Sunday, August 29, 2004

Proprietary software shock

I can't believe it, you can't believe it, no one can. However, it is painfully true: I've been using Hello to upload pictures to my blog. Moreover, I've been using Picasa to manage my pictures. They both only run on Windows! I have truly sold my soul to the dark side. They are both closed source.

The real reason this all started is because my camera-phone (a Nokia 7250) only talks to Windows. If you can write a decent Linux interface, be my guest.

While the dodgy "cheap" non-Nokia software + cable I have works, it ain't pretty. "Hello" also isn't the nicest piece of software in the world - it's a bit limited. (I edit the posts afterwards). Picasa, however is sweet - a really nice program, that feels nice to use. OK, so one could put all it's core functionality inside Nautilus (with symlinks) - that's not the point. It's eye-candylicious and a joy to use. Beat that, HIG-obsessed, open-source software.

Plus Hello and Picasa are now owned by google (blogspot's owner) and are free (as in beer). Which blogspot also is. Ethics, schmethics - I'm a hypocrite and I and don't care.

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