[quote]Originally posted by trumptman:
Fine some more examples...
Forced migration to OS X..</strong><hr></blockquote>
What, they came to your house and put a gun to your head until you installed X? Man, talk about your personalized customer service!
Ohhhhhh, you mean how they decided that OS9 was a developmental dead end, so they aren't going to update it to run on future hardware at some point. Yeah, darn them. And darn them for not updating GS/OS to run on my B/W G3 too.
You're welcome to stick to 9 if you prefer, you know. Criminy.
[quote]<strong>Appleworks shipped with translators for all different products thanks to an agreement to Datavis. Apple issued an update that broke all these translators. Later they issued an update that put a few of them back.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Er, you mean Dataviz didn't update their translators... Dataviz had the translator market sewn up on OS7/8, then just got lazy, AFAICT. It wasn't that AppleWorks was updated, it was that the system was updated, and Dataviz didn't keep up. *NONE* of their translators worked, but they let the market just die out once they had a, oh, what's that word again... a monopoly.
[quote]<strong>Apple has repeatedly bought out smaller companies and made their technology Apple only.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Like who? The only company I can think of that's gone from cross-plat to Apple only in recent memory was... er... blast it. Video related. FCP maybe? (Come on, someone help me out here...)
They've purchased several companies and products and made them into Apple-branded products, but duh, that's what acquisitions *do*.
[quote]<strong>Apple does not require you to sign up for .mac (passport) however they terminated several free services that were advertised as part of the operating system for those who chose not to sign up. This included the mac.com email address and iDisk.</strong><hr></blockquote>
This is an admitted grey area, but one that everyone's got their own opinion on.
[quote]<strong>Apple has not released the necessary information to allow companies to make cd's that boot into OS X from the cd. (I own Norton and know how much heat they have taken for this)</strong><hr></blockquote>
Bollocks. There are command line tools to do just that. Symantec has been long known to point the finger when the going gets tough.
[quote]<strong>Apple made people pay for Quicktime Pro keys advertising it as coming with the MPEG2 codec. They then turned around and charged AGAIN for use of that codec.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Hmmm. Taking a look at <a href="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/
,</a> it's pretty obvious that MPEG-2 is an extra product you need to buy. MPEG-*4* has been hyped all to heck, but MPEG-2 hasn't, in my experience.
And further, looking at the QuickTime Pro page, there's no mention of MPEG-2 anywhere. Nor on their 'More about QT Pro' page.
Sorry, I think this may be a case of wishful thinking. If you can point to a webpage or literature that advertises QT Pro coming with MPEG-2 playback/authoring, then you'll have a point.
[quote]<strong>Apple has refused to allow iDVD to work with anything but an internal superdrive. People and companies have offered driver support or workarounds and then had to withdraw them under legal threat because Apple wanted to sell more high end macs.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Fair cop. I'm not all that comfortable with it myself, but as a business plan it's good.
[quote]<strong>I could go on... heck I could go back to when Apple killed the clones when Motorola had a G3 clone lined up ready to sale several months before Apple did. However I think that is enough for now.
Oh please. The clones thing was a fiasco from day one... the clones were designed to *expand* the Mac market. That was a primary tenet of the contracts... but what happened was that the clones ended up cannibalizing more Mac sales than they added to the whole. They were killed off because it was a failed experiment, and the cloners were as much to blame, for going after the core market that Apple stated was theirs to protect.
So you've got .Mac as a possible point, and the iDVD authoring as a possible point... anything really substantial?