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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Points of attention
by Eddyspeeder on Thu 30th Jul 2009 21:21 UTC
Eddyspeeder
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2006-05-10

I have very mixed feelings about this.

1. I agree with you 100% on the reasons why you choose to do this (App store, opaque App validation process, etc.). They are all valid and noticed. All these issues have been previously featured on OS News.

2. However, you write that your goal is NOT for Apple to change its ways, but more like a hostage threat. You'll get off Apple's back once the Google Voice app is allowed on the iPhone. But what about the issues you mentioned, that drove you to this action in the first place? Apple won't have to change a thing about that, and you'll stop complaining anyway. Where's the sense in that?

3. 1984 days... that's almost 5.5 years! By that time, the iPhone will probably have been replaced by Google Voice anyway. So are you sure you want to commit to such an extensive project? -- (EDIT: in reading the comments, there are more people who have used a calculator today!)

4. If other tech sites won't follow you in your endeavour the next 5.5 years, you'll turn OS News into a sort of "anti-Apple" site. Careful now! Even if you intend to "have fun with it" (as you write in the comments), it will at least scare off the Mac-enthousiasts who prefer a balanced picture (those who want only positive or negative news have their respective channels, OS News is supposed to deliver both the good and the bad, without a predefined emphasis on any of the extremes).

5. I guess Apple will not let you "see" the Apple 3Gi ( http://www.theonion.com/content/news/apple_claims_new_iphone_only ). -- (EDIT: as I was reading the other comments before posting, I saw fretinator has also noticed this one!)

In addition to your story on "missing the potential", may I also remind you of the wrong move Apple made with overpricing Firewire usage. It was and is undoubtedly superior to USB; even USB 3.0 will be slower than the already widely available Firewire 800, whilst Firewire 1600/3200 are already under development. They missed the boat there - can they still catch up?

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RE: Points of attention
by Eddyspeeder on Thu 30th Jul 2009 21:38 in reply to "Points of attention"
Eddyspeeder Member since:
2006-05-10

By the way, here's a constructive idea I just thought of:

Behind the scenes, there must have been a lot going on between Google and Apple. Google is a major player these days. So besides (NOT "instead of") pointing our arrows at Apple and AT&T, are there ways in which we can persuade Google to launch some sort of campaign?

Or perhaps that's too early as Google Voice is only beginning to take shape as we speak. In that case the question might be: what actions is Google preparing (and willing) to take towards Apple once Google Voice does take off?

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