Sunday, October 19, 2008

Reasons to dislike Google

Some say that it was evil from Microsoft the give out free and pre-installed IE with Windows when Netscape was still in business.
Honestly, I thought that it was only normal that Microsoft would give something like that free. Everybody likes free software and Microsoft did the inevitable. Some things are too pervasive to have to be paid for directly. Web browsers had to be free and included with any modern OS.

Now, I think what Google has been doing with Picasa is a bit more evil. Because it marginalizes people on Mac that have GMail accounts and that would like to enjoy the Google accounts ecosystem.
If you are on Mac and have a Google account, you can't use Picasa to organize your pictures locally or on your Picasa web album. But also you can't voice chat with Google Talk, because there is no Google talk (text chatting is still possible).
Chrome is mostly just another web browser for now, but it shows a trend of preference.

I think that companies like Google, should be forced to support all major platforms equally (Windows, Mac, Linux).. especially when it comes to killer apps. Google likes to be liked by the people and people don't like to be forced to stick with one platform.
The gran plan for Google is to get everyone to have the same experience no matter the OS, but when it comes to traditional software, it's clearly lacking behind.

Get Picasa for Mac out there, and start putting more effort into multi-platform development... or else stop teasing people with free software that is only good to reinforce monopolies.

Thank you.
P.S. I realize that Google has OS X version of much of it's software but honestly, I don't see anyone choosing an OS because of Google Desktop or Google Earth...


  1. This is because they know the truth: "Mac sucks!" :-)

  2. Yeah, but there are 85-90% users of a type of machine that sucks, rather than just 10% of another that also sucks. It should be clear what's more profitable investing resources in.

  3. They suck in different ways and depending on the need, one machine is better than the other. Type of software available makes a difference. For example the old Atari ST used to be popular among musicians because it had a MIDI port and, at the time, much of the midi software was written for it.
    As a user it really depends.. Mac is definitely a better machine for less techy people, if anything because one doesn't get a worm every week 8)

    As far as development goes... quantity of users is relative to the quality of users. Mac users are more likely to pay for shareware, and the average OS X application is cleaner than on windows where there are thousands and thousands of "utilities" that saturate the market beyond limit.
    Simply put, it's a lot easier to grab a decent share of mac users than it is for PC. It's also easier to effectively distribute software that works as one doesn't need to worry about install/uninstall, system DLLs, drivers, .NET frameworks and whatnot.

  4. I agree with that.

    Anyway, my reason to hate google: still no sub-albums in Picasa web.

    (maybe they they honestly believe it's ok to have hundreds of albums in the main page and that holidays etc don't need to be sorted by dates/locations/photos?)

  5. Another thing that is missing is the ability to get feeds based on tags.

    For this reason I picked Flickr for this will allow me to embed relevant images anywhere in the site, depending on some specific tags.