Thinkin’ about the code

Pinned on May 2, 2013 at 9:30 am by John Mazzone

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Thinkin’ about the code

Waiting for iPhone 3g – Jul 18, 2008 – 058

This young man and woman seemed to be writing a computer program, or perhaps building a website, as they sat in a shady area off to the side of the people waiting in line … I didn’t get close enough to them to see exactly what they were up to …

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Note: this photo was published in a Dec 30, 2009 blog titled "12 Lessons Learned for Getting Better Results from Developers."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 8, 2010 blog titled "Has the Internet Improved Writing?" It was also published in a Feb 23, 2010 blog titled "University computer degrees promise better student career prospects." And it was published in an Apr 23, 2010 wiki titled "lTeachable Moments 2.0: Bibliographic Instruction in the Academic Library." It was also published in a May 29, 2010 Technologeek blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in a May 31, 2010 Greek blog titled "Η καλύτερη στιγμή στην Ελλάδα για Android, Maemo και Symbian developers." It was also published in a Jul 12, 2010 blog titled "All in a day’s work: in the shoes of a Bob." It was also published in a Sep 14, 2010 blog titled "Lehrstelle finden: Viele Ausbildungsplätze sind immer noch unbesetzt." And it was published in a Nov 15, 2010 blog titled "Making Money Online: Female Internet Marketers Increase." It was also published in a Nov 21, 2010 blog titled "Q&A: How to make money online from your home?" And it was published in a Nov 25, 2010 Super Affiliate Marketing Guide blog, with the same title and detailed notes as what I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Feb 15, 2011 blog titled wanita-wanita.info/erra-fazira/picture/cool-making-money-…

Moving into 2011, the photo was published along with several other unrelated ones, in an undated (late Jan 2011) Making Money From Home blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written here on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Jan 28, 2011 blog titled "Werken in de zon." And a cropped version of the photo, in which the young man was eliminated (sorry!), was published in a Feb 3, 2011 blog titled Safer Facebooking." It was also published in a Feb 15, 2011 blog titled "Cool Money-Making Online Images." And it was published in a Mar 15, 2011 blog titled "San Diego County to go 4G with AT&T wireless upgrades." It was also published in an Apr 20, 2011 blog titled "Nice Affiliate Marketing photos," with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Apr 23, 2011 blog titled "Cool Affiliate Marketing images," with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page — as well as another Apr 23, 2011 Braziilian blog titled "CURSO VISUALG GRATUITO EM VÍDEO AULA." It was also published in an Apr 24, 2011 blog titled "For the Love of Women Bloggers." And it was published in a May 13, 2011 Video Marketing Secrets Revealed blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Jun 14, 2011 blog titled "Quattro consigli per rendere sexy i tuoi testi sul web." And it was published in a Jul 18, 2011 blog titled "Devcamp to train the next generation of software superstars."

The photo was also published in an undated (early Aug 2011) blog titled "12 Reasons Why Women Are Better Than Men." And it was published in an Oct 5, 2011 Fashion High Heel Shoes blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Dec 4, 2011 blog titled "Q&A: Wieso kann ich die songs die ich von flatster “gedownloadet” habe nicht auf dem pc fin den?" And it was published in an undated (early Aug 2012) blog titled How To Design Your Wedding Business Website To Turn Leads Into Clients

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 12, 2012 blog titled "MAS Customer Knowledge Assessment: What It Means to You." It was also published in a Feb 4, 2012 blog titled "10 tips on getting better results from your website." And it was published in a Feb 8, 2012 blog titled "I giovani e la conoscenza delle nuove tecnologie." It was also published in a Feb 16, 2012 blog titled "What are the top internet money making ideas?" And it was published in a Mar 22, 2012 blog titled "8 inventions that create global culture." It was also published in an Apr 5, 2012 blog titled "Chile: Simce de tecnología revela que el 46% de los estudiantes sólo sabe hacer tareas básicas en un PC." And it was published in a May 29, 2012 blog titled "Asyiknya Nge-blog." It was also published in a Jun 5, 2012 blog titled "Jongeren gedragen zich onveilig op internet." Also, a black-and-white version of the photo was published in a Jul 16, 2012 blog titled "Продолжается прием в магистратуру Европейского гуманитарного университета по специализации «Гендерные исследования»." And it was published in a Jul 20, 2012 blog titled "<a href="http://www.marketingfacts.nl/berichten/mannen-grotere-online-shoppers-dan-vrouwen/" rel="nofollow"Mannen grotere online shoppers dan vrouwen." It was also published in a Jul 25, 2012 blog titled "The Best Church Management Software is… " And it was published in an undated (early August 2012) blog titled "How To Design Your Wedding Business Website To Turn Leads Into Clients." It was also published in an Aug 10, 2012 blog titled "Adicto a las compras online." And it was published in an undated (early Sep 2012) blog titled "Asyiknya Nge-blog." It was also published in a Sep 24, 2012 blog titled "SMILEY:30 YEARS OLD AND NEVER LOOKED HAPPIER!", as well as a Sep 25, 2012 blog titled "Cursos formativos con remuneración en la Universidad Popular de Cáceres." And a cropped version of the photo was published in a Nov 8, 2012 blog titled "10 Ideas For Using Technology To Teach Writing." The photo was also published in a Dec 19, 2012 blog titled "Keeping Up with the Times: 5 Great High-Tech Ways to Bond with the Family." And it was published in a Dec 29, 2012 blog titled "searching for the female mark zuckerberg."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 24, 2013 blog titled "You Are Not Your Code." It was also published in a Feb 4, 2013 Gigazine bog titled "サイバー攻撃が相次ぐ中でハッキング被害に遭わないためのポイントとは." And it was published in a Mar 30, 2013 blog titled "Nice Buy Cool Gadgets photos." A cropped version of the photo was also published in an Apr 16, 2013 blog titled "Produktbeschreibungen für Online-Shops schreiben." It was also published in an Apr 29, 2013 blog titled "Careers in PHP."

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Silly me: after the iPhone 3g had been out for a full week, I thought I could stroll right into the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue & 59th Street in mid-town Manhattan, and simply buy one without any muss, fuss, bother, or delay.

But when I arrived at 11 AM, I found a line of approximately 150 people waiting outside in the broiling sun, not seeming to move forward at all; it turned out that the Apple store "concierge" folks were letting them in in groups of ten, when the previous ten had been taken care of. When I asked the woman how long she had been waiting, she said, "Four hours" — she had arrived at 7 AM, having already determined that the AT&T stores were sold out throughout New Jersey and Connecticut.

Well, I’m a gadget freak and a Mac fan, but there’s a limit to my passion for such things; four hours was just too much. So instead, I decided to take a bunch of pictures of the people who were in the line. Of course, I have no idea whethere the people queued up in front of Apple stores in other cities (or at other stores here in NYC) are similar to this group … but I’m inclined to think that they are. And if that’s true, then the demographics of this group — in terms of age, gender, nationality, ethnic groups, etc. — is particularly intriguing. I saw only one guy dressed in a corporate uniform of suit and tie; Apple may be trying to break into the "enterprise" market, but that’s not who was standing in line for all those hours in the sun…


Comments

Subterfuge. says:

Used to illustrate the article, "All in a day’s work: in the shoes of a Bob. ." Thanks for sharing with the commons!

Ed Yourdon says:

subterfusex,

Thanks — glad you found it useful. Great blog posting!

Ed

wizardjks says:

i once read of the ipad launch
people in the US shipped ipads to Japan because the US had an earlier launch date
companies have learned to create a lot of hype to have people walking to their stores like zombies on crack haha
In Pakistan we don’t have an official Apple store yet within a week of a product’s launch anywhere in the world the gadgets make their way into the market being sold at an obnoxious price. Funny how people actually pay……
In other words if you have the ability to pay you’ll get whatever you want without having to wait in queues

magforwomen says:

Nice Image.We have used it on our post here 12 Reasons Why Women Are Better Than Men Thanks

laurellindsay says:

Thanks ! I used this pic here: thenewmediagroup.ca/website-design.html

Ed Yourdon says:

Thanks for letting me know… :)

rudiardiansyah23 says:

Hi Ed,

Thank you for using CC license.
I used your pic here: rudimenulis.blogspot.com/2012/05/asyiknya-nge-blog.html
and made a direct link through this page.

You’re awesome!!

Ed Yourdon says:

Thanks for letting me know, and thanks for the kind words.

Paul Prins! says:

I just wanted to let you know I used this pic for a post I did here – freshvine.co/blog/best-church-management-software-is/

Thanks for the CC license!

Ed Yourdon says:

Great, thanks for letting me know!

ktzar says:

Is that the sitting area next to Central Park’s Apple Store? Recognised the chairs…


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