20 February 2012

Death of the Mac: The smoking gun

Some people are still convinced that OS X being jailed by default is not a sign of evil intent on Apple’s part. So here’s some more commentary around the topic. “If Apple really wanted to restrict all app distribution to the app store, why did they come up with this Gatekeeper system?” Because right now, there are a lot of applications that can’t be placed on the App Store because of Apple’s rules, as well as the technical restrictions such as sandboxing. ... Read more

16 February 2012

Macintosh RIP: 1984–2012

OS X is now no longer Mac OS X. The Mac is dead. Meanwhile, the next release of OS X will, by default, refuse to allow unsigned code to run. As I predicted, Lion was the last unlocked OS X, and OS X Mountain Lion ships jailed, like iOS. And good luck selling your software if it requires turning off the ‘security’ of GateKeeper; never mind that the OS X malware threat is practically nonexistent. ... Read more

5 February 2012

Apple’s great GPL purge

[Updated 2014-02-23 with figures for 10.7 and 10.8. The purge continues. Anyone still think it’s coincidence?] Apple obligingly allows you to browse and download the open source software they use in OS X. Since they have listings for each version of OS X, I decided to take a look at how much software they were using that was only available under the GNU public license. The results are illuminating: 10. ... Read more

25 January 2012

Wake up, Android device manufacturers

Apple’s Q4 results were its best ever. They even managed to claw back some marketshare from Android. This should be a loud wakeup call for Android device manufacturers. I’ve been an Android user for a couple of years now, but let me say that there are some areas where Apple wins hands down. Choice Too much choice is a bad thing. I like that Android has phones with and without keyboards, phones in a variety of sizes, and so on. ... Read more

25 January 2012

Compare and contrast

“‎I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.” — Mitt Romney. “I think all right-thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired. I’m certainly not! And I’m sick and tired of being told that I am. ... Read more

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