Rambling, sour grapes piece on Apple, Jobs, the App Store, and the iPhone from the aging Dave Winer, who claims to be a pioneer in the development of blogs, RSS, podcasting, outlining, and content management software.
I found the idea of a MacPhone truly inspiring. From there, it went downhill, and downhill and downhill. This platform was Apple’s revenge on developers. Everything under their control. You couldn’t even ship a product that Apple didn’t approve of!
I guess he doesn’t like the iPhone’s App Store.
There’s still a ton of Woz in the Mac, I am typing this on a gorgeous unibody MacBook Pro, which is probably the most lovely computer I’ve ever used. The software I’m using has never been approved by Apple, and can be downloaded from the Internet. Next to it is an iPhone, which I use only as a phone, an IM device and a communicating camera. It sucks as a phone. The IM is okay and the camera is really nice. But as a platform it’s a complete total disappointment.
I don’t think the camera is all that great. Anyway, what irony. Those 50-million customers don’t know how wrong they are, huh, Dave Whiner?