Book Review: Haunted Empire

Posted in ひと, レビュー, 書籍 by shiro on 2014年3月19日


‘Haunted Empire’ sticks to its Apple-is-doomed narrative | Macworld

Jason Snell on ‘Haunted Empire’ | Daring Fireball

Haunted Empire review: It’s the book about Apple after Steve Jobs that’s the real horror story | iMore

Rene Ritchie: ‘This Is a Bad Book’ | Daring Fireball

Book Review: Haunted Empire, Apple After Steve Jobs | 9to5Mac

‘There Were Some Interesting Bits’ | Daring Fireball


Apple executives on the Mac at 30: ‘The Mac keeps going forever.’

Posted in ひと, アップル, インタビュー, マック, メモラビリア by shiro on 2014年1月25日


Apple executives on the Mac at 30: ‘The Mac keeps going forever.’ | Macworld

“There is a super-important role [for the Mac] that will always be,” Schiller said. “We don’t see an end to that role. There’s a role for the Mac as far as our eye can see. A role in conjunction with smartphones and tablets, that allows you to make the choice of what you want to use. Our view is, the Mac keeps going forever, because the differences it brings are really valuable.”

Apple Executives on the Mac at 30: ‘The Mac Keeps Going Forever.’ | Daring Fireball

Apple execs on the Mac at 30 | The Loop

マックは永遠:Phil Schiller | maclalala2

Steve Jobs on the Mac’s 20th Anniversary

Posted in ひと, アップル, インタビュー, マック, メモラビリア by shiro on 2014年1月25日

Steve Jobs on the Mac’s 20th Anniversary | Macworld

Someday‘ | Daring Fireball

On writing on the iPad

Posted in キーボード, タイピング by shiro on 2012年12月10日


Why I’m writing on the iPad | Macworld

Now, even on the iPad’s screen I’m a decently fast typist. (The iPad mini, not so much, at least not yet.) I certainly can type on an iPad much faster than I can write with a pen on paper. But it’s nowhere close to my speed on a MacBook keyboard. Using the iPad slowed me down and got me to think about what I was writing in a way that using my trusty MacBook Air never would.

I’m no Oliver Sacks, but I’d wager that I’m just not taking more time to choose my words, but I’m actually using different parts of my brain when I write this way. And not only does the actual act of writing feel different, but the end result feels different to me too.

On writing on the iPad | The Loop

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HP TouchPad が注目の的

Posted in タブレット, HP, OS by shiro on 2011年7月1日

HP: TouchPad’s WebOS Threatens Android, Apple iOS [Austin Carr] | Fast Company

Ironically, in order to compete with Apple, HP is taking a page from Apple’s playbook. Steve Jobs’s strategy has always been to control both the hardware and the software it runs on. While other PC makers, including HP, have relied on Windows, Apple’s Macs have always come with Mac OS, an operating system designed specifically for its hardware. Apple has followed the same approach when expanding to the iPhone and iPad with iOS. “Everyone is figuring out that if you want to survive, you really want to control the experience end to end,” McKinney says. “The ability to control both the hardware platform and OS is absolutely critical.”

HP Gets It | Daring Fireball

Music to my ears. Here’s what I wrote about HP back in October 2009:

“Operating systems aren’t mere components like RAM or CPUs; they’re the single most important part of the computing experience. Other than Apple, there’s not a single PC maker that controls the most important aspect of its computers. Imagine how much better the industry would be if there were more than one computer maker trying to move the state of the art forward.”

Hands on with the HP TouchPad [Jason Snell] | Macworld

Jason Snell Reviews the HP TouchPad | Daring Fireball

Best review of it I’ve seen. If you’re only going to read one, make it Snell’s. He covers it all: the great UI design, WebOS’s excellent card-based switching interface, the solid hardware, the shortcomings, what seems unfinished, WebOS’s seemingly endemic lagginess, and the miserable performance of Flash Player.

Teardown of HP TouchPad: Made like a PC and straightforward to repair | TechRepublic

The HP TouchPad has a case that’s easy to open and replaceable components. This tablet is built more like a PC than an iPad.

H-P TouchPad Tablet Review [Walt Mossberg] | AllThingsD

H-P stresses that webOS is a platform and that the TouchPad is just one iteration of it. The company plans to add the operating system to numerous devices, including laptops, and hopes that this scale will attract many more apps. And it pledges continuous updates to fix the current shortcomings.

But, at least for now, I can’t recommend the TouchPad over the iPad 2.

H.P.’s New Tablet Enters Market Late, but Looks Marvelous [David Pogue] |

First of all, the TouchPad is beautiful. It’s iPad beautiful. The case is glossy black plastic — a magnet for fingerprints, unfortunately, but it looks wicked great in the first five minutes.

The WebOS is beautiful, too. It’s graphically coherent, elegant, fluid and satisfying. That, apparently, is the payoff when a single company designs both the hardware and the software. (Android gadgets, by contrast, are a mishmash of different versions and looks.)

It supposedly has a blazing-fast chip inside, but you wouldn’t know it. When you rotate the screen, it takes the screen two seconds to match — an eternity in tablet time. Apps can take a long time to open; the built-in chat app, for example, takes seven seconds to appear. Animations are sometimes jerky, reactions to your finger swipes sometimes uncertain.

Pogue on the TouchPad | Daring Fireball

Very strong consensus among all the reviews I’ve read.

After Spurning Android, HP May Offer Windows 8 Tablets | Fast Company

“I’m limited to what I can talk about with Windows 8,” McKinney says. “We’re working very closely with [Microsoft], and I’m going to leave it at that or I’m going to start getting myself into trouble.”

Any chance of a Windows 8 tablet, though? “We currently have a product shipping today called the Slate 500, and to be quite honest that product has been doing quite well,” he says. “So that’s a Windows 7 version, and then we’ll have the TouchPad coming out [with WebOS].”

So is it safe to assume there will also be a Windows 8 tablet? A long pause.

HP’s Uncomfortable Relationship With Microsoft | Daring Fireball

HP is the number-one seller of Windows PCs in the world, but they’re charting their own course in mobile with WebOS. They might even license WebOS to other hardware makers — whatever you think of the merits of that idea, there can be no argument that doing so would put HP in direct competition with Microsoft.

Interview: HP says Apple is not TouchPad’s target | The Loop

HP acknowledged Apple’s dominance in the tablet market, but said Apple wasn’t its target with the TouchPad.

“We think there’s a better opportunity for us to go after the enterprise space and those consumers that use PCs,” said Kerris. “This market is in its infancy and there is plenty of room for both of us to grow.”

HP Says Apple Is Not TouchPad’s Target | Daring Fireball

Smart. Reminds me of that Steve Jobs mantra from the late ’90s: “We have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose. We have to embrace the notion that for Apple to win, Apple has to do a really good job.”

Restated for today, mobile OS competitors need to let go of the notion for them to succeed, Apple has to lose. Compare and contrast HP’s attitude with RIM’s.

HP in Discussions to License WebOS Software, CEO Apotheker Says | Bloomberg