SOFTWARE: App Stores are multiplying like rabbits

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Interesting, now I see, we have a “CHROME app store”.


I’m not sure I like that either.

Where’s the Opera, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer ones?

(Does any one still use IE after all it’s security problems?)

So we’re in the midst of a “software” revolution?

Time will tell if this is a paradigm shift or a meme shift? Or, is it just yet another way for vendors to extract money from the User’s pocketbook quicker and easier?

Sorry, but I don’t see how this is better.

… but then I’m just a fat old white guy injineer!

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The Chrome Web Store is an online marketplace where you can discover thousands of apps, extensions and themes for Google Chrome. To start exploring the store, visit or click the store icon in Chrome’s New Tab page.

Web apps are advanced interactive websites. They may provide a wide-ranging set of features or focus on a single task like photo-editing or shopping. You can easily access the web apps you install from the Chrome Web Store through shortcuts in Chrome’s New Tab page. Learn more about installing apps in Chrome.

* Apps are currently not available in all countries. We are working hard on launching apps everywhere in the world. Stay tuned!

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Note! That they are now “WEB APPS” not just “apps” that you buy form any old “app store”.

Why do I feel like I’m the victim in a slasher movie before the villain strikes?

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Soon after watching their propaganda piece, I received the ultimate wake up call. The distillation of what my nagging doubt was:


Yes kiddies, after hearing that WEBAPPS mean never having to update, (which to this old COBOL programmer means “you never have change control!” and “you can never go home again!!” and “what about malware?”) and after hearing that CHROME is designed to work disconnected from the inet, BANG! Reality strikes home. “Try later!”

At least with the Apple APPSTORES (I “whatever” and the MAC APPSTORE), I have a unit of code (a traditional application) that I can run without further permission and without automatic update. Or, is that just for now?

I’ve had a belly full of “Windoze Genuine Advantage” always accusing me of piracy, failing to run “MY” software, and making my life miserable.

And, does the “APP STORE” concept mean that I am “buying” and no more of this fiction of “licensing”?

So if I buy and APP from an APPSTORE, how do I sell it at my garage sale?

And, before you answer that, how do I return it when it doesn’t work or otherwise disappoints me?

Finally, how the heck to clean up after all these installed apps? Reinstall from scratch? Sounds like the famous WINDOZE “bare metal restore” all over again.


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SOFTWARE: Mac App Store; any “app store”, the implications are scary!

Friday, January 7, 2011


The MacAppStore opened Thursday. I, of course, checked in. And, downloaded some free applications.

After the experience, I’m not so sure I like this.

Maybe my tin foil hat is on too tight, but it seems that the whole concept puts the App Store “vendor” in complete control of what you can get.

In playing with it, I experienced slow downs.

We’ll see what other issues arise.

(1) If I had the source file, that I had downloaded (i.e., DMG, Zip, or make file), then I could always install or reinstall. If there’s no installation file (i.e., it comes by “magic” from the App Store), then I have to go back to the App Store and buy it again. Does that mean I have to pay again? Does the App Store give “receipts”?

(2) During play, the App Store became “unavailable”. Demonstrating that it is itself a single point of failure in the infrastructure.

(3) It’s very “easy” to load your hard drive with apps. (A few dollars or free makes one willing to “try it”. Toss if NG.) BUTT (there’s always a big but) (3a) How do you get rid of all the vestiges of applications? (3b) How much money, time, attention, and effort will be wasted in “applications”? (When you have to go to the store or wait for Amazon, FedEx, or UPS to deliver the disk, you evaluate the “purchase decision” more carefully.)

What else am I missing?

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