Monthly Archives: July 2008


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

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… Read more »

That Chocolate Rain guy just called me

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… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

Not cool, people

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… Read more »

I owe John Markoff an apology

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… Read more »

Why PR matters

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… Read more »