AMITIAE - Monday 2 January 2012
Cassandra - Monday Review: It will soon be Friday
Opening Gambit:The first Cassandra column of the new year. Rumours (of course): iPad, iPhone and the A6. Copies of Apples, copies of Apple ads, and copies of Steve Jobs. Kaspersky says the malware writers are the same: or maybe they are copying. Steve gives IBM the bird. Apples, Apricots, BlackBerrys and now the Raspberry. Ron Paul objects to SOPA we think. Fading Kodak loses 3 directors in a week: where; how? NUS (Singapore) is given $30 million. Hundreds caught for using phones while driving (in Singapore).
Apple StuffThat's a neat ad . . . but haven't we seen something just like it before? Samsung, not content with apparent clones of iPhone and iPad has taken the emulation a step further Chris Oldroyd on TiPb tells us, with an iPad ad that looks closely like something Apple had already put out, including using the same girl who had been in an iPhone ad. Luck; coincidence; provocation?
Bear in mind that this is the first weekend of the new year, but that does not stop the rumours from appearing. MacDaily News gave us a link to an item by Kukil Bora on the UK's International Business Times in which we read that the next iPad will have an A6 processor (and from Samsung at that). There are other notes on the specs, but this rumour says the 7.85 padette is not coming. Ah, and the iPhone 5 will also have that A6 inside, whenever it appears which we will predict is not this month.
The competitive nature, as mentioned in that OSX Daily article was complemented with a long-term and distant relationship that Steve had with Japan and Japanese design which displays some of the simplicity and care at times that Apple's own product lines displayed, especially in recent years. Michael Rose writes about this aspect of Jobs that has been brought out by a useful article by Japanese writer Hayashi Nobuyuki (I also recommend this) who reflects on some points (we also saw some of these in the Walter Isaacson biography) and relates them closely to Jobs connections to Japan and his clear respect for the culture and certain figures in Japan.
Jobs had taken his family to Japan on some of the visits as he wanted them to have the same experience, and we read this week in an article by Hugo Gye on the UK's Daily Mail that number one son, Reed, had appeared on a TV quiz show (Quiz Kids) last year and had expressed the desire to become an oncologist: cancer research. Reed used his mother's family name, Powell, to keep a low profile. We had read of some of the high school work of Reed in the Isaacson biography.
Half and HalfAn interesting observation or maybe a theory came out of Kaspersky last week who had the idea that the Stuxnet and Duqu malware versions had come from the same hand we read in an item by Iain Thompson on the Register. There may be something to this, in which case the conspiracy theory merchants can step up to the plate; although others think it may be a case of reverse engineering or even copying.
And we are told by Electronista that one of the reasons for the failure of WebOS may have been internal battles at HP as well as a lack of personnel engaged on engineering. And they wanted how many billions for it?
Other MattersWe know about Apple (of course) but the first computer I used in the UK was an Apricot, and of course we have the BlackBerry (at least for how), so what about the Raspberry which is about to hit the markets (if not the shelves) this month or next, perhaps, for all of $25 or $35 for a deluxe version with a couple of extras including Ethernet. The Raspberry Pi is a basic board the size of a credit card that plugs into a TV. These come running a Linux system and currently the first ten boards are being offered to users by auction as a way of raising funds (and awareness). Have a look at the main page and the FAQs for some more information. I wrote an overview of this and will be ordering one as soon as I can.
Local ItemsSomething for all those who support education was the news in an article by Tan Dan Wei on the Straits Times that the Indonesian millionaire, Tahir -- a permanent resident of the Island State -- is to give S$30 million (we presume this is Singapore dollars) to the National University of Singapore: the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
Something you are unlikely to see reported in Bangkok, is the news from Jalelah Abu Bakar on the Straits Times that more motorists in Singapore are being cited for driving while using their phones: calling, texting and playing games. 2,447 errant drivers were caught between January and September as opposed to 1,811 for the same period the previous year.
While looking round Siam on New Year's Day, my iPhone asked me to log in to a DTAC wifi service and I was told to go to the floor 3 office for a password. The service was announced in mid-December and is part of a government initiative which is only in Siam at the moment: those poor folks outside Bangkok's Golden Rectangle hardly ever get a look in and those over Thonburi side (millions of them) may perhaps never be so graced.
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