Those who know me know that I have a cynical attitude towards hype in general and Apple hype in particular. So the iPhone hype and stories of people waiting in line for days have caused me to retreat from many social networking sites and RSS feeds until the storm dies down.
I am not a MS or PC defender – I hate Vista with a burning hot passion because I think it’s rude that a multi-billion dollar company has made millions of innocent consumers its unpaid beta testers. I shudder for the less tech savvy who trust MS to update their graphics drivers only to be knocked back to SVGA from 3 years ago (as happened to me recently) and making the road back to 2008 video drivers a bloody nightmare.
I also hate QuickTime with a manic passion. I pay for software because I assume it works. Both on Vista and on hubby’s XP system, QuickTime is buggy, crashes and doesn’t do what it said it could. For a product that should be luring me over to the Apple side, it is one hell of a warning sign.
The iPhone, like the Blackberry has had its praises sung for so long — it seemed like it could offer me a compelling reason to cross over and take a bit from the Apple. I was tempted, I’ll admit — but then, as I reached up to pluck the shiny apple — a few worms emerged:
Do you want choice in software? You can’t have it.
First up, despite its hip image, Apple’s attitudes towards open source software make the RIAA look warm and fuzzy. Thanks to the wondeful Chris Harvey for bringing this to my attention.
Did you want to update and use your iphone right away? You can’t.
After all the hype, can Apple honestly been caught by surprise when it came to it’s major service fail this weekend?
Do you want to pay more for the same data plans as the unenlightened?
Finally, I have to ask -why would I pay MORE to do the stuff I can do NOW on my Nokia N95? And what’s with this Apple tax?
And speaking of paying money for devices and having your choices made for you – think twice before buying Dell and Lenovo laptops or make sure to confirm that stereo mix is an option before you buy.
Disabling an inherent function like stereo mix without warning – the ability to record what you hear on your computer, a function which many machinimists and educational video producers legitimately need to produce materials – is just plain WRONG. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/dell_colludes_with_riaa_disables_stereo_mix_without_forewarning
Maybe we as consumers need to harness the power of social networks to produce the products and services we want?
Mark Pesce’s idea for FAUC – a community-owned mobile services provider to inject some much-needed competition into the Australian marketplace is an intriguing option.
Perhaps we could all chip in to have a laptop of our choice built for us too?