I only know of Steve Jobs from movies, books and the occasional news reports, but mostly the movies.
Back in the day when I was still an IT Professional (or maybe I still am but definitely to a far lesser degree), IT Certifications were the thing to have.
For those who aren't aware what certification is, it's the IT industry's attempt to teach people to become qualified experts at using their products. Every IT brand has these, and the more popular ones here are those from Microsoft, Cisco, Lotus and IBM to name a few. There are certifications for every level, from mastering MS Word to setting up LANs and server systems.
It helps end - users and companies find qualified people to keep their systems running, but its also a great cash cow for the brand as not only does it assure the experts they train will be walking promoters of their products but getting certified per se is expensive as it involves several pricey exams.
This Dell chart I got from Maximum PC re how much Apple overprices its products isn't exactly a surprise for most people who've known Apple vs Dell (or all PC manufacturers for that matter), but it's a nice helpful guide anyway. Click to see a bigger pic.
There's a dearth of Apple and Apple related news on this blog mainly because I don't own an Apple product (or at least, not a new one), and secondly because I think Apple gets waaaay too much press. I mean, how many times do blogs and news agencies need to report about an antenna malfunction or that their latest product is breaking some sales record?
This latest development though, is interesting because it affects not just Apple but all those big developers out there who sell hardware and insist on your using it only within imposed limits in what's turning out to be a myopic business strategy of assuring continued business.
The US Gov't. via the Library of Congress has added the practice of 'jailbreaking' as amongst the exemptions to the Copyright Office which reviews and authorizes these to ensure that the law does not prevent certain non - infringing uses of copyright protected works. Apple claims that jailbreaking is an unauthorized modification of its software.
So I just watched MacHeads. The movie is specifically about the community that revolves around Apple. Not Apple Inc., not Steve Jobs, not the products. Just the people that comprise the user community and their beginnings, their struggle during the 90's when Apple was sinking, to their rise again in the 2000s and ironically, their impending demise due to the way the 'net and Apple's newer products are alienating and / or making user groups and communities superfluous.
I've been following the announcements re Skype's availability for the iPhone and iPod recently. I decided to join the bandwagon because seriously, this event is truly about as serious a sign of the decline of the big ol' bad telco as it can ever get.
So here's some recommended reading. Leading up to the launch is Read Write Web's article re Skype and ten reasons why it may be the biggest winner of the Web 2.0 era.
And finally today we have launch news. Here's a review from Read Write Web again (can you tell this is one of my fave tech sites?), and it's working great. The most comprehensive is from Engadget, with updates explaining the app wasn't working for jailbroken iPhones and that those not running OS3.0 beta were at least able to call over WiFi (which is fine by me).