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Steve Jobs usage of word “freedom” is getting close to the 1984 newspeak

And here we are again, month after I pointed out that Apples own 1984 commercial is a parody of the todays company principles, Mr. Steve Jobs confirmed this stance once again.

One drunken reporter, pissed of by iPad commercial http://gawker.com/5539717/ wrote to sjobs@apple.com:

If Dylan was 20 today, how would he feel about your company?

Would he think the iPad had the faintest thing to do with “revolution?”

Revolutions are about freedom.

And Steve Jobs answered thusly:

Yep, freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom.

Is this the freedom we want? I mean the “freedom” to choose whatever Apple allows to be chosen and passes through to their devices? Yeah, I’am not forced to use their products, but nevertheless, this is frightening.

1984 by George Orwell contained a concept of newspeak – new language developed specifically to limit the thinking of people. This is the excerpt from it about word free/freedom:

“free: meaning Negative freedom (without) in a physical sense, only in statements like “This dog is free from lice”, as the concepts of “political freedom” and “intellectual freedom” do not exist in Newspeak.”

Ehm, yeah, thanks Mr. Jobs – now I can sleep properly. Free from porn, free from choice and free from real freedom.

Nearly 1 in 3 Laptops fail over 3 years

SquareTrade analyzed failure rates for over 30,000 new laptop computers covered by SquareTrade Laptop Warranty plans and found that one-third of all laptops will fail within 3 years. SquareTrade also found that netbooks are 20% more unreliable than other laptops, and that Asus and Toshiba are the most reliable laptop brands.

http://www.squaretrade.com/htm/pdf/SquareTrade_laptop_reliability_1109.pdf

Interesting study. Check the PDF for stats.

Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC? Don’t ask Microsoft

So, to recap: A PC hobbyist or enthusiast who wants to buy a legal copy of Windows 7 at a discount gets confusing and conflicting information from Microsoft’s web site. Microsoft’s own “decision engine” leads him to software he isn’t supposed to use, and even offers extra discounts if he buys through those links. He gets no information from online retailers who will happily take his money for a product he technically isn’t allowed to install. And he gets absolutely wrong answers if he asks at Microsoft’s official help forums.

Is that pathetic, or what?

Uhm, what a mess! (via @longo213)

Lenovo ThinkPads Arrive at International Space Station

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A Russian rocket that arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) this summer delivered ThinkPads to space.

The ThinkPad T61p installed in the ISS provides faster, lighter and more energy efficient notebooks to perform a full range of tasks.

The delivery continues a long-standing relationship ThinkPad has with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), but these are the first ThinkPads created by Lenovo to be used at the space station. All earlier NASA ThinkPads came from IBM.

Eventually there will be more than 100 ThinkPads on the space station and in NASA’s Space Shuttles, which will help do everything from steering the Space Shuttle to running robotics to providing streaming video.

Also, for the first time this year, every astronaut on the ground will be utilizing a ThinkPad T500 in their daily work. This initiative lowers training costs by allowing astronauts to become proficient at utilizing the most critical piece of hardware equipment they use in space, while they are on the ground.

Check the rest of the article about absolute dominance of ThinkPads in outer space.

Apple – CDS je členem skupiny Apcom

Ukážkové kotrmelce … aktuálna TZ:

Vážení přátelé jablečného světa,

společnost Czech Data Systems s.r.o., autorizovaný distributor produktů Apple pro Českou republiku, se stal členem regionální skupiny Apcom.

Apcom Group je mezinárodní skupina zastřešující autorizované distributory produktů Apple v Maďarsku, České republice, Slovensku, Rumunsku, Slovinsku, Chorvatsku, Srbsku a Bulharsku. Centrála Apcom Group je v Budapešti a jejím ředitelem je Georges Abboud.

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