Ballmer: Apple is over

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“Apple gained about one point, but now I think the tide has really turned back the other direction,” Ballmer said, via webcast. “The economy is helpful. Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment — same piece of hardware — paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that’s a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be.”

via TechFlash

And now, the end is near;
And so Apple faces the final curtain.
My friend, I’ll say it clear,
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

It’s lived a life that’s full.
It’s traveled each and ev’ry i-highway;
And more, much more than this,
It did it Jobs’ way.

The economy is why it’s damned,
It’s hard to convince consumers to pay,
$500 for a just a brand,
but we did it Jobs’ way.

And sure, OS X is strong,
and Vista sucks, what more can we say,
but we can’t trust fanboy blogs,
So we’ll do it Jobs’ way.

Regrets, they’ve come up short;
But then again, too few times to mention.
It allowed Microsoft to port,
Office 10 without exemption.

It planned each iTunes tune;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than Zune,
It did it Jobs’ way.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When it bit off more than it could chew.
But through it all, when the future was hard to know,
It stole BSD and added Cocoa.
It faced it all and it stood tall;
And did it Jobs’ way.

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