Monthly Archives: July 2008

31st Jul, 2008

Leave Steve Jobs alone!

By | July 31st, 2008|Tech|163 Comments

This is sick and wrong. I give it two thumbs up.

31st Jul, 2008

Michael Dell calls to non-comment on his own weight loss

By | July 31st, 2008|Tech|76 Comments

Just picked up the phone here at the DanCave and it was Michael Dell. He goes, “This is Michael Dell. You think I’m the uninspiring leader of a has-been PC company that’s never created a single original product in its entire 24-year-history, and I think you’re a pus-filled fistula on the ass-crack of humanity. Got a minute to catch up?” Michael Dell went on to tell me that he has […]

31st Jul, 2008

That Chocolate Rain guy just called me

By | July 31st, 2008|Personal|33 Comments

No kidding. I’m working at home today and the home phone just rang and it was Tay Zonday, the Chocolate Rain guy, whose voice totally sounds exactly like it does on that video. He goes, “This is Tay Zonday. You think I’m a one-hit wonder with some kind of gland problem, and I think you’re a demented hack who needs to get his nuts cut out. Could you spare a few […]

29th Jul, 2008

John Mayer gives his dad Mac tech support, tears out own hair

By | July 29th, 2008|Tech|56 Comments

If you’ve ever tried to give over-the-phone tech support to a parent, you’ll appreciate this. My version of this video would involve my dad calling up to tell me his POS Windows machine “can’t open that photo you sent me,” and me begging my dad, over and over and over again, to just please go out and buy a goddamn Mac already. Aaaaaargh!

29th Jul, 2008

IBM develops software to help old people remember stuff

By | July 29th, 2008|Tech|12 Comments

See the CNET story about it here. They’re calling it Pensieve and it’s aimed at oldsters. I wonder what made them think of this.

29th Jul, 2008

Not cool, people

By | July 29th, 2008|Tech|32 Comments


Look, MobileMe is having a few teeny tiny problems. Is that any reason to jump all over Apple about this? Or to put up Web sites like this spoof of MobileMe called “FailMe”? I think not. Worse yet, now Fortune is wondering who’s to blame for MobileMe and suggesting that the fault may lie with Dear Leader himself. Canyoufrigginbelieveit? The poor guy can’t catch a break. FWIW, I just […]

29th Jul, 2008

I owe John Markoff an apology

By | July 29th, 2008|Tech|33 Comments

Recently I wrote about how the scoop about Steve’s surgery had leaked out in the Times under the byline of John Markoff (my original post is here) and I suggested that Apple PR had arranged for the info to leak to Markoff because he’s one of the few journos they consider friendly to Apple. I also wrote that “there’s a reason this story leaked out in the Times and under Markoff’s byline, and […]

29th Jul, 2008

Why PR matters

By | July 29th, 2008|Tech|18 Comments

Here is Apple’s stock chart since May. In that time period Apple has reported strong earnings and released a smash hit product, the 3G iPhone. It’s had lines out the doors of its retail stores, and has had to start opening earlier in the day to accommodate demand. To be sure, Apple also has warned about product transitions and soft consumer demand. And MobileMe has had some issues. But the real […]

29th Jul, 2008

Silicon Apartment shows Steve practicing his opening line

By | July 29th, 2008|Tech|6 Comments

See here. Funny stuff.

28th Jul, 2008

Kevin Rose calls to non-rebut rumors about Digg and Google acquisition talks

By | July 28th, 2008|Tech|36 Comments

More amazing scoops at the RDL blog today. My Skype just buzzed, with a call from a name I didn’t recognize, and I picked up and it was Kevin Rose of Digg. He goes, “This is Kevin Rose. You think I’m a self-absorbed lothario who is secretly only seventeen years old and who once bragged to BusinessWeek about being worth $60 million even though I didn’t have a dime, and I […]