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the scales of justice don't, often enough, balance out against evil

April30

As my scandalized practical loyal,  readers know, I’ve recently approved yet another experiment involving an exercise in self-gratification cellular handsets and related technology for our business empire. You can read more about that here: selfless acts of Commerce. Do it!

With the above accomplished, be advised that my immediate impression of the Nexus One is that, like all other challengers to Apple, it ably proves the nimble genius of Steve Jobs, his ferocious development teams, and all things Apple-oriented.

The Nexus One certainly has great promise. Although I will tip my ball cap to the “Car Home” application with it’s nifty suite of features that include: Navigation, View Map and Voice Search. Google has also included a very powerful Maps application that is both free and superior to anything Garvin or NAVIGON has produced.

However, the iPhone has the market share and established credibility. We, that collective we, mind you, trust Apple, in that we understand the technology works because it’s best-of-class.

So, I am reasonably certain that we don’t yet trust Google, ironically, because of it’s open-source and open-community mind-set. The open-source crowd is a squirrelly and high-browed bunch. And, Google neophites are self-focused, self-entitled birkenstock wearing Apple wanna-be’s. That has to make for an uncertain formula. In other words, Apple products do precisely what you expect them to do; while Google products (this includes the “cloud”- driven Google Apps) require having to, as Nicholas Johnson says: “work with it”, to get what you need.

…what ever…

Meanwhile… As we approach my point and a thing on my mind, and in my heart, some of you might be aware of the fact that an Apple iPhone team developer recently lost a prototype of the 3rd generation handset at a bar. It was apparently found by some mercenary rascal that sold it to an editor at Gizmodo. That made for an interesting story, while giving people (not us; we’ve already had seen the prototype) a glimpse of things to come. You can read the details, here: How Apple Lost the iPhone.

A point here is that I’ve been an Apple evangelist since 1985. I’ve been a share holder for almost as long. I’ve done business with those guys longer than most of their most senior employees have walked the halls. But, the emerging story driven by the finding of that iPhone is requiring that I begin to open my heart and mind – elsewhere.

To wit, a recent headline:

SEATTLE (AP) – Authorities seized computers, digital cameras, a cell phone and other items from a technology blog editor who posted pictures and details of a lost iPhone prototype.

“A computer-crime task force (called: Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team) made up of multiple law enforcement agencies searched Gizmodo editor and blogger Jason Chen’s house and car in Fremont, Calif., on Friday, according to a statement and search warrant documents provided by Gizmodo.

[we’re advised that the task force is underwritten, in part, by Apple]

The warrant, issued by a Superior Court judge in San Mateo County, said the computers and other devices may have been used to commit a felony. Steve Wagstaffe, spokesman for the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office, confirmed the warrant’s authenticity.

Members of the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team took several computers, hard drives, digital cameras, cell phones and other gadgets, plus Chen’s American Express bill and copies of his checks.

Last week Gizmodo had one of the Web’s hottest scoops when it posted photos of an Apple device that appeared to be a next-generation iPhone. It had been found in a bar in Redwood City, which is in San Mateo County, and [allegedly] sold for $5,000 by an unknown person to Gizmodo, a gadget blog owned by Gawker Media Inc.

After Chen posted photos and details about the phone, Apple acknowledged the device belonged to the company, and Gizmodo returned it.

Gawker Media said California’s shield law, which protects journalists from having to turn over anonymous sources or unpublished material to law enforcement during a search, should apply to Chen’s property.

Wagstaffe said the district attorney’s office is examining that issue.

[this means you have a media hungry DA, once again, deciding if he can interpret the law his way. the scales of justice don’t, often enough, balance out against evil]

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling declined to comment.”

[meanwhile, you have Jobs and his lawyers shredding documents that tie them to the task-force]

Journalists tell stories. And the best of them do so within the parameters of truth and light.

This is a potential example of where Apple is a bully and using the judicial system as a blunt-edged weapon. And, I feel certain that fair-minded Americans (those that care about social history, anyway) will likely take umbrage against Apple. This means they now feel like Microsoft, and just became “the man”, and enemy.

Thomas Jefferson, likely, would not approve. And, my own heart tells me I can’t either.

My thinking the last two days has been: why can’t Jobs throw out the word and confirm that he, indeed, has a bad-ass upgrade on the way – and, all the other sissy competitors should buy his stock to subsidize their pathetic efforts to emulate his success.

But no… He had to get all frothy; and, now he’s not just that stubborn genius; he’s an ass-hole.

So, for the moment, our experiment with the Nexus One, and other technologies will continue.

More later – oh hell yes.

Meanwhile, and, on the other hand karma, again, proves to be a bitch…

Pirates rewrite script for Apple’s China iPad launch

Just three weeks after the global launch, bootleg versions of Apple Inc’s hot-selling iPad’s have begun showing up on the shelves of online and real-world shops in piracy-prone China.

Go China!

Apple recently delayed the iPad’s international launch after huge demand in the United States caught them off guard.

[actually, that’s bull-shit. Apple reduces inventory to keep demand honed like a razor. it’s true and I can prove it]

But Chinese consumers looking for knock-offs of the company’s latest must-have product need look no further than this teeming electronics mall in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boomtown near the border with Hong Kong.

Maybe this justifies Apple’s judicial sledge-hammer. Maybe not. Probably not. But, what do you think?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

4 Comments to

“the scales of justice don't, often enough, balance out against evil”

  1. Avatar April 30th, 2010 at 12:15 pm nicholas johnson Says:

    So, expectedly, I’m sure, I have a few comments on this barn burner of a post.

    With regard to the Nexus One, I’m relatively certain it is the most advanced cellular device currently available to the general public in terms of technical specifications (this may not be true within days if some new super phone comes out). From a software perspective, it is, at the very least, on par with the other devices in the market. From a user experience perspective, its tough to say where it falls. For users like yourself, who come from an Apple hardware world, it may seem lacking. For lifelong PC users, it probably seems a bit confusing because it offers so many cool features that the typical PC user has never enjoyed. For users like me, who come from the world of the cloud, it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Will the next generation iPhone surpass it? Most certainly, assuming the Nexus Two isn’t released concurrently.

    You mention trust, so I’ll address that now. Google Search has almost 15 billion searches performed every month – 80% of all searches performed… in the world. Gmail (Google’s email solution) is estimated to have over 100 million active users. YouTube (Google’s video site, for those who don’t know) has over 24 hours of video content uploaded every 60 seconds (http://goo.gl/urcY). Google Apps for Enterprise (which is Google’s App suite wrapped up in a nice little bow for businesses) has 20 million users representing over 2 million companies (http://goo.gl/kXK9). Google’s Android mobile operating system (present on the Nexus One, Moto Droid, and many others) is currently selling at the rate of approximately 60,000 units per day with a 1,000% increase over a 12 month period (by all indications the Google Android phones will overtake the iPhones, in terms of users, within the next six months). And, including all of Google’s applications, I don’t think it is much of a stretch that at some point in time, half a billion or more unique individuals have used a Google service. If I was told the number is higher, I wouldn’t be surprised. These users all demonstrate a degree of trust in Google when they use these products. The Google Search users to a lesser degree, and the Google Enterprise users to a much greater (or mission critical) degree.

    Apple, by comparison, has far fewer users – in the realm of laptop and desktop computers, Apple has a mere 5.3% market share (http://goo.gl/OXuB). This doesn’t denote poor performance on Apple’s part – BMW by comparison only has about 4% of the automobile market, but they are viewed positively. It simply means that Apple is what they have always been: a boutique, niche company. Their foray into the mobile device market has, obviously, proved more successful. However, the iPhone has seen its market share dip from 70% in April of 2009 to 43% in April of 2010. Research in Motion (Blackberry) has been up and down during the same time, and Android (Google’s offering in the space) has continued to rise (http://goo.gl/leLo).

    With the steep decline in the iPhone’s market share, I would venture to say that the collective ‘we’ is losing its trust in Apple. Before now, Apple was the best because the competitors were scattered and disorganized, but with the full weight of Google now behind the project, Android promises to overtake Apple, in terms of usage, within the next several months.

    So, all that to say, that I disagree that people distrust Google and trust Apple. Quite the contrary, I would say. And, when you quoted me in paragraph five, you left off two key words: “you have”. As in, “you have to work with it” to get what you need. Meaning, I didn’t have to work with it at all – I simply logged into my Google account, and everything appeared seamlessly. But, then I again, I lived in the cloud before I got the phone – you lived in the Apple OS and with MobileMe. Understandably, Apple doesn’t want to make converting to Android easy, so if you live in an Apple world, you’ll have to spend a bit of time configuring everything before it works perfectly. But, rest assured, once you’ve finished configuring everything, it does work perfectly.

    On to the case of the Lost iPhone Prototype. I feel sorry for the poor fellas involved with this whole story: Gray Powell, the guy who got a bit too sloshed at a bar and left the priceless prototype precariously perched on a bar stool (http://goo.gl/Onlq). Brian Hogan, the college student who thought taking home a found smart phone instead of giving it to the bartender would be a good idea (yes, someone tracked him down http://goo.gl/F0ba). And, Jason Chen, tech blogger who had is door kicked in by Steve Jobs’ myrmidons in search of information about how Chen came to have the prototype (http://goo.gl/RpW0). All of these guys have had their lives changed – Chen, perhaps, for the better; the other two, certainly, for the worse, especially Gray Powell. Its safe to assume that he was allowed to have the prototype off campus, since he still has his job at Apple, so it boils down to him making a stupid and silly mistake. A mistake that he may pay for in future wages for years to come.

    With regard to the violation of the shield laws, I’m a bit torn. Bloggers the world over are watching to see what the ruling will be. Is Chen a journalist? Is he protected by the shield laws? On the one hand, I want to say that I’ve been a satisfied reader of Chen’s work for a while, and I’m quite confident that he is, in fact, a journalist. On the other hand, he is a blogger. Brian, you’re a blogger. Are you covered by federal and state shield laws? If so, why so? If not, why not? Is readership a factor? You’re not owned by a major publishing house, so maybe the company’s NAICS code plays a factor.

    I think the ruling will set a disruptive precedent regardless of direction, and I’m still not entirely sure which direction I prefer.

    Apple’s involvement isn’t a surprise. That’s a multi-billion dollar device that was gobbled up by a voracious media. And, I can imagine it pissed Jobs off to no end, so you pull a few strings and the next thing you know the long arm of the law is doing Apple’s dirty work.

    I still love Apple products, and Google products, and some Microsoft products (hello, Excel). But Apple and Microsoft had better be careful – the big G finally has the users it needs to really thump its chest, hundreds of millions more than Apple. And, unlike Apple and Microsoft, Google is leading the charge for a fully integrated solution – online applications, offline applications, desktop and laptop operating system, mobile operating system. As long as freedom and individualism prevail, the public will migrate away from the closed architecture of Apple and towards the open architecture of Google. The people will vote with their feet. And, for right now, those feet are marching towards Google.


  2. Avatar April 30th, 2010 at 12:56 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    Well positioned Nicholas!

    My first and immediate thought: People certainly use a lot of Google products. I don’t know if it’s because they are better, because they exist, or because they have branding. But, in mid 2009 Apple, a much smaller company, surpassed Google in value (from a Wall Street perspective, anyway).

    http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_14900422

    More later. But… In the meantime, having used the Nexus One for a full day now, I can readily admit I might end up liking it, for a few reasons, to be my favorite handset to date.

    Cork


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