The discontent is spreading. In his most recent post, Lloyd Chambers of the Mac Performance Guide site outlines his concerns with Mac OS X and Apple’s policies of late. He’s no dilettante, having been the developer behind the innovative DiskDoubler and AutoDoubler compression products from the 1990s, now focussing on topics of interest to advanced and professional photographers. follow link
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Lloyd Chambers on Apple Core Rot
Personally I find articles like this pure FUD.
Not to mention shortsighted. It's like the 1% complaining when 1% of what they have isn't as perfect as they would like. I have a hard time feeling sorry for them.
I've got four computers on ML and couldn't be happier. And there are many great quality-of-life improvements that make things easier for both the 99% (i.e. my father-in-law, my children) as well as the 1%.
I personally don't have many stability issues with Mountain Lion, but there are things that irk me about it, even little things like the screen saver no longer being able to handle nested folders. And when I upgraded my parents to Mountain Lion so they could run some new software, it caused significant consternation - I'm still trying to get them functional in iTunes 11.
It is important to understand that criticisms like Lloyd's and ours are not just whining - they're meant to be constructive. If everything was hunky-dory, we wouldn't be saying anything. We are speaking up because we're having problems, and we're worried that Apple doesn't seem to be paying attention to these kind of issues.
Personally, I'm seeing more problems on the iOS side of the house, and more of my general concerns (which Lloyd echoes) surround Apple's policies toward developers, which have trickle-down effects on the entire user base.
I think Mr. Chambers could have made his points better by supporting them which he does not. So it's just a rant. If he wants to make an impact then go down that list, item by item, one blog post at a time, and talk about them at length and in detail. Then there will be real ideas and facts for us to ponder and to talk about. Otherwise, no matter his experience, the rant comes across as shallow and unfocused: just the problems he's saying exist at Apple and with Mac OS X.
Ultimately I decided I was better served by going out and taking photos, rather than by reading rants about this camera, that lens, or whatever.
Interesting to see his style hasn't changed.
Maybe we have to wait another year or so until Tim Cook sorts it out, including the purchase of more companies, using its vast cash reserves, that will provide solutions and engineers to solve the obvious problems (and not just skeumorphism).
Now that Apple is so successful, let's not ignore the fact that we were pretty disappointed with them when they weren't doing so well, too.
But let's assume you're right, and this is nothing new. Is there any reason to believe that Tim Cook will sort it out, particularly if there's no annoyance from the community to make it clear that there are methods of feedback other than money that Apple should pay attention to? Apple has been making money hand over fist for quite a few years now, and yet for many of us, the sense is that things are certainly not getting better, and may be getting worse.
So as long as Apple sees itself as successful purely based on positive financial results, I see no reason we'll see anything change for the better with regard to quality problems that clearly aren't hurting sales. And that I find troubling.