Total eclipse of Michael Dell goes off as predicted

“By most measures, Apple Computer Inc.’s Steve Jobs famous unveilings in front of staunch loyalists would be a tough act to follow. Imagine then, going head-to-head with the legendary CEO. That’s what Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Inc. and a legend himself, was up against Tuesday,” May Wong reports for The Associated Press.

“The two influential leaders delivered keynotes simultaneously — Jobs at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco and Dell at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,” Wong reports.

Wong reports, “The auditorium hosting Jobs’ keynote held 4,000 people and still wasn’t large enough. Given the sold-out crowd, many more were sitting cross-legged and kneeling in the aisles with rapt attention as Jobs, always the consummate showman, joked with the audience and debuted a highly anticipated cell phone and set-top box, which he called ‘revolutionary.’ The ballroom hosting Dell’s keynote also had a capacity of 4,000 people but was barely half full.”

Wong reports, “As a co-founder of Apple, Jobs has always been considered a leader of a cult of sorts, a loyal group of Macintosh fans, and anyone in his presence is subject to his ‘reality distortion field.’ Windows-based PC users, on the other hand, are typically not as fanatical about their machines.”

MacDailyNews Take: There is a reason for that and everybody, including May Wong, knows it- even if they won’t report it.

Wong continues, “Dell, meanwhile, introduced a new environmental ‘Plant a Tree for Me’ program in which it offered to plant a tree for every PC sold.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yawn. How, uh, obsequious of him; in a non-riveting, yet totally transparent sort of way. Joining Greenpeace, Mikey? Care to contribute a little something or have you already? Hey, when’s the next Apple Store picket?

Wong continues, “In an interview after his speech, Dell said he wasn’t worried about his company’s news getting overshadowed by the media attention for Apple. ‘I think our announcements are going to get the recognition they deserve,’ he said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Exactly. Crickets chirping.

Wong continues, “The two trade shows are booked years in advance. CES typically begins the first week of January, and Macworld the second week. Often in the past, the tail end of CES coincides with the beginning of Macworld. But this year, Jobs’ opening keynote landed on the second day of CES.”

“Gary Shapiro, president and chief executive of the Consumer Electronics Association, said the organization decided many years ago to start pushing down the opening date of CES to allow its thousands of exhibitors more breathing room following the New Year,” Wong reports. “Shapiro said the association has invited Jobs to deliver a keynote at CES in the past. ‘Steve Jobs turned it down,’ Shapiro said, ‘but he said he’d be happy to come if we change the date.'”

Full article here.
Let’s see: attend a keynote presented by some dime-a-dozen Windows-centric box assembler or a keynote by the man who defined the personal computer industry and who is rapidly taking over the CE industry? What a tough choice.

So, every day is Arbor Day at Dell? Kudos, Mikey. Now get back to work kissing your market share buh-bye while figuring out how you’re going to sell the company and give the money back to the shareholders.

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45 Comments

  1. One other little tidbit I found out in reading articles about CES:

    IT’S NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC!!!

    Anyone who’s registered for a conference session can attend Steve’s Keynote, and for only $45 you can experience all the joys of the Exhibit Hall…while at CES you evidently have to be a media or industry bigwig to find out what the Next Big Thang is.

  2. You got to be kidding right Plant a tree for me . Your know how much paper Dell company use. They can’t plant enough tree to supply them. You need a form for this and that , you need to sign this form to just to get in the place. You need to forms to dam near do everything at Dell and they want to start a dum program like plant a tree for every PC we buy.
    This company really don’t have a clue about anything do they ? Do they know how much energy it take to make plastic and metal?
    WHAY A BOTTOMFEEDER

  3. Not only did Steve Jobs eclipse Michael Dell, he eclipsed the entire CES. I just watched the keynote in QuickTime, and he did an amazing presentation.

    I was watching G4 TV’s Attack of the Show program. The two regular hosts were at CES reporting on that show. But all they could talk about for the first 15 minutes of the program was iPhone. And they are doing a special report on iPhone on tomorrow’s show, apparently.

    Great job to all the web sites doing the blow-by-blow updates during the keynote.

    I also went to the Expo in the afternoon, and I saw the iPhone prototype. There were only two on display in glass encased rotating displays. The person doing the hourly exhibit hall stage presentation had one. And Steve Jobs has one. It’s even more impressive in person.

  4. I still don’t understand why Apple couldn’t have provided a separate iPod-oriented device with the touchscreen technology. I wouldn’t mind the added thickness for the hard drive. I was ready to order it no questions asked, no reviews, no real-life photos. I was going to order it as soon as it appeared on the Apple store online.

    You really let me down, Steve. I want that thing so bad and have absolutely no use for most of its functions. And 8gb isn’t even half my music collection.

  5. Now that Apple Computer seems to have reached an agreement with the Beatles;

    (a) Apple was finally able to drop the Computer from its name;
    as it no longer has to keep its trademark distinctly separate from
    the Beatles Apple Corp. Now the Beatles are Apple Corp. and are
    happy to coexist with Apple Inc.

    (b) Steve Jobs was finally able to play Beatles songs in his iPhone
    demo — which makes the arrival of the Beatles music catalog to
    the iTunes store a likely near term event;

    The delay in the release of the iPhone is probably related to the
    fact that it runs Leopard which is not coming out until the 2nd
    quarter, it seems.

    And probably no new major hardware announcement until Intel
    releases its new Santa Rosa Chipset also in 2Q07 — which is
    probably needed to support some of Apple’s next generation
    hardware technology. In fact Leopard may be needed to drive
    Santa Rosa motherboard technology forward, which may also
    be why Leopard has to wait before it’s released to the wild, no?

  6. “I still don’t understand why Apple couldn’t have provided a separate iPod-oriented device with the touchscreen technolgy.”

    They will, believe me. The introduced iPhone is a high-end all-in-one thingy, not a product for the masses. We will see a widescreen, touchscreen true video iPod later this year, but only Jobs knows when.

    (BTW, I’d rather call the iPhone the MacPhone, MacPod, or MacMobile or something like that. The phone is just one aspect in it. Guess the name iPhone was already so entrenched in the public mind that they decided to go with it.)

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