struckpaper wrote: »
Look past the condescending, misguided metaphor of "fashionable" and there is some truth to what he is saying. But you have to have the intellectual curiosity and wherewithal to look past your own biased filter, too.
How has it worked for out for him? Let's think about that ... Tell me you wouldn't trade places with him.
OK, I will:
I wouldn't trade places with him.
Do I envy him his money a bit? Sure, a little bit. But I wouldn't trade places with him, because my life is fulfilling enough, and I wouldn't want to go through it as clueless as he is just to have his money.
No, they can definitely achieve their destiny. It's not hard to achieve total irrelevance. RIM/BlackBerry, Nokia, Palm, etc. proved that it's not really that hard.
And by "doing more" he must have meant doing more rebooting, more troubleshooting, more virus scanning, more calling tech support, more cursing at the computer screen, you know, "doing more"
auxio wrote: »
In other words, Microsoft employees are frantically searching used car lots around the world looking for a suitable replacement.
Doing less, knowing less, being expensive and being highly unfashionable sums up Microsoft pretty well.
Ballmer is so juvenile - he always been. It's like he's in high school at a pep rally for the big game with the cross town rival. Or even better, he's a lame rapper who can't put two words together, yet he constantly boasts how his rhymes are better than all the other MCs.
Dear Steve B: The rest of us out here are adults. Why can't you be one too?
How has that worked out for him? In the context of my comment and in the context of the story. Not that well.
Well, we can always define just the right context so that we are never wrong, can't we? That's ok.
Thanks for asking.
Assuming the *quote* is correct, he didn't say Microsoft was doing more. He said Microsoft was "about doing more". Likewise, he didn't say Google knew more (do you really think he would concede that?); he said they were "about knowing more".
Think about his metaphors:
Apple = fashionable
Amazon = cheap
Google = about knowing more
Microsoft = about doing more
A different way of wording it:
Apple = design-driven
Amazon = price-driven
Google = aggregating information (search, book-scanning, ...)
Microsoft = providing productivity (Office, CRM, SQL Server, ...)
Is that really a wrong way of differentiating the business models of the Four Horsemen? Of course people here are incapable and in fact unwilling to see it that way. They prefer to mock his appearance instead. After the guffaws, how intelligent and insightful does one really feel?