In an attempt to respark a good debate, I would like to bring up the recent actions of Apple with regards to iOS and their software in general. With the recent hit on Apple for it's fiasco with the iPhone4 and software causing "decreased signal strength", I would like to ask how the folks here at DoCo feel about Apple's stance on such issues?
[irrational hatred]Apple... Grrr...[/irrational hatred]
Now, setting aside my irrational hatred for a company run by an irrational jackass, and worshipped by a bunch of other irrational retards...
Oooops... Missed the irrational hatred tags there... Oh well.
iPhone 4 has a definite problem in their hardware, but the underlying OS is very good. Heck. It's BSD, and BSD is simply about the best for a solid TCP/IP stack, so +1 for it anyways.
My problem with Apple is their licensing and their agreements. It's NOT the computer that's the problem. It's the business aspect of the computer. The company is run by a religious tyrant who is nothing short of sinister.
This is a portion of the license email that I send out to people:
Your license code is just for you, and you may use it on multiple computers if you use different computers as long as they are for your own use.
There is such a thing as being decent to people and treating your customers with some trust and respect.
Apple has failed there. Their products are broken not because of the products themselves, but because of how they are licensed.
I am not an OS zealot. I am not a computer language zealot. I am not a technology zealot. However, I am a "decency" zealot.
(And hence my irrational hatred for Apple.)
While I do not use much GPL software, I am very glad that it is available. It's a good thing.
I don't use *NIX much as I do primarily Windows programming.
Microsoft treats their developers with much more respect than Apple treats theirs. "Developers? Who needs them? They work for Apple". What does that tell you about Apple and the Apple corporate mentality?
I am a zealot when it comes to supporting decent companies and products. I could list a huge number of software titles that I use and regularly rave about because they are so good. Similarly with a few companies. I can't say much positive about Apple.
That Apple has been so deceitful with their iPhone 4 problems only shows what kind of a company they are, and what the people behind it are like. This is in stark contrast to other companies that admit their errors and try to fix them. The most obvious being Microsoft as they end up with more problems publicly than anyone else.
Apple has shamed itself. "Use duct tape." or "Get a $30 bumper." or "We'll give our idiot users a free bumper." Really? Oh wow Steve, you're soooo generous and kind. Please bend over for a kiss... <puke color="rainbow" sound="loud" />
Sigh... In short, Apple is simply being Apple. "They can do no wrong..."