Archive for July, 2013

Apple Loses DOJ Lawsuit

Posted July 13, 2013 By Dan

Apple Inc is no stranger to the courtroom.  They have gone to court with Samsung, Motorola, Microsoft, The Beatles, etc.  On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice has won its case against Apple Inc.

Apple was found guilty of price-fixing and hurting competition.  According to this article:

[T]he judge [is] saying not only that the government has proven a per se violation of the Sherman Act “through compelling direct and circumstantial evidence that Apple participated in and facilitated a horizontal price-fixing conspiracy,” but also that Apple has failed to show the agreements had pro-competitive effects.

The case revolves around Apple conspiring with e-book publishers, since 2009, to raise prices in a scheme to knock off Amazon.

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Thumbs Up!

Posted July 5, 2013 By Dan

I found this guy on Google Maps… Thumbs Up, Man!

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Douglas Engelbart Dies at 88

Posted July 4, 2013 By Dan

Douglas Engelbart, the original designer of the computer mouse as well as a significant visionary for networked computers, died today at the age of 88.

Engelbart was a World War II veteran, where he served overseas as a radar technician.  Over the years he dreamed of and created the first mouse, which included a revolutionary change in how user interfaces worked.  He patented the X-Y position system in 1970, which essentially is what is still used today to graphically display the movement of the mouse on the screen.

Engelbart was well respected in the early days of the industry when true “research” was conducted, backed largely by government money (NASA, Defense, etc).  His concepts, like the mouse, were incorporated by men like Steve Jobs in his creation of the first mouse driven Operating System – the Apple Macintosh in 1984.

From this first mouse, invented decades ago, Engelbart lead us, humanity, away from just a keyboard with a black screen/green text connected to a mainframe.  He could see the value of us each having a computer that we could comfortably use, as well as interact with others over a network.

Thank You, Douglas Engelbart.  Rest In Peace.

The New York Times has a nice article on him, as well as CNN.

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Want Fast Internet? Try Chattanooga!

Posted July 4, 2013 By Dan

CBS reports that Chattanooga, Tennessee has the fastest internet connection in America!  The reason is because everyone is able to get a gigabyte download speed in the City.

The reason for that is fiber optic lines that can provide anyone in a 600-square-mile area that gig of online speed. To put the gig in perspective, the average American home gets about five megabits of Internet speed. Chattanooga’s speed is 200 times faster.

So…  If you’re a gamer…  Consider moving!

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