In January of 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh and an innovative and arresting television advertisement, directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down). In the ad, a Big Brother (Orwell's 1984) figure on a huge screen speaks about "gardens of pure ideology, one people, one cause" to a crowd human automatons.
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Niall Kennedy's second Tech Session event is moving upscale. The first Tech Session was at CNET's offices in San Francisco, a ground floor office space.
Steve Jobs took on the music and film industry, built a walled garden around Apple's DRM and iPod platform, became Disney's biggest shareholder and now has to deal with bringing the Beatles into line with the Apple Corps v. Apple Computer trademark lawsuit.
Fresh off a $12 million capital infusion, Six Apart has joined the widget revolution, opening up its blog platform for developers to create companion applications for TypePad. So far, 33 TypePad widgets are available, ranging from commerce and games to content and search--and they are free.
Video: Guy Kawasaki worked for Steve Jobs twice, although he doesn't necessarily recommend it. "At least once is a good experience," he said.
Quote of the day: I know it's early in the day, U.S.
Peter Yared, formerly of Sun and now CEO of ActiveGrid, posted an open letter to Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz regarding open sourcing Java on his blog. Here's the text:Dear Jonathan,Long time no see!
With the 30th anniversary of the Apple coming up on April 1, news.com has gathered some photos (here and here) from Apple software pioneer Bill Atkinson of user interface developments that first appeared on the Lisa and subsequently on the Macintosh.
Emery County, in Eastern Utah isn't a very big place, at least by population--there are only around 10,500 people. So you wouldn't expect Emery County to be a hotbed of voting activism, but one person, the County Clerk, has taken a courageous stand that has landed him in some hot water.
The BBC reports that the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), whose members are Congressional appointees, wants to begin an official probe into Lenovo's $13 million contract to sell 16,000 ThinkCentre desktop computers to the U.S.