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It's a long walk to the bathroom, but you can't go for another 4 hours anyways.

Over the last few years I’ve absorbed a lot of derision for my general objections to Apple. Particularly for my insistent criticism of  Steve Jobs and the lack of Apple’s social responsibility standards with regards to supply chain practices. I truly don’t care if it changes anyone’s mind but I guess part of me hopes anyone who uses Apple products will listen to this report.

The truth is, I know 90% the electronic devices we use here in America are manufactured under similar conditions. I don’t even know why it annoys me so much more with Apple but I suspect the sanctimonious marketing and attitude of Apple consumers has something to do with it.  I also think Steve Job’s public resistance to any kind of corporate responsibility and charity adds to my disgust.

It truly is overwhelming to think we’ve allowed corporations to push other people into these circumstances after we fought so hard in this country to end this type of treatment.  The way I hear some people talk sometimes it is as if Americans think Chinese laborers want to work 16 hours a day for pennies with no bathroom breaks. That they want to live stacked up on top of each other like cord wood.

The real problem, like just about everything in our lives today, is a lack of sufficient regulation on corporations. At some point the discordant rift between human rights and corporate profits must end. What will life be like on this planet when it does? If Americans stood up and said this situation is no longer acceptable…That we will boycott any company that allows it to happen and vote out any politicians that allow it to take place…What would life be like?

Posted by Jake DiMare at 9:11 am

iPad announcement +18 hours and I have had a chance to read more detailed technical specifications and think this through. I am excited about the idea of a tablet computer and I think Apple has, as always, done a beautiful job with the hardware. Their device is a work of art and breaks new ground in terms of reduced weight and what can be done with touch screen technology. The interface, although not much different from the iPod touch or iPhone, is still breathtaking and sure to be an unparalleled user experience for the foreseeable future.

However, I am not going to purchase the iPad for the same reason I refuse to get on the iPhone bandwagon: Needless proprietary constraints. In the case of the iPhone it starts with only being offered on a single carrier…but it only gets worse from there. There are plenty of people who don’t care or don’t understand the technical and political implications of Apple’s refusal to remove their self-serving, proprietary constraints and that’s OK for them. I want the freedom to consume Flash content…or move files back and forth between my devices without being forced to use iTunes. For anybody that believes the nonsense about Apple not supporting Flash because it doesn’t work well…you are being tricked. They don’t support Flash because Flash is a content delivery mechanism Apple can’t monetize. Period.

So, I will wait. There is a whole crop of devices right on Apple’s heels. A number of them are going to run Android on top of a new processor that is generating a lot of buzz. This second wave of devices will come with freedom. Maybe it is the northeastern spirit in me, but I bristle at the thought of anything that interferes with my freedom of choice…particularly if it is a 16 ounce hunk of metal and circuits.

I want to say this…I am a fan of Apple. I have been for a long time. I have owned a number of their top end power PC’s for years. For some of the work I do there is simply no substitute. However, the way they have changed their consumer business model over the last few years has really disappointed me. It used to be all about the highest quality equipment and user experience…Now it is all about duping consumers into buying devices that force them to do business with Apple if they want content when they bring it home.