Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Aug 2012 10:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In light of the jury verdict in Apple vs. Samsung, the one-liners and jokes flew back and forth. One in particular, by Dan Frakes, has been copied and pasted all over the web, and it goes like this: "When the iPhone debuted, it was widely criticized for having no buttons/keys. Now people think the iPhone's design is 'obvious'." This is a very common trend in this entire debate that saddens me to no end: the iPhone is being compared to simple feature phones, while in fact, it should be compared to its true predecessor: the PDA. PDAs have always done with few buttons.
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RE: history
by Tony Swash on Sun 26th Aug 2012 23:04 UTC in reply to "history"
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The reactions over here make me wonder.

First there is Tony Swash stating:
"the role of Apple's innovation in the history of personal computing"

Now I have been around the IT business for about 30 years and I consider that role as non existent. Apple never played a significant role in business IT and it does not now, I do not know of any innovations originating form Apple, they have only copied, made it into a shiny device to satisfy their tribes of believers.

Second, there is TM99, giving some real insight and the fitting quote,
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"

His reaction went under in the button-nobutton nonsense, that is a pity. The historic facts he has given are worth checking before one starts to give his opinion based on . . . on what? Believes? Assumptions?

I do find that a genuinely weirdly narrow and crippled view of tech history, especially coming from anybody interested in the history of personal computing. Oh well. Takes all sorts. Happy dreams ;)

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