04.07.12

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Apple Quality

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Google at 9:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Hardware issues at Apple are ignored and the evidence is being buried

THE news may be busy speaking about Apple/Mac “Trojans” (blame proprietary software for this), saying that it has reached far and wide, but the real news is Apple’s problem on the hardware side. Apple strives to quickly get rid of the evidence by removing defects from the market:

Information provided by Cupertino to support staff and Apple Store employees across the US, snapped by a worker and send to 9to5Mac, shows the company is now replacing iPad 3s brought in by customers who claim to have found the device’s wireless networking facilities wanting.

Would Apple have done that if nothing was amiss? And how can replacing one unit with a unit of the same kind actually resolve anything (unless there are manufacturing defects and poor quality control)?

Meanwhile, notes this one article, there is a group out there that truly believes that Apple products are the best of their kind. To quote the opening:

iPhone users are elitists. It’s one of those things that we’ve always suspected — including iPhone users themselves — but to maintain the status quo and to prevent high tech culture devolving into all out war, we dance around the issue by using euphemistic terms like hipster. The fact is, many iPhone users consider themselves a cut above the rest. They sneer at unresponsive Android devices, laugh derisively at crippled BlackBerrys, and guffaw at Windows Phone 7′s lack of apps. When they buy an iPhone, they’re buying into a way of life and an elevated, entitled echelon of society — the upper class of the technorati, if you will.

I have personally met some of those so-called “elitists”. I once dated one. What’s common to all of them is that they buy iStuff for the brand, not because they think it’s necessarily the best (in technical terms). They expect people to think highly of them because of affiliation with the brand. That’s a really bad reason to choose one product over another.

The Register has this good new article that blasts hypePad 3. To quote:

The iPad 3 sucks big time. It sucks big stonking ones. It sucks flaccid ones. It sucks so much, it has to buy Listerine by the gallon.

Linux is kicking Apple out of the tablets market. It’s just technically better, not just cheaper.

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3 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    April 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm

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    When you try to group all users of product X as, well, anything then you are showing your ignorance… I mean, sure, you can make generalizations that people who use high end, more expensive products are likely to be richer and that people who use low end cheap (or free) products tend to be less wealthy, but even with that there will be plenty of exceptions (unless you get to real high end stuff… only the rich have their own private islands with very few exceptions). But even *then* you cannot really generalize about personality types, etc.

    The bottom line here is Apple’s iOS devices *earn* very high user satisfaction ratings – last I saw they were still the highest in the industries. And you, as you have said Roy, are envious.

    Use what you like. Let others use what they like. Embrace choice and diversity and be happy there are options. This is what OS advocates *claim* to believe in, but when you get someone such as myself who really does believe this and (mostly) lives it, you freak out and call me names.

    OSS is great. The whole “Free” software movement is lie – it is all too often not about freedom, it is about trying to take freedom away from others so spoiled brats can insist they are entitled to whatever they want.

  2. walterbyrd said,

    April 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm

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    How does F/OSS take freedom away from others?

    Michael Reply:

    OSS does not… but many who support “Free” software want to take the rights of others… they feel entitled to the property of others, insisting it should be made communal and / or placed under GPL like rules.

    Look at Homer in COLA – completely anti-choice and against freedom, all in the name of “Free” software. It is completely double-talk.

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