Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

Apple: The Most Valuable Company in the History of the World

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Today Apple became the most valuable publicly traded company of all time. Not bad for the once “beleaguered” company which has been declared dead more times than pretty much any other company.

Here’s a quick history of the company pre-iPhone:

And here’s a quick visual look at of a few of Apple’s computers over the years:

“No wireless. Less space than a Nomad. Lame.”

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Ten year’s ago today, Apple released the iPod. Few could see where this little device would end up taking Apple. (Certainly not this guy.)

The headline is Commander Taco’s famous dismissive evaluation of the device on Slashdot, for those of you too young or too old to get the reference…

(Hat tip: Bill Crider.)

Siri Says the Darnedest Things (With a side of George Alec Effinger)

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

This piece on the things Apple’s new voice assistant Siri says in response to various questions is pretty funny, as the Apple programmers have gone out of their way to offer some clever, amusing answers to a surprisingly wide variety of queries.

What the piece reminded me of was the snide, sentient, semi-malevolent electronic chess game in George Alec Effinger’s “My Old Man,” which (if you squint a little) could double as Siri’s Evil Twin. I provided the introduction to it in Live From Planet Earth, and I do think it’s a really swell (and underrated) story. (I still have one copy of Live From Planet Earth available through Lame Excuse Books, but you should be able to find it wherever better SF books are sold.)

Steve Wozniak Remembers Steve Jobs

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Here’s Apple co-founder remembering his friend and partner Steve Jobs:

“He was lucky to have me in the beginning, but I am incredibly lucky to have him for everything in my life.”

I’ve met Woz a couple of times, and he’s always struck me as a really nice guy.

(Hat tip: Joy of Tech.)

What is Steve Jobs Greatest Accomplishment?

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Given his recent passing, I thought I would put up a poll on what product represents Steve Jobs’ greatest accomplishment:

What is the greatest innovation Steve Jobs helped usher into the world?
iPad free polls 

Well Crap: Steve Jobs, RIP

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Dead at 56.

Sort of humbling to consider he was only ten years older than I am.

Very few people can say they truly changed the world. He did.

And, in the interest of providing actual content:

  • The Slashdot thread.
  • The Fark thread.
  • And this seems appropriate:

    And here’s his commencement address to Standford University in 2005:

    Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Update for March 29

    Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
  • Official death toll is at 11,102, with 16,493 people missing.
  • Resulting shortages continue to hit the global supply chain, including the world’s two-largest producers of 12″ silicon wafers for semiconductor fabrication and batteries for Apple’s iPod.
  • It has also resulted in food shortages…at a Calgary specialty grocery store. But thankfully, I’m not seeing any reports of a Pocky shortage…
  • Tsunami overwhelming the city of Kesennuma. This one appeared on Fark:

    More tsunami:

    Tsunami hitting port city, including floating some very big ships past with the debris wake:

    Aerial footage of cars attempting to escape the tsunami:

    This and all previous posts on the Sendai earthquake and tsunami can be found here.

    Japan Tsunami/Earthquake Update for March 16, 2011

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

    A few tidbits of news on the Sendai earthquake/tsunami aftermath in Japan:

  • Confirmed death toll is 4277. Missing toll is 8194.
  • Current estimates are that half a million Japanese are now homeless.
  • A better source for updates on japan’s nuclear reactors: the IAEA. As opposed to sensationalist MSM headlines like this one from CNN: “Japan’s ticking nuclear timebomb”.
  • Serious damage was sustained by the ports of Hachinohe, Hitachi, Hitachinaka, Ishinomaki, Kamaishi, Kashima, Ofunato, Onahama, Sendai-Shiogama and Soma.
  • How the Apple store in Japan helped out in the emergency.
  • Another gallery of aftermath photos.

    I’m not seeing too many new videos worth putting up. You’ve probably seen a lot of this video before, but here’s one long, continuous aerial take of the tsunami coming in:

    More volcano erruption footage:

    To end on an encouraging note, here’s a video of two dogs who survived the earthquake and tsunami:

    This and all previous posts on the Sendai earthquake and tsunami can be found here.

    Fascinating Interview With Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley on Steve Jobs

    Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

    I know it’s already been linked from Slashdot, but this interview with former Apple CEO John Sculley over on Cult of Mac is fascinating reading. It talks about Steve Jobs design-centric perspective, and how it’s lead to every important Apple product. Required reading for anyone interested in high tech, design, or business.

    Dear AT&T: You Have a Problem

    Monday, August 23rd, 2010

    And Dwight has a problem with you.

    (I should note that I too had a problem activating my iPhone, but that my problem was considerably less severe and I was in the Apple store at the time.)