sitarlo writes: So I get home from my daughter's softball game to find this in my inbox:
"First of all, we'd like to thank you for your past purchase of BumpTop Pro. Our mission is to revolutionize the way people use computers, and your support has helped us continue working towards that goal.
Today, we have a big announcement to make: we're going to be taking BumpTop in an exciting new direction, which means that BumpTop (for both Windows and Mac) will no longer be available for sale. Additionally, no updates to the products are planned.
What does this mean for BumpTop Pro users? Rest assured you will be able to continue running the latest version of BumpTop with Pro features indefinitely. However, downloads and support for BumpTop Pro will end on June 1, 2010, and we will not be issuing any further updates. We recommend you save a copy of the latest installer at http://bumptop.com/pro in case you wish to reinstall BumpTop in the future. For your reference, your invite code is ########.
We want you be completely satisfied with the purchase you made. Our customers constantly tell us how much they love BumpTop and how it's completely changed the way they use their desktop, and you will be able to run BumpTop Pro for as long as you want. If the end-of-life announcement still leaves you dissatisfied, however, contact us for a refund at http://refund.bumptop.com/refund, regardless of purchase date. All requests must be made by June 1, 2010.
Thanks again for your support of BumpTop and for helping make computing more natural and fun. Despite our change in strategy, we remain as passionate as ever about helping shape the future of computing!
So did they sell BumpTop to Oracle, or just fail because the 3D desktop is overkill for the average (and above average) user?
sitarlo writes: So Google now offers "Buzz", "Android", "SketchUp", "GMail", "Documents", "Apps", a search engine, and a bunch of other knock-offs. All of these things are essentially remixes of other company's innovations. Is Google doing anything original, forward thinking and future-oriented? Or, are they just "Google-izing" other organization's stuff that proves to be popular?
sitarlo writes: I was reminiscing with some friends earlier about experiences involving famous people in the computer industry. I recalled a time in the early 80s when I was at a consumer electronics show, complete with a Topo robot greeting people at the front door, and I wandered into the Apple booth. I was only 12 years old at the time, but I was drooling over the Apple Lisa when this smart looking dude in a bow-tie came up and asked, "what do you think?" I replied, "Commodore has color, is expandable, and this thing costs $10,000". The smart looking guy literally pushed me out of the booth. I didn't know it at the time, but the smart looking guy was an irritated Steve Jobs! Another time I was at a demo of the first version of MS Office, the one that came on 32 floppy disks. After his demo, Bill Gates was reading off raffle tickets to win a boxed copy of Office. He read off some numbers and this smelly, drunken, bum wearing three jackets and two different kinds of boots jumped up and slurred, "Hey! That's me!" He then staggered up to Bill and took his prize, put the box under his coat and dashed out the side exit into the rain. Bill laughed and suggested somebody could catch up to him and get a new copy of Office for the price of a pint of Mad Dog.
So I'd like to know what run-ins or experiences slashdotter's have had around famous industry peeps. I'm sure there are some great stories out there just waiting to be told. Anyone?