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This just in: Apple full of shit [Jan. 16th, 2006|12:38 am]
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Apple's profile is much higher now than it was, pre-IPod, and they got a lot of press for announcing Intel Macs at MacWorld last week. La Di Frickin Da...
But that's not what I want to say right now. What I want to say is this: Quicktime for Windows is utter shit.

Sure it can play movies. But

1. It continually begs me to upgrade to Quicktime Pro. Well I did that once, and Quicktime Pro on Windows doesn't do anything that I could figure out beyond not nagging me to buy Quicktime Pro. And the license isn't apparently transferable between computers, so that's $20 or whatever I'll never see again.

2. If you start the player, it opens a window, but if you want to play anything it opens another window, just like the first window, to play the video. I guess because they want to leave whatever shit they bring up off the internet in the original window.

3. It won't play movies full screen. It won't even properly maximize the window.

4. It doesn't register Quicktime codecs so that other players on the computer can play Quicktime videos. Presumably, because they don't want you to avoid their fucking come-on for Quicktime Pro, and they want you to look at whatever stupid-ass crap they bring up in that first Quicktime Player window that isn't good for anything else.

5. It doesn't follow Windows User Interface Guidelines. If Apple is going to be a Windows software providers, they should conform -- that's what makes programs easy to use -- a user can leverage skills learned in one program when they encounter a new program.

It is probably pathetic and geeky to hate a computer company, but Apple is starting to really annoy me. People who buy Macs and IPods -- including members of my own family -- just love their Apple stuff, I know, but Apple stuff fails a fundamental test for me: I can go back and forth between Windows and Linux and SGI's and Suns without a problem, but every time I try and use an Apple product, I'm stymied by the fact that they have to always do everything their own way, and unless you've been drinking their Koolaid for a while, you're going to be baffled, and it's never clear to me how to get help.

Windows machines, you can pretty much always right click on anything and find something out about what that thing does. Linux does that too. Oh, I forgot, Apple mice don't have a right mouse button! They left the right mouse button off, because they thought that it would confuse people. Of course they had to add the 'Open Apple' button for you to hold down when you click that one big mouse button, because that's so much more intuitive than a right mouse button! It's the Apple Way!

A computer is a fucking box that (you hope) does a job for you. It's a tool. It's not a fucking religion. As far as I can tell Apple is the Church of Steve. Join his church, and give Steve your money, and maybe you'll be able to "think different" just like all the other Apple people!

From: elkay
2006-01-16 09:54 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: bitterwhiteguy
2006-01-16 12:31 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I love my Nano, but hate Quicktime.
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[User Picture]From: dica
2006-01-16 01:31 pm (UTC)
I recommend QuickTime Alternative if you don't have it... runs nicely with Media Player Classic. There's an awesome realplayer plugin (Real Alternative) as well. :)
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[User Picture]From: angryrobot
2006-01-16 04:52 pm (UTC)
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From: nonstatic
2006-01-21 02:39 am (UTC)
i was running those a couple years ago but it seemed really flimsy. maybe i will give it a shot again
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[User Picture]From: marmoset
2006-01-16 01:46 pm (UTC)
Microsoft recently gave up trying to force the abortion that is WMP for the Mac onto users, and instead endorsed a third party set of codecs that plug into Quicktime on the Mac. Maybe there's a lesson for Apple there.
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[User Picture]From: clobby
2006-01-16 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: jenerator
2006-01-16 02:13 pm (UTC)
This is why I don't use iTunes. I use Anapod Explorer. Otherwise my quicktime works fine for what I use it for, which is watching movie trailers.
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[User Picture]From: kdiddy
2006-01-16 02:17 pm (UTC)
agreed, though they have their aesthetics on lock much better than most PC companies...Sony might be creeping up on them.

also, if you click the mouse and hold it down it will open up a right-click menu.
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From: gregclow
2006-01-16 03:13 pm (UTC)
Totally unrelated comment:

Those are some kick-ass beers in your user pic!

(Yes, I'm enough of a beer geek to recognize the bottles even when they are that small and blurry...)
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[User Picture]From: pipecock
2006-01-16 07:42 pm (UTC)
i have to completely disagree with you about iTunes on windows. i absolutely love it, its so easy to use and is generally just the bomb. i dont use it as a standalone MP3 player (i still rock winamp, one of the older versions, for that) but honestly my iPod nano is really hot and easy to use and the way it clicks with iTunes is really simple and easy to understand.
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[User Picture]From: arlucasinc
2006-01-16 03:01 pm (UTC)


Oh, but they do have the Mighty Mouse now.

God, I hate Apple. And I hate everyone at my school that thinks that Steve Jobs is the second coming of Christ.
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[User Picture]From: speicus
2006-01-16 08:37 pm (UTC)
I have a Windows desktop and a Mac laptop and honestly I think which one is "easier to use" is solely dependent on how much you use one or the other. They're just different flavors of Kool-Aid, really.

Though I tried to set up my desktop as a wireless router the other day and tried about 17237634897 things that didn't work. I knew exactly how to do it on a Mac. (shrug)
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[User Picture]From: toastednut
2006-01-16 08:45 pm (UTC)
and yet my APPL stock continues to climb.
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From: nonstatic
2006-01-21 02:41 am (UTC)
yeah man i should've bought summa dat shit. 14 million ipods is freakin retarded.
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