Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Sep 2009 16:18 UTC
Apple If you have Apple's QuickTime media player and/or iTunes installed on your Windows machine, you might want to keep an eye on apple's Software Update tool. Apple is once again using the update tool to push unwanted software onto users' machines without asking for permission.
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RE[2]: Your statement is false
by David on Mon 28th Sep 2009 17:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Your statement is false"
David
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1997-10-01

Not actually true, FYI, though I can see why you might think so. That's why I'm writing this comment. I actually got a lot of push back from the OSNews editors when I decided to publish my little emotional rant, and I haven't ever instructed them to write anything about Apple, bad or good.

As for my "give Apple bad PR idea," nobody else ended up thinking it was likely to be an effective idea, and a movement followed by one person isn't going to be effective, so I dropped it.

Incidentally, I agree with the earlier commenter that Thom is a bit misleading in that the Apple software updater doesn't automatically install this software, it just prompts you to install it. On my Windows machine (my main machine is a Mac), I always uncheck and disable updates for Safari and any other Apple software that I don't need. So I agree with Thom that what Apple is doing is lame and annoying, but I'm not as up-in-arms about it.

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RE[3]: Your statement is false
by affect on Mon 28th Sep 2009 19:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Your statement is false"
affect Member since:
2006-09-27

Not to dismiss any criticism of Apple, but do you feel as strongly about Microsoft's practices that in the past put many companies out of business using illegal, anti-competitive tactics? How many days did you call for criticism of Microsoft when they were found by the courts to be a monopoly which is hurtful to consumer interests?

I don't think there exists the moral company, but when I see a reaction so severe to one in particular and not another which is far more worthy of scorn, I start to wonder. Am I alone in thinking this?

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RE[4]: Your statement is false
by David on Mon 28th Sep 2009 20:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Your statement is false"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

I certainly see where you're coming from, but the difference is that I don't care about Microsoft as much. It's kind of like how I'm not out marching in the streets to protest the actions of a government that I don't live under. Yes, I'm upset about the way the Hugo Chavez is running Venezuela, but I'm more likely to take to the streets over an issue of United States governance, since that's where I live.

And, to be honest, Microsoft isn't nearly as worried about bad PR as Apple is, because Microsoft has successfully dominated its market, and no longer needs to worry about being unpopular with the media. Also, Microsoft treats its competitors, and sometimes partners, very badly, but is very good to its developers, and actually Microsoft is a paragon of virtue with its mobile platform compared to Apple.

In some ways, Microsoft is a lost cause, but Apple is right at the beginning of making a very big mistake by keeping its developer community sandboxed the way it is, and I hoped that a little pressure would prevent that mistake from contaminating the entire mobile computing ecosystem.

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