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Ex-Apple design guru: Apple should exit PC market

updated 08:35 am EDT, Fri July 23, 2004

Apple: exit PC market?

Ex-Apple design guru says that " showcased in Mac OS X Tiger at Apple's WWDC.




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  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What!

    You want to take my Mac away. GO TO h***.

  1. rok

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ex-apple employees

    why do they always seem to think they can run apple better than apple can? i seem to recall many of these folks being on board long after they jettisoned steve and sculley was manning the ship straight into the crapper.

    of course, he's designing the interface for longhorn, so he's getting paid 94,512,000 times more than me, so shows what i know.

  1. minimansion

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    If Apple quits...

    ...then "they" will have nobody else to COPY from.........

    non-creative b******* that "they" are....

  1. dave a

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Microsoft shill

    Oddly enough, the things he sees as the future are EXACTLY the things Microsoft is doing. The Mac user interface did not become obsolete with the Plus...as he implies... though OS X did take a number of steps backward as well as moving forward, all right.

    If everyone wants to be using a single brand, why is Linux moving forward? Why does compatibility imply using a single brand?

    He's right in his analysis of early Apple culture, though, and some of the ways Apple screwed up, though blaming everything on Apple and nothing on Microsoft, despite highly questionable and illegal business practices by Microsoft, seems also to be rather self-serving.

    This article was nowhere near objective...the writer did not question anything coming out of the guy's mouth.

    I do have to wonder, though, as a Mac user, when Apple's going to start noticing the popularity of such things as X-Assist and FruitMenu.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    compatible

    Hey says: Infrastructure is about sharing. This means two or more incompatible ways of doing things is counterproductive.

    My response to that is:
    Then why doesn't Microsoft adopt open standards instead of re-designing what already exists, into it's own propriarity standards? Isn't that counterproductive?

  1. hybrid

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Compatibility...

    ... is a red herring.

    Files and applications can be compatible, independent of their host operating systems. Open standards, people!

  1. dave a

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Good points -

    posts 5 and 6. Yes, open standards are what people REALLY want, not identical operating systems all owned by one company. I think the main reaction agasint M$ is a combination of not wanting to place all eggs into one corporate basket, and also wanting truly open standards so innovation by individuals can exist. Likewise, most people I work wtih have no idea I own a Mac becasue Office files are compatible ... as are PDFs.

  1. pliny

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yeah sure

    every other computer writer does an apple story every other day and to get press they are chicken little stories. then there is this one, where you have an MS employee saying apple should stop making computers. ok great story there. why this junk keeps coming out is beyond me.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    He works for MS...

    ...of course he is going to say something along those lines...

    X has been very painfull - my personal 'black hole' is now accounting software - pc options are far better - even a graphics company needs to send out invoices & could benefit from banking download data...

    MS does have one thing right - they are waiting to release their next OS until it is finished & working - unlike the trauma that X has been up until 10.3... I still have a Gen X HP printer that doesn't always 'work'...

    Still LOTS of room for improvement in basics in X such as a mail app that has features & data porting at least equal to OE, system software backup & restore, a browser that works on all sites/apps (Quicken 2005 Home & Business?) & has security/history options of Mozilla, better TCP/IP networking options, yada, yada, yada...

  1. DudeMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Compatibility...

    The key to compatibility is not an overall adoption of a single operating system, but an overall adoption of open standards in every computing category possible; from file formats to communication protocols, etc...

    Trying to force the whole world to use Windows would be a BIG MISTAKE!!!

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