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Twas a good year for Apple

We all know that Apple is a massive company, but at the begininning of the year many analysts were sceptical that Apple would be able to grow. However the ever defiant company has proved them all wrong and is finishing the year with an incredible market cap of $188,330,000,000! Second only to Google and Microsoft. And that is amazing. Apple has beaten all the odds - the economy was in tatters and yet they pulled through! It just goes to show people are after quality products, and their dominance in the personal media sector as well as smart phone industry has allowed them to dominate the global markets for another year.

So will Apple succeed next year? Well we'll just have to wait and see!

Disclaimer: Yes this article is short, but it's here to make a point about how amazing it is that Apple has been able to pull through in this way...

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Have you ever heard of Robert Noyce?

Well have you? Be honest, have you ever heard of Robert Noyce? It seems odd today that such an influential person could be forgotten. Robert Noyce was one of the founders of Intel, a mentor to Steve Jobs, and overall, a realy nice guy. Back in the 50s Noyce was working for a company called the Philco Corporation. In 1956 he left and joined the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory. However in 1957, he, along with 7 others (nicknamed "The traitorous eight") left the company because of poor management. They went on to create the Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. In what would become Silicon Valley. Now to you and me this might seem like a usual event. However in their day, breaking away from one company to form a totally new one was unheard of. For this reason Noyce inspired a generation of entrepreneurs.

In 1968 Noyce and his partner, Gordon Moore, left to found Intel, the massive technology company. You may of heard of Moore's law (the idea that every 18 months the number of transistors on a chip will double), yeah - that's the guy. Noyce rejected private jets, flash cars and all the other fancy luxuries that are usually associated with successful CEOs and set a new trend for new CEOs.

But perhaps the most amazing (co)invention of Noyce's was the Integrated Circuit. A what?! I hear you ask. The integrated circuit is what you see inside of computers and electronic devices - that green board with bits of metal and wires coming out of it? That's the one. Without this computer would be 100s of times bigger and therefore far behind.

Now I know this article isn't the most interesting, but I believe it's important to remember Robert Noyce for his contributions to the technology industry. He was a personal friend of Steve Jobs, he was the first of his kind, and he was an amazing guy!

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Goodbye Mr Decade

So, ten years have passed and with them some amazing things have happened. Technology has changed the face of the world in the past 10 years and has changed almost beyond recognition. For example at the beginning of the decade the word iPod sounded like something from a bad sci-fi movie. The word Google was barely know. And By all accounts it seemed as if Apple were nearly dead. But then something amazing happened. the iPod, iMac, and various other products with names beginning with the letter "i" were introduced. The iPod changed the way we listen to music. The iMac turned the old clunky computer into a fashion statement, and Google revolutionised the internet and at the same time became part of our own vocabulary.

Now I'm not going to do a whole post speaking of how great Apple has been over the past 10 years, because I'm sure there are many of them about. Instead I want to focus on just how different technology is today. Think about it; at the turn of the decade we all still had phones that could do little more than phone and text (that is if we had one!). We were all watching TVs that took up 1/4 of our living rooms, and we had never heard of blogging. But technical advances and modern entrepreneurs gave way to a tech filled number of years. The iPod changed the way we listen to music, coming from being able to fit about 10 albums on it, to being able to hold 10s of thousands, and set the standard for all personal music players after it. The iPhone changed the way we see phones - no longer were they just for calling people - no, now you could play Super Monkey Ball on it as well - oh the joy! But lets not forget, when the iPhone first arrived the design and intention was great, but it lacked features that business clients required to function, and wasn't the world's best phone. But alas, over the past few years it has developed into something great.

Flash memory has come a long way too. think about how we all take it for granted - "Oh yeah I've brought the holiday photos round on my pendrive to show you". As the years have gone on flash memory has got smaller and faster every day  - however I believe it will be in the next ten years that flash memory with make it's mark - more on that later. Think about TVs, although there are few - think about OLED (or Organic Light Emitting Diode). It's an innovation that has only come about in recent years, but soon it is set to sweep the nation, replacing all the old LED and plasma screens because of how good it is.

Social networking ha made people millions. Facebook has a reported 320 million active users, growing by the day. Twitter is used worldwide and has become a source of on the fly journalism to see what people are really interested in. We can now contact all of our friends at once using these sites. We can share photos and we can even stalk people! Yeah, you better ignore that last one.

I could go on for hours about the numerous advances, and I fear that this post is somewhat cumbersome because I have tried to cram everything into it at one, but then there you go! I've enjoyed the last 10 years. I hope that at the end of the next decade I will still be blogging and I will then be able to bring you a review of the decade yet to come. Realistically speaking that may never happen, but you've got to have hope.

Although I haven't been able to document this decade very well with this post - I just want you to sit back and think about everything that has gone on technology wise over the past 10 years - and marvel at how far we have come.

I believe the next decade will be even more exciting, as todays products evolve into even better stuff. And maybe, just maybe, I might get my own personal robot!

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Back Online

Well it's been a long time since I posted on this lovely blog, but I wanted to start again before the new year! Well sooner rather than later I always say. So all the old content has gone to be replaced with fresher, more up to date, and generally better content. My blog will now focus primarily on web design and on some technology news. Overall I will be blogging about the subjects that interest me, usually technology related. I hope to drop in the odd tutorial as well.

The tutorials I create will be wide-ranging - from After Effects to Photoshop, from design to PHP. I hope you will find it interesting and enjoy the ride!

Oh and I know I was going to build a theme of my own but when I found this one I felt it was better than something I could have achieved anyways. In the future I suspect I will build my own, but at the moment I don't have the time to be focused on such things, so I decided to leave it to the professionals!