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The Next “Killer App” Will Be Developed on Apple’s OS X

There’s good reason to suspect that the net’s next ‘killer app’ will be developed on Apple’s OS X operating system. Among many computer developers, there is a strong movement from Linux to OS X.

Why? First, OS X combines a open-source Unix core with the world’s best GUI and best-of-breed applications like iTunes and iPhoto. Rumors also indicate that Apple is going to be ‘integrating’ Linux with OS X in their 10.4 revision.

OS X has relatively short application development times because it is heavily object-oriented. The OS is also improving very rapidly. Longhorn is going to be out in 2006 (maybe); meanwhile OS X has a major upgrade yearly and already includes components such as tight video card integration that Windows won’t have until Longhorn.

Developers spend a lot of time with their computers and they want a pretty one. Apple makes the only computers that could be defined as stylish.

These developers will naturally develop their apps on OS X first. The world’s first web browser was implemented by Tim Berners-Lee on NeXTStep, a direct ancestor of OS X. The seminal video game Doom was also developed on NeXTStep.

If VoIP and Video-oIP are the next killer apps on the net, Apple already includes truly turnkey VoIP and Video-oIP in OS 10.3. They will sell you the hardware (an iSight plug-and-play auto-focus video camera) that integrates Video-oIP directly into AOL Instant Messanger’s namespace. Watch for them to extend it to the PC platform like they did with the iPod.

(Via Weekly Read :: Here.)

Filed under: Apple

The Next “Killer App” Will Be Developed on Apple’s OS X

There’s good reason to suspect that the net’s next ‘killer app’ will be developed on Apple’s OS X operating system. Among many computer developers, there is a strong movement from Linux to OS X.

Why? First, OS X combines a open-source Unix core with the world’s best GUI and best-of-breed applications like iTunes and iPhoto. Rumors also indicate that Apple is going to be ‘integrating’ Linux with OS X in their 10.4 revision.

OS X has relatively short application development times because it is heavily object-oriented. The OS is also improving very rapidly. Longhorn is going to be out in 2006 (maybe); meanwhile OS X has a major upgrade yearly and already includes components such as tight video card integration that Windows won’t have until Longhorn.

Developers spend a lot of time with their computers and they want a pretty one. Apple makes the only computers that could be defined as stylish.

These developers will naturally develop their apps on OS X first. The world’s first web browser was implemented by Tim Berners-Lee on NeXTStep, a direct ancestor of OS X. The seminal video game Doom was also developed on NeXTStep.

If VoIP and Video-oIP are the next killer apps on the net, Apple already includes truly turnkey VoIP and Video-oIP in OS 10.3. They will sell you the hardware (an iSight plug-and-play auto-focus video camera) that integrates Video-oIP directly into AOL Instant Messanger’s namespace. Watch for them to extend it to the PC platform like they did with the iPod.

(Via Weekly Read :: Here.)

Filed under: Apple

The Next “Killer App” Will Be Developed on Apple’s OS X

There’s good reason to suspect that the net’s next ‘killer app’ will be developed on Apple’s OS X operating system. Among many computer developers, there is a strong movement from Linux to OS X.

Why? First, OS X combines a open-source Unix core with the world’s best GUI and best-of-breed applications like iTunes and iPhoto. Rumors also indicate that Apple is going to be ‘integrating’ Linux with OS X in their 10.4 revision.

OS X has relatively short application development times because it is heavily object-oriented. The OS is also improving very rapidly. Longhorn is going to be out in 2006 (maybe); meanwhile OS X has a major upgrade yearly and already includes components such as tight video card integration that Windows won’t have until Longhorn.

Developers spend a lot of time with their computers and they want a pretty one. Apple makes the only computers that could be defined as stylish.

These developers will naturally develop their apps on OS X first. The world’s first web browser was implemented by Tim Berners-Lee on NeXTStep, a direct ancestor of OS X. The seminal video game Doom was also developed on NeXTStep.

If VoIP and Video-oIP are the next killer apps on the net, Apple already includes truly turnkey VoIP and Video-oIP in OS 10.3. They will sell you the hardware (an iSight plug-and-play auto-focus video camera) that integrates Video-oIP directly into AOL Instant Messanger’s namespace. Watch for them to extend it to the PC platform like they did with the iPod.

(Via Weekly Read :: Here.)

Filed under: Apple Computer

VC in the ‘Old World’ comes of age

Red Herring has an article prasing the advances in Europe while the Economist has a special feature this week on Private Equity which criticizes European VC. I felt that several of the comments in the Economist were simply not true. Three comments in particular were completely false: 1. Lack of repeat entrepreneurs 2. Lack of specialized Lawyers, Consultants and intermediaries and 3. Lack of government incentives.

First, many of the entreprenuers I meet are serial entrepreneurs that have sold their businesses for millions. Second, there are highly qualified and specialized firms that we work with who understand the needs of early stage companies. Third, the government is essentially the largest VC in the UK thanks to the tax breaks they offer. The Economist, in this case, is way off base- which is very surprising considering they are sitting in the most active area for Venture Capital in Europe. There are a slew of reasons why Venture Capital is very exciting in the UK right now (that’s for another post). In the meantime, have a look at RH’s article:

Europe not only has more professional venture capitalists, but it also has developed a good angel network, with entrepreneurs injecting not only money into startups but also some of their experience, creating an ecosystem of support.

Link: RED HERRING | VC in the ‘Old World’ comes of age.

Filed under: Venture Capital

New Business Angel Network

If you are looking for sub £150k in funding, the OEI is for you.

Oxford Early Investments (OEI), a new business angel network has launched. The new initiative will help innovative companies at the very early stages of technical and commercial development raise investment capital of up to £150,000. OEI has been established by Oxford Innovation and will build on the success of its other investment networks, including Oxfordshire Investment Opportunity Network (OION), which looks at deals of between £200,000 and £2m.

Oxford Early Investments (OEI) will complement OION by providing investors with opportunities that are at an earlier stage than those selected to present to OION.

Link: European Venture Capital Journal.

Filed under: Venture Capital

80/20 rule and the long tail

I’m just getting around to reading posts from last month. It’s funny that Flow of Time has picked up on this article. I had read the article originally and was just thinking about “The Long Tail” today in a presentation by a publishing company. I think there is a lot of merit in aggregating niche markets, and it is something I am seeing with frequency. I recommend reading the article.

80/20 rule and the long tail: “VentureBlog captured an interesting article about internet success stories in Wired and wrote a post worth reading.”

(Via Flow Of Time.)

Filed under: Venture Capital

European Venture Capital Journal

I didn’t get to post when the European Venture Capital Journal published the article about Business Angel investments in the UK and Europe. Anthony Clarke, the Managing Director at London Seed Capital, discusses the London Business Angel Network and Angel investing.

Overall, I think most people do not realize the level of investment taking place at the “angel” level. One of the other key points is the EIS discussion at the end of the article. If the investment returns your capital to you, the government assures you a 40% return.

It’s a good primer on what’s happening at the early-stage end of the market here for those unfamiliar with that end of the market.

Filed under: Venture Capital

I am a Thief

I have stolen music by defeating the DRM in Apple’s iTunes and iPod.Since my PowerBook was stolen back in October, the only copy I have of several songs purchased from iTunes is the copy on my iPod mini. Since I have had to purchase a new computer, it does not recognize my existing iPod and purchased songs. It seems to want to erase those songs…So, I have downloaded a hack to circumvent Apple’s stupid DRM. I have stolen music from myself. I have posted before about how ridiculous Apple’s DRM is, but this one takes the cake. I could be legally tried (and possibly convicted) for defeating Apple’s DRM and stealing music that I have paid for.I’m not entirely against DRM,  and understand why it is there, but Apple could do a better job than the current “one iPod, one computer” paradigm.

Filed under: Apple Computer, iPod

Apple Store London

Last night I walked past the rumored Apple Store on Regent’s Street. Two large apples on a black background announce: "Grand Opening, November 20, 2004."

I have been trying desperately to get a new Apple since the burglary and have had pitiful service from Apple retailers in London (Cancom on High Street Kinsington is a joke of company). I am very glad to see the Apple store opening and hope that all my previous Apple woes will be solved in short order (and that posting will resume by the end of this month).

Filed under: Apple Computer

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