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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Agree and disagree
by mrhasbean on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:15 UTC
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Your first point about the time it's taken Adobe to transition when Apple still have Carbon apps is relevant and worthwhile. Much of the rest is questionable at best.

Why, then, is Apple, in a letter full of talk of openness and standards, promoting this closed codec


You answered this in your own statement - "...full of openness and STANDARDS..." H.264 is a STANDARD. Flash and Theora are not.

iTunes for Windows is by far one of the worst pieces of (major) Windows software you can possibly think of. It does not integrate with Windows in any way, does not use any of the advanced technologies present since Windows Vista (refined in Windows 7), it's incredibly slow, it crashes a lot, it still hasn't been ported to 64bit (despite consumer 64bit versions of Windows existing since 2005) and in general


This is a FREE CONSUMER application that is GIVEN AWAY by Apple. They do not charge for it, unlike Adobe and Microsoft who charge significant dollars for PROFESSIONAL applications like CS and Office, both of which suffer from ALL of the same inadequacies you throw at iTunes. It's only in recent releases that Microsoft have even tried to improve the "Macness" of Office, but it still falls a LONG way short of the mark, and don't get me started on the performance issues and impact on the performance of the rest of the system caused by these apps. And if you want to talk about background shit being installed look no further than those apps, and even the free Picasa from Google installs their updater so it's not just Apple in that boat.

Further on this point. iTunes is a consumer product that is used (except if its just playing music in the background) for short periods of time. My son uses a Windows box as his primary machine because of games and has absolutely no issues with iTunes whatsoever. He can connect to the shared libraries that are hosted on other Macs throughout the house and will often have iTunes playing music while he's gaming. He manages his iPhone with it, buys stuff off ITMS and it just works, as a consumer product.

Contrast this to something like CS and Office, which are professional apps that are used all day by large sections of the workforce. On my own machine I have disabled the background crap that Office loads because of the performance degradation, and the only product from the CS suite I will install is Photoshop because the others are diabolically bad, especially Dreamweaver. My wife, who uses a Windows terminal with MS Office at work, is constantly tearing her hair out using Office on her Mac. Not only is it slow, it balks at large files every second time you open them - we have a 32Mb Excel file that's created as a product export from one of the web sites I manage that WILL NOT open on Mac Office EVER yet opens in less than 10 seconds on the Windows version - and I'd be rich if I had a dollar for every time Office crashed on her. And these are commercial apps that they charge many $$$ for.

It would be incredibly trivial for Apple to allow people to manage their iPhone's and iPod's contents manually through the file manager


Then anyone who "found" your iPhone in a bar somewhere could also access all your private data from it just by plugging it in. ;)

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