Why saving is so last century….

When Palm, Inc produced the Palm Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) way back in 1996, they were revolutionary in many ways.

First and foremost, they simply worked. Pop your Palm in the bundled cradle, press the button, and your calendar, contacts and other information were in sync with your desktop, and you had a complete backup.

Secondly, the Palm really was small enough to slip in the pocket. The Psion Series 5, which came along in 1997, was a brick in comparison, though the fact it had a keyboard was sufficient to convince many of its merits. Personally, I found the Palm’s weird, shorthand notation for text entry to be easy to learn and extremely fast.

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Java on the Apple Mac [UPDATED]

The recent announcement by Apple that the “Java runtime ported by Apple and that ships with Mac OS X is deprecated” has caused some concern and rather extreme responses. As a company that has recently invested heavily in Apple hardware for our development team, it might seem that we have fallen victim to the latest idiosyncratic or autocratic move from Apple and Steve Jobs. However, while I do think the story has implications, I don’t think it’s particularly troubling or consequential, except to those for whom the announcement is reinforcement of whatever particular world view they support (for example, is it proof that Java is dying, or evidence that Apple doesn’t understand the enterprise, or developers?).

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Will you buy an iPad without a camera?

With the release of the iPad this week, Apple demonstrated their ability to do two things: build desirable products and generate unbelievable hype. Arguably, the second frequently acts to the detriment of the first, in that nothing can match the frenzy of speculation reported by the various rumour sites. However, it seems clear, even at this stage, that the iPad is likely to be a huge success, representing as it does a media device that people really will use in their living rooms for surfing, listening to music, watching movies and TV, and sending email. Unlike netbooks or laptops, it will feel much more natural and available. Even though it does so much less than the speculation considered likely, it does appear to do what it does brilliantly, and given the success of the iPhone it’s clear that people are drawn to the experience of a true computing appliance, without the file systems and the Start menu or whatever.

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