Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Macintosh 25th Anniversary Reunion: Where Did Time Go?

Guy Kawasaki writes:

On January 24, 1984 Apple introduced Macintosh. Many of us who worked in the Macintosh division are now asking, "Where did the time go?" The Division had a reunion at the home of Alain Rossman (software evangelist) and Joanna Hoffman (the division's conscience and first marketing person) to celebrate this occasion, and these are pictures from the event.

Great pictures at the link.

Click to Flash

Excellent WebKit plug-in to prevent automatic loading of Adobe Flash content (which means eliminating a lot of ads):


There's a link for an installer at the bottom of the page.

Gruber has a bit more info on DaringFireball.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes medical leave


Apple Inc. co-founder and Chief Executive Steve Jobssaid Wednesday he is taking a medical leave of absence until the end of June — just a week after the cancer survivor tried to assure investors and employees his recent weight loss was simply caused by a treatable hormone deficiency.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bellarmine Football Nationally Honored

MaxPreps and the Army National Guard will present Head Football Coach Mike Janda and the Bellarmine football team with its Tour of Champions National Rankings Trophy in honor of the team's 20th ranking out of 15,000 high school football teams across the country.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Analysts: Macworld "underwhelming", "evolutionary"


Apple watchers on Wall Street are weighing in on Tuesday's Phil Schiller-led keynote address at Macworld, which they found disappointing but somewhat reassuring when it comes to the continued role of Steve Jobs as the company's primary spokesperson.

Kaufman Brothers' Shaw Wu and PiperJaffray's Gene Munster both termed the event "underwhelming" in their reports, although they still maintain Buy ratings on the Cupertino-based company.

"Even though expectations weren't that high (especially with Steve Jobs not giving the keynote), we still found the announcements somewhat underwhelming," Wu wrote.  "This was arguably among the weakest product introductions we can remember over the last 10 [Macworlds].

Steve Jobs is known for his famous Reality Distortion Field.  Phil Schiller will be remembered for his "Aura of Disappointment".  In past keynotes, Phil "The Shill" has come off as a buffoon, with his over-enthusiastic fanboy response to everything Steve said.  Maybe it was calculated to make Steve look even better by comparison, but it always annoyed me. He seemed to be playing a part in a high school musical production.

My impression (from reports, I haven't seen the video yet) is that he did a reasonably good job with what he had.  During my Apple years, I was in a couple of meetings with Phil and Steve. I have to say that Phil's off-stage personality is quite different than you might expect from seeing him at Macworld. At the time, I was a bit surprised by how arrogant he seemed. Phil was definitely in command of the numbers regarding competitors' offerings, prices and sales projections. I imagine that Jobs likes him because he doesn't compete with Jobs' style and he does a good job of sticking to the talking points (presumably whatever Jobs wanted him to say).  As a software engineer, I've tended to look down on sales and marketing types who didn't know anything about technology.  Now, I realize that those guys really do run the company, and they get to keep a lot of the money.  Technology is important, but it's only the first step towards success.

Here's to Phil!  You've done a lot better than I ever though you would.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Letter from Apple CEO Steve Jobs


Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been "robbing" me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I've already begun treatment. But, just like I didn't lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple's CEO during my recovery.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

50 years of the Bellarmine-St. Francis rivalry

I played cornerback for Bellarmine during the 1979 season. The 1990 team dedicated their victory to the memory of my brother, Mike Miner '81, who was a teacher (and basketball coach) at Bellarmine when he died suddenly of leukemia in September of 1990.  Bellarmine won again this past season, taking the CCS Championship.


1979: Bellarmine 8, St. Francis 6. At St. Francis, Matthew Ramirez ran for 164 yards in 32 carries and scored on a 4-yard run. Mike O'Donnell passed to Rich Martig on the decisive 2-point conversion try. Bellarmine ran out the clock with a nine-minute, 17-play drive before 5,000.

1979: St. Francis 6, Bellarmine 0. At San Jose City College, Tom Neylan scored on a 1-yard run with 27 seconds left in the second quarter of the CCS Region I final. In the fourth quarter, Bellarmine had first-and-goal from the 4, but Greg Harmon stopped the drive with an interception before 5,500.