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Most Influential People In Technical Mac Community 64

Posted by Zonk
from the i'm-sure-there-are-more-than-25-out-there dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The MacTech Journal of Macintosh Technology has released MacTech 25, a list of top 25 most influential people in the *Technical* Mac community. According to the magazine 'The MacTech 25 is designed to recognize the technical contributions of developers writers, bloggers, problem-solvers and personalities to the Macintosh technical community.' The people were chosen by popular voting during June. Bios and pictures of the people on the list will be published in the printed MacTech magazine in time for WWDC."
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Most Influential People In Technical Mac Community

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  • What a great list! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MBCook (132727) <foobarsoft@foobarsoft.com> on Friday July 14, 2006 @03:08PM (#15720908) Homepage

    It's all text, all names, and no links. Who ARE those people? I have no idea! I wanted to find out, but it looks like I'd have to Google each and every name.

    Have you ever noticed that when Forbes or someone makes a list like this, they at LEAST give each person a few words to describe who they work for or some such?

  • by Ohreally_factor (593551) on Friday July 14, 2006 @03:25PM (#15721017) Journal
    =)

    I actually chuckled out loud.

    It's funny, though, that a large amount of the people on that lists are pundits, opinionators, journalists, popularizers, evangleists and the like, not really what I think of as tech people, like you and a few others. Why isn't Rael Dornfest [raelity.org] on the list? There's not enough people that actually program there. David Pogue is technical? Because he writes/edits the Missing Manuals?
  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Friday July 14, 2006 @03:33PM (#15721069)
    One only has to look at Vista to realize how much is flowing from Apple to Microsoft, not the other way around.

    There are very few features Microsoft implements and Apple duplicates. So in what way in Bill influential on what Apple does? Apple seems to be well ahead of Microsoft at this point from a strategic OS and application perspective.

    The only recent thing I could see Apple possibly adopting ome variant off is application ribbons from the new Office.
  • No Leo? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by seven5 (596044) on Friday July 14, 2006 @03:42PM (#15721127)
    I was surprised that Leo Laporte wasn't on this list. He's done wonders over the years in knocking out the Mac myths that became irrelevant with Os X. His voice travels far and is broadcast wide as well.
  • Don't be fooled (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 14, 2006 @04:31PM (#15721468)
    About half the people on this list write for the magazine that published the list.

    Here's how this works:
    (1) Magazine publishes list of "influencial" people.
    (2) Magazine includes their regular contributors on the list.
    (3) Magazine begins referring to their contributors as "highly influencial members of the Mac community."
    (4) Magazine hopes we all fall for it.

    This is no different than George W. Bush calling his house in Texas a "ranch" in hopes that everyone else will call it a ranch.

    It has no lifestock and (originally had) no horses, yet all the press called it a ranch because that's what they were told. Six years later, his house is a ranch.
  • by jcr (53032) <jcr@mac. c o m> on Friday July 14, 2006 @04:38PM (#15721509) Journal
    Why didn't Dvorvack make the list?

    Because trolling doesn't count as "influence".

    -jcr
  • by mactari (220786) <rufwork&gmail,com> on Friday July 14, 2006 @05:16PM (#15721736) Homepage
    The MacTech 25 is no popularity contest, nor
    is it to "pick your favorite CEO." We looked for the most influential in
    the Mac TECHNICAL market.


    This seems simliar to American Idol saying that this year, they've instructed the caller-in voters to pick purely on ability. How else could David Pogue and Mike Breeden -- admittedly both *very* influencial writers and news reporters in the Mac "space" -- out-garner Glenda Adams (of Aspyr.com fame, formerly president of Westlake Interactive), who seems, at times, to single-handedly not only keep Mac gamers with options, but also keep anyone interested in the Mac as a gaming platform?

    Even then I'm just picking from my own favorites. What techs have these people championed? What BurgerLibs have they created or OpenGLs have they supported?

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