Originally Posted by ouragan
If you are to believe the word of an official spokesperson, you are a greater fool than I thought.
This reminds me of former Soviet rulers who would die from "a common cold".
By the way, Steve Jobs has accomplished any mission the Apple board of directors may have given him. After Mac OS X, version 10.5 Leopard, the Intel transition, the iPod, and the iPhone, Steve Jobs has accomplished all that he could ever do for Apple in nearly 11 years, an unusually long tenure for any CEO.
It's time for another leader, this time with a university education, to emerge and do so much better than Steve Jobs could ever do:
- make Apple designs to be practical, instead of anorexic, e.g. allow user replaceable batteries on iPods and iPhones, place a desktop CPU in the iMac, a desktop computer, etc.;
- make Apple products competitive in the market place by cutting down prices by $300 to $500 on computers;
- licence Mac OS X to all major computer manufacturers with an obligation to install it on a minimum of 25% of the computers they sell;
- cut down executive compensation to a maximum of $15 millions per year and abolish the billion dollar stock option programs created for Steve Jobs and his Vice-Presidents who will no longer have to keep silent about Steve Jobs' many character and health failings.
Doing just that would relaunch Apple and allow it to reach a 30% market share.
After nearly 11 years as a CEO, it's time for Steve Jobs to go and sail in the sunset. Bye, bye, Steve.
... Yeah dude, you keep smoking that stuff you got there. I'm sure someone else has already pointed this out (haven't finished the thread yet) but every single one of your points, except the last, are exactly the kind of thing that dug Apple into its grave in the 80s. John Skulley anyone? (typo intentional). Oh, and yeah, the Skullster was college educated. The whole problem with the computer industry today is that it's run by business majors who don't know jack about design and technology. Computers are very personal items. They're like underwear. You wouldn't buy beige, no name underwear assembled from random parts from equally random vendors would you? You'd end up with Frankenbriefs.
The old Apple ad campaign, Think Different, nailed it on the head.
Oh, and no, 11 years is NOT a long time for CEOs. Not for the good ones. The chaff gets recycled every few years, but the good leaders stick around for multiple decades.
On the last point, I wouldn't be so sure that that is a good idea. Apple needs a strong CEO, and if the guys Steve's been pruning can get paid more elsewhere for doing the same thing, they're likely to bail and go revolutionize the competitor. CEO compensation can get obscene, but there is also the practical matter of supply and demand. But that's one of those things you can't really be sure of until you try it and the company goes belly up from crap leadershit.
Anyway, there's nothing like beating a dead horse. So I'm gonna guess that you're either
a) being sarcastic, and I'm having one of my Captain Oblivious days
b) a troll
c) Steve Balmer in disguise
d) an idiot
e) simply don't know any better, and enjoy spouting off as if you're an expert on things you really haven't investigated or thought much about.
I'm guessing, and hoping, that it's e. e is excusable, and we've (almost) all done it from time to time. I know I have. It strokes the ego, and seems safe because our argument seem perfectly obvious and logical. But then it gets shot full of holes, and we get embarrassed. Oh well.
And I bet someone else has already said the exact nonsense I just spouted. I better go finish reading the thread.