I enjoy reading Matthew Ingram. He writes for the Globe and Mail and lives in Toronto. Good paper, greatest city (disclosure – born and raised in the city and on the paper).
If it is an important subject, he will sum it up well with all the links.
His Apple iPhone wrapup post sums up all the hubbub surrounding Apple and their continued CLOSED systems for computing, music and now phones.
Yes he is correct and so are all the nerds. Problem is that nerds are in the minority. A BIG MINORITY.
Almost all the computing public out there can’t handle open. They don’t deserve open. Open equals a customer service nightmare. Ask Dell. Ask Microsoft (woops – good luck trying suckers). Job’s is just a smart guy and a REALIST who understands that most people (including me) using his products are idiots.
I will stay long the stock and their mantra while others complain about a fantasy world where “open” matters. It does for a few but not for the masses.
A Blackberry, Macbook, iPod, Firefox and Search is all we really need to compute. The value proposition offered by these working products is insane and the market can’t begin to value these.
It is fun reading all the smart people discussing the “open” issue. It just won’t make you any money.
Disclosure – Long Apple