Tim Bray on Apple

The big thing about the Web isn't the technology, it's that it's the first-ever platform without a vendor (credit for first pointing this out goes to Dave Winer). From that follows almost everything that matters, and it matters a lot now, to a huge number of people. It's the only kind of platform I want to help build.

Apple apparently thinks you can have the benefits of the Internet while at the same time controlling what programs can be run and what parts of the stack can be accessed and what developers can say to each other.

I think they’re wrong and see this job as a chance to help prove it.

The tragedy is that Apple builds some great open platforms; I’ve been a happy buyer of their computing systems for some years now and, despite my current irritation, will probably go on using them.

From his blog post announcing his move to Google. Previously neutral on Apple, I have become more and more weary of the company as news of a lawsuit against HTC, and indirectly Google and the open source community has surfaced.

I'm not a huge fan of software patents, especially when they include unlocking a device using gestures on an unlock image. In a surprise twist, Microsoft executive Brad Smith stated that Apple's HTC suit "is not necessarily a bad thing".

Don't try to be the "only" Apple, try to be the best.