L.A. Times: Apple "Chilly and Arrogant as an oil Company"

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2005, 09:23
Category: Opinion

The L.A. Times has a story this morning on Apple’s attempts at an end-around the constitution in issuing a subpoena to my former ISP in an attempt to read my email.

For all its skill at designing products that strike an emotional chord with consumers, Apple Computer Inc. sometimes projects a corporate personality as chilly and arrogant as an oil company.
The latest manifestation of this trait is an Apple lawsuit implicitly aimed at a couple of online publications, Apple Insider and PowerPage, that compile tips, rumors and speculation about the company as sedulously as People counts celebrity stretch marks. The lawsuit concerns their premature publication of details of an unannounced Apple product dubbed Asteroid, which will enable users to record musical instruments directly onto their computers.

If Apple spent as much effort on Quality Assurance (witness the 10.3.9 Java fiasco, and the waning PowerBook quality) as it does to litigate its biggest fans and supporters, they’d undoubtedly have better products and more sales. Shame on Apple.


The L.A. Times has a story this morning on Apple’s attempts at an end-around the constitution in issuing a subpoena to my former ISP in an attempt to read my email.

For all its skill at designing products that strike an emotional chord with consumers, Apple Computer Inc. sometimes projects a corporate personality as chilly and arrogant as an oil company.
The latest manifestation of this trait is an Apple lawsuit implicitly aimed at a couple of online publications, Apple Insider and PowerPage, that compile tips, rumors and speculation about the company as sedulously as People counts celebrity stretch marks. The lawsuit concerns their premature publication of details of an unannounced Apple product dubbed Asteroid, which will enable users to record musical instruments directly onto their computers.

If Apple spent as much effort on Quality Assurance (witness the 10.3.9 Java fiasco, and the waning PowerBook quality) as it does to litigate its biggest fans and supporters, they’d undoubtedly have better products and more sales. Shame on Apple.

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