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It’s possible that we nave just about already hashed this all out.
As I see it, Greg agreed that apple is hyped up. that it’s good for people to be able to be able to tinker with things. (even if you don’t personally, because you benefit from the ideas and products that get created )
He argues that sometimes you want to chose a device that “just works” and points out ( and this comes from personal experience) that it can be a mistake for a company to open a device because this will cause them to receive expensive support calls from people who are probably the cause of their own problems.
I counter that you don’t have to get an apple product so that it will “just work” there are lots of options in the category. I also strongly feel that we shouldn’t support companies that lock down their devices and treat their users with so little respect.
I think It’s quite possible for both of us to be correct here.. so what are we arguing about again ?? 😉
Testing to see if Russell gets an email when there are more comments on this. Since he’s a user, there ought to be a setting. Also testing the wordpress iPhone app.
It’s probably a bad idea to enable facebook style email notifications here because the email address I put in the box above isn;t authenticated.I could easily cause someone to get unwanted updates, and lacking a login an and profile for a word press commenter… how would the victim turn them off ?
(duplicate post to FB content)
a) we just got trista one of these :
Android Honeycomb, runs flash. has a USB master port. you can plug a USB stick right into it. and since it’s android, it *ALREADY* syncs her contacts calendar and email with her other devices ( droid phone and gmail website)
b) Apple just announced a bunch of updates that are coming to the I-devices. Of particular note is “wifi-sync”
this feature already existed on other platforms. ( blackberry, android)
in it’s walled garden Apple previously rejected an app that achieved this function.
Now I think it’s a stretch to suggest that apple saw this app then said “hey we could do that”. they probably planed to to it all the time but didn’t either because they like tiring users to a desktop with i-tunes installed.. or it just wasn’t a high priority. But *EITHER* *WAY* this is a feature that *USERS* *WANTED* that was denied them by the walled garden, until apple chose to make it available.
Any garden fans want to defend that point ?