Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:54 UTC
Editorial Bob Cringeley makes a bold statement in a blog post responding to Apple's iCloud announcement: "Jobs is going to sacrifice the Macintosh in order to kill Windows." He says, "The incumbent platform today is Windows because it is in Windows machines that nearly all of our data and our ability to use that data have been trapped. But the Apple announcement changes all that. Suddenly the competition isn't about platforms at all, but about data, with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded apps."
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RE[15]: huh????
by MOS6510 on Wed 8th Jun 2011 20:57 UTC in reply to "RE[14]: huh????"
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You can still make your own software to run on it, you just can distribute is. Probably because Apple doesn't one someone to spread software that causes problem. They don't want to link their products to the word "problem". Back in the old days Steve/Apple didn't want customers to open up their Macs and try to repair stuff either.

OS X you can boot and start coding away in Perl and Python for example or install a number of programming languages.

If Steve envisions people dropping their desktop PCs in favor of pads then the users turn in to pure consuming customers. Which is good for most users and companies I guess, but not so good for people who look to examine, tinker, experiment and try to do stuff with their device not deemed possible.

I like my iPad and iPhone to "just work" without any problems. But I also, when I feel like it, do strange stuff and I need either my iMac, Linux PC or any old retro machine for that.

My Psion 3a even came with a programming language (OPL). Back then it was almost mandatory you could also program your computer yourself. It was one of the reasons you bought a computer.

But in those days people who bought computers were people who were interested in computers. These days they want to browse, watch movies, listen to moves. Software problems are solved by googling for "<something> freeware" instead of writing some code yourself. I do it too, why spend hours, days, weeks instead of downloading something for free. The downside is we know less and less about coding. 99% of the users don't I guess. In the 80's 99% could at least make a small BASIC program.

It's ironic Apple is in the front of making locked down consumer friendly products while their roots are in the computer clubs.

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