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After 22 Years, Walt Mossberg Writes Final WSJ Column

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  • by mosb1000 (710161) <> on Thursday December 19, 2013 @06:35PM (#45741127)

    handheld GPS has changed the way we drive, walk and find restaurants.

    That's listed under "iPhone."

  • by OhANameWhatName (2688401) on Thursday December 19, 2013 @06:45PM (#45741219)
    How could anyone take this paper seriously after a posting like that? The guy is supposed to know what he's doing and look at this list he's come up with?

    5/12 of the products are from Apple. I'm surprised he didn't include polo necked sweaters and jogging shoes in the list :) Apple doesn't understand Software Libre at all. They're just a commercial firm trying to circle the wagons against competition and use IP to control the market for digital goods. Apple is turning technology into appliances and the WSJ are just a mouthpiece for marketing propaganda. You'd think that for his last article, the WSJ would let Walt write it himself, but no.. the marketing dollars from Apple are just too tempting.

    Richard Stallman must be turning in his grave.
  • Re:Doom (Score:3, Insightful)

    by DSElliot (3445351) on Thursday December 19, 2013 @06:55PM (#45741333)
    I would argue Wolfenstein 3D before Doom. The Apple Newton is important because it introduced the concept of a handheld. The industry learned from Apple. Without Newton's handwriting recognition failure, Jeff Hawkins would not have invented Graffiti, which was a "simpler" way of entering data into a handheld through a stylus. Graffiti worked until the Treo and Blackberry keyboards came along, followed by Apple's adaptive touchscreen.
  • by ackthpt (218170) on Thursday December 19, 2013 @06:57PM (#45741355) Homepage Journal

    Why did the NYT let a report called 'Walt Mossberg' write newb-level electronics reviews, rather than pushing him in the direction of being a hard hitting, hard drinking, crime-beat reporter with a tolerance for risk and a taste for vigilante justice?

    It seems like such a waste...

    Only in comics, man, only in the comics. Real world reporters on crime-beat tend to blame society now, it's the PC thing to do.

  • by ackthpt (218170) on Thursday December 19, 2013 @06:58PM (#45741367) Homepage Journal

    Sure, but what were its competitors doing that changed the User Experience for the better?

    Screwing up so bad they made Apple look amazingly good.

  • by harperska (1376103) on Thursday December 19, 2013 @07:00PM (#45741381)

    Yes, Apple may be a bit over-represented. (MacBook Air? Sure its form factor sparked a slew of of copycats known as 'ultrabooks', but it didn't exactly change the UX or how the general public used computers) But to use 'software libre' as the reason why they shouldn't be in this list at all is just stupid. For all that FOSS has done, it has been almost nonexistent as far as influence in general personal computing, largely because FOSS for the most part has still not figured out how to make UX not suck. And that is what this list is about - those products that have caused a watershed in how the general public does computing.

  • by ackthpt (218170) on Thursday December 19, 2013 @07:03PM (#45741417) Homepage Journal

    He has Google, FaceBook and Twitter on his list. In those three cases the product is You.

    He should have had Alta Vista, USENET NEWS and IRC.

    These successors have only made scads of money off ideas from real pioneers.

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