Apple's The Man...

(Tim) A couple weeks ago, our daughter, Michal, asked "When did Apple become The Man?"

Maybe on the day Apple's market cap exceeded Microsoft's? Maybe when Steve sicked the cops on Gizmodo's Jason Chen for reporting on a new iPhone 4 an Apple engineer left behind in a bar?

Maybe this past week when Apple gave its bogus explanation of the iPhone 4's dropped calls, claiming all the ruckus was simply an error in their signal strength algorithm. This only succeeded in making a whole lot of customers disgusted all at once.

And now, Consumer Reports and Endgadget are adding their voices to the chorus of complaints. And Apple's pulling an Archie with Edith trick, telling its disatisfied customers to "Stiffle it."

Even Apple's release of a bunch of schlocky ads isn't likely to help.

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"Maybe when Steve sicked the cops on Gizmodo's Jason Chen for reporting on a new iPhone 4 an Apple engineer left behind in a bar?"

Ahh, you mean when the cops opened a criminal investigation on Gizmodo for the stolen property Gizmodo purchased and then held to ransom?

http://www.theserverside.com/news/thread.tss?thread_id=60519

I've been doing software development on (thankfully not for) the OS X platform for the last 9 months, and Apple definitely feels like "the man" to me.

Microsoft would never go so far out of its way to make life harder for the very people that create the software that makes an operating system valuable.

I won't go into the specifics, but some of the choices are truly mind-boggling.

.. "Ahh, you mean when the cops opened a criminal investigation on Gizmodo for the stolen property Gizmodo purchased and then held to ransom?"

and how is it stolen property when the Apple engineer left it at the bar

>>Ahh, you mean when the cops opened a criminal investigation on Gizmodo for the stolen property Gizmodo purchased and then held to ransom?

Yes, that's another way of looking at it (although the ransom part seems over the top). But really, was it that big a deal? Does anyone think Gizmodo cost Apple one small penny in profits?

Huh?

Here's one Apple I-phone application that would interest a number of you ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXC7X3lU1xs

Apple became the Man when people starting buying their products not because of the quality but because it's a status symbol.

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