“Borrowing” innovations

“Borrowing” innovations: This video of Bill Gates “introducing” the new Vista operating system that will ship sometime during the next year (or so) is floating around the macosphere. If you’re a Mac OS X user, you’ll get it. If you’re not, well, it’s only mildly amusing, anyway. (If you can’t view it, it’s simply Bill Gates describing “cool features” of Vista while the video shows corresponding existing features running on OS X). I’m sure the folks at konfabulator (now Yahoo Widget engine) are thinking this is a “joke” (but not a ha-ha joke) on a whole different level. Of course, the whole what is “infringing” debate is the stuff that makes lawyers rich and the leaves the rest of us scratching our heads.

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  • Stewart

    I think that’s a little unfair Rex, I doubt Konfabulator can really say that they produced the first active desktop DHTML application anymore than Microsoft

  • rex

    I guess I was trying to be fair by saying everyone borrows from everyone — I don’t think it’s fair to suggest all of the “borrowing” is by Microsoft of Apple ideas, as the video suggests (and most Mac cultists do, also). As a member of the Mac Cult, I am a devoted user of Apple products, but I’m not blind to the fact that Apple’s DNA is filled with concepts and featured “borrowed” from others.