Originally Posted by scotty321
"Don't listen to Woz, he's crazy." (Fast forward to 2:01 in the video below.)
Funny video. I'd say Woz goes too far though. He says he's still employed at Apple too; time for a firing maybe:
"Mr. Wozniak, it's really that you are still employed at Apple?
Oh yes. The reward is rather small. It is a kind of symbolic ties. I am proud to be the only person to who has worked continuously since the first day for Apple.What are you working now?
Currently, I travel around the world and give lectures about my experience as Apple founder, entrepreneur and engineer. I really enjoy it because I meet so many people. Also, I'm chief scientist at Fusion-io. The company has developed a technology that allows data centers to be faster and more effective. It will change the Internet.Apple has in the past decade, risen with its iPod, iPhone and iPad as one of the most successful companies in history. Recently, there are increasing doubts about how long the winning streak is still continuing.
Apple has such high profit margins, also due to its brand. I am proud that we have such loyal fans. But this loyalty is not given, it still need the best products. Currently we are in my opinion in the smartphone business with the features somewhat behind. Others have caught up. Samsung is a great competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products."
Nice how he ties himself with the company to claim a share of their achievements but is happy to drag them through the mud otherwise. I thought better of Woz in the past but talking about Steve Jobs reincarnated at Microsoft and promoting a plagiarising company like Samsung as an innovator, that's really too much. I don't know what he plans to achieve by it but it just seems like a really evil thing to do knowing full well how close he is to the company.
To suggest Apple's high profits are based around the brand when so many people hate the brand and to claim loyal fans when Apple has sold over 500 million devices in just 5.5 years - not much time for loyalty - is just being insulting instead of objective.
I have no problem with him preferring competing products but to criticise Apple this way without expanding on what he's saying while projecting himself as Apple's top employee - in effect apologizing on their behalf for not doing a good enough job - that's just low. It's high time he takes his scooter and fat ass to another part of town and stops telling the most successful company in the world (reached entirely without him as he had no part of NeXT and started from the verge of bankruptcy) how to go about their business.