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by Scott Stevenson — Jan 16
@Ben: the iPhone in its present incarnation is a relatively unimpressive ripoff
I'm not sure what to make of this. The iPhone interface looks like no phone UI I've ever seen, and it certainly doesn't work like anything else. What is it ripping off?

@Chuck: I think there are very few people who actively want third-party software not to exist
Not directly, of course, but there are plenty of people who want their phones to work reliably and don't understand the potential side effects of downloading third party software. It's a tricky thing.

@Ben: Why is that when I write software for Windows I'm a software developer (or ISV)
I think we have enough acronyms. The "indie" thing is a convenient way to talk about small developers. I agree it's used a lot, but it is descriptive. The term used to be "shareware developer," but that's longer, not technically accurate, and I think, suggests a lower standard than what we see today. I like the Death Cab reference, though.

@Andrs Puiz: My only doubts are whether or not the iPhone's decidedly limited initial functionality will be enough
The ship date is six months out. I'm sure the software is still being worked on, so none of that is final.
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