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Software fascism

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Regular readers will know that Apple managed to convince me that their hardware is a pile of crap in the past years. In fact, this weekend put another step on that. Not only did my MacBook shut down due to overheating as it is wont to do, it also seems like this MacBook’s top case is getting the typical crack.

Just figure that: MacBooks suffered from that problem which exists entirely due to their poor design from day one. My first MacBook had the crack, my brother’s MacBook had the crack, another friend’s MacBook had the crack and those are just the cases I know personally - there are many more. Now I’ll have to try to get this fixed. And I really think Apple should do this even though the machine is out of warranty. It’s a common problem due to their poor design; it has been known for ages; and my MacBook’s top case is just over half a year old because it needed to be replaced in December due to some other problem.

Oh yeah and about the software: Everybody knows that the iPhone software model sucks ass. The hardware may be cool and the frameworks may be interesting for such a small device but the stink Apple’s DRM puts on it is disgusting and unnecessary. A good text about that impression has been written by Mike Ash (via Michael Tsai). I fully share his fear that the horrible practices of the iPhone may make it over to the Mac, simply because it’s hard to trust a company whose favourite pastime is lying.

August 4, 2008, 1:05

Tagged as apple, broken, iphone, macbook.

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Comment by Simone Manganelli: User icon

Regular readers will know that ssp managed to convince me that his weblog is a pile of crap in the past months. Unsubscribed.

August 4, 2008, 2:27

Comment by Dave2: User icon

So… have you finally been convinced that the work and time involved in ditching Apple for Windows or Linux is worth it then?

August 4, 2008, 3:56

Comment by ssp: User icon

@Simone:
Be my guest. Unlike other environments the internet is a reasonably free place. Luckily you can easily ignore stuff you disapprove of, while I remain here with broken junk.

@Dave2:
I’m not quite tough enough yet to ‘do a Pilgrim’ but every little step helps, I guess.

Of course your question is misleading in a way: The fact that other software is crap as well doesn’t make Apple’s hardware quality and software politics any better. While you may be luckier with your hardware than I am, I am sure you are as concerned about some aspects of their software model.

August 4, 2008, 9:49

Comment by g: User icon

Regular readers will know that ssp managed to convince me that his weblog is a pile of crap in the past months. Unsubscribed.

How very juvenile. The civil thing to do is just unsubscribe and not whine about it in the comments.

Sven, I like the Mike Ash thing, but one gets the feeling he’s a tad over-paranoid about code-signing, no? Limiting third party apps would be the death knell of OS X’s popularity. Apple’s alternatives are not that good.

August 4, 2008, 17:57

Comment by ssp: User icon

@G:

one gets the feeling he’s a tad over-paranoid about code-signing, no? Limiting third party apps would be the death knell of OS X’s popularity. Apple’s alternatives are not that good.

I hope that you’re right with that. But then again, it seems to work for the iPhone. Every commercial and ‘indie’ developer is keen to work on that even though Apple can shut them down at their pleasure. While I can understand how people are excited about the new ‘platform’ and the niceties it offers, this may just send the wrong message. If it works for the iPhone, why shouldn’t it work for the Mac?

In the end I’m sure they’ll run the numbers and go whichever way makes them and their shareholders richest. And why shouldn’t that be the way where the OS is great for everybody from Paris Hilton to your average fanboy (iPhoto rocks!) and can also be nicely integrated in corporate environments with special keys and fees.

Perhaps the open source folks and power user types have contributed enough to get things rolling at some stage and will be deemed superfluous because they don’t buy sufficiently many machines compared to the other ‘valued customers’.

It’s just a way of thinking about it. As Apple share neither meaningful numbers nor their thoughts on such topics it’s pure speculation of course. But just because I consider certain ways of thinking unfortunate usually doesn’t keep other people from pursuing them…

August 4, 2008, 18:43

Comment by Mark: User icon

In the last 5 years, I’ve had a G4 Mini, a G5 iMac, an Intel iMac, a MacBook, 2 MacBook Pros (one work-owned, one mine), and a MacBook Air. NONE have had any real hardware problems; the MacBook does have some cracking on the case, but that’s the only one, and Apple’s good about replacing those if they’re under warranty.

The rest of your problems sound like you abuse your hardware, and weren’t smart enough to buy AppleCare.

Overheating? That never happens to me. Don’t block your laptop’s vents, or get SMC Fan Control to turn up the fan speed if it’s still too hot. These are obvious solutions any child would be able to work out.

As for “Everybody knows that the iPhone software model sucks ass”, no, we don’t know that. It’s actually a really good process for those of us who want to write and sell software; only thieves and communists have any problem with it.

The problem isn’t Apple. It’s you. You should sell all your Macs and go run Linux on Quality PC Hardware(tm). We’ll all be happier that way.

August 4, 2008, 20:44

Comment by ssp: User icon

The rest of your problems sound like you abuse your hardware, and weren’t smart enough to buy AppleCare.

Thanks to you for analysing this. It also sounds like you think that AppleCare is a mandatory thing to have. Whoops, looks like the quasi affordable MacBook just got a 25% price bump. Almost €300 just to make sure I don’t suffer from Apple’s poor design and non-existant quality control.

Overheating? That never happens to me. Don’t block your laptop’s vents, or get SMC Fan Control to turn up the fan speed if it’s still too hot. These are obvious solutions any child would be able to work out.

Thanks for judging that from a distance. On the one hand tools like SMC Fan Control surely are not supported by Apple and I’d be very careful about using them. On the other hand my MacBook’s fan is running at maximum speed all the time anyway, so I don’t see what such a tool would do. Any clarification will be appreciated. As I’m putting the machine on a desk, I don’t see what could ‘block’ the vents. Do you suggest I remove the screen so it isn’t in the way of the air flow?

only thieves and communists have any problem with it.

Now I’ll just have to figure out whether I’m a thief or a communist, I guess.

August 4, 2008, 22:38

Comment by Dave2: User icon

Nah… just ignore my ranting about how much MobileMe sucks ass and how the Finder quirks that regularly piss me off are never addressed and I’m good!

August 5, 2008, 3:02

Comment by LKM: User icon

As for “Everybody knows that the iPhone software model sucks ass”, no, we don’t know that. It’s actually a really good process for those of us who want to write and sell software; only thieves and communists have any problem with it.

Dude. I hope you’re trying to be ironic.

those of us who want to write and sell software

You don’t really sound like a programmer. What have you written?

August 5, 2008, 19:03

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