
She pauses and says "No... is there anything else I can help you with?"
I say "Can you tell me why your program goes DING and doesn't start?"
She says "I don't know why it would do that... but I can e-mail you a list of common iTunes problems."
I say "What if I chose a for-pay support option?"
She says "So you don't want our list of common itunes problems?"
I say "No, I already saw that list. It's on your web site."

Seriously, this was like talking to a fencepost with a southern accent.

In conclusion: iTunes as an application does not use standard windows UI elements or behaviors. itunes inclues DRM. iTunes can't handle access for two different music collections without a 3rd party application. Apple essentially doesn't support it, but blames your problems on Windows.

And this is the fucking future of music.

Anonymous said...

There really is not much difference in ethics or morals of McNealy, Ellison, Gates, Balmer, etc.. They are all scum.

You left "Steve Jobs" out of that list.

Savant your secret identity is safe with me.

Anonymous said...

He dismiss other people, he bragged about parking in handicapp spaces when he was healthy, an idiot that refused chemo and treatments for alternative non proven treatments. He bought a liver making him the only person in the US that recieved a liver transplant while ill with cancer. He refused to see and reconize his daughter to avoid paying chil support, meeting her only when she was an adult. A morally damaged man.

- Feilicity, San Francisco US, 28/4/2012 13:48

Read more: Steve Jobs is the man that stupid crapple fanbois believe Bill Gates is

He also said: 'I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think. Computer science should be a liberal art.'

Jobs is at times self-deprecating, rare for the computer genius, recalling how one venture capitalist he asked for backing called him 'a renegade from the human race'.

He also talks about the shortcomings of rivals such as Microsoft who have 'absolutely no taste' according to Jobs and explains how he deals with people, products and innovation.

I do not believe that Gates nearly bankrupted his own companies (More than twice with Apple but only once with NeXT.) because he was out of his head with hippyness.

Anonymous said...

NERD FIGHT! NERD FIGHT!

Morons still cannot get it into their head that when Jobs was kicked out of Apple because he was finally going to bankrupt it and he sold his sahres for $80 000 000 and if he had held onto to them longer he could have got $125 000 000 that means that the share price rose over 50% under Sculley.

Then when the madhouse caught up with them because they were being left behind by innovative companies they got rid of sculley , his replacement and maybe one or two more until they bought NeXT so they could finally have a useful OS which they finally delivered in 2001 3 years later.

Fanbois what a bunch of morons.

Or "Multiculturalists" as it is spelt in Cork.

SAVANT said...

@anon 23.39. I like your thinking boy!

And btw, I bought one of the first NeXT machines in Ireland, in 1990 in Cork. What a fucking waste!!

Anonymous said...

Na na na na spam man spam man


bonch [slashdot.org] is a professional 'social marketing influencer' who is paid to post stories which promote Apple and slander their competitors.

Here are some of the shill's most recent submissions:

Apple Quietly Updates iPad 2's Processor
Google Faces FTC Fine For Safari Privacy Breach
NY Times: EU May Reopen Google Street View Inquiry
Google Supervisors Knew About Wi-Fi Data Harvesting
FTC Escalates Antitrust Investigation Against Google
Nintendo Hurt By New Rivals
Nintendo Reports First Ever Operating Loss
GPL Use Declining Faster Than Ever
iPhone Tops Sales Charts Of U.S. Carriers
iPad 3 Confirmed To Have 2048x1536 Screen Resolution
Apple Clarifies iBooks Author Licensing
Google Begins Country-Specific Blog Censorship
Why Android Isn't Gaining On Apple In The Enterpri(se something)
Android Malware May Have Infected 5 Million Users
Apple Beats Android In U.S. Marketshare
Apple Reports Record-Breaking Quarter Results

In the words of a paid commenter, Apple is breaking records and 'clarifying' its self to Authors, whilst including incredible new technology in its' tablets. Meanwhile, Google is being investigated by multiple governments, censoring, is full of viruses, and losing market share, Nintendo is failing when compared to the iPhone, and Free Software is a dying corpse that should be abandoned in favor of iPad apps.

bonch, why don't you disclose that you were paid to post this

Somehow this post reminded me of RTE where the journalist finally resigned rather than be sacked for if she were sacked then other people who did not do their jobs would also be seen to have untenable positions.

Read last Phoenix on Tom Savage and why it was not the responsibilty for the guy whose responsibility it was bcasuse Io was in Libra or some other reason.

Anonymous said...

An Apple programmer, apparently by accident, left a debug flag open in the most recent version of its Mac OS X operating system. In specific configurations, applying the OS X Lion update 10.7.3 turns on a system-wide debug log file that contains the login passwords of every user who has logged in since the update was applied. The passwords are stored in clear text.

This is NOT the first time that Apple stored passwords in cleartext which were accessible to other people but if you think any of those times was a problem you are understanding it wrong.

Anonymous said...

That NeXT would have been one of the originals with the Motorola processor?

They went on to Intel, HP Risc? other exotic things that never appeared on desktops before.

What was ObjectiveC like to program in?

Stability?

How good was the GUI?

Easy to learn?

There are still quite a few of them in the White House.

This was found out because a fan saw them in use.

Also the famous worm of such and such a year which was written by a Harvard student was able to proprogate itself because of a design flaw and there being so many of them. (using uucp I think.)

Dave Cutler would have been designing the successor to DEC's operating system around the time and he got canned because Olsen wanted to save money.

Cutler went to Microsoft to develop NT.

What could have the desktop been like if a UNIX style OS was not left to NeXT and Linus Torvalds?

Anonymous said...

Newest does not always mean best

VAXen and other stuff in action because they just work.

Anonymous said...

4G is available in Australia. Apple writes 4G on the box, but it doesn't work, and never will.

The rules over here are very simple. If your product doesn't do something, you can't pretend that it does. All Apple had to do was change the packaging, but they chose not to and were prosecuted as a result.

All of the internet on your iPhone. Does not work with Flash.

Look how easy it is to use. That would take one minute to do. But they only paiod for a 30 second spot so they are showinmg somethinmg thta cannot be done so now their ads have to have sequences shortened on them otherwise they would be misleading.

http://9to5mac.com/2012/05/12/apple-changes-name-of-ipad-wifi-4g-to-ipad-wifi-cellular-worldwide-following-international-criticism/

Anonymous said...

Apple has stopped using the phrase '4G in its advertising about its new iPad models in the UK - after anger over the fact 4G networks are not widely available in the country.

Britain's Advertising Standards Authority investigated the company after a number of complaints about the claim.

'We will be checking the amendments to ensure they adhere to the Advertising Code,' said a spokesperson.

Apple rewmoves lying ad from UK

Anonymous said...

I leave the Simpsons wiki and wander off to eventually go to a supposedly serious financial magazine and guess what their story is?

They name Steve Ballmer the worst CEO.

Without a doubt, Mr. Ballmer is the worst CEO of a large publicly traded American company today. Not only has he singlehandedly steered Microsoft out of some of the fastest growing and most lucrative tech markets (mobile music, handsets and tablets) but in the process he has sacrificed the growth and profits of not only his company but âoeecosystemâ companies such as Dell, Hewlett Packard and even Nokia. The reach of his bad leadership has extended far beyond Microsoft when it comes to destroying shareholder value â" and jobs.

Once upon a time Forbes was a serious magazine but since the last original died it has become nothing but a fanboi publicatiuon.

If I were to have a go at worst CEO I would go for the RIM guys who took the profitable RIM and have it heading for oblivion.

Microsoft makes a profit.

Once upon a time financial magazines understood this!

SAVANT said...

Ballmer has been a disaster - good! - and he's also a truly horrible man.

The RIM guys were a bit unlucky, but yes, no arguing that they a blew a great opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Ballmer has not done a Delta, US Airways, just about any airline bar Southwest nor a HP which lost 9.5% in February alone.

Remember Forbes objective professionalism when they are preaching diversity.

Anonymous said...

Gates to Apple suggesting the make the MacOS a standard

Gates always had his head screwed on and living in the real world such that he knew Apple better than Apple executives. He knew what people wanted whereas Jobs became rich after he came back by giving people what they thought they wanted.

Gates will never be seen as the cool dude that Jobs was but then he never spectacularly failed twice.

Anonymous said...

Just saw trhe ad for the Samsung Galaxy III and they had a Seal lookalike marrying a Heidi Klum lookalike.

I am their target audience. The dunb as shit hipsters will NOT leave the iPhone for a superior product.

Anonymous said...

The guy (Steve Jobs) parked in handicapped spots [edibleapple.com], and even went so far as to only keep his cars long enough to skirt under the registration requirement so he couldn't be ticketed for it.

I know there are a lot of Apple haters out there, but everything I've ever read about Steve Jobs as a person is totally negative and points to him being an asshole of epic proportions. This makes it hard for me to believe he was a philanthropist in secret.

This quote in particular cracks me up [washingtonpost.com]:

“He’s gotten a lot of criticism for not giving away tons of money, but I think it’s a bum rap. There’s only so many hours in a week, and he created so many incredible products. He really contributed to culture and society.”

Only in today's twisted world can creating Chinese-made, throw-away consumer goods sold for premium prices be considered "giving back to the world". It fits well with this whole mythology we're building up around the wealthy these days, how it's just such a burden being rich and all that...

Yes you have guessed it because he got capricorn in the 21st Century it made parking in handicapped spots in the 20th all right.

Fanboys are so .... fanboysish?

Anonymous said...

Back in Nerdland where blacks are athletically superior because some jewish scientist said so we are told that we are 10 years behind where we could have been te4chnologywise because Microsoft chose the inferior Intel 8086 over the superior Motorola 68000.

Would that be superior as in Lineshinna Appling (Obama's Georgian daughter) is a gooder athlete than either Jessica Ennis or Kelly Sotherton?

Anonymous said...

Thems at it again in nerdland. ARM RISC processors better than Intel x86 as it powers the k supercomputer.

k supercomputer only good at supercomputer stuff and ARM is not fully RISC.

Reminds me of the time some bird what wrote for The Guardian said Apple were goodier because their chips used a different end to tell what mode the chip was in such that 000000001 would be 65536 and 100000000 would be 4 294 000 and when asked was it big endian or small endian she did not know but she knew for a fact that the one Apple used was goodier.

Any idea why Cliff Clavin was a huge hit on Cheers?

SAVANT said...

I never met a woman (apart from some bull dykes) who could talk intelligently about deep computing stuff. (As distinct from user interface and other fluffy stuff).

Anonymous said...

Yep she was with the Guardian.

Anonymous said...

Not sure why anyone would think I'm trolling, or even sticking up for Apple. I'm merely making an observation. The list of stuff they've readily abandoned (sometimes much to developers' annoyance)
is pretty long.

These are dead horses they not only didn't flog, they carted them off to the knacker's yard without ceremony:
68000 processors,
Hypercard,
Claris , (These were the goodiest ever)
A/UX,
Dylan,
OpenDoc,
eWorld, AppleLink, MPW, MacApp, Mac OS versions 1 through 9, (these were goodier than anything else eg Linux)
MacTV, Pippin,
The Resource Fork, File & Creator Types, PowerPC processors,
)this is whar made them goodier than anything else)
Cube Mac, .Mac, MobileMe, Ping, Rosetta, Classic Environment, SCSI, (Better than IDE and the one before that which is why Apple was gooder than rivals and why they dropped SCSI)

Floppy Disk Drive, Mac Clones,(Giggles ;) Mac clones were better Apples than Apple's) FireWire,(firewire was better than USB so they moved to USB!)
Gil Amelio.

Once upon a time "apple sucks" in google would lead you to a page listing the inventions by Apple which they got from other sources.

Obnoxious Obama luvs you so he he he
Whats that you say Karlin Lillington?

Anonymous said...

Not entirely true. Ask anybody who used a computer in the late 80s, early 90s, and Apple was way ahead. SCSI on the desktop? Check.
A completely USB connected home computer? Check. #
In fact, it was likely that Apple's early insistence on cutting edge tech is at least part of the reason nobody bought them until Steve Jobs came back.
SCSI on the desktop? Who the fuck can afford SCSI on the desktop, and why the hell would I need it? I agree however that with core components (processor, graphics card, etc.) Apple's computers are consistently behind PCs. BUT...Apple isn't really interested in selling computers that run Crysis at 2560x5760 in full 3D, because they learned the hard way that such things only serve a niche market. They build PCs like Black & Decker builds coffee makers. You turn it on, it works. Which is exactly why I'll never own an Apple computer. I don't give a shit about user-friendly or stability. I want to play with the naughty bits. I do think in certain areas they are ahead. I hate Apple to the core, but I can't even argue with the quality of the Apple displays. The original iPod scroll wheel was way ahead of its competition, and maybe touchscreen smartphones were inevitable, but the iPhone made it work before anyone else did.

This guy is right ang wrong at the same time. There were touchscreen phones before the Phonie but people did not see them because they had the wrong badge.

SCSI was designed for certain situations and a desktop machine could never justify having it ahead of IDE because it was dearer and its greater speed would never be apparent.

Yes the Guardian writer did write Apple is better because it has SCSI.

He also omits Firewire being there ahead of USB which was dropped because nobody used Apple's better invention because USB was better.

Mac clones were better Apples than Apple's because the manufacturers made them better.

Anonymous said...

Should Apple continue to make legal claims based on such a generic design patent, design innovation and progress in the industry could be restricted.’ No really considering Apple are the only provider of innovation and progress!!!

- max, london, 27/6/2012 11:37

Defeat for Us consumers as Apple gets look and feel injunction against Samsung

Ooooh! Samsung's European lawyers could not tell the difference between two tablets ..... FROM !) OOPS 10 FEET!

iTunes was developed elsewhere and Apple bought it in because they needed something to work with the iPod whixh was also developed outside Apple.

£399 iOs for something you can get £92 Android version.

I wish apple would just go bust. They rip off their owns fans with substandard technology at vastly inflated prices, yet are largely reliant on samsung to provide the components. Samsung and htc offer much better, far more advanced technology, yet apple, in their infinite greed, take them to court every 5 minutes to try and stamp them out. Solely because they cant compete with the galaxy range. Steve jobs created a monster....

- luke, wirral, 27/6/2012 11:15

Hard to make a tablet look much like anything other than a tablet. Regardless of who manufactures it.

- Surreymac, Surbiton, 27/6/2012 11:01

The overpriced iPhone which they sued Samsung to try to stop one of their products being launched was a lot like the LG Prada which was launched previous to the iPhone.

The Commodore PET was out before the original Apple but fanboys do nor recognize this fact.

Must wait to see what Karlin Lillington has to write on this development tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

10 ways iPad will forever change education

Why the big push for Apple's iPad to be used in education when Android tablets are cheaper?

It sort of reminds me of the big push of bringing in africans from the world's most unsuccessful continent will lead to economic growth.

Anonymous said...

$36 000 worth of MacBooks destroyed by urine

Local police were called to Upper Allen Elementary School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday after teachers discovered the boy had relieved himself on around 30 laptops.

The expensive technology, which had been sitting unattended on a cart in a school hallway, was 'damaged beyond repair', police said.

$36 000 worth of computers left unattended. The Commonwealth has not much common sense.

Anonymous said...

Apple think different

Anonymous said...

"I'm sorry but I have to call you out there. The browser war involving IE vs Netscape was partially won by IE being bundled with Windows making the downloading of Netscape redundant. I'd wager another big reason for Netscape losing the war simply was because it was SHIT compared to IE 4. I distinctly remember switcing from Netscape to IE 4 and then IE 5 because IE was, believe it or not, fast and snappy whereas Netscape had degraded into a bloated, crappy shell of its former self. Making the effort to download a browser which was worse than that supplied by the operating system didn't make sense. It was only until better browsers like Firefox came on the scene that IE finally lost its dominance - proving that people WILL use something superior to a bundled application if it's better."

IE9 cannot stand it.

"You're aware that OS/2 was awesome, but ,IBM sucked at marketing it and getting it out there, right? Sure, MS pulled out and went on to create NT, but IBM dropped the ball.

WordPerfect was great, until they couldn't keep up with innovation. Ever use Wordperfect for Windows back then? Most people kept using the DOS version. Netware shot themselves in the foot with the slowness of implementing TCP/IP reliably instead of relying on their crappy network architectures. By the time they got a reliable stack in the OS/client, it was far too late. You have an argument with Netscape (which MS got beaten with in anti-trust courts). DrDOS was too little, too late - Windows had already started and no one wanted command line operating systems anymore on home computers...

So, please, when you list companies like you did, realize that most of them failed on their own in the face of competition. Sure, Nutscrape was smashed because of MS putting IE in every copy of Windows 95+, but the rest, well, happened for their own doings. Had MS not innovated, someone else would have. Was the other companies' fault for not keeping up."


WordPerfect 5.1 was just the best word processing software ever and WP made 6.0 + the Windows versions harder to use such that Word picked up the younger cohort who had never used WP5.1.

Word showed how little those who type for a living are worth to "management" by having changes made which meant typists liked to have an old amchine with with the old version around because the new improved version changed the way something was done.

Same thing with Excel. The previous version was used to set up the spreadsheet and it only went to the new improved version when you needed a feature that was in that and not in the other.

OS X 10.6 or whatever we are onto now has slowed down many things which annoys the user but fanbois insist it is a feature.

Anonymous said...

Firefox 13.01 downloading 19.7 mb update.

Will this be an improvement?

HP downloaded a couple of 100 mb and from what I read this was all an effort to stop reconditioned ink being used by the printer.

Anonymous said...

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard Just ask.
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses,
SNS
[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you
Zuck: People just submitted it. Zuck: I don't know why.
Zuck: They "trust me"
Zuck: Dumb fucks.

How to be rich and successful in corporate America: be a selfish, backstabbing cunt with no conscience!

Worked for Jobs eventually.

Anonymous said...

#1 Yesterday on Newstalk,an American IT entrepreneur claimed that about 20,000 IT jobs remained unfilled in Ireland because of the shortage of high level IT skills and that the government's policy and practices on visas prevent recruitment of highly skilled IT workers from outside the EU to fill those positions.

#2 I have a masters and degree in CS from an internationally reputable (sort of) Irish university, and i've gone through...10+ interviews for entry level positions only to be told time and again that don't have enough experience. I feel like i do have enough, but fair enough. I'd assume that i'm just not suited to these positions, except i'm not the only person i know in the same situation.

I have a friend who has a PhD in CS, and had spent the better part of a year looking at, basically, entry level positions, being told time and again that he doesn't have enough experience. He's just gotten a job, coincidentally, but it took a surprising amount of time and he witnessed a surprising amount of rejection. To take this guy, as an example, he has a PhD, and before the doctorate had several years of industrial experience, so it just doesn't make sense to say that he doesn't have enough experience. He wasn't going for employers or positions that would be 'intimidated' by a person with a doctorate; it'd have been highly appropriate in most places. And he's not the only one i know of.

So what's the deal? Surely employers don't simply want to exploit workers and get more experience for a paltry cost? You don't seriously think that it'd be a good idea to flood one of our few healthyish job sectors with cheap asian workers

Where did all this technology bullshit come from? I read your blog for laughs and bigotry

I too wonder about why we need asians and I remember the sketch of interview candidates been given materils to make something.

Someone made a replica of the leaning tower of Pisa but the guy who got the job was the guy who stuck a clothes peg to his lipas he was obviously no threat to the interviewer.

I think thta covers laughs and bigotry?

Anonymous said...

uridium
Member since:
2009-08-20

Short story from a while ago. Buy an apple mbp. Get the completely all-singing-dancing edition. 5800$. It has the T7800 Extreme Ed CPU at 2.66Ghz, it has the 8600GTS GPU. It has 4gb ram. it has 7200rpm disk. It has the glossy screen. This model was later dubbed the "Chernobyl" edition. So much heat. Does apple go "Oh! we made a defective product and we should replace it?" No. They push out a firmware patch that limits:
a) GPU Max speed. Framerate in games now halves till the system still gets too hot, then slows further when it gets hotter.
b) hdd is perpetually going to sleep after 3 mins.
c) CPU now never goes over 2ghz. Ever. Even when loaded with an program I wrote that smashes both cores doing intensive transaction processing.

So.. why did I spend all that money for a fast laptop that is now beaten by the bottom entry of the same series? Because I paid for the privilege.

Get used to companies nerfing your product via updates for any reason they want. Legal or otherwise.

Amazon did something with the Kindle where they remotely wiped books that they sold as ebooks that they were not allowed to.

Big bother r watching you!

Anonymous said...

Another Apple first (Score:5, Funny)
by GameboyRMH

iOS - the first operating system with package management that doesn't run hash-checks on installer packages to check for corruption. That's right, Apple did it first!


AND YOU NON-BELIEVERS DID NOT BELIEVE THAT APPLE WAS INNOVATIVE NOW TELL ME WHAT OTHER PACKAGE MANAGER CANNOT BE ARSED TO USE A CHECKSUM AND SO DOWNLOADS UNUSABLE SOFTWARE FROM THE APP STORE? THAT IS RIGHT NONE! YOU BASTARDS DID NOT DESERVE STEVE JOBS!

Sent from my mortuary temple: (Score:5, Funny)

You're coding it wrong.

-Steve


Liar! He'd say something like "Just try not installing it in that way"

Anonymous said...

Apple are the Serena Williams of tech.*

Microsoft buying instartups and putting that technology into use does not count as innovation.

Apple buying in Siri for phones, CUPS for printers, NeXT for the OS, iTunes from a startup to control the iPod from its designer,and other stuff all count as being innovative.

You would not understand as you are not a journalist.

* By Serena of tech I do not mean that they have a huge huge arse but that the footfaults are not seen just as Jobs parking in the handicapped zone is met with Dude got cancer but not in frigging 1980s ah man he owned the company he could park wherever he wanted no the dudes who bought shares owned the company and when his stupidity was threatening to bankrupt the company he was correctly sacked. Yes Serena has a 99.9999999999999999999999999999999%
Steve Jobs sized arse.

Anonymous said...

Was it Commodore who introduced the GUI to the desktop and as journalists did not use them they never noticed?

Anonymous said...

"They disparaged GUIs and the whole idea of user-friendly computing until the Mac proved them wrong."

MS was the original champion of the Mac. Word and Excel were developed for the Mac.

(Edit here: Bill gates wrote a famous memo to Apple telling them how much money there was to be made licensing the OS. Apple being Apple did not understand what customers are.)

"Then it took them years to recognize the importance of the Internet"

Windows had TCP/IP and a dialer built in years before Mac OS.

"so they killed the competition by illegally leveraging their monopoly on Windows desktops"

MS did many things much worse in business but being sued over including a browser was stupid.

I ran a small ISP. I was a Netscape promoter until 4.0 which still didn't have a working dialer. I had bought tens of thousands of dollars in Netscape licenses but they still treated me like an annoyance because I wasn't a fortune 500 company. MS was very friendly and responsive. I could email their developers directly and get a patched utility in a week. I was friends with all the other ISP owners in the state and knew many other small ISP's owners across the country from conventions and corporate buyout meetings. They all told the same story, "I wanted to give Netscape to customers, but 4.0 is a mess."

"With the competition dead, they stalled IE development and set back web innovation by a decade until Firefox broke the market back open."

Blaming MS for IE not being developed quick enough is like blaming Apple for not coming out with the iPhone in 2001.

" It has never been an innovation leader."

No large company innovates. Apple copies everything too. iPod, iPhone, all-in-one form factor, mac mini, ultra-thin laptop: It was all done by other companies years before.

Love, loathe or just use their stuff MS responded to their customers needs whereas Apple still dictate what they want their customer to do. they would be the equivalent of the guardian sophisticated and cool and too good for The Sun readers who actually do stuff.

Anonymous said...

To: John Sculley, Jean Louis Gassée
From: Bill Gates, Jeff Raikes
Date: June 25, 1985
Re: Apple Licensing of Mac Technology

cc: Jon Shirley

Background

Apple's stated position in personal computers is innovative technology leader. This position implies that Apple must create a standard on new, advanced technology. They must establish a "revolutionary" architecture, which necessarily implies new development incompatible with existing architectures.

Apple must make Macintosh a standard. But no personal computer company, not even IBM, can create a standard without independent support. Even though Apple realized this, they have not been able to gain the independent support required to be perceived as a standard.

The significant investment (especially independent support) in a "standard personal computer" results in an incredible momentum for its architecture. Specifically, the IBM PC architecture continues to receive huge investment and gains additional momentum. (Though clearly the independent investment in the Apple II, and the resulting momentum, is another great example.) The investment in the IBM architecture includes development of differentiated compatibles, software and peripherals; user and sales channel education; and most importantly, attitudes and perceptions that are not easily changed.

Any deficiencies in the IBM architecture are quickly eliminated by independent support. Hardware deficiencies are remedied in two ways:

expansion cards made possible because of access to the bus (e.g. the high resolution Hercules graphics card for monochrome monitors)
manufacture of differentiated compatibles (e.g. the Compaq portable, or the faster DeskPro).

The closed architecture prevents similar independent investment in the Macintosh. The IBM architecture, when compared to the Macintosh, probably has more than 100 times the engineering resources applied to it when investment of compatible manufacturers is included. The ratio becomes even greater when the manufacturers of expansion cards are included.

Conclusion

As the independent investment in a "standard" architecture grows, so does the momentum for that architecture. The industry has reached the point where it is now impossible for Apple to create a standard out of their innovative technology without support from, and the resulting credibility of other personal computer manufacturers. Thus, Apple must open the Macintosh architecture to have the independent support required to gain momentum and establish a standard.

The Mac has not become a standard

The Macintosh has failed to attain the critical mass necessary for the technology to be considered a long term contender:

Since there is no "competition" to Apple from "Mac-compatible" manufacturers, corporations consider it risky to be locked into the Mac, for reasons of price AND choice.
Apple has reinforced the risky perception of the machine by being slow to come out with software and hardware improvements (e.g. hard disk, file server, bigger screen, better keyboard, larger memory, new ROM, operating software with improved performance). Furthermore, killing the Macintosh X/L (Lisa) eliminated the alternative model that many businesses considered necessary.
Recent negative publicity about Apple hinders the credibility of the Macintosh as a long term contender in the personal computer market.
Independent software and hardware manufacturers reinforced the risky perception of the machine by being slow to come out with key software and peripheral products.
Apple's small corporate account sales force has prevented it from having the presence, training, support, etc. that large companies would recognize and require.

Anonymous said...

Nationalistic pressures in European countries often force foreign to consumers [sic] choose local manufacturers. Europeans have local suppliers of the IBM architecture, but not Apple. Apple will lose ground in Europe as was recently exhibited in France.

Recommendation

Apple should license Macintosh technology to 3-5 significant manufacturers for the development of "Mac Compatibles":

United States manufacturers and contacts:

Ideal companies—in addition to credibility, they have large account sales forces that can establish the Mac architecture in larger companies:

AT&T, James Edwards
Wang, An Wang
Digital Equipment Corporation, Ken Olsen
Texas Instruments, Jerry Junkins
Hewlett Packard, John Young

Other companies (but perhaps more realistic candidates):

Xerox, Elliott James or Bob Adams
Motorola, Murray A. Goldman
Harris/Lanier, Wes Cantrell
NBI, Thomas S. Kavanagh
Burroughs, W. Michael Blumenthal and Stephen Weisenfeld
Kodak
3M
CPT

European manufacturers:

Siemens
Bull
Olivetti
Phillips

Apple should license the Macintosh technology to US and European companies in a way that allows them to go to other companies for manufacturing. Sony, Kyocera, and Alps are good candidates for OEM manufacturing of Mac compatibles.

Microsoft is very willing to help Apple implement this strategy. We are familiar with the key manufacturers, their strategies and strengths. We also have a great deal of experience in OEMing system software..


Rationale

The companies that license Mac technology would add credibility to the Macintosh architecture.
These companies would broaden the available product offerings through their "Mac-compatible" product lines:
they would each innovate and add features to the basic system: various memory configurations, video display and keyboard alternatives, etc.
Apple would lever the key partners' abilities to produce a wide variety of peripherals, much faster than Apple could develop the peripherals themselves.
customers would see competition and would have real price/performance choices.
Apple will benefit from the distribution channels of these companies.
The perception of a significantly increased potential installed base will bring the independent hardware, software, and marketing support that the Macintosh needs.
Apple will gain significant, additional marketing support. Everytime a Mac compatible manufacturer advertises, it is an advertisement for the Apple architecture.
Licensing Mac compatibles will enhance Apple's image as a technological innovator. Ironically, IBM is viewed as being a technological innovator. This is because compatible manufacturers are afraid to innovate too much and stray from the standard.


It is interesting to note when Apple licensed clones the clone makers made better faster machines cheaper.

The only reason Apple got the Sony disk was because Jobs insisted that Apple build their own and the Sony engineer who was helping Apple to gey it ready for the Mac would be asked to hide when Jobs was around which gives rise to the joke that he hid in the Supplies closet and when Jobs entered the room he jumped out yelling "supplies!".

Innovative my ass! to quote Cohagen from Total Recall

Anonymous said...

(Whispers) When did Apple go 32 bit?

Anonymous said...

It was recently the 35th anniversary of the TRS-80 which was the first consumer pc yet this was missed by our media. Why?

SAVANT said...

anon 23.41. because MS invented the PC! (LoL)

Anonymous said...

At least PCs work in the technology world (Unlike IT tech journalists)whereas PC has been a big failure in the real world if only people would realise that.

Anonymous said...

The article on the TRS-80 also laid to rest the myth that Apple dominated the home computer market and this was proven by an Apple user.
Obviously not the PC loving type!

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Apple Samsung court case some company sued on the basis that they created virtual desktops and a working Commodore Amiga from 1985 was brought in proving that lawyers are winning this case.

Anonymous said...

Sir Tim Berners-Lee got a Knighthood from creating the WWW on his Next machine and if you had put as much effort into using it properly perhaps writing
Dark skinned Johnnies NO! You have your own continent we do not need you coming over here bringing TB and an ability to engage in activities that fill our jails.

Then again this would be 100% useful so I suppose it would have been ignored.

Anonymous said...

The proponents of the 40% of boards being broads uses Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina as examples of capable wimminz

Anonymous said...

Eternauta

09/16/12 10:00 AM

-34

Everyone who's reading this on a non-Apple device is functionally retarded and must be shot. We don't need PC-tards in the human gene pool.

Read more: Why Peyton Manning is the Steve Jobs of the NFL

I cannot think why Apple users are lloked down on for being iDiots - can you?

Anonymous said...

Interesting in the Savile thing in that the woman who voted to let the BBC pay off Entwistle is married to the BBC technology expert who knows absolutely nothing about anything not made by Apple. Well he is a technology expert.

Anonymous said...

Gil Amelio had Apple on the right track he was sacked to make Jobs CEO.

Then Jobs "discovered" the work that was being done under Amelio and it was his.

Anonymous said...

I've told this story on /. before when OS/2 stories come about. OS/2 had the unfortunate luck of coming out at a time when IBM was running/trying to run all of its divisions as separate companies. Case in point: I had some true blue IBM PCs (PS/ValuePoints IIRC) with true blue IBM 5250 (minicomputer terminal) emulator cards, trying to connect them to true blue IBM System/38s and AS/400s (The predecessors to the iSeries). I could not get the emulator cards to work with the OS/2 installed on the PCs, and the IBM support people told me point blank that they did not support OS/2 with their cards and to get it to work I would need to install Windows 3.1. So my nascent OS/2 rollout at the company I worked for was stopped dead in its tracks because even IBM wouldn't support OS/2. It's a shame because OS/2 was superior in almost every way to the Windows of the same era.

Actually, there was a cynical joke about IBM being 12 different companies on 5 different continents, none of whom were on speaking terms with each other that dates all the way back to at least the early 1980's.

OS/2 just helped prove the point.

The top management were clueless.

Anonymous said...

Louis Gestertner signed up with that diversity crap crowd.

He might not have been in charge when the mini guys at IBM refused to support OS/2 wanting $20 000 for a TCP?IP stack which Microsoft was not charging for Windows 3.1. Very altruistic of Microsoft no?

Also the OS/2 programmers were not allowed to have multiple input streams which meant that one window at a time could be active at a time because the AS/400 people refused them permission as they wanted to lessen the attracriveness of an OS they did not want on machines that they did not want the company selling.

Miicrosoft helpfully agreed with the AS/400 people.

Anonymous said...

Apple dump Samsung retina screens for LG ones. These are not as good and get screen burns. Selling defective products again?

You are looking at them wrong?