Hating on Software Companies

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This is from an LA Times article titled “Top 10 features in Apple iOS 6”:

By far the coolest new feature in iOS 6 is the ability to set your alarm clock to play any of the songs in your music library.

Seriously? That’s the best feature in the new operating system? And you still expect me to bother reading about features 2-10?

Speaking of which, here’s a question for all of you who aren’t hopeless Apple fanboys: are there any large-ish software companies you like? I hate Microsoft, of course. I hate Adobe. I hate Symantec. I hate Intuit. I don’t even remember why anymore. It’s all buried so deep in my psyche that it’s like asking why the Hatfields hated the McCoys. And now that I’ve been using Apple products for a while, I’ve developed an almost unreasoning hatred of Apple. Microsoft always just seemed big and clumsy and power hungry to me: I hated them, but mostly the way I hate earthquakes and hurricanes and bad drivers. Apple, on the other hand, has a corporate attitude carefully and cunningly designed to be as arrogant, unhelpful, and control freakish as it’s possible for a corporation to be, all wrapped up in a marketing persona that’s almost Orwellian in its winsomeness. It drives me crazy. One result of this newfound enmity has been an improbable infatuation with the current series of Galaxy S III ads, especially the one I’ve embedded on the right. I suppose I’ll get over it soon. After all, I don’t own any Samsung products and don’t plan to.

On the other hand, I am thinking about getting an Android tablet. If I do, will I soon come to hate Google?

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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