Friday, 11 August 2006
Thursday, 10 August 2006
Wednesday, 9 August 2006
I also liked his final comment:-
"And besides, it’s a testament to Apple that they routinely produce products that are worth speculating about. When I get a new Microsoft product in the mail it’s often like that moment when you’ve got both feet on the brakes but you know that the car can’t possibly stop in time. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You just hope it won’t hurt too much."
Monday, 7 August 2006
The more I think about this (see last post), the more I think Apple have the right angle: they're putting the 'personal' back into personal computing. They're driving home the idea of their boxes being specialist media manipulators. As media becomes ever more digital, especially at the personal level, these tools increasingly become as indispensable as the gadgets they supplement - the glue between your camera, your music collection, your video and whatever network you want to communicate over.
What's especially poignant is that these feature all require rock solid hardware at the client end, unlike office applications that can be (and are increasingly) run over a network from a central server (eg. webmail).
Sunday, 6 August 2006
Which leads me to conclude that the next mainstream OS will not be desktop-based. It will be hosted by central servers. Consumers' security concerns can be alleviated by tight integration with keyfobs, and possibly a light, encrypted local instance of the OS running on linux (maybe even on the keyfob).
The enterprise OS is a different story: the winner there will not necessarily be the most technologically advanced, but just the one who wins the skillset wars.
Where are the tech dev skills? Somebody give me a Google Earth overlay of tech dev skills: geography and skill type. That will lead to the next paradigm.