I posted earlier about problematic issues with using Mac computers as servers, mainly related to the crippled and out of date version of PHP included with it. I’ve tried to remain understanding of other Mac quirks on the desktop (like the spinning rainbow of death – Microsoft Vista has its own version of that now, and GNOME occasionally locks up for a number of seconds too), but a number of recent things have come up with other Apple software and technologies, too, including the recently leaked info about an Apple Tablet.
- Serious Java Bug.Apple’s version of Java has always lagged well behind Java on other platforms (including Linux). It’s now been revealed that Mac OS X users are vulnerable to a serious java flaw that was fixed over 6 months ago on other platforms.
- No flash or java on the iphone. The iPhone still can’t run Flash, and of course Steve Jobs shrugged off running Java on the iPhone long ago. The main holdup isn’t technical reasons, but licensing issues. The open G1 Android cell phone platform already has Flash running.
- Apple censorship. Apple keeps making news for the apps it rejects or accepts to its app store. They rejected an ebook reader because people might use it to read an adult book, but accepted an application that involved shaking a baby to keep it quiet.
- Overpriced tablet. It’s now been confirmed that Apple is going to release a tablet computer next year. Already the price appears to be twice as much as existing netbooks and other upcoming touchbooks. That means again it’s not going to be the best hardware platform for education, even though Apple used to be the leader in computers for schools. Many IT folks in education who have been around for a long time still stick with anything Apple puts out regardless of other cheaper or more powerful alternatives.
- Crippled BIOS. All the software my class was using was deleted off the mac computers in our labs the day before my class this week. I had the idea of handing out flash drives with Super OS (Ubuntu) and all the software pre-installed and pre-configured on them (via UNetbootin). Students could just pop the drive into a USB port on any computer and boot to it. Instead I found out that Macs are intentionally crippled to not allow booting to a USB drive unless a separate install of Mac OS X is on the drive. Luckily I was able to stay there late and manually install the software to the computers myself.