Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Steve Jobs Rant #2

I went to Apple's website today. During a moment of insanity, I thought I wanted to get a 3G iPad so I can watch K-pop music videos from anywhere. On the front page, I see this: Thoughts on Flash. I read the first 1/2 then scanned the rest. It's basically a whiny post about how crappy Adobe Flash is and how Apple is saving us naive computer users by excluding it from the iPad and iPhone. Ugh!
Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 200,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

How lame. If Flash is so bad, then no one will run it on their iPad/iPhone. By banning it, Apple is forcing everyone to spend money on iTunes Store apps they can't use anywhere else. Instead, Apple takes freedom/choice away then expects users to thank them... where have I heard this BS before? (Hint: government of country where Apple products are manufactured)

I knew right then that he must be a Democrat. He just can't admit that Apple's ban on Adobe Flash is a business decision to promote HTML5, an "open" standard that Apple can exert control. Nope, instead he has to write this huge document... for what? So people will like him?

From the political contributions link, Steve Jobs donations are ~100% given to Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, Edward Kennedy, and a crapload of money to the DNC. It's a pretty safe bet that he supports ObamaCare as well, which will eventually take away my good employer provided health insurance and replace it with shitty government run health insurance. Yet Jobs doesn't hesitate to fly all over the country (did he buy carbon offsets?!) so he can be first to get a liver transplant. Yeah, it's easy for him to support socialized medicine since he can afford not to use it... what about the rest of us? Soon we won't have the extra cash to pay 2x on computer hardware.

Sigh... I'm typing all this on my Mac. If I knew I was going to rant this much, I should have used my PC notebook.

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