History of the Internet: Over 50 Years Ago

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HISTORY OF THE INTERNET: OVER 50 YEARS AGO On October 29, 1969, at 10:30 PM, a computer grad student at U.C.L.A. named Charley Kline sent a message to S.R.I. (Stanford Research Institute.) It was the first connection between computer networks. The Internet began!   We set up a telephone connection between us and the guys at SRI… We typed the L and we asked on the phone, “Do you see the L?” “Yes, we see the L,” came the response. We typed the O, and we asked, “Do you see the O?” ”Yes, we see the O.” Then we typed…

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Apple’s New Ecosystem: the Implications of Apple Pay

      APPLE’S NEW ECOSYSTEM: THE IMPLICATIONS OF APPLE PAY Today, October 20, Apple launched Apple Pay with the release of their iPhone iOS 8.1 version of the device operating system. This new payment system is scheduled to go live with 220,000 merchants today for users with iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. I wrote about these new devices here. When the Apple Watch is released in 2015, which I wrote about here, it will support Apple Pay as well. See the list of merchants at the end of this article. * While the iPhone and Apple Watches are innovative,…

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Apple Watch: a New Category for Apple

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APPLE WATCH: A NEW CATEGORY FOR APPLE On initial impression, some might say this seems like less of a watch and more an iPhone nano. While the iPhone 6 is an evolutionary change and larger than before, as I discussed in my last article here, the Apple Watch is a new product category for Apple with new ecosystems to go with it. I talk about the ecosystems here. This is the dawn of a new platform for Apple, and though it’s clearly a “1.0” product shipping in early 2015, they got a lot right their first time out. Especially in functionality,…

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Apple’s New iPhone 6: Why you care

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, about which many leaks had already informed us
Apple Watch, the previously rumored iWatch saw the light of day, though not orderable until next year
Two new ecosystems — which are the truly revolutionary part of the announcement — Apple Pay and HealthKit. I’ll tell you why these will be huge.

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History of User Interfaces: iPad at 3 Years

IPAD, 5TH GENERATION USER INTERFACE This week is the 3rd anniversary of Apple launching the original iPad. It’s currently on it’s 5th generation with the 128GB version, not counting the 1st generation iPad mini. Back then many pundits claimed it would never catch on. Instead, Apple has sold 140 million iPads, totalling $75 billion in sales beating Microsoft Windows revenue, it holds the profit-leading position in the tablet market, outsells netbooks, will outsell notebook computers this year and desktops next year, has seriously cut into PC sales numbers, heralded the post-PC generation, and is the fastest growing consumer tech product…

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Future of Google+, Is it the Next Social Platform?

FUTURE OF GOOGLE+ Got Google+? Google+ has been online less than a month. When I first got on over two weeks ago, there were less than 2 million members, last weekend there were over 5 million, and as of this writing it has over 20 million members. And it is getting impressive media attention. Here are my initial impressions. It’s lean, smooth, fast and well-engineered. It’s easy to use, quick to learn, and may eliminate many of the other social sites I currently use. The Circle editor is gorgeous, engineered by Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original Macintosh developers at…

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History of the iPad: When is a Tablet not a Tablet?

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HISTORY OF THE IPAD Question: How can you have a “history” of a device that was just announced today? Answer: This has been the longest anticipated unannounced product in history, or at least Apple history. It has been a veritable speculation-o-rama.   Question: I don’t get the iPad. Isn’t it just like a giant iPhone? Short answer: Yes, it’s essentially a large iPhone but without voice phone capabilities. Long answer: I believe the iPad is the computing platform of the future. The iPhone is a great smartphone, but the screen is too small to type (very much) on, and the…

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History of Inauguration Day

HISTORY OF INAUGURATION DAY I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Executive Oath of Office The Constitution of the United States, Article II, Section 1, Clause 8   George Washington was inaugurated with a speech of 1,419 words on the balcony of the Federal Hall in New York City and uttered “so help me God” having placed his hand on the Bible hastily and randomly opened to Genesis 49:14, and then kissed…

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How to Raise Your Visibility on the Web, Part 2

How to Raise Your Visibility on the Web, Part 2 We’ve talked about how getting your own domain name can give you immediate exposure on the Web in my previous article, for my friend who wants to use the Internet to find a job. It’s a first step, that provides the virtual equivalent of an online resume. Now, what’s the next best way to “get your name out there?” 2. Get on the major Social Networking Sites They’re no longer considered “greasy kid stuff” and recruiters and employers are searching some of them. I’ll mention just two, to keep down…

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VMworld 2008: Day 2 Review – Virtually Anything is Possible

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VMWORLD 2008: DAY 2 REVIEW – VIRTUALLY ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE VMworld is not just a trade show about virtualization, it uses virtual technologies and Web 2.0 technologies in a way I’ve never seen before. Here’s an example: Blogging: Not only is blogging encouraged, but it is honored. There is a special set of tables in the keynote auditorium for bloggers to set up their laptops for blogging. Or in my case, I was Twittering about the keynote with my iPhone. Indeed, during yesterday’s keynote with with VMware CEO Paul Maritz, the announcer invited attendees to use Twitter to send in…

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iPhone 3G Launch: a Tale of Two Cities and Two Vendors

iPHONE 3G LAUNCH: A TALE OF TWO CITIES AND TWO VENDORS Remember the old Far Side cartoon that shows a couple thinking about each other — with the commentary “Same planet, two different worlds”? That was the sense of the first day the iPhone 3G went on sale in the US.

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iPhone 2.0 premiers

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Christmas came a day early for iPhone Phans. They were expecting the iPhone 2.0 firmware update on July 11, but it became available for download (if you knew where) along with the new MobileMe software (ditto) and early adopters were updating their iTunes software to version 7.7 and examining the new AppStore (discussed below), which is already online. I’m not talking about the new iPhone 3G device, which debuts tomorrow, rather the iPhone 2.0 firmware update — which will also run on the 3G by the way. iPhone 2.0 runs on today’s iPhone version 1.0 device. AppStore More than 550…

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