The Nerdery

With the cat and mouse game Apple and Palm are playing, I’m seeing a lot of seriously absurd anti-Apple arguments.


“It took Apple a year for native apps, so we should give Palm a year.”


The iPhone was introduced in a completely different environment. Apple had ZERO competition in it’s class at the time. Palm is introducing this device when both the iPhone and Android exist as competing products. You might as well make the argument that you should give an computer without display support a chance since the first Apple computers didn’t use displays.


“iTunes only works with iPods so it’s a monopoly.”


This the most absurd sentiment I’ve heard in quite a long time. Can you update a Garmin GPS with Tom Tom software? Can you use Panasonic camera software to pull images off of your Sony camera? iTunes is the client software for the iPod. Expecting Apple to make it work with other products is like expecting Epson to give you drivers to run your Umax scanner.


The very fact that there are so many other devices that you want to use belies the idea that it’s a monopoly. iTunes is not an OS.


John Gruber on Daring Fireball:

I’ve always liked ThinkPads, and the X300 looks like a winner.

For some reason, Mac nerds love Thinkpads, and I really do not get it. Thinkpads looks like the first generation Dell laptop I used to lug around when I had offices on opposite sides of campus. They’re as ugly and boxy as a laptop can get and look like something someone built from a Radio Shack project.


Maybe I’m missing something about them, but I can’t get my head around why folks who appreciate such attention to detail in Mac laptops seem to have no qualms about a laptop seemingly designed for the color-blind.

Andy Ihnatko on the AIM demo for the iPhone:

AOL is up next, showing off AIM for the iPhone. Good. And I’m absolutely confident that now, all of the bloggers and messageboard posters who bitchily insisted that Apple would never support chat on the iPhone because they didn’t want to give users a free alternative to AT&T’s text messaging are dislocating their wrists in their rush to post their apologies.

What I don’t get is that these same people* are all whining about the fact that the iPhone doesn’t have MMS. With every cell carrier I’ve ever checked with, there’s an email gateway to MMS, so why in the world do you want to pay $0.20 in order to do what you can do TODAY, RIGHT NOW for free as an email?

First thing I did when I got my iPhone was set up a Gmail account just for MMS and told everyone who wants to MMS me that they just need to send it to that address. When I want to MMS someone, I send an email to their MMS email gateway. And, as an added bonus, my ever expanding Gmail account serves as an excellent record of all the messages.

*I can’t prove these are the same people, but I’d bet money on it.