John Paczkowski

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Microsoft Research: Also Fumbling the Future

Success, as the old adage claims, has many fathers–even Apple’s success, much as CEO Steve Jobs would like to think otherwise. So it’s interesting to hear that among the progenitors of Apple’s current renown is Rick Rashid, head of Microsoft Research.

Speaking at Microsoft’s (MSFT) Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles today, Rashid talked up his Apple (AAPL) street cred, reminding attendees that he helped develop Mach, the operating system microkernel that’s now the foundation of Mac OS X. “If you use a Macintosh or an iPhone, which honestly, I would not recommend, you would be using code that I wrote more than 25 years ago,” Rashid said. “If you’d asked me 25 years ago if I thought code I was [writing would be] running today on a cellphone, my reaction would have been, ‘What’s a cellphone?’ It just shows you things really do survive and get used in interesting ways.”

Used in interesting ways in Apple products, anyway. Just ask PARC.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work