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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  1. Down Under I have not seen a single television report on anything about the CES, yet every TV news buletin on each network I have switched to today has given a broad and positive report on the iPhone. Love it.

  2. Dells’s and Microsoft’s BS will fertilize the Apple trees. The lazy and dull giants of PC-dom are still stumbling around in the 20th century, Apple has leapt into the 21st century and has set the standard…again. Just wait till Apple’s releases the next models with more features and lower cost. Eventually, the novelty will wear off and these devices will gradually become the ubiquitous appliance or tool Apple expects them to be. Nothing will speak to the success of Apple as the iPhone’s commonality. Apple expects 1% of marketshare, hardly. Conservatively, I see Apple grabbing more than 4% of North America, Europe, and Asia marketshare in 3 years.

  3. This quote from Dell gets me “I think our announcements are going to get the recognition they deserve,” ya know what, I agree – cause this is the 1st thing I have seen about Dell’s keynote and I can’t begin to count how much I seen read about the Iphone. My 9 year old niece told me Regis and Kelly were talking about it (yesterday), how they did that I don’t know.

  4. Poor Mike. Look at what he has to look forward to: A new product cycle with Vista. Whoopdee Doo. A gaming machine that looks like a Walk/Don’t Walk sign. Wow, truly stunning. Planting trees… maybe he should concentrate on something he might be good at, like digging holes.

    Personal computing took a giant leap yesterday, and he won’t be able to participate in it at all. All he can do is beg at the doors of Redmond for another bucket of band-aids to run his hacked-together commodity trash. His company can NEVER build anything like this.
    No one can.

    The desktop war, we lost.
    The laptop war, we’re holing our own.
    The handheld war… well, I think it might already be over.



    MW: ‘reported’ (but not remembered)

  5. Dell and Greenpeace…..mediocrity deserves each other. One used the other as a destrcutive tool to spread FUD about Apple. Greenpeace lets itself be used because they get cahs (and probably free computers) to fund their ‘soon to be obsolete’ cell phones.

    Plant a tree…what a load of crap. It would work better that for every Dell switcher to Mac, one plants a tree. We will save both the earth and a poor hapless PC user.

  6. It has created quite a stir I must agree. I’m on my favourite soccoer team site now and theres a 3 page thread on it already ffs.
    As I say, I don’t understand too much about the way gadgets work etc,I just love to use them, but surely this means that because the buttons etc can change, then software/firmware updates can add completely new features to this baby? Think that may have been what Jobs implied in the keynote anyway. Not sure really what you could do with it.

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