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From stunning sunsets to neon runways, pilots have offices with a view. Check out these photos taken from pilots in the cockpit: http://bit.ly/189qyHu

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On this day:
At 22nd January of 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII. 

Thirty one years ago today, Apple aired what is widely considered the greatest commercial in Super Bowl history. But some of the first people who saw the ad thought it would be an absolute flop. The fact that the Los Angeles Raiders humiliated the Washington Redskins in a 38-to-9 victory is a mere afterthought. Super Bowl XVIII's lasting legacy has been a single advertisement sandwiched somewhere in the third quarter: Apple Computer's iconic "1984" commercial.

It began, in a clear nod to George Orwell's novel of the same name, with tense strains of music, the image of figures marching through a tube across a dank industrial complex, and the start of a bizarre monologue: "Today we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives."

Directed by Ridley Scott not long after "Blade Runner", its narrative is now geek canon. Scores of blank-faced people are fixated on a broadcast of a Big Brother figure on a giant television screen, until a woman in bright athletic apparel sprints down a center aisle, wielding a hammer. She hurls it at the screen, which explodes into a bright white light. The expressions on the faces in the crowd morph into fascination.

In the entertainment industry, it was the dawn of the cinematic Super Bowl ad. For historians, it was a notable moment in Soviet-tinged pop culture. But in the tech world, this was the birth of Apple as we know it, 31 years ago this week.

At the time, Apple was a long shot in the nascent PC market share wars and was far eclipsed by IBM in its "Big Blue" heyday: the company was taking a staggering gamble with a highbrow, allegory-infused ad that didn't even display the product onscreen.

Apple didn't keep pushing the "1984" message. Although it went on to win an impressive handful of advertising awards, the commercial was never broadcast again. Nor did it usher in a true explosion of all things Mac. In 1985, founder Steve Jobs left the company after a power struggle with then-CEO John Sculley, kicking off a decade-long absence.

Over the years, Apple's market share has indeed grown, and it has come to be a force in the music and entertainment industries with iTunes and the iPod, not to mention the telecommunications business with the iPhone.

#AppleMacintosh   #Apple
#Retro  #Oldschool
#80sPopCulture  #1984Commercial
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Fascinating workspaces of Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg & other famous people http://ow.ly/Hi0ni
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What Artificial Intelligence Is Not
Artificial Intelligence has been in the media a lot lately. So much so, that it’s only a matter of time before it graduates to meaningless buzz word status..
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Solaris 10 with CDE!  Ahhh, strolling/geeking down memory lane.....
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I found an interesting link and some documents about BBN and the early ARPANet.

http://www.walden-family.com/bbn/

Dept of Army RFQ:  http://www.walden-family.com/bbn/arpanet-rfq.pdf
BBN Proposal:  http://www.walden-family.com/bbn/arpanet-prop-ocr.pdf
BBN paper on project:  http://walden-family.com/public/1970-imp-afips.pdf
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You use GPG/GnuPG to encrypt your mail? Great! We need more of that.
But we also need more people to support Werner Koch's efforts. To keep up the GnuPG development, donate now at https://www.gnupg.org/donate/index.html!

(via +Robert Sander)
Werner Koch's code powers the email encryption programs around the world. If only somebody would pay him for the work.
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Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, ...
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Nothing fancy. Fresh install Debian 8 from netinstall. Installed the base system and manually installed Mate so far and a few other packages but its mostly an empty canvas :-) 10 plus years as a Linux power user and Debian still makes me smile.
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