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Weblog:   Two Interesting Points of View on Dashboard
Subject:   Mad over nothing
Date:   2004-07-01 07:10:06
From:   jamie.folsom@post.harvard.edu
Response to: Mad over nothing

While Dave Hyatt, Jon Gruber, and several others have made interesting, and informative contributions to this "controversy", they have missed the important point.


Should Apple be able to create Dashboard, and thereby eat Konfabulator's lunch? Of course. Should they have to buy and use the code the Rose and Co. wrote, if they can do it better? Of course not. Do they owe a dime to Rose? Of course not. All of that is not the point.


Could they for a very small investment of courtesy, money, recognition, do right by Rose? Absolutely. That's not even the real point here.


Could Apple, by not antagonizing the makers of Watson, and Liteswitch X and Konfabulator, energize a legion of amateur and professional programmers to provide more free help of the kind that Rose provided: prototyping, market research, buzz generation? Yes. Would they sell macs to those people, and their customers? Yes. That is the point.


It is precisely those of us that don't know what happened between the parties in this mess (myself included), that have the best vantage point from which to view it. It is to us that Apple is sending the message that if you're like this guy, you'll probably get squashed, so don't try it.


That there is a controversy at all, is bad for Apple and for the platform.


Could they for a very small investment of courtesy, money, recognition, do right by Rose? Absolutely. That's not even the real point here.


Could Apple, by not antagonizing the makers of Watson, and Liteswitch X and Konfabulator, energize a legion of amateur and professional programmers to provide more free help of the kind that Rose provided: prototyping, market research, buzz generation? Yes. Would they sell macs to those people, and their customers? Yes. That is the point.


It is precisely those of us that don't know what happened between the parties in this mess (myself included), that have the best vantage point from which to view it. It is to us that Apple is sending the message that if you're like this guy, you'll probably get squashed, so don't try it.


That there is a controversy at all, is bad for Apple and for the platform.


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  1. Mad over nothing
    2004-07-10 08:10:45  MEP [View]

  2. Mad over nothing
    2004-07-06 02:47:55  sanchonevesgraca [View]

  3. Absolutely not!
    2004-07-02 00:06:45  brianimator2 [View]

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