> But doesn't it beg the big question - why'd Steve do it? Is he the type
> to save himself at any cost?
> It just doesn't make sense.
Your on a sinking ship (market share drop from 12% to 7% in a few years,
board full of dead wood, product line of death, cloners comming up the
outside, sharks, water and your running out of martini makings) and there
is a way to keep afloat. A large garbage barge comes steaming by, the
festering smell of its massivly fetid product makes your eyes tear, your
nose burn and your stomach jump worse than a 30 white castle season. They
toss you a line.
2> pray and try to dog paddle for another hour hpoing something better
3> grab the line
Now the Applesoft deal is not like this little scenerio much at all, but
its been a long day and its all i could come up with, so shadaup.
Steve is learning that the US AGAINST THE WORLD tude works for a while,
but then grows old. You want to spend the rest of your life fighting the
rest of the world SOLEY because you think thats whats cool and hip, rather
than seeking oppertunites to better yourself?
Jobs did good on this one, better than anyone would have guessed who wasnt
sitting on an inside track. For the last 12 years Apple has been on the
long ride down the poopey shoots from its perch on geekolypia. Now maybe
the cycle can finaly get back on the upslide.
Inovation, not ego , will out.