Apple flames, Facebook shame, and more delicious dish

The residents of Cringeville serve up strong opinions on Apple and Adobe, Facebook and privacy, and Obama and tech

I've been getting so much reader mail lately it's hard to keep up, so I thought for today's entree I'd serve up a little Cringe Smorgasbord, brought to you piping hot from my inbox. Today's sampler menu includes an Apple/Adobe cobbler, a Facebook filet, a soupcon of Steve Jobs, and more.

As an appetizer, let's start with frequent correspondent B. B., who writes in response to my posts about Lower Merion High School District and Webcamgate:

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Of course those SOBs at that high school deserve to be pilloried and jailed, and it's good that you are reporting on this issue so extensively. I think you'd be doing your readers a public service by devoting a few words to the pervasiveness of webcam spying. One can buy the programs that do it, and some malware installs this capability at no charge.

Now for the first course: Some Cringe flambé from ticked-off reader M. T., who has a few choice words to toss at me (rookie, clueless), Gizmodo (slimeballs, dumb), and Jon Stewart (not credible) regarding my post about the feds investigating Apple and its rejection of Adobe. Here's an excerpt:

Poor defenseless little Adobe runs crying to the FTC and the DOJ, whose attorneys are always ready to [censored] on the table so they can imagine themselves looking like big tough guys with badges. Because God forbid Adobe would just compete for customers in the free market!

Except there's one tiny element missing from this scenario .... a MONOPOLY. Apple doesn't have one. Not even close - and they are protecting their own property. The government has no cause to mess with them over this, and will waste millions of our taxpayer dollars if they try. Because Apple Legal will kick their cans good and proper. As you should well know, if you research your stories.

(Can you say "Apple fanboy"? I knew you could.)

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