Monthly Archives: August 2011

Apple Loses Its Helm Again

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Good-bye and good luck, Steve.  Steve Jobs resigned this week as Apple’s President and is looking to move to Chairman of their Board.

It would be difficult to overstate the significance of Steve Jobs to Apple, and harder still to overstate Apple’s influence on the tech sector. Jobs was the towering figure behind a towering company.

So says Steve Wozniak, the man who founded Apple with Jobs. Wozniak waxed poetic about Jobs in an interview with Bloomberg. He spoke at length about Jobs’ leadership, the culture he created at Apple and the future of the company.

“He’s always going to be remembered, at least for the next hundred years, as the greatest technology business leader of our time,” Woz said of Jobs.

Steve Jobs named Tim Cook as his successor, and he has already has stepped up.  Cook said working with Jobs and Apple has been “the privilege of a lifetime” and he’s looking forward to the years ahead.
There are many books written about Job’s rise, fall and ultimate ascension to build the most innovative computer company in modern times.  Good luck Steve.  Thanks for giving us such as great industry leader.

Amazon’s New Kindle Daily Deals

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Cover via Amazon

Deals from the likes of Groupon, Yuupon and even Amazon itself have become daily-deal specialists.  Amazon has just announced a daily Kindle book at a specially-discounted price each day as a part of the new Kindle Daily Deal.

Bookmark amazon.com/kindledailydeal and check back daily to see what’s next. Deals go live at approximately 12:00 A.M. Pacific time and run for 24 hours.  Don’t want to miss a deal?  The Kindle Daily Deal will be posted daily on Twitter, and frequently on Facebook and the Kindle Daily Post.

Linux, 20 Years Later

Tux, as originally drawn by Larry Ewing

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20 years ago Thursday, a student named Linus Torvalds announced he was going to be creating a new operating system which he intended to displace Microsoft Windows.  Torvalds described Linux as “just a hobby, won’t be big and professional.”

Today, we’ve seen Linux being used in most every mid to large-sized company around the world (including Microsoft), and runs the majority of smartphones, TVs, ATMs, navigation systems, game platforms and much more.

Linux is licensed under the GPL, which gives everyone the right to use it and allows no one ownership of of the software.  And its a big piece of software.  Linux contains 14 million lines of software and is protected by more than 520,000 patents, according to a Linux Foundation report. Governments and businesses alike enjoy the system’s flexibility and decentralized nature.

Linux is bound to grow, but with people’s love of their desktop computers, it’ll be a long time before Linux threatens Microsoft’s dominance on the desktop.