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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be very glad that MS is the monopolist
by unclefester on Thu 20th Dec 2007 13:02 UTC
unclefester
Member since:
2007-01-13

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.

Now Apple simply puts cheap generic PC hardware in a pretty case and appropriates Open Source Software. Pass the Kool Aid please.

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PJBonoVox Member since:
2006-08-14

You'll get modded down, but before you do I'd like to register my agreement with everything you've said.

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meianoite Member since:
2006-04-05

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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hraq Member since:
2005-07-06

I wish sun would be the monopolist rather.
Sun solaris is true Unix, super extremely scalable and super fast and many time more stable than windows/linux. OSX is very good but not as fast as solaris, and its not meant to be a server OS.

But....the story goes that windows got it.

If you don't want 2000$ for a 100Mhz, then thank AMD and keep buying their products, they are the reason for this low price and if you want to thank another player than linux distros that made the value you have to pay 0$. Anyway despite all of this I still like apple products and wish I can afford to buy them, because they are so well integrated (hardware/software) leading to best laptop experience in the world.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

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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