Apple, Microsoft and Alan Greenspan

So the iPad is out.

Now what Steve? What have you done for us lately?

While I have not tested an iPad, I now have a pretty damn good picture of what to expect from the blogosphere.

It is maddening to hear the whining about what the iPad does NOT have.

Two things we should be grateful for these days…the product does not rely on Microsoft software and Alan Greenspan is not endorsing it.

My favorite post on the iPad came from Dasan this weekend.

Microsoft? Where the hell are they in all this? Bill Gates was predicting tablets would dominate the future a decade ago. What did they do about it? Jack-squat. Instead, they just kept milking their windows monopoly. That fat cow is getting old now. Will Microsoft become marginalized – forever associated with boring work excel documents and word-processing? Wake up, Redmond!

Indeed.

Wwhile Steve Job’s adds value to the computing universe, Elmer Fudd is blithering on about our financial crisis :

Mr. Greenspan said that he sat through innumerable meetings at the Fed with crack economists, and not one of them warned of the problems that were to come. By Mr. Greenspan’s logic, anyone who might have foreseen the housing bubble would have been invited into the ivory tower, so if all those who were there did not hear it, then no one could have said it.

As a nation, we cannot afford to live with Mr. Greenspan’s way of thinking. The truth is, he should have seen what was coming and offered a sober, apolitical warning. Everyone would have listened; when he talked about the economy, the world hung on every single word.

Maybe it is us stock guys that just are happy with ANY progress. It could be that we have been tied to Microsoft and other’s platforms all these years. As a group we have been tortured with closed systems and proprietary and overpriced software all these years.

Glad to be a stock guy and an $AAPL fanboy on days like today.

20 comments

  1. Elusive D says:

    There is a bit of irony in your conclusion considering that the iPad is perhaps the most proprietary and closed personal computing system in history yet. Not to mention Apple’s current trend towards walled gardens, DRM and closed systems that has long since surpassed Microsoft’s.

    Note that this post is neutral towards walled gardens and merely pointing out that Apple is *currently* a less open company than Microsoft. (I would argue thus: Apple – Closed Closed | Microsoft – Closed Open | Google – Open Closed | Apache or Mozilla – Open Open)

  2. Elusive D says:

    There is a bit of irony in your conclusion considering that the iPad is perhaps the most proprietary and closed personal computing system in history yet. Not to mention Apple's current trend towards walled gardens, DRM and closed systems that has long since surpassed Microsoft's.

    Note that this post is neutral towards walled gardens and merely pointing out that Apple is *currently* a less open company than Microsoft. (I would argue thus: Apple – Closed Closed | Microsoft – Closed Open | Google – Open Closed | Apache or Mozilla – Open Open)

  3. indeed. i am wrong a lot…but i know why I would want my ipad and have no
    dreams of it helping solve any problems just increase enjpyment of media
    consumptipn and certain communications.

  4. Dave Pinsen says:

    You no longer believe that the iPad is going to be a big deal WRT the financial web? I can see how it might be useful in face-to-face meetings between a broker and a client, but I’m still not sure how you envisioned it making a big impact in finance or the financial web. Maybe you’ll revisit this topic in a blog post, after you’ve had a chance to use the iPad some?

  5. Mr. Unexpectedly says:

    Always enjoy your thoughts Howard, but I gotta agree with Elusive D. here. What you’re calling “progress” amounts to being tortured by an overpriced closed system carrying nothing but proprietary software. You happen to enjoy said torture, so it’s progress. No doubt Greenspan similarly enjoyed the torture of not hearing the truth that was everywhere present.

    • indeed. i am wrong a lot…but i know why I would want my ipad and have no
      dreams of it helping solve any problems just increase enjpyment of media
      consumptipn and certain communications.

      • Mr. Unexpectedly says:

        I don’t think it’s as much a matter of right or wrong as different notions of progress. Believing as I do that a significant part of this rough economy can be attributed the conflation of progress with consumption, I’m pretty astounded at the tremendous hype surrounding a gadget to be consumed, that itself treats computing as an act of consumption. For all its sexy “magic”, I don’t see any application for the iPad outside of leisure, so it’s a step back from the game-changing that the iPhone–a tool, and a very good one–did.

        This is not Bill Gates’s tablet PC (not that I expect him to pull that off with any success, mind you) because it’s too passive. The fact that we’re confusing consuming rich media with getting shit done is not $AAPL’s fault, of course, but it doesn’t keep this step forward from being a cynical and rather empty one in my book.

  6. Mr. Unexpectedly says:

    Always enjoy your thoughts Howard, but I gotta agree with Elusive D. here. What you're calling “progress” amounts to being tortured by an overpriced closed system carrying nothing but proprietary software. You happen to enjoy said torture, so it's progress. No doubt Greenspan similarly enjoyed the torture of not hearing the truth that was everywhere present.

  7. Mr. Unexpectedly says:

    I don't think it's as much a matter of right or wrong as different notions of progress. Believing as I do that a significant part of this rough economy can be attributed the conflation of progress with consumption, I'm pretty astounded at the tremendous hype surrounding a gadget to be consumed, that itself treats computing as an act of consumption. For all its sexy “magic”, I don't see any application for the iPad outside of leisure, so it's a step back from the game-changing that the iPhone–a tool, and a very good one–did.

    This is not Bill Gates's tablet PC (not that I expect him to pull that off with any success, mind you) because it's too passive. The fact that we're confusing consuming rich media with getting shit done is not $AAPL's fault, of course, but it doesn't keep this step forward from being a cynical and rather empty one in my book.

  8. Dave Pinsen says:

    You no longer believe that the iPad is going to be a big deal WRT the financial web? I can see how it might be useful in face-to-face meetings between a broker and a client, but I'm still not sure how you envisioned it making a big impact in finance or the financial web. Maybe you'll revisit this topic in a blog post, after you've had a chance to use the iPad some?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Howard,

    I politely disagree with you. There is plenty of Apple Koolaid drinking going around that it is refreshing to hear the criticisms about this company.

    Here is a “dilute your koolaid” type of review about the IPAD: http://bit.ly/cD69i0

    Any Progress? Steve Jobs dealing with the publishers has resulted in higher ebook prices for customers. That is something you don’t even mention.

    Apple is a great company but I lost my respect for Steve Jobs when he said “People don’t read anymore” and when he forced higher ebook prices on us.

    I am happy to criticize Apple and it is very healthy to have diversity of opinion.

  10. michaelbigger says:

    Howard,

    I politely disagree with you. There is plenty of Apple Koolaid drinking going around that it is refreshing to hear the criticisms about this company.

    Here is a “dilute your koolaid” type of review about the IPAD: http://bit.ly/cD69i0

    Any Progress? Steve Jobs dealing with the publishers has resulted in higher ebook prices for customers. That is something you don't even mention.

    Apple is a great company but I lost my respect for Steve Jobs when he said “People don't read anymore” and when he forced higher ebook prices on us.

    I am happy to criticize Apple and it is very healthy to have diversity of opinion.

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