“People don’t fully appreciate that the reason we have Google and Facebook today is because there was an antitrust enforcement action against Microsoft that slowed down the ability of Microsoft to monopolize the internet, the browsers, the data, search, and so on,” said Luigi Zingales, finance professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. “Today’s monopolies are yesterday’s startups. In a good system, this keeps changing.”
Doing a file system upgrade like that without any issues is pretty amazing. It reminds me of when Google did a live upgrade/switch from Red Hat to Debian.
People are brave.
I (obviously) think Linux is great, but one of the specifically amazing things is that it allows you to extend the life of hardware. It’s sustainable which is important for lots of reasons.
Farhad Manjoo starts off his column comparing the big five tech companies by asking which of them is losing and concluding none of them are. But the consumers locked in by them are losing. I thought that’s worth mentioning.
This isn’t about Apple–it’s about design. As the authors point out, Apple isn’t the only company guilty of making products that look great but are tough to use.
But you do get a lot of traffic when you use an incendiary Apple headline.
Interesting take on Microsoft making moves to nab the next generation of users. I have to say that Microsoft’s consumer-facing services are pretty great. And my dad just showed me Windows 10 and he already loves it. So we shouldn’t count Microsoft out against Apple and Google.
Apple prides itself on anticipating user needs. But when it mis-judges the need, things can go south very quickly.
Convenience is, well, convenient, but choice and will are important, too. I want to decide what happens with my music. Apparently so do a lot of people.
I don’t know that I’ve met anyone who likes iTunes in the past five or six years.
A future where you have to choose between Google or Apple? I’m choosing neither…
An interesting look at Apple and the line between curation and imprisonment. Operating systems need to make some choices for users, but at a certain point, users need to be allowed to chart their own way. The sooner Apple recognizes that, the happier many of its users will be.