The Great Android vs. iOS Debate

ImageI may appear young. Right now, sporting a clean-shaven summer look, only my gray hairs give away my slow maturation. But in computer-years, I am an old man. I’ve been using computers, fixing them, and programming on them for well over 25 years. A lot has happened during that time. For me, holding my current smartphone, I am the computer equivalent of a man who witnessed the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk being given a ride on the space shuttle.

I’ve seen a lot: The rise of the Internet (and it’s re-invention as Web 2.0 and current re-invention as social media). Graphical User Interfaces. Dedicated GPU’s. The rise and fall of OS/2. The introduction and rapid plateau of computer audio. Even the widespread adoption of color displays – I was there. I entered the computer world right after the invention of the 5.25″ floppy disk and I participated in the industry the whole time. Personal computing has always been exciting for me, and some of the best parts have been the rivalries. Continue reading

Litigation and Competition


Just in case you haven’t heard – Apple won one of the largest patent damage awards in the history of intellectual property litigation. They successfully sued their rival Samsung to the tune of a billion dollars in damages.

One. Billion. Dollars.

Apple is now seeking to block the import and sale of a variety of Samsung phones in the United States. Other phone manufacturers are suing Apple in response. The whole thing is a big mess, but how did it get this way and what happens next?

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Steve Jobs Meets Sophocles

In a previous post (JoePa Meets Nero), I considered the tendency of people to damn the entirety of man’s life’s work because of the evil he committed or allowed. I began wondering, though, if this river ever flows the other way.  Are there people who have made such vast positive contributions that their negative actions are disregarded or ignored?  I found 2 such examples separated by almost 2500 years with surprisingly similar stories: Steve Jobs and Sophocles.  Both were universally acknowledged as geniuses in their own day.  Both were evidently quite lousy people and cruel to those closest to them.  In both cases, people overlooked the latter because of the former. Continue reading