illiniboard asked:

"With the news today that Lynch has quit Adobe to join Apple, I hope he has brushed up on his legal skills." I know that Lynch made these comments two years ago, but what you purposely ignore is that he did something that Apple hasn't done, move software into the cloud. As the CTO of Adobe, Lynch is the one that led up to the creation of the Creative and Marketing Clouds. It is this expertise that Apple wants from him, not Flash. He probably saw a challenge in iCloud, and Apple saw his skill

All fair points, I think. I would hope that Apple has big plans for him. And yes, I would hope those involve helping some of Apple’s woes in the cloud.

Maybe I’m missing something here. Reading this over, Scott Hanselman’s password was clearly hacked. He doesn’t seem to think that’s the case because he’s cautious, but I’m going to go with Occam’s Razor here. 

Apple prompts you for your password when buying apps and when doing in-app purchases. Someone would have had to both know your Apple ID and enter that password, unless there’s some in-app exploit, but he doesn’t seem to be suggesting that.

But what Hanselman, who happens to work for Microsoft, seems most upset about is that Apple sent him a email warning him of strange activity on his account, but worded it in a way he didn’t like. And then they locked down his account with wording he didn’t like. And they made him go through iTunes to double-check his activity.

And he doesn’t like that Apple knows what device he has, but let the download happen anyway. I mean, people buy new devices all the time. What’s the proposed solution here? The perpetrators clearly had the correct Apple ID and password. I’m not sure what you can do to protect against that. Kill the cloud?

Update: Matt Galligan brings up a great point below. Apple also prompts you for your credit card’s security code on new devices.

Update 2: John Gruber notes that since Hanselmen was using a PayPal account, the credit card security code wasn’t in play.

Cloud-based media solutions are all the rage now. But will HP be able to succeed where Google and Amazon have failed so far? This line doesn’t make it sound too hopeful:

For almost a decade, HP has been studying the music industry trying to find a role for itself.

A decade. By 2065, I’m sure HP will have it all figured out. You just watch.

The other interesting angle is that you would assume that most of these other tablet players would just partner with Amazon for such a service — like Google originally did for Android music. But now that Amazon is doing their own tablet as well…

I also seem to recall that when I wrote this a year ago — HP Wants To Become Apple. WebOS Is The Key — HP downplayed it, calling it silly.

Yeah. Silly. 

He makes the argument that Google’s Blogger outage negates their big push for moving to the cloud made this week at I/O. In other words, more FUD.

First of all, using Blogger as the example is stupid. Blogging without the cloud? What a genius idea. 

Second, his “question” is what if this had happened to Google Docs? Well, offline Gmail, Docs, and Calendar are exactly what Google has been using internally for months and stated at I/O that they would ship this summer. 

Microsoft and its extensions are clearly scared shitless of the concept of Chrome OS. That’s not to say Chromebooks will be a slam dunk hit — we’ll see. But the concept of simple, cheap, fast machines that don’t run Windows and keep everything synced in the cloud is a very compelling one. 

I still see this as a big part of the Microsoft “squeeze”. Chromebooks and iPads pressure Windows from below. Macs pressure from above.