Originally Posted by addabox
I don't get this. It seems to come up a lot-- that Gruber is right about stuff but he's a "clown."
Why? I read him all the time, he's generally pretty analytical. He has a weakness for pointing out some of the really bad prognostication tech pundits do around Apple and the industry, but I don't see why he's a clown.
Gruber has a lot of insight re Apple and the nature of the products they make. It's when he steps outside his area of expertise that he embarrasses himself.
Because Apple is so popular, Gruber's site has seen an enormous surge of interest, and he's convinced himself that people have actually come his way to read about Everything Gruber.
And, well, they haven't and don't. I wouldn't mind knowing more about Steve Jobs, because he's done some great things in his life and has a gift for truly original and far-sighted thinking. But for all the talk about Steve's 'ego' it's not a fraction the size of Gruber's, who acts as if we're hanging on for his every half-baked idea on whatever catches his attention at any given moment. Nor does Jobs crave the attention, or have the sad, cloying need for popular affirmation that Gruber does. Gruber admires Jobs, and Jobs definitely has admirable qualities. Ironically, Gruber is completely incapable of emulating or (apparently) even understanding Jobs' generally admirable public conduct.
If he'd stick to Apple and tech subjects, as his idol does, Gruber would be terrific. But he just can't.
And yes, it does come up a lot. A LOT. Even the people he links to, when they'll speak candidly and off-the-record, express these misgivings. Unfortunately, Gruber just cannot take the hint, and most likely he never will