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Sun, Oracle save Microsoft’s Pink after Danger data disaster

Daniel Eran Dilger

Microsoft has announced the restoration of Sidekick users’ contacts as the first milestone in recovering data it lost in the cloud computing disaster affecting its Danger subsidiary, while a new source explains why the restoration was possible without a backup and why it is taking so long.

Sun, Oracle save Microsoft’s Pink after Danger data disaster
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October 21, 2009   12 Comments

Apple’s new 27 inch iMac designed to also work as a display

27 inch iMac as a display

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple has designed its new 27“ iMac model to serve as an external display for DisplayPort devices such as recent MacBook and MacBook Pros.

Apple’s new 27 inch iMac designed to also work as a display

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October 21, 2009   7 Comments

Microsoft’s Pink/Danger backup problem blamed on Roz Ho

Roz Ho

Daniel Eran Dilger

A fourth source has added new insight into Microsoft’s Danger datacenter disaster, pinning the root cause directly on Pink Project leader Roz Ho rather than Microsoft’s third party vendors, which the company is itself seeking to scapegoat.
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October 15, 2009   45 Comments

Lance Ulanoff and Robbie Bach explain why library size doesn’t matter for WiMo apps vs the iPhone

Daniel Eran Dilger

Lance Ulanoff, the man who in 2003 wrote that an obscure flaw in Mac OS X Jaguar made it “just as vulnerable as Microsoft Windows” during a year that businesses suffered $55 billion in virus-related losses due to their use of Windows, who in 2006 wrote a diatribe reviling bloggers so masterfully link-baiting that John Dvorak ‘bowed in awe,’ and who served as the canary in the coal mine last year in warning us all about the dangers of DRM-free music (which he called the “road to ruin”), is now serving as one of the few Windows Enthusiasts ready and willing to advocate for Microsoft’s beleaguered Windows Mobile platform.
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October 14, 2009   29 Comments

Microsoft’s Sidekick/Pink problems blamed on dogfooding and sabotage

Daniel Eran Dilger

Additional insiders have stepped forward to shed more light into Microsoft’s troubled acquisition of Danger, its beleaguered Pink Project, and what has become one of the most high profile Information Technology disasters in recent memory.

Microsoft’s Sidekick/Pink problems blamed on dogfooding and sabotage

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October 12, 2009   13 Comments

Microsoft’s Danger SideKick data loss casts dark on cloud computing

Daniel Eran Dilger

Microsoft has demonstrated that the dark side of cloud computing has no silver linings. After a major server outage occurred on its watch last weekend, users dependent on the company have just been informed that their personal data and photos “has almost certainly been lost.”

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October 11, 2009   6 Comments

Podcast: Adobe Flash, Shill bloggers, Windows 7, and terrible Microsoft hardware

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about Adobe Flash, FCC rules on bloggers who take gear for favorable reviews, Windows 7, and terrible Microsoft hardware. You can tune into the live stream Thursday October 8 at 6 PM PST, or listen to podcast episodes via iTunes, and subscribe to the Tech Night Owl RSS feed at:

The Tech Night Owl LIVE with Gene Steinberg

Recent episodes:

September 17, 2009 Zune HD, Flip video and the iPod nano.
August 27, 2009 Windows 7 and Snow Leopard.
July 30, 2009, Windows 7, netbooks, and the Apple tablet.
July 9, 2009, Mozilla and Opera fight to make Ogg Theora the official codec of HTML 5.
June 18, 2009, Microsoft Enthusiasts
May 21, 2009, talking about Windows 7
March 19, 2009, talking about the iPhone 3.0 SDK
February 26, 2009, covering the Apple stockholder meeting
January 8, 2009, covering Apple’s last Macworld Expo

Earlier episodes I’ve participated on:

Oct 16 08
Oct 2 08
July 31 08
June 12 08
May 1 08
Mar 20 08
Jan 31 08
Jan 3 08
Nov 8 07
Sep 20 07
Aug 9 07
Jun 14 07
Apr 26 07
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October 8, 2009   No Comments

Gartner declares Android a second place winner in 2012. Why?

Daniel Eran Dilger

Looking into its crystal ball, Gartner Group has predicted that Google’s Android will become the second largest smartphone platform by 2012. Problem is, nobody’s talking about how terrible Gartner is at predicting things, or that Gartner’s “research” has historically been paid for by special interests. So why the headlines?

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October 8, 2009   36 Comments

Please, Apple: Create a Finder Store

Daniel Eran Dilger

Dear Apple: you did something great by creating a marketplace for mobile software in the iPhone App Store. Now bring that to the Mac desktop. Here’s how.

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October 3, 2009   28 Comments

Apple plans Mighty Mouse makeover

30 years of mouse evolution

Prince McLean and Kasper Jade

Twenty five years after introducing the world to mouse-based computing, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is now hoping to deliver significant advances to the input device by applying the company’s extensive research and development in multitouch technologies, AppleInsider has learned.

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October 2, 2009   15 Comments

Why Apple is betting on Light Peak with Intel: a love story

Apple chips and Intel

Daniel Eran Dilger

Despite Apple’s investments in developing its own custom ARM microchips in place of using Intel’s Atom mobile processors, the company has reached out to Intel as a partner to drive the adoption of the new Light Peak specification for optical cabling. A look at Apple’s historical use of ports explains why it is doing this.

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September 30, 2009   11 Comments

Report: Apple pushed Intel to develop Light Peak cabling

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Following a demonstration by Intel of an advanced new optical data port called Light Peak, a new report says Apple actually brought the concept to Intel and that the new standard will play “a hugely important role” in upcoming Apple products.

Report: Apple pushed Intel to develop Light Peak cabling
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September 26, 2009   20 Comments

AT&T fires back at Google on net neutrality rules

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

AT&T has written the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau to insist that any new net neutrality rules need be apply to everyone in the industry, including web companies like Google.

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September 26, 2009   13 Comments

The Tech Crunch ‘Apple Backlash’ Myth

Daniel Eran Dilger

According to a variety of pundits, many associated with Michael Arrington’s Tech Crunch, Apple is facing a backlash from users that promises to leave the iPhone and its App Store phenomenon a short-lived ‘flash in the pan.’ They’re wrong, here’s why.
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September 25, 2009   38 Comments

Why Apple is betting on HTML 5: a web history

HTML timeline

Daniel Eran Dilger

Despite making the vast majority of its money from hardware sales, Apple is investing heavily in shaping the future of software. One example of this pertains to HTML 5 and related web standards.

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September 19, 2009   32 Comments