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.

Dear god, if I hear another 'thank Microsoft for PC's' mythology again, I swear, I'll scream - honestly. This has become the biggest perpetual lie on the internet since Rush spun what Gore said in regards to the creation of the internet.

If the PC didn't take off, something else would haven taken its place - and it wouldn't have been Apple. Its a myth, a lie, a ball of old wives tales to some how claim that we should all be bending over scrapping and worshipping Billy Boy for something that was being in the right place at the right time.

For all we know, it could have been SPARCstations, it could have been Amigas, Atari, Amstrad, or any number of others. And yes, Apple now uses generic PC hardware, but at the same time, people don't purchase hardware, they don't purchase an operating system - they purchase a computer system; the sum of hardware and software. If the hardware and software as a combined force don't perform, it doesn't matter how 'highly specced' the machine is, its useless to the end user.

Its like the incredibly fast car being sold to the grandma who finds that she can't put her golf bag in the back; it doesn't matter how fast the car is, or how impressive is, if she can't get her golf bag in, its a waste of money.

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