Archive for June, 2008

This Day in Apple History

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Amidst enormous media attention and hype, Apple Inc., maker of the MacIntosh personal computer, released the iPhone, an Internet-enabled mobile phone, on June 29. Gearheads camped out in front of Apple stores across the United States in order to be among the first to purchase the revolutionary device, which functions as a cell phone, camera, iPod, wireless Web browser and email terminal. Two models, with four and eight gigabytes of storage, were initially offered for $499 and $599, respectively. On September 10, 2007, just over two months after the sleek gadget arrived in stores, Apple announced it had sold its one-millionth iPhone. By comparison, it took two years for the company to hawk the same number of iPods. The iPhone made its European debut in November 2007 and was scheduled for release in Asia in 2008. history

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Posted: June 1st, 2008
at 8:08am by Koookiecrumbles


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‘Pirates’ Any Good? Ask a Ninja, If You Dare

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Q. Did pirates make their prisoners walk the plank?

It makes for great film drama, but pirates didn’t actually do this — though not because of gentlemanly qualms. In fact, real pirates tended toward even nastier behavior, like gruesome tortures (holding lighted matches to a victim’s eyes was a favorite) or hacking their prisoners to death with swords.

Q. Why, then, do we associate pirates with walking the plank?

We have novelists and playwrights to thank for that. Two beloved British children’s classics in particular — Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island (1883) and J.M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan (1904) (which he later fashioned into a novel) — have forever linked pirates to such fictional notions as treasure maps and walking the plank.

But surprisingly, certain characteristics of Long John Silver, Captain Hook and other fictional pirates have some basis in actual history. Pirates did indeed dress in colorful garb, they prized parrots (which could fetch a high price in Europe), and they flew the Jolly Roger flag to intimidate their victims.

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Posted: June 1st, 2008
at 5:06am by Koookiecrumbles


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