Daniel Lyons: The Mac is dead; Steve Jobs: ‘Completely wrong. Just wait.’

By SteveJack

Unfortunately, no matter where you go, be it a school classroom, office, sports stadium, The United Nations, etc., there always seems to be some dysfunctional royal asshole about whom everyone else just rolls their eyes and tries to avoid. This person thinks they are the smartest person in the room, by far, when they’re usually quite the opposite.

They also have a penchant for being a wiseass who likes to try to push everyone’s buttons, ostensibly to create some sort of warped joy in their torturous lives. Likely, they see the eyes rolling from 50-feet away, but since they’re so horribly maladjusted, they’ve taught themselves to ignore it; deluding themselves that because they’re so damn “smart,” all of the world’s idiots are simply too stupid to like them. Button-pushing is their refuge; the only “joy” they can find – because everyone else knows they’re a royal asshole to be avoided whenever possible and dealt with only when necessary.

Which brings us to Daniel Lyons.

This sad piece of work toils for Newsweek, an irrelevant, failing, terminally-biased rag destined for bankruptcy or worse: Having to continue filling its paltry few remaining pages with scribbles from the likes of Daniel Lyons, royal asshole. All of the good people who used to work for Newsweek are long gone to greener pastures. The bottom of the barrel is all that remains.

Under the headline, “RIP, Macintosh,” Lyons taunts, “Dear Macintosh, I hate to tell you this, but my guess is you’ve probably been sensing it already. I don’t know any good way to say it so let me just be blunt: You’ve been dropped. Dumped. It’s over. I’m sorry. I know this hurts. But you need to face up to the truth… The future of Apple is no longer centered around the Macintosh. You Mac guys just got kicked to the curb, relegated to the steaming dung heap of the past.”

Full article – Think Before You Click™here.

Steve Jobs replies

Instead of making things up and spewing his nasty concoction in a futile attempt to fill a bottomless hole in his empty blackened soul, Macsimum News’ Dennis Sellers went straight to the source: “I fired off a quick email to Steve Jobs about the ‘obit’ and asked him about it. His terse reply: ‘Completely wrong. Just wait.'”

Full article here.

SteveJack is a long-time Macintosh user, web designer, multimedia producer and a semi-regular contributor to the MacDailyNews Opinion section who, among other things, basically described the iPhone on December 10, 2002.


  1. @ His Shadow
    No it’s not you. There is an organized campaign by competitors of Apple to compensate bloggers and also actually hire people to create bad Apple image, as a way to try to compete in this gold rush for a piece of the new mobile landscape

  2. Daniel is right. We can’t have it both ways. We’ve had the specter of cloud based computing and SaaS (Software as a Service and Storage as a Service) hanging over the conventional computing paradigm now for some time.

    Everyone who can see knows that the shift is going to be to smaller, less powerful, Internet dependent devices like the iPad. Apple’s iPad and iOS are strong indicators of the future. In fact, the iPhone, The iPad, Cloud Computing, and the App Store are like the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse for conventional computing.

    The days of the powerful general purpose do anything you want computer are over. The world of so called curated computing is starting.

    John Gage, the 6th employee of Sun Microsystems, is famous for saying “the network is the computer.” When he coined the phrase, few understood it, but these days the meaning is apparent. The Internet has evolved to host many functions that were traditionally housed on local computers and networks. The network has indeed become the computer.

    We can’t just sit back and pretend that the iPad only effects Windows. The truth is as goes Windows, so goes the Mac.

    Not just conventional computers, but the entire conventional IT landscape is changing. As more and more companies shift functionality to the cloud, the IT departments will vanish as well.

    Welcome to the 21st century. It’s an iPad world. You just don’t know it yet.

  3. “…The iPad, Cloud Computing, and the App Store are like the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse for conventional computing….”
    Copyright TheloniousMac

    I will sue you.

  4. You need a Mac to create the apps on the iOS, I think this is one reason the Mac is seeing record sales. Yes it may be a truck now, but there is still a lot of trucks on the road. Trucks tend to bring in more money into the auto makers.
    I think the Mac boys did not give him a reach around and pay on their way out. Something had to make him so bitter.

    Read his article on iPhone 4 vs. EVO 4G. It is even better BS. He complines about iPhones being stuck with ATT, but states EVO G4 is Sprint only. Sorry Sprint is worse than ATT, been there.

  5. Where is a truck driver when you need one… Well, there we have one, right in Newsweek!

    Apple successfully moved from 68k to PPC, then from System 9 to OS X, then from PPC to Intel, then 32 bit to 64 bit, dragging in the process all the developers. In some cases, applications had to be re-written from the ground up. Yet, Adobe, Microsoft, Filemaker and all the other big and small ones went along.

    When iOS replaces Mac OS X on desktop, Apple will drag everyone along once again. They’ll surely go, kicking and screaming, but this time, the platform (and therefore the stakes) will be much higher, and the risk for Apple will be much lower. Remember, the biggest attrition happened during the 68k-PPC move, when Apple was at its lowest. So many just didn’t bother to port the old 68k code to PPC. By the time OS X came around, iMac was already capturing the imagination of public and Apple was on the verge of releasing the first iPod. The doom and gloom was history and developers had reason to believe that the platform will continue to grow. Tomorrow, when Apple begins the push to consolidate ALL of its hardware onto iOS platform, it is unlikely there would be any resistance. I wouldn’t be surprised if Adobe had ported CS to the iPad even before Apple begins its desktop move to the multi-touch OS. By the time Apple is done with this consolidation, most major players will likely be ready with all of their offerings.

    The thing is, I don’t doubt for a minute that these devices will continue to be called Macs (Pro and Mini), MacBooks (Air/Pro) and iMacs. The only things they’ll be missing are keyboards and mice.

  6. First off, no, of course, the Mac isn’t “dead”. That’s a load of horsesh*t.

    But just for the sake of argument, what if it were? So what? Why the glee from the Mac-haters? What, are we all going to go slinking back to Windows now?

    Of course not, stupid! If we move on from the Mac, we will move to the iPad and its successors, THE CHILDREN OF THE MAC. We will move from the Mac to something even better, something that would never have existed were it not for the Macintosh.

    And the Mac will be revered for all eternity for that reason.

    But of course, I don’t believe the Mac is going away. The day the Mac goes away is the day the world no longer needs computers.

    (tl/dr: Dan Lyon is a retard.)


  7. Steve Jobs is a looser <subconscious motivation>whom I secretly envy</subconscious motivation> and I’m the smartest guy that walks the planet <subconscious motivation>because I make believe I’m someone else so I must half really thorny self-esteem issues</subconscious motivation>

  8. Few people will have a Mac.

    Think of it like this if you don’t understand:

    Developers (of which there are relatively few) might have Macs. The rest of the world will have simple devices like the iPad. If you aren’t cranking out code, or rendering Avatar 3, the iPad is probably all you will need.

  9. I’m a bit tired of the attack dog mentality, words like assehole? and all of that just because somebody dares to question Apple?

    And he even doesn’t criticize Apple! For all we know he’s a fanboy himself. He just points out that Apple is focussed (for good reason) on the mobile arena lately.

    After all Macs are stable, they are in great shape. Whereas the mobile arena is the frontier where territories and empires are being built in record time. Apple would be stupid not to put all their energy into what matters the most at the time where they can make a difference.

    MDN is guilty of rabid troll-baiting and muck-raking, fairly often, in my opinion, but I still come back for more. Just keep my salt shaker handy.

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