“Snow Leopard truly is an optimized version of Leopard. It starts up faster (72 seconds on a MacBook Air, versus 100 seconds in Leopard). It opens programs faster (Web browser, 3 seconds; calendar, 5 seconds; iTunes, 7 seconds), and the second time you open the same program, the time is halved.”—David Pogue, “A Leap Forward With Snow Leopard”
“When people do their jobs well…we ask for more and more until we ask too much. Then these individuals—promoted to positions in which they are doomed to fail—start using a bag of tricks to mask their incompetence…they replace action with incomprehensible acronyms, blame others for failure, cheat to create the illusion of progress.”—The Peter Principle Lives - BusinessWeek
“How to best transcend the current economic mess? Put Jeff Bezos, Pierre Omidyar, Elon Musk, Tim O’Reilly, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Nathan Myhrvold, and Danny Hillis in a room somewhere and don’t let them out until they have framed a new, massively-distributed financial system, founded on sound, open, peer-to-peer principles, from the start. And don’t call it a bank. Launch a new financial medium that is as open, scale-free, universally accessible, self-improving, and non-proprietary as the Internet, and leave the 13th century behind.”—George Dyson responding to Doug Rushkoff’s Essay on ‘Economics is Not a Science’
“It’s sort of a funny question. Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? (Laughter.) I want to have products that appeal to everybody.
Now we’ll get a chance to go through this again in phones and music players. There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.”—
This was about a month before the launch of the iPhone, and shortly after the launch of Vista - with foresight like this it’s no wonder Microsoft is synonymous with business in the computing world. And I don’t think I would ever use the word “appeal” when talking about Windows.
“These plot details are not developed at great depth, because the movie is preoccupied with providing incomprehensible wall-to-wall computer-generated special effects…Nevertheless, it is better than “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.””—Roger Ebert on G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra