Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Aug 2014 11:56 UTC

Steven P. Jobs established Apple University as a way to inculcate employees into Appleā€™s business culture and educate them about its history, particularly as the company grew and the tech business changed. Courses are not required, only recommended, but getting new employees to enroll is rarely a problem.

Although many companies have such internal programs, sometimes referred to as indoctrination, Apple's version is a topic of speculation and fascination in the tech world.

Mildly interesting puff piece on Apple, but what I found kind of hilarious is how the author chose Apple's mice as a shining example of Apple's philosophy. Apple makes some great, defining products - but Apple's mice are absolutely horrible. The little mice timeline also curiously omits the most horrible mouse in computer history.

About 7-10 years ago, I was talking to a sales person at the oldest and then-largest Apple retail chain in my country (founded by the first Dutchman to own a Mac). The sales person was obviously a fervent Apple fan, but as we were detailing my Mac purchase, he said "do you want an Apple mouse, or a mouse that works?"

The first thing I do when I buy a new Mac is toss out the Apple mouse.

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Magic Mouse
by whartung on Tue 12th Aug 2014 21:28 UTC
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I like the Magic Mouse. Use it everyday at work. I like the smoothness of the scrolling surface. I don't use many of the gestures that it provides, however.

My only complaint with it is that it sucks batteries. It take 2 AA, but I have the rechargeable Apple batteries.

Even still, they get replaced reasonably frequently.

At home, I have a Microsoft Mouse on my Mac. I have this specifically because of the gaming issue cited earlier. You simply can't chord the two "buttons" on the Magic Mouse.

That MS Mouse is a miser. It's single AA battery last a good long time. It's a wire mouse that plugs in to a USB dongle. I'm pretty happy with this mouse.

That said, it's my second one. The first one I wore out, notably the scroll wheel.

This Magic Mouse, this Dove bar shaped hefty piece of metal, has no moving parts (save the button). I don't expect I''ll wear it out for some time.

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