Traditionally, some advocates of open source software (a concept which we cherish @AlienCoding, although we don’t know how to contribute, just yet) have always been in search for a super-villain company who incarnated all the vices that open source didn’t have.
The traditional super-villain has been for years, of course, Microsoft.
Bill Gates has represented a devil-like meme for years, on the internet.
These things were usually blamed on Microsoft:
- monopolistic behaviors (the UE fined them for bundling Internet Explorer, or maybe it was the Media Player, together with the Windows operating system);
- “closing” their software to external input and improvement;
- creating a closed “ecosystem” in which Microsoft things only worked with Microsoft things;
- being the target of all sorts of computer viruses (created by the same people, I dare say, who believed in the the first three points of this list)
Things changed when Microsoft lost ground as the richest technology company. Bill Gates even became a philantrophist, so likening him to the devil became more difficult.
The “holier than thou” groups had to find a new foe.
Apple was becoming more and more visible and rich as Microsoft slumped. Needless to say, Apple was compared to the devil and Steve Jobs began to be depicted as a sort of a Chaplin-like crazy dictator.
What was (and is) attributed to Apple?
- The creation of an ecosystem in which Apples work only with Apples (pun partially intended);
- Not complying with the “standards” (starting with the weirder and weired ports that power the mobile devices, which – one has to admit – one day will start to not be compatible with themselves);
Wired depicted Jobs with devil’s horns (even after his death) along with an aureole and wondered “Do you really want to be like Steve Jobs”?
Man… with all due respect to the genius of Mr. Jobs… But who gives a f**k if he was bad to Tim Cook?
Especially because no one is holier than anybody else, in the technology business, not even than Apple.
A couple of examples? @AlienCoding recently we bought some of tablets to test our Android applications.
We bought Samsung Galaxy tabs, Only to see that it has nothing about it is standard, beginning from the “plug”. We bought it at a certain sum. Two weeks later, Samsung started shipping the same tablet to whoever bought an expensive phone, so of course our tablets were worth no more. Not to mention that big computer stores are sending out flyers that advertise the Samsung ecosystem (the Samsung TV which talks to the Samsung tab, which talks to the Samsung computer… Where have I seen this?)
Next, we wanted to buy Google Nexus Tablets. Only to see that here in Italy it is not possible to get them because of an incredible frenzy which had made the tablet sold out in the Countries that had the precedence (fashionable tabs, anyone?) and that it will be €549 here (higher costs in Italy, anyone?)
Bottom line: everyone’s in this business for the money. This doesn’t mean they are the devil. Or: eveyone’s evil, aren’t they?