Steve Jobs Passes Away

Steve jobs, the greatest consumer gadget inventor of modern day history has died at the age of 56. According to a statement by the family, he died on October 5, 2011 ‘…peacefully in his sleep.’ The cause of death has not been made public. However, Steve Jobs had a liver transplant and was struggling with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Apple’s homepage switched to a full-page image of Jobs and reads: “Steve Jobs 1955-2011″.

Apple immediately released a press statement: ” We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion, and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Steve Jobs was the co-founder of the first personal computer, Apple II that he developed with Childhood friend Steve Wozniak. He gave the tablet computer a new meaning and made smart phones great. Many experts have grouped Steve Jobs in the same category as Thomas Edison.

President Obama says: “Steve was among the greatest of American innovators-brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”

Bob Iger, the CEO of Walt Disney has this to say of the late Steve Jobs: “Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started.”

The co-founder of Yahoo! Jerry Yang paid respect by saying: “He not only gave me a lot of personal advice and encouragement, he showed all of us how innovation can change lives.”

Michael Dell, the CEO and founder Dell Inc said of Steve Passing: “Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend, and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve jobs will be remembered for generations to come. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the Apple team.”

Even Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder has something good to say about the icon: “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”

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Bittersweet Taste of Windows 8 Pre-Beta

Windows 8 is still in development and Microsoft is yet to announce a shipment date but I can’t wait to share what I think about Windows 8 pre-beta. The new OS will run on laptops, desktops, netbooks, servers, media center PCs, and tablet PCs. The pre-beta version for developers is out and I was able to run it on my HP laptop built for Windows 7. So far, I have a bittersweet taste in my mouth about Windows 8. Although installation of Windows was smooth, the Metro user interface is quite confusing. The Metro UI seems like it would be best for Smartphones, not notebooks.

Let’s start with the good news. I was excited to work on a new operating system. It took about 10 seconds to boot. It has secured boot, superb Smart Screen, reset/refresh pc, and client hyper-v. Now, companies, for the first time, will be able to integrate their employees tablet PCs into their networks. I am sure that many network administrators welcome this news.

Next, there is definitely a good reason why enterprise users should not upgrade to Windows 8. That is simply because in Windows 7, the enterprise Desktop mode is Windows 7. This is a problem that Microsoft will have to deal with if they want people to migrate en mass.

On my laptop, now running on Windows 8, I was able to use the classic Start menu, like in Windows 7. I was able to do this the same way I could choose the Metro UI. So, if users upgrade and the don’t like the Metro UI, they can go back to a Windows 7 look and feel.

The bad news is that Windows 8, without the Metro interface, is very similar to Windows 7. Nothing has really changed.  In the past, people get excited when there is a launch of a new Microsoft operating system due to new features, look, and feel. That excitement and rush has effectively faded out. In fact, the technology World is more anxious for the next iPhone to hit the market than they are about Windows 8.

One more thing, Microsoft is also trying to keep older versions of Windows, Linux, and other operating systems off Windows 8 computers. That means users may not be able to dual boot their computers. By dual booting, as it is today, one could have both Windows 7 and Linux operating systems on a computer. This might not be the case in the future.

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