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Almost two years ago, I wrote:

And don't even get me started on the user-agent-sniffing JavaScript-laden URLs that only work in Safari and iPhoto. (Did you know they work in iPhoto? If you paste that URL directly into iPhoto, it fetches the page and the server returns a 302 redirect to the real feed. No HTML, no JavaScript. But only if the user-agent is iPhoto/6.0. So not kidding.) I don't attribute it to malice; I don't think Apple is trying to "break to web" or anything so grandiose. It simply never occurred to them to do this any other way. They view the web as an annoyingly inadequate infrastructure on which to build their latest proprietary network, in much the same way that old-school web designers view HTML as an annoyingly inadequate page layout language. Learning how the web works and going with its natural flow? It simply never occurred to them.

Last week, in a stroke of breathtaking arrogance, Apple redefined "web apps" to mean sites designed for a single hardware platform:

Web apps don’t just extend the functionality of iPhone and iPod touch, they do it in style. Since web apps are websites designed specifically for the 3.5-inch screen, you’ll find the viewing experience amazing.

(Yes, yes, I realize the whole gallery of web apps is just a smokescreen designed to fake you out and test your faith and hide the fact that they're going to open up their platform to native development ANY MINUTE NOW. Because HOW COULD THEY NOT, and so on and so forth. I believe the phrase you're looking for is "Oh, good grief.")

I swear to God, I'm so tired of being right all the time. It was fun for a while, but now it's just depressing.