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In Memoriam: Domesticity, Gender, and the 1977 Apple II Personal Computer
"This paper considers one of the first personal computers to be marketed to a mainstream American audience in the late 1970s: the Apple II. Lewis Mumford's notion of 'ideological and social preparation' is adapted to describe this period as a preparatory phase for the later ubiquity and absorbing quality of our relationship with personal computers. In examining the Apple II's design alongside a key marketing image we can discern that domesticity and gender were crucial points of negotiation during this period. In the late 1970s marketing for Apple the image of idyllic domesticity quickly became a major context for computer promotion, a development that had gendered implications. The example of 1930s streamlining in the design of domestic household appliances is used as a parallel with the Apple II's startling application of a plastic case: the concealing plastic exterior simultaneously simplified and obscured the device, transforming it from a 'machine' into a 'personal appliance.'"
paper  computers  history  sts  computer-science  gender  apple 
july 2013 by tsuomela
Cloak VPN :: Push Button Security
Cloak is a service for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad that keeps you safe from prying eyes on public wi-fi.
security  apple  vpn 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Fabulous journalism | Felix Salmon
"One of the central problems with narrative nonfiction is that the best narratives aren’t messy and complicated, while nonfiction nearly always is. Daisey stepped way too far over the line when he started outright lying to his audience and to the producers of This American Life. But all of us in the narrative-nonfiction business (I’ve written such stuff myself) are faced at some point with a choice between telling the story and telling the whole truth, or the whole truth as best we understand it. Someone like Michael Lewis will concentrate with a laser focus on the story: what he writes is the truth, but it isn’t the whole truth. And when you have a storyteller like Mike Daisey who considers himself a monologist rather than a journalist, even outright lies can find their way in to the story very easily."
truth  fiction  story-telling  journalism  apple  country(China)  business 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Tenured Radical - The Chronicle of Higher Education
My affection for the shiny objects Apple sells does, however, bring me to the part about Steve Jobs where we might want to interrupt the celebration of his life once again.  Probably more than any other innovator, Jobs has made it possible to confuse one’s life with one’s lifestyle
JobsSteve  apple  economics  computers 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Steve Jobs didn’t | asymco
" Steve Jobs was not charismatic. He spoke from the heart compelling others to follow him.
Steve Jobs was not a gifted orator. He spoke plainly.
Steve Jobs was not a magician. He practiced, a lot.

He had taste.
He was curious.
He was patient.
He was foolish.
He was hungry.

These things many others can do. Maybe you can."
JobsSteve  death  macintosh  apple 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Omniorthogonal: The Great Man Theory
Second: boy, do Americans love them some CEO, especially an arrogant one. For a bunch of freedom-loving rebels there is certainly a strong streak of servility in the national character.
JobsSteve  death  macintosh  apple  ceo  power 
october 2011 by tsuomela
What Would a Fair-Labor iPod Cost? - Umair Haque -
The results are surprising. An American made iPod Classic costs just 23% more than a Chinese made iPod Classic: $58 more, to be precise. The same relationship holds across the iPod family (price differentials in the 20-30% range) The iPod is a durable good, so that's a difference — but smaller than one might expect.
money  trade  ipod  apple  labor  outsourcing 
august 2009 by tsuomela

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