33656Re: [midatlanticretro] Walt Mossberg's last article at the WSJ. the products that changed the digital industry
- Dec 20, 2013
> He focuses on consumer products and I don't know if one would consider a website like google is a product or a service.Doesn't matter. What would the consumer Web be without Google? I agree
it belongs in his list.
> Personally I think the blackberry should be up there, it's not as slick as Android/IOS, but it it was a smartphone and was king before both.I would've just put "smartphones" to cover them all (and to free up some
places on the list!) Same with Newton/Palm; I'd have just put PDAs.
> I also think they should have added BitTorrent.. Which was a game changer.No. General public (his audience) never heard of BitTorrent.
I'd make the list like this (in no particular order):
- PDAs (Newton, Palm)
- Graphical web browsers (Netscape, IE, Firefox)
- Search engines (Yahoo, Google)
- iPod (because no other MP3 player made any noticeable dent in history)
- social networking (MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- Smartphones (BlackBerry, iPhone, Android -- even primitive WAP phones)
- Tablets (iPad, Android)
- Digital appliances: cameras, GPS, etc.
- Broadband connections
- Wireless networking (WiFi, Bluetooth)
I'd also consider putting "Return of the Cloud" in there.
PS- This thread is most definitely ON-topic. Not all history is old.
We're living it right now! One day we'll have a "modern history" exhibit
at the museum.
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