Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 23:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless You may not have noticed it, but in the past six months, we've been experiencing a true massacre. Not one written in blood, but one written in microchips and touchscreen displays. The scene of the crime? The United States. The perpetrator? Google's Android. The victims? Everybody else.
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I lIke Android But...
by kaelodest on Tue 4th Jan 2011 03:26 UTC
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It seems to me that Apple, while it is *Poisonous* to FOSS is still the way to go. I as a developer would like to give and or share my class libraries. But I cannot due to the Bouncer at the door (of the Mac App store). Yes Android has made inroads, and they are big, but in the long view, well there is something there. BUT there is an elephant in the room and that is Java.
-=- See on the one hand to be successful I had to learn a lot of Cocoa, (then I had to really learn it) but the payoff is great. I am reminded of an old Daring Fireball/Gruber blog ( ) about the state of the MacOS v. Windows on Malware/Spyware and what I got out of that was the idea that my code has to be better than the next random guy on the block with a compier. I do not want to release an app. Let's say some game or whatever that has the high scores in the cloud or such and have it leak all kinds of data that I did not want to. (SO I Had to hella step up my game)
-With the App Store Apple knows who I am (Since 1997) and even if I wanted to make another fake profile and app under a different name - Well there would still be a lot of clues as to who it is. (Just like if I stopped being 'kaelodest' here - I would still type like kaelodest and smell like me and come from the same IP or at least in a few other ways be trackable)
So while Android or some other future handheld OS might be 'as good as' or even better than the iOS by the numbers or whatever metric-on-stilts that you want to magnify it might not be soo good for my Mother or my aunt Mary. Who might be willing to le bad stuff happen to their machines (after all they do not fix broken configs I do)
A parallel might be 2 cars, equally fast but one without airbags or seat belts. Sure I can buy one that has more 'EXTREME' features. But I cannot really enjoy it because I can't drive without insurance. And even if I could, can I take my son and daughter out for a drive? So what good is a feature fone that needs Me or another equally as savvy as I am to baby sit it. How can I tell my son to go for Android or whatever without a net? Is all code that good?
THIS might seem like an edge case and to the user it really is. They want to use the phone and not wonder how or why everyone caught that weird bug that they caught.
SO I like Android BUT not enough to make a bad name for myself as a developer even accidentally

As an Aside I have heard the same thing from at least a dozen Windows techs this year - Roughly translated. (sic) "So what about the bugs, I get paid to fix them..." 2 guys had the BALLS to say that in an interview. (SMH)

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