May 04, 2010, 3:28 PM — I'm tired of the closed system. I'm tired of the capitulation to the Hollywood moguls. I'm tired of Apple's nyet-policy. Apple: eat dirt.
The 1984 images worked for a long time. I tend to identify with iconoclasts. I'm also a tool user. For better and worse, I use computers for a living. In my garage is a huge cabinet with automotive/motorcycle and homeowner tools, but I don't make my living with them.
In 1981, I sold pallets of Apple IIs. You started them with the ignoble and unintelligible sequence: PR#6. Apple IIIs did me in. I didn't revisit Apple much until I stopped believing in Windows. I was tired of scraping systems clean of viruses, and educating people on how to do what ought to be simple things that Microsoft hid behind their retirement plan of an operating system.
Yes, the Mac "just worked". It had but a single mouse button. Linux was nice, but open source peripheral drivers were an anathema to peripheral makers, who believed that drivers were their secret sauce. Counterintuitively, they were right. So I ventured into Macs because I needed a reliable machine. They were hideously expensive and used a 'screw-you-Intel' CPU, the G3/G4/G5 PowerPC chip.
They were lovely. Around the same time, the iPod was born, and while comparatively primitive, it too, "just worked". The iTunes ecosystem was a savior for the music industry, which was getting pirated left and right. Here was a business model that satisfied sufficient numbers of interests that they all pushed it ahead.
Then came the iPhone. A similar business model propelled it to have more applications for smartphones than any in history. People did what they should: experimented, evolved, and used the iPhone as a palette for untold applications and it, too, was propelled to stellar success. Sadly, it didn't 'just work'. Crippled by AT&T's "broadband" network, real data applications were difficult to use. Delivery of multimedia applications was and is spotty. But no one can argue with its success. Apple's stock is a success story in a sea of failure stories.
Fast forward to the million iPads now sold in Apple's first month of the product. Relying on the same deadbeat broadband network, the iPad was one of the most over-hyped products ever launched. The mystery and rumors and distraction that it provided was huge. Yet Apple learned something from its iHistory: controlling the ecosystem was tantamount to success or failure. The form factor dictated the hardware design, and in a fit of obfuscation, Apple said that it wouldn't support Adobe's ubiquitous Flash, starting a firestorm/flamestorm of questions.