The Apple bites back

The webosphere is all about design and aesthetics these days, which is of course, just what the doctor ordered and mainly thanks to Google and Apple (yes, I know you were waiting for me to say that).

And when Paul Graham says we are now witnessing the return of the Mac, people sit up and take notice (my iPod agrees with me too).

I especially liked this part:

So what, the business world may say. Who cares if hackers like Apple again? How big is the
hacker market, after all?

Quite small, but important out of proportion to its size. When it comes to computers, what
hackers are doing now, everyone will be doing in ten years. Almost all technology, from Unix
to bitmapped displays to the Web, became popular first within CS departments and
research labs, and gradually spread to the rest of the world.

That reminds me of the Shufflephones hack that my friend Jim has made. Now, that is something really designer-ish but very usable at the same time:


He even has a whole blog dedicated to shuffle hacks.

I try to always keep in mind that ‘Usability and Simplicity’ are the two most important factors for anything to succeed. It almost feels like Apple invented that concept.

This also means that I’m getting a Powerbook soon. I can’t wait.

4 thoughts on “The Apple bites back

  1. Just because your company doesn’t compete with Apple in anything, you get to enjoy all this. I can’t do that :( But I’ll say this – Apple’s design is just beautiful – something I hope one company from Redmond learns. Google’s taste is similar too. I was using Picasa today – and it *felt* like an Apple app. Though Google didn’t build it, I can see why they liked it

    But hey..I guess MusicMatch and Apple iTunes go up against each other.

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