Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jan 2010 23:08 UTC
Legal A few days ago, technology blog Valleywag's launched its Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt, a sort-of contest in which people with evidence of the existence of Apple's much-rumoured tablet could win large sums of money. Apple apparently wasn't amused, as the company resorted to its usual tactic whenever it doesn't like something in the press: litigation, litigation, litigation.
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jabbotts
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2007-09-06

Non of your issues have anything to do with Mr Wazniak and how Apple was though. This is all how Apple is now and with it being a very separate entity from it's original hardware designer.

"Steve Wozniak on the tube glorying in the hacker / cracker origins of Apple"

This came across as criticizing Wozniak for what Apple has developed into simply because he remembers the history and original atmosphere. I see Mr Wazniak (who frequently talked to strange geeks appearing at his webcam and chat forum) as very separate from the current incarnation of the company he happened to help start. It's not like when he left, he could hand down commandments to continue guiding the company in his absense.

I'm not not getting a connection between him in interviews remembering how the company was and how that relates to how the company is now.

Apple truly was the company that started the consumer affordable desktop. They where the company that demonstrated what a GUI interface could do outside of PARC labs. In the same way, I have to respect Adobe for being the company that first took printing beyond typewriter output and into the graphic output we have now. I don't see remembering and respecting that history as a personal endorsement that they are still making that level of evolutionary contribution to computing. Similarly, Micro-soft was the company that free'd most people from IBM's monopoly and that should be recognized but don't think that stops me from also recognizing that it simply turned around and reinvented IBM's monopoly in it's own image.

Edited 2010-01-15 18:59 UTC

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Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

Can't think of anything you said that I disagree with.

It would - naively perhaps - be nice if Apple now, could remember its roots and have a little more patience with geeks and be a lot less inclined to bully and intimidate.

It seems a shame that a company with its origins should be a less positive force than Microsoft or IBM. This letter http://www.microsoft.com/about/companyinformation/timeline/timeline... from Bill Gates is a lot "friendlier" than the ones Apple now uses.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Actually re-watching the old documentaries on securitytube a month ago reminded me of many details I'd lost over the years.

MS was headed towards it's current incarnation even before Mr Gates open letter to the computer club. Apple still had it's geek cred at that time. It is a shame that it's become so closed with such a hell bent need to demonize the very subculture it was spawned from.

Actually, it's interesting to see just how many of the early computer folk where computer club alumni.

But still, it is the hackers who invent and create and the companies who pilfer and profit. Thankfully free software has managed to survive and is now growing again. It was the original development model after all. This retail model championed by Microsoft and similar companies has been the anomaly in the timeline though a very lucrative anomaly.

At least The Woz hasn't lost his sense of humor, hacker ethic or curiosity. He's as much a geek as he ever was, and baud bless him for it.

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