A list of various articles and topics of discussion around Apple. Since they're a secretive company, I tend to avoid opining on a lot of things about them, out of respect for their desire and right to control their own messaging. So I tend to only focus on the trivial for a reason.
Steve Jobs (2015) -
Steve Jobs - Just some articles about a controversial and accomplished person. It's funny, I met him a few times, was in a couple meeting with him, and he knew me by site, and by name: but I don't think both. I wrote articles for Tech Magazines, and sometimes folks would send me something, "Steve read that, and liked that article", sort of stuff. And then we'd be in meetings (in my day-time / non-writing role), or see him on campus, and I would see recognition that he knew me from other meetings or events (sometimes a nod), but he also knew by site/memory that I wasn't someone he had to sell anything. I was never sure if he knew that I was the same person (writing me, and engineering me).
Ricky Gervais - At the 2020 Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais did a monologue that finally told the self-important Hollywood elites how the rest of the country (and world) see them and their sanctimonious speeches at masturbatory award shows. It was the best award monologue ever. He trashed Apple, Amazon, Disney (perhaps unfairly), and the Hollywood elites sanctimony (completely deserved). It took a while to get to the punchline, but the whole thing had its moments, especially watching the Hollywood elites being uncomfortable with finally seeing themselves in the mirror. It almost made me regret not watching the rest of the show.
Memes-Apple - List of memes on Apple. I like Apple. These are pretty gentle.
Mac OS X 10.2 - Jaguar -
Jobs (2013) -
Graphical User Interface - History of Graphical User Interface (GUI). Computers originally started off with users (mostly programmers), having to learn a lot to do anything. Originally, you couldn't even "use" them -- you had to program them before they could do anything. But soon after, the concept of an "Operating System" came about -- an interface for the computer so you could operate it. These used a command line (where you issued commands to the computer). Then we started using Graphical Objects and metaphors for the real world. This article offers some of that history.
Apple's Greatest Misses -
Apple gives $2.5B to affordable housing -
Apple and the Google/Facebook fight - The short version is that Apple Enterprise agreement allows you to install apps directly (without using the store or the store rules), but the requirements are that this is only for internal employees (and can not be used to install on other users machines). As I setup the policy and some enforcement for my company, I'm 100% aware of this and warned internal employees extensively to NOT use this program license to subvert Apple's normal developer or beta program (TestFlight). (Don't side load customers like FB and Google were doing). Facebook and Google both broke those rules, willfully, and had their hand slapped (Apple turned their certificate off) as a warning: breaking all their corporate iOS Apps.
Apple TV+ - Apple TV+ is an subscription video on demand service of Apple, that debuted on November 1, 2019 (announced on March 25th at a Special Event). It is accessible in about 100 countries (fewer than competitors), includes custom programming, but so far is proprietary to Apple devices (no native Android/Windows players).
Apple Park -
Apple China Censorship - Website exposes the how much Apple cooperates with Chinese government to censors (blocks) access to: privacy enhancing apps, western news sources, information about human rights and religious freedoms.
2019.04.19 Apple v Qualcomm - Look, I don't really have a dog in this fight. But according to this article, Apple was trying to destroy Qualcomm through some highly questionable means, and also screwed Intel out of the business and was also possibly behind attacked on Huawei, in a plot to own the cellphone market.
2019.03.14 Apple's App Store Margin - Apple has terms on their App Store that their cut is 30/15% (30% the first year subscriptions or purchase -- 15% on later years of reoccurring subscription). For small companies that have no marketing or facilities for bringing their App to market directly, this is completely reasonable. For larger companies that have their own infrastructure and promotions, and are forced to use Apple's (which they don't need), or those with razor thin margin businesses (like music/content streaming, books, etc), this is monopolistic usery. So it's been a fight since Apple created a one-size-fits-all solution, that doesn't fit everyone well.
2019.01.31 Apple Chairs -
2018.10.28 Unbalanced - 27:1 - Bay Area folks are igno-woke, so I wasn't exactly shocked to find out that Apple donated 27:1 in favor of Democrats ($737,003 to Democrats and just $27,005 to Republicans). That's not as bad as Netflix's 141:1, but it still shows a lack of intellectual and cultural diversity. When Facebook and Google are less biased than you are, that's not a good sign.
2018.08.03 $1 Trillion+ - I remember back in 1996 when everyone was declaring doom and gloom, and gleefully claiming the end of Apple was neigh. I didn't think a company with that much customer demand, and goodwill, and superior technologies over the competition was doomed. I bet against the experts, and became a millionaire.
2016 MacBook Pro w/Touch bar -
2015 iPad Pro (1st Gen) -
2003.05.15 PowerBook Repair -
Don't anthropomorphize companies, they hate that. The same goes for companies, and some people. Apple is neither good nor bad: it is a group of people making products and trying to get returns for investors and customers. That behavior can be good or bad (or a bit of both), depending on how they're doing it.
Sometimes the leadership can be good or bad, or making bad decisions. But mostly, I roll eye's when I see things that vilify the leadership for things that they have a responsibility to do. Tim Cook isn't evil for paying as few taxes as legally possible, and using that money to employ people and create great products -- he would be evil/negligent if he didn't do that, and wasted investors/employees/companies money on things he didn't have to.
List of memes on Apple. I like Apple. These are pretty gentle.
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