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Happy Birthday, Mr. Jobs

Today, 52 years ago, Steven Paul Jobs was born. Steve Jobs then went on to co-found Apple Computers, Inc. (now known as Apple, Inc.) with Steve Wozniak on April 1, 1976. Apple though it went through turbulent times during the 1990’s has now become an inspiration to many with its innovation and attention to detail.

Thank you for innovation and inspiration, Mr. Jobs. Thank you for Apple. Happy birthday.

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10 Best Things About Apple

Silicon.com posted an article written by Seb Janacek on the “10 Best Things About Apple.” His list is:

  1. The Mac
  2. Usability
  3. iPod
  4. Innovation
  5. Steve Wozniak
  6. Steve Jobs
  7. Mac OS X
  8. Mythology
  9. iPhone
  10. An alternative

I’ll leave it up to you guys to click on the link for the details of each item. Don’t want to steal clicks from Silicon.com.

The article got me thinking about what it is I like about Apple and its products, the Mac and iPod. Currently I own a 12-inch 1GHz Powerbook and a 17-inch 1.83 GHz Core Duo iMac. The latter’s pretty old and the former’s old. The iMac’s not old in the chronological sense; it’s not even a year old yet. But old technology-wise. Enough of the griping.

I was thinking of selling both and get a brand spanking new machines but I couldn’t justify the cost of getting a new macbook or a new iMac. Both the Powerbook and Core Duo iMac still works fine. Maybe I can sell both and get a 15-inch Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro. Forget it. I still need to shell out a lot of moolah for that 15-inch Macbook Pro.

I’ve owned several iPods already. My first iPod was a 1st generation green iPod mini. I used it extensively and had fun in the process but the battery conked out on me but it was a good thing that the retailer agree to send it back to Apple Singapore and I got a brand new unit. I then sold it. I also had a first generation 512MB iPod shuffle. Two actually. The second one I won in a contest. I sold both. I also had a fifth generation 30GB iPod, the so-called “video iPod.” I’ve given up telling people that it’s iPod with video. That was an exercise in futility. That’s also been sold. I once got a pink 4GB nano but sold then when the red iPod came out.

I will say that using the Macs and all the iPods were fun and made me productive. That is not to say, however, that I haven’t had issues with either of the two every now and then. I will post some thoughts about that soon.

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The iPhone doesn’t have something like Word or Excel? Don’t need it.

When the iPhone was first introduced last January during MWSF 2007, people started comparing it to other “smart” phones. What no 3G? That’s a bad move. Just 2.0 megapixel? Pffft! Can’t choose your own apps? My Treo is better than that!

People are predicting that the iPhone will be a flop because it’s a closed system. It’s not like the Palm OS or Symbian-based smartphones where you can install any application you want, like word processors or spreadsheets. There are Word or Excel-like programs for both Palm and Sybian devices.

But why would the iPhone need a Word or Excel-like program? It doesn’t need it. Why? Because of Google. Remember that last MWSF 2007 Google’s CEO was brought on stage to sing praises to the iPhone? What was that all about? Can you say Google Documents and Spreadsheets? Yes, boys and girls. Why install a word processor and spreadsheet application when it’s just an internet away. Granted that you would need an internet connection to view your documents or spreadsheets but Apple is thinking of the day where internet connection is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. Let Yahoo! provide the mail, while Google provides the office suite. Sweet. But why not use Google mail? Because Google is not able to provide what Yahoo can. It can be possible in the near future but Jobs wants to have it now!

So there you have it. Stop griping about what’s not there. Instead, think about what could very well change the way we use documents and spreadsheets. Maybe pretty soon, presentations.

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Blog moment #9

Chicks dig Ubuntu.

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