Philip Lippard

Please say it ain't so

Year 2008 - Election Year - It Is About the iPhone Stupid...


I have become quite skilled with Microsoft's web technologies over the years; IIS7, ASP.NET, AJAX, Silverlight, etc, however I never really developed much of an interest in Microsoft's mobile platform; Windows Mobile. As a result of being a MSDN Universal subscriber, Microsoft gave me a free Pocket PC (pictured to the left below) several years ago, however I still prefer to use my basic cell phone (pictured to the right below).


Yes, I have always admired Microsoft technologies. I started promoting Microsoft technologies to the finance industry in 1992. I stood on my feet all day long at many a trade show (in the US, Europe and Pacific Rim) which promoted Microsoft technologies. I promoted Microsoft technologies as much as our own. The technologies were "one-in-the-same" I suppose. Nexus was embracing Microsoft, and Microsoft was recommending Nexus.

However, one does have to recognize a paradigm shift from time to time. The iPhone represents such a move. I would have to place the iPhone right alongside some other past products which genuinely changed the way people work, live and think, such as:

  • IBM System 360 - 1964 (started the modern age of computing)
  • IBM PC - 1981
  • IBM PC/AT - 1984
  • IBM Thinkpad - 1992 (I have probably owned seven of these over the years)
  • Apple iPod - 2006

Being a software developer at heart, the only way to fullfill my interest in the iPhone is to go out and acquire an iMacBookPro. The iPhone SDK requires a Mac, and I have researched the possibility of executing Mac OS X in a PC based virtual machine; not on planet Earth anyway. It would appear that someone got Mac OS X running with VMWare, however such hacking efforts violate the Apple license agreement, so I suppose I will spend $3,000 to purchase the iMacBookPro pictured below, just so I can start iPhone software development with the iPhone SDK. I figure I will do some "in the cloud" development, using Microsoft .NET technologies to deploy "the cloud" and the iPhone SDK technologies for the iPhone "cloud recipient". I wonder what airport TSA staff will say when I am now carrying two laptops through security; my trusted Thinkpad, and now a iMacBookPro. Interesting how Microsoft have gotten so much bad press for years, yet Apple will not even allow its iMac OS, which runs on Intel based processors, to run on anything other than an Apple assembled Intel processor. Nonetheless, here it is:


The new language to be discovered here is Objective C. It shall be interesting to see how this effort goes, and where this detour in the road may lead. I will keep you posted. At a minimum, this effort should satisfy my continuing curiousity for emerging technologies.

...and yes indeed, we are in an election year. If you have ever walked into an Apple store then you probably have more technology exposure than John McCain (or is it MacCain ?)

. It was Ronald Reagan who said..."...Government is not the solution....Government is the problem...". If a US Senator has been on planet Earth for 72 years, yet he knows absolutely nothing about the force that drives the worldwide economy, then I think we now know why ... "...Government is the problem..."... yes indeed.


















However, anyone can slip up in an interview. This is what Steve Balmer had to say about the original iPhone.