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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Apple was never what we thought it was
by alcibiades on Sat 1st Aug 2009 06:55 UTC
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Some are only just now discovering it, but Apple has not changed at all over the years. What has changed is us. Apple has always wanted to control its users and what they do with the products, its always wanted to be a closed little world, and its always engaged in cult marketing and encouraged the mac fanatics. This has been going on for 20+ years now.

The only difference with the iPod and the iPhone is that they managed to realize their vision more thoroughly than with the Mac itself, and with the iPhone more successfully than with the iPod. And the other difference is that because of the wider distribution of these devices, their control strategies are much more in your face.

Many years ago, their mania for mind control was accompanied by a parallel track of focus on usability and peoples relation to the computer. But since XP all that has remained of this is an increasingly absurd conservative and dictatorial attitude to the user interface, which is now slightly different from the Windows interface but no better or worse. Many years ago there was a genuine hardware quality difference from mass market PCs, of which all that now remains is premium prices and fancy design cases housing standard mid range components.

Its a pretty dreadful company. But it always was. Its just that its dreadfulness has been getting more and more obvious over the years, and there has been less and less compensation for its dreadfulness in the quality of the products. Now even the self confessed Apple devotees find themselves waking up one day and realizing it.

So I would say to David, welcome to the ex-Mac club. Open the windows, go out into the garden, and take a deep breath. Yes, the air is a lot fresher out here. Its more relaxed. You can straighten up and stretch. All in all, its a better place. You will wonder why you stayed so long in that strange little cramped place, being harangued by a bunch boring fanatics about how much nicer it was than outside. When it plainly is not.

And like the recovering alcoholic, you need to take one more step. Don't restrict yourself to denunciation. You also need to pour the stuff down the sink. Convert all your users and machines to Windows or Linux, and then take your macs to the dump. Don't sell them or give them away, trash them. And the iPhones and iPods too. That's when you will really have freed yourself for good.

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