Web Browser Market Share: Sometimes it doesn't pay to Win

Gruber put up a curious little post yesterday, Web browser market share numbers. The link is to one of many reports that show that Mobile Safari is where the mobile action is, but Gruber’s comment was that it’s “...still the biggest mystery” why web market share doesn’t reflect Android’s dominant market share lead. Perhaps he’s just being ironic. He’s got a wry sense of humor and maybe I’m just not getting the joke. One thing is certain: This isn’t a mystery at all!! It’s just that the story takes years to play itself out. It may look like a mystery to the ADD type, but not for someone who has been following the action like Gruber has.

Sometimes a one-sentence DF comment like this isn’t enough to make the point. Too much of the story is omitted. I think it is worth it to watch the slow-motion replay.

Post-trial Apple vs. Samsung Journalism

I read a new post from Marco this weekend about post-trial journalism and I was appalled. Ihnatko, of all people, wrote one of those idiotic posts that Roughly Drafted took on in a more general essay but didn’t cite specifically.

The Sun-Times column is embarrassing. Everyone knows that Andy can do a lot better than this. He has a good record; I can vouch for him. I’ve been reading him since before the iPhone even came out. When the iPad was introduced, he was one of the three journalists in the world who got a loaner for the week prior to its introduction. I was lucky enough to watch a live podcast that he did the moment the news blackout ended and the day prior to its first going on sale.

That’s one reason why this column is so appalling. Frankly, I think that he can get off with a suspended sentence if he pleads Temporary Insanity and gets Gruber as his probation officer.

Perhaps it was just the heat; this summer has been brutal and we’re going into the hottest month of the year. I’m confident that Gruber can get us through the summer without another outburst like this.

That’s my defense.


Apple vs. Samsung Decision

I bookmarked an old Roughly Drafted article when it came out. It was dated April 14, 2010 and was titled, Chronicles of Conflict: The History of Adobe and Apple. It is an unusual post for Roughly Drafted because it was written as a parable. It came out around the time that Steve emphasized his decision that Apple would never support Flash on any of its mobile devices.

I figure it is well worth rereading on the anniversary of Steve’s resignation as CEO and the day the verdict was handed down in Judge Koh’s court.


The Latest Windows 8 Fiasco

OMG, this is getting more bizarre by the week. The latest is that Microsoft has run away from their new and cool name, Metro.

You gotta be kidding! Microsoft has spent so much time promoting the Metro name and establishing it as the new and cool tablet design. People like it!!! They don’t want to give it up! To walk away from it now is simply amazing.

The least of it is that it abandons a useful vocabulary that had been used to clarify a complex situation. Let’s go through these terms in slow motion.

Skating to where the puck is going to be...

I’m past merely being tired of hearing that comparison. By now, it’s become a cliche. It wasn’t right when it was first quoted, but by now it has gotten ridiculous.

This time, it was prompted by the news that Microsoft had hired a pollster at a high level to help them figure out what customers think of “Metro.” It’s a bit late in the game for this, but better late than never. I’m sure they’ll find out in due time...

Gruber used this story to bring this up again:

The message I take away from this hiring is that Steve Ballmer doesn’t know what to do, and he’s hoping polling will give him the answers. That’s how you wind up skating to where the puck was, not where it’s going to be.

Yes, I know that Steve used it to describe what Apple does, but that doesn’t make it right. He was just being modest. He’s allowed to be humble after all the work he did.

I suppose he left it as an exercise for others to figure it out.

The Windows 8 Surface Tablets

I don’t know why Microsoft recycled the name “Surface” for their new tablets. Many remember that Surface was the name they used for their Big Ass Table several years ago. Priced at $10,000, it shipped shortly after the iPhone but wasn’t even intended for the consumer market.

It’s weird that they picked a name for a critical product that reminds the world of the Big Ass Table. Whatever.

Apple's Podcast App Reviewed

I was wrong about Apple. When they replaced the iPod app with “Music” (in iOS 5) I thought they were finished promoting podcasts and had decided to focus on promoting the stuff that they sell — music and videos. Fortunately, that turned out to be false. “Music” was just the first (welcome) step in breaking up the iTunes monopoly into smaller more manageable components. Music and movies turned out to be only the first two such components. We also have iTunesU, iBooks, and now Podcasts, Apple’s dedicated podcatcher and podcast player.


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