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: Good Points/But Flash Is Crap
by kaiwai on Sat 1st May 2010 03:57 UTC in reply to "Good Points/But Flash Is Crap"
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Thom has made very legitimate points about Steve/Apple. I have not deleted Windows but, like Thom was saying, when I go from my Mac desktop to my Windows desktop and use iTunes, it is truly a cringe-worthy experience.

But, on to Flash. Steve is right in the more narrow sense. Flash is crap, especially for mobile devices. And there are much better alternatives. In this case the ball is in Adobe's court and Jobs has put it there. Adobe should really and truly get rid of Flash and embrace the new tools. Again, I am speaking in this more narrow sense and not in the wider sense that Thom did.

At what point did Steve Jobs nominate himself as the bouncer at the entry of my device? If I wish to install Flash on my i-device then I should be allowed to, just as I should be allowed to install what ever application produced with what ever tool I want on my device. Does Flash suck on Mac OS X? of course but how much of it is actually solely the result of Adobe because ultimately it takes two to tango.

Btw, don't think that HTML5 is going to be the saving grace of the internet given that all benchmarks shown that an equally as complex application as what is produced in flash will hog just as much CPU power. Was Flash 10.0 a hog? sure, but 10.1 has changed, improved, and it is up to Apple to work with Adobe to improve performance just as it is up to developers who write for Flash to ensure that they're using the best code to achieve a given objective.

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