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Steve Jobs is Scared

One thing I’ve learned in life is that most people don’t speak out or speak up unless they’re scared of something. Fear is a great motivator.  In fact, if you think about it, none of us really do anything we don’t want to without fear being at the core of that motivation.

Seeing as the last couple times Steve Jobs spoke to the press outside of his usual key-note-based comfort zones it was to 1) assure people he wasn’t dying and 2) to explain to everyone how he was going to deal with antennagate, it follows that him showing up on that “earnings call” thing yesterday was something he did because he is scared—and I think he’s scared shitless.  Sure, I’m scared I’m wrong, which is why I’m posting this, but that’s beside the point.  Steve Jobs is seriously brown-pantsing it.

“We’ve now passed RIM and I don’t see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future.”

Really, Steve? Last time I checked RIM had way more experience in smartphoning than Apple. Last time I checked, RIM had their Blackberry phones firmly established in the business world as the smartphones grown-ups use.  Their core market is probably not going anywhere.  They shouldn’t try to expand and if they just stick to what they do best, they’ll be fine.  They won’t “beat” you, but they shouldn’t care. What’s more is that you won’t be able to make inroads into their specific market, either, because (and I should know) iPhones just take too much effort to do basic stuff.  BB’s just work—unlike iPhones.  iPhones are like the Windows PCs of the smartphone world (with better design, of course).  But seriously, if RIM keeps their flagship product focused on what it does best, they are invincible against Apple.

“…we believe integrated will trump fragmented every time.”

Really? You mean like Apple computers? Or like Windows computers?  Last time I checked there isn’t a single type of computer that runs Windows, Linux or even OSX. There are quite a few. So, if by “every time” you mean “every time you’ve tried it with your iOS devices” then I can see your point.  However, you completely ignore the rest of the world of devices that run on MUCH more open systems than iOS devices (aka unwalled gardens).  There’s also this myth going around that people actually think of Windows boxes first when considering the definition of “open”.  No chance. I think Linux.  That bitch is open.  Sure, I see the theory that Windows is open (ie anyone can program for Windows) but Linux is better known for it.  All that aside, “fragmented” (aka too many different hardware configs to code software for) is a bullshit argument since that’s what OSes are for.  OSes give programmers a universal set of “buttons” to press (commands to use) that do the same thing on every device that runs the given OS.  So, this is an outright and complete LIE.

This is like Al Qeada actually representing a real threat to America.  This is like nukes in Iraq.  This is like illegal immigration and homophobia.  Jobs is trumping this shit up to scare people—plain and simple.  And when I see people buy into shit like this, it’s the Absurd Disconnect I talk about so much over at website666.com.

Everyone seriously needs to spend 30 seconds thinking about what they are saying to make sure it makes sense.

“The more Jobs talks about the iPad, the more apparent that he sees it as his true legacy. And as laptops continue to give way to tablets, he’ll be the guy who first gave them to us.” -Gizmodo’s Brian Barrett in a post last night.

Which is absolutely sad since the guy pretty much made computers (and gadgets in general) cool.  I love my MacBook Pro and my PowerBook before it (my MacBook sucked ass and should never have been born along with the iBook I had before my PowerBook, but I’m seriously digressing).  I’ve loved my iPods and my iPhone for quite a while.  What I hate is when Steve gets his fingers in things—iTunes ruins more and more of my iExperience the more I rely on it.  For years I never “synced” anything with any iDevice I owned (I just click “manually manage”).  Finally, I’ve handed control over to iTunes and I hate it.  I expected to like it in a sort of “it’s nice to be part of the hive mind” way, but nope.  So it pisses me off that this idiot may think his latest “gizmo” is his true legacy and not making a success out of computers that “just work.”

I’m going to skip over the part where Steve hates Flash—we all know he does and we all know he’s stupid for giving in to this hate since (as much as I wish it wasn’t) Flash is everywhere. I am reminded of this every time I’m reading blogs on my iPhone and I can’t play embedded video.  HTML 5, huh Steve?

I’m also skipping his AppleTV propaganda.  Apple TV is useless. Newsflash: if you have a Touch or an iPhone, you can pretty much plug that into your TV and do everything the AppleTV can do.  OK, maybe not HD, but if you really give a shit, you already have a device plugged into your TV that does.  So effyou AppleTV.

“We think the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA-Dead on Arrival. Their manufacturers will learn the painful lesson that their tablets are too small…”

Really, Steve?  Is that why you once, famously said that people didn’t want video on their iPods? I may be just one man, but I DON’T want an iPad—why? Because the screen is too big.  If I’m going to drop $500+ on something like this, it’s going to be a something that is more convenient than what I have now.  Carrying a 10 inch tablet in my bag is just a few inches more convenient than carrying my 13-inch MacBook Pro. And it’s just a few inches LESS convenient than carrying my 7-inch netbook around which has a keyboard attached to it (which will always make for easier typing).  And guess what, Steve!  My netbook lets me install whatever software I want on it!  WOW.

Oh and so, when I do upgrade from my iPhone I’ll be switching to a tablet-phone device.  Probably the Dell Streak.  The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab is still to big for me (and their backside cam is too crappy), so the Streak is perfect. Great for watching video and (more importantly) perfect for reading.  I’ve tried reading books and scripts on the iPhone and it’s like reading a book through a pinhole camera to me.  It’s doable, but give me a real book any day—or a Streak, which is big enough for what I need it for but small enough to carry with me everywhere.  And if I get a Bluetooth keyboard, I can type on it like a grown-up writer.

So, there are scores of practical reasons for smaller-screens than the one on the iPad. The Kindle has a 7-inch screen and while some folks prefer the DX’s bigger screen, I prefer the portability of the 7-inch Kindle.  It’s plenty big enough to read (and I miss that size screen since I gave mine to my Mom) and it’s thin/light enough to keep with me always.  It’s still too big to pocket, but the iPad is even more too big.

In conclusion…

I think it’s hilarious that guys like Jobs don’t just take stock in what they have.  They have to keep talking shit about other people, other companies and other ideas.  Even if Apple ceases to exist tomorrow, they will still have done what no other company has.  They lost everything and got it back.  They provided real competition to the monolith that is the Windows PC.  They created a mechanism where with every sneeze, burp and fart out of Cupertino, they can cause ripples in the fabric of the tech world.

Apple is now worth more than any other tech company on the stock market—and that’s not enough for Steve.

That’s sad, man.  To see him so scared like this is sad.

It’s OK, Steve, no one’s going to take your Apple Empire away from ya, buddy.  It may get a little smaller, but you’ll still be stinking rich and largely in control of all you survey.  Well, except *my* iPhone, I’ve turned off your little kill switch.  So far the world hasn’t ended, so I’m pretty sure it’s cool.

sources for this post: posts on Gizmodo and Engadget.

Who’s surprised by Apple’s Behavior Re: Antennagate? Some are a bit… surprisingly.

From newsweek:

“Apple CEO Steve Jobs came up with a two-part solution. Part 1: There is no problem. Part 2: Even though there is no problem, we’re going to give everyone a free case, which should insulate the antenna and prevent the interference that we just told you isn’t actually occurring. But if you’re still not happy, you can give back the phone for a full refund. Jobs’s snotty tone made it clear that he was pretty fed up with all the whining about a problem that he says doesn’t exist. This is classic Apple behavior. No matter what the whole world can see with its own eyes, just keep saying that it isn’t true, and maybe, eventually, everyone will believe you. By refusing to acknowledge the problem, Jobs just reinforced the image of Apple as a company that is in deep denial and unable to admit a mistake—a company that has for so long been able to bend reality to suit its needs that it now has lost touch with reality itself.”

Lyons, on the iPhone 4 announcement

This isn’t Steve Jobs.  It’s not Apple.  It’s business.  Seriously.  This isn’t news.  This isn’t even commentary. Remember how BP reacted when their party in the Gulf started?

The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean… The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume,” -Tony Hayward

So, really, isn’t this kind of “cynical” attitude just ignoring the bigger problem of corporations wholesale lying to us across the board?  Why pretend Steve Jobs is doing anything but protect his shareholders’ profits?

This is a systemic problem. Every company lies when they get caught doing something wrong.  Lyons’ article should have been two sentence long:

“Bullshit, Steve. Tell us the truth.”

With maybe a third saying:

“Thanks for the free case, though.”

But if his article was that short, I guess Lyons wouldn’t get paid as much.

Worth it to call out Apple’s Lame Behavior Re: Antennagate? And: a simple fix for Apple’s Antenna Issue

First, have a look at what I posted over on website666com earlier today:

From newsweek:

“Apple CEO Steve Jobs came up with a two-part solution. Part 1: There is no problem. Part 2: Even though there is no problem, we’re going to give everyone a free case, which should insulate the antenna and prevent the interference that we just told you isn’t actually occurring. But if you’re still not happy, you can give back the phone for a full refund. Jobs’s snotty tone made it clear that he was pretty fed up with all the whining about a problem that he says doesn’t exist. This is classic Apple behavior. No matter what the whole world can see with its own eyes, just keep saying that it isn’t true, and maybe, eventually, everyone will believe you. By refusing to acknowledge the problem, Jobs just reinforced the image of Apple as a company that is in deep denial and unable to admit a mistake—a company that has for so long been able to bend reality to suit its needs that it now has lost touch with reality itself.”

Lyons, on the iPhone 4 announcement

This isn’t Steve Jobs.  It’s not Apple.  It’s business.  Seriously.  This isn’t news.  This isn’t even commentary. Remember how BP reacted when their party in the Gulf started?

The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean… The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume,” -Tony Hayward

So, really, isn’t this kind of “cynical” attitude just ignoring the bigger problem of corporations wholesale lying to us across the board?  Why pretend Steve Jobs is doing anything but protect his shareholders’ profits?

This is a systemic problem. Every company lies when they get caught doing something wrong.  Lyons’ article should have been two sentence long:

“Bullshit, Steve. Tell us the truth.”

With maybe a third saying:

“Thanks for the free case, though.”
But if his article was that short, I guess Lyons wouldn’t get paid as much.

Here, I’d just like to add: I don’t get why Apple doesn’t just make up a bunch of those “live strong” bracelets, with “iPhone 4” imprinted on them and give those away free—only call them “iPhone 4 Antenna Kits”.  I’ve heard they fit around the iPhone 4 and work really well to stop the Death Grip.

Apple Misleads on iPhone/Touch for Gaming

Today, PCWorld.com posted an article by Matt Peckham (“Apple Demonstrates Ignorance of Mobile Games Market“) that echoed some of what I was thinking while following the big Apple event Wednesday. However, I think Peckham is mistaken–Apple doesn’t demonstrate ignorance of the mobile gaming market, they are projecting what they want the gaming market to be. See, that’s how they misrepresent. Apple has a long history of insisting on a particular reality until eventually it can be said to be, more or less, true.

Take a look at this screencap from the official video of the event released from Apple:

What that graph refers to is the number of gaming and entertainment titles available in the Apple App Store and compares it to the number of game and entertainment titles compared to the number of game & entertainment titles available for the PSP and Nintendo DS. Now first off, I challenge these numbers entirely.

The PSP has a LOT of movie titles available for it. Well, it did back when Sony still thought it’s proprietary UMD (Universal Media Disk) was a good idea. Likewise, the DS Phat and the DS Lite both support Gameboy Advance games. As a result, I think both numbers are absurdly low when counting “game & entertainment” titles for the DS, as well. Sure, the DSi doesn’t support GBA games, but Nintendo has it’s own version of the App Store coming.

Next, I want to point out that the App Store has a lot of dumb-ass “entertainment” titles that aren’t games and aren’t much of anything. Would that stupid Zippo cigarette lighter app count as an “entertainment title”? I’m guessing yes.

Then there’s the fart app, the virtual bonsai tree-maker, and the lightsaber app and a lot more. Now, to be sure, I sure find that lightsaber app to be entertaining as hell, but would I compare it to Spore or Lego Star Wars, both of which I love on my DS?

Hellz, NO.

And you don’t see Apple comparing them directly, either. That’s because they know it would be like comparing Apples to oranges.

As a person who LOVES his iPhone, I can tell you that anything with as few tactile buttons as the iPhone is NOT a gaming device! I get angry with it just switching tracks while listening to music. There have been countless instances when I’ll be watching a video and try to hit pause so I can back up to catch a subtitle I missed only to find the screen to be unresponsive for 15-20 seconds. Meanwhile, I’ve completely forgotten where the subtitle was and now have to go back very slowly to find it–which, of course, I can’t do because the touchscreen controls are crap.

Sure, the DS has a touchscreen, but it’s more responsive than the iPhone’s and the DS has actual buttons I can use, as well.

I’d also like to see the hard numbers when it comes to sales figures. Undoubtedly, the App Store has sold more game and entertainment titles than Nintendo and Sony combined, but let’s look at actual dollars made.

Most games and entertainment titles in the app store trend toward the cheap. $1-$10 or so. The only game I have on my iPhone, I Love Katamari, was $8, if memory serves. That’s a good deal cheaper than just about every game I’ve ever bought for my DS. So my guess is that Apple wants to convince everyone that the iPhone and Touch can rock as gaming devices, when really, the gaming experience you’ll get on either device is entirely different from the one you’ll get on the Sony PSP or the Nintendo DS.

But then, what else are you going to talk about in your keynote when the biggest thing you have to announce is a camera in an mp3 player?

Seriously though, get up in front of everyone and claim the iPhone and Touch are comparable to the DS and PSP??

Way to misrepresent, Apple. Not to compare Apple’s deceptiveness to that of an orange juice company’s but the whole thing reminds me of how Tropicana’s “Trop50″ drink masquerades as orange juice when it’s actually a watered-down and re-sweetened substance. Much the way real video games are watered-down for the iPhone and Touch.

Why Steve Jobs is an Asshole (and Most Corporate Overlords)

I’m writing this because I love my iPhone. But I love it the way I love a woman who’s no good for me or a food that is really unhealthy for me. See, the hardware of the iPhone is pretty damn amazing. It’s capable of all sorts of stuff, but out of the box (and even after hacking) it’s still falls far short of what it’s capable of doing. Why is this? It’s because of Steve Jobs wanting to fit in with the rest of the corporate overlords that like to tell us what to do with the stuff we buy from them.

Have you ever bought a DVD player in your home country but try to play a DVD from another country on it? Lots of times you can’t. Why? Because the DVD companies and the DVD player companies are working together to control how we consume what they sell us. This kind of thing happens all the time with cell phones and the iPhone is a perfect example.

Wanna shoot video? NOPE, you can’t. Why? Because a few hundred thousand iPhone users uploading videos will clog AT&T’s very own series of tubez. Rather than just upgrade their services, Steve Jobs dumbs-down what the iPhone can do via the software that runs on it.

Think of it like buying a chicken from the supermarket and having the farmer that raised it and the supermarket owner telling you how to cook it.

But let me get specific.

Things the iPhone can’t do but really should:

1) video recording/shooting/streaming. Yeah, that’s right, I should be able to use it like a portable VCR, camcorder and Internet-broadcasting device. The hardware is perfectly capable of this but even after hacking it, I can only do two of these three things.

2) Enough with the fricken iTunes crap. I want to drag and drop, dammit. I can do it with my Jailbroken phone, but it’s just not the same. Stop treating us like thieves and pandering to the media companies. Screw those guys, they only know how to make crap these days anyway.

3) Let me use my damn phone on the carrier I want. Stop telling me what businesses I can and can’t give my money to. And cell phone carriers? Give me unlimited data already! This is idiotic, I’ve spent $20-$40 a month for unlimited broadband service to my home for EIGHT YEARS. Why can I not have unlimited data AT EDGE SPEEDS AT LEAST, DAMMIT??

4) Let apps run in the background, dickhead. WTF. My old Sidekick 3 can do this.

5) I don’t care if you add cut & paste because I’ve hacked my phone and can do this two different ways. (Though you should do it so folks don’t HAVE to hack their iPhones for this BASIC BLOODY FEATURE.)

6) Custom wallpaper/skins (see #5)

7) A browser that actually caches. Almost every time I pull up Safari, it tries to go online for the latest version of the web page you previously had up. Lame. Don’t want it.

Now, mind you, I’ve written this before the big announcement(s) at WWDC on June 7, 2009, so I don’t know what Jobs is going to pull, but I can bet it won’t solve all of these problems or avoid creating new ones.

I could go on, but it’s damn late and I want to post this a LITTLE before the WWDC announcement.

So, I’d just like to conclude by saying that I think it’s pretty much anti-American to let us buy something and then try to control what we can do with it. So, just let go with the control issues. This is supposed to be a free country.

Apple Jumps the Shark with New iPod Shuffle

OK, for years now, it’s been easy to see why Apple does so well. The only time I’ve ever really wondered what drugs they were on was when they introduced the first iPod Shuffle. With no display screen I was puzzled as to just what I was supposed to do with the thing. Years later, a friend gave me his since he wasn’t using it and I realized that, for me, it was perfect for listening podcasts. Who needs a display when you can listen to the podcast and know what you’re listening to? Songs, however, are a different story–but now Apple wants to think it has that problem beaten–by having the iPod Shuffle talk to you. That’s all fine and good, but wouldn’t it have been cheaper to just throw a display on it? And how the hell do you hit play? And what’s with the posing of the hand model in the pic on Apple’s main page right now (see above)?? The way the hand is holding the super-smooth Shuffle with it’s rounded edges suggests the form factor of a suppository.

Seriously, Apple has taken a cute little player with personality and made it a faceless, boring slab that could easily be mistaken for a tampon (ladies, back me up on this!).

So, sad. Please get better soon, Steve Jobs!

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UPDATE: I just read the product page again and it turns out the play and skip buttons are on the earbud cable. Wow, so now I can’t use my own headphones with the flippin’ thing! That is even more lame now.

Killswitch for the Killswitch on the iPhone

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So, I was checking for updates for my jailbroken iPhone last night and lookie what I found! Boss Prefs v2.12b was available on Cydia (one of the alternative "App Stores" you can use after jailbreaking your iPhone)!

BossPrefs is a cool little utility that allows you more control over settings on your iPhone–and more settings to set, too. This latest version gives users a cool new button to press that claims it can beat the killswitch Steve Jobs says he has at Apple HQ, at the peak of Mt. Doom, in the heart of Mordor.

Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the gist of it is true–Jobs has admitted to having this killswitch ( thepete.com/…-my-iphone ) and therefore I’m mad.

I may not fully own my iPhone outright, yet, but when I forked over my $200 last month, I did not agree to Apple having the ability to reach onto *my* iPhone and turn stuff off. The ability for them to do this is positively anti-American.

Imagine GM being able to reach into your car and change the radio station or turn off the headlights or disengage the seat belts. I could be using my iPhone to call for help after an accident and he could go "hey, you’re using Fring, an app that lets you use Skype over the Internet connection on your phone! Not cool!"

He cuts it off and you’re left with having to redial the call for help–or worse if you happened to have canceled your voice plan.

Of course, they don’t *let* you cancel your voice plan and Fring doesn’t work on 3G iPhones yet, but you get my point.

After all, who is Jobs to tell me what I can run on my phone and what I can’t? Can I control what he has on his phone?

No, so that’s all there is to it. If I had the ability to wirelessly shut down apps on my own phone remotely I might not mind as much that he could do it to me, but, essentially, he has more power over something that sits in my pocket than I do.

Not cool.

Also, if he had only overtly warned us that he had the ability, I could have made the choice of whether to accept the killswitch or not, before I even bought the phone. Instead, it’s probably buried in the contract someplace.

Again, not cool.

So, enter the Boss Prefs app for jailbroken iPhones. If it’s to be believed, activating it shuts down Jobs’ ability to shutdown any app running on your iPhone that he doesn’t like.

THANK YOU, BOSS PREFS!!

We, the Jailbreakers, SOLUTE YOU!

OK, well, *I* solute you. I assume other jailbreakers appreciate it, too.

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My Mega iPhone Review (or Why Steve Jobs is Full of Shit, the iPhone Sucks and Why I Still Love My iPhone)

OK, everybody knows there’s no such thing as bad publicity, so we know that no matter what Steve Jobs does Apple Inc. will probably only benefit from it, no matter how shortsighted, shallow and controlling it is.

Steve Jobs is full of shit, in part, because of something he recently said (as reported by TUAW.com here: www.tuaw.com/2008/08/11/steve-jobs-discusses-app-store-with-wall-street-journal/ ) “Hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull.”

What’s the lever he’s referring to? Well, it’s a killswitch, of sorts, that, when flipped, can shut down any app on your iPhone. Do you have control over this killswitch? No. Where is this killswitch? It’s at Apple HQ, of course. Only Steve and those he deems worthy of the responsibility can access it.

Who does this fuck think he is?

HEY STEVE, you’re not talking about the Nuclear Red Button.

What’s the concern here, Steve? That Khan Noonian Singh will get a hold of my iPhone and try to, what? Destroy a fictional starship? WTF?

You’re just NOT THAT IMPORTANT, STEVE. DEAL WITH IT.
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