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Wow this is pretty neat. Not that I assumed the device was birthed in full final form in one step but still. I wish there were pictures of breadboards that went into this beast of an iPod prototype #apple #retrocomputing #computerhistory #history panic.com/blog/a-prototy…


Coming from mac to the PC it was funny how clunky it looked but then again who had that many media files to play back then? That was more mid-90s. Also am I the only one that misses the skinning era for apps and OS's? #retrocomputing #computerhistory

30 years ago today, Microsoft released the first version of Windows Media Player---as "Media Player" for Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions

I wrote about its somewhat confusing history for @howtogeek: howtogeek.com/761739/multime…

happier with foss, like BSD or GNU+Linux. ample ricing opportunities too.
@Digit This is a historical perspective of back to 1991 not a present day discussion. It would be a few more years before I was running FreeBSD and Linux as a daily driver for any stretch of time.
12 years for me, after the start of the linux kernel. 18 after the start of the gnu project.
and still happier with foss. 😀 even wish i'd gotten savvy to gnu in the 80s or 90s. n_n oh well.


...and finished! Now only 8 books behind 😀.

If you have any interest in the in-depth and behind the scenes history of the Android hardware and software development this is definitely a book worth reading. #computerhistory #history #programming #Android goodreads.com/book/show/5875…


TIL that not only does Google/Android have an app service Latitude comparable to Apple's "Find My Friends" app but that it's more Apple has something like Google's Latitude since Latitude came out two years before #computerhistory #history #programming goodreads.com/book/show/5875…

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At Apple Cary Clark code named QuickDraw GX "Skia" after Greek mythology. Skia then became the name of the company that developed the graphics engine used so pervasively today in honor of that. Neat! #computerhistory #history #programming #retrocomputing goodreads.com/book/show/5875…

Screen shot of book text elaborating on the point made in the tweet text.


Now at the point in Android history where Chrome is invented. I still don't know the reason why Google created it instead of putting those resources into Firefox except to attempt monopoly control over browser space. #computerhistory #history #programming goodreads.com/book/show/5875…
Monopoly is a goal for any for-profit corporation, though. We're in the gray areas but I think there is a difference in making a loss on a product to create something that benefits your main business vs. making a loss on a product that is not your main business in order to drive out hypothetical competitors.
@Antti Brax Yeah it's a defect in our current economic system. I'm not sure how gray it is since their primary business is data vacuuming to turn that into data to turn around and sell ads, content boosts, etc.
@Hank G ☑️ A friend had one of the OLPC devices - it was a nice device; sad it didn't get more support. I had read a few articles about it and why it failed, but I'll check out the video. I have read that mobile phones have taken off in a lot of developing areas, and as a means for transferring currency, but I think in schools - well heck, even in developed countries trying to teach kids at home there's a big socioeconomic gap. Some places have made sure kids have computers, but then I guess there have also been connection issues for a portion of the population.