[OT] Mac App Store

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Sat Oct 23 12:37:09 EDT 2010

On 10/23/2010 07:19 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> Kay C Lan wrote:
>> I believe Steve's last 'will spell the end of Apple' decision was 
>> made about
>> 30 April when Apple stock was around $261.09.
> Apple's stock price <> third-party developer revenue.
> As a shareholder, I think moving 30% of the Mac world's software 
> revenue into their own pocket is one of the most brilliant business 
> moves in the company's history.
> For Apple.
> For developers it's a bit different.
> Take a good look long at OS X 10.7's Launch Pad and consider the 
> implications.
> Once independent web distribution means a 30% loss to Apple, it would 
> be a slap in the face to their shareholders if Apple didn't do 
> everything possible to communicate to their audience that App Store 
> apps are the only cool ones, the only convenient ones, the only safe 
> ones; ultimately, the only desirable ones.
> While it may seem comical today, this dialog box may not be completely 
> unimaginable a year or two from now:
> <http://livecodejournal.com/blog.irv?pid=1287696062.654893>
> As a developer that's frightening, but as a shareholder I would expect 
> nothing less.

Your reasoning is clear; if Computers and Software are regarded as 
Business one thing,

if they are regarded as Educational Tools another thing.

But, all rather difficult to have both as they do seem to be becoming, 
increasingly, mutually exclusive.


I am just in the process of moving my EFL school from 1 room to 3 bigger 
ones; 2 classrooms and a
"free space" where kids can hang around and do their homework, eat their 
sandwiches, talk about
the price of fish, or whatever, between their English classes and when 
they go down the road to their
regular school.

As a business friend remarked; "That's bad business; you could have 
another classroom there with another teacher." To which my reply was; 
"Sorry, I'm not made like that."

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