Paul Graham: Microsoft is Dead

It’s the perfect time to read again this essay by Paul Graham circa 2007. Microsoft is officially irrelevant, get used to it.

Boom! Apple Passes Microsoft Market Capitalization

It’s an historic day! The end of an era.

It took 10 years for Apple to go from 0 (almost) to $229B, $3B ahead of Microsoft. TechCrunch reports that for the last five years, Microsoft’s stock has been stagnant (up about 4%) and Apple’s stock, is up some 550% over that same time frame.

John Gruber suggest to compare the two companies’ market caps history via Wolfram Alpha.

New York Times: New King of Technology: Apple Overtakes Microsoft.

By the way, I think Microsoft should call back Bill Gates.

UPDATE: See also the comparative growth of the two companies over the last decade on Google Finance: AAPL +900%, MSFT -20%.

Bacteria vs. Linux

Nature and software engineers face similar design challenges in creating control systems. The different solutions they employ help explain why living organisms tend to malfunction less than computers.

The Yale team compared the evolution of organisms and computer operating systems by analyzing the control networks in both a bacterium Escherichia coli and the Linux operating system.

Bacteria are “programmed” bottom-up.

I’m wondering if I’m more fascinated by the perfect network structure of the bacterium, or the mess in Linux.

Realism in UI Design

Lukas Mathis,

Graphical user interfaces are full of symbols. Symbols need to be reduced to their essence. This helps avoid cluttering the user interface with meaningless distractions, and makes it easier for people to «read» the symbol and figure out the meaning of an interface element. Realistic details can get in the way of what you’re trying to communicate to your users.

A mistake made in so many products; just look at Windows 7.

Half-Life 2 for Mac

Valve announced the availability of Half-Life 2 for Mac (via Steam) with this amazing remake of the Apple 1984 ad.

It’s funny because I started playing Half-Life 2 recently (on Windows). I never played the game when it came out in 2004. Still, it’s amazing; graphics, ambiance, level design, animations, gameplay, everything is perfect. You can sure tell that a lot of recent games took their inspiration from it.

iPad + Velcro

Jesse Rosten:

Two of mankind’s greatest inventions, together at last. Note: this is an exploration of what is possible, not necessarily what is practical. Tweet from the street at your own risk!

Playable Pac-Man on Google

To commemorate Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary, Google has made a playable Pac Man-themed Google logo. According to John Gruber, the sound uses Flash, but the animation and controls are done using JavaScript.

Checking in on Saturn

Amazing pictures on the Boston Globe of the Saturnian system taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

2001 – Steve Jobs Introduces the “Digital Hub” Strategy

On January 9, 2001, Steve Jobs gave one of his greatest Macworld keynote presentations. The main topics included the original version of Mac OS X, the original SuperDrive and the original widescreen PowerBook G4.

But perhaps the most profound was the introduction of the “Digital Hub” concept in which the Mac would evolve into becoming the center of the digital lifestyle of the 21st century. It has been the subject of much discussion by Steve and his substitutes when talking about the Mac ever since. This definitely the beginning of something huge.