aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Monday, June 06, 2005
Short posts (& what I forgot to say about Steve & Bill)
Believe it or not, I have read that the secret of A-list bloggers is lots of short posts. Still, long as my last post was, I left out this…
In the minus column for Steve: because he was unhappy with an unauthorized biography, iCon, Apple pulled all books by John Wiley & Sons from Apple Store shelves, which occasioned much chatter in the blogosphere and articles like Steve Jobs Buys a Washing Machine. (He bought a European machine.)
In the plus column for Bill, Jason Calacanis had a chat:
So, I was chatting with Bill Gates (huge name drop, I know.. but there is a point coming) at the *amazing* WSJ D Conference on Sunday night. Bill was talking to me about the comments on Engadget’s coverage of the XBox 360 (yes, he reads the comments). Since I only get to speak F2F with Bill every two or three weeks I figured I would tell him about Microsoft sending us some legal letters about a screen shot of some mobile software we covered.
He was really concerned, but I cut him off and said “don’t worry, I just talk to Robert Scoble when I have an issue with Microsoft.”
He smiled and nodded his head. Bill gets bloggingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ it was a stark contrast to Steve Jobs who is busy suing bloggers to get their sources while knowing full well the impact that could have on freedom of the press. On that note, Steve Jobs was clearly conflicted-looking almost embarrassed-when he explained his lame reasons for suing bloggers. Jobs says he thought the case could go to the Supreme Court, but you could see the wheels spinning while the audience shock their heads at him in disapproval.
Via Thomas Hawk, who adds: “Bill Gates does get it. You can’t buy the kind of publicity to get Jason Calacanis to write things like that.”
San Fran & Pit Bulls
Joe Gandelman looks at the prospects for a Pit Bull ban in San Francisco, and gathers together a good bit of information. What I didn’t see referenced is the story that shaped my opinion on the topic:
A California state appeals court reinstated on Thursday [May 5] the second-degree murder conviction of a San Francisco woman whose dog mauled to death her lesbian neighbor.
The 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco overturned a trial judge’s decision to reduce Marjorie Knoller’s conviction to involuntary manslaughter, claiming Knoller knew Bane, a 140-pound Presa Canario, was “a frightening and dangerous animal: huge, untrained and bred to fight.”
On Jan. 26, 2001, Knoller had Bane inside her apartment building, unmuzzled and leashed. Somehow the dog managed to escape Knoller and charged at Diane Whipple as the 33-year-old lacrosse coach entered her apartment with two bags of groceries.
Knoller told reporters she tried to protect Whipple and suggested the woman was at fault for remaining in the hallway while the dog attacked her. Whipple died after suffering 77 wounds, including three punctures to her neck.
I saw Knoller in a Nightline interview where she did, in fact, blame the victim. She was the most unsympathetic defendant I can imagine. On the topic of sympathetic victims, Joe’s roundup of news items suggests that children are more likely to sway voters than lesbians.
Apple & Intel, Steve & Bill
It’s official, Apple plans to switch from I.B.M. to Intel chips.
So, where’s the friggin’ lawsuit against C|Net to find out who leaked? Where is the judge who is going to claim that what C|Net published was “stolen property”?
Will someone please explain to me the difference between what C|Net has done and what happened in Apple v. Does?
Which brings me to a tale I’ve been meaning to tell…
While I was in Philadelphia recently friends from New York came down for dinner. I had my nifty new iBook and they were eager to know all about it. They’re switching to Mac.
“Why,” I asked?
“To get away from Bill.”
“These days Steve’s no better,” I proffered, noting the above mentioned friggin’ lawsuit.
The table grew quiet. We moved on.
But what I wanted to say is that when it comes to megalomaniacal moguls, it looks to me like Steve’s on the way up, and Bill’s, er, burnishing his image. His charitable giving—“John D. was a piker compared to Bill Gates”—is impressive. His legions of Microsoft Millionaires have come of age and are out there spreading the good word.
Among competitors, Microsoft is still respected, but it’s not feared the way it used to be. It has become a sluggish, bureaucratic company that, for instance, is going to be at least a year late with a new operating system, called Longhorn. Microsoft stock hasn’t moved in years.
But it’s really about Hollywood: Apple’s looking to transform the movie industry the same way the iPod and iTunes changed the music business.As initially reported, there are a couple of big problems with Apple moving to Intel. The biggest is shifting all the Mac software to a new platform. Apple apparently mulled moving to Intel a few years ago, when Motorola’s chip development fell woefully behind, but Steve Jobs nixed it because of the massive disruption it would cause developers.
What’s new this time is a fast, transparent, universal emulator from Transitive, a Silicon Valley startup...If Apple has licensed QuickTransit for an Intel-powered Mac, all current applications should just work, no user or developer intervention required.
The move would be as painless (!) “as the recent move from OS 9 to OS X.”
But why would Apple do this? Because Apple wants Intel’s new Pentium D chips.
Released just few days ago, the dual-core chips include a hardware copy protection scheme that prevents “unauthorized copying and distribution of copyrighted materials from the motherboard,” according to PC World.
Intel’s DRM scheme has been kept under wraps—to prevent giving clues to crackers—but the company has said it will allow content to be moved around a home network, and onto suitably-equipped portable devices.
And that’s why the whole Mac platform has to shift to Intel. Consumers will want to move content from one device to another—or one computer to another—and Intel’s DRM scheme will keep it all nicely locked down.
Presumably, Jobs used his Pixar moxie to persuade Hollywood to get onboard, and they did so because the Mac platform is seen as small and isolated—just as it was when the record labels first licensed music to iTunes. The new Mac/Intel platform will be a relatively isolated test bed for the digital distribution of movies and video.
Will current Mac users like this new locked-down platform? I doubt it, which I guess is why it’s going into consumer devices first.
The moral of this story? We need an architecture of freedom now more than ever!
UPDATE: The two things I forgot.
I was passing on inside after speaking to Fred when he said he read my piece in the paper last week… “Your take on liberals is all wrong. People who think the way I do don’t want to run people’s lives. We just think a country as great as this one can be should be able to help the less fortunate. There are people running around for whom this country has been extra good. There are people who have way more than they need to meet all their needs. All we are asking is that these well off people take a little consideration for the people who don’t have it so good.
“That’s what people who think like me believe government should do for its citizens. Government should step in and do the things people can’t do for themselves. You tell me what is so terrible about that.”
I told Fred I could see his side of the issue. We talked for a while longer and Fred told the joke about the farmer who was working in his field when the preacher came by and commented he and God had certainly done a fine job with that field. The farmer had worked hard clearing the field and resented the preacher’s comments. He said, “Well, you should have seen this field when God had it all to himself!”
Before Fred left he invited me to come by and see his new set of hound dogs and I said I would try to get over real soon. People who call themselves liberal are not bad folks, they just look at things a bit differently from conservatives.