Month: August 2011

How Steve Jobs Shaped Apple’s Dark Side

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I love my iPhone. I lust after an iPad. My son's first music player was an iPod. I think the MacBook Air looks cool. I believe Steve Jobs, who exited Apple as CEO last week, is a true American genius who changed our world, and I don't think I'd get a lot of disagreement on that. But there's a dark side to Jobs and the company he co-founded that didn't get much attention last week in the hundreds of articles that appeared about his resignation, which was apparently for health reasons. I'm not talking about his personal life, but rather how his "dark side" personality traits--the manipulative control-freak egomania that has been widely reported--had their effect on Apple's entire approach, helping set the company apart from most of the industry. Apple's historic 1984 Sup...

Hundreds Line 4th Street for Farewell to Fallen SEAL

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The first of two local funeral processions this week to honor Navy SEALs who were killed in an Aug. 6 helicopter crash in Afghanistan took place Monday morning. Virginia resident Darrik Benson, 28, was one of 30 SEALS and other servicemen who died in the crash, caused by a Taliban insurgent. Benson will be laid to rest at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Pt. Loma. The procession made its way from North Island Naval Air Station along Fourth Street, where classes from Coronado schools lined the blocks leading up to Orange Avenue. The procession for another SEAL killed in the attack, Jesse Pittman, is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday. He'll also be interred at Fort Rosecrans. In recent days, services have been taking place throughout the country for those who died. Benson ...

Shark Sighting at Mission Beach Most Likely a Great White

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A two-mile stretch of Mission Beach was closed again on Friday after a reported shark sighting by a surfer. Just a day earlier the beach was closed by San Diego lifeguards after a sighting in the waters near Belmont Park. San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Maurice Luque said an experienced surfer spotted the 14-inch dorsal fin of a shark swimming nearby while out with a group of surfers at approximately 8:15 a.m. Vacationer Ella Docuyanan, of Long Beach, said her husband and brother-in-law saw what appeared to be a shark in Mission Beach on Wednesday. "He said it did not bob up and down, characteristic of a dolphin, but just cruised up and moved across the water, coming up and down a few times, circling around," she said.  "Thankfully, the kids got out of the

Patch Picks: Village Theater

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Now showing at Coronado’s Village Theater: Gift certificates – a blockbuster gift idea for all ages. The certificates come in $25 denomination "books," perfect for cinema-lovin’ friends. Available for purchase at the Village Theater's box office. Major credit cards accepted. (more…)

Whiz Kid of The Week: Hannah Bartell

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Name, Age: Hannah Gail Bartell, 12. School: Coronado Middle School. Accomplishment: Hannah has her own business, Hannah’s Monster Cookies. She is also the youngest member of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce. She joined when she was only 6 years old! Key to Awesomeness: “Hannah is fearless and a go-getter” is how Jodi Bartell describes her daughter. But, according to her mom Hannah would say, “She gets her awesomeness from God.” When Hannah was in kindergarten she and her dad, Matt Bartell, decided to start making cookies for customers who ordered office supplies from him. The recipe they used for the cookies belonged to Hannah’s grandmother. “Matt’s customers loved the cookies so much that they said Matt and Hannah should sell them,” Jodi explained. In 2004,

Hitting the Surf on North Beach

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URT Clothing put on its second URT WOMP, a bodysurfing contest, Sunday, offering up trophies crafted by previous (third place) winner Damon Basset. The company, which puts out tees and other apparel with a singular seal logo, was founded by Ian Urtnowski, a Coronado lifeguard, three years ago. Another distinctive feature: the company prints Southern California tide charts on the inside of its shirts. Here are the winners for two divisions in Sunday's contest: 14 and under: Noah Griffith Vivienne Kerley Lance Mann 15 and up: Ross Sinclair Scott Lambert Serge Dedina (more…)

That PC You’re Using Is a Dinosaur

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That personal computer you're using to read this is a dinosaur, even if you bought it yesterday. Who says? Only Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest maker of PCs, which casually mentioned last week that it wants to walk away from the business after sinking billions into it over the past decade. It seems PCs just aren't sexy anymore, as if they ever were. Everyone wants a smartphone or a tablet. The new emphasis is on computing, not computers. The family PC used to be the one device for entertainment and communicating on the Net, maybe even playing games. Now—and you can largely thank Apple's Steve Jobs for this—you've got your iPhone and your iPad, and the Android equivalents. As for games, they're a lot more fun on a networked xBox 360 or PS3 or Wii, hooked up to