Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:54 UTC
Editorial Bob Cringeley makes a bold statement in a blog post responding to Apple's iCloud announcement: "Jobs is going to sacrifice the Macintosh in order to kill Windows." He says, "The incumbent platform today is Windows because it is in Windows machines that nearly all of our data and our ability to use that data have been trapped. But the Apple announcement changes all that. Suddenly the competition isn't about platforms at all, but about data, with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded apps."
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RE[11]: huh????
by MOS6510 on Wed 8th Jun 2011 11:49 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: huh????"
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I first came in to contact with computers around the age of 5 or 6. A number of parents had these Atari 2600 clone game consoles from Philips. The Philips Videopac G7000.

My brother, who was 15 years older, went out to buy a VIC-20 and came back with a Commodore 64. He lived on his own so I had to travel all across Amsterdam to get to his place and play games. I had to type them in from magazines or play them from cassette. After a while I also did some programming. This was really cool back then, turn on the computer and in 2 seconds later you could start typing in code. Back then everybody could code a little, even the "stupid" people.

When he got a disk drive this was amazing. 172 kB on a disk.

Games and software we either bought or copied cracked versions. There was no Internet (not for us anyway) so I had to travel around with disks, swap them at school, borrow them. Spending hours copying them (no multitasking OS!).

We all had Commodores back then. The gamers had the Commodore 64, the gurus the Commodore 128.

Then we all did the natural upgrade to Amigas. Clicking on icons with a mouse. People tried to impress you by telling you you can also double click.

This was a golden age, the 80's and early 90's. Then all went bad, Commodore went bust, other computers makers already gone or dying. Apple was expensive and not useful for us kids. PCs were taking over.

PCs were crap. Owning an Amiga you wondered why anyone would by a PC? Black screen, green letters, beep beep it said.

But the PC was winning, the Amiga fading. But being a bit older now I could infiltrate universities. We would sneak in, copy software to diskettes. The latest LHA, PKZIP.

And of course the Internet arrived. Still infiltrating universities, but this time for free Internet access. At home I had an Amiga 500+ and a 2400 baud modem, not he quickest way to go on-line (not even then). This was an interesting time. A lot of pioneering, meeting strange cyberhippie types, hackers at secret locations.

Things were a bit fun again, but that also went away. With recent years computing has become a bit more fun. The pace at which stuff develops is amazing.

Still I miss the old days. My iPad has instant-on, quicker than the C64, but I can't turn it on and start programming on it. I can't create crazy assembler routines. I can only run stuff other people made.

It's not just Apple stuff, it's everything. Even to a certain extent Linux. In the old days we used to hack on byte level. Freeze a running game, change things in the assembler code and unfreeze it so see what happens (probably crash or sometimes give infinite lives).

But who cares, I still have my retro room with my Commodore 64/128 and a whole lot of other stuff. I don't hack stuff anymore.

The last thing I did was escape the browser from a PC in a shop. Visitors were restricted to the browser and the store site only. It was easy to escape from it, but the next time I came there they shut down that option. I found another way and that too was shut down the next time. I managed to escape 4 times or so. The last time I was there it wasn't very busy so I didn't have time to fiddle around.

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