Apple (neé Apple Computer) was founded in 1976. During that time, they have shot themselves in the foot, by my count, approximately 8,753 times.
Their technology has consistently been years ahead of the competition. Heck, Mac OS 8.6, on my ancient iBook, is still superior to Windows XP. (Naturally it’s better than Vista. Windows 3.1 is better than Vista. Vista is Windows Millenium Edition for the new millenium.) When it comes to getting and retaining customers, however, Apple is, and always has been, clueless. This has been evident from its early refusal to license its operating system, to its iTunes lock-in with iPods, to the latest — a refusal to accept cash for iPhones in an attempt to limit purchases for resale.
Hold on a second, let me check the currency in my wallet… Yep. The government still says it’s “legal tender for all debts, public and private.” I’m no lawyer, but this seems plain to me. Apparently, however, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, Apple’s new policy is perfectly legal.
I plan to load Ubuntu Linux on my new laptop because I don’t like Microsoft installing updates against my wishes and without my knowledge. The only thing that’s kept me from buying a Mac, up to now, has been the price. Now, it’s a matter of principle.