Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Apr 2010 16:59 UTC
Editorial Holier-than-thou, an adjective, meaning "marked by an air of superior piety or morality". Everybody has moments in their life where they get into a "holier-than-thou" attitude, and I think Steve Jobs' open letter regarding Adobe, and Flash in particular, really fits the bill. There are three specific points I want to address to illustrate just how holier-than-thou, hypocritical, and misleading this letter really is.
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RE: iTunes
by tylerdurden on Thu 29th Apr 2010 19:36 UTC in reply to "iTunes"
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That is exactly why Apple is so successful.

A lot of people in these type of websites seem to think that when a customer buys an electronic device, their buying decision is approached in the same manner as if they were looking for a political ethos. Nothing of the sort. Maybe some do, but that is an infinitesimal minority.

People trying to undermine Jobs should present alternatives which work better, and/or offer a higher level of convenience to the consumer. Going off on rants regarding political totalitarianism is extremely counter productive, due to the level of intellectual dishonesty/logical fallacies it brings.

Regardless of what I am think of Mr. Jobs personally (hint I don't care much about people like him who display such nonexistent level of technological education, yet they get to dictate and control the development of the field which I feel passionate enough as to get a PhD in it), the fact is that even my mother can use iTunes and do exactly what she wants, and she is as technophobic as they come. She doesn't know what a bit is, much less why 64 are better than 32. And cocoa for her is something which is drank hot.

My current instance of iTunes barely takes more than 30MB of RAM, and has yet to crash once on Windows. I plug in my iPod, it syncs it, no fuss no headache. It gets out of the way, I can quickly transfer the playlists I want so I can go out running as soon as possible. Which is what I love to do. When I try to do the same, under linux. I kept being reminded how "free" I am (I love Linux/BSD/Solaris BTW). But the fact of the matter, is that the last time I tried to do what was so easy under windows or OSX, it took so much time that the sun was downing by the time I was out for my run.

The ethos part is the easy one, the functionality part... that is the harder one. And that is where the challenge lies. People need to stop focusing on the "politics" or ethical aspects solely. They need to make a case that a better product that what Mr. Jobs's reign of terror produces, and show it.

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