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Why does everything suck?: Steve Jobs Has Just Gone Mad

If you need to "originally" write your code in Swahili, while listening to Milli Vanilli, while reclining in a patch of mud, and then you need fifty oompa loompas to translate the Swahili into C, that is none of Steve Jobs fucking business.

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I’m Abandoning iPhone Development. Mobile Orchard To Stop Publication.

I’m a principled person. Apple’s offended my principles. Consequently, I’ve decided to abandon iPhone development. I won’t work in this ask-permission environment any longer.

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rc3.org - Apple kneecaps competitors and partners

What happens if the iPhone application you’ve based a business on is found to depend on a library that is forbidden with iPhone OS 4? Do you start over or give up? A lot of developers are asking themselves that question today.

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Knowing .NET » Blog Archive » The Absurdity of Apple’s New iPhone Restrictions

You know how you tell when an app for the iPhone was written in MonoTouch? It doesn’t leak memory.

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Five rational arguments against Apple's 3.3.1 policy - (37signals)

It’s hard to build a business on a platform where you feel like you cannot trust the men in power. If they can take down Adobe a few days before the launch of their flagship product, what hope do smaller players hold?

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ongoing by Tim Bray · The Web’s the Place

They can ship their own product and give it away till you go bust, then start charging for it; and use secret APIs you can’t see; and they can break the published APIs you use. All of these things have historically been done by platform vendors.

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Journal of schwern (1528)

Either way, nobody likes stepping in shit. And nobody likes cleaning up shit. So the whole interaction starts off on the wrong foot, perhaps the one covered in shit. Your job, as developer or as reporter, is to deliberately steer it back to being a positive one where the developer wants to fix shit and the reporter wants to continue to report shit.

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Nice Web Type – How to use CSS @font-face

Code up top for quick reference, details down below—we’ll prepare typefaces for use on the web, go through @font-face CSS line-by-line, and get the experts’ take on browser support.

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Font Squirrel | Download Hundreds of Free @font-face Fonts

Download hundreds of prepackaged @font-face kits

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iRonic: Super Meat Boy for iPhone

Apple puts itself in an untenable position trying to play gatekeeper while simultaneously having such a broad and deep marketplace structure. It's like watching a character from Alice in Wonderland attempt to beat Kurt Godel at a game of chess by trying to change the rules faster than those rules can be exploited.

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Daring Fireball: Why Apple Changed Section 3.3.1

So what Apple does not want is for some other company to establish a de facto standard software platform on top of Cocoa Touch. Not Adobe’s Flash. Not .NET (through MonoTouch). If that were to happen, there’s no lock-in advantage.

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Daring Fireball: New iPhone Developer Agreement Bans the Use of Adobe's Flash-to-iPhone Compiler

Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).

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Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: The iPad Luddites

In the end, progress doesn't care about ideology. Those who think of themselves as great fans of progress, of technology's inexorable march forward, will change their tune as soon as progress destroys something they care deeply about.

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ongoing by Tim Bray · Memory Matters

If memory-starved tablets become ubiquitous, we’re looking at a future in which there are “normal” computers, and then “special” computers for creative people.

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Boing Boing: iPhone - the roach motel business model

It's ironic that a company whose name is synonymous with "Switch" has built its entire product strategy around lock-in. The iTunes/iPhone/iPod combo is a roach-motel: customers check in, but they can't check out.

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Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either) - Boing Boing

The way you improve your iPad isn't to figure out how it works and making it better. The way you improve the iPad is to buy iApps. Buying an iPad for your kids isn't a means of jump-starting the realization that the world is yours to take apart and reassemble; it's a way of telling your offspring that even changing the batteries is something you have to leave to the professionals.

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