Steve Jobs vs. Steve Ballmer — with bonus music videos!
Most of you reading this blog already know that Microsoft is one of my most-despised companies on the entire planet. I absolutely ABHOR anything that has to do with Microsoft.
I have about a hundred different reasons for this, but I think Steve Jobs himself best sums up all of my primary reasons here:
Ha, maybe the thing that despises me the most about Microsoft is the comment that it makes about our society. Our society is sooo filled with people who strive for nothing more than mediocrity that these very same people have spent the last 25 years rushing out to purchase mediocre (at best) products from Microsoft.
And speaking of mediocrity, if you can stand a video filled with documented lies, here’s Steve Ballmer. Remember when watching this video that just about everything he says in this video is a lie, including his deliberate misquoting of Steve Jobs about Apple and partnerships:
Look, I don’t care if someone is the cashier at the McDonald’s drive-thru (which is a summer job I held in junior high school)… just strive to be your best at whatever you do! While I was bending over backwards to take care of the drive-thru customers at McDonald’s, I remember most of the rest of the staff lounging around in the back, smoking cigarettes, making fun of me (the young computer nerd) for trying so hard.
Apple is the company that tries really hard to make your life better & easier & more productive. Meanwhile, Microsoft is lounging around in the back, smoking cigarettes, laughing at Apple:
Steve Ballmer always loves to talk about price in his videos (and in Microsoft’s new TV advertisements), but the old mantra is true:
You really do get what you pay for.
Now look, I’m not against saving money when the quality has been standardized. For example, a coca-cola on sale at Ralph’s for 50¢ is going to taste exactly the same as a $9 coca-cola at an upscale bar (yes, I have ridiculously paid $9 for a coca-cola before).
But when the quality varies wildly — like with a prostitute, perhaps — you’re going to want to spend the most money you can on the best quality that you can find.
Microsoft is the disease-infested hooker on the street who will lead your life into a fearful dead-end where you either want to kill yourself or take meth for the rest of your life.
Apple, on the other hand… well, I can’t even use a hooker analogy for Apple. Apple is the classy, respectful, funny, sweet, sexually playful, thoughtful girl that you fall in love with in high school and end up marrying — and she inspires you & motivates you to courageously go after your dreams:
In fact, Microsoft’s recent treatment of me at MacWorld Expo 2009 in San Francisco proved even more why I hate Microsoft so much. Unfortunately, this is one experience that I don’t have a YouTube video of.
I walked up to 2 representatives at the Microsoft booth and began sharing a few of my feature requests for Microsoft’s Mac email program known as Entourage. (MacWorld Expo is the venue where consultants like myself are allowed to do just that — speak DIRECTLY with the software engineers at various tech companies to share our thoughts about their products and to get into valuable discussions about the future with the very people whom we normally wouldn’t have access to. It’s normally completely fulfilling & rewarding.)
Anyways, my Entourage feature requests were very intelligent, and were features that are already present in Apple’s Mail program and Microsoft’s Outlook program. I just wanted these same features brought over to Entourage as well. So I started speaking to these representatives at the Microsoft booth, and the first representative completely walked away while I was mid-sentence! I have no idea where he disappeared to. Then, the other Microsoft representative (taking his cue from the first employee, no doubt) LITERALLY TURNED HIS BACK ON ME as I continued speaking!
It was like something out of a Hollywood movie: the Microsoft representative literally turned his back on me to… look at empty space? There was nobody else at the booth. I don’t think anybody has ever turned their back on me before in my entire life! I actually called him out on his rude behavior and said, “Hey, that is really rude. I’m in the middle of a sentence and you turn your back on me?” He turned around for a quick moment to say, “Look, I don’t know what to tell you… we don’t have the resources to handle feature requests from customers.” And he turned his back on me again.
There you go, folks — that’s how Microsoft treats its customers.
Is it any surprise, then, that Microsoft tries to HIDE ITS VERY NAME from many of the products it sells — such as the Xbox and the Zune? Go ahead, take a look at an Xbox or a Zune… you won’t see the Microsoft name or logo anywhere.
Is it any wonder, then, that Microsoft’s very own employees don’t use their own products?
Meanwhile, Apple proudly stamps its Apple logo front & center on every single one of their products. And 91% of Apple employees approve of the job that their CEO Steve Jobs is doing. The highest ranking in the entire tech industry.
So, since all of these problems at Microsoft stem from the top down, let’s take an additional look at the top of Microsoft. Let’s take a look at what Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, acts like in public. Is this really the man whom you want to be purchasing your technology products from?
It’s completely embarrassing how he tries to muster up fake enthusiasm from the crowd, who knows that they are completely INCIDENTAL AND IRRELEVANT to Microsoft.
And here’s Ballmer trying to sell the very first version of Windows 1.0, back in the 80’s. I think this man might be better fit as a used-car salesman:
Compare those videos to any one of the hundreds of Steve Jobs presentations on the web. Here’s just ONE of Steve Jobs’ many presentations — this is the one when he first introduced the iPhone to the world:
I also posted 2 other Steve jobs videos in this blog entry, where you can’t even contain the roaring enthusiasm from the crowd. All from a man who is very calmly & thoughtfully delivering innovation after innovation to the public.
I shall now leave you with a panoply of entertainment, courtesy of Steve Ballmer:
First is the music video remix of Steve Ballmer’s “developer” chant:
Then, the “Young Frankenstein” remake you may have missed in theatres, called “Young FrankenSteve”:
Folks, life is short. Stop supporting Microsoft. It’s better for you and the world around you.
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