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March 14, 2010

SXSW: Microsoft Surface,, FunMail and HuddleHub

Posted: 01:23 PM ET

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival, which is known for being one of the preeminent events for introducing tech innovations, began this weekend in Austin, Texas. More than 100 cutting-edge interactive businesses set up shop along an exhibit hall floor here, in an attempt to attract attention from tech insiders. I braved the large crowds and product pitches to check out what some of the coolest emerging technologies.

Here are four products that most caught my eye:

Microsoft Surface:

What is it? Multi-touch technology that enables users to interact with their digital content on a tabletop surface without a keyboard or mouse.

Microsoft Surface responds to natural hand gestures and real-world objects, helping people interact with digital content in a simple and intuitive way. Think 'Minority Report' meets the CNN Magic Wall on a beautiful table setting.

During a demonstration of prototype software, a tablet reader was rested on the tabletop while magazine content was dragged over from the Surface tabletop to the users' account with a flick of the finger. Microsoft Surface is currently geared for commercial and developer use, but could be marketed for consumers in the near future. It features an open API which allows developers to build apps to work with the product.

What is it? A personal identity management Web site that allows users to combine social network profiles onto the same page for a "unified online presence." provides a clean interface for curating and showcasing your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and other feeds into a 'one-stop digital storefront.'  If you've longed for a home worth showcasing your many online wares (personal homepages, lifestreaming, splash and microsites, celebrity fan pages, commercial promotion, brand marketing and everything in between), this could be the tool for you. offers free basic service and a premium package ($20 annual) which includes your own web domain name.


What is it? For users interested in adding a little visual spice to their messages, FunMail from FunMobility is a next-generation visual messaging platform that attaches multimedia to your text, tweet or status update.

FunMail uses a learning technology that gets smarter about making insightful connections between imagery and language every time a FunMail is sent. When I typed in "Hated losing an hour of sleep this morning," for Daylight Savings, for example, the search engine found images of people lying in bed, dogs asleep on couches and one very close up shot of a toothbrush.  I chose the toothbrush.

FunMail is currently available for iPhone and Android devices as well as online.  The company hopes to offer a Blackberry version soon.  Just in time for South by Southwest Interactive the company has released FunTweet, a Web service that turns any Twitter stream into visual messages. There's also a Facebook app.


What is it? An online management tool for people who 'own' multiple fantasy sports teams.

If you're a fantasy sports geek like me, then you'll want to check out HuddleHub. The service, which just launched, promises to aggregate your player updates, provide live sports and fantasy updates via web and mobile, and - here's where it gets fun - a recommendation engine for advice on player personnel moves via algorithms.  Just imagine taking some of the guess work out of that pending blockbuster fantasy trade.

I asked the company founder if there were any assurances this tool would provide me the competitive edge to earn championship trophies in my future fantasy sports league endeavors. He said it should help, but made no guarantees.

The Web version of HuddleHub is free and available now.  HuddleHub expects to release an iPhone version in June.

What do you think of these products? Let us know in the comments.

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Flex   March 14th, 2010 2:48 pm ET

The smart table is an extension of the iphone, + or – different applications. Where the ipad is the latest evolution of the iphone, + or – different applications, and hardware, the smart table is like an ipad with legs.

al   March 14th, 2010 2:58 pm ET

dude, microsoft surface has been in the works for atleast 5 years, back when ipods were the size of red bricks.

srinivas   March 14th, 2010 3:04 pm ET

Flex, MIcrosoft(MS) surface is not a new product, infact its quite an old project, iphone and MS surface both were introduced in the same year. But surface is still not commercial, Also surface is not ipad with legs, it design was(may be still is) naive compared to the multi-touch technology currently available now. It needs those legs because it has the projection and touch sensing hidden under the surface.

ps: i am not a MS fan boy!

danny   March 14th, 2010 3:04 pm ET

Flex, sorry but Apple did not invent all touch technology. Just because a product is capable of touch technology doesn't mean it is an "extension of the iphone" or the ipad.

Sarkazein   March 14th, 2010 3:08 pm ET

Surface has been in development since 2001 and comercially available since 2008.

xs   March 14th, 2010 3:09 pm ET

@al exactly, they just need to release a product, or quit with it. they did the same thing with photosynth, wait years to do anything with it. reminds me of the old "you will" AT&T ads from the 90s.

DC   March 14th, 2010 3:09 pm ET

Apple did not even invent the tablet, they have existed for more than 10 years. Mac heads need to get over that impulse to believe that every good idea must have origenated from Steve Jobs at one point or another.

bindo   March 14th, 2010 3:19 pm ET

You guys need to unplug for a minute and get some sun.

sean   March 14th, 2010 3:25 pm ET

Yeah, i have to agree with the other posters here. MS Surface is hardly a new technology, and certainly not worth of a front page spot on

filmdad   March 14th, 2010 3:35 pm ET

Either the author didn't get to far into the "cool" tech that SXSW has to offer or the "new" ideas the presented kind of suck. Really another online management tool for social networking and a MS product that they forced out to compete with the IPAD. The MS product isn't even available..... to anyone. I would say a lame showing on the tech industry as SXSW,

Wade   March 14th, 2010 3:52 pm ET

As already stated, the Surface has been around as long as the iPhone. They've at non-tech places (hotel lobbies for example) for more than a year now. And yes, anyone can buy them... list price in the US is $12,500 these days.

Wade   March 14th, 2010 3:53 pm ET

Tigeroptics   March 14th, 2010 3:57 pm ET

I find it funny , people dislike Microsoft so much , especially the so called Techies, Microsoft allows for so many options , and customization that Apple does not , plus to mention that Macs are for virtual PC dummies , and the fact they cost twice as much Microsoft makes there products much more affordable, and if you know what your doing more personel as well.

Ibkiller   March 14th, 2010 4:09 pm ET

Microsoft Surface was revealed to select media outlets about 2 months before the iPhone was revealed so development times were probably similar it also is pretty far from an iphone spin off because it uses an entirely different touch technology. The iPhone uses a grid of capacitive touch wires laid into the the LCD in order to pick up electrical signals from your fingers. The Surface uses a system of cameras below the screen aimed up at the surface in order to pick up signals like real world objects and then it has a digital scanner that reads small tags in order to interact with objects like cameras and glasses on its surface.

Joe Carozza   March 14th, 2010 4:16 pm ET is "hot"?

There are like 59 sites which do the same useless thing. And the dramatic music in their demo doesn't make its yawn-ness any more dramatic. You can do the same crap in Dreamweaver in like 10 minutes.

Mike Bilingsy   March 14th, 2010 4:20 pm ET

I'm surprised that no one knows about the tablet being out so long. It's just now getting better and with attention since Windows 7.

It seems everyone hates Micro Soft but when they were eating the profit for their XBox's so they could compete with the illegal price fixing from Nintendo and Sony nobody mentioned that.

In either case Apple hasn't come out with anything new since the Apple 2. Don't quote the Macintosh because the Commodore Amiga came out and it was better.

Apple has had a history of programming issue, lack of games as well as recently they have been things like locking down their equipment so if you want content you have to buy it.
Like MP3's and Applications as well as not allowing you to use unauthorized apps.

My equipment I either hack to bypass the limitations or purchace a differant brand. Currently I have NO apple products in my house nor care to get them being the quivelant is out there and does the same job.

Verizon does the same with their Cell phones, they lock them up so if you want anything you have to pay a fee.

Back to the table, it's a cool technology but too expensive currently for home users. I personally want to play a game or use a service that is eye level and not having to hunch over or look down to use it.

Brandon H.   March 14th, 2010 4:20 pm ET

That smart table seems very similar to the touch table in the James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace".

Dave   March 14th, 2010 4:57 pm ET

@ Mike bilingsly- you win the dumbest quote of the day award: "In either case Apple hasn't come out with anything new since the Apple 2."

Does the word iPod mean anything to you? how about iTunes? you may hate them but it revolutionized the music industry. How about the iMac? Mac Book Pro? How about the iPhone? Like it or not it set the bar for smartphones since it's release.

"Apple has had a history of programming issue, lack of games"

Yes because having a computer means you have to play games. If I wanted to play games, I'd buy and X-Box. If I want to get work done, I do it on my Mac.

And could you elaborate on the "programing' issue? Besides Microsoft stealing Apples UI and pretending it was their idea that is. Or do you mean the stability of the MacOS vrs buggy virus riddled Windows version – what ever the hell # they're on. Care to comment on the Vista POS programing issues?


Bamage   March 14th, 2010 5:02 pm ET

In our house, dinner has always been a sacred time of human interaction among family members. Now, with the introduction of this damnable table, I fear our dinners will become little more than 4-player PacMan tournaments. WHICH TOTALLY ROCKS! Know what I'm having for dinner tonight? Ghosts and bonus cherries, baby!

Don   March 14th, 2010 5:09 pm ET

I thought MS Surface was dead years ago. It didn't seem that useful back then and now it seems completely obsolete. Who wants a computer built into a coffee table?

Marcel   March 14th, 2010 5:15 pm ET

I agreed with you Apple did not invent all touch technology.

Ganhar Dinheiro

notaprogram   March 14th, 2010 5:40 pm ET

Isn't this the table the MASTER PROGRAMMER used to control the digital environment in the Disney movie "TRON" 25 years ago? Digitalization, hmmm? end of line.

how old are you people???   March 14th, 2010 6:01 pm ET

Some of you must not have been around for too long. Touch devices have been around long before Apple ever invested any interest in it. I have touch devices from back in the day when Internet was an unknown word. For some of you younger folks, a little history is needed. This was during a time when iPhones did not exist. In fact, cell phones were just beginning to become affordable, so not everyone and their mother had one.

kieran walsh   March 14th, 2010 6:13 pm ET

Speaking of apps that have been around for a long time. Some of you writers need to look at one called "spell checker". Using it can make you look smarter than you really are.

Jerry   March 14th, 2010 6:18 pm ET

Watching this is like watching GM roll out the Chevy Volt for the billionth time... Real artists ship ...

David   March 14th, 2010 6:22 pm ET

In 1987 I removed the CRT of the MacIntosh and attached touch screenn technology to the surface and re-installed the tube. I worked for Apple's advertising agency at the time BBDO. Then we wrote HyperTalk scripts to activate the icons for touch. Apple loved it.

Too much time on your hands...   March 14th, 2010 6:49 pm ET

...and on mine for even reading this!

dwighthuth   March 14th, 2010 6:54 pm ET

Too bad we dont have a device yet where we can select the type of leadership we want based on touching a screen and out comes our smart politican, whouldnt that be nice?

long   March 14th, 2010 7:04 pm ET

MicroSoft bought 100s of start-ups that were developing User Interfaces. The problem was that they were not really interested in developing them. In some cases, they were just taking them off the market. MS definitely had the money and the people to get a lot of cool stuff off the ground. They could have done the iPod and the iPhone first, easily. The trouble was no energy to do it. Apple had the energy and did it instead. Windows could have been a much better system than the MacOS. But it's not. Because MicroSoft just didn't care to make it btter.

Seth Jones   March 14th, 2010 7:09 pm ET

MS Surface is more tired, proprietary(.net crap), OVERPRICED garbage from MS. It has been around for a few years, my company went and wasted money on 2 of them. They are collecting dust in a storage room....

Eliza   March 14th, 2010 7:22 pm ET

Hey, Seth Jones! I'd love one of those units you have sitting in your storage room!

I would love to with it.

Jack   March 14th, 2010 7:23 pm ET

Who cares if Apple "invented" the touch screen. I am a Mac user and just want these type of features to make my tech uses user friendly.
And a MS Surface at $12,500, let's all run out and buy one!

michael-c   March 14th, 2010 7:36 pm ET

Microsoft Surface: The new "Blue Screen of Death".

Comes complete with various assortment of bugs, glitches and other virus-prone features for your ultimate frustration.

Andacar   March 14th, 2010 7:46 pm ET

Dave - You need a history lesson. You are correct in your response about the contributions of the Mac, but I'm surprised you are still going after that old "MS stole Apple's UI" bit. Apple stole it lock stock and barrel from XEROX PARC, mice, windows (small w) and everything. That issue was settled decades ago. Let's at least beat a different dead horse.

bppdalla   March 14th, 2010 8:01 pm ET

Wow – how many of you are celibate? Im going to say 100%...hey, here's an idea, go outside!

Jesse Newton   March 14th, 2010 8:06 pm ET

yes apple did base their product on xerox product. thats about where your accuracy ends.

"Xerox could have owned the PC revolution, but instead it sat on the technology for years. Then, in exchange for the opportunity to invest in a hot new pre-IPO start-up called “Apple,” the Xerox PARC commandos were forced — under protest — to give Apple’s engineers a tour and a demonstration of their work. The result was the Apple Macintosh, which Microsoft later copied to create Windows."

Xerox was completely okay with it. though some of the zerox developers weren't. still no theft.

James   March 14th, 2010 8:16 pm ET

Uh Jesse you just described a lack of innovation by Apple which was the point.

Everyone, technology is a lot like jazz or hip hop. Everyone borrows from each other.

karmen   March 14th, 2010 8:50 pm ET

I am in my eighties very much interested in nerd technology, but will never be able to own one. Putering is very much like running seven miles a day to keep the body fit, in my case to keep the mind running. Its the cost of these 'mind toys,' dudes 🙂 Will never b able to afford one.

Hey u techies...   March 14th, 2010 8:50 pm ET

Hey u techies... I am still waiting for someone to invent a better paper clip. "PAPER CLIP" is still a better invention (any day) than any of these so called repackaged goods to be sold to the ingnorant masses.

Jesse Newton   March 14th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

oh im fully aware that it was a lack of innovation. but the person i was responding to made the claim that apple had stolen the ui from xerox which simply wasn't the case. xerox was just too short sighted to see any potential in their product. and for all intents and purposes sold it to apple in turn for some pre IPO stock.

Juan Suero   March 14th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Im one of the people who do not like the IPhone.. i tried it out for 28 days and returned it. After getting all the data services Im paying like 120 bucks a month for what? A phone thats good on dates when looking for the next place to chill? Nahh i dont need it.. I'd rather retire with some money in my pocket thank you. I use a netbook and aircard and skype. No need to mention the OS cause the OS doesnt matter.. its all about the browser. Your OS shouldn't be Apple or Microsoft.. it should be in the sky.

if you think is "innovation" ive got a car to sell you.
Surface is so old its got gray hairs. And i didnt know it was a system of cameras. Whooa .. LAME.. and im a MS Fan boy no shame in my game. There is no phone out there that I love yet.

I think where we should be going is an IPad like device that folds in on itself and becomes a phone that runs a stripped down OS that you can build plugins for like Chrome and can run drivers for all devices.

A device thats also like a black box you can attach a monitor and keyboard too and become a desktop
then you will get my attention

IndyMan   March 14th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

AL, I don't remember the Red Brick iPods? When were those on the market?

CoulBE   March 14th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

Attention MS haters,

just quit using anything PC!
Stop using windows through virtualization if you can!

Just Stop complaining about MS and don't buy their products if you don't like them.

the day apple comes out with better then MS products, they'll take over the market worldwide.
Untill then suck it and come out with better products.

Thank you

White Lotus   March 14th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

Isn't this technology the same one that is employed in Smartboards across the country in high schools and middle schools?

ackvt   March 14th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

The Sheraton Back Bay in Boston has a MS Touch Table. It is pretty cool to interact with, city maps that you can zoom into and out of, places of interest, stuff you'd expect a concierge to provide. But has a browser and it'll play chess with you too. Not sure I'd have one in my house unless it were smaller (if you are thinking iPad well done!), this is the size of the old table top Pac Man or Galaga video games.

Xerom   March 14th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

Guys, might I enlighten you to LINUX. Its the operating system that runs the core of the MAC operating system (mac really is just a window management program now), and it was designed to run on PC platforms. But you say you don't want to leave your windows programs? Linux will run just about any windows program, it uses a Linux program called WINE to run windows programs. While booted into Linux you can even install a "Virtual Machine" program where you can install and run the full version of other operating systems like Windows XP/Vista/Win7 and run those in a window which toggles to full screen. Oh and for you MAC people, LINUX/UNIX has been around far longer than MAC and Windows.

LINUX... the best of MAC and Windows.. Problem solved!

Apple sucks   March 15th, 2010 1:00 am ET

Apple inventing touch devices yeah right..... i have a 12 year old black and white touch screen Palm PDA way before celphones even heard about touch screens and not to mention MP3 players being a luxury when everyone else was walking around with a huge Discman.

Apple uses Linux coding so they are the last to claim that MS stole their ideas so you Apple fanboys please shut up, keep paying for overpriced Mac's so you can brag about it and show off no one is impressed.

Clay   March 15th, 2010 2:04 am ET

Xerom: Linux is a good thing, but it's not even remotely related to OSX. OSX is built on a BSD Unix Mach kernel, not a Linux one.

I, for one, use a Mac every day for home and work and do not use virtualization. I can work on Windows, but prefer the stability of the Mac. With that said, MS Surface is a cool piece of technology that has some major hurdles to overcome before it can ever be priced at the point where home users will have them. Apple's choice of using capacitive touch makes it inexpensive and easy (and therefor plentiful), but doesn't allow things like glasses on a bar to work.

Bill3oh3   March 15th, 2010 2:17 am ET

The surface is probably pretty cool I haven't seen one in person, but too expensive to catch on for consumers – I have higher hopes for Microsoft's Courier Tablet – I liked the concept a lot. I really hope they do it right.

The HP-150 was the first touch screen computer, but it was more gimmicky than anything – although Apple's Newton was the first consumer device to function completely on a touch-based (w/stylist) UI, but there have been hundreds if not thousands since then.

@ Xerom

Classic Mac OS was based on Apple's own internal code, Mac OS X is actually the evolution of NextStep which was a UNIX based OS (as created by AT&T in 1968), not on LINUX (created by Linus Torvalds) – Mac OS X is a fully functioning UNIX. Classic Mac OS dates to public release in 1984, Windows was introduced in 1985 & NextStep was released in 1989 – LINUX was introduced in 1991 – Both Mac OS & Windows predate LINUX which was introduced in 1991. Also, there are virtual machines for both Window and Mac OS X that permit the same virtualization you mention. LINUX isn't a bad OS, but it's also not the Jesus OS you seem to believe it to be – it's also not UNIX.


You are right, Xerox PARC is responsible for the 'desktop' concept, however – Xerox decided to abandon the code and showed it to Apple, in exchange Apple permitted Xerox to purchase Apple stock pre-IPO. Xerox sending engineers to Apple to help them write the original Mac OS hardly qualifies as stealing.


Microsoft's Windows is the worlds #1 OS and Windows 7 is a great OS, but Apple does beat Microsoft in other markets. Apple's iPod is the worlds #1 portable music player. iTunes is the worlds #1 online music store. Microsoft makes devices to compete and has an online store, neither which come close to Apple's numbers – so it would seem they both have some catching up to do.

As of last Friday, Microsoft and Apple are the second and third most valuable companies in the United States. Both must innovate in order to be in those two places. All the Apple haters should know that Apple is now worth more than Wal-mart and may surpass Microsoft in value in the next 12 months and by midyear Apple will have more cash than MS does ($40+ Billion – IN CASH – enough to buy Dell 2-3 times over).

Mac vs Window, Microsoft vs Apple, Fanboy vs Fanboy

If you use a Windows machine, chances are you use code covered under an Apple patent, especially if you are using a multimedia application (other than flash). If you use a Mac OS X based computer, chances are at least some of the code running is covered under a Microsoft patent. Both MS and Apple license each other's patents for the use in their OS's. Read that last sentence again. Back when XP was released MS was licensing over 500 patents from Apple – in return MS agree to continue making Office for the Mac. I use both, I prefer my Mac – not because I'm a PC dummy, but rather because I'm a UNIX guy and I can always open up a terminal and do what I need to do. Use what you're comfortable with, it's a tool, it shouldn't be who you are.

Really   March 15th, 2010 2:22 am ET

face mac already commands the market, and why do microsoft fanboys always say ms computer are cheaper. . .dells are cheaper. last i knew ms wasn't know for it's hardware besides the xbox. also that whole macs can't play games. . . i didnt spend three hundred dollars on my xbox, so i can get a better gaming pc. I use mac and ms pretty much equally, i prefer mac because i don't have to worry about my computer eating sh!t every two weeks. Then there is the Linux guys sorry i don't want to progam my computer i want to buy it out of the box already working. you will probably call me stupid for that, but i don't live in my mom's basement i have a job and i don't mind spending my money on a quality product that i don't have to remake, why buy a honda civic when you can affor a 7 series.. . . nerds

Sharif Chowdhury   March 15th, 2010 4:37 am ET

OK for that Microsoft thing..where is that cnt+alt+del !???
perhaps they can that valuable code as......WHILE shows 'middle finger' DO cnt+alt+del.....
or actually having a blue table isn't that bad either !

Jim   March 15th, 2010 4:56 am ET

So rehashed tech, more unneccessary social networking, and fantasy football? This is what 'caught your eye'?

roby   March 15th, 2010 5:14 am ET

Wow love this new product ...i bet nobody has heard of it yet..... they must have kept this secret because its the 1st anyone had heard of it...very good bunch of employees keeping the lid on this one........

Robert   March 15th, 2010 5:59 am ET

This shows how extremely FAR BEHIND CNN technology reporters are. Or, how CNN webspace can be rented for an economical amount. Or, how ignorant they are to think they can print an article that is inaccurate, misleading or downright stupid and not be called out on it.

CNN continues to set the bar lower, and trip over it.

Dave   March 15th, 2010 7:00 am ET

You people that are so hung up on Apple products, need your head examined. Apple products are so locked up everyone has to hack them in order to use them properly. I have had a Mac once just once and never will again. Mac's lock up, crash (just take on look at that so called SNOW LEOPARD) what a joke, and can get viruses just like any PC. However, PC's especially running Windows 7, are way more configurable and if you buy quality hardware and build your own, it will blow any Mac out of the water. Apple is nothing but a cult with its own cult following. Just walk by any Apple Store and peak in the Window. PC = FREEDOM. APPLE = $$$$$$$$$, for What, something you are tied to with a chain in order to use.

adam   March 15th, 2010 7:12 am ET

Flex you are completely wrong the ipad is not even close to an evolution. And i dont know how you can make the assumption that the new microsoft tablet has any of the functions you are thinking of. The ipad is a large pointless iphone.

Jason   March 15th, 2010 8:11 am ET

Wow, who needs a cure for cancer when you have things like this to waste time and ignore each other with. I know the Chinese have to be excited about that new Microsoft product, probably have 2 or 3 factories already set to make it.

Brad   March 15th, 2010 9:02 am ET

Locked up?
I like the fact that with my Apple products there is some degree of control over the customer experience. The iTunes store is fantastic, the App store is even better. The products just run! How cool is that!
I switched from a PC to a Mac several years ago and will never go back. Microsoft keeps pushing their Big A** table concept and I still just don't get it.

Shane   March 15th, 2010 9:05 am ET

I have a suggestion: how about all of you getting a life? It's free and it's good for you!

James   March 15th, 2010 9:26 am ET

An extension of iPhone? I remember when this was under development before the iphone from students at M.I.T. I believe this is the wave of interactive media. If the weatherman on CNN has one, I want one!!!

Florezzy   March 15th, 2010 9:28 am ET

I dont know what this is all about but im in TYC and Giddings state school, outside of Austin,Tx. I'm gotting out soom. hell ya .

ben   March 15th, 2010 9:34 am ET

it's a big ass table!!

James   March 15th, 2010 9:46 am ET

I was playing with one of these tables in a hotel lounge bar in Las Vegas this past weekend. They are pretty cool, but looks like they have been around for a while....not a new tech item.

J   March 15th, 2010 9:52 am ET

I enjoy this parody ad of the surface:

Duane in Fremont   March 15th, 2010 9:54 am ET

To be clear, the Microsoft Surface table was actually invented at and by M.I.T. several years ago and MS took or bought or stole (not sure which) that technology and using it for their Table. M.I.T. debuted their surface table at TED maybe 4-5 years ago.

So, you MS and Apple fanboys – relax and stop salivating about who is king here.

Charles from Austin Tx   March 15th, 2010 9:58 am ET

This stuff, and all the twitter type junk, is for loosers with no life. Too bad, these kinds of devises and the nonsense preoccupation they propagate will just encourage more of this useless waste of time. Who really needs this crap?

Paul   March 15th, 2010 10:02 am ET

Touch screen technology was not invented by apple. And if on one hand they have created Iphone and Itouch, on the other, those products are filled with burocracy. It's never simple to get things done with them and most of the features are only available if you pay for them. Well, shouldn't you be allowed to use these features once you already bought the product? Other companies always top whatever apple does. Not only in terms of technology, but in terms of flexibility.

Steve   March 15th, 2010 10:31 am ET

My Mac can get viruses just like any PC? Name me one virus currently out in the wild for the Mac OS.

three 333   March 15th, 2010 10:51 am ET

Why dont you make me a good video game with that. duh!

troy   March 15th, 2010 11:26 am ET

The iPod and iTunes were NOT new concepts at the time of thier introductions. MP3 players, MUCH BETTER MP3 players than the iPod were out 10 years before Steve Jobs emerged from his sweat lodge with the brilliant "iDea" that digital music should now be available to every long as they pay him a fee. Oh, and I was subscribed to and downloading MP3 files from eMusic years before Jobs had his his first iTunes wet dream.

Willard   March 15th, 2010 11:52 am ET

@Steve seems like a good starting point for you. Macs are not immune, and as hackers decide it might be worth their time to pay more attention to them, the delusions Mac users live under will make them that much easier to exploit.

Willard   March 15th, 2010 12:26 pm ET

Another interesting tidbit:

Couple that with the various reports of "proof of concept" bugs increasing and the number of Mac users's just a matter of time. I am sure a Mac user caught unawares by one of these nasties will not be overly concerned with the technical hairsplitting over what is a "virus" and what is a worm or trojan or whatever else you want to call it.

...and I type this as I wait for some arrogant tool to get his Macbook Pro to "just work" and get his presentation going.

helen   March 15th, 2010 1:32 pm ET

me muero de emocion todo este mundo tecnologico es fantastico felicitacines a los genios cariños helen

RedOctober   March 15th, 2010 4:12 pm ET

I'm afraid to buy anything MS anymore, even though I am a 21 years experienced developer for MS platform. I'm afraid that:

1) The interface will change drastically between versions, causing massive downtime to re-training of my user group, who are a mix of old and young, various levels of computer knowledge.

2) The file format will change (and the file extension will remain the same) so that the new product will not work with the old product and no one will know what format the files are actually in, causing massive loss of data and delay and crashes

3) I will be viewed as a "dummy" just because I don't have the time, patience or money to learn the 'new' interface, which provides no advantages of the "old" interface.

I don't need a big-ass-table computer for anything and anyone who buys one of these things I will look upon as a MS booster who is lamenting the days of MS monopoly. It is not cool, takes up too much space, and causes me to get upper back pain.

I have dumped almost everything MS in my office and I'm now using Ubuntu 9.1 to run my MS apps.... which works way more stable than any MS OS. I then run OpenOffice to replace MS Office, and TA-DAAAA... no more MS. My office is no longer calling me constantly with MS OS problems and "how do I do this in MS Office?" type questions coming from the techno-savy 20 somethings who are supposed to "know" this stuff.

Q: Why is PC trying so hard to become more "Mac" -like? Copying Mac is a poor business model. Why doesn't PC try to become more Ubuntu -like? Stable, simple, open. Hec I'd even pay money if MS offered something that would improve my profit margin.

but nope, that's too tall of an order for MS. They need to be seen as "cool" AND having the business market sewn up.

Sanders   March 15th, 2010 5:07 pm ET

Listen, I am Barcheski. You dont know how strong I am. Dont even mess with my I pod or you will have a black eye. So stay back from my I Pod for one. For two this new computer is a usless technology. Get moving to the holigrams already. Then from there interactive holigrams. DUH! Stupid computer companies. QUIT STALLING! Dumb computer companies.

Mike Bilingsy   March 15th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

Typo that was CPM not CMP. As in Zilog CPM 2.2
Which was also on the Coleco ADAM by the way.

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Xerom I agree linux is better but these people are to used there UI; they cannot use command line to instal a program.

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