The recent diatribe that Calacanis scribbled out has been difficult to comment on.
I’ve commented on it on a few blogs, and my basic approach is that the content of what he wrote is pointless drivel, it’s the effect that it has on his profile that matters.
If he was serious in his comments, then:
a) It would have been much shorter and to the point
b) Would have been better researched and water-tight
c) Wouldn’t have seemed like the rambling writings of someone writing off the cuff, wanting to say something, anything controversial to make himself relevant again.
But, with all that aside, when you condense the it all down, you can say that the point of his ‘article’ was to point out that Apple either is, or is in danger of, becoming evil.
You know – evil. Bad. Not good.
Just like Microsoft was accused of being, but worse. A lot worse.
Calacanis apparently left Microsoft a decade ago and embraced Apple, but now he’s saying that Apple is even worse.
The cheques must have bounced.
But how bad were Microsoft? Some would argue (and I’m amongst them), that nothing has changed and Microsoft are just as bad as they ever were, they’ve just got better and covering their tracks, but how low are Microsoft willing to go?
Take a look at this very interesting article over at Rixstep, entitled, “Windows: The Next Killer Application on the Internet.”
Choice comments from the “lovely, not evil at all, and is not evil as Apple” company are:
They were going to replace the DNS with their own proprietary technology.
They were going to replace electronic mail with their own proprietary technology.
They were going to replace the world wide web with their own proprietary technology.
This was 1994, but again, as Calacanis’s article content isn’t the point, it’s the underlying message, the same applies here.
The same people, the same attitude, the same evil, still perpetuates at Microsoft.
What’s Apple been accused of? Nothing that a few policy changes wouldn’t fix.
What’s Microsoft been accused of? Nothing short of making a fascist state of the internet.
To say that Apple are worse than Microsoft is insulting, and shows that Calacanis’s reasoning is flawed and suspect. I don’t trust him – or Microsoft.