I can imagine what they did, and it's kind of funny. You reset all settings, that deletes the files, the device is bound to iCloud even after the reboot (activation lock!) and then on first boot the sync gadget says "Oh hey, no files." and promptly ... syncs that.
At least, that's my totally unsubstantiated guess as to the cause, given that it's taking so long to fix. It'll be interesting to know what the problem was ... someday, when someone feels brave enough to talk about it.
The results were interesting, to say the least—many of the core Unix utilities in OS X are years and multiple versions behind their open source, er, sources. You can thank GPL v3 for that, as noted above (and covered in more detail below).
"But [angel investor Ron Conway] took a turn for the serious, warning the enthusiastic crowd that “you have to be willing to work 24/7.” He then went a step further, solemnly claiming, “Dating someone or married: warn them that they’re not first in line, that you have this vocation, that your duty is to your company. It has to be that fanatical.”
There are two kinds of businesspeople: those that want to build a small company that becomes a large company, and those that want to build a company as fast as they can without regard for living life. The above advice falls into the latter.
Yes, technology is moving quickly. Yes, everyone else is building your idea. And yes, many of those building your idea are working insane hours and telling the rest of the world they don't matter as they do it. That doesn't mean you have to do it, too. It just means that if you're choosing the sane route, the 40-50h a week route, that you need to plan your slow takeover more carefully than they're planning their surge. You need to plan for the war, not for the battle. And you need to plan for the war understanding that you're going to lose the first battle, but that after that loss the enemy will have a period where they have nothing — nothing at all — to fight with for a period of time as they juggle hiring, VCs, tech news, bugs, lawsuits (inevitable), and other things they didn't think of when rushing their solution to market faster than they should have.
You consider those things. Be ready for those things. Then release when they're weak and keep moving.
There’s a sense in the world outside Redmond, Washington, that Microsoft’s best days are behind it, that the sprawling colossus, which employs more than 100,000 people, doesn’t know what it is, or even what it wants to be. Gates and Nadella are adamant that’s not the case, and they are both adept at the sort of big-picture corporate-speak designed to persuade people that the company not only has its act together but also has a vision. In their view, this new world of unlimited computing power, where your devices can connect you anytime, anywhere, should rightfully belong to Microsoft. They even have a catchphrase: “Re-inventing productivity.”
I quickly coded up the PING program, which revolved around opening an ICMP style SOCK_RAW AF_INET Berkeley-style socket(). The code compiled just fine, but it didn't work -- there was no kernel support for raw ICMP sockets! Incensed, I coded up the kernel support and had everything working well before sunrise. Not surprisingly, Chuck Kennedy (aka "Kermit") had found and fixed the network hardware before I was able to launch my very first "ping" packet. But I've used it a few times since then. *grin* If I'd known then that it would be my most famous accomplishment in life, I might have worked on it another day or two and added some more options.