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For six years, the Internet Nexus served as my technology blog, but I've since started blogging at the SuperSite Blog instead. If you're looking for the blog, please head there. --Paul
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Reality Check: Microsoft Showed Practicality, Compassion for Mac at Apple's Lowest PointMe, in WinInfo and tired of the silliness:
With Apple teetering towards bankruptcy in 1997 and in desperate need of financial aid and help from its partners, top executives at Microsoft reviewed an upcoming version of Mac Office (which eventually shipped as Mac Office 98) and made impassioned pleas for its release, despite Apple's declining market share and falling revenues in Microsoft's Mac Business Unit (MBU). These details came to light in recent court disclosures related to Microsoft's Iowa class action lawsuit. And they paint a decidedly unfamiliar portrait of a corporate super giant who is more infamous for stepping on competitors than aiding them.My son, Mark, will turn 9 years old next month. He's a good kid, very athletic and competitive. But one of the things I'm trying to teach him is sportsmanship. When he loses at anything--sports, video games, whatever--he descends into state of despair that is, in my opinion, overly morose. But God help you if the kid ever beats you, as he'll dance on your grave. He is, in other words, even worse in victory than he is in defeat. And it's this lack of class that I'm trying to correct.
To be fair, it's natural and even age appropriate for an 8-year-old. It's not appropriate for adults.
In an age when Apple has rebounded, stared death in the face and walked away not just unscathed but in better shape than ever, at a time when the iPod and iTunes dominate their respective markets and the Mac has no business even being around but is, in fact, flourishing, one might expect a bit of maturity on the part of its fans. However, I find myself generally disappointed in this regard. (There are always wonderful, eye-opening exceptions.) Apple fanatics--and I'm talking the real crazies here, not most Mac users--jump from cause to cause, eager to show how they're being put down by The Man, again and again. They see slights that don't exist. They make up problems with competing products. They push a fanciful version of history in which none of the bad stuff ever happened.
Heads up, guys. It's getting old. And when you're rallying around a multi-billion-dollar company that is, frankly, kicking ass, this kind of behavior isn't just silly, it's counterproductive. And if you were my kid, I'd give you a time out.Permalink ]