Well, I’d love to be able to go a month without Apple doing something horrible against humanity or lying about something, but apparently that just isn’t going to happen. You see, Apple tells people all of the time about what a great Open Source Company they are, in fact they say that they’re the first large one, which is an outright lie, but as long as they did a good job most of us would just look at it as marketing. Recently, Apple has done one of the least Open Source things possible. They are planning on suing someone for showing you how to repair your own computer. That’s right, a computer they purchased that they, God Forbid, learned how to repair. They then, in the Open Source Tradition, shared that knowledge with others who also would have had to purchase the computers or repair them for someone that did. Sharing useful information is the core theme of how the Open Source Model works. Still, Apple has always just used Open Source and come as close to stealing form the community as one can. When they were almost out of business they used it to get a new, better OS and appear trendy. Now that they are big, they use it to save money in development, and then overcharge your for their products. Since Linux and Android are so good, and you can all be using that now, I kind of don’t care if you’re dumb enough to use Apple instead as long as you don’t do something like demand our local schools buy pallets of their bad, overpriced, products that have that new fascist smell included in the box. Oh wait….. that’s exactly what a lot of schools did…. In fact, there are a few programs that the creatives use that are only on Apple. They can use different ones, but I can understand not wanting to realean complex applications. Still, it’s important to note that Apple isn’t even giving you the right to easily access information on how to repair your own computer. It’s not a Rolls Royce, after all, it’s more like a Dell XPS, that costs more, and has a UNIX based OS that is really locked down. In an age when you can basically rebuild a popular car by watching repair videos on YouTube only a really backward company, run by the type of Capitalists that make Trump look good, would sue someone for releasing repair info. Still, all you have to do is stop buying their stuff, and buy the better, more open stuff, that’s already out there instead. You know what would hypothetically be really funny, and I’m not telling anyone to do this by any means, but what if everyone that had Apple repair manuals accidentally, and anonymously, released them in response to this. I’m just thinking outloud. It would be wrong to do that to a great member of our tech community like Apple after all :). I mean, who would brown shirt manufacturers send their products to. Losing a huge contract like sending brown shirts and badges to Apple would effect their business negatively too. My God, whoever thought Apple would make everyone else, including Microsoft, look good. Oh yeah, me, I’ve been talking about this for years.
I actually work for a living, so I wanted to get a pair of pants that looked good and were functional. I’ve been working hard, so I wanted to try and get something high quality. For some odd reason, partially because I wanted to make my 1 of 2 annual treks to get wings, and a “Nuns With Guns” RATM shirt, I decided to go to the mall where almost every shop I went into had skinny and slim jeans. I thought to myself about how no one who actually has to do real work for a living could use such clothing. There’s no where to put anything while you’re using your hands!!! Also, I thought about how these pants must really not only crunch, but even deform the male genitalia. This “nut vice” design seemed crazy to me, until I thought about the victorian period and women’s corsets. This fashion was obviously so damaging to the male genitalia that 100 years from now we could expect a spunky British commentator to be doing a documentary on how crazy we were to wear such things, just like how the Victorians were to wear such tight corsets, showing off 3D animations of the damage to said junk from this clothing. Remember how the invention of the metal eyelet allowed people to draw their corsets so tight that they literally deformed their organs and bones, sometimes leading to death. While the penis is much more resilient than most organs, this analogy was one I thought was worth sharing. Guys, you need to treat your body right if you want it to work right, and cutting off circulation to your Schlong, for the sake of crappy hipster fashion, is not treating it right! Go get some baggy pants before its too late, or if you’re voting for Trump, buy skinny jeans two sizes down please. That way at least you won’t be able to breed. In the end, I ordered some Dickies online. The mall is a fucking waste of time, and a disgusting use of otherwise pristine land. The only plus was that I got to try some amazing tea at Teavana. “Only a nation of unenlightened halfwits could’ve taken this beautiful place and turned it into what it is today…. A Shopping Mall!” — George Carlin
So, as I’ve been discussing the recent issue about the terrorist’s iPhone that Apple won’t help our FBI with and I imagined what a world where we have to ask corporations for their permission to protect ourselves from dangerous criminals would be like, instead of building better, more trustworthy government, and here is what I came up with.
I lead off with this quote from the recent democratic debate for consideration. Yes the FBI and the government have violated the public trust many times, especially in the last 15 years, but in the end I’ll take a government I have a chance at fixing over scary multinational corporations that answer to no one, any day.
“Listen, I suppose they can trust the corporations who have destroyed Flint by a disastrous trade policy which have allowed them to shut down plants in Flint and move to China or Mexico. We could trust them I’m sure. Or maybe — you know, maybe, Anderson, tell you what — we should — maybe we should let Wall Street come in and run the city of Flint…… because we know their honesty and integrity has done so much for the American people. Look, we live in a democracy, and I’m not in (ph) the last person to deny that government is failing in many respects. But at the end of the day, I will trust the people to create a government that works for them, rather than Wall Street or corporate America.” — Bernie Sanders 3/6/2016
It was a hot day at 1 Infinite Loop. I was dressed in the proper attire to be admitted into the sacred burial chamber of Steve Jobs. It was an old Orange Genius Room shirt from back in the day when Apple used good PowerPC Processors. My power ring was also made from a 233 Megahertz G3 PowerPC processor, and my necklace from a chain of old ADB cabling and a broken up ADB keyboard. The Command key was carefully placed in the center.
I was being recorded by many Apple employees on various shiny devices, from the moment I stepped foot onto the Apple Campus. They all wore hipster glasses, and slim jeans, but that was ok with me because I loved them all so much. I wasn’t 100% sure why but being amongst my techno-tribe made me feel warm inside. It removed the burden of having to think for myself from my shoulders.
I started to consider all of the suicides and violently broken up protests at their horrific FoxConn plant to be a testament to their greatness. Those people that gave their lives in service to Apple really paved the way for not just Corporate America, but for an America governed by corporations that made shiny things on the backs of abused Asian workers. Good for them I say, way to make the big bucks. I had 3 iPhones, 2 iPad Pros, and 2 MacBook Pros in my Lincoln Navigator, and I never kept a car, phone, tablet, or computer longer than a year. Only commies keep their stuff until it stops working.
After visiting the store I was blindfolded, and scanned with an iProbe, both exteriorly, and interiorly, in my rectum, then in my mouth. I was sure that the Apple Engineers had designed a cleaning apparatus into the iProbe, or if they didn’t I was sure that I would make up an excuse for why not putting one in was a good, progressive, idea. The shitty taste in my mouth reminded me that their top people had long ago moved onto designing the iPhones and all of their other projects were pretty much a joke. Oh well, I deserved it! After all, I went with a better Linux server years ago instead of an overpriced OSX Mac Mini Server. I actually wanted something that could be expanded and ran on better, cheaper hardware. Shame on me for not being loyal to my benevolent overlords at Apple. Who did I think I was, using my own judgment, and relying on my own research to make a decision? There was never any option other than Apple after all. Why didn’t I see that earlier?
After my scans I was led up and down many hallways, and was further scrutinized by other security professionals in slim jeans with designer coffees. Blood, hair, and skin samples were taken many times using the iNeedle, the iRazor and the iExfoliator, then scanned on the spot to check for impurities or signs of Windows use.
During some of these stops the blindfold was removed and I was subjected to a series of images of other successful IT companies and movements. I smiled when I noticed Tux the penguin, which was considered a sign of impurity. They knew how to deal with scumbags like me that thought about using other computing platforms. To make a long story short, after being hooked up to a car battery for a while, I realized the error of my ways and admitted that these other IT paths were impure and their developers really just wanted to be like Apple, but just weren’t Apple enough to pull it off. With this realization, I was finally admitted to the tomb of Jobs.
His mummified corpse sat on a beautiful brushed aluminum platform in the center of the room surrounded by LED lighting. He was dressed in a black turtleneck and slacks. Priests attended him 24 hours a day, and wore long red robes, that covered their entire bodies, including their faces. They chanted incantations in Objective-C and used Newtons to smack themselves in the face with, periodically, if they made an error in their code. Many cameras and iPads were in the room playing Apple specific content, including a track that continuously played snippets of Steve Jobs words of wisdom. I knew, when I heard him scream at a young employee for not being artistic enough, that he was the kind of man that I wanted to be like. A true corporate icon and champion of the American people!
I had been sent here on behalf of my desperate people. An iPhone had been recovered from yet another Terrorist/Pedophile and we needed Apple’s help to see the content on the phone. Just like in the past, we didn’t want the secrets of their encryptions, asking for this was considered treason after all, but for them to disable the feature that would destroy the data on the phone if a password was entered incorrectly 10 times. Then we would start the time consuming process of trying to force our way in. Who were we to judge one of the great corporations of our time? They created the best shiny things for pampered people after all and that was what was important.
I knelt before the altar and was fed a cracker with thermal paste on it. I then had to wash it down with G5 liquid cooling fluid, known as holy water in the this sacred place. I felt ill but began to make my request using the Objective-C language to start, as was required. And I said, line by line,
Comment:// A Program to Request Apple's Assistance on Behalf of the
//American People, now known as the Nation of Apple.
int main (int argc, const char * argv)
NSAutoreleasePool *pool = [[NSAutoreleasePool alloc] init];
NSLog (@"Please oh mighty and holy lords of Apple, grant us the means to protect ourselves, our children and our children's children from our enemies. Of course if you don't, I'll understand and realize I was wrong to ask in the first place. So say we all.");
Tim Cooks voice then came over an unseen speaker, and he said, “Code entered correctly. We will listen to thy request, as thou did wear proper, tasteful attire today and look douchebaggy enough to be listened to. Still, I would have preferred more grovelling.”
I then made my full request. Hoping and praying that I would be granted the means necessary to protect my loved ones by the holy of holies, CEO Tim Cook. Known as the messiah, Tim-esus in our new age. There was a myth that he would rise on the 3rd day after Apple switched to yet another processor type. Personally, I was hoping for ARM based computers. I should note that we were in the 10th year of the new Calendar. Known as 10 AA (After Apple).
After many hours of being forced to listen to Coldplay, and readings from the Book of Apple (a collection of technical manuscripts), I finally received an answer in the form of an iAssassin Droid which was sent into the room. It was a small, track based droid with an iPad for a face and needle tipped hands. Apple’s preferred method of execution was to inject enemies of the state with the Lithium/Polymer mixture used in their batteries. As it glided across the black, brushed aluminum floor, Tim Cooks’ voice started speaking through its small, yet impressive speaker, “sorry, but you are not artistic enough to make such a request and your impurity of using other computing products at some point in your life means that you must be eliminated for the good of the Nation of Apple. Your family will be sent new iPhones as compensation. For the glory of Apple!”
Luckily, the Droid was prettier than it was functional, a common problem with Apple products, and I was able to deploy a Raspberry Pi 300 Based Bodyguard Robot I had hidden in my butt to cover my escape. While I watched the little, far superior Modified Pi take out the trash using its flame throwers, I suddenly had a change of heart. My daughter had made the Droid in the tent city that we lived in, and urged me to take it in case things went south, I kept the details of how I would have to smuggle it in from her. As the Little Pi decimated the far inferior Apple product, the years of brainwashing melted away as I remembered what a person with proper knowledge could really do with a Raspberry Pi. The Pi’s were now being built in secret of course, and owning such banned technology was grounds for execution. Oddly, the priests did not follow. They just keep continuing to pray to their master.
The iAssassin Droid may have been able to repair itself, but it’s parts request to Apple Corporate took too long. Besides, no one wanted to risk having to pay a restocking fee for not getting the broken part back to Apple in time. After all, Apple never did tell you if it was a new or refurbished part. That was part of the fun of having Apple products. When your brand new stuff broke, it was “up yours valued customer” here is a used part that we may or may not have actually fixed for your new, broken, product.
Security was everywhere, yelling, “stop, in the name of his holiness, the Grand Inquisitor Cook, stop or it will hurt your family’s credit and ability to purchase our products!” But I kept running, soon I was dodging wave after wave of iPod style shuriken. I said my prayers, and hoped just to make it out alive. The Little Pi Continued to fight on, and blocked the shuriken from hitting me until it stopped working. It said, “I did this for our family,” before finally self-destructing.
I could hardly breathe through the thick smoke made up mostly of vintage clothing, burnt lattes, and iPhone cases. Suddenly an elite, underground team, of Ubuntu using rebels busted in with a giant Mech that looked like a Timberwolf from Mechwarrior 2. Even the few Microsoft guys that were around joined in with some half functioning robots based on T2 skeletons. They could only operate for about 15 minutes before being overcome by spyware and other viruses, but it provided me with enough time to get into the Timberwolf and get the fuck out of Cupertino. The team was tipped off by my son, who used TOR to communicate the date of the location to them. We would all be wanted for treason now, and as Apple proved many times, they only considered a child a good child if they were making batteries for them.
Tux class, armored shock troopers covered our escape, but in the end none made it out alive except for myself and the Timberwolf’s pilot. The pilot informed me that my family was being moved to a safe location in Canada, and that Apple iBombers were already in route, but they believed their Arudino based force fields would protect the convoy long enough to get away.
This day would be known as the day the corporate wars began.
So what has Apple’s contribution to computing really been lately? Sure, during the XP age they gave us a much better OS on slightly better hardware, then a better OS on the same hardware as any other mid-grade or better PC, while Microsoft and the big PC manufactures were having slap fights about who really should have secured XP, by the way it’s your own responsibility to secure your own computer but MS could have done more and should have done more for what they charge for their OS, but now Apple is just behind. Instead of being innovative lately they have just gone to court with everyone freezing the smartwatch market, stopping better tablet and phone companies from steamrolling over them just because they, god forbid, make better products than Apple, and the list goes on. In general, all they do now is disrupt forward progress. Showing again that Capitalism is good in short bursts, but after a while Mega-Corps like Apple just halt progress, removing the only arguably good thing about Capitalism, which is direct competition.
The following is an older story about how bad they suck at enterprise computing too that I meant to post a while ago but never got around to. I have had to buy lots of computers for companies over the years, and never did I have a company so stuck up about taking money from a well established, well financed organization as I did when I tried to buy two servers from Crapple (Apple). They confused our name with another company, did not tell us what was going on for weeks, and could not correct the issue for 2 months because of internal bureaucracy. I won’t disclose the amounts, but this was for two tower server with RAID cards. In the same period of time Dell got us 2 other servers, that were way better from a cost comparison standpoint with dual power supplies, and are still running well by the way (knock on wood), and approved us for several times the amount as Apple the same day we spoke with them. On top of that, after we went from OS 10.6 to 10.7, with a direct healthy upgrade, 10.7 had a lot of problem with the Open Directory transfer. We paid for support from Apple, but I did not speak with any technician that knew more than I did about it, and they abruptly ended the calls many times tell me “best of luck.” Fuck you asshole, I paid for proprietary support and hardware so I wouldn’t have issues in the first place, and now that we have a problem, you’re telling me to Google it and best of luck. I did all of those things before calling them btw, because proprietary phone support is almost always useless, except in the Open Source world, because of actual competition for support. This was back in the early days of their software only OS releases, so re-installing took forever over our network too. They of course did not have a simple method to rapidly re-install an OS, like a DVD, in the box. Also, what the hell with the whole anti- Blu Ray shit with Apple. Apple has been telling us what we want instead of giving us what we want for a long time now. Regardless of their personal beliefs, if I pay that much for a system it better have an optical drive in there capable of reading any current standard and most of the old ones including crazy shit like the bacteria types off of my chest hair pre-insalled. Also, it better be the fucking Honda of optical drives in there too, meaning cutting edge and dependable, oh and made somewhere with a decent quality of life like Japan or the US. Anyway, their support sucks for enterprise, their OS sucks, their distribution sucks, their pricing sucks, and now their expand-ability has gone from sucks to unacceptably bad. Hey Apple, why don’t you take those thunderbolt break-out boxes and cram them up your ass? I want to put stuff inside of my server, to god forbid, improve performance and save space. Anyway, I’ll just purchase real servers, for less money, from a better company, that cost less and are still expandable. They will almost all have Linux on them at this point. Seriously, how is Apple still in business? I know, I know, like Harley, they build shit but have a cult following of people that just don’t know any better.
I just realized that all of the reviews I wrote on Amazon that received non-helpful votes are most likely from the people trying to sell bad products. For example, there was one I wrote about the awful experience I had with a Sony Walkman and Sony itself that was based on real life experience using the product as instructed. The seller was trying to sell a “rare” version of it at an inflated price, which is even funnier since it sucks pretty hard as a player, and paying more for a fancier version of it is almost like literally paying more for a shiny piece of shit. Anyway, I can only take this to mean that my reviews are helping steer people clear of buying inferior merchandise, and this is just the sellers, hardcore fans, etc. getting mad that they can’t sell their garbage as easily. So to all of us with some non-helpful votes for reviews, keep up the good work. It’s probably helping keep bad products out of unsuspecting consumers hands, money out of scumbags hands, and making the manufacturers make better products in general. Oh yeah, I have lots of helpful votes too for other things :).
Reason number 100 million to use this instead of Netflix.
100,000,000 = It works on Ubuntu/Linux. Now the real question is what would the official naming of Ubuntu be according to hardcore Linux guys. GNU/Ubuntu/Linux, GNU/Linux/Ubuntu, etc.?
100,000,001 = It’s $40 a year if you’re a student and as a student you should be using Linux.
Ok, so the title is pretty offensive. I get that. As much as I go back and forth on the whole Apple love/hate thing I have to say that overall I think Jobs dying is a bad thing. Yep, you heard me say that. I know that many of you are shocked, but as I highlighted when he resigned I didn’t think that he did a whole lot at Apple, other than be a figure head anyway. Still, we can’t deny that he did make some very smart decisions that definitely helped change the world for the better. One thing I’ve always been annoyed about is the fact that he got a liver transplant. Not that I think people that are sick shouldn’t get them, but having cancer usually puts a person very low on the list of people that can get livers and other organs. I think it’s outright disgusting that he somehow got one anyway. Of course none of us can be 100% sure how that happened, conspiracy theories lead us to believe that some poor person in a 3rd world country may be an entire liver short. It probably was just part of someone else’s liver…. Then again perhaps they just took it from one of the many people that jump off of the Foxconn building every year, oh yeah, they put up nets now so you don’t have to feel as bad that manufacturing iPhones, etc. in China leads to this… Anyway, as influential as he was let us not forget that if someone down the ladder, that arguably actually made the products that saved the company, got as sick, thanks to our health care system, they probably would not have the same priority for getting a transplant as Jobs did, which obviously was a bad move because he didn’t make it that long anyway. I know it’s sad, he was influential, but those are the facts. 56 is not an old age in modern society. I personally put a lot more value on the many brilliant people that decide to get paid, in comparison to Jobs, like crap to work in the health care and educational fields and would hope that they could all get the same considerations to receive an organ transplant if they were ill that Jobs did, but know that they would not. Oh well, anyway, I know this was cynical, but what the hell? Are we going to cry when Donald Trump dies too? Sob, he made too much money, and now he can’t anymore, and we’ll only have to deal with the generations of asshole millionaires that he left behind that get to live off of his legacy. Oh my God, what will we do if their wealth gets distributed more equally?! I don’t even want to live in a world that’s that fair :(. By the way, I’m being sarcastic, for the Apple zealots that are oiling up their iLasers as they’re finishing this post. Still, in the end I won’t rejoice that someone has passed, I’ll just say that I wish things were more equal in general and his passing reminds me that they’re not, among other things, like reminding me that OSX is a better OS than Windows, and that my iPod ended up being way more reliable than my Sony Walkman.
I don’t usually like to comment on rumors, but considering the bs and trouble that Apple gave people that were buying legit copies of OSX and trying to run them on non-Apple computers, at first anyway, I don’t think it’s too crazy to think that Microsoft may do something just as stupid. ZDnet ran an article about a rumor that Windows 8 new secure boot functionality may block Linux dual booting. link to the article I’m talking about
I have to say that after performing a few Windows 7 workstation upgrades and a Server 2008 R2 migration I am more pleased with Windows products than in the past, but still appalled at how crappy their migration tools are. In some cases they don’t even really exist. In general, they are a long way away from the ease of upgrade that a UNIX or OSX server provides and are of course the Windows products are very expensive, and of course there are 96 versions of the Windows server OS to choose from to make your life even more confusing. By the way, I know Apple and servers is a sore subject now, you can get the software, but machines… Anyway, of course the largest software company in the world is releasing this kind of garbage, but hey AD is pretty good right? Oh and like GM has shown us they’re too big to fail. Anyway, perhaps they’re just waiting for responses to the rumors to decide what to do for sure.
Money aside I have found GNU/Linux to be not only free, but free and awesome. It is my main platform even for supporting other platforms, and allows me to keep my machines around for a long time. In fact, thanks to Linux, I often don’t even have to buy new machines. People give me old Windows machines, that are jacked up with spyware, and I erase them, put Linux on them and run them for an average of at least 3 more years giving the machines a total of a 6 or 7 year lifespan. This is something our environment could certainly benefit from and a model that the most of the proprietary wold is not very interested in, cause they’re assholes. Although I have old machines around to run the WinDoze on, if Microsoft goes this route I won’t be inclined to buy a copy of Windows. Still I wonder if my reaction is the one that most users are going to have. Something tells me not. I just don’t like to feel like I’m being punished for not being totally loyal to Microsoft. I’m sure someone will argue that this is just part of the new boot system, but I’m sure that they can not be dicks about it and figure out a way to not screw us on dual booting too. In general, I’d like to feel like the machine I paid for is actually mine and not just really on loan because of licensing BS, although in many ways it’s been that way for years for those that use proprietary software. Anyway, I’d love to get some feedback on this one.
Those of you who know me are probably surprised that it took me so long to write about this. You know that I have a love/hate, mostly hate, relationship with Apple. I think OSX (well up to 10.6 anyway) is still better than Windows, although I am impressed with Windows 7 but am still most impressed with Ubuntu Linux. 10.7 looks ok, but I’m not nuts about it yet and need more time to evaluate it. Overall, it seems like it wants to make my computer an iPad and I like having a computer so that’s lame. I still think that OSX was best around the 10.3 age when Apple seemed to get, or pretended to get, that a company can produce proprietary software, and embrace open source, while still making buckets of money. They then started to lock the OS down shortly after. Those of us who remember the pre-OSX days, when they were very proprietary, remember that they almost went out of business. I think that this had to do a lot with their inflexibility. Anyway, back to the main point. One of the stories I watched on Steve Jobs resigning was from ABC News, basically claiming that Jobs was responsible (the tone seemed to hint at directly responsible) for the creation and success of the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and basically walked on water. Maybe the story was just trying to be kind to a man that has helped influence technology and is on his way out. The overall picture is much worse, of course. As depicted in “Pirates of Silicon Valley” Jobs is not a man to be personally respected as far as being a human being goes and as far as technological innovation goes, give me a break, it’s not like he personally developed all of the innovations that have made Apple successful. People that think that any one individual can make great change, be it a CEO or president, are living in the past. It takes teams of strong, intelligent individuals to do that. Jobs may have put some money into technologies that other teams had been working on before he even came back to Apple, like the iPod, but just because he had enough sense to put some more resources into those technologies doesn’t mean that he deserves the credit for their success. The teams working on those products do. It’s time that we give credit where credit is due to the underpaid, hard working people in the background that actually make innovations happen, that work like dogs for companies like Apple, under the direction of overpaid jerks like Jobs. It’s time that we stop putting so much stock in any one individual, and realize that Apple, as a company, always diverts back to some creepy, ultra-proprietary model. No matter how cool their stuff is, they will always be trying to lock you into some creepy model where they get you to buy everything from them (which is expected) and lock you out of working on your hardware, which is awful for the environment (from not being able to replace your own battery easily in an iPod or iPhone, which shows the hipocracy in their “Greener Apple” document to the inservicable iPad that people can’t buy enough of.) I’ve commented in the past on their DRM policies and the pinnacle of creepiness surrounding the iTunes store, media-control and their click-through agreements. They’re a creepy, irresponsible large corporation, and although they may not be worse than the next corporation, in many respects, the award of total irresponsibility belongs to the company as a whole, not just to Steve Jobs. As I’ve said before and I’ll say again, these companies often take from open source, then try to lock it down, then over charge us for it. Why don’t we just use open source instead? Applications have and will come to GNU/Linux if we support it like we support Apple for screwing us. Just watch the stupid battle over the Galaxy tablet in Europe that’s going on right now. Even though the Galaxy tablet runs on a totally different OS, and multi-touch was originally developed by a University, not by Apple, they can’t help but pretend that Samsung is stealing from them because of the size of the tablet. That’s like saying that because a Toyota Corolla and a Honda Civic are about the same size that they’re the same, and that Honda is stealing from Toyota, but we all know that isn’t true. We know that cars in general have similar characteristics, just like tablets will too. It’s just another way for Apple to withhold technology from the consumer. Anyway, overall Jobs wasn’t that important, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we can move towards more fair, just forms of capitalism, like employee-owned companies where some narcissistic, dead-beat dad (well only up to a certain point I guess), d-bag like like Steve Jobs, can’t be king of his domain and fire an employee that isn’t “Apple enough” just because he’s having a bad day, etc. You know, where the employees that actually make companies work have representation without having to form a corrupt union, which will just lead to a monarchy or mafia style hierarchy, or fight though an intentionally inefficient legal system that favors large companies. I would say good riddance, but again I never thought that he was that important, except to idiots that think that he was directly making the products that we see today. I really think that some old people, and a few young people, really think that he was directly coding iOS, for example. In closing I think it’s tough to say for sure, but the company probably would have been successful with or without Jobs stepping back into the picture. Let’s not forget about all of the money that Microsoft gave Apple while they were undergoing anti-trust lawsuits, and all of the awesome free code that they got to use in OSX thanks to NetBSD, etc. Perhaps it was just the right time, and not the right CEO, that made Apple successful again.