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Quoc Anh Trinh
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Public Computing and the Next Gang-of-Four
Some predictions into the future of computing with speculated winners and their respective roles. Fascinating read even if you don't buy his framework of thoughts.
My next piece on Forbes. I am quite enjoying this gig, devoted to unbridled, rampant, technology speculation.http://www.forbes.com/sites/venkateshrao/2011/10/10/public-computing-and-the-next-gang-of-four/

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Illustration of the ghost town problem.
See also: http://lazymuffin.deviantart.com/art/Birthday-34672447

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There are always two sides of a story, especially a hyped story. You have probably read enough about how great of a man Steve Jobs is, so if you are as curious as I am, you will find this link and the comments inside interesting.

Note that I do not hold a strong opinion one way or the other so you may not want to argue with me. I'm just bringing a different view to attention.
This post is very harsh, but it details many reasons I have been against Apple for the last several years. Before you post some comment to me in response to my posting this, read the comments on the post itself first. If it's already been addressed, I'm just going to ignore you. This post was written by someone else (of course), but this is pretty much how I feel about the problem with Apple and the reason I feel that all this Jobs-worship is wrong. I know that very few of the people following me actually had some sort of personal friendship with Steve Jobs and I'm sure you personally have good reason to like him. If that is you, you're a rare exception. But for all of these people that don't even know the guy and only like him because they like their toys is disingenuous and inappropriate.

I don't dislike Apple because I'm jealous. That is the most frequently mentioned retort I hear and it is bogus. I don't dislike Apple because of their UI. It doesn't mesh well with me, but I don't care about that. I dislike them because of their tight-grip control of everything around them. They block competing technology in their ecosystem. They block competing apps. They mandate that they are the sole-source for all software for their devices. They intentionally block competition everywhere they can. They claim that they have good reasons, but they really don't. If they had good reason, they could work with companies (like Adobe) to fix what Apple deems broken. But they don't. There is more to being a technology shepherd than making a bunch of profits and owning everything. I have no respect for their path and therefore no respect for them.

When one company reaches a certain level of control, they must stop playing dirty to stay on top. This is the same complaint I used to have about Microsoft and the same complaint that helped people to believe that Apple was the honest underdog. What people forget is that Apple is not the underdog and they aren't honest. They are now the same as Microsoft was when we hated them so much. No amount of "bringing tech to the masses" or "they made a nice UI" is enough to make up for that. They charge full price for their tech and their user interfaces really aren't that special even if you do like how it works.

I do think the post's title is inappropriate, though. I'm not glad he died. But I still don't like the guy. You can like him if you want, but quit worshiping him.

I got this via +Marc Espie and +Emmanuel Florac.

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The difference between Facebook and Google+ in two images
I'd like to draw your attention to the comments on this: +Tom Anderson's most recent Facebook post (left hand image). Then compare that with the comments on his most recent post here on Google+ (right hand image).

This perfectly demonstrates why I get so much more out of Google+
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I've got to delete my yesterday's post in shame of being too outdated after watching this. The timeline and Open Graph duo is definitely the next innovation in social, on par or perhaps exceeds Paul Adams' circles. If you prefer reading than watching, here is good writeup: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/09/facebook-new-profile-apps/all/1

Will people be socially fatigued with this push? What is the average threshold beyond which a person will feel overly socialized? For starters, young people seem to have an endless demand to socialize.

In any case, I'm impressed with Facebook. They are still the forerunner in social networking.

When Google+ was still in its very early days, +Huy Zing thought it was cool to encircle celebrities on Google+ and had real conversations with them (instead of passively following as on Twitter). He predicted that Facebook would eventually copy this feature. I disagreed with him; I thought Facebook is all about relationships, not contents.

To Huy's credit, Facebook rolled out the Subscribe button today. He was right and me wrong; it turned out. However, my skepticism remains as whether this move will further confuse users: should I use Facebook to absorb content or to enrich my relationships? Meanwhile, I hope Google+ implements my old idea Channel soon. I look around and everybody is asking for a way to filter their public contents in a way or another.
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