Saturday, March 13, 2010

Arbitrary feudal lord

Apple, arbitrary feudal lord? PC World Article.

I too think that it would be better if Apple allowed anybody to make and sell apps for the iPhone. But I don't know how much of that attitude is just commercial protectionism, and how much is to protect the iPhone from malware and whatnot. If some software f***s up your iPhone, you'll complain to Apple, won't you? It's a complex issue.

Funny enough, over ten years ago, Del Miller and myself wrote a satirical interview with a future Steve Jobs, where Apple by 2015 had taken over Microsoft's place as Overlord. I'd hate to think we were right!...
Steve Jobs: How did you like the G10 processor demo?
Interviewer: Well it was pretty impressive, generating a DNA enhancement right there on stage that cured Malaria was certainly impressive, and having a reluctant Phil Schiller test it in that mosquito chamber was pure brilliance. [...]
Jobs: That is the upcoming new Mac, the implantable "iMac GI"
Interviewer: Oooh! Er, "GI"?
Jobs: Yeah, it stands for "gastro-intestinal" You just swallow the little bugger and it swells up like a sea sponge somewhere in the vicinity of your duodenum. It sends the I/O out your bile duct directly into your sacral ganglia and from there to your central nervous system. We call it "Invasive Computing·.

Update: since I could only find this via the wayback machine, I figured I'd better post it on my own site!!


Pascal [P-04referent] said...

Very amusing piece you wrote there. I very much enjoyed it.

"Pesky lithium batteries!" : hey, good foresight! :-)
They've been the latest craze since 2010...

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks. Del and I had much fun writing it, but it never generated all that much response.

Pascal [P-04referent] said...

It will, now that you are proven a prophet. [kowtows]

Michael Burton said...

I remember when you were a Mac pundit. Can't remember whether I saw your stuff in print, or only online. I do know that I enjoyed reading your Mac stuff.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks, dude. That's pretty much a decade ago!

I'm not sure what happened.

Well, one thing is that the Mac today *is* the Mac of my dreams from then.