Steve Jobs is looking up at me from Hell and laughing his head off. An avid PC power user and a Google Android fanatic, I reluctantly allowed an Apple MacBook Pro into my home this month.
This was not a replacement for any broken desktop or tablet. My graduate school required a Mac under the ruse that it is the online media industry standard. I still think that Steve Jobs has some voodoo power over this plane of existence and continues to influence our world as I speak.
You might think I’m being a little paranoid about this. Yet, Jobs was the man that wanted to go all Dick Cheney on Google’s ass. CNet.com reported that in Jobs’ authorized biography he spoke of his distain for Android in terms that would make Iran blush.
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
To top it off, my MacBook Pro won’t play nice with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus cellphone or Galaxy Tab tablet. When you plug these Android devices into a PC via a USB cable, they automatically see each other. The mobile devices are displayed as drives on the PC and you can copy and paste pictures and music files with ease.
The same plug and play ability between a Mac and Android has a series of roadblocks. Out of the box, it is not possible. Apple techs say you need to download an Android File Transfer application.
Even after spending several years as a computer network technician in one of my past lives, I couldn’t get my MacBook Pro to converse with my Android devices. Personally, I think this is Apple’s backhanded slap to accompany all their forward ones across Samsung’s flat screen face in the form of lawsuits around the world over their common theme of alleged patent infringement.
Hopefully, after they gavel falls and jury hands in their verdict, Apple can start playing nice in the silicon sandbox with all the other tech companies.