Take iCloud documents in the cloud. Use Mountain Lion and its built-in apps like TextEdit and Preview for a few hours and it is very clear that this is how Apple wants users to deal with documents and app content. It’s a radical change from the nearly 30-year-old file-system-centric approach to data management on the Mac. The old way: go to the Finder, find the file you want, and open it. The new... way: go to the app and open the document from within the app. Conceptually it works just like iOS — your files aren’t in the file system, but rather “in” the app you used to create them. This is the future, but Apple isn’t forcing it upon us. The feature is prominent, yes, because Apple wants us to use it. But it is far from mandatory. Don’t want to use iCloud document storage? Then just keep on managing your files exactly as before. Apple’s not dragging us to the future; they’re enticing us to walk there on our own.
would have thought of for themselves. So now we have an innovation that has made the government work better for all Americans.
Facebooks initial public offering later this spring will create a billion-dollar windfall for its founders and early investors, so its easy to be cynical and view the IPO as another example of insiders cashing in on the latest web phenomenon. But the significance -- and symbolism -- of Facebooks IPO goes much deeper. Facebooks astonishing rise is an apt metaphor for the emergence over the last two... decades of the Internet itself as a tool for individual self-expression and collective organization. Its also a dramatic example of a generational shift taking place among the entrepreneurial class, one that elevates social change as a priority along with commercial success. Perhaps most importantly, Facebooks success is a powerful argument to the transformational impact that a free, open Internet can have on society and commerce.