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3 thoughts on “Picks from MBW 55: Cage Match”
That was the most heated MBW I’ve ever heard… I swear I saw blood dripping out of my iPod.
Honestly, all of these guys respect each other highly. They only attack each other’s ideas and not the person themself.
I was exhausted after listening to that episode. 🙂
Agreed. . . that’s what makes for a good one though. When they aren’t all in awe of the iPhone and they take jabs at stuff. Like the anti picks.
That rug really tied the room together.
There were some good points made on both sides of some of those disputed questions. I think in the end I’d agree with Andy that much of the open source movement is not good at making a polished product for end users. On the desktop, I think the FOSS people largely end up copying whatever it is that Microsoft has done. I think it’s telling that Open Office is essentially the same sort of thing as Microsoft Office, only clunkier and even slower and more bloated. It takes Apple to come up with something more innovative and more attractive than Microsoft Office in the form of iWork. When you get down to it, Keynote is substantially better than Powerpoint; Pages offers a different paradigm to Word, since it’s not just a word-processor but a low-end desktop publishing app, too; and Numbers again breaks the mould by offering canvas-type layout.
Not to take anything away from oo.org — a huge amount of work has gone into that program over the years. And at least it implements a modern interchangeable open standards-based format in the form of ODF, which Microsoft does not want to do (everyone knows OOXML was never meant to be a truly open standard just a means to get the wink tipped by ISO by whatever means necessary), and Apple has not troubled to do. But at the end of the day oo.org is an Office clone and not something new and attractive to end-users offering a take that might better meet their needs.
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