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Old 11-17-2011, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I now see why developers hate RIM

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So at work my group (the IT Dept) had a request from another administrative team to get a bunch of playbooks because they're doing some web content junk and they want to be sure it displays properly on a PB. They have some kind of idea for the use of the PB with some content 6 months from now but my team really has no idea what they're doing.

Anyways... We decided that buying a couple of 16GB PB's at $500 each just for 'testing' is retarded and we wanted to provide a simple method for them to check their work. Oh hey there's a playbook simulator, easy solution!

Going through, it seems that the only required components are VMWare Fusion and the PB emulator...

Problem is that VMWare fusion is not free! RIM acknowledges this and more or less says "too bad, but don't worry we work close with VMWare to make sure this shit is a great experience"

With more programmers, developers etc seemingly using Macs, how does this create a fair environment for development?

"So sorry, if you use a Mac to develop on then the solution we have for you to simulate and test is going to cost you money right from the beginning"

I know its only $50 and in the grand scheme that's not much money... but honestly this is the kind of crap that I can see would turn someone away.

That and they use some stupid downloader you need to install before you can obtain the VM images.

Anyways, 10% of the price of an actual PB is going to be acceptable in our situation, I just feel that its a joke to have to do this.
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