Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

A Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad Macworld

Filed under

Apple Computer fans here in Beantown are growing accustomed to life without Steve Jobs -- and without other Apple fans, for that matter.

Here at Macworld Boston -- the annual gathering of the East Coast Mac fans -- not only were Apple and its CEO missing; so, too, were the bustling crowds of shows past.

This year's Boston event, at the Hynes Convention Center, felt a bit small and sad. A few hundred attendees shuffled about the show floor Wednesday, accompanied by local TV news reporters and folks from the Mac trade pubs.

"It's strange, and very disappointing that Apple isn't here," said Bo Eriksson, a designer from Washingtonville, New York. "But it's Uncle Steve who decides when and where Apple is to be."

Eriksson said he only bothered to come up to Boston because he lives in New York, just a couple of hours away by car. He said he was doing some "guerrilla marketing" (marketing without a booth), to sell the surfAce, a laptop stand he designed and built in his basement.

Podcaster Louis DiCarro, the host of MacKaos, a show on MacRadio, said technicians in particular missed Apple's presence.

"They could at least have a booth here with Apple people, to answer users' technical questions," said DiCarro.

With no Jobs, and no big product announcements, there seemed little for people to talk about, though there were plenty of programs and tutorials for IT managers, GarageBand users and those wanting to break into the exploding podcasting scene.

Organizers, who also run the annual Macworld in San Francisco in January, cast the Boston show in the best possible light.

Without Apple, "it's become more of users' community type of event," said IDG World Expo spokesman Mike Sponseller.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Today in Techrights

Ubuntu Touch to Get Updated Android Drivers and Kernel

The Ubuntu Touch platform is still using some Android bits and it looks like the developers are preparing to upgrade those components as well in the coming months. Read more

Real Time Linux becomes a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

With this project, the Linux Foundation is getting another fellow: Thomas Gleixner, the long time maintainer of RTLinux, who would join the ranks of Linus Torvalds and Greg KH. Linux Foundation sponsors the work of fellows so they don't have to worry about finding 'jobs' and can keep their focus on their projects. Read more

Subresource Integrity Support Ready For Firefox 43, Chrome 45

With the upcoming releases of the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web-browsers is support for the W3C Subresource Integrity (SRI) specification. The Subresource Integrity feature allows web developers to ensure that externally-loaded scripts/assets from third-party sources (e.g. a CDN) haven't been altered. The SRI specification adds a new "integrity" HTML attribute when loading such assets where you can specify a hash of the file source expected -- the loaded resource must then match the hash for it to be loaded. Read more