Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Dec 2007 10:22 UTC
Legal As we say in Dutch, de kogel is door de kerk: Think Secret will cease all activities after reaching a settlement with Apple in a lawsuit Apple had filed against the website. In exchange for closing down Think Secret, Nick DePlume, its owner, will not have to reveal its sources to Apple. The press release on the Think Secret website reads: "Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published." My take: I have respect for the way DePlume protected his sources; very commendable. I have, however, little respect for Apple in this case (I have written, rather controversially, about it before), and it just scares the living daylights out of me that a company can exert this much power over independent websites.
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People criticize MS as being evil. I'm eternally grateful that MS rather than Apple became the monopolist. We would be paying $2000 for a 100Mhz machine. Also we would be locked into Apples weird and wacky proprietary hardware and software. Think back to NuBus, ADB ports and Mac only monitors. Hell you even needed translation software to exchange files between Macs and PCs.

But at least the software would work ;)

It's fantastic how some 10 years of mismanagement can damage a company. Remember it all started when Sculley forced the original Mac to cost US$2500 instead of the projected US$1500, and the ousting of Steve Jobs in the following year.

The later NeXT computers used pretty industry-standard components as soon as such standards had been created. Really, complaining about NuBus and ADB, which were invented back when neither PCI nor USB had been even invented is ridiculous. And NuBus was a Texas Instruments technology, not Apple's.

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