It can be easy to think of Bluetooth
as a failure, especially if one looks
at its early promises. But then consider all of the wires and cables you
aren’t using anymore, and you come
to appreciate the accomplishments
Just a few years ago, the future
of the Web and the browser looked
bleak. Internet Explorer dominated the market, and Microsoft
wasn’t interested in browser innovation. But when Mozilla released
Firefox, we finally got real browser
choice and innovation. Firefox
reignited the browser wars,
and today we have
more competition and choice
in browsers than
Sure, Web-based mail and appli
cations existed before Gmail and
Google Apps. But none offered
the features, convenience and reli-
ability that Google did. Now, entire
businesses are running using
only Google’s Web-based e-mail
It was called
12. Mac OS X
the Jesus Phone.
And while that
bolic, it’s not
hype to say that
Apple’s iPhone completely changed
the smartphone market. And many
of these changes probably wouldn’t
have come about if the iPod hadn’t
set the stage for the iPhone’s usabil-
ity and design.
While the first iMac got lots of
7. Blade servers
attention, it wasn’t until Apple
totally revamped its core operating
system that the Mac revolution
really took off. Mac OS X was a full
rewrite built on a Unix core, and
since its release the OS has pretty
the BlackBerry certainly boosted
productivity (and probably ruined
more than a few vacations).
Blade servers have become so
commonplace that it’s easy to forget
how stunning it was to see an entire
server room of systems reduced to
a single rack.
The BlackBerry quickly became a must-have device.
- Small, light and
cheap, netbooks gave
the users what they want.
Firefox reignited the
much set the bar for operating
system usability and innovation.
People who have moved from a
PC based on a single-core processor to one based on a multicore
processor are typically blown away.
There in your system—which most
likely costs less than $1,000—is a
processor that would smoke the
most powerful servers and workstations of the 1990s.
Vendors have pushed microlap-tops on us before, but these systems have all failed due to being