Technology

Dear Apple, I’m writing to say goodbye. It’s a sad day for me, as I feel like I’ve lost an old friend. There was a time where I would sit, with bated breath, eagerly anticipating the next Steve Jobs keynote speech. I would sit back afterwards, exhausted from the excitement, blown away by the Steve show. “Reality distortion field” or not, he always knew how to knock my socks off. I would visit the pages of Macrumors on a daily basis, hoping for a glimpse of what Cuppertino would release next – scouring the Internet for leaked photos or technical specifications of “the next big thing”. I would tear off the shrink-wrap around my fortnightly copy of MacUser with glee, feeling like part of a secret club of those “in the know” – scouring the free InsightUK brochure for my next...
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Thirty-six years ago, long before introducing iPhone, iPod or even the Mac, Steve Jobs established Apple’s first operations in Europe. At the time, the company knew that in order to serve customers in Europe, it would need a base there. So, in October 1980, Apple opened a factory in Cork, Ireland with 60 employees. At the time, Cork was suffering from high unemployment and extremely low economic investment. But Apple’s leaders saw a community rich with talent, and one they believed could accommodate growth if the company was fortunate enough to succeed. We have operated continuously in Cork ever since, even through periods of uncertainty about our own business, and today we employ nearly 6,000 people across Ireland. The vast majority are still in Cork — including some of the very...
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To Tyler and colleagues at Yik Yak, You don’t know me. In your eyes, this may make me seem less of a person; that my identity is a crucial aspect of how we must communicate and get to know one another, and that somehow what we establish here is less valid if one remains under a veil of anonymity. I would like to argue this point. However, I will provide some background information. I have been a user of Yik Yak since nearly the beginning. I’ve been here since before the implementation of herds. I remember when anyone could claim to be OP. I remember when icons were incredible (and, I assume, many college campuses were like my own and saw one icon in particular as being the most important). I also saw how Yik Yak became troublesome for high school students who were not equipped to...
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Dear Niantic, Congratulations on the success of Pokemon Go, you have created a game that has brought the people of the world out of hiding, you have proven the power of technology to motivate and inspire people across the entire globe. It is now time to put this to use in a way that will benefit the many people who are suffering on our planet. Mobile phones are so accessible these days that almost every person has one, even the people who are living rough. I propose that you use the framework that you have created for Pokemon Go and Ingress to create a new game. This game will be very similar in the fact that you use augmented reality to get people out in the streets to travel to destinations and earn points for completing goals. The difference is that these goals are set...
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Dear Mr Elon Musk. Where are the electric scooters? Not everybody needs a 4 wheeled vehicle that takes up a lot of space. Electric scooters for every-day commuters that can take a detour around the park without any guilty conscience. #1 ingredient for the future I would think. Combined with your solar-cells and batterie-packs that would be a perfect package for the dreamer of the future. The near future. I would love to work with you to help develop a more qualitative future. Sincerely, Mark Ridderstad. [email protected]
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To, The numbnuts who hashtag everything, We are in an era of too many hashtags, but please #DontUseTooMuchOfItOnEveryPost.. Hashtags have been valuable on Twitter and Google since years. But, it becomes deadly when hashtag goes into the wrong hands... Each day hashtags are being pushed to the maximum by hashtag abusers. We know internet doesn’t have any protocol, but some NETIQUETTE would be well appreciated. The very purpose of hashtag is connecting tag posts -- so they can be grouped together around a certain subject or event -- and searched. They started as a way for people to find a particular topic. They began useful and utilitaritarian, but have evolved to this notion of being a cultural phenomenon and acting as if you are in the know. So that’s what people do, hashtag...
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July-2016 TO: The Hacker Community (Dark Web, Cypto-Authors, etc.) Dear Hacker Community: Let me explain this open letter and why I am writing the letter. I love my technical life which I began fighting off the Monkey B virus in the very early days of desktop computers; where computers were moving from government offices to home offices. I had only had one attempt to be hacked in 30+ years, until 2016. I practice what I preach so I lost NOTHING! They didn’t get in! They locked me out but could not Locky me in. What this letter will attempt to make clear to Hackers is that your life’s need to take or see something that isn’t yours is still stealing. No different than your community doing a physical home invasion at gun point!!!!! Only you use our own computer as the weapon,...
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Dear Mr. Tim Cook...
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Hi guys! I'm writing this open letter to you, as well as to myself. I hope this open letter will inspire you to make most out of your life. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Frank and I've been a computer gamer ever since is was about 8 years old. In my case, that means 31 years of gaming (and counting). I've seen the games develop and grow from the very beginning. Nowadays,we can walk through entire worlds that the computer projects for us. We strife to complete our missions, alone or in (wolfpack like) clans. It's like a whole different world out there, in which we (ahem) can be the superheroes we are destined to be. An experienced tank commander, a fighter ace, railroad-, transport- or roller coaster tycoon. We can colonize strange new worlds, discover new...
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How TCS works Baiting freshers: CTC is very low. Fresher salary will be good, so when freshers get TCS job in campus placement, they take it without second thought. But after a couple of years, when you compare your salaries with your friends, 80% of the time the TCSer will have the lesser salary. Shady appraisals and promotions: Performance appraisals and promotions are entirely in the hands of managers. There in no transparency in the hikes and policies related to appraisals and promotions. Colleagues in the same team, who work less or equally and are less experienced, end up getting more salary just because you got a low performance rating years back when you were a fresher. You will be always envious of colleagues who were lucky enough to be in a "good project". Gender...
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