» ‘No chance.’

Steve Ballmer in 2007 shortly before the iPhone’s release:

Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? (Laughter.) I want to have products that appeal to everybody.

Now we’ll get a chance to go through this again in phones and music players. There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.

A lot changes in 7 years: current estimates put Windows Phone at <4% of the market and Steve Ballmer is no longer the CEO of Microsoft. I guess that’s what happens when you laugh at your competition while they change the world.

» The Period, Our Simplest Punctuation Mark, Has Become a Sign of Anger | New Republic

On text and instant message, punctuation marks have largely been replaced by the line break. I am much more likely to type two separate messages without punctuation:

sorry about last night
next time we can order little caesars

Than I am to send a single punctuated message: 

I’m sorry about last night. Next time we can order Little Caesars.

And, because it seems begrudging, I would never type:

sorry about last night.
next time we can order little caesars.

The final example in the quote above does seem really harsh!

» Possible iOS 7 delay

Many different sites have been discussing a rumor about a possible iOS 7 delay largely due to an Ive-directed overhaul of the user interface. I haven’t seen anything from the usual people sources that tend to have really good sources. However, this bit from the Bloomberg piece did strike me:

Staff from Apple’s Mac team have also been roped in to help the mobile-software group finish the job

Sound familiar?