In 1995 I was offered a 386SX machine. It was my first PC after spending my youth with a Atari ST (FM and e). I got this machine that was already outdated but I wanted to try the PC wagon. I tried PC-DOS 7 and Windows 3.1. And it sucked!!! In my Atari I would have my DTP application running some 30 seconds after turning it on. In the PC it took some 5 minutes from the power on to a windows screen. And some more 2 minutes to start Microsoft Word.
I could handle all that but I could not handle the crashes.
So i did “the switch”…. To Linux
For years and years I talked people into using Linux. First on servers, then on Workstations. And when things were starting to get bright there came “the light” for the unix world. And the Light was Mac OS X. The first versions had some strange quirks but worked very well, and people started saying:
“Unix for the masses!”
At about the same time Apple introduced the iPod music player, and the cool looking PowerBook G4 and from this time on the future of Apple changed from down the hill to up up the hill.
Apple is cool.
Is the message that lingers in the back of our minds.
Until the iPhone. The thing is just darn stupid. For years we wanted a mobile phone that had a decent OS that we could master. Mr Jobs now wants us to believe that it is the iPhone. Want an API? Use the browser!
I went to Optimus (my GSM provider) and asked how could I connect to the network with 3.5G and not buying a dedicated card. They told me I would have to buy one of two phones that were 3.5g (so far so good), but the data Rates were 0.0025€ for 1kbyte. Charged a chunks of 10kbytes. That means one megabyte will be: 2,5€ !!!!!!
With the amount of images that are in they’re site …… You” end up spending…………. 1.80€!!!!!!!
So Mr. Jobes: TAKE A WALK DOWN REALITY LANE!!!
If I buy a new phone. I’ll go for the OpenMoko Neo 1973.
Ooooo And if you say to me: Prices will drop! You’ll have to present me a cool alternative to any of the programs that the iPhone has running native, but know running inside the browser.
OS X Desktop Version – March 2001
iPod – October 2001
PowerBook G4 – January 2001