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16 September 2008 @ 10:01 am
My irritation at Apple grows  
This entry is me ranting at tech/geek stuff. It's likely to not be important to you in any way whatsoever.

The Apple Software Updater popped up on my system this morning, which isn't surprising in itself. I'd been ignoring it for quite a while, and I know there'd been an update to iTunes (and probably quicktime, they seem utterly inseparable).

But ever since the Safari debacle, where Apple decided it'd be a good idea to start shoving their Safari browser down our throats I've given much greater scrutiny to the apple updates and what they're shoveling. So what do I see today? Something called Bonjour, and it's actually in the "Updates" section rather than the "New Software" section that they made specifically because of the fallout over the Safari distribution BS.

I don't have a clue what Bonjour is. Well, I didn't, so I went and wiki'd it. More to the point though - do I need it? God knows I certainly don't want it. I've never knowingly installed it on my system. Maybe it's bundled directly with iTunes. But it all just reeks of the same kind of underhanded method of grabbing market share that Apple employed before. I'll admit that maybe I'm going off half-cocked here on this Bonjour issue. I don't have enough info to be sure. It harkens back to the Safari issue though, and that's clearly what I originally got my panties in a twist over.

And don't even start with the "Well if you'd just give it a try..." or "It really is a better product" bullshit. It could be the goddamn cure to cancer, and I still didn't ask for it, and I don't want it. A Software update utility is something intended for exactly that: to update existing software. Not as a means of pushing out new software to users. The Apple fanboy zealotry is a wholly unacceptable response to people's ire on the issue, and they should damn-well know it. Like Safari? Fantastic. Keep your Safari-chocolate out of my Opera/Firefox/Chrome peanut-butter. I don't care what it tastes like.

I really don't have the time to make this post, and yet I find myself so overly irritated about it that my mind just won't stop mulling it over. No, not mulling... screaming. Screaming it over.

Good Christ, when did Apple decide to adopt the anti-trust type actions that Microsoft so prevalently used? Am I the only one that feels it's a strange day when Apple is moving into unethical realms while Microsoft has been shifting away from such practices?
Guysirguykasama on September 16th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with your sentiments sir. My thoughts on this are Microsoft replaced most of their security and distribution staff a few years back with old Sun and IBM folks. Most of those that were replaced went to Google or Apple....
Dalosdalos on September 17th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
I didn't find it hard to just uncheck that box. Oh you should always pay close attention to ANY installer. Unless of course you just love toolbars of all sorts.
Thor: F-22sirthor on September 17th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
No, it's certainly not hard to uncheck it. And obviously I do just that. And yes, I should (and do) check any installer. My serious beef is that Apple is using a software updater to push out new product. And not in an opt-in way either.

If Microsoft were to push out an entirely new application (not an update to existing software, but something completely new to users) via the Windows Critical Update utility / site, they'd be blasted for it too. Apple doesn't get a pass just because Jobs wants it to be so.

And Jobs responded with this little gem (in regards to the Safari push):
"How are we going to distribute this? We don't really talk to these customers, do we? There are over 500,000 downloads of Firefox a day. What are we going to do? Well, it turns out, there are over 1 million downloads of iTunes a day. As a matter of fact, there have been over a half a billion downloads of iTunes to Windows Machines. Over half a billion. And so we know how to reach these customers and we are going to do exactly that."

Yeah, good-game Steve.
Dalosdalos on September 18th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
Oh I don't think Apple should get a pass but this is and old trick that many company still use. I mean google is contantly trying ot give me their dumb toolbar one way or another. Microsoft still slips in things if you aren't careful. It all goes back to what I always say dumb people should not have admin rights on computers.