[LINK] Jobs not all bad

Rachel Polanskis grove at zeta.org.au
Thu Oct 13 14:34:50 AEDT 2011

Do you mean netatalk?   That was fun! 

Please do not forget, in spite of Apple requiring hardware lockins, vis floppy, etc,
they were the first company to build to the USB standard, the Firewire standard 
and as crazy as it sounds, the first to do away with the floppy drive over the CDROM.
I note also Apple endorsing technologies like OpenGL, SDL and so on whereas a DirectX standard is locked in not only to a plaltform, but virtually a release version.

Note that all these properties are now inherited by every computer manufacturer
of one sort or another, or there is a codebase available or provision made to service
such devices.   I do not really see that as a lockin and given they were Apple's
own hardware designs supporting these technologies....

OTOH, companies like MS, abusing hardware standards to lockout competing OS
designs, via BIOS or other hardware shim fakery.....   


rachel polanskis 
<r.polanskis at uws.edu.au> 
<grove at zeta.org.au>

On 13/10/2011, at 13:49, "Pilcher, Fred" <Fred.Pilcher at act.gov.au> wrote:

> Richard wrote:
>> Mind you, as someone who had the job of creating an Ethernet LAN
>> serving
>> both Macs and PCs ... (best forgotten)
> Dammit! I'd almost managed to forget having to do that.
> <Dr Smith>The pain! The pain!</Dr Smith>
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