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Posts from — December 2007

Ten Big Predictions for Apple in 2008

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Daniel Eran Dilger
What’s Apple going to be up to in 2008? The previous article looked at clues from the Newton MessagePad to the iPhone. Here’s a look at the potential future of the rest of Apple’s businesses, from hardware to software to services.

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December 29, 2007   54 Comments

Newton Rising: Is the Next iPhone Device a G3 MessagePad?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Rumor sites have long been atwitter about Apple resurrecting the Newton MessagePad. While officially dead for nearly a decade, those rumors got a boost this year when Steve Jobs rolled out the iPhone as a combination “mobile phone, iPod, and breakthrough Internet device.” The iPhone first appeared to be Jobs’ version of the Newton, but after the iPod Touch revealed Apple’s long term plans for targeting a wider range of devices, the idea of a tablet assistant gained new credence as a realistic possibility. What does Apple’s past reveal about its future? Here’s a look.

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December 27, 2007   84 Comments

Daniel Lyons Cries Wolf: The Real Bill Gates Behind the Fake Steve Jobs

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Forbes’ Dan Lyons, author of the Fake Steve Jobs blog, decided it would be entertaining to parody the unplugging of ThinkSecret by pretending his own blog was under threat from Apple. Except that in order to do that, he had to stop pretending to be FSJ and start pretending that the real Steve Jobs was threatening him. That’s where he left the world of parody and reentered the familiar territory of lucrative scandal.

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December 23, 2007   52 Comments

The New Apple Patent: WGA Evil or iPhone Knievel?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
In another example of the “Apple is the new Microsoft” campaign, Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer recently reported his speculation that patents Apple filed related to restricted execution of applications were not only similar to Microsoft’s notorious Windows Genuine Advantage spyware, but actually a bit worse. That’s wrong, here’s why.

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December 22, 2007   19 Comments

Larry Dignan’s Zune Fantasy Highlights CNET’s ZDNet Blogger Credibility Problems

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Daniel Eran Dilger
CNET’s ZDnet bloggers are becoming a parody of themselves in a mad rush to see who can serve up the most inane example of bottom feeding. Somewhat ironically, their excitement for all things Microsoft has been picked up by a major news source: as a joke.

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December 21, 2007   10 Comments

Vista vs Mac OS X Security: Why George Ou’s ZDNet Vulnerability Numerology is Absurd

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Notorious Zoon Award winner George Ou is again trying to convince the world that Mac OS X’s security is in shambles while Microsoft has solved the security crisis it created, at least for users of new PCs and when excluding that pesky problem of vast existing networks of compromised Windows bots that plague us all with mountains of spam no matter what platform we use.

This time, the problem isn’t just his penchant for getting facts wrong, failing to understand anything about the subjects he writes, orchestrating elaborate conspiracy theories, or dramatically casting derision on anyone who corrects him. Instead, he’s teamed up with ZDNet cohorts to disingenuously present false information he knows is wrong because he’s been corrected about posting vulnerability statistics from Secunia without context before.

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December 21, 2007   28 Comments

Using iPod & iPhone Video Out: Background and In-Depth Review

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Daniel Eran Dilger
This year, Apple gave the iPhone and the new Classic, Touch, and Nano models improved TV out features while harmonizing the AV cables used by its entire product line. Here’s a look at what’s what’s changed, a review of Apple’s recently released AV Cable kits, why the invented controversy about Apple’s new cables is simply misinformed, and how using an iPod for video output compares against Apple TV.

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December 20, 2007   9 Comments

Symbiotic: What Apple Does for Open Source

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Daniel Eran Dilger
It is popular among Windows Enthusiasts to dismiss Apple’s use of open source as both a self-serving crutch to offset the company’s imagined inability to write its own code–insisting that Mac OS X is really just FreeBSD with some extra graphics tacked on is a common meme among certain wags–and also a one-sided grab that takes more than it gives. In reality, Apple does a variety of things for the open source community that are often ignored. Here’s a closer look.

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December 18, 2007   12 Comments

Advancing Software Reuse of Linux, Windows Code on the Mac

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple appears to be following up its successful strategy of enabling code reuse of software designed for Unix/Linux through work on new efforts to sample existing code tied to Windows. Here’s what’s involved.

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December 17, 2007   19 Comments

Why Microsoft’s Copy-Killing Has Reached a Dead End.

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Microsoft’s rapid rise to power and its ability to hold onto control over the PC desktop throughout the 90s has long been revered by pundits as a classic example of copying an existing business model and then defeating all competition through price efficiencies, despite the fact that Microsoft’s Windows software has only ever gotten progressively more expensive with the passing of time. This copy-killing strategy, also described as “embrace, extend, and extinguish,” is now reaching a dead end. Here’s why.

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December 16, 2007   34 Comments

Soviet Microsoft: Stockholm Syndrome Among Unswitchable Windows Users

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Commenting on the article “Soviet Microsoft: How Resistance to Free Markets and Open Ideas Will the Unravel the Software Superpower,” reader Harvey Lubin extended the analogy between Microsoft and the Soviet Union by describing how many of Microsoft’s customers have developed a Stockholm Syndrome that prevents them from seeing or readily adopting alternatives.

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December 15, 2007   48 Comments

Canalys, Symbian: Apple iPhone Already Leads Windows Mobile in US Market Share, Q3 2007

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Daniel Eran Dilger
In its first full quarter of sales, the iPhone has already climbed past Microsoft’s entire lineup of Windows Mobile smartphones in North America, according to figures compiled by Canalys and published by Symbian. That puts the iPhone ahead of smartphones running Symbian, Linux, and the Palm OS, but behind the first place RIM BlackBerry. The figures mesh with retail sales data already reported by NPD, which similarly described the size of the US market with a 27% chunk bit out by Apple’s iPhone.

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December 14, 2007   92 Comments

Soviet Microsoft: How Resistance to Free Markets and Open Ideas Will the Unravel the Software Superpower

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Somewhat ironically, one of the most financially successful capitalist companies of the 90s has positioned itself as a modern counterpart to the old communist Soviet Union. Microsoft’s ideological contempt for and resistance to free markets and the open expression and propagation of fresh ideas and technologies is not only a close parallel of the old USSR, but also a clear reflection of why Microsoft is currently failing and why its troubles have only just begun. Here’s a comprehensive look at why this is the case.

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December 13, 2007   90 Comments

Should Apple TV Copy Tivo and Media Center?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
With Apple holding onto 91% of the market for digital video downloads, one might think that the company’s rapid ascendancy in movie sales would have received more attention by the media. Instead, reporters have suggested reasons why the figures don’t really matter and analysts are offering their advice on how to “fix” Apple’s digital strategy. Most of the suggestions involve Apple stooping to copy the failure of Microsoft’s DRM-centric rental revocations or the Media Center/Tivo DVR money pit between the rock of cable providers and the hard place of consumers looking for cheap hardware.

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December 12, 2007   35 Comments

Apple TV Digital Disruption at Work: iTunes Takes 91% of Video Download Market

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Daniel Eran Dilger
This quarter’s NPD report on video downloads flies in the face of claims made by certain analysts claiming to have the answers required to turn around the supposed “failure” of Apple TV. Echoing his earlier claims that iTunes faced a dire future, Forrester Research’s James McQuivey recently took Apple TV to task, fretting that his guesstimate of sales didn’t match his earlier sales prediction. Based on McQuivey’s guesswork, Silicon Alley Insider’s Dan Frommer offered suggestions for “fixing” it.

While it has become fashionable to mimic the complaints of others when talking about Apple TV, the more shocking reality is that the product is actually working as intended to strengthen Apple’s plans for the digital disruption of television. Here’s why.

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December 11, 2007   46 Comments