Interview with Jobs During Early NEXT Days

Check out this interesting video of Steve Jobs being interviewed in 1990 just after he had moved to NEXT. Here he sets out the computing landscape for the next 20 years and accurately predicts what we take for granted today:

  • a computer in every home
  • portable computers
  • the revolution of email
  • the internet
  • wireless networking
  • data in the cloud

But more interestingly, he describes the work done at NEXT completing the next generation ‘computing platform’, a robust software system that would allow developers to create software in 1/4 of the time typically required.  Of course what he’s referring to is Cocoa, the software framework that powers the majority of mobile software in 2011.  The object oriented principles pioneered at NEXT, based on Alan Kay’s SmallTalk, became Objective-C which went on to influence generations of programming languages.  The Cocoa class hierarchy we use today is still largely unchanged in terms of structure from its first release in 1989.

Apple’s 1987 Knowledge Navigator, Only One Month Late

Apple’s 1987 Knowledge Navigator, Only One Month Late Unbelievable.

Our latest app featured by Apple as iPad App of the Week

iPad App of the week

Just in time for the Royal Wedding, check out our latest iPad app, Kings and Queens, currently featured by Apple as the iPad App of the Week.

The app features interactive timelines of the history of the British monarchy, family trees, maps and video commentary by David Starkey to guide you through the app.

How to discover the model and spec of your Mac hardware

mac hardware

Check out Mactracker on the App Store.  This free app will help you find the exact model and spec of your Mac (or iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, etc) which will make it a lot easier to figure out things like:

  • how many watts power supply you need
  • max RAM capacity
  • graphics card capability
  • speed of USB port

It turns out my mbp is “late 2008″ or MacBookPro5,1, and contrary to what the Apple site and Crucial say, it has a capacity for 8GB RAM, which I think it needs.

iOS very slow since update to 4.2.1

Have you noticed your iPhone has become really slow with the last iOS update?  I’m talking about iPhone 4, the most powerful model available ;-)

Telltale signs:

  • Camera app takes at least 10 seconds to open
  • double click for multi-tasking takes 2 or more seconds to open task bar
  • clicking Home button to close apps takes 2 or more seconds
  • animations when you open phone are jerky
  • don’t even try typing something in Spotlight

It got bad to the point I started searching around the Apple forums, but unfortunately there’s a lot of misinformation on the relevant topic, and too many hysterical posters.

The kind of advice that’s being given out is generally along the lines of:

  • do a factory reset on your phone (!)
  • delete all your apps
  • delete your mobile me account
  • increase screen brightness (wft??)

Bleh.

Once I installed the System Info app and found I had only 6MB RAM free, it was easy to fix the problem.

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Bookmarks for May 19th through May 25th

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  • The Technium: 1,000 True Fans – A very inspiring piece that suggests that artists and small businesses creating their own products actually only need about 1000 true fans to generate a decent revenue
  • Mac & the iPad – Another really interesting and inspiring article about Steve Jobs, it gives an insight into his design process

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