Sorry, but I had to say it…

Say what, you say? Well, in response to this

Consumer technology companies reporting financial results this week are looking like rowboats bobbing in the wake of Apple Inc.‘s supertanker.

Close to oblivion in 1997, Apple is now the world’s second-most valuable company, after Exxon Mobil Corp. On April 20, it reported net income of $5.99 billion for the January-to-March period, nearly double that of a year ago. It shipped a record 18.65 million iPhones during the quarter. Its iPad tablet computers are so popular, the company couldn’t make enough.

I know very well the old argument that “sales doesn’t equal quality.” But that works a lot better when arguing over such subjective things as music. Honestly, would people be buying so many Apple products if they were “wannabe toys” with no useful amount of functionality? Sure, they have their share of problems just like any other gadget. But my MacBook and iPod classic have both served me fine and continue to do so. So did my Windows computers when I had them. In fact, I very well might have bought another PC the last time I was in the market had I not heard about what a cluster-copulation Windows Vista (Microsoft’s latest OS at the time) was. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t understand Apple Derangement Syndrome, and I really don’t think I ever will.



4 Responses to “Sorry, but I had to say it…”

  1. BL Says:

    They charge a lot for what you get and they aren’t at all pointed at my demographic. If their stuff works for you, I don’t have a problem with that, just doesn’t work for me. The fact that they set up things like iTunes to intentionally discriminate against us people in the land of UNIX/Linux when they “borrowed” a huge amount of their operating system and interface code from UNIX/Linux/AT&T/Bell Labs/SUN/Xerox leaves a rather foul taste in my mouth about them doing it, but I really honestly like the tools and interfaces I’ve developed for myself a lot better than Apple interfaces because when you dumb down the interface for easier use by untrained people you tend to limit options for power users.

    I don’t hate Apple, they do what they do well, they just never have created a product that was at all pointed towards me even going back to Apple IIs, when I went with Atari because Atari had better graphics and cost 1/5 as much as the Apple offering. Friend’s dad bought a LISA back then and talk about overpriced for what it was…If Apple’s stuff works for you buy it, same with MS. That’s my theory. But I’d rather buy old Alesis digital recording gear than iPods…

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    The fact that they set up things like iTunes to intentionally discriminate against us people in the land of UNIX/Linux when they “borrowed” a huge amount of their operating system and interface code from UNIX/Linux/AT&T/Bell Labs/SUN/Xerox leaves a rather foul taste in my mouth about them doing it

    Heh. Well, I can actully understand that; I guess you could say my comments were more in the context of Microsoft vs. Apple. From what I understand there are ways to make iTunes run on Linux. I don’t know for sure if you could do the same with other Apple programs like QuickTime, iChat or iPhoto, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you could.

  3. BL Says:

    I can run Safari too, it’s just annoying that since they borrowed heavily from the *NIX code bases they don’t actually release *NIX versions, as porting it wouldn’t be hard to do.

    The reason they don’t do it is to prevent people from reverse engineering their codecs.

    The funny thing is, *NIX hackers made it POINT to reverse engineer their codecs because of this. So in reality, all they have done is make it a hassle to use their stuff.

    Apple has a EULA with OS X that you aren’t supposed to run it on non-Apple hardware. I ran it on a couple of my intel boxes with some patching to see if I liked anything they’d done…I didn’t. Code is pretty portable so all Apple ends up doing is pissing off us hacker types by saying “we won’t let you have a version” and then we end up finding our own hacks to have versions of stuff that’s useful. Silverlight is now hacked to run on *NIX boxes too, re MS and them doing the same thing.

    One of these days they’ll realize that they don’t end up protecting any intellectual property and shutting out *NIX coders is like waving a red cape at a bull that causes your stuff to get hacked faster than it would have been otherwise.

  4. BL Says:

    One other thing:

    Because a LOT of their code is *NIX based, a lot of their developers are really *NIX developers at heart and have friends in the wider community which basically ensures that everything they try to keep proprietary for Mac/Windows gets leaked to the UNIX/Linux world and hacked. Took people about a week to get OS X running stand alone (not under any form of emulation) on non-Apple machines, for example. Within three weeks the patches and tips were available as a modified install DVD on basically every file-sharing system on planet Earth. So what they saved by saying “we don’t want you to run this on non-Apple Intel based hardware” is unknown to me. Lots of people who ended up with the pirated and hacked version might have bought the Apple version if you could buy it OEM for 20-50 bucks with a license like Microsoft stuff. Maybe they didn’t want to buy new hardware because they liked their hardware.

    That’s the neat thing about markets isn’t it? Prohibiting things people want doesn’t keep them from getting them anyway. With all the stoners and such that work at Apple (I took business classes with a lot of them at St. Edwards in their non-traditional student night/weekend “new college”), you’d think they’d realize prohibition doesn’t work.


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