Linked by David Adams on Thu 30th Jul 2009 23:14 UTC
Editorial I think I'd like to start an internet movement. Due to Apple's recent actions regarding the Google Voice app, I intend to criticize Apple every day at OSNews for 1984 days, or until they perform a very subtle and simple act of contrition. I'd like to enlist the help of every tech journalist, blogger, twitterer, Facebook denizen, and person who ever talks to another person. I'm that girl in the running shorts with the hammer, people! I'm throwing the hammer at the big creepy guy on the screen! We don't have to be slaves anymore! Read on for the full manifesto.
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Comment by moleskine
by moleskine on Thu 30th Jul 2009 21:07 UTC
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Lol, some of us twigged all this about Apple ten or twelve years ago. The point is to stay well away from the magic powder, not just lay off it for a while. That phrase "insanely great" is only too true. Thinking too highly of yourself is a form of insanity and it usually ends pretty badly. That's the core problem with Apple: if you consider yourself so very superior, then before long you consider your customers almost beneath notice, less than human and fit to be bilked and bullied. Corporate ethos, or maybe the ethos of a part of Silicon Valley, and not down to just one guy.

Anyway, my guess is that the 1984 days will go as follows:

Day 1: Shame! I will never use Apple again!
Day 2: Here are my conditions for even considering using Apple again.
Day 3 (after absolutely no response from Apple to my demands): Hmmn, well I might use Apple again if and but ...
Day 4: I have started using Apple again but only under the strictest limitations.
Day 5: Steve, gimme more of that powder. You're a God.

In other situations, it's called relapsing.

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RE: Comment by moleskine
by Morgan on Fri 31st Jul 2009 01:48 in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
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For me, it's always been about OS X. I never was an Apple fan (nor hater for that matter) back in the OS 9 and earlier days. Every modern Mac I've ever owned, I've sold because it could only be upgraded so far. The resale value was such that I could build something three times as powerful and run some form of Linux or BSD and have the majority of the functionality with added versatility. Now that building a Hackintosh is as easy as buying off the shelf hardware with the same chipsets as Apple's gear, there's no reason for me to buy another Mac for a while. Apple won't miss me anyway; with the exception of the 1st gen mini I've bought all my Macs secondhand.

The iPhone, while hardware-wise is all Apple, is severely limited when you look at the non-jailbroken OS. It may be a subset or variation of OS X but it is locked down so tight that there is no longer any common ground. Some say that is a necessity in a phone for stability and security reasons, but then I point to my BlackBerry, with enterprise-class security and sandboxed apps, and wonder why the iPhone can't be so open. Granted, the BlackBerry's UI is decidedly unintuitive and could use an overhaul to bring it closer to WebOS, iPhone OS or even Android's ease of use.

I know I'm wishing for the impossible, but I'd like to see Apple allow an "expert" mode on the iPhone that allows one to legitimately install current jailbreak-only apps with no expectation of support or warranty from Apple itself. I know it will never happen as it would destroy interest in the App Store, but it would be nice.

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