Tim Bray now a Google employee

For those of you not familiar with the Who’s Who of IT, Tim Bray is best known for the central role he played in the initial specification of XML. I should know because I spent countless hours studying it back in 2000. If you really really have to read it too, I urge you to read instead the annotated XML specification, with invaluable insight from said Tim Bray. Almost entertaining compared to the plain spec…

Anyway, Tim joined Google with focus on the Android platform. I’m glad to see that we share the same feeling about the iPhone and Apple’s AppStore policies:

The iPhone vision of the mobile Internet’s future omits controversy, sex, and freedom, but includes strict limits on who can know what and who can say what. It’s a sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers. The people who create the apps serve at the landlord’s pleasure and fear his anger.
I hate it.

While I don’t have much hope that this reality will ever bother the vast majority of iPhone users, I strongly hope that more and more developers move away from the iPhone because of the way Apple treats them.

I’m sure Tim will add to the reasons to move to Android…

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