Page 2 - The Tech News Debris for the Week of Aug 18
The tablet Holy Grail was always on our minds.
Star Trek: First Contact. Image credit: Paramount.
Jean-Louis Gassée writes, with characteristic clarity and insight, about the evolution of the tablet, leading to the iPad. He goes back and starts with Alan Kay's 1972 Dynabook and traces the evolution of the tablet vision, the Holy Grail device that's always been on our minds.
Unfortunately, the first Tablet PCs, especially those made by Toshiba (I owned two), are competent but unwieldy. All the required ingredients are present, but the sauce refuses to take.
Skip ahead to April 2010. The iPad ships and proves Alan Kay right: The first experience with Apple’s tablet elicits, more often than not, a child-like joy in children of all ages.
How is it that so many companies tried to develop what they knew was the vision we had for a tablet—and failed? How is it that Steve Jobs had a vision that made us feel like kids again? If that process were well understood, every company would be as successful as Apple. Correction. Many CEO's can, in principle, come to that understanding, but they can't and won't be steered there.
In delightful fashion, Mr. Gassée takes a look at the state of the iPad with a tennis metaphor: "The Sweet Spot On Apple’s Racket."
I think I knew this lawsuit was coming. First, corporate employees got tired of being dictated to by the IT department, so they started brining their own smartphones to work. This is the "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) phenomenon of late. Next, employees, realizing that their employer wanted to both reap the savings and dictate security and procedures, have decided that they should be reimbursed for the business use of their smartphones.
Nancy Goring (@ngohring), who is a good writer to follow on Twitter, lays it out at CITEworld. "Be prepared if California court's BYOD ruling sticks."
Not every writer who covers technology has a first rate mind. But former attorney John Kirk does. Over and over, he has presented the ironclad logic of Microsoft's failures with the Surface tablet. Why Microsoft doesn't see what they're doing wrong when presented with the burning light of reason—that's there for all to see—is unfathomable. I agree with Mr. Kirk's logic. How about you? "Microsoft’s Surface Ads: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly."
We have heard, here and there, about the jewelry aspects of a rumored new product from Apple. 9to5Mac has posted an interesting letter from GTAT in Arizona to the U.S. Dept of of Commerce about the production of Jewelry. "Apple files to kick off expanded, potentially ‘jewelry’-classified sapphire production this month."
Speaking of new products, Jonny Evans at Computerworld has summed up what we know about the state of Apple's new products. "10 credible future Apple product claims for this week."
Finally, I am always alert to the musings of Ken Segall. In his Aug 22 report, he describes some curious lapses by Apple. They're very low key things, something few people would notice. But Mr. Segall did. A good (and perplexing) read: "Some curious Apple lapses."
Particle Debris is a generally a mix of John Martellaro's observations and opinions about a standout event or article of the week (preamble on page 1) followed by a discussion of articles that didn't make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holidays.