Friday, December 5, 2008

Dude, you are going to Hell



















One of these guys will spend their eternal resting place surrounded in the burning oils of pain and suffering. Or, maybe, both.
Or, ... maybe not either one.

The battle of these two souls began early in the year 1997:
Apple Computer, Inc. shortened the company name simply to Apple Inc., thus eliciting a lawsuit by the British Apple Corps Ltd., representing Apple Records.
It was the same year the president and founder of PC's Limited informed the world that if he were to run Apple Inc. he would "shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders."

Fast-forward eleven years.
Dell Inc. and Apple Inc. made big press in the capitol of Texas these past weeks.
The concentration is on Austin, as Dell Inc. has been its bread and butter, while Apple Inc. has found its second home there.

The big debate? California's Prop #8.
While the whole process of capital funding for this proposition was illegal from the outset, ... The emergence of a donations list has appeared on the 'Net.

The largest spending on this debate (in the Austin area) are as follows:
Spencer Wheelwright, the marketing manager for Dell Inc., spent over $25,000 of personal wealth in support of Prop #8. Dell, the same company that marketed Steve, "Dude, you're gettin' a Dell!" guy; who was later fired due to his legal conviction of the possession of marijuana. Dell was also blind to the fact that the users of his equipment had been elicited by the evils portrayed by this unseen "dude."
On the same note, each of Apple's 3,200 (or so) Austin employees would have to have given more than $3,000 each to have achieved their $100,000 mark opposing Prop #8.

Michael Dell denies his company opposes the civil rights of its homosexual workers and buyers. "This is business, after all."

While a downright boycott of Dell products is an unrealistic attitude, should the resignation of Spence Wheelwright be called? Or, should the owners of older Dell computers simply do as others around the globe are doing? Buy new non-Dell equipment and send their old one back to Dell with a note stating: "Thanks, but no thanks."

Austinites can live without the butter. In this commercial recession they'll have to learn to survive on just bread and water.

Or, maybe, apples.

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