I really, really hate this kind of sensationalism. First off, asking a question as your headline is the weaseliest trick in the book. The local news has perfected this technique: "IS THE PAINT ON YOUR WALLS KILLING YOU? Find out at 11!" Now, they didn't come out and say that paint is bad. They didn't even say they had any actual evidence that it might be. They just asked a question in such a way that you now have a little fear planted in your heart, and are compelled to find out more.
Causing an (incorrect) emotional reaction without outright lying is the favorite tool of our current administration, and I urge the blogosphere to avoid adopting these techiniques.
And anyway, it turns out, the answer to the question was "no." The people involved were basically not Apple customers. That's fine. I have no enmity towards them, and you won't see me insulting them. They can switch to a TI 99-4a if it makes them happy.
In this case, these are guys who were basically Linux users who accidentally bought an Apple. One listed the software he used on a daily basis before he'd switched to Ubuntu, and he pretty much replaced all Apple software with open-source equivalents. So, in effect, he's just changed which underlying version of Unix he's using. Pardon me while I yawn.
If you value things like "is this software open-source" and "is this software from a good-hearted company" over "is this software really elegant?" then you aren't Apple's target customer. That's fine. You don't have to be. But it's also not news.
It's like saying, "Should McDonald's worry because vegetarians are boycotting the restaurant?"
This week, I see a ton of articles saying WWDC 2006 is a disappointment, and even speculating that maybe Steve Jobs is sick.
I simply don't have words for this. Leopard is still three quarters away. There's a LOT of work to do, yet. At the keynote, everybody got a sneak-peak at some of the features Apple is working on. If they were finished, they would, you know, ship it.
WWDC is a developer conference. Aimed at developers. Who develop software. Those of us who are developers are freaking amazed at all the great stuff that's in Leopard. Guess what, we can't talk about it. So, you're going to see a lot of opinions from people who aren't here and have only an uninformed opinion.
On the other hand, if it was just the announced products that disappointed you, well, I'm not sure what you expected. Apple is a computer company, and they unveiled a machine that runs blazingly fast and is $1,000 less than a similarly equipped Dell. This doesn't make people happy? Seriously? What's it take? I mean, you can equip this baby with a quad-SLI video card, install Boot Camp, and play Doom at 80 billion fps for way cheaper than you could on Sunday. Doom! Doom!
Yes, Steve didn't announce any new consumer products. Here at the developer conference. Wow. What a shocker. I really expected Slash and/or Edge to come out and sing us a song and announce a new iPod bundle, or at least give me a close shave. (Seriously, "Edge?")
The advantages of the blogosphere, like the democratization of reporting, can easily be overwhelmed by the disadvantages, like the rapid reproduction of memes which are based on faulty original data. I don't know how to solve this, except to call it out when I see it.
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