I hereby decree that it is against the law not to add a question mark after the word Microsoft.
The Zune is a metaphor for their entire enterprise. And that's not a compliment.
It's not that I think Microsoft? is dead. It's just that I think they need a daily reminder in Redmond that they need to find a new value proposition quick. or they'll go the way of the dinosaur...and become IBM.
It's not that IBM doesn't make money. It's just that they're not dangerous anymore to anyone. Except to themselves. Steve Ballmer vs. Linux and the free world.
Even when Microsoft?'s trying to help us get paid (you know, patents and copyrights do drive innovation, pay the mortgage and send the kids to school whether you like it or not), they're still the bad guy. It's like the playground bully asking his terrified classmates why he wasn't invited to the pipsqueak's birthday bash.
Karma is a bitch.
And spending $6 billion on aQuantive cant help you. Microsoft? or Freedom? Take your pick.
(If you have no idea what this post is about, start here:http://paulgraham.com/microsoft.html)
And for those in the Wondaland Arts Society keeping score, that's:
Chuck's Magic Macs: 100
Nate's Micro?s: 0