Ed Bilodeau

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# Notice (Oct 19/05): So ends my stay here on Blogger. This morning Google implemented an anti-spam 'feature' that forces me to answer a challenge phrase when I want to post to my own blog. No notice of the change, nothing. Worse is that it doesn't even work! I type the phrase, submit, "An error occured", post deleted. Damn you, Google. Chances are I will revive my blog somewhere else, sometime soon. I'll post the new coordinates here as soon as they become available. (BTW, I'm unable to post anything to my RSS stream, so I'd appreciate it if readers could spread the word and ask people to take a look at this notice)

Update (Oct 19/05, ~noon): After a frustrating few hours (and not just trying out alternatives to Blogger), I've decided that this is a good time to take a break from all this. A day? A week? Who knows. But I need to step away from it before I pass a heavy magnet over the whole mess.

Update 2: According to this post, the reason I'm seeing the CAPTCHA (challenge phrase) is that Blogger has classified my blog as spam. Thanks. User for five years and now I'm spam. I searched the Blogger site, but there is no mention of how to get the spam flag turned off. There is also no way of contacting anyone at Blogger. Wow. Spam they say I am, so spam I must be. Maybe it is time to take a break.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Apple = Closed : Here's Apple new Developer Transition Resource Center for helping developers migrate their apps to the Intel platform. Alas, some of the content is only available to people who have (paid) memberships to the Apple Developer Connection. Compare to MSDN, where most if not all of the information is available to anyone (I beielve), along with free software downloads, etc. (There is a paid MSDN membership available as well, the primary benefit of which is to get access to lots of prerelease software).

Check out Channel 9. Check out Microsoft's blogs.

Where is Apple? Busy trying to trademark "iPodcast".

I know this won't matter one iota to folk who already have religion, but when is comes to openness, Microsoft is eating Apple's lunch.


You don't think that not being a developer yourself, your comment here is disengenius? And "those who have religion"? I'm actually insulted...

No corporate entity is ever going to be "open" to the level of, say, an Open Source Software project, especially not the more utopian ones. And you are praising MS on this? I don't hate them but *come on*...

And I posit further: is total transparency and openess, all the time, *really* such a good thing? I'm a big believer in balance; a little bit of this and a little bit of that. As well as "every tool for it's job".

So, I am perplexed... besides the fact that yes, Apple = Closed... always has! They are now way more open than ever but do you really expect any profits-oriented corporation to be ever be "open"?
Microsoft has done a lot to open a conversation to with its customers. Apple has not. That is what I meant by open/closed. And I don't see what being a developer has to do with make that observation.

I do understand that Apple's strength is its brand, and that it is seeking to maintain control of that brand by tightly controlling all information coming out of the company.

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