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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The delay of CS5 to Cocoa was a result of Adobe favoring Windows users and it left Mac users with an inferior Adobe product for Mac.

Cocoa doesn't necessarily make an application better, it's the possible 64 bitness that matters here. Apple announced 64 bit Carbon for Leopard and included it in their preview developer builds. Companies were already at making theit apps 64 bit compatible. Then, all the sudden, just some months before the release of Leopard, Apple did a 180° move and killed Carbon 64. That's why it took almost everybody so long to release a 64 bit version of their application. Some are still not done.

The facts that the Intel switch was still underway didn't help to speed things up, either. You can't omit this fact if you want to paint an honest picture of the circumstances.

Final Cut Pro is best of breed already and will make it to Cocoa eventually but the fact that it is still 32-bit doesn't put Mac users at a disadvantage.

OK. But still. This is like your seat neighbour in an airplane accusing you with strong language of unnecessary pollution of the atmosphere as a consequence of flying. You would just give him a facepalm and think WTF, and rightly so.

Jobs' point about Adobe's delaying the Cocoa transition was not only about the length of the delay but also about how it put Mac users at a disadvantage.

Apple does the same to their windows customers. All. The. Time.


You need to either re-read Job's letter or stop being misleading. NOWHERE in Jobs' letter does he say H.264 is open.

Here is what Jobs says:
"we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open"

So what is says that they strongly believe that H.264 is the wrong codec, because it's just an industry standard, not an open standard.

Your attacks on iTunes are totally subjective, exaggerated, wrong, and irrelevant.

Oh really? Had you ever to use it on Windows?

Do you even know that iTunes for Windows is available as 64-bit or were you just lying?

That's wrong and has already been discussed earlier.

Jobs' letter was about Adobe, not iTunes on Windows.

It was about Adobe AND Apple. Apple rages about how Adobe cares about some of their products. Thom only mentioned that Apple is in no way any better. Isn't that fair? Remember, it's the extended version of a facepalm ;)

Or maybe you are being deliberately misleading.

Look in the mirror, all those facts that you left out just to make your arguments seem right...

Frankly it doesn't matter and you don't matter.

You don't matter, I don't matter and Thom knows that he doesn't matter. SO WHAT? I'd rather die with a smile on my face knowing I've always tried my best to be an honest man. Plus: This is the Internet, he just took his right to express how he feels about this. Expressing thoughts matters to people.

Like it or not, Jobs is right about Adobe and Flash.

Thom didn't say Steve Jobs is wrong in every aspect, OK?

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