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iPad Changes Everything 2 June, 2010

Posted by paralleldivergence in apple, education, ICT in Education, Internet, ipad, Life, technology.
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Every so often an invention comes along that is a game changer. Most of the really good ones like the Wheel, Electricity, Light Bulb and Plumbing pre-date me, but I am fortunate to live in a time where the rate of progress now is such that I can witness many of the newest breakthroughs first-hand. Arguably, the Apple iPad is one of these breakthroughs.


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Microsoft Vista Overtakes Apple OSX in Only Eight Months 2 October, 2007

Posted by paralleldivergence in apple, Brad & Phil, Internet, Life, mac vs windows, vista, windows.
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Microsoft Vista was released publicly and globally on January 30, 2007 and it’s taken only eight months for this troubled operating system to overtake Apple’s computer flagships, the iMac and OSX. In fact, as the graph below indicates, percentage-wise, Apple has either been stagnant or declining over the past five months while in the same timeframe, Vista has shown steady if not strong linear growth throughout each survey.

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Watch out Firefox – Here Comes Maxthon! 11 January, 2007

Posted by paralleldivergence in apple, firefox, maxthon, Web 2.0, windows.
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In the most recent count by the respected W3Counter Global Web Stats, Firefox in all its versions and flavors, has hit a very respectable 25% market share in just two short years since the version 1.0 release. This rapid rise has been on the back of the history of a ubiquitous Microsoft Internet Explorer stumbling through a series of major security breaches, ignorance of World Wide Web Consortium standards and a lack of upgrades. Firefox has also benefitted from a grass roots, sometimes almost militant campaign against IE to “Take Back the Web”, driven by developers and the blogosphere.

Maxthon-Firefox

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iPods Reinforce the Throwaway Society 28 November, 2006

Posted by paralleldivergence in apple, Brad & Phil, education, iPod, Music, My Thoughts.
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I sometimes feel sorry for the youth of today. While their world is one full of information, communication, interaction and technology, they are missing out on so much that we had just one generation ago. Although the 70′s and 80′s were only twenty or so years ago, the differences in society are staggering. The biggest change I have noticed is time. Now there is no time for anything. E-mail, voice-mail, cell phones, longer working hours and multi-skilling are the order of the day. The end of the working day and home time have become blurred. Back then, there was plenty of time – to think, to breathe, to listen to and appreciate music – to enjoy life.

Throwaway music...

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Will P.C. Destroy the World? 21 October, 2006

Posted by paralleldivergence in apple, Borat, Brad & Phil, education, mac vs windows, My Thoughts, Political Correctness, windows.
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No, I’m not referring to Microsoft’s undeserving world dominance at the expense of Apple, I’m talking about Political Correctness. To most people, P.C. is viewed as little more than a joke, but this perception has given it the ability to insidiously erode the foundations and values that make up a democratic society. Like a termite colony, P.C. has been munching on logic, commonsense, discussion and free speech. Our society depicts a strong, healthy and modern facade, but a tiny scratch to the surface reveals an unsure, hesitant, cautious, insecure and frightened population.

Politically Incorrect

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Mac vs Windows: Yet another Parallel Divergence 13 October, 2006

Posted by paralleldivergence in apple, Brad & Phil, mac vs windows, windows.
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We’ve all seen the ads. “Hello, I’m a Mac”, “And I’m a PC”. If not, go here. I can’t think of any other TV advertising campaign that has a running series spanning fifteen different ads over such a short period of time.  Sure, we did have the old Pepsi vs Coke Taste Test ads – the ‘Pepsi Challenge’, and this very clever one, but they don’t go anywhere near highlighting so many differences between two directly competing products as the Apple campaign does.

Apple vs Windows

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