obarthelemy wrote:Anyway, I've tried several times arguing logically with Apple fanbois... waste of time.
Only a waste of time if you're arguing (your word - using emotion) instead of reasoning with facts (my preference) with an independent view, not one warped toward any particular corporate PR perspective, as you clearly have.
Microsloth is an accurate term because their corporate history, their core "culture" if you can even use such a word with them, is to:
- Lag behind innovators (not just Apple, BTW, but everyone - just look at the debacle called Windoze Phone/Mobile/CE) and copy their ideas (please provide counterexamples in the form of genuine, significant, first-ever, pioneering advances in computing technology - look at even their copycat marketing in the ReadWriteWeb video mashup of Jobs 2010 v. Ballmer 2012 on tablets)
- Use judicially-defined tactics and strategy of illegally leveraging monopoly power to torque the open market away from unfettered customers' preferences (please provide counterexamples where they have consistently acted in the interests of end-users, rather than corporate partners)
- Purposely design and implement their software to ensure the need for IT support (the abomination of things like the registry come to mind - just try fixing that once when their overly-complex, 100 million lines of code OS trashes it)
- Do nothing to fix their OS and applications for decades, much less design and implement it properly in the first place, to ensure a reasonable level of security against viruses/worms/Trojans (no company is perfect, but, they're simply the worst in this regard, all in the name of maximizing illegally-acquired profits)
- Introduce product after product based on a bloated, buggy Windoze code core where it was clearly inappropriate to ever have a Blue Screen of Death (well, I suppose the BSOD is one innovation), such as:
-- UltimateTV (a TiVo-copying digital video recorder that routinely crashed and lost recordings)
-- Early DishTV (satellite set-top box and later, combo DVR, software that was so bad in crashing and losing recordings that Dish sued Microsloth and won, plus ample damages)
-- The abortive Windoze CE/Mobile/Phone/Whatever-It's-Called-Next-Week product line with scads of confusing menus and dialogs that in no way belong on any mobile device, much less something like a phone with a miniscule display
-- and many others I'm sure you can also recall
- Relentlessly encouraged reduction of prices of partners' hardware products to below their actual cost via back-door payola schemes to the partners through various shady "promotional" and "marketing-sharing" schemes, contributing to the exit of consumer electronics manufacturing to slave labor wage gulags in Asia (Apple was committed to U.S. manufacturing until this happened, BTW - Foxconn, et al, are a consequence of Microsloth's actions, not Apple's)
- Continue trying to market products to consumers that routinely contain at least four or five words ("Microsoft Surface for Windows RT - or Windows 8", "Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - or Ultimate for Business" - or one of half a dozen other names for essentially the same thing)
- Pursue their monopolistic and IT-expanding focused strategies in the high-performance and large-scale symmetric multi-processor systems markets via attempts to buy influence with business managers, despite technical users' very specific identification of major flaws and underwhelming lack of performance compared with vastly superior and secure Unix/Linux software that had been performing and evolving at very low cost just fine for decades
I could go on for dozens of pages, perhaps even hundreds of them. However, in the spirit of equal time, let's review some of Apple's boner moves (feel free to call them BAbble, just for fun, if you'd like) and their effect on computing for the public:
- Introduced the Lisa for $10,000, aimed at executives who could neither type nor do anything else virtually all of their employees could do (as I'd already cited - so much for your fanbois charge)
- Introduced the Newton, the first commercial mobile device to ship in volume that incorporated handwriting recognition ... assuming that your handwriting precisely matched whatever alien scrawling upon which its algorithms were based
- Mismanaged licensing of the MacOS to whatever clowns happened to meet with Apple executives (apparently over too-many-Martooni lunches and dinners), nearly driving the company bankrupt that had purged itself of all of its innovators, including the founders, through typical marketing-driven business school corporate executive idiocy we see on a continuing basis from Microsloth
- Failed to implement the original MacOS on the MC68000 microprocessor using both supervisor and user modes - everything ran in supervisor mode, allowing any code to access any address in the system, a major security and reliability flaw (any process could crash the entire system) that would persist until OS X was developed
- Introduced the Macintosh 128 at $2,499 ... for a small, impossible-to-open-without-special-tools box containing a 9-inch black-and-white (not even gray-scale) monitor, 128K of RAM, one 400K floppy disk drive ... and no internal or external high-speed interface faster than the RS-422 serial interface only capable of a maximum of about 500 Kbps without a dedicated synchronizing clock (which Centram and Dayna did with FlashTalk and DaynaTalk to achieve 768 Kbps and 850 Kbps, respectively, and 1.7 Mbps with a Dayna PC interface card)
- Continued a reversal of the openness they pioneered with the Apple I (how many still-operating original IBM PCs have sold for more than $374,500 recently?), Apple ][ series (for 16 years!), and Apple ///, with the closed hardware of the Macs and most iOS devices - to the point where the latest MacBook Pro Retina contains no user-replaceable or upgradable parts and is glued together, as is the latest iPad - albeit to minimize thickness and weight as a highly desirable trade-off
I could go on for many more pages on the subject of BAbble's faux pas, too, but, a major difference is that they have generally focused their products' features on what users want and need, rather than what some IT manager or clueless executive arbitrarily decides will be provided. The reason why the iPhone and other iOS devices have overwhelmed Microsloth's feeble offerings is precisely because they're designed to do what users need to do extremely well - nothing more, and nothing less. Microsloth had been fumbling around with clumsy attempts at tablet computers since 1999 when the iPad was launched and suddenly, 11 years (plus however much time Microsloth had spent building up to the launch of the tablet version of XP) of once again trying to force-fit Windoze into a domain for which it was not at all suited was shown to be the colossal folly it was.
Whenever the IT and corporate executives have been taken out of the loop, users have finally gotten to vote with their fingers, feet, and wallets (this has been the case for BAbble's products since 1976) and they routinely find BAbble's products preferable. BAbble has rarely marketed megabytes and megahertz because users really couldn't care less about such overly simplistic numbers, while Microsloth has always taken the nerd's view of the world. That's why most people (and the vast majority of people are not nerds, surprise, surprise, if you hadn't noticed) have gravitated to pretty much anything except Microsloth's products wherever possible.
Real people don't care about what it takes to open a consumer device that they're going to replace before the battery fails to charge (for 99% of them). Real people don't care whether there are one or two or four cores at multiple GHz in a mobile device, unless it causes battery life to suffer (and most BAbble competitors' mobile devices can't even use more than one core for the vast majority of the software that runs on them). Real people couldn't care less about arbitrary marketing numbers and PR-driven specs - they just want to get on with their lives and get things done without having to worry about viruses, BSODs, an endless stream of bug fixes, bloatware out the yin-yang, etc. Even Microsloth has had to offer their Signature service to strip out crapware. BAbble has never had that problem - and Microsloth is copying BAbble once again with their stores - the only place you can get Signature service and, someday, the Surface devices at some undefined point in the future for an unannounced price. No one can even try typing on a Surface, they're so not-ready-for-market.
This is all very important and apropos to the Pi because the big gun PR machines of the heavy hitters have started revving up (even Bill Gates has taken notice and started to respond). This can only get ugly, and it's only going to get faster and hotter. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "We must hang together, or we will surely hang separately."
I eagerly look forward to your reasoned and logical discourse on this or any other topic. Failure is not an option - you're not trying to copy Microsloth, are you? Watch out, they might sue you!