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Ah, ZDNet. Where the nut of an idea is plenty. As long as that nut is thrown at Apple.

Oh, there are certainly some writers doing some good work over at ZDnet, but it isn’t exactly Paris in the 1930s. More like Mos Eisley as portrayed in the 1970s.

Take it away, Robin Harris:

Apple’s warming trend in the enterprise is about to get squashed: Microsoft’s new ReFS file system - due in Windows 8 Server - will be the first major file system to fix data-destroying bugs in today’s most popular OSs. Apple’s much-patched and buggy HFS+ can’t come close.

Uh… right.

Don’t get too excited though: like most major FS introductions, this one is server only, and won’t, initially, support booting.

[blank stare]



The inclusion of Apple in this piece is just your jerktastic way of applying this tidbit of information about Windows—that a handful of corporate IT drones might be interested in—and trying to make it about a company that people actually care about? Got it.

Of course, anyone paying the slightest bit of attention knows that Apple’s recent successes in the enterprise are user-driven, and users could really give a rip about file systems. The pressure to be able to use iPhones, iPads, and MacBook Airs is hardly going to abate because Microsoft’s server OS supports a better file system.

This is the thing about ZDNet. They just seem to be trying too hard to get our attention. The Macalope specifically shies away from discussing ZDNet’s David Gewirtz for exactly this reason.

But he thought this would be a good time to follow up on one of Gewirtz’s pieces from a year in a half ago that the horny one took note of at the time.

How many American jobs will Steve Jobs destroy?

Yes. He really wrote that back in June of 2010. (Why do people keep asking that? Has the Macalope ever lied to you? OK, that one time. But what was he supposed to say? “You look like an idiot in that hat?” That’s not nice. Even if it’s true.)

Let’s review Gewirtz’s “argument.”

By blasting Flash and Adobe, the collateral damage is to all those little development companies and all those developers, many of whom may find themselves without an income stream.

Or look at the app review process. The problem with how Apple does this is there’s no guarantee that an app you build will ever see the light of day. The problem is, if you can’t be sure to be able to bring your app to market, can you afford to waste a year of your time building a substantial piece of code?

Sooo, yeah.

Apps create 466,000 jobs in the U.S. since 2008

This includes Android, BlackBerry, Facebook, and Windows Phone, but the point is that it’s patently obvious that Apple’s created far more jobs than it’s destroyed. And it’s certainly much more honest work than developing for Flash. Yuck.

So, listen, ZDNet writers, we see you over there. The thing is, we’re just not that into you.

[Editors’ Note: In addition to being a mythical beast, the Macalope is not an employee of Macworld. As a result, the Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.]

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