Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Apr 2010 16:59 UTC
Editorial Holier-than-thou, an adjective, meaning "marked by an air of superior piety or morality". Everybody has moments in their life where they get into a "holier-than-thou" attitude, and I think Steve Jobs' open letter regarding Adobe, and Flash in particular, really fits the bill. There are three specific points I want to address to illustrate just how holier-than-thou, hypocritical, and misleading this letter really is.
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RE: Comment by macUser
by nt_jerkface on Thu 29th Apr 2010 20:14 UTC in reply to "Comment by macUser"
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Flash is done. Whether you like or dislike Apple the future is HTML5, CSS3 and javascript. That is the road to take. Apple is on it. Adobe with Flash is not.

Adobe can prop Flash up as long as they want but ultimately the technology is dead.


They don't have to prop up Flash, Google will do that for them. And all those Flash game designers are not going to line up to build games in javascript with a text editor.

Flash is just going to get better with future iterations and 10.1 is already a big improvement:
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/does_html5_really_beat_flash_s...

I personally don't like Flash but I also know that it would take a much stronger alliance to dislodge it. At some point it will be apparent to everyone that Jobs is just blocking Flash because it would cut into iTunes revenue.

Thom is right that it's a total joke for Jobs to be self-righteous and praise open technologies. He should have focused on security or another believable reason. What a freaking joke.

Did he even need to explain himself? Flash doesn't exactly have a flourishing fanbase. He could have just stated that he isn't including Flash because he doesn't want to support it and that would have been enough of an explanation.

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RE[2]: Comment by macUser
by macUser on Thu 29th Apr 2010 21:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by macUser"
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2006-12-15

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Flash is done. Whether you like or dislike Apple the future is HTML5, CSS3 and javascript. That is the road to take. Apple is on it. Adobe with Flash is not.

Adobe can prop Flash up as long as they want but ultimately the technology is dead.


They don't have to prop up Flash, Google will do that for them. And all those Flash game designers are not going to line up to build games in javascript with a text editor.

Flash is just going to get better with future iterations and 10.1 is already a big improvement:
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/does_html5_really_beat_flash_s...

I personally don't like Flash but I also know that it would take a much stronger alliance to dislodge it. At some point it will be apparent to everyone that Jobs is just blocking Flash because it would cut into iTunes revenue.

Thom is right that it's a total joke for Jobs to be self-righteous and praise open technologies. He should have focused on security or another believable reason. What a freaking joke.

Did he even need to explain himself? Flash doesn't exactly have a flourishing fanbase. He could have just stated that he isn't including Flash because he doesn't want to support it and that would have been enough of an explanation.
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They're all hypocrites so it's rather moot to me. Apple definitely took too long to migrate the Finder, but at the same time the real issue is web standards.

Adobe has some great talent and could easily develop an IDE... Heck they own Dreamweaver don't they? You're right Google will prop Flash up for Adobe and we will applaud them for keeping us shackled to a proprietary format while we scream at Apple for H.264. The irony is delicious. None of these companies really stand up to scrutiny do they?

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