Originally Posted by RussellSakay
All these A-Holes speak about apple as you posted, however you never say what you think about it all. What confuses me is that all the negative post you have put up and no dates to them. Are they 2010 current to Apple's success? Again what why post all this? What is you point? Are you for Apple or just some Microsoft Crony trying to ruin someone's day.
Answered one: 2004, 2006 statements
Sorry RussellSakay about the quality of the thread and my posts in particular. I've reread them and am inclined to agree with you - nobody enjoys reading a thread that leaves gaping holes for the reader to fill. Again - sorry for the confusion - it certainly was not my intention.
As to the missing dates, please note that there are some dates on the quotes - but I agree that there are no dates on most of them. When they were posted, the items noted were usually highlighted within the same timeframe on a popular Apple or PC web newsite so the reader would probably not be curious as to whether the quote was authentic or not.
I must say that I never considered the possibility that a quote that was in the public mind when made, might later be subject to an increased scrutiny when reviewed by someone with fresh eyes, but such is obviously the case. You are quite right - I should have done that and will make a note to do so in the future. I am at least partially gratified that the post I made yesterday is properly dated.
As to the rationale behind my posting and the point I wish to make, again I must thank you for bringing to my attention the need for clarification. Not to be too wishy but English is not my first language but I try hard to be proficient in it - sometimes too much apparently.
The point of this post is to provide an ongoing list or a type of archive - not too detailed or comprehensive - of what seems to me to be a growing trend of non-Apple people who evince a certain pattern that seems to repeat itself. This pattern is usually one of disrespect for Apple and/or Mr. Steve Jobs, whereby either or both are dismissed or subject to ridicule by some spokesperson who is typically a competitor or a MicroSoft ally, only to have it later blow up in their face as the saying goes.
History, even recent history, is often replete with such patterns and it provides an interesting perspective to see so many people (who are committed to diminishing Apple's efforts) end up suffering the same fate of ridicule that they had hoped for Apple.
I am definitely for Apple because I see it as a quintessential archetype of an American underdog story - where a company of vision and passion is beset on all sides by fierce detractors - how you might say "Cry havoc - and let slip the dogs of war!" Yet because of their unswerving commitment to delivering a vision intact which results in a certain joy for the end-user, they will ultimately win out in the end if they stay committed to this pursuit - as I believe time will tell.
I might not understand your reference to "a MicroSoft crony trying to ruin someone's day" - but I will take it as a question of whether I am such a person. The answer is definitely not - although until relatively recently, I did own a small stake in MicroSoft stock and was finding that I got continually more anxious when I saw MicroSoft do things (often in seeming opposition to Apple) that did not seem in the best interests of the company (at least to the perspective of the tiny investor that I was). The most difficult thing for me was when I saw MicroSoft react to Apple and seemingly fail to reflexively act or even understand the nature of the Apple initiative. That is why I post this.
While it is my nature to let the chips fall where they may, I must say that I would like it just as fine if my remarks ultimately did not ruin someone's day - as opposed to making one feel uncomfortable for remarks made (as your post has done to me). However, when one goes online and posts a remark, they should stand for the attention it receives - both me in my limited capacity as a small time poster and even Mr. Bill Gates, the Chairperson of one of the largest corporations in the world.
As I am sure time will tell, Mr. Gates will find out that he has overlooked the ramifications of what the iPad presents and ultimately offers as a game-changing device. I for one as familiar with a British company who is at the forefront of whiteboard technology and who is excited by the prospects of extending their whiteboard experience in the educational classroom by putting an iPad in the hands of teachers and students and letting them control the learning experience by active touchscreen at their student desks. This alone should be huge over the conventional Wacom style bluetooth wireless tablets which have no screen and are little more than a remote mouse.
While I do not really wish to "ruin Mr. Gate's day", I am sure he couldn't care less what legacy his calculated remarks ultimately engender if they hit the mark intended when first uttered.
Again, I thank you for making your remarks very much. My wife who I respect very much for her English says that my word choice is too big for my bite so I must also apologize for that beforehand but it will save me much time if you will politely overlook the indiscretion. This is maybe why I don't talk more when I post because I realize I do not want to be too confusing.
Sorry for any misunderstanding and thank you for taking the time to write. I appreciate it. Go Apple!!