Paul Thurrott posts some additional screenschots from WinHEC, including some really nice ones of Contacts Manager and Communications History.
I thought I was the only person asking where Apple employees were blogging, but I was wrong: Dennis Cheung, who works for Microsoft’s MacBU, beat me to it.
Some of the comments come from anonymous Apple employees, and are somewhat illuminating. For example, this:
Part of the problem is that, as Apple employees, our every little word is picked apart and scrutnized for possible leaks of future products. We as employees are unable to change the situation, since secrecy is dictated from top down, and in any case it is integral to how Apple does business these days. We can’t even talk about products that are already released, because there is also the possibility of leaking future plans for the product.
I find that somewhat sad. After all, who’s going to steal Apple’s ideas? Microsoft? Microsoft can afford to wait until it’s out, and then copy the better ideas. And really, I doubt that Bill Gates is very surprised by much that’s in a Steve Jobs keynote speech.
I’m on my way out of the door soon, but when I get back I’m going to collate the Apple bloggers that are linked to in Dennis’ piece, and put them in the sidebar.
Scanning around the comments on the announcement that Movable Type 3.0 will have restrictions on the free version, one popped out from here:
More power to Six Apart for turning this into a viable business; that is not my gripe. My gripe is that they are abandoning most of the people who got them where they are today.
And I think that one actually sums up a lot of people’s feelings about this: we made them, and now they’re making us pay.
Well, hello! I thought that what made Movable Type a success was the fact that Ben and Mena worked really hard to make it the best blogging tool around. Using MT (and I did) no more made me responsible for the success of Six Apart than breathing air does. When using MT, I was a leech: I was taking the hard work of Ben and Mena Trott and giving them nothing in return, except maybe a bit of cuddly goodwill. I wasn’t “putting them where they are today”.
Adam notices something that I hadn’t thought of: “a significant proportion of the people defending 6A’s move are people who write for a living, one way or another,” and reflects that this might be down to the hobbyist mentality of many bloggers. There does seem to be a visceral reaction when people make that jump from doing something as a hobby (which is what MT has always basically been) to it being a business. What I write here is as much a showcase for me as a writer as it’s fun – which is why every now and then I disappear from here for a few days, while I’m working on a big piece which demands a big chunk of time. And, if I have a great idea, the first thing that happens is I pitch it to some editors – I might develop it a little in public here, first, though, but if it’s sellable it gets sold.
So perhaps that’s why I feel strongly about this: it reflects how I feel about my own work. You read it here first (but only because I couldn’t get someone to pay me for it).
Hysteria from the blogging “community” over the new licenses for Movable Type 3.0. According to Mena’s blog, there will be a paid-for version. And predictably, bloggers who’ve gotten used to a free lunch get completely non-linear about it.
Look, for example, at Gamewhore: “Would someone please tell me why exactly I would buy a license for a release that, by the admission of the very company that makes it, won’t be a feature release? ” Well, there’s a simple answer: don’t buy it. No one is going to hunt you down like a dog for sticking with MT 2.61. You’ll probably find that plug in developers continue adding features to it, and that it’ll continue to work from now till the end of time.
I’m just left shaking my head at some of the vitriol: it really is like a bunch of little school children who suddenly discover that they can’t afford that shiny new toy with their pocket money, and whine at their parents for more. Get this people: you don’t get anything for nothing. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. If you can’t afford it, stick with MT 2. Why the hell is someone trying to make a go of a business suddenly a crime?
Ars Technica reports that Windows XP Service Pack 2 will work with pirated copies. SP1 didn’t install on several widely available pirate keys. A sensible move: one of the focusses of SP2 is security, and an unsecured copy of Windows – even one that’s actually pirated – is more of a danger to other users.
Donald Rumsfeld says:
“We’re functioning with peacetime constraints, with legal requirements, in a wartime situation in the Information Age, where people are running around with digital cameras and taking these unbelievable photographs and then passing them off, against the law, to the media, to our surprise.”
Yes, Donald, isn’t it terrible that these people broke the law by telling the truth.
Intel has announced that Tejas and Jayhawk, versions of the Pentium 4 designed to push the clock speeds of the chip ever higher, have been shelved. It seems that the power consumption of the new chips would simply have been too insane for them to be a viable option, and instead the company will move to a dual-core architecture, which will give better performanced without the power requirements of a small house.