Originally Posted by myapplelove
Yeah but I can have my buttons pushed too, you know, I am human, snarkiness breeds snarkiness. I might not be making things better, but I am not instigating it. If Dan wants to be perennially sarcastic with everyone and anyone not apple he's instigating trash talk even by people who are fond of the way apple are doing things most of the time. At some point it might be wise for him to realize this and tone it down a notch.
He should also bear in mind that apple is now the largest tech company in the world and people will find it much harder stomaching nastiness for nastiness sake towards other waaaaaay much smaller struggling companies. It's one thing to make fun of msft or google and another thing to make fun of every small player trying to carve a niche for themselves with their much smaller resources. That's just petty.
If I keep noting the same unwarranted nasty attitude I will leave don't worry.
This concept of "smaller companies" doesn't wash. Apple was a smaller company as well, but they managed to become the second largest tech company in the world, as Samsung was the largest last year, though that will change this year.
Apple managed to get where they are because of brilliant management. RIM is where they are because of poor management. Otherwise, RIM could be much larger, and Apple could be much smaller.
So criticizing RIM for their incompetence is perfectly fair. You should read the financial sites to read really bad things about them. RIM screwed up, not because they are smaller, but because they failed to see what was happening around them. By the time they understood, it was really too late.
Then, to come out with the Playbook in the state it was in, was totally incorrigible. How could they dare to claim that it was the "first professional tablet" when it could do almost nothing? They KNEW the software wasn't ready. Then they promised the fixes in the beginning of the summer, then the end of the summer, then by the end of the year, and finally, this February, a date they finally met.
That had nothing to do with their size. Apple carried out several major turnovers throughout the years, first moving from the 68xxx to the PC. Then from System 9 to OS X, then to x86. And even thought they were a smaller company than RIM has been, and much poorer, they carried it off very well.
So to state that Apple is doing well because it bullies its supply lines, is telling us nothing useful. It can do what it wants to there BECAUSE it's been so very successful making products people want, not the other way around. They grew into the role, not the other way around.
But RIM, well, they were at the top of the world. But now, they are at the edge of the cliff.
And it's all their fault.