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The iPhone App Store never, ever looked so good.
Who cares if you're an Apple fan or not. You're only feeding the flame.
That's some scary shit, right there.
"you probably just have sour grapes because you can't afford one on a dell helpdesk salary.""
Actually I typed that last line specifically to make a point, and here it is, since it's become evident that it went entirely misunderstood:
It's one thing to decide that you're not going to buy something because of whatever reason you like. It is something else entirely to come all up in MY face and imply that I'm foolish, or an idiot, or some sort of ego-freak because of my choice of computational equipment. The first one is something that any reasonable person does throughout their day. The second is only something that someone who is most ironically foolish, stupid, or possessing an ego clearly far larger than mine, does.
It was an object lesson, get it? The meaning of my sentence was commentary on the argument used in the message to which I was responding.
And I gave up administering "real computers" ages ago in favor of a higher salary and a much more interesting job. What a high holy pain in the ass THAT was.
And lastly, I don't actually flaunt my ipad, because I live in the middle of New York City and I don't want it stolen. I keep it to myself, except at work and at the coffeeshop near my apartment, where I have been known to break it out occasionally and play with Wolfram Alpha. And figure this out: I still adore it, despite not flaunting it everywhere I go. Because I didn't get it to make people feel bad, friend. I got it because I really, really like them.
I'm sorry if my motivation doesn't fit the character of the cut of the jib you seem to be laying on me, but maybe this is a good opportunity for you to "think different".
Bahah. I see what I did there.
I am a network security professional who has been in the field for about 20 years. I own Apple equipment specifically because after 20 years, here is what I want:
No more goddamn hassles. I'm tired of tweaking. I'm tired of having to think about that sort of thing in my spare time. Life is short, and I'd much rather spend as much of it as possible with as few headaches as possible. Which is why I recently replaced my laptop with an ipad. No foolin'. And I use it for pretty advanced stuff, too. AND I'm one of those people who just want my gadgets to work together well.
Right now, despite the kneejerk reaction of people who don't actually own any apple equipment, my ipad is loaded with pornography, mostly from the hardcore likes of kink.com and environs. More than half the videos on my ipad have no DRM, because I pirated them. Or I ripped them from other media via open source applications under OS X.
Without any problems at all.
So, to tally up, from my own direct experience:
You can have all the non-DRM, pirated goodness on an ipad or iphone that you want.
You can be a computer super-geek and even a guru to some and still actually enjoy Apple equipment and software.
You can look at all the porn you like on your Apple devices.
And if you really care that much about what *I* choose to use for *MY* own enjoyment, you probably just have sour grapes because you can't afford one on a dell helpdesk salary.
For a higher consistent caliber of a similar kind of media and form, check out the Whitney. Maybe they'll do a deal with Vimeo.
It seems to me that really what the whiners and complainers want is for a company besides Apple to meet the same design and build standards that Apple does with their physical gear. You should ask yourselves why such a company doesn't exist.
Where's the argument? Your needs are clearly met by a number of devices that are not made by Apple, and I never quite understood why this argument exists at all. Are you trying to say that Apple has an ethical obligation to make the exact device that YOU want?