The Difference in Apple Software

We were making great progress, but we couldn’t get it done alone. Creating sophisticated software requires a team effort. One person can use smoke and mirrors to make a demo that dazzles an audience. But shipping that to a million customers will expose its flaws and leave everyone looking bad. It is a cliche in our business that the first 90 percent of the work is easy, the second 90 percent wears you down, and the last 90 percent – the attention to detail – makes a good product. Making software that is simultaneously easy to learn, easy to use, friendly, useful, and powerful takes people with an incredible combination of skills, talent, and artistry working together with intensity and patience.

via Graphing Calculator Story.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 28th, 2011 — No Comments


Why businesses commoditize

Marco Arment:

It’s usually in a business’ best interests to commoditize its complements. Microsoft commoditized PC hardware because its software needed a home. Companies that contribute heavily to open-source, such as modern-day IBM, commoditize software because they sell consulting and support services. Google commoditizes applications, platforms, and web technologies because it needs places to put its ads and people to see them. (Google also tries to commoditize anything required to get online: web browsers, DNS, and in some cases, even internet connectivity.) Apple commoditizes apps to make iPhones and iPads more attractive (and exclusive).

via Marco.org – Facebook’s Open Compute Project.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 9th, 2011 — No Comments


This is why I love Steve Jobs

I, Cringely » Blog Archive » Apple Goes Semi-Pro Part One – Cringely on technology.


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Team Fortress 2 – The Mac Update!

Team Fortress 2 Earbuds

The day Ian Fleming invented penicillin. The day scientists invented the moon landing. The day Sir Isaac Newton distracted the policemen investigating his wife’s murder by discovering gravity. All of these historic moments have two things in common. They helped steer the course of human history. And they’re all days you’ll skip past in future history books to get to today: the day Team Fortress 2 became available for Mac users.

via Team Fortress 2 – The Mac Update!.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock June 11th, 2010 — No Comments


$11,000 for the First Apple Portable Computer!

The Real Cost of New Apple Products

$11,000 for the First Apple Portable Computer! The Real Cost of Apple Products – What’s the Big Deal?.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock March 26th, 2010 — No Comments


Google vs. Apple

Google vs. Apple

Google vs. Apple – GigaOM.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock February 25th, 2010 — No Comments


What’s new in Aperture 3


Find a face in a crowd

Faces automatically detects faces in your photos. Once a face is detected and identified, Faces can recognize that face and then scan your entire library — or individual projects — to find others just like it. It can even find a specific face in group shots. The more you use Faces, the smarter and more accurate it gets, making it easier to find shots of a particular person.

I use Aperture all the time, this look like a pretty solid update…

via Apple – Aperture – What’s new in Aperture 3..


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Posted by Jake Spurlock February 9th, 2010 — No Comments