Jason Schwarz: Top 10 reasons why Microsoft’s Surface is DOA

Writing for Seeking Alpha, Jason Schwarz, author of Economic Weather Station, gives his top 10 reasons why Microsoft’s Surface is Dead On Arrival:

10. The Surface is a bad laptop
09. The Surface is an inferior tablet
08. Price; good luck selling any of these things for over $499
07. Lost in a sea of Android
06. What happens when Apple releases a $249 iPad mini?
05. The future is voice, not keyboard
04. Surface is a stupid name; Apple iPad’s perfectly integrated touch iOS/iPad is actually more like a surface than the Surface
03. Memories of Zune. How can anybody trust Microsoft after the Zune fiasco?
02. Microsoft brand has lost its cool factor

MacDailyNews Take: The Microsoft brand had a cool factor?

01. Steve Ballmer: The only explanation for Ballmer still being the CEO of Microsoft is that he must have photos on Bill Gates; I can’t come up with any other rational explanation

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back on April 24, 2008:

Delusional, mouth-powered-bulb-lighting, one-lucky-dorm-assignment, coattail-riding, monkey-boy-dancing, tongue-flapping, unqualified, bad-decision-making, crazy-ass… May he stay Microsoft’s CEO for as long as it takes!

Steve Ballmer, aka Ballmer T. Clown, aka Uncle Fester

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JayinDC” for the heads up.]

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  1. Microsoft hasn’t done anything of note in the past decade, if not longer, why would Surface be anything else but a failure?
    They claim that Xbox is a success but it will be years before they show a profit on it, if ever. Ballmer will probable screw with Xbox and replace it with an other failure, before it gets in the green, after all Fing-up is what monkey boy does best.

  2. I have no idea if the Surface will be a success but MDN is running enough stories about the thing I’m beginning to think they are worried about it!

    1. It’s not like MDN writes these stories, they just aggregate them. I think they’re just having as much fun watching Microsoft implode on its self as the rest of us (well most of us) are.

    2. You’re “beginning to think MDN is worried about it”? Oh god, that is one sad attempt to puff up the Surface.

      If you want to know why MDN keeps aggregating stories about it, look up the word schadenfreude.

  3. Your picture of Ballmer T. Clown is priceless! Now, go find a picture of “Uncle Fester” from the old “Addams Family” TV show and see if they weren’t “separated at birth”!

  4. Isn’t life a bitch?
    It seems so unfair.
     here on the the ground,
    The Clown in midair.
    Send in the clown, there’s got to be clowns,
    Ballmer T. Clown,
    Don’t bother, he’s here.

    Isn’t it a bitch?
    Don’t you approve?
     keeps tearin’ up your ass,
    Monkeyboy can’t move.
    Making his entrance again,
    With his simian flair.
    Sure of waiting lines,
    No one is there.

    Don’t you hate old farts?
    Ballmer’s fault, I fear.
    “I thought you’d want what I want”
    Sorry, my dear.
    But where is the clown?
    Ballmer T. Clown,
    Don’t bother, he’s here.

    Isn’t it a bitch?
    Isn’t it queer?
    Losing your market this late,
    In your career.
    And where is the Zune?
    And where’s The Sewerface?
    In the vaporware stratosphere.

    Send in the Clown,
    Ballmer T Clown,
    Don’t bother,
    A BEER!

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