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[13]: Reaching
by TM99 on Thu 30th Aug 2012 13:26 UTC in reply to "RE[12]: Reaching"
TM99
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2012-08-26

Hard to tell that you are that old really from your posts.

Saddens me to see that you don't care and that you truly believe that it is now said and done.

I don't live in the past, I simply will not forget it. It influences our here and now and helps us to better create a future. I embrace the future of technology daily, and I can give you as many examples of those professionals as you that do to your's that don't.

I look forward to owning a Microsoft Surface though I will not be running Windows 8 on my desktop. I will be receiving my Raspberry Pi soon, and I am very excited about it because it does represent that 'past' you seem to want to trade in on and deny. It is open. It is freedom. And it gets kids and adults programming again.

No I won't get over it. Program or be programmed as Ruskoff correctly wrote. Good luck with your choice.

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RE[14]: Reaching
by Windows Sucks on Thu 30th Aug 2012 14:56 in reply to "RE[13]: Reaching"
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

Hard to tell that you are that old really from your posts.

Saddens me to see that you don't care and that you truly believe that it is now said and done.

I don't live in the past, I simply will not forget it. It influences our here and now and helps us to better create a future. I embrace the future of technology daily, and I can give you as many examples of those professionals as you that do to your's that don't.

I look forward to owning a Microsoft Surface though I will not be running Windows 8 on my desktop. I will be receiving my Raspberry Pi soon, and I am very excited about it because it does represent that 'past' you seem to want to trade in on and deny. It is open. It is freedom. And it gets kids and adults programming again.

No I won't get over it. Program or be programmed as Ruskoff correctly wrote. Good luck with your choice.


I don't have a problem with anything you said. And I don't have a problem with people who want to see the reality of the past, find the truth, take a different path etc. I love reading and learning about things like the Lilth etc. My issue is when the reason you are showing the past is to bash the present.

For instance my screen name is "Windows Sucks" because I don't particularly like MS Windows. But I don't then go on every MS post on the site and bash Windows and MS, its my opinion and you can see from my screen name my opinion but I am sure that no one wants to hear it from me on every post.

If you want to show me the past and PDA's and how they relate to today's tech, that's fine, when it becomes a bash Apple exercise then I take a little offense to it. Same as I would if it was all bashing Google or all bashing MS.

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RE[15]: Reaching
by TM99 on Fri 31st Aug 2012 00:10 in reply to "RE[14]: Reaching"
TM99 Member since:
2012-08-26

My issue is when the reason you are showing the past is to bash the present.


I appreciate your reasoning though I disagree, and here is why. Right now, Apple needs bashing. What is being done needs to be made consciously aware not only for techies like yourself but non-techies like myself.

During the height of Microsoft's worst practices, they too needed 'bashing' as you put it. And while things will never be absolutely 'hunky dory' with Microsoft, their corporate culture has changed enough where the bashing is not as necessary. Just simple reminders of their past are sufficient.

And if Google or any other corporation, tech oriented or not, were to act as Apple is now (sociopathic in my professional opinion) then absolutely they need bashing too.

So I am quite glad that Thom and others are publishing article and after article reminding everyone that while Apple is currently the top dog and has done some great things from the past into the present, they still are revising history, abusing the patent system, and following a dead man's psychological obsession. That definitely deserves constant 'bashing'.

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