Monday, July 23, 2007

Apple Computer Gets Ugly

It's really starting to give me a bad taste in my mouth. It niggles at me.

The fact that there isn't a better alternative to an Apple computer will probably keep me buying them, but maybe I won't be such a fanatic any longer. Apple, Inc., long the underdog in the computer world, has, it appears, finally started to grow up. Or they're at least getting a bit too big for their breeches, anyway.

They started out small in their journey towards the dark side, with a few unholy alliances. Steve Jobs got cozy with the Walt Disney Company, owner of the famous propagandist, ABC (remember the sham "docudrama," Path to 9/11, that Disney/ABC foisted at us?).

Then they really broke away from their good guy image when they decided to force all iPhone owners into servitude with the unbelievably evil giant, AT&T.

But now, Apple has really gone bonkers. They've decided to charge an entrance fee to their stores and track customers while they shop (via dburr).

Wow. I'm speechless. It didn't take long for Apple to go from scrappy innovator to Big Brother. I'm very disappointed. What do you think? Is this their Fonzie moment? Have they jumped the shark?

Update: ah. it's a joke. doop! more here (and more from my "source" here).

9 comments:

fletch said...

I haven't kept up with all the details, but wasn't Apple's revival partly or mostly due to a huge investment by their evil main competitor Microsoft? It made big headlines when it occurred but I never heard any more about it. Perhaps Apple's move to Big Brotherhood began when Gates started having a say in things.

alice said...

That was back in '97, and the relationship didn't last, but perhaps you're right -- maybe that's when the fall began...



(Here's what the wiki Apple entry says about it: Settlement discussions regarding Apple's "Look and Feel" lawsuit and the "QuickTime piracy" lawsuit resulted in a five-year commitment from Microsoft to release Microsoft Office for Macintosh as well as a US$150 million investment in non-voting Apple stock. (This event is often inaccurately described as a "bailout" of Apple by Microsoft. At the time Apple had a little over US$1 billion in cash and cash equivalents according to their 10-Q statement.[29] Microsoft later sold its shares for a tidy profit.))

joe lance said...

As the stomach turns...

josiah said...

it's a prank

Dwayne said...

I was at the Apple Store on Stockton in San Francisco just yesterday, and all the staff there was very friendly, even after i told them I wasn't shopping, and that I only needed to look at Google Maps real quick - they even let me bring my dog inside...

alice said...

The only Apple store I've been to is the one in Atlanta. The staff was very nice. I didn't attempt to get my dog in though.

AT said...

I think its horrible that the iphone is paired with AT&T. Their bad service and general business ways (not to mention my lifelong ban on Bellsouth) is enough to keep me from owning one, at least until the hackers figure out a good way to unlock it.

sravana said...

Well... I heard originally that Cingular was who Apple was going to go with - and Cingular bought ATT's digital phone business... and then changed their name to the more "recognizable" ATT. So it's not *really* ATT, but Cingular.



At least, that's what my Dad says, and he's usually right.

Laurie said...

You will be happy to know that apple's stock dropped today after much lower than projected sales of the i phone. I guess that's what happens when you don't give customers real options.