Originally Posted by wizard69
Seriously guys I love my Apple hardware but you guys have extremely short memories...
This is more about Palm's history than it is about the early days of OSX. I've been a palm developer for years and I see the same screw-ups they did back then, happening now.
I have zero faith in Rubenstein's ability to run it. Palm was dead in the water due to management's greed and incompetence. They screwed and abandoned their developers, got lazy, figured their Palm Treo's were the best thing since sliced bread, and flat-out did a RIM-job by sitting back and watching Apple / Android come out of nowhere and essentially shut them down.
Now comes WebOS. Admittedly a good mobile OS candidate. After the whole introduction hoopla (which I regret not buying Palm stock those first few months in 2009) and the iHaters calling it the iPhone killer, they introduce their WebOS phone that turns out to be a big turd. Flimsy quality, horrible battery life, keyboard that breaks after a few sentences. And Rubenstein's excuse? Bad timing. What a tool. Apparently, he refused to accept that he seriously ruined his one chance and once again, Palm was left on the vine to wither and die.
But wait... HP decided to hire Rubenstein's amazing ability to crash and burn, figuring he's obviously inept to run a company, maybe he could do better if he manages the tablet/WebOS unit instead.
And like dejavu all over again, he introduces the same piece of crap that is a bastard-child of the Palm Pre. Same build quality issues, and even with a few years of WebOS had to mature, it's still not ready for prime time.
I mean come-on!! I think WebOS had a better chance at competing with the iPhone in terms of OS potential, but Rubenstein just seems to be stuck in his glass office looking down at everyone and not noticing what the consumer does. He is as clueless now, as he was back then. I question his performance on the iPod. He was probably one of many people that contributed, but it wasn't his vision to get it going and make it successful.
When the Pre was announced, A friend I knew at Palm asked me to come back and develop for them. They were trying to extend an olive branch to all the developers they burned. She claimed Palm was really in a position again to be the top-dog in the mobile arena. I told her bluntly I would never contribute one iota of time to Palm ever again due to the way management ran that company. A few months after the Pre came out and got flushed down the toilet, she quit Palm quickly and told me later everything I told her that was wrong with the company has in fact remained the same. Rubenstein and his crowd of "yes men" alienated everyone that could make Palm a great company. Simple ignorance.
WebOS will be an asterisk in the history books as an OS that could have, should have, but in the end = "didn't have" what it took. So sad.
This is not an OSX story. Rubenstein is just slinging everything at the wall and hopes something sticks.