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Ten Striking Parallels Between Microsoft and John McCain

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Daniel Eran Dilger
While Microsoft and the John McCain presidential campaign might not share many political views, there are striking similarities on how both advertise and promote their respective products. Here’s ten parallels between the two that demand attention.
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1) Trying to trick unsatisfied buyers by promoting the exact same thing under a new name.

Microsoft’s Mojave Experiment attempted to trick users unsatisfied with Windows Vista by showing them a brief demo of a “new operating system” that was in fact, Vista in a brown box labeled Windows Mojave. Microsoft carefully avoided drawing any attention to the real problems in Vista that users are actually complaining about.

The McCain “change” campaign insists it will shake up Washington by promoting new wars, doing nothing to protect American jobs, and only lowering taxes on the ultra rich. That’s what Bush did, resulting in massive debt related to an unnecessary war, corporate loopholes that encourage businesses to take jobs outside of the US, and economic crisis for the majority of working and middle class Americans.

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2) Claiming to compete well against itself.

Microsoft promoted Windows XP as being safe and reliable, despite its security malware crisis. Windows Vista was introduced as being much more safe and reliable than Windows XP, which Microsoft now describes as having serious problems. The company is now beginning to promote Windows 7, due around 2010, as being the solution to serious problems in Vista. Each is described as a “major rewrite.”

In 2000, Bush campaigned on a morality platform. In 2004, Bush campaigned on a platform of keeping the US safe after starting a war on false premise and failing to track down and capture 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden. Now, in 2008, McCain is campaigning to start new wars and solve serious problems that involve a “major rewrite” of Washington politics, without articulating how doing the same things will solve past problems or change anything.

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3) Presenting a media darling that can’t do more than recite “me too” promises.

After Microsoft’s PlaysForSure was badly humiliated by the iPod, Microsoft pulled out a copycat device and assured pundits that the new device would challenge Apple’s market share. However, while the new product gained a disproportional amount of media attention because it came from Microsoft, it fell short on specifics and users weren’t told about its actual features until it started shipping. Disappointed users were assured it would improve, but it really never did, and tanked in the market.

After McCain’s campaign was badly humiliated by Barack Obama, McCain pulled out a copycat device and assured pundits that his pick for Vice President would challenge Obama’s popularity. However, while Sarah Palin gained a disproportional amount of media attention, she has fell short on specifics and citizens haven’t been told about her actual positions. They are assured she will improve, but there’s really no reason for thinking she won’t tank, as a candidate, a potential vice president, or in the role of president of the US.

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4) Pretending to play the role of an underdog outsider while actually being an authority with monopoly control

While Microsoft exercises monopoly control over the PC market and has so little effective competition that it can charge whatever it wants for its software, it portrays itself as a scrappy underdog in markets it still trying to monopolize, including video games, music DRM, mobile phones, and audio players. Both PlaysForSure and its new solo MP3 player were marketed as “alternative choice” products that did their own thing, despite really being more of the same failed Microsoft Windows Media DRM.

While the Republicans exercise enough control over the three branches of US Government and have so little effective competition that they can change whatever they want, McCain portrays his party’s campaign as a scrappy underdog in a race to hold onto executive power. Both Bush and the new McCain have been marketed as “alternative choice” candidates who do their own thing despite pushing more of the same failed strategies for a government that only serves foreign interests and the ultra rich.

5) Childishly pretending to be offended by the truth …

Microsoft’s executives have come unglued in phony outrage about Apple’s “Get a Mac” campaigns, which accurately portray Vista as having issues related to hardware and software compatibility, malware problems, and poor performance.

McCain’s campaign has come unglued in phony outrage about Obama’s comment that McCain’s policies amounted to “lipstick on a pig” or “old fish in a piece of paper called change,” claiming that Obama was referencing his running mate, who had earlier referred to herself as a pitbull wearing lipstick. McCain used the same expression in criticizing Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan.

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6) … while shamelessly advertising misinformation and outright lies.

Microsoft has frequently cited false comparisons of Mac OS X Leopard’s vulnerability statistics with numbers for Windows Vista, while being fully aware that those numbers do not reflect reality and do not even serve to compare similar code. Microsoft’s executives have also flat out lied about the company’s market share, with CEO Steve Ballmer casually citing 20% to 25% of the market for its failed MP3 player, a product that really grabbed less than 5% of the market.

McCain has frequently cited false comparisons of Obama’s policies, implying his opponent wants to teach explicit sex to kindergarten classes. McCain flat out lied in misrepresenting Obama’s tax proposals as raising taxes, when in fact they would lower taxes for the majority of Americans, and only increase taxes for those making more than a quarter million annually. Obama would actually lower more taxes for more Americans more significantly than McCain.

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7) Appeals to uninformed audiences who don’t even realize that what they’re celebrating is not in their own best interests.

Microsoft promotes its products to the enterprise and tech enthusiasts, the very people who suffer the most from picking a platform saturated in security flaws and indifferent to their needs. Yet these victims of Microsoft’s monopoly control wholeheartedly support the company and willfully submit to a tech monoculture because they are duped by a company who does not share their interests.

McCain promotes his campaign to soccer moms and rural audiences, the very people who will suffer the most from picking a platform that really only represents the needs of the ultra rich. McCain says he will lower taxes, but in reality, “the McCain plan would predominantly benefit the most fortunate taxpayers, offering two new massive tax cuts for corporations and delivering 58 percent of its benefits to the top 1 percent of taxpayers. The Bush tax cuts provide 31 percent of their benefits to the top 1 percent of taxpayers.”

8) Calls opponents “elitist and expensive,” while being far more elitist and expensive.

Microsoft says Macs are expensive without pointing out that Macs save users wasted time cleaning up problems and money spent on anti-malware cleanup. Ballmer described the iPhone as being the most expensive phone ever, despite the far more expensive Windows Mobile models. And the company calls Linux expensive in total cost of ownership and a socialist “cancer” that hurts businesses, despite the fact that Linux actually helps get the most expensive spending under control by pulling expensive software licensing out of the server room.

McCain says Obama will raise taxes without pointing out that Obama will actually cut takes for most Americans apart from the most wealthy. McCain refers to liberals as big spenders, despite the vast spending of his own party that has sent the nation into massive debt, and the trail of massive debt that his running mate left behind as small town mayor. He says Obama’s plans will be expensive and McCain’s supporters describe them as a socialist cancer that hurts business, but Obama will actually help get the most expensive spending under control by pulling the military out of occupation of Iraq, a nation with a huge cash surplus to defend itself.

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9) Can’t function on the web.

Microsoft’s efforts on desktop email and web have been plagued with security problems, and it has been unable to deliver usable mobile web and email products. In just a few months, Apple’s new iPhone surpassed the entire installed base of a half decade of Windows Mobile devices in actual web browser use.

McCain’s efforts with desktop email and web have been plagued with a lack of interest in learning how to use modern communication and information tools. His campaign was surpassed by Obama, who raised grassroots support for his campaign from individuals, rather than corporate sources who will demand favors in return.

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10) Writing off an individual who wants to change the world as being a “celebrity…”

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…then attempting to become a celebrity without changing anything.

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Microsoft and McCain: More of the Same.

Note that this compairson is not meant to suggest Microsoft agrees with McCain in political issues. Microsoft has actually pulled its funding from the Republicans it has been primarily courting since 2000, and has recently been putting its cash almost exclusively behind Democrats, no doubt because it sees Obama winning.

It also shouldn’t be taken to suggest approval of Microsoft by McCain’s campaign, nor disapproval of Linux or Apple products by McCain. In fact, readers have forwarded in evidence that McCain’s campaign uses Macs and Apple’s Keynote software to publish its presentations.

The only real commonality is that neither Microsoft nor McCain is served by telling the truth, because they really have nothing to offer. And so they desperately try to copy those who are successful, downplay reality with distractions, and outright attack the truth with blatant lies.

They can only get away with it if Americans keep buying it.

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  • Free Thinker

    Dan,

    Enlisting non-sensical logic and easily refutable “facts” does a disservice to you and other liberals. Yet, I see your faulty logic being overly used by the far left these days. I’m gradually coming to the belief that liberalism is a “personality disorder” (you can look up the definition in the DSMR IV) that can’t be reasoned with.

    For the record, I understand the issue that has brought you to blindly support the Democrats. But that issue shouldn’t preclude you allowing for other schools of thought nor should it preclude introspect on your part.

    Here’s a couple of things for you to ponder. Regarding liberalism; history has proven that socialism ultimately leads to totalitarionism. Regarding the war on terror and fundamental Islam; in the late 1930’s, Churchill felt that England was in “the locust years” (Google it), and despite his country’s Chamberlain-ing bent, he was ultimately proven very correct.

    I love your blog (sans your crazy ass political views), and, in all sincerity, wish you a speedy recovery from your surgery.

    M

  • sticktotech

    I agree with some of the previous comments, that you should stick to tech. The more you comment on politics, the less I want to read.

  • kisasi

    Dan, I love these articles and it should be understood that this is your blog and you have the right to voice your opinion on any topic you choose at any time. Period.

    It’s a shame that with so much at stake that so many Americans are still stuck in these polar opposite labels (left/right, democrat/republican, etc…), we as a whole need to focus on the issues and the facts and collectively pressure our elected officials to do what is right for all of us and not treat politics like a beauty pageant or football game. We are ultimately the winners or losers if we choose to take our focus off of the issues regardless of where the misinformation is coming from. Keep up the GREAT WORK Dan and speedy recovery!

  • GoodBye

    Daniel,

    It’s been fun, interesting and informative reading your blog until lately.

    I think it’s time to remove roughlydrafted from the ol’ bookmarks bar until a couple weeks after the November 2008 elections, when you’ve had time to gloat over the “correct” results, or rant about the “wrong” results.

    By then, maybe you’ll get out of “Poli-Techs” and back into Tech, realizing that no matter who is elected, the U.S. will survive and probably continue to prosper and offer the best quality of life for another 4 years.

    We survived Clinton. We survived Bush.

    New blood in Washington will be good for all of us.

    God Speed on your recovery.

  • MikeInSyracuse

    Yeoman’s work on the lefty propaganda, Dan, except for one thing: you forgot Fox News! Tell us again how bad they are.

  • isserley

    @danviento
    “We *appreciate* the fact that even now, 8 years after the fact, there has not been one attack on Americans on our home soil. ”
    –> cool, I guess the iraqis think so as well. – As they gave you no reason whatsoever for attack. – And it´s only 200,000 iraqis dead, so who cares.

    “3) I don’t think you could be more wrong one Sarah Palin being more specific on her platform. After watching numerous interviews”
    –> numerous interviews?!? of whom, sarah palin? – She only did 1 (one !!!) yet, since being nominated.

    “she’s got a rich history of cutting wasteful city and state spending,”
    – um, no, she left Wasilla with a deficit (budget was balanced beforehand)
    – she asked for and got lots of earmarks
    – she was for the bridge to nowhere, pocketed the earmarks, and when Fed made it clear that AK had to pay most of the bridge she said no thanks and KEPT the earmarks for other projects

    Matt

  • isserley

    @jonT
    “Blair’s Labour government has taxed the country in so many underhanded ways that it has left it today as the ONLY major country certain to enter recession in 2008. ”
    –> Nope: Spain is already in, Germany´s not far behind, and it doesn´t take much guessing that France and Italy will follow suit. – So much for that argument.

    Matt

  • isserley

    @jdoc (No. 34)
    “Bill Clinton had nothing at all to spend money on, yet tanked the GDP and sent us into a recession. He gave us a deficit surplus for one year, yet the national debt climbed over 22%. His national debt to GDP ratio was still higher than any time under the Bush administration, even now.”

    can you tell how I have to mangle the numbers in order to get to your conclusion? – Cause I still think I have a way with numbers, but no way do I get to your conclusion looking at

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt

    http://www.fms.treas.gov/mts/index.html

    http://www.bea.gov/national/nipaweb/TableView.asp?SelectedTable=1&ViewSeries=NO&Java=no&Request3Place=N&3Place=N&FromView=YES&Freq=Year&FirstYear=1992&LastYear=2007&3Place=N&Update=Update&JavaBox=no#Mid

    according to these data sources, BillG augmented GDP by 34% during his two terms whereas GWB will get to 20% at best (assuming GDP for 2008 grows at 2%, which is optimistic)

    that other page specifies national debt changes for BillG to some $220 trillion more debt at the end of his two terms (3 surplusses in ´98, ´99 and 2000. He even left a 91 trillion surplus in 2001 for GWB, which he turned arround to a swift 230 trillion deficit in 2002, and ammassing, at the end of his two terms approximately 2,000 trillion in new debt….

    How the hell can one argue that GWB debt to GDP ratio is better at any point than BillGs is beyond me…

    Please enlighten me
    Matt

  • danielmramos

    Microsoft & McCain? Do we really have to get into the political commentary game? There are plenty of other sites for that kind of thing. For me roughlydrafted is about intelligent commentary on the tech world not the political world. Bummer!

  • r2242

    Daniel, this article disappoints me. You have a gift of logic and insight. The way you consistently cut through all the BS is enjoyable and appreciated. However, this article falls short of your usual work.

    While you raise valid points of discussion, I’m left with the feeling you’re not seeing equal, and I believe greater, parallels between MS and the other candidate. Come to think of it, a much better parallel with MS would be with government in general. Although, 50 years of utopian promises, built on perverting incentive, coupled with mandatory involvement, would end up making MS look like a saint.

    I’m surprised to hear you, Mr. Logic, espousing mind-numbingly shallow talking points like “tax cuts for the rich.” All tax brackets were lowered, were they not? How exactly does that disproportionately benefit someone who paid more than others, both before and after bracket change? If nothing else, it illustrates what a disaster progressive tax rates are. Unfair fro the get-go, and class warfare ammunition. In fact, could it not be said that “fair share” societal obligations are not being met by non-rich people like myself — who have paid considerably less in taxes than the “rich”? Only the naive, or socialist/communists could successfully ignore the glaring contradictions in logic. If nothing else, if I believed such things, I would alarmed to realize I was in agreement with Stalin.

    [If you could articulate a view with facts and logic, that would be helpful. I find it hard to follow your string of name calling and broad, false generalizations. You are seriously calling Obama a communist? You might as well say he’s from Jupiter and can’t be trusted.]

    Garbage in, garbage out… Perhaps spending a little less time in SF would be of benefit.

  • ericdano

    Please stick with topics you know about Daniel. This “article” could easily be applied to Obama.

    And to think I might have actually donated to your writing efforts. NOT!

    [You fundamentalist-America supporter keep threatening to “not support my efforts,” but as far as I know, none of you ever have in years, so this isn’t a very effective strategy. Neither is making broad, unsupported generalizations.

    People who criticize my political comments are nearly indistinguishable from those who screech about my comments on the Zune. Were I actually wrong, it shouldn’t take much to point it out. ]

  • TexasAg03

    Did you not watch Palin chant to her audience to pray for her “God Will” pipeline and war, only to tell Charles Gibson that she would never assume to know the will of God?
    Here is her quote on the pipeline:

    “I do my part in doing things like working really, really hard to get a natural gas pipeline; about a 30 billion dollar project that’s going to create a lot of jobs for Alaskans because it will have a lot of energy flowing through here. And pray about that also. I think God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies, so pray for that. ”

    Here is her quote on the war:

    “Pray for our military. He’s [her son] going to be deployed in September to Iraq. Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God; that is what we have to make sure that we are praying for.”

    She thinks God’s will should be done and that people should pray that the decisions were the will of God. Therefore, she is right in saying she would never assume to know the will of God.

    [Do you really think Palin does not plan to use her position to decree Sharia-style religious law upon America? I see the McCain camp trying to spin her book burning, Will of God pipeline, and her mandate to force all Americans into her vision of being saved via a cellphone, but to try and misrepresent her as being anything other than a lying hypocrite at the intersection of politics and religion is disingenuous at best.]

  • stefn

    @ de-villiers
    Good comment. Both parties scream change endlessly and mindlessly. The only real change that I count on is the symbolic significance of electing a black president in the US. Republicans might claim the same kind of symbolic importance, but I find McCain’s choice of VP, especially given his age, to be astonishingly irresponsible.

  • glenngrafton

    Daniel, please, please please keep your articles focused on Macs and technology.

    If you don’t I for one will stop reading your posts and advise all in my users group to do the same. You need to understand that we read your articles for your insights on Macs – not your personal views on politics. As others have said there are plenty of sites for political views.

    [Try actually articulating your argument. I would appreciate it, thanks. Threatening to spite me by cutting off your brain is not very effective. ]

    Having said that let me offer a rebutal:

    1) Trying to trick unsatisfied buyers by promoting the exact same thing under a new name.

    Obama’s policies are nothing more than the same old liberal views dressed up by being presented by an articulate, some think handsome guy. It of course does not hurt that he’s black.

    [What are these “same old liberal views”? Clinton-era prosperity? Exposing that you are also racist does not really further your argument. We haven’t suffered under 8 years of “liberalism,” and honestly, we haven’t been suffering under 8 years of “conservatism.” Really, we’ve been suffering under 8 years of lobbyist-run hate politics, big spending on unnecessary wars, and Federal expansion. That’s not conservative values. Also, McCain cheated on his car accident-crippled wife and dumped her for a younger woman. Palin’s kids demonstrate she has no conservative values either, apart from some fundamentalist views about how she wants to set up Sharia-like religious law in the US. So the McCain/Palin ticket isn’t traditionally conservative, its just more of the same.

    Trying to portray McCain as a true conservative and Obama as a wildly liberal joke is just silly and makes it clear you are uninformed and just partisan. I have respect for conservative values, and understand that different approaches work for different parts of the country. Dressing up a liar being guided along by lobbyist insiders as “a maverick conservative” is wildly delusional. Educate yourself.]

    2) Claiming to compete well against itself.

    His answers appear to be new and fresh in reality they are the same old mantra that the liberal side has offered – raise taxes and increase government spending, without making people responsible for their lifestyle choices.

    [But you are wrong. Obama plans to lower taxes for 85% of Americans and retain the Bush tax cuts. He will cut the most egregious spending. As for “making people responsible for their lifestyle choices,” are you talking about oil dependance and global warming? Because he’ll address that too.]

    3) Presenting a media darling that can’t do more than recite “me too” promises.

    Obama is of course the poster child of promises. His greatest accomplishment is that he’s gives a great speach, Let’s all stop and ask the question; what has Obama actually accomplished.

    The silence is deafening….

    What has he run?

    More silence……

    Obama is all about promises. He is the poster child of focus groups and telling people what they want to hear. He’s not going to raise YOUR taxes, but he’s going to increase the federal deficit much more than McCaing will.

    [Try actually articulating your argument, and using facts. I would appreciate it, thanks.]

    Of course by now you all know that Sarah Palin stole the show at the RDC. She seems to made of the same DNA as Ronald Reagan. She’s not an insider. She lives what she believes. Besides she is actually:

    Running something – the state of Alaska
    Has accomplished something.

    [Palin repeatedly lied to the RDC (‘no thanks to the bridge to nowhere’?). Regan was an actor. Is that the parallel you are drawing? The state of Alaska is awash with oil money. Yet Palin has demanded millions in Federal dollars for projects that make no sense. This is wasteful and absurd politically. Shame on you for misrepresenting this as “experience.” You know as well as I do that she is a bullshitting glassy-eyed fanatic who shouldn’t ever leave her little town.]

    4) Pretending to play the role of an underdog outsider while actually being an authority with monopoly control

    Obama has only served something like 160 some days since being elected and before running for president. I suppose he is an outsider – an inexperienced outsider.

    Is that a good thing.

    [Yes. Do you disagree?]

    5) Childishly pretending to be offended by the truth …

    Rev. Wright – Obama being a member of a radically racially divisive church with a pastor spewing forth weekly messages about how the US started Aids, etc. All a surprise by Obama.

    [Obama has publicly addressed criticism of Wright’s wild views and distanced himself from them. Palin is still active with with a “cell phone religious experience” church that plans to use her to take over the US and install a Sharia-like theocracy. She has not only never distanced herself from that, but was on the stage just months ago asking people to pray for the will of God pipeline she awarded to Canada. ]

    6) … while shamelessly advertising misinformation and outright lies.

    YOUR taxes won’t be raised, he’ll fix government – no pain for you – just for the rich “folk”. Of course you raise taxes on the rich and they’ll retire to Sanibel Island instead of building that new plant. I’ve seen it.

    [It’s not the the rich will pay all the taxes. However, they benefit more from Federal services than the working classes, so they should pay, as Jesus said about the contributing widow, “All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Are there any limits to your overreaching greed?]

    7) Appeals to uninformed audiences who don’t even realize that what they’re celebrating is not in their own best interests.

    YOUR taxes won’t be raised, he’ll fix government – no pain for you – just for the rich “folk”. Reminds me of the credit report fixing companies proclaiming that, “It’s not your fault”. that you have such high credit card balances.

    [Do you share the same coach as Palin?]

    8) Calls opponents “elitist and expensive,” while being far more elitist and expensive.

    Lets see Obama graduated from where? He turned down a position to work on where?

    Sarah Palin graduated from where? Her background is what?

    McCain served in the military and was a prisoner of war – refusing to be released when he could have.

    [Obama and Biden are JD (like a PhD in law) from top schools. McCain graduated at the bottom of his class, and Palin hopped around between minor schools and finally got a BA in Journalism. How much education one works to get when they are in their 20s says a lot about how they view responsibility and a desire to achieve something. Obama is working to extend the opportunity of education to more people, where McCain/Palin would like to keep the rich educated and poorer Americans “soccer moms” and uncompetitive with the world labor force.

    This isn’t an election about conservative vs liberal. It’s about educated/intelligent vs lazy and stupid.]

    9) Can’t function on the web.

    Granted McCain is no computer whiz. Does the job require it? No
    Each job requires a level of experience for the job.

    Do I care if a surgeon operating on me can’t do email? Not really if he’s the most qualified person in the area with the most proven track record of surgeries of that type. I don’t really care if he does face book, uses AIM or has a web page. What I want to know is his experience – how many surgeries of this type does he do per year and what his success rate is.

    Should we not focus on the same thing for the commander in chief?

    [Being an effective communicator and able to handle technology are prime qualifications for the leader of the free world. Your argument just makes you look ridiculous. The president isn’t elected to drink beer and be good with his hands.]

    10) Writing off an individual who wants to change the world as being a “celebrity……then attempting to become a celebrity without changing anything.

    Hmmm, I’ve read an awfull lot of negative things said about Sarah Palin. The democrats are scared of her because despite seeming to be a nobody she’s risen to celebrity status.

    [Palin has no real celebrity; she’s scary, not because she is popular for doing something remarkable, but because she is incompetent and the Republicans are willing to put her behind a 72 year old man with cancer as the next president. If you are not scared by that, you are willfully ignorant. Have you heard of FEMA? If your house was under water, would you even want Palin running FEMA? Holy balls, your credibility is so paper thin. How can you live with yourself?]

  • polybius

    Daniel, you are the smartest and most articulate commentator on tech out there. And I agree with you politically. I am sick with worry about eight more years of Republican rule.

    But I also think mixing politics and tech reduces your effectiveness. This particular essay in a way is not so bad, because the whole thing is clearly devoted to politics. But maybe you should consider two blogs, one for tech and one for politics. I doubt it anyone would hold it against your technical judgements that you had a political blog also. But mixing the two together gives your enemies a excuse to dismiss you.

    People have said, this is Dan’s blog and he’s free to do what he wants to with it. Obviously. But you are so unique that you are also a treasure to the community. The world—at least the technical world—would be greatly diminished without you.

    Just my opinion.

    Speedy recovery from your surgery.

  • PerGrenerfors

    @kent
    If you’re trying to prove you’re not a troll then you’re not doing a very good job I’m afraid.

    I can’t wait for the election to be over. I really hope Obama wins other wise I won’t be able to open a newspaper for a month without seeing lengthy lamentations from the left and the right. The election is a huge deal all over the world and I’m just sooooo sick of it.

  • jkundert

    Thanks Daniel. I have come to the “sad realization” that the American populace, at large, is so stupid that all you have to do is act unethically enough (a la Carl Rove) to lie bald-faced to them over and over and they’ll buy it as truth…. Someone somewhere has to stand up to this–I’m glad you’re doing your small part!

  • http://www.adviespraktijk.info Berend Schotanus

    I think it’s courageous to give political comment in this heated time of election, when truth is not so easy to be found.

    Do you really believe in job protection? We have job protection on this side of the ocean (lots of it) and it tends to send society in a state of apathy.

    What to me would be the most striking parallel between McCain and Microsoft is the target group. Both appear to be targeting people who find it difficult to follow the pace of change in society and feel kind of left-out.

  • Janus

    Daniel, baby, I love you. I really do. But why must you do this to yourself when you are one of the very few people knowledgeable and credible people in the tech world and just one of a million armchair pundits waxing political?

    I for one think 72 years are going to be more revealing of one’s character than 18 months of pandering. Granted, I probably will be voting Obama-Biden instead of McCain-Tits McGee, but your arguments are of such lower quality when compared to your brilliant and tireless efforts of exposing the lies of Soviet Microsoft.

    (remember the real Soviet Union? Actual enemy of America. John McCain? Not so much)

    You know what else would have been described as a “shockingly irresponsible VP pick” if today’s wretched media were transplanted to another, more noble era?

    When FDR picked that country bumpkin Harry Truman. So inexperienced! and he hadn’t even gone to college!

  • jdoc

    isserly:

    National debt 9/1993= 4.4 trillion
    National debt 12/1999= 5.7 trillion

    easy to look up and find. Don’t confuse National Debt with deficit.

    On to national debt as a percentage of GDP:

    1993: debt/GDP= 48%
    1999: debt/GDP= 40%
    2000-2007: consistently 38%, and as low as 32% 2001-2003.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Debt_to_Nominal_GDP_Chart.png

    Now considering the national debt has doubled over the past 7 years, just using simple math will tell you that, in order to maintain the same debt/GDP ratio, the GDP must have skyrocketed. Thank you tax cuts and supply-side economics!

    The problem, which is a bipartisan one, is spending. The government spends way too much money.

  • bvangen

    This is garbage, really. I bet you wish you could take it back. It must be the pain medication.

    [Try actually articulating your argument. I would appreciate it, thanks.]

  • Electrocat

    I for one loved the article. Dan, you might make cracks at anything Microsoft, but you do have a lot of valid points.

    What saddens me is that so many people whom claim to be Americans and “Stand for American Values” are so quick to bash you and your views. To me it is American to listen to another persons views on the world, politics or computers. It is not American to tell someone that their views are wrong, and not offer a counter argument based on facts and issues that the commenter disagrees with.

    I enjoyed the work and effort that you put forward in this article and thank you for sharing your views. I agree with you that Barack Obama should be the next president as I think that the republicans have proven to me and many others that they do not know how to run a government, educate our children nor protect our future.

  • javsst70

    If you really think Obama will change things any more than McCain will, you haven’t looked behind the curtain yet. All you need to look at is his closest advisors, and you’ll see they are the same old bunch that have been running the Democrats in Washington for years. On top of that, you add in the Chicago Democratic Machine, which has never been known as an example of good government.
    Face it, the Senate is basically a rich guys club. Check out opensecrets.org and see how much money all the Senators involved in this race have. Next go look at the list of donors to the campaigns by industry. Both candidates have huge donations to their campaigns from the financial & real estate industries. Obama gets a lot of money from lawyers and lobbyists as well. Look up how much money Obama got from troubled companies like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Citigroup and Lehman Brothers – a lot more than McCain. Do you really think any of his “change” is going to affect the people who are donating money to him?
    Obama’s top supporters include Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Al Gore – not exactly a group that would be changing too much around Washington. They might do a few things different, but overall they will keep their supporters happy. None of their policies would do any harm to their wallets, but they will take the money out of yours in a heartbeat.
    Most of Obama’s other advisors are basically the same old Washington hacks. Many of them are former Clinton advisors , as well as former advisors to the Gore, Kerry & Hillary campaigns. Not really any change there either.
    Please don’t overlook the Chicago aspect of this. As the former director of the Chicago FBI office said, “I never cease to be amazed at the level of corruption in this city.” Obama is a product of the Chicago Democrats and knows how to play their games, not exactly a recipe for change.

  • isserley

    @jdoc
    ah, yes, didn´t see right away (too uch work, three little kids, not enough sleep ;)

    here you go:
    http://www.whcbridge.com/ec7230.html

    • DEFINITION: Nominal GDP values the production of goods and services at current prices.
    • DEFINITION: Real GDP values the production of goods and services at constant prices.

    • In other words Real GDP adjusts the dollar valuation of goods and services for inflation.
    • An accurate view of the economy requires adjusting nominal to real GDP by using the GDP deflator.
    • To understand how things are going for our country, we need to know if we are producing more goods and services for our people.
    • We have to measure the amount of goods and services we produce in dollar terms. So we need to adjust those dollar terms for inflation.
    • That means converting from nominal to real GDP.
    • The GDP deflator lets us convert from nominal to real GDP.


    in other words, GWB & Alan Greenspan let the presses rotate at extra high speed in order to pay off debt with freshly printed dollar notes, therefore bringing inflation to new heights and destroying the welath of millions of americans.

    did I get that correctly?
    do you have a chart fo debt vs real gdp, cause that seems to tell the real story ….

  • isserley

    @jdoc

    thanks for making me google:
    here you are, don´t thank me, it was a pleasure helping you…

    http://www.beliefnet.com/story/132/story_13245_1.html

    rgrds
    Matt

  • gothgod

    First, I think these are the most interesting of your posts. Why do you even bring in microsoft into this? You have good points about McCain, aren’t they enough? (the comparison thing don’t work very well, just as with the Soviet thing). I would love if you would do a 100% political post in the future (just see how mush motion you induce).

    I disagree with all of you posters here but I am only going to take up one standpoint to keep this answer as short as possible:

    People here (and I guess in the US in general) are thinking of the democrats and the republicans as two sides of the middle. They really are on the right and the further right of the middle. Both likes what’s happening in palestine, the medical system (which should have caused a revolution by now), the decline of democracy, torture, the capital punishment and the worst crime known to man: warfare (to name a few). To be on the left of the middle you have to disagree on all of these. And yes, you must like the idea of re-distribution of wealth, which neither candidate does. I think re-distribution of wealth is one of the most natural things in the world. Taking money from the rich to give to the poor, how insane isn’t that? Well, economically it actually costs close to nothing, since the poor consumes 100% of their assets, so everything given to them goes back into the system. Otherwise it is actually doing good (you know, eating is a good thing). I am rich, my government takes 30% of my salary and that is all right to me. We have free dental care for all children up to age 19, that’s true wealth!

    Also, please point me to a political standpoint that differs Obama from McCain, and then not just a couple of dollars in taxes (the interesting numbers are the income after taxes, when it is clear how that which the taxes pays for are affecting the salary, how do those numbers look like?) and yes, I know Obama claims to be somewhat against the war in Iraq. (Let us see how that turns out).

    (@de-villiers: from wikipedia: “He’s a pro-life supporter who opposes abortion including in case of rape or incest” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippe_de_Villiers). Can this be a coincidence?)

  • gothgod

    @isserley: Haha! Fun and true.

  • jdoc

    Nice try isserly, but wrong on a few accounts.
    1. We’re talking relative values (ie percentages and ratios), not absolute values. So calculating nominal and real GDP wouldn’t make a difference as long as you’re comparing the same markers- they would both indicate the same percentage values.

    2. The rate of inflation has been, on average, the same and low over the past 2 decades (http://inflationdata.com/Inflation/Inflation_Rate/HistoricalInflation.aspx). This would bode well for Bush considering the administration and the Fed have been able to keep inflation in check in these trying economic times- yet another indicator that the foundation of the economy is strong.

    Don’t get all hyped up over a deficit surplus under Clinton. This is what happens when you increase taxes on the top 15 million people in the US (read his 1996 convention speech)- government revenue increases, and is thusly wasted; GDP tanks; and the debt still rises. Let’s see if history repeats itself once again if Obama gets into office.

    You clearly don’t understand supply-side economics, but just keep googling and you’ll see that during the Reagan administration and again during the Bush administration, GDP advanced well above what the Carter and Clinton administrations gave us. The problem, once again, is spending.

  • alansky

    Similarities between the head of Microsoft and John McCain:

    1. Both really ugly.
    2. Both prone to temper tantrums.
    3. Both lie whenever they move their lips.
    4. Both selling sow’s ears (i.e. Sarah Palin and the Zune) as if they were
    silk purses.
    5. Both outflanked (we hope) by superior competitors.

  • RobA

    Daniel,

    I am disappointed in the political commentary in the column. Of course, you have the right to do what you want. But turning a tech site into a political site will bring about changes in readership (which maybe you desire or don’t care about). I, for one, will likely not be a repeat visitor if this continues. I love reading political articles, but not from someone so obviously biased (on either side). I also get the “humor” intended but, again, I don’t appreciate the one-sided approach. If you want to get into political commentary, start another site — you can heavily promote it on this one, but make it a choice for the readers.

    RobA

  • r2242

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    r2242 { 09.15.08 at 11:23 am }
    Daniel, this article disappoints me. You have a gift of logic and insight. The way you consistently cut through all the BS is enjoyable and appreciated. However, this article falls short of your usual work.

    While you raise valid points of discussion, I’m left with the feeling you’re not seeing equal, and I believe greater, parallels between MS and the other candidate. Come to think of it, a much better parallel with MS would be with government in general. Although, 50 years of utopian promises, built on perverting incentive, coupled with mandatory involvement, would end up making MS look like a saint.

    I’m surprised to hear you, Mr. Logic, espousing mind-numbingly shallow talking points like “tax cuts for the rich.” All tax brackets were lowered, were they not? How exactly does that disproportionately benefit someone who paid more than others, both before and after bracket change? If nothing else, it illustrates what a disaster progressive tax rates are. Unfair fro the get-go, and class warfare ammunition. In fact, could it not be said that “fair share” societal obligations are not being met by non-rich people like myself — who have paid considerably less in taxes than the “rich”? Only the naive, or socialist/communists could successfully ignore the glaring contradictions in logic. If nothing else, if I believed such things, I would alarmed to realize I was in agreement with Stalin.

    [If you could articulate a view with facts and logic, that would be helpful. I find it hard to follow your string of name calling and broad, false generalizations. You are seriously calling Obama a communist? You might as well say he’s from Jupiter and can’t be trusted.]

    Garbage in, garbage out… Perhaps spending a little less time in SF would be of benefit.
    —————————–
    You sure stirred up a beehive here! :-)

    I make no claim of articulating as we all you. But I guess you were able to follow along well enough to concluded my comments were false. ;-)

    I didn’t intend to imply Obama is a communist. However, his stated plans of nationalizing this, and taxing that, are MUCH more in line with socialist Europe, than with the individual liberty and free-market origins of this country. “Fundamentally change this country” is not what I want to hear from a presidential candidate.

    In trying to keep it short, I’ll just say this…

    Government has an insatiable appetite for the money of others. No matter how much we sacrifice our labors to feed it, the problems and appetite remain. If feeding the beast actually solved problems, spending significant chunks of our finite lifetimes in sustaining it might be a reasoned expenditure. Alas, there is no free lunch. Looking to bureaucracy for easy solutions is as reasonable as paying $10 for a $5 lunch.

    Perhaps you’d enjoy this:
    Rinkonomics
    A Window on Spontaneous Order
    http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2006/Kleinorder.html

  • theskeptic

    Daniel,

    1. I am not a Yank – and have no interest in defending the status quo.
    2. I agree that the Republicans have done a cr*p job, and see no reason for this to change if they are re-elected. “Small government”. What a joke! Freedom …. to be wiretapped without a warrant. Wow.
    3. The Democrats are exactly the same. They claim to represent change, but the policies of both are all about consolidating power in Washington. Checkout http://www.factcheck.org – and see how both sides lie, spin and mislead. Yawn.
    4. This article diminishes you because (normally) your attacks are reasoned and well though through. The reality is that (by advocating for one of the major parties), you are choosing more of the same. The face is different, but the policies are actually a choice between dumb and dumber.
    5. You tell us – what makes the Democrats a true voice for change?
    6. Where is the truly different candidate? One who knows that the best results come out when people are given freedom to make their own choices, without the nanny state looking over their shoulder. That’s what made America great.
    7. I think you are a bit harsh on Palin, Compared to Quayle… (and you guys elected him!).
    8. Your analogy self-destructs when you consider the fact that Microsoft actually stole or copied Apple’s ideas and designs (and then implemented them badly). If that is the comparison, then you are saying that the Republicans are just a bad copy of the Democrats…
    9. Get well! When I read about your health care system… it makes me grateful to be Australian….

    Finally – “Chas.”.. I don’t think the Poms are in any position to claim superior wisdom! Where was your (Labor) government in 2003? The best thing to come out of the UK were the convicts (and “Top Gear”).

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  • http://www.ecphorizer.com Tod

    Daniel: I have enlisted about five or six friends to read your blog. I am going to contribute. I am not going to stop reading your posts. Phooey on those so small-minded that they think that canceling their subscription to your blog will have any affect on anything except how well they stew in their own poisonous juices. Who cares if they leave or stay? It’s still a free country (let’s keep it that way).

    I’ve just seen my hard-earned (over 50 years in the making) retirement account go down the toilet today because of the tanking economy. While I’m not so jaded to think that Obama has any solution for this, I do believe that this country needs a good shakeup to straighten out our finances. What publicly-traded firm would allow its CEO to spend and spend and spend on worthless products when there’s no income to pay for them? (Think the disastrous Iraq war and who’s paying for it – Beijing!)

    Keep it up – both on the Mac front as well as the political commentary.

  • http://www.ecphorizer.com Tod

    Edit: “…worthless products…” to read “…worthless projects…”

  • StatJim

    I support your views on Obama Daniel, but my issues are:
    1. Oil and natural gas depletion (peak oil)
    2. Global warming (yes Sarah it is real)
    3. The loss of freedom under a conservative Supreme Court

    It is my economic interest to vote for McCain (yes I get a larger tax cut under McCain than the vast majority because I make a lot), but I will vote for Obama nonetheless. I guess I will share something in common with those who make under $150,000 who will vote for McCain against their own economic interest.

    My first two items above will increasingly become factors which will greatly affect the global economy, including our own. Alternative fuels will help a little, i.e., they will only reduce the blow.

    Obama has a better grip on the first two issues and he will be much less likely to appoint justices who will restrict my freedoms. We lost 8 years with Bush and losing 4 or 8 more could be decisive. We are in for a “long emergency,” but we have some hope to avoid the chaos of peak oil with Obama.

    I hope I am wrong about peak oil, but I doubt it. Oil is finite and we have reached or will soon reach peak oil globally. More US drilling will extend our supply a few months—big deal. Think about the economic and social consequences. If you have a way out, I’m all ears, but justify your solution. An electric car grid—this will help a little, but not enough. Wind power, ditto. Natural gas has already peaked in the US. Coal liquification—the delta is too small. Nuclear will help, but it is not enough. I could go on with all other alternatives.

    We are in a mess and not just financially although Phil Gramm’s 2000 deregulation of the financial giants has now bitten them (Lehman, et al.). As John McCain’s (past?) economic advisor, I guess we “whiners” need to find scapegoats for the financial mess rather than the real culprits.

    Back to peak oil: If you doubt my warning, then give me a buzz in ten or fifteen years so we can compare predictions.

  • sgw

    I’ve alway thought that injecting politics into articles such as this is asinine especially since a same argument can be made that McCain/Palin parallels Apple and Obama/Biden parallels Microsoft. Both side distort the truth an to say one does and the other doesn’t is just a flat out lie.

    So we can ask ourselves, who will bring change (McCain/Palin or Obama/Biden) just like we can say who will bring innovation (Apple or Microsoft). How do we decide. Well we look at the record.
    Apple has a long record of delivering innovation as I am sure we agree. Microsoft has a record empty rhetoric. Both claim to deliver a great mobile phone. Apple has with the iPhone, Microsoft has not with Windows Mobile. Microsoft claims to deliver great features to their OS. Apple has delivered.

    So how do we decide between McCain and Obama? There are many aspects to look at but lets look at the first test, the VP choice.

    Did Obama pick a woman? Did he pick one of many exciting, new and upcoming democratic governors? Did he pick someone with a record of reform or someone who challenges the status quo? No. He pick an old white guy who has been a Washington insider since 1973.

    Now look at McCain, he pick someone who has actually changed politics in her state in her short time in office. She has taken on Republican corruption. She forced the resignation of Randy Ruedrich , Oil and Gas Conservation Commissioner and chair of state Republican Party. She forced the resignation of Gregg Renkes , former Republican Alaskan state Attorney General. She pushed through bipartisan ethics reform. She used veto power to cut spending. She has both challenged and worked with the oil companies. Oh, and she happens to be a woman. She actually has more executive experience than McCain, Obama and Biden combined.

    Republicans lost Congress in 2006 because they forgot why people put them in office. One reason people became delusional with Bush and Congress because he has turned out to be fiscally liberal. They tried to out Democrat Democrats, in other, they spent records amount of money. In Palin, or as you call her “fucking ignorant PTA beauty queen”, people have someone with a record as a reformer whose das challenged the corruption in her own party instead of more empty rhetoric covered up with fireworks and fancy sets.

    So when people look at Apple and Microsoft, both claim innovation but only one has delivered. And when both sides claim change, only one side has a record of change and no amount of insults and attacks can change that.

  • RobertR

    Daniel Eran: “Compare you’re quibbles with outright lies McCain has pushed forward. There’s no comparison.”

    Umm, Daniel, even the NY Times is making the comparison.

    Daniel Eran: “Obama was against a goosestepping, cross-partisan jingo mentality”

    I trust you’re familiar with Godwin’s Law.

    Daniel Eran: “Your second lie…”

    So you’re *arguing*, but I’m *lying*. You stay classy, Daniel!

    Look, I thought that McCain’s commercial about Kindergarten & Sex Ed was over the line, but so is some of the Obama campaign stuff. The difference between me & you, Daniel, is that I’m at least able to see flaws on both sides, and I’m able to debate without calling you a liar.

    Peggy Noonan had a good take on the anti-Palin madness:

    “…the catastrophe of the Democratic and media response to [Palin]… Books will be written about this, but because it’s so recent, and so known, we’re almost not absorbing how huge it was, and is. Here was the central liberal mistake: They used the atom bomb just a few days in. They used it so brutally, and yet so ineptly, in a way so oblivious to the true contours of the field, that the radiation blew back over their own lines … They just went boom. And it boomeranged.”

    That’s you, Daniel…

    Keep it up!

  • de-villiers

    To gothgod: I’m am from a different aristocratic/royal line. And I do not support the political party “Mouvement pour la France”.

  • Joel

    “Nobody supported WebObjects just because, or even just becuse it was technically superior at the time, particularly not Dell after Apple bought NeXT.”

    I’d suspect that WebObjects wasn’t a great success outside of Apple because when it was launched the market for app servers wasn’t that large. Now the that the marketplace has expanded there are either open-source alternatives, or app servers that aren’t tied to one set of hardware.

  • Joel

    Darn. (or words to the effect) wrong tab…

  • DeltaNick

    Stick to computers. You know the subject and are logical.

    Politics? Not so much.

  • Jon T

    @ matt, what tosh you speak. The OECD and the EU have both predicted that the UK is the ONLY developed country expected to see recession in 2008:

    http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jKLPzoexFs3-jIhbYGhwmFrXm7uA

    Germany, Spain zero growth but not recession. Check the meaning of recession…

  • isserley

    @JonT
    thanks, the textbook says it´s two consecutive quarters negative growth, and Spain is closer than ever to it. The housing crisis in Spain is almost as bad in the US, but we´re about 1 year behind (I´a german, living in Spain). – The really ugly time is about 6 months off. – Let´s opare notes then)

    germany:
    http://www.faz.net/d/invest/meldung.aspx?id=84242176
    0.2% growth for 2009 – and that was before the Lehman / Merrill Lynch / AIG shakeup…
    Hmmm, lets give it 12 months (it´s election time in germany then, so you´ll see a lame duck Merkel not being able too move much), talk to you then…

    rgrds
    Matt

    PS.:
    a) 0.2% growth in one year can mean two consecutive negative quarters, before rebounding, right?
    b) France is about to adjust growth projection to below 1% in 2009 – let´s see if they can keep it up …

  • albertop9

    Daniel,

    harrywolf (#15) said it for me.

    It’s also funny how all those posters despising your political articles turn them into your most successful ones – if only per number of comments. Ha!

    Get well soon and keep your fight up!

    Alberto,
    Spain

  • marley

    Great. One more tech blogger blogging about politics. Just what I needed.

    Of course, Daniel, it’s your site and you’re free to blog what you will. However, I’d prefer you stick to what you do best … and politics isn’t it.

  • rbarrow

    [i]”They can only get away with it if Americans keep buying it.”[/i]

    Maybe you should have written : “they can only get away with it if they keep rigging the e-voting machines.” Remember 2000 ? Remember 2004 ?

    Rup

  • RobertR

    Of course, if you want to look at *actual* vote fraud, as opposed to conspiracy theories — you’ll find the Democrat-friendly group Obama has worked with: ACORN.

    Detroit Free Press:
    http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008809140383

    “Several municipal clerks across the state are reporting fraudulent and duplicate voter registration applications, most of them from a nationwide community activist group working to help low- and moderate-income families … the group ACORN, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now … “There appears to be a sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications,” said Kelly Chesney, spokeswoman for the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office. “And it appears to be widespread.”

    Or check out these actual 2006 indictments of ACORN workers for voter fraud:

    KMBC TV – Kansas City:
    http://www.kmbc.com/politics/10214492/detail.html

    Or try this Google search:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=acorn+voter+fraud

    [Is the best you can do to associate Obama with ACORN complaints from two years ago and suggest a relationship? Because we know that the Republicans defrauded voters in 2000 and 2004, and that they are working to prevent people who have lost their home due to foreclosure from being able to vote due to home address rules. Guess why the Republicans don’t want middle class americans who lost their home from being able to vote? ]

  • keyboard55

    I used to have similar leanings when I was younger. There’s a saying sometimes attributed to Churchill, but not definitively from him that contains a lot of wisdom: “If you’re not a conservative when young you have no heart; if you’re not a conservative when mature, you have no brain.”

    Obama is a Marxist!

    [Obama is a centrist. The Clintons were centrist and Obama is on the right of them. Certainly conservative politics appeals to older people who have more money and less idealism, but if you think McCain represents conservative principles (small government, limited spending, isolationism), well there’s a bridge in Alaska I’ll sell you. McCain is a NeoCon, which is a liberal spender with no heart nor conscience, who uses fantasy to keep the little middle class people in line, barefoot and naked, and keep the ultra rich so very privileged. The short word for that is “fascist.”]

  • GwMac

    I have no party affiliation and tend to vote on which candidate not only best espouses my policies, but also include other factors such as do I trust them, their intelligence, experience, honesty, etc..

    Quire frankly, in this election it is more of a choice between the lesser of two evils. Bob Barr would probably be a better president than either of them. Too bad he can’t even join in the debates. One other thing that angers me about all the attacks on Palin concerning her lack of experience is that they completely ignore the fact that Obama has little more experience that a city councilman. State senators are about as low as you can go in the sate political totem pole. As far as his U.S. senate experience, exactly how many days did he actually serve before announced? Not much more than a year and as soon as he announced he was out on the campaign trail running for office, so I really don’t credit him with 3 years experience. Compare that to Kennedy who served many years in the House and Senate before he ran for president. Why was Obama in such a rush to run this time around? Although I can’t put my finger on it, there is just something about Obama that makes me reluctant to vote for him. I will wait until after the debates to decide, but I am leaning towards Mccain even though I supported Hillary.

    Dan certainly has the right to write whatever he likes on his blogs. However, he lost a lot of respect in my eyes. I would wager that the percentage of Mac users who are Republican or Democrat is about the same as the general population. His article reminds me of other left coast liberals that write condescendingly about anyone that dare disagree with them. I also find that his Kool-aid a bit harder to swallow concerning anything Apple. No matter how egregiously or arrogantly Apple behaves, Dan is the first to step to their defense. At this point I wonder if he is even capable of writing an article criticizing Apple on their mistakes or his suggestions.

    [Lack of experience in the entrenched trash politics of both parties is an asset, but Obama’s lack of “washington experience” is combined with is JD (basically a PhD in Law), and his efforts at building things as a “community organizer.” Palin has a BA in Journalism that she spend a lot of years getting here and there, her lack of “washington experience” is only assisted by her small town political squabbling, firing librarians who won’t ban books for her, hiring friends in place of competent people, and having her oil man husband draft Alaska’s budget rather that working with legislators. So yes, there is some difference here. Both McCain and Biden are career politicians.

    Anyone who suggests they were leaning toward Hillary and are now voting for McCain is a joke. Do you vote on hair styles? That’s like liking a football team because it has the most white players. Reeks of bs propaganda.

    You conveniently group me “left coast liberals that write condescendingly about anyone that dare disagree with them,” but the only arrogance I’m seeing in comments comes from people who are emotionally offended that I express a viewpoint they disagree with, and then condescendingly tell me I’m not allowed to write it.

    As for disagreeing with Apple: I don’t have a 50/50 word quota to fill on good Apple/ bad Apple stories, so I have the freedom to write about whatever I care about. I frequently write unflattering portrayals of Apple when realism calls for it, I just don’t try to cater to the Diggtard crowd in baiting people with overblown nonsense. Given Apple’s track record, anyone who does not primarily write favorably about the company when talking about its accomplishments and products is clearly biased against it. Even Thurrott and Joe Cox (?) and the rest of the Apple haters can’t think of much bad to say about the company without looking silly, and its their job.

    If you want to continue to try to make broad generalizations about what you think are my political views and biases, maybe you can start up your own hater blog like John Welch and go nuts in your own vacuum rather than making me waste my time answering your predictable comments about how little respect you have for me. ]