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[12]: huh????
by Neolander on Wed 8th Jun 2011 14:33 UTC in reply to "RE[11]: huh????"
Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

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.

That's one of my big gripes with iOS. The way it fully removes (not simply hides) the software development option. However, I'm a bit surprised by that "instant-on" thing which you mention. In my experience, iOS takes quite a lot of time to boot, like a little minute or so. Isn't your device just sleeping or something ?

Edited 2011-06-08 14:33 UTC

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RE[13]: huh????
by MOS6510 on Wed 8th Jun 2011 17:42 in reply to "RE[12]: huh????"
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2011-05-12

IIRC you can program stuff in X-Code and copy it to your iDevice, but that's much more hassle than on a retro computer. Coding in BASIC is also a lot easier.

Apple calls it "instant on", but really it's just waking up from standby. When an iDevice sleeps it uses very little power. It still receives notifications and mail, but wastes very little power. So I never turn my iPad off and when I grab it it still has about the same amount of juice when I put it down.

iOS on my iPhone 3G booted very slow. On my iPad 1 and iPhone 4 it's pretty quick, but I almost never turn them
off.

Posted using my iPhone as my son stole my iPad again.

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RE[14]: huh????
by Neolander on Wed 8th Jun 2011 19:46 in reply to "RE[13]: huh????"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

IIRC you can program stuff in X-Code and copy it to your iDevice, but that's much more hassle than on a retro computer. Coding in BASIC is also a lot easier.

Of course, but that's developing on OSX, even if for iOS... See where I'm going ?

AFAIK, iOS is the first general-purpose consumer-level OS that explicitly locks down its internals away from consumers, which can only access them through security breaches or with the help of another OS. I don't think it's a healthy precedent. But well... Maybe I start to become the old guy who preferred the way it was done before without noticing, even though I'm a bit young for that.

Edited 2011-06-08 19:47 UTC

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