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Submission + - Will Apple's Tacky Software-Design Philosophy Cause A Revolt? (

pbarker3 writes: What’s skeuomorphism? If you’ve ever used an Apple product, you’ve experienced digital skeuomorphic design: calendars with faux leather-stitching, bookshelves with wood veneers, fake glass and paper and brushed chrome. Skeuomorphism is a catch-all term for when objects retain ornamental elements of past, derivative iterations--elements that are no longer necessary to the current objects’ functions. Skeuomorphism has seeped into all areas of UI design, especially in Apple’s software, where text documents, for example, are made to look like yellow legal pads."

Do we still these visual metaphors complete with details like wood grain and leather stitching in every facet of the OS?


Submission + - Apple co-founder condemns the cloud (

pbarker3 writes: "The outspoken Steve Wozniak is not doing any favors for supporters of the cloud, going so far as to publicly label it "horrendous."

The Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) co-founder spoke his concerns Sunday to monologist Mike Daisey after a performance of Daisey's one-man show, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," according to a report by Agence France-Presse.

Wozniak expressed serious concerns about how content is stored in the cloud and predicted catastrophe in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold.

"I really worry about everything going to the cloud," AFP reported Wozniak as saying. "I think it's going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years."

"We all want to believe we're in control," the CNET story stated. "But we are but mere pawns on the imaginative chessboard of those in the nerd herd who take their pleasure in gaining access to your digital life.""

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato